Growing up in Pennsylvania Dutch Country, David had an unusually early and thorough training in woodworking and residential construction.

At age eight, he worked with his guitar-maker father, his contractor uncle and his carpenter grandfather to dismantle a fire-damaged, turn-of-the century Mansard Roof house, salvaging old, full dimension lumber and historic house parts. The following summer, David worked every day on site with the crew - using much of the salvaged material - to build a new four bedroom ranch house which became his family’s home.

At the same time, David began playing clarinet and saxophone, developing an interest in music that would lead to study at Boston University and a degree in Music Performance on flute, clarinet, saxophone and bassoon from the University of Michigan.  

In the early seventies in Rochester, New York, David played both classical and popular music, taught music privately and in public schools, edited a regional magazine, wrote music criticism for Gannet, and worked as an advertising copywriter. 

Then, in the late seventies and early eighties, as a growing national trend in restoring old houses nurtured an increasing awareness of thoughtful, high-quality home remodeling, David turned his attention once again to carpentry anPicture of David Altemose playing a large saxophone.d cabinetmaking. He formed a Design/Build business – focused on restoration and remodeling with historically accurate architectural details - in which both quality of design and quality of construction were considered from the initial meeting.

After a relocation to Boston in 1987, he worked as an independent designer for several kitchen dealers and remodelers, combining a specialization in kitchens, baths and cabinetry with design of custom sunrooms, conservatories and kitchen/family room additions. Holding an Unrestricted Construction Supervisor License, he designed and supervised all projects.

Following another relocation to New Jersey in 1992, David has worked as a kitchen designer doing projects in New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Colorado and North Carolina both in his own business and in affiliation with various architects, contractors and interior designers.

Still making music, he plays classical music for his own delight, and also, as a sax player,  frequents blues and jazz jams through New Jersey.