This New Remodeling Business Has Amish Values

A member of the Amish Community, Aaron Lengacher has merged his lifelong passion, natural skills, and faith to start a new business.

A-1 Remodeling and More of Auburn, Ind., specializes in decks, room additions, garages, windows and doors, blinds and shades, and more.

“What’s important to me is that I am serving people,” Lengacher says. “My focus has always been on helping people. A jack of all trades, I took advantage of an opportunity to go into business for myself. I have the experience and skills and love what I do.”

Since he was 15 years old, he worked alongside his uncle, who was a carpenter and home builder. He also worked for building and remodeling companies before launching off on his own.

So far, the most requested projects are for an additional garage or deck, and the wait time for a job to begin is about one week, once a bid is accepted, he says. He charges by the day, saying his prices are reasonable and he will work within any budget. He has a large inventory of pictures, showing work he has done for people in the area.

Going into business for himself is the fulfillment of a lifelong dream.

“It’s been a Godsend,” he says. “I’m staying busy. Every couple of days, I’ll get a phone call.

Just today, I got three calls and will go out to bid on those jobs,” he says.

Being Amish, he doesn’t depend on a website and doesn’t have an email address. Most of his referrals are by word of mouth, and having faith the word will travel.

“We depend on God to lead us through each day. I always thank God for a new day and ask Him to lead me. He has never failed me,” Lengacher says.

He adheres to the core Amish values, aiming for the goal of leading a simple life of faith.

The Amish believe their religious faith and the way they choose to live are interdependent.

Their core beliefs have to do with faith, family, community and simplicity.

The Amish believe living simply is a sign of humility, and they take seriously the Biblical commands to separate themselves from worldly things, Lengacher adds. By living simply and restricting access to unnecessary items like fancy clothes, television, electronics and other devices, they keep the world from intruding into their lives, keeping their focus on family and faith.

Married and the father of three children, Lengacher hopes to have a father-and-son business one day. Currently, he is working on getting licensed as a general contractor. For most projects, he works alone, but he subcontracts workers for bigger jobs.

“I plan on growing and doing more and bigger projects,” he says.

To see samples of his work, hear references, or schedule an appointment for a free consultation and estimate, call (260) 433-5254.