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Lock it down Wells Fargo Home Mortgage’s exclusive Builder Best® Extended Rate Lock program can help protect you from changing interest rates. With just a required, non-refundable extended lock fee, you can lock down your range of interest rates and focus on what really matters most — building your home. Protect yourself from fluctuating interest rates as you build your new home What if interest rates rise? Your interest rate is protected. Lock in your interest rate range anywhere from 5 up to 24 months depending on the type of loan you select. What if interest rates drop? You have options. You may be qualified for a one-time float down option to a lower rate or a different loan program. Talk to me about this possibility. Wells Fargo’s Private Mortgage Banking can help you achieve your immediate and long-term objectives and provide options to further your home construction financing strategy. Contact us to learn more. Jack Murphy jack.murphy@wellsfargo.com NMLSR ID 10283 Brad Pratt bradford.pratt@wellsfargo.com NMLSR ID 408659 Jeffrey Vangele jeffrey.s.vangele@wellsfargo.com NMLSR ID 103069 Terry Moy terence.moy@wellsfargo.com NMLSR ID 413905 John Ciolino john.ciolino@wellsfargo.com NMLSR ID 409990 Bud McGarry bud.mcgarry@wellsfargo.com NMLSR ID 74706 Information is accurate as of date of printing and is subject to change without notice. Wells Fargo Home Mortgage is a division of Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. © 2016 Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. All rights reserved. NMLSR ID 399801. AS3229579 Expires 06/2017 2017 HBRA HOME TOUR ON THE COVER Altamura Homes 51 Edgerton Street Darien, CT Staged by BA Staging & Interiors INDEX Thank you Sponsors 3 Letter from the Board President 5 How the HBRA Helps You 6 Letter from the CEO 7 Greenwich & Darien Maps 10-11 Argus Development 12 Karp Associates 18 Altamura Homes 24 Doherty & DeLeo Development 30 Social Media 36 2017 HBRA HOME TOUR COMMITTEE Mobile Ticket Once you purchase tickets through the app or online at www.ctluxuryhometour.com, use the ParadeCraze app to load your ticket and have it with you, conveniently and securely. Scan your screen at the door to access each home. Homes & Builders Find information on each home, builder, and subcontractor involved with each home. Contact information is all provided on the app. Navigation Every home is on the mobile map, giving you the opportunity to plan your route ahead of time. HBRA Home Tour App Get everything you need for the HBRA Home Tour all in one place. Versatile and reliable, the app has directions, information, and maps to help make your tour experience a memorable one. Share Share your experience on instagram and twitter using the hashtags #ctluxtour, #luxuryhometour, #ctluxuryhometour and #hbra. One lucky winner will win 4 Bow Tie Cinemas movie tickets! Review, Notes, Photos and More The app allows you to take notes, review the homes, see photos, create favorites, and much much more. Birgit Anich BA Staging & Interiors Connie Cooper Connie Cooper Designs Jennifer Barbaro Tracey Heinemann CTC&G Aleighen Bunkers DeRosa Builders Kim DiMatteo Jennifer Murphy DiMatteo Group Christopher Shea Domus Constructors, LLC Emilia Ferri Emilia Ferri Architecture + Design Joanne Carroll JMC Resources Jen Chieh People’s Bank Lora Mazurak Aitoro Appliance Company Sharon McCormick Sharon McCormick Design Stephanie Rapp Stephanie Rapp Interiors Sheri Sorrentino-Snellman Tanya Weinberg Diana Harper Tile America Judy Doyle Wright Building Company HBRA of Fairfield County Staff Gina Calabro, CEO Sarah Iannarone, Executive Assistant Clare Michalak, Graphics & Marketing Greenwich & Darien
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All within the Parade Craze® Map App! ‚ Get directions to homes ‚ Browse home photos ‚ View home details ‚ Browse list of homes ‚ Share comments ‚ Leave ratings FREE map app! All within the Parade Craze® Map App! ‚ Get directions to homes ‚ Get directions to homes ‚ Browse home photos ‚ View home details ‚ Browse home photos ‚ View home details ‚ Browse list of homes ‚ Share comments ‚ Leave ratings ‚ Browse list of homes ‚ Share comments ‚ Leave ratings All within the Parade Craze® Map App! © 2017 Parade Craze. All rights reserved. THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS KICK-OFF SPONSORS FOUNDATION SPONSORS For over 60 years County TV & Appliance has been providing Fairfield and Westchester County residents with the Best Prices, Knowledgeable Sales People and Customer Service. Our goal is to provide our valued customers with an unmatched shopping experience. We carry all the best reputable brands with an outstanding selection in our Smart Home Store Showroom for you to see and touch. We believe in our vision and values just as strongly today as we did the first time we put them on paper more than 20 years ago. Staying true to them will guide us toward continued growth and success for decades to come. As you read more about our vision and values, you will learn about who we are, where we’re headed and how every Wells Fargo team member can help us get there. Fairview Hearthside Distributors is the leader in providing hearth product services. We will strive in creating partnerships with our customers. Our pledge is to deliver an extraordinary service while maintaining a high level of professionalism, integrity, foresight, and fairness. We are committed to growing Fairview Hearthside through complete customer satisfaction. Sound Beach Partners is a full-service firm founded by Doron Sabag and Jim Hoffman in 2001 which operations in Connecticut, New York City, The Hamptons and South Florida. We have built more than fifty homes in Greenwich since our founding - a combination of upscale speculative homes and bespoke custom homes for a discriminating clientele. We can provide full architectural and building services or construction management/building services for projects designed by others. MEDIA SPONSOR As a family-owned company rooted in Connecticut and Southern New York, we have built generations’ worth of trust with our area’s professional builders and contractors, architects, and individual homeowners. The bottom line is that we all live here: we’re all invested in the beauty, quality, and economic viability of our home and work environments. As a 50 year old Connecticut based family business we have always been dedicated to exceeding our customers’ expectations. We specialize in tile and stone . . . nothing else . . . and we care about your project like it was our own. Nothing is more important than you loving the outcome of your project. C&G Media Group delivers the finest design magazines to residents of America’s most affluent communities. The company’s four titles, CTC&G (Connecticut Cottages & Gardens), HC&G (Hamptons Cottages & Gardens), NYC&G (New York Cottages & Gardens) and SFC&G (San Francisco Cottages & Gardens) present the very best in architecture, design, art and antiques, real estate and entertaining to a highly influential readership in Connecticut, the Hamptons, New York (NYC, Westchester, North Shore of Long Island, Hudson Valley) and San Francisco. Lillian August has developed a global reputation as a trend setting resource for designers, homeowners and design enthusiasts. With a broad and eclectic collection of furniture, rugs, antiques and accessories, Lillian August now provides clients with inspiration and design services in many locations— the Norwalk Design Center and headquarters, South Norwalk Outlet, Greenwich and New York City stores. Connecticut Appliance and Fireplace Distributors (CAFD) is your One Stop Shop for The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) helps its members build communities. Each year, NAHB’s members construct about 80% of the new homes built in the United States, both single-family and multifamily. A federation of more than 700 state and local associations, NAHB represents more than 140,000 members. About one-third are home builders and remodelers. The rest work in closely related specialties such as sales and marketing, housing finance, and manufacturing and supplying building materials. quality Home Appliances, Fireplaces, Gas & Wood Burning Stoves, and Outdoor Gas Grills in Connecticut:We have the best selection and best prices under one roof. We are one of the largest appliance stores in Connecticut and boast over 10,000 square feet of awardwinning showrooms. As an award-winning interior design company, Sharon McCormick Design specializes in new construction consulting, renovations, additions, kitchens and baths as well as interior decorating. Sharon’s creativity, drive and never-say-never philosophy make her an outstanding space planner and problem-solver. LUXURY HOME TOUR GUIDEBOOK | 5
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Start Dreaming Our family of craftsmen want to help you build or remodel your dream home. To learn more, visit nahb.org/dreams Letter From the hBrA BoArd President Welcome to the 2017 HBRA Home Tour! The Home Builders and Remodelers Association (HBRA) of Fairfield County is proud to present the first luxury HBRA Home Tour in Greenwich and Darien. The four homes presented for viewing are exceptional examples of incredible residences which truly combine artistic vision with master craftsmanship, and represent the vision and artistry of some of the most admired home builders in the lower Fairfield County area. In presenting the tour, our association also had the opportunity to give back to the community by donating a portion of all ticket sales to PSC Partners for the Cure and the Fairfield County Community Foundation, both 501c-3 organizations. For consumers, the HBRA of Fairfield County has a wealth of information for your building and remodeling needs. Our 400+ members consist of builders, remodelers, land developers, suppliers, manufacturers, subcontractors, architects, engineers, attorneys, lenders, real estate brokers and many other industry professionals covering all of Fairfield County. Thanks to our members, Karp Associates, Argus Development, Doherty & DeLeo Development and Altamura Homes for opening their homes to prospective buyers and visitors. Special thanks to Sound Beach Partners for hosting the Friday night event at their estate in Greenwich, an occasion to kick-off this fantastic tour. The HBRA Home Tour Committee and our wonderful staff did a wonderful job in planning and executing the event. We hope you enjoy the tour! CHRIS STEINER, STEINER INC. LUXURY HOME TOUR GUIDEBOOK | 7
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“In addition to presenting the Luxury Home Tour, the HBRA is a cooperative of skilled professional businesses and craftsman working together to protect homeowner ” HOW THE HBRA HELPS YOU Building a home is a unique experience Like other complicated and expensive processes, having the right professional partner makes navigation easier and more enjoyable. This importance to hire a capable captain to steer the rudder is why you should use a contractor who belongs to the Home Builders and Remodelers Association of Fairfield County. In addition to presenting the Luxury Home Tour, the HBRA is a cooperative of skilled professional businesses and craftsman working together to protect homeowners. Members of the HBRA of Fairfield County represent the best in their industry. Whether a builder, remodeler, developer or associated trade or supplier; our members are committed to the highest industry standards. Not only do our members build the communities in which we live, work and play, but they live there as well. The HBRA of Fairfield County is part of the National Association of Home Builders (“NAHB”) family, along with the HBRA of Connecticut, the statewide component and the voice to government officials. On the state and national levels, the HBRA works with officials to protect property rights and ensure that the American Dream of home ownership remains a reality. When the time comes for you to build or remodel your home, check with the professionals at the HBRA of Fairfield County. www.buildfairfieldcounty.com 8 | LUXURY HOME TOUR GUIDEBOOK Letter From the hBrA Ceo Welcome to the 2017 HBRA Home Tour! This has been a labor of love for all of us involved in this inaugural launch. The committee members who represent various industries, from builders, architects, interior design, staging, mortgage lenders and insurance groups, all have worked hard to assist our staff in planning and promoting this exceptional event. The builders who so graciously entered their newly constructed homes are innovators in craftmanship. From the design to construction of the homes to the outstanding amenities like custom built-ins, exquisite millwork, superb countertops, multiple fireplaces, elevators, wine cellars, heated garages and state of the art mechanicals these homes will take your breath away! Special thanks to... Arnold Karp of Karp Associates, Inc., Tim O’Malley of Argus Development, Luigi Altamura of Altamura Homes and Ken DeLeo and John Doherty of Doherty and DeLeo Development for taking part in this wonderful showcase. To Doron Sabag and Jim Hoffman of Sound Beach Partners for hosting our Friday night kick-off event at their estate in Greenwich, a 2016 Home Building Industry (HOBI) award winner. To our Kick-Off Sponsor, Wells Fargo. Our media sponsor, CTC&G and to all of our foundation sponsors who graciously stepped up to help us get this event off the ground. To the HBRA Home tour Committee and my wonderful staff who help execute this tour – what a fantastic job! We hope you enjoy the tour! GINA CALABRO LUXURY HOME TOUR GUIDEBOOK | LUXURY HOME TOUR GUIDEBOOK |99
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Creators of fine homes, cabinetry and millwork Proudly presents… Our 2016 Hobi Awards Awarded by the Homebuilder’s Association of Connecticut Best Out of State Custom Home of the Year, Southampton Best Residential Remodel $2-3 million – 63 John Street, Greenwich (pictured above) Remodeled Home of the Year – 63 John Street, Greenwich (pictured above) Best Conversion – Pool House – 63 John Street, Greenwich (pictured above right) Stamford, CT • 203-323-2200 • SoundBeachPartners.com 68 Violet Avenue | Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 Phone: 845 452-8444 Email:info@fairviewhearthside.com The Leader of Hearth Products - Serving Fairfield and Westchester Counties Top Distributor of The ILINE Collection is a comprehensive moulding program that offers a fresh pallet of new and vibrant profiles that will be an enhancement to any interior space. Please visit us online www.fairviewhearthside.com View and download profiles at interstatelumber.com Buying, Building, Renovating... People’s United Bank has one loan that can help you handle all your mortgage needs by reducing your costs and simplifying the process. Call me to discuss how we can get started. Chieh Jen Mortgage Account Officer NMLS # 819648 203-856-4836 peoples.com/jen *People’s United Bank offers other types of mortgage loans to qualified borrowers. Contact your local Mortgage Expert to find out what the best program is for you. ©2017 People’s United Bank, N.A. | Member FDIC | Equal Housing Lender Residential Construction Loans* • Land acquisition/construction • Ground-up construction • Knockdowns • Renovation and additions • Land loans
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“the interior is fresh, open, and inviting” 16 | LUXURY HOME TOUR GUIDEBOOK ARGUS DEVELOPMENT Argus Development, LLC specializes in architecturally unique, custom high-end new home construction in Greenwich, CT. ABOUT ARGUS Working with some of the area’s top architects, Argus has the ability to provide a turn key solution for the client. From pre-design outline, development of construction documentation, bid and cost estimation, construction and turn over, Argus focuses on bridging all the various elements of a project together and working to ensure the clients wishes are met at all stages. Argus' strong financial position allows us to maintain an inventory of buildable sites primarily in the Riverside and Old Greenwich area. The company's hallmark is to build top quality homes. We employ top quality employees and work with skilled subcontractors. We always maintain a sound financial base. Safety is good business and we will always work in a clean and safe environment. Our customers will always be our top priority. ABOUT TIM O'MALLEY Argus Development LLC was founded by Tim O'Malley a 30+ year resident of Greenwich, CT. With deep roots in the community, Tim takes great pride in maintaining a close relationship with his clients. His commitment to his clients does not end at the turnover of the home. They are available to all of their clients as long as they are in their homes. They take great pride in the homes they build and are proud to stand by the product well past completion. BROKER: Tracey Koorbusch Sotheby’s International Realty One Pickwick Plaza, Greenwich, CT 06830 203-869-4343 Photography ©Tim Lee Photography LUXURY HOME TOUR GUIDEBOOK | 17
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KARP ASSOCIATES (203) 972 - 3366 www.karpassociatesinc.com 5 n. crossway SUMMARY This spectacular new FEMA compliant construction in Old Greenwich with waterfront views on three sides was built to take full advantage of its highly coveted location. The open first floor includes living room, dining room, kitchen, great room and a 16ft glass NanaWall that allows clear viewing to the water. All four exterior decks are fitted with a nautical cable rail system to also allow for unobstructed views. Nestled within Lucas Point, a boat mooring, boat-docking facility and private beach are invaluable amenities of this 4 bedroom, 3½-bath treasure. Within walking distance to the town of Old Greenwich, the buyer also has private access along the beach to Todd’s Point, a historic 100+ acre beach and nature preserve. Luxurious living will abound within the walls of this stunning 4000 SF home as well. The beautifully dramatic barrel-vaulted ceiling entry is fully paneled, leading to the magnificent first floor complete with custom built-ins and the exquisite millwork that is part of the rich Karp Associates tradition. A sun-filled stair tower highlights these well-appointed entry details. Two handsome fireplaces, an elevator for easy accessibility for years to come and an architectural custom designed lead-coated copper cupola are part of the array of splendid features adorning this home. Numerous balconies with outstanding views of Long Island Sound and the lighthouse make this house a unique gem. In addition to the superb craftsmanship and stellar location, this house is replete with all of the high-caliber features of a Karp Associates home—high efficiency mechanicals, spray foam insulation, generator ready, security system and irrigation system. $5,400,000 HOME FEATURES 4,000 Sq. Ft. 4 Bed 3 Full Bath / 1 Half Bath Waterfront Views Private Beach Access Handicap Accessible LUXURY AMENITIES: 16-ft glass NanaWall Elevator Multiple Fireplaces Private Balconies with view of L.I. Sound Boat Mooring and Boat Docking Facility Irrigation System LUXURY HOME TOUR GUIDEBOOK | 21
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"with waterfront views on three sides, this home was built to take full advantage of its highly coveted location" 22 | LUXURY HOME TOUR GUIDEBOOK KARP ASSOCIATES Karp Associates has established itself as one of the premier construction and consulting firms in New England. ABOUT KARP With a 30+ year proven track record, Karp’s reputation continues to grow with our satisfied clients and real estate professionals We listen to our client’s needs and desires. Then, with the client’s vision in mind, our team of professionals proceeds from concept to completion to deliver satisfying results on time and on budget. Our office at 16 Cross Street in New Canaan, CT, provides us close proximity to our geographic areas of Fairfield, Lower Westchester and New Haven Counties. Our local presence helps us understand the approval processes and various town regulations. ABOUT ARNOLD KARP Arnold Karp is the founder of Karp Associates Inc., a Connecticutbased multifaceted firm specializing in professional construction management, real estate consulting and development, the building and development of distinguished custom homes and diverse, unique renovations. Additionally, the firm’s services have expanded to include project rescue for commercial and residential projects along with property management. Arnold has been at the helm of Karp Associates for over 30 years, overseeing acquisitions, design, construction and project management. As the firm’s founder, he is most proud of the solid relationships he has established and maintained with his clients and professionals who have come to count on Arnold for his unparalleled advice and personal service. Over his numerous decades of experience, he has built a specialized network and collaborative team of experienced professionals in real estate including attorneys, architects, project managers and craftsmen to ensure the best advice combined with the finest quality custom building and remodeling for each Karp project. BROKER: Lisa Weicker Sotheby’s International Realty One Pickwick Plaza, Greenwich, CT 06830 203-983-3805 LUXURY HOME TOUR GUIDEBOOK | 23
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LUCAS POINT WATERFRONT | $5,400,000 | WEB ID: 0067734 New construction on the water in Lucas Point with spectacular views of Greenwich Cove, built by award-winning Karp Associates. A light-filled living room with fireplace, flows into a sophisticated kitchen. Fabulous ‘’NanaWall’’of folding glass doors opens to the terrace, from both kitchen and adjacent family room, with fieldstone fireplace. Private dock and association beach. Lisa Weicker 203.983.3805 THE SMART CHOICE For Making Your Dream Kitchen A Reality THERMADOR SUBZERO / WOLF GE MONOGRAM SMART HOME CONTROL ...and more BEST SERVICE AT THE GUARANTEED BEST PRICE In-Store And Online STORE HOURS: MON & THURS: 9AM-9PM | TUES, WED, FRI & SAT: 9AM-6PM | SUN: 11AM-5PM 2770 Summer Street • Stamford, CT 06905 • 203-327-2630 www.countytv.com THANK YOU HOME BUILDERS AND REMODELERS ASSOCIATION OF FAIRFIELD COUNTY FOR YOUR GENEROUS SUPPORT OF FAIRFIELD COUNTY’S COMMUNITY FOUNDATION & OUR CENTER FOR NONPROFIT EXCELLENCE The Center for Nonprofit Excellence is the premier resource hub that brings high-quality, low-cost training and resources to Fairfield County nonprofits. We amplify the impact of local nonprofit organizations by developing leaders, improving operations, and fostering collaborative environments. Since 1992, Fairfield County’s Community Foundation has connected passionate people with effective nonprofits to help empower lasting change. Learn more: FCCFoundation.org FCCFoundation.org/blog FCCFoundation Fairfield County’s Community Foundation
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ALTAMURA HOMES (203) 524 - 8952 www.altamurahomes.com 51 EDGERTON ST SUMMARY Sophisticated and chic, this extraordinary new construction colonial by Altamura Homes brings New York City to Darien. High-end finishes, contemporary and unique light fixtures, custom millwork, soaring ceilings make this home a stand-out. A two-story entryway with floor to ceiling custom paneling welcomes you into this home designed specially for modern day living. The tray ceilinged formal living room and adjacent coffered ceilinged dining room are separated by custom-designed stained oak barn doors with rain glass panels. Perfectly proportioned for entertaining, these rooms are serviced by a perfectly situated wet bar with glass front cabinets and wine refrigerator, and the gourmet kitchen just beyond. The spacious and bright gourmet kitchen features Taj Mahal quartzite counters, an expansive center island with waterfall quartzite and a custom made floor to ceiling walk-pantry. From the family room doors provide access to the private stone patio with fire pit and fenced-in property. On the second floor you will find a spacious and sun-filled ensuite master with a tray ceiling and fairy-tale walk-in closet with marbletopped island, wardrobe space and a desk. The stunning masterbath includes a soaking tub, oversized shower and Calcutta marble countertops and shower tile. Upstairs sitting room, three additional bedrooms, all ensuite, all walk-in closets and with uniquely designed baths, and laundry complete the second floor. On the third floor there is a fully carpeted bonus room with ample storage. The home features Control 4 Automation Technology. Located within walking distance to shops, train and schools, this home is perfectly situated to allow you to get-away from or get to all that Darien has to offer. A show stopper. $2,295,000 HOME FEATURES 4,822 Sq. Ft. 4 Bed 4 Full Bath / 1 Half Bath LUXURY AMENITIES: Gourmet Kitchen Taj Mahal Quartzite Counters Fireplaces Wet Bar & Wine Refrigerator Control 4 Automation Technology Second Floor Laundry LUXURY HOME TOUR GUIDEBOOK | 27
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“A two-story entryway with floor to ceiling custom paneling welcomes you into this home designed specially for modern day living”. 28 | LUXURY HOME TOUR GUIDEBOOK ALTAMURA HOMES Altamura Homes, LLC focus on creating homes that incorporate the latest construction methods and designs while staying true to the time-honored craftsmanship that is the basis of who we are. ABOUT ALTAMURA HOMES, LLC We build speculative homes as well as custom homes. As a client, you have the option to work with our team to “design & build” your home or provide us with designs from others and we can build. Our goal is to provide the highest level of service possible and improve on that service continuously. We go all-out to exceed the expectations of our clients. We address needs thoughtfully and in unexpected ways. Communication is the basis for a successful relationship. We value strong relationships in all areas of our business: with Clients, Subcontractors, & Vendors. Open and Honest communication creates synergy. A home represents a lifestyle. Just like fashion changes, so do the styles of homes. Our homes reflect the latest in designs, trends and technology. In the case of a Custom Build project, we will work with you to create a Lifestyle that fits your needs and desires. We are passionate about what we do. Living by this principle makes every job fun for us as well as our clients! We are committed to happy customers. ABOUT LUIGI ALTAMURA A passion for Real Estate Development & Home Building is what Luigi is all about. He is involved in every step of the concept & construction phases to ensure client satisfaction and project execution. His personal satisfaction comes from making clients happy. Luigi is a graduate of Villanova University. BROKER: Janine Tienken Houlihan Lawrence 780 Boston Post Road, Darien, CT 06820 203-246-7518 LUXURY HOME TOUR GUIDEBOOK | 29
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“Masterfully crafted this new energy efficient shingle style Colonial is inspirational in its free flowing design and perfectly blended to this private two-acre setting in the Delafield Island Association.” 34 | LUXURY HOME TOUR GUIDEBOOK DOHERTY & DELEO Doherty & DeLeo Development, LLC prides itself in building unique and beautiful custom designed homes in Darien and Greenwich, CT. ABOUT DOHERTY& DELEO Long standing relationships with architects, sub contractors, vendors and interior design specialists ensure state of the art technology, the highest level of efficiency and premier home design. Open and constant communication with each new home owner ensures welcome collaboration. Each home we build represents the individual client’s lifestyle, personal taste and family’s requirements. Known for building in some of the area’s more challenging landscapes, long term town relationships ensure efficient cohesion for each projects success. ABOUT JOHN DOHERTY & KEN DELEO Ken, a lifelong native of Fairfield County, has been in the construction business for over 35 years, turning his passion for building into a lifelong career. His high expectations and a relentless work ethic ensure happy clients rewarding both referrals and repeat business. His hands on and personal interaction with each individual project promotes confidence in both building schedules and performance. John has been in all phases of the construction business for over 30 years, partnering with Ken in 1991. Specializing in landscape design and large machinery operation, his talents have produced some of the area’s most stunning outdoor entertainment designs. Working successfully as a key liaison with all state and local bureaucracy ensures the highest in time efficiency for each project. BROKER: David & Holly Hawes Halstead Connecticut, LLC 671 Boston Post Road, Darien, CT 06820 203-655-1418 LUXURY HOME TOUR GUIDEBOOK | 35
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MASTERFULLY CRAFTED BY DOHERTY & DELEO DEVELOPMENT Darien | Inspirational free flowing design that is perfectly blended to this private two-acre setting in the Delafield Island Association. Gourmet kitchen, great room & day eating are all connect to an expansive covered stone terrace. Fabulous master suite, elevator, pool & spa, smart house technology, 5 fireplaces, generator, 3-car heated garage, upper level bonus room, finished lower level with full walkout, close to Pear Tree Beach & Downtown. | $5,250,000 | Web# 99161366 | View the 3D Walkthu at halstead.com/99161366 Holly Saunders Hawes & David K. Hawes | 203.858.5538 | 203.856.4775 | Licensed in Connecticut Halstead Connecticut, LLC. Licensed in Connecticut. We are pledged to the letter and spirit of U.S. policy for the achievement of equal housing opportunity throughout the Nation. We encourage and support an affirmative advertising and marketing program in which there are no barriers to obtaining housing because of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status or national origin. All information is from sources deemed reliable but is subject to errors, omissions, changes in price, prior sale or withdrawal without notice. No representation is made as to the accuracy of any description. All measurements and square footages are approximate and all information should be confirmed by customer. All rights to content, photographs and graphics reserved to Broker.. Connecticut Appliance & Fireplace Distributors Appliance Fireplace Outdoor Living • • 50 Graham Place, Southington, CT • (860)621-9313 Install & Service Statewide Serving Connecticut Since 1967 love how you live® Visit Our Award Winning Showroom Authorized Distributor Hearth & FirConnecticut’s Premier eplace Destination See Us On Facebook! Gas - Wood - Electric - Pellet - Fireplace - Stove - Log Sets - Inserts View Our Site www.CAFD.com LILLIANAUGUST.COM                                                 Our Vision:                                                and have a proven track record of the prompt and                                                             Our Mission:                          Our Core Values:                                                                                      
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IN THIS ISSUE Letter From The CEO Upcoming Events HBRA Golf Classic International Builders Show HOBI Applications Member News Clambake at the Beach HBRA Bowl-A-Rama 8 Golf Outing 20 New Members 18 Clambake New Members Dear Sandler Coach Associate Spotlight DiMatteo Group/ Rebecca St. Germain Wells Fargo Advisors/Dennis Devane Builder News Creating A Passive House with Luxury In Mind p.6 p.7 p.8 p.16 p.17 p.18 p.19 p.20 p.23 p.24 p.26 p.28 What will it take for more millennials to own homes p.29 Suntegra® partners with murphy brothers contracting p.29 Lumber Shortages Encumber More Builders NAHB News 55+ Builder Confidence Strengthens in 2nd Quarter A Focus on Flood Insurance and Lumber Almost 80,000 Starts in 2016 Were Tear-Downs EPA Rescinds Post-Construction Stormwater Rule DOL Considering Next Steps on Overtime Rule Apply to Serve on an NAHB Committee/Council 34 Seminars OSHA 10 Hour Construction Job Bank Builder Book Store Member Benefits Advertisers: CTC&G Hocon Gas Eds Garage Doors New England Home DiMatteo Group Fairfield County Bank Interstate Elevator Service County TV & Appliance United Bank Tooher & Ferraris East Haven Builder Supply Ridgefield Supply Rings End Editorial Staff Gina Calabro Publisher/Editor Clare Michalak Designer Sarah Iannarone Executive Assistant Want to advertise? Contact the office for more information and rates. HBRA of Fairfield County 2228 Black Rock Turnpike, Suite 307 Fairfield, CT 06825 203-335-7008 hbra@buildfairfieldcounty.com www. buildfairfieldcounty.com Cover Image: Sandro Photography http://sandro-photo.com/ p.29 p.30 p.30 p.32 p.32 p.34 p.36 p.37 p.37 p.38 p.2 p.3 p.22 p.22 p.25 p.25 p.27 p.27 p.31 p.31 p.33 p.33 p.35 p.40 Building Relationships That Last. Propane and Natural Gas Products! • We Plan It • We Install It • We Fill It • We Service It With over 400,000 gallons of storage, HOCON GAS has a reputation for delivering propane energy and industry expertise for more than 65 years! PROPANE SERVICES RESIDENTIAL • Cooking • Fireplaces • Generators • Grills • Heat • Hot Water • Pools • Tanks CUSTOMER SERVICE • Appliances • Installation • Propane Delivery • Expert Services PETE “Propane Pete” BATTAGLIO Senior Regional Manager, New Business Development Hocon Gas, Inc. • 6 Armstrong Rd., Shelton, CT 06484 Shelton: 203.925.0600 • Fax: 203.944.0300 Cell: 203.343.2199 • Email: pbattaglio@hocongas.com NORWALK 33 Rockland Rd. (800) 801-3835 (203) 853-1500 WATERBURY 20 Railroad Hill St. (800) 992-2242 (203) 754-7601 www.hocongas.com GUILFORD 736 Boston Post Rd. (877) 906-2500 (203) 458-2790 DANBURY 86 Payne Rd. (888) 977-6726 (203) 744-4000 TORRINGTON 2407 Winsted Rd. (888) 744-8686 (860) 626-0900 © Copyright Hocon • HOD#726-30 INDUSTRIAL DIVISION • Industrial Gases • Safety Products • Temporary Heat • Welding Supplies
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MESSAGE FROM THE EXECUTIVE OFFICER Dear HBRA Members, Welcome to our Building Connections Summer Issue where we highlight the 2017 Golf Outing at Tashua Knolls in Trumbull. Even with the rain it was an excellent event! Special THANKS to our sponsors, committee members, volunteers, golfers and dinner attendees! The 2018 International Builders Show is now open for FREE EXPO registration for members but only for the month of August. See page 16 or go to the Fairfield County HBRA website for links to register. Joanne Carroll and the State Association are once again planning the 2017 HOBI Awards. The HOBI Awards offers recognition to HBRA builders, remodelers, and suppliers for excellence in home design and construction, home technology, sales and marketing and home financing. The HOBI Award application deadline is September 8th. Applications must be postmarked by that date so don’t delay. The 3rd Annual Clambake is scheduled for September 6th at the Penfield Pavilion on the Fairfield Beach. It is a terrific event sponsored by Marlin Electric and catered by Tilden Seafood. Join us for lobster, burgers, drinks, and a great evening of networking. Get your bowling shoes for the October 24th Bowla-rama! Builders vs. Associate members trophy is on the line so mark your calendars for this fun event. We are looking for Alley Sponsors for $250 - what a great way to show your support! We are also in need of Membership Raffle Sponsors for the September, October, and November General Membership Meetings. For $250 your company will be highlighted at the meeting and have the opportunity to say a few words prior to the raffle drawing. Contact the office for details. Welcome to all of our new members that joined in July. We hope to see you all at a future membership meeting or event! As always, if you have any questions, please call the office or e-mail us at hbra@buildfairfieldcounty.com! Gina Calabro gina@buildfairfieldcounty.com 6 HBRA of Fairfield County | SUMMER 2017 MARK YOUR CALENDARS UPCOMING EVENTS September 6, 2017 Clambake at the Beach Fairfield Beach Click Here to Register September 27, 2017 District 8 Building Officials Golf Outing Whitney Farms, Monroe CT Click Here for Registration Form October 4, 2017 General Membership Meeting - Hocon Gas 33 Rockland Road, Norwalk CT Click Here to Register October 12-13, 2017 OSHA 10 Training Rings End Educational Facility Click Here to Register October 24, 2017 HBRA Bowl - A - Rama Nutmeg Bowl 802 Villa Avenue, Fairfield CT Click Here to Register SUMMER 2017 | HBRA of Fairfield County 7 1
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HBRA Golf Classic Presented by Ring’s End T he start of the 2017 Fairfield County HBRA Golf Outing may have been wet with a delayed start, but the 144 golfers persevered. Lunch was sponsored by Hocon Gas and luckily, the rain ended by 1:00PM and the scramble commenced. Beverages, ice cream and a spectacular raw bar provided by Marlin Electric was on the course. Over 170 attended the cocktail hour sponsored by Interstate Lumber, the dinner was sponsored by Rings End, Awards sponsored by Acadia and Dessert by DiMatteo Group. Congratulations to the 18 Hole Tournament Winners: • 1st Place - Elevator Service Company Steven Roth, CJ Giampaolo, Keith Domack, Amber Wilder. • 2nd Place - Shoreline Painting & Drywall Chris Polidoro, Cody Nizzardo, Joe Mish, Edward Mailhot • 3rd Place - Capital Tile & Stone Jordan Cutler, Rob Cutler, Leo Tatagiia, Izzy Quaranta • Longest Drive - CJ Giampaolo • Closest to the Pin - Dan Harris • Closest to the Line - Mike Clark 8 HBRA of Fairfield County | SUMMER 2017 • Most Honest - Pella Windows & Doors Tim Baxter, Randy Sullivan, Mark Motyl, Peter Helmes The 9-hole Tournament Winners: • 1st Place -Jason Ferry, John Gilloth,Debbie Kelly and Gerald Sceiner • Closets to the Line - John Lemke Thanks to the Golf Committee who once again planned an exceptional event and to all of the volunteers who helped make the day a success. 2017 Golf Committee Chair: Michael DeRosa, DeRosa Builders Lora Mazurak Aitoro Appliance Karen Bradbury, Closet & Storage Concepts Matt Orsaia, Complete Dismantling Services Connie Cooper, Connie Cooper Designs Anthony DeRosa, DeRosa Builders Len Volpe, Interstate+ Lakeland Lumber Rich Cahill, Ring’s End Win Smith, Tooher Ferraris HBRA Staff: Gina Calabro, Sarah Iannarone, Clare Michalak 1st Place - 18 Hole Tournament Elevator Service Company SUMMER 2017 | HBRA of Fairfield County 9
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12 HBRA of Fairfield County | SUMMER 2017 2017 Golf Outing Sponsors Presenting Sponsor - Ring’s End Awards - Acadia Insurance Awards/Dessert - DiMatteo Group Beverage Cart - Interstate Lumber Beverage Cart - Ridgefield Supply Closest to the Pin - 18 Hole - Key Insurance & Benefits Services Closest to the Line - 9 Hole - CAFD Closest to the Line - 18 Hole - City Carting & Recycling Cocktail Hour - Interstate Lumber Dinner Sponsor - Rings End Driving Range - Ed’s Garage Doors Golf Ball Sponsor- 18 Hole - DeRosa Builders Golf Ball Sponsor- 9 Hole - Closet & Storage Concepts Golf Cart Sponsor- Bender Golf Cart Sponsor- Elevator Service Co. Golf Cart Sponsor- County TV & Appliance Hats - Ring’s End Hole-in-One - $10,000 Prize - Tooher Ferraris Hole-in-One - Chevy Truck - Corporate Plans Retirement Strategies Hole-in-One - Trip - Tile America Hole-in-One - Golf Clubs - AW Hastings/Marvin Windows Ice Cream Cart - Shoreline Painting and Drywall Lunch Sponsor - Hocon Gas Longest Drive - United Bank Putting Green - Fairfield County Bank Raw Bar - Marlin Electric Tote Bag - Pella Windows & Doors Water Bottle Sponsor - Connecticut Stone Circa Lighting CironeFriedberg, LLP City Carting Complete Dismantling Services Feroleto Steel Company Inc. Fimbel ADS Frangione Engineering, LLC Hatch & Bailey Lumberyards Huber Engineered Woods Huber Engineered Woods - 9 Hole Magna Steel Sales, Inc. Mono-Crete Step Co Mr. Showerdoor Ontra Stone Parksite Savings Bank of Danbury Shoreline Pools Steiner, Inc. Stephanie Rapp Interiors SUMMER 2017 | HBRA of Fairfield County 13
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Countdown to IBS | Registration Opened August 1 Get ready, because the best deals on IBS registration only happen in August: • IBS expo pass—FREE for NAHB members and $50 for non-members. • Save $100 on a full registration—with access to 140+ IBS Education sessions led by industry experts and phenomenal speakers. • Discounted 1-day education passes. • Free spouse registration Register Here Hotels are booking fast and some are already sold out. Hotel and travel info can be found HERE 16 HBRA of Fairfield County | SUMMER 2017 Join the best in your industry by entering Connecticut’s Home Building Industry Awards. Sponsored by the state association , the HBRA of Connecticut, the HOBI Awards offers recognition to builders, remodelers, and suppliers for excellence in home design and construction, home technology, sales and marketing and home financing. ELIGIBILITY Only HBRA members may enter any house, development or product built, remodeled, supplied, marketed, or financed by an HBRA member after January 2015, or a community service project undertaken in 2017. JUDGING A panel of housing industry professionals will review all entries and visit selected homes and developments. Judges reserve the right to eliminate any category due to insufficient entries, or if the quality of the work does not warrant a winner. All decisions are final. WINNING ENTRIES Winners will be notified by October 14. Awards and a Power Point show of the winning entries will be presented at the HBRA HOBI Awards Dinner on Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at the Aqua Turf in Southington, CT. Winners will be featured in Connecticut Builder Magazine, and will benefit from local and state wide media coverage and publicity. TOP AWARDS will be kept confidential and announced at the awards dinner on November 15, 2017. SUMMER 2017 | HBRA of Fairfield County 17
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NEW MEMBERS Welcome to the newest members of HBRA of Fairfield County! Go to www.buildfairfieldcounty.com for their contact info. Paul Dispazio Bullbag Corporation The BullBag is your reusable and foldable dumpster bag. It is easily stored, simple to use and comes with a Lifetime Warranty. The BullBag can be filled to 3 different heights enabling you to set your budget for your project by knowing the total cost up front for disposal. The BullBag is reusable, easy to set up, will never damage your property and as long as it’s used according to design, will be replaced if damaged. Christian L. Calemmo Christian Rae Studio, LLC Christian is the co- founder of Christian Rae Studio, LLC, one of the top “up and coming” architecture and lighting firms in Fairfield County. He has spent the better part of the past 15 years working with clients to create some of Fairfield and Westchester’s most distinguished and unique designs. Rachel Calemmo orchestrates light, color, materials and space to create visually appealing environments which ease the demands of modern life. Michael Monahan P.E. Encon ENCON has been reliably delivering perfect indoor comfort and absolute confidence for Connecticut and Westchester County, NY since 1969. Our highly trained, highly specialized and innovative engineers and technicians are committed to creating piece of mind and delivering excellence in the field of customer service. We offer the newest technology in residential and commercial HVAC systems, as well as a broad portfolio of the latest energy efficient technologies in lighting and other energy efficient products. Tarra Del Chiaro Accurate Lock and Hardware Since 1972, accurate lock & hardware has operated under one guiding principle: if you can dream it, we can make it. Everything we build, from our team of experts to our manufacturing lines, is designed to ensure that when you call on us, we provide solutions to your most difficult challenges. Our dedication to craftsmanship and quality sets the standard for our legacy product line; while our commitment to modern technology pushes the boundaries of the industry to develop ground breaking solutions for the entire door. Welcome to Our Newest Affiliate Members Bullbag Corporation John Peters D & D Homes, LLC Jennifer MacLauchlan 20 HBRA of Fairfield County | SUMMER 2017 Deane, Inc Britt Newman Jesse Kosko Lynx Security Systems & Home Theaters LLC Home Security runs in the family. Jesse Kosko has been working with home security since he could walk. Following in his father’s footsteps, Jesse ventured out on his own 10 years ago and has made his family very proud. The solid foundation of Lynx Systems has been and always will be treating the client like a member of the family. However, his passion for awesome movies and really loud speakers led him to incorporate Hi-Fi sound systems into his security work.And so, Lynx Security Systems was born. Mark Mosolino Mosolino Development LLC Mosolino Development LLC is an award winning full service custom builder specializing in Greenwich, New Canaan and Ridgefield Ct. We build architecturally designed homes exclusively with no preference for size or style of home. Whether the project is large or small we provide full staffing and attention to details throughout the project. Marc Vandenhoeck Riverside Design and Build In the Master Builder tradition, Riverside Design and Build provides a seamless process of designing and constructing custom residences for its clients. The uniqueness of this award-winning firm lies in the comprehensive knowledge and complementary talents of founders Marc Vandenhoeck and Michele Rudolph. David Kneisel Shorefront Construction Shorefront Construction fuses design and functionality to create detailed, creative, one of a kind custom luxury homes for our clients. Shorefront Construction is a team of hardworking, professionals with a shared focus of designing and building the best homes for our clients. Every person has a different idea of what their dream home is. Shorefront Construction turns your dream into a reality. John Snellman, Jr. Snellman Construction Inc. As a fourth generation family business, Snellman Construction Inc. aims to surpass your expectations. We create homes that are practical, yet creative. We make your personal taste is our personal mission. No matter the price or design, we are here to help. Through hard work, quality craftsmanship, and excellent service, we became one of the most reputable business in the Fairfield County. SUMMER 2017 | HBRA of Fairfield County 21
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BEAUTY. ELEGANCE. STRENGTH. Our Aluminum Doors Will Surprise You. Ed’s Garage Doors offers a broad selection of aluminum doors that are the perfect complement to your home. Visit our showroom to see many exclusive aluminum doors on display, and talk with a design expert about our countless in-stock and custom options. Showroom Hours: Mon. – Fri.: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm Saturday: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm Evenings: By appointment Sunday: Closed 136 Water Street, Norwalk, CT 06854 203-847-1284 edsgaragedoors.com ® “Roberta goes above and beyond selling advertising. She stays in touch with us regarding editorial opportunities, invites us to high quality networking events, and makes email introductions between us and potential partners.” —Kristen Sullivan, GatehouSe PaRtneRS Contact Associate Publisher, Roberta Mancuso to learn how New England Home Connecticut can help generate business for your company. rmancuso@nehomemag.com | 203.530.9593 nehomemag.com 22 HBRA of Fairfield County | SUMMER 2017 MEMBERSHIP RAFFLE SPONSOR DEAR SANDLER COACH MEMBERSHIP RAFFLE SPONSORS NEEDED We are looking for companies to sponsor our monthly Membership Raffle. For $250 sponsors receive signage at the event, as well as the opportunity to say a few words at the event. The current membership raffle is up to $1000. We need sponsors for: September 2017 October 2017 November 2017 If you are interested in sponsoring please email gina@buildfairfieldcounty.com or call the office at 203-335-7008 Dear Sandler Coach, It seems every time I’m at a networking event I end up collecting a lot of business cards but have a hard time getting back with them for the meeting. Anything I can do differently? - Jessica L. Dear Jessica, I feel like these events haven’t changed much in the last 10 years so it’s time we start changing. In a networking event, a lot of people are trying to “sell” themselves when just getting to know someone should be the first step. Now these business cards. If you think about it, today we all have cell phones and can easily take down someone’s information especially if we are right in front of them, I’d say the same for appointments. Instead of exchanging cards, exchange open dates for the next week and set in your calendars your next meeting right then and there. You should now walk out of the event with actual meetings instead of a stack of cards - John John J. Fazio, Jr. John’s clients include the single entrepreneur all the way up to Fortune 500 companies in the areas of sales, leadership, management and customer service. John is also active in the Greenwich and New Haven Chambers as well as Membership Success BNI out of Brookfield. Have a training question for John? Send your questions to hbra@buildfairfieldcounty.com SUMMER 2017 | HBRA of Fairfield County 23
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ASSOCIATE SPOTLIGHT Rebecca St. Germain (203) 924-5427 rstgermain@dimatteogrp.com www.dimatteogrp.com The DiMatteo Group is a family owned and operated insurance and financial service firm. Since opening in 1960, we’ve built a reputation of expertise and integrity by providing quality insurance, retirement plans, and employee benefits to families and small to mid-sized businesses. We also provide financial, income tax and accounting services. At the DiMatteo Group, we don’t peddle products, nor do we believe that one size plans fit all companies. When it comes to a comprehensive benefit program, each of our clients is unique with their own set of challenges and needs We want to get to know you before we recommend any solution. Our process begins with an initial meeting where we obtain copies of your current plans, determine your needs and budget, and what insurance company you are presently with. Then it’s back to the office for a comprehensive review of your plan where we will examine your coverages, look for shortfalls, and duplications. We will prepare our Offer and Recommendations and review your options in detail. Once a decision is made, we will obtain the necessary coverages and work with you to schedule employee education. But we don’t stop there. Our team is available throughout the year providing much needed support services such as: • Claims Support - We have an in house claim and billing analyst who assists our clients with claim rejections, billing errors, service authorizations, and Prescription issues. In 2016 he recovered almost $80,000 for our clients and their medical providers. • COBRA letters and administration • Monthly reminder emails for employee changes, births, marriages, termination. • Procedure Manuals to include plan and rates, COBRA procedures, enrollment forms and other necessary items along with your DiMatteo Team contact information • HealthCare Reform experts ready to explain how the new law/changes affect both your business and your employees. • And, finally approximately 60 days prior to your renewal, we will meet with you to review the plan, its past-year’s experience, present new product opportunities, and remarket, if necessary. Rebecca St. Germain acts as a trusted advisor to her clients. She has been in the insurance industry for over 20 years. She has worked at DiMatteo Group for over 8 years and prides herself in assisting clients and their employees. 24 HBRA of Fairfield County | SUMMER 2017 Look no further for an insurance agent who can work with you to design an insurance portfolio just right for your business. If you engage in construction or remodeling of one or two family residences in CT then I want to talk to you. Our construction insurance program includes: • General Liability • • • Property Business Auto Inland Marine • Workers Compensation • Umbrella • Builders Risk Kim Marie DiMatteo, CIC, MWCA I have been in the construction insurance business since 1992. I know the markets, the products, and what’s right for you. Call me today to schedule a convenient appointment. 79 Bridgeport Ave, Shelton, CT 06484 | 203.924.5429 | www.dimatteogrp.com Financing some of the top builders in Fairfield County. People you trust, service you expect, and products to fit your financial needs. • Construction Financing • Commercial Mortgages • Term Loans • Revolving Lines of Credit 877.431.7431 • www.fairfieldcountybank.com NMLS ID #516624 EQUAL HOUSING L E ND E R MEMBER FDIC SUMMER 2017 | HBRA of Fairfield County 25
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ASSOCIATE SPOTLIGHT Dennis Devane, MBA First Vice President - Investment Officer Address: 450 Post Road East , Westport , CT 06880 Phone: 203-221-5557 | 800-327-8557 Fax: 203-221-1625 Email: dennis.devane@wellsfargoadvisors.com https://home.wellsfargoadvisors.com/dennis.devane For over 22 years, I have managed multigenerational wealth for private clients from the early stages of wealth accumulation through retirement and advised on the transfer of wealth to the next generation. I work closely with entrepreneurs, institutions, and high net worth individuals to provide integrated financial strategies to help them achieve their long term goals. My core capabilities include: - 401k rollovers* and IRA consolidations which includes retirement income and expense planning - The formation of risk based goal asset allocation strategies utilizing a variety of investment strategies - Family owned business planning which includes comprehensive retirement planning strategies, deferred compensation, and succession planning - Multi-generational estate analysis encompassing trust formation, annuity and insurance implementation strategies through Wells Fargo affiliates.. I earned my BBA in Accounting and an MBA in Finance from Adelphi University in Garden City, New York and hold the Series 3,7,63, and 65 FINRA registrations. I also maintain the Annuity, Life, and Health Insurance licenses. Prior to my wealth management career- I was a Certified Public Accountant (not currently practicing) and applied my background to various management, audit, accounting, financial analysis and consulting positions with such firms as Goldman Sachs and PriceWaterhouse Coopers. My Associate(s): Alex Zuniga, Senior Client Associate My Experience 2008 - Present : Wells Fargo Advisors, First Vice President- Investment Officer, PIM Portfolio Manager 1996 - 2008 : UBS, Vice President- Investments 1990 - 1996 : Smith Barney and related merger affiliates, Financial Advisor My Areas of Focus Portfolio Construction/Advisory Based Educational Funding & 529 Plans Wealth Transfer/Estate Planning Strategies Insurance Solutions IRA Distribution Strategies Securities Registered in the following states: AZ, CA, CT, FL, GA, IL, IN, MA, MD, MN, MT, NC, NH, NJ, NM, NY, OR, RI, SC, VA Insurance licensed in the following states: CT, FL, GA, NJ, NM, NY © 2009-2017 Wells Fargo Clearing Services, LLC. All rights reserved. P Investment and Insurance Products: Are Not insured by the FDIC or any other federal government agency Are Not deposits of or guaranteed by a Bank May Lose Value Wells Fargo Advisors is a trade name used by Wells Fargo Clearing Services, LLC, Member SIPC, a registered broker-dealer and non-bank affiliate of Wells Fargo & Company. Links to third-party websites are provided for your convenience and information purposes only. Wells Fargo Advisors is not responsible for the information contained on third party websites. *Please keep in mind that rolling over your qualified employersponsored plan (QRP) to an IRA is just one option. Each option has advantages and disadvantages, and the one that is best depends on your individual circumstances. You should consider features such as investing options, fees and expenses and services offered. Investing and maintaining assets in an IRA will generally involve higher costs than those associated with QRP. We recommend you consult with your current plan administrator before making any decisions regarding your retirement assets. 26 HBRA of Fairfield County | SUMMER 2017 spin zoom click explore Take a virtual tour through our award-winning showroom from the comfort of your home or office. Interstate + Lakeland Lumber’s Design Center is a state-of-the-art, high-end, custom showroom built in the original 1922 mill shop. It provides a gallery style setting for premium windows, doors, and hardware and our specialty, custom millwork. Our experienced representative is on hand to answer any of your questions and provide solutions to your building challenges. To learn more, contact Frank Bowron at 203-531-8050 ext 1156 fbowron@interstatelumber.com http://www.interstatelumber.com/services/designcenter-tour.html Specializing In: Residential Elevators | Commercial Elevators | Construction Hoists Limited Use Limited Application Elevators (LULA) Vertical Platform Lifts | Inclined Lifts | Stair Lifts Dumbwaiters | Material Lifts (Vertical Reciprocating Conveyors) And all other associated Vertical Transportation Equipment Serving: Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and Eastern New York 203-757-5000 www.ElevatorServiceCo.com CT Lic.# ELV. 400105 R1 - RI Lic. # 21 MA Lic.# EC-000093 Providing not one, but ALL Major Manufacturer’s Equipment SUMMER 2017 | HBRA of Fairfield County 27
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BUILDER NEWS What will it take for more millennials to own homes? homeoIn the last 10 years, the wnership rate among Creating A Passive House With Luxury In Mind fThe design for the modern home or sale overlooking the Ponus Ridge Land Trust in New Canaan, Conn., strikes a serene setting. On 1.74 acres, the sprawling residence measures about 4,000 square foot with four bedrooms - each with ensuite baths - and two terraces and a three car garage. Yet despite its striking beauty and bountiful amenities what makes the residence unique is less noticeable to the untrained eye. The home is the first-ever to be built in New Canaan to Passive House Standards, a rigid level of energy efficiency that uses upwards of 90 percent less energy for heating and cooling than do traditional homes. It’s air-tight construction allows the entire residence to run on the same amount of power it takes to operate two hand-held hair dryers. But rather than succumb to the usual soulless, boxy designs that accompany many energy efficient homes, the New Canaan structure marks one of the first to be elevated to high-end luxury, employing a level of inventive elegance rarely seen in energysaving designs. “Passive Houses are more efficient than the average home, but that doesn’t mean they can’t also be luxurious,” says Salvatore Zarrella, founder of Fairfield County-based Construction Management Group (CMG) and the team behind the New Canaan home. The firm is building three Passive Houses in Connecticut and is at the forefront of the movement to elevate the energy-saving design aesthetic to luxury living. The company is also building a modern home with a glass enclosed herb garden in Stamford, Conn., that is that city’s first certified Passive House. It was voted by Cottage & Gardens magazine as one of the “Most Beautiful Listings of 2015”. Read More 28 HBRA of Fairfield County | SUMMER 2017 people aged 25 to 44 has dropped by 10 percentage points, per a recent study conducted by Fannie Mae and the University of Southern California, HousingWire reported. Fewer millennials own homes for numerous reasons, including the foreclosure crisis, a lack of entrylevel inventory, a slow job market and stringent mortgage lending. Millennials are also waiting longer to get married and have children. There was a correlation between higher education and potential increases in salaries and wealth, which could raise the millennial homeownership rate by 1.5 percentage points in the next 20 years. Closing racial education gaps could raise the rate by 2.5 percentage points. And doing both those things could push the rate up six to seven percentage points during that time. It’s not so much that millennials don’t want to own homes as it is that they lack the opportunity to. Roughly half of new homes are priced below $300,000, one Moody’s director told Construction Dive last year. Prices higher than that can be too costly for a firsttime homebuyer, who might also have student loan debt or a salary that cannot cover a mortgage just yet, let alone save up a down payment. Read More The brave new world of construction recruiting tTimes have changed. It once wasn’t unusual for a construction career o start and end with family. “You learned the skills, gained responsibility along the way and often ended up years later with ownership of the business,” said Kim Waseca-Love, education and apprenticeship director for the Spokane (WA) Home Builders Association. But that scenario is becoming less and less common. And with the ongoing labor shortage, the need for solutions is taking on a greater importance. Waseca-Love says there will soon be a deficit of 200,000 to 250,000 construction workers annually nationwide. Part of that drop-off will come as the result of older workers retiring, making the need to transfer their knowledge and skills to those taking their place an urgent one. The challenge, of course, is finding those new workers. Passing along knowledge from an experienced worker to one who wants to learn is an age-old practice, and it remains one of the most effective ways to train someone in a skill. Since 1980, the Spokane HBA has offered a four-year apprenticeship program, which is approved and monitored by the state’s Department of Labor and Industries. Through the program, apprentices undergo 8,000 hours of on-the-job training in residential carpentry, plus another 144 hours of related classroom instruction, and are paid wages by their employers. Read More SunTegra® Partners with Murphy Brothers Contracting for First Solar Roof Installation in Stamford, CT MurphSunTegra, an advanced Solar Roof manufacturer, has partnered with y Brothers Contracting, a high-end custom home builder serving Westchester and Connecticut, to install the first-ever solar roof in Stamford, Connecticut. The solar roof system installed on a waterfront home in Stamford, CT consisted of fifty five 105W SunTegra Shingles. The 5.8 kWp SunTegra Shingle solar roof is sized to provide an estimated 6,543 kWh per year and replaced the need for over 400 ft2 of asphalt shingle roofing. “Murphy Brothers Contracting believes that building green is simply building smart, and when we saw SunTegra solar roof shingles, we thought ‘Brilliant!’,” said Michael Murphy, of Murphy Brothers Contracting. “We frequently host educational events for architects and design professionals to showcase new innovative products. The event we held at this home received a lot of interest and gave attendees the opportunity to see a solar roof in real time operation!” Read More Lumber Shortages Encumber More Builders country wHome builders across the ere getting hammered by skyrocketing lumber prices earlier this year. And now, more of them are reporting issues with lumber supply, too. A new post on Eye on Housing cites recent NAHB survey results which found that more than 1 in 5 singlefamily builders are experiencing a shortage of framing lumber. While access to lots and labor remain much higher priorities for the majority of builders, the availability of lumber is quickly rising on many of their priority lists. Russ Pies, general manager at Builders FirstSource in Sioux Falls, S.D., says the added duties on and availability of softwood lumber have created pricing instability. “Our builders are feeling even more pressure to keep their projects on time and on budget,” Pies said. “If this instability continues into the fall, the risk will be too high for smaller builders to build spec homes and force them to downsize.” For now, the majority of builders continue to have access to sufficient lumber supplies, albeit at prices much higher than a year ago. However, lumber prices recently began leveling off and dropping in most markets. Read More SUMMER 2017 | HBRA of Fairfield County 29
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NAHB NEWS 55+ Builder Confidence Strengthens in 2nd Quarter housing marBuilder confidence in the single-family 55+ ket strengthened in the second quarter of 2017 with a reading of 66, up 11 points from the previous quarter, according to the NAHB 55+ Housing Market Index (HMI) released today. This is the 13th consecutive quarter with a reading above 50, which means that more builders view conditions as good than poor. “Demand for 55+ housing continues to grow, and this quarter’s index is a reflection of that,” said Dennis Cunningham, chairman of NAHB’s 55+ Housing Industry Council and president of ActiveWest Builders in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. “Consumers in this market want a home that addresses their specific needs, and 55+ builders and developers are able to create homes and communities that cater to these needs.” There are separate 55+ HMIs for two segments of the market: single-family homes and multifamily condominiums. Each 55+ HMI measures builder sentiment based on a survey that asks if current sales, prospective buyer traffic and anticipated six-month sales for that market are good, fair or poor (high, average or low for traffic). Read More A Focus on Flood Insurance and Lumber arWith Congress in its August recess, members e encouraged to visit their lawmakers in their home districts and seek action on two issues – flood insurance and lumber. The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) must be reauthorized by Sept. 30. Congress requires all properties within the 100-year floodplain that are purchased with a federally backed mortgage to carry flood insurance. So it is essential that the program gets reauthorized in a timely manner. NAHB has been at the forefront of this issue, working with lawmakers on a viable, long-term bill. We have reached an agreement with the House Financial Services Committee to craft legislation that will provide a five-year reauthorization that will keep the NFIP fiscally sound and let builders provide safe and affordable housing. This is a huge win for NAHB, and brings us a big step closer to a program that protects home builders and home owners living in the floodplain. Read More 30 HBRA of Fairfield County | SUMMER 2017 THE SMART CHOICE For Making Your Dream Kitchen A Reality SMART HOME CONTROL THERMADOR SUBZERO / WOLF GE MONOGRAM ...and more BEST SERVICE AT THE GUARANTEED BEST PRICE In-Store And Online 2770 Summer Street • Stamford, CT 06905 203-327-2630 STORE HOURS: MON & THURS: 9AM-9PM | TUES, WED, FRI & SAT: 9AM-6PM | SUN: 11AM-5PM www.countytv.com MEET THE MOST POWERFUL BUSINESS PARTNERS IN FAIRFIELD COUNTY. Kathryn A. Eren, VP, Cash Management Officer; Lisa Stuard, AVP Commercial Loan Administrator; Maureen Hanley-Bellitto, SVP, Commercial Team Leader; Gregory Pastor, Jr. VP, Commercial Banking Officer; Kim Karl, VP, Commercial Banking Officer; Deep community roots. Unrivaled market knowledge. Unmatched customer service. When a bank builds its commercial banking team around the values that truly make a difference in helping your business and community grow and prosper, that’s more than banking. That’s changing the way you bank. Talk to us today. Visit bankatunited.com/commercial SUMMER 2017 | HBRA of Fairfield County 31
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NAHB NEWS EPA Rescinds Post-Construction Stormwater Rule withdrEPA announced in July that it is awing long-delayed federal Almost 80,000 Starts in 2016 Were Tear-Downs scant statistical eAlthough tear-downs can be flashpoints for public opinion, there is vidence of their real impact on the new homes market. The Census Bureau doesn’t specifically track new homes constructed on sites where a previous residence was torn down or where there is evidence of a previous residential structure. To fill the data void, NAHB polled members earlier this year about teardowns via its monthly NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index survey. Based on those responses, NAHB economists estimate that about 10.2% of single-family starts in 2016 — about 79,300 homes — were teardowns. That is significantly higher than the 55,200 tear-downs that NAHB reported in 2015 when they accounted for about 7.7% of singlefamily production. That increase mirrors the continued recovery of the single-family housing market, which recorded about a 10% increase in single-family starts in 2016. It may also reflect a shortage of developed lots which builders are facing in many markets. More than 40% of the tear-downs last year — 33,400 homes — were in the West. About 30%, or 23,800 homes, were in the South. The Northeast accounted for 9,800 homes, or about 12% of the total. About 15% of all tear-downs, or 12,300, were recorded in the Midwest. Read the full report in NAHB’s Eye on Housing blog. 32 HBRA of Fairfield County | SUMMER 2017 regulations that would require all developers to install stormwater management devices. In response to NAHB comments, EPA tabled the rule in 2014 that would have required additional “post-construction” controls for stormwater discharges. That rule would have required all builders to retain a certain volume of stormwater onsite, regardless of underlying soils or rainfall patterns. EPA’s existing rules simply require regulated cities to address post-construction flows to the “maximum extent practicable.” Since 2014, the shelved rule has sat on the agency’s “long-term action” list – not a priority, but eligible to be revisited at a future date. On July 27, EPA, along with all other federal agencies, published an updated rulemaking agenda for 2017. EPA announced that it has officially withdrawn its would-be national post-construction rule. ANNOUNCING the arrival of our new 8-story BOOMTRUCK CONNECTICUT - East Haven - Manchester - Newtown SANDY HOOK - 2 Turnberry Lane - 203-426-0030 NEW YORK - Millwood • Mold / Mildew Resistant Board • Fire Rated Board • ½” Light Weight Board • Exterior Sheathing • Metal Studs • Acoustical Ceiling Tile SUMMER 2017 | HBRA of Fairfield County 33
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NAHB NEWS DOL Considering Next Steps on Overtime Rule issued a rThe Department of Labor has equest for information How Construction Firms Compare to Other Industries of construction firms tA new study from NAHB Economics compares the business operations o businesses in other industries. The study is based on the U.S. Census Bureau’s new Annual Survey of Entrepreneurs (ASE). The study, available on HousingEconomics.com, presents new insights into the general business characteristics and finances of firms in the construction industry. Key results include finding that, compared to other industries, construction businesses in the U.S.: • Are somewhat more likely to operate on a seasonal basis; • More often operate out the business owner’s home; • Tend to make heavy use of subcontractors; • Are less likely to have company website A particularly useful aspect of the ASE is the financial data it collects, much of which is not available in a consistent and comprehensive way from any other source. The ASE financial data show that construction businesses in the U.S.: • Require less start-up capital than other businesses; • Often use personal or family savings as the primary source of start-up capital; • Tend to rely on banks and credit cards if they need additional funding; • Are marginally more effective than other businesses in raising additional funding; The ASE is the U.S. Census Bureau’s first effort to produce yearly estimates on businesses and business owners. . on the Obama administration’s overtime rule, and NAHB will submit comments independently and as a member of the Partnership to Protect Workplace Opportunity coalition. The Obama administration last year issued a proposed rule that was set to take effect Dec. 1, 2016, that would double the salary threshold to receive overtime pay from $23,660 to $47,476. Working with Congress and members of our business coalition, NAHB led the effort to mitigate the effects of the rule. Moreover, NAHB joined other business groups in filing a lawsuit to challenge the overtime rule. As a result of these efforts, the rule was never implemented because a judge issued a preliminary injunction against it. The Department of Labor is providing the public with the opportunity to offer input as the agency mulls its next steps. NAHB will provide detailed comments by the September 2017 deadline. Apply to Serve on an NAHB Committee/ Council fThe online application process or 2018 NAHB committee and council board of trustees appointments is now open. NAHB strongly encourages all who are interested to submit an application. Applications must be submitted online before Sept. 22. 34 HBRA of Fairfield County | SUMMER 2017 Our New Showroom           NOW OPEN! We Will Be Featuring an Extensive Display Showcase of Andersen® We Will Be Featuring an Extensive Display Showcase of Andersen® Windows & Doors Windows & Doors 29 Prospect Street, Ridgefield, CT 203.438.2626 29 Prospect Street, Ridgefield, CT 203.438.2626 www.ridgefieldsupply.com Mon. - Fri. 7 - 5 • Sat. 8 - 2 • Closed Sunday www.ridgefieldsupply.com Mon. - Fri. 7 - 4 • Sat. 8 - 4 • Closed Sunday LUMBER • BUILDING MATERIALS • WINDOWS • DOORS • MILLWORK • HARDWARE • PAINT SUMMER 2017 | HBRA of Fairfield County 35
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TRAINING & SEMINARS Register Online or call the HBRA office at 203-335-7008 OSHA 10 Hour Construction Thursday, October 12 & Friday, October 13, 2017* 8:00am-2:00pm Breakfast/Registration starts at 7:30AM Rings End Educational Facility 160 Avon Street, Stratford, CT OSHA is coming to FINE you! Get ahead of them & learn what you need to know for your business and your employees. The OSHA 10hour construction training course is designed for anyone in the construction industry. Upon completion, participants will receive an OSHA construction safety and health 10-hour course completion card from the Department of Labor. OSHA 10 cards are good for 5 years. HBRA Members: $30.00 Non-Members: $60.00 *Must attend both dates in order to receive OSHA card-per federal regulation. Continental Breakfast & Lunch included both days. Payment must be received by October 6th to reserve your spot. Walk-ins will not be accepted at this course due to limited seating. Sponsored by: 36 HBRA of Fairfield County | SUMMER 2017 HBRA Job Bank If you would like to have a job posted, please use the Job Posting form to submit the information. FREE service for HBRA Members. The fee for Non-members is $50. Click here to Post a Job Please contact the HBRA office at 203-335-7008 or email us for more information, Available Jobs: These opportunities are offered by the HBRA members listed in the specific advertisement. Please do not contact the HBRA regarding these listings. Residential Building Products Specialist Parksite Inc. Resumes: Craig Smith – Sub-contractor, Remodeling and Renovation, Residential Carpenter FREE Resume Posting (Open to the public) E-mail your resume in Microsoft Word or Adobe Acrobat PDF format. Subject line: JOB BANK. Do not include your resume as body copy in an e-mail. Include a short paragraph summary of your skills or what type of job you are seeking. The HBRA of Fairfield County is not an employment agency nor will the HBRA recommend or refer any person seeking employment. It is up to the Member to contact an applicant directly and make employment decisions. Welcome to the Fairfield County HBRA Bookstore Members receive a 10% discount on all publications. The bookstore is linked to the NAHB BuilderBooks Bookstore where you will create your profile and place your orders. If you have purchased from the NAHB BuilderBooks Bookstore before all you need to do is login and place your order. Members Investing in Fairfield County HBRA Members when you purchase your books from the Fairfield County HBRA Bookstore you are helping your association earn a commission from all the sales derived from this bookstore with the association’s unique code: HBREMODE Click Here to View Library SUMMER 2017 | HBRA of Fairfield County 37
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MEMBER BENEFITS 30% OFF video security with smartphone response NPP members enjoy exclusive discounts on Home8 video-verified alarm systems that interact with your smartphone. Get prioritized response with direct police notification and video evidence. You watch. You know. You report. • NPP members receive 30% OFF all video-verified security systems • No monthly fees or contracts *Log in to NPP for the coupon code to activate your discount. TireBuyer Buy Tires & Wheels Online Save on tires online. FREE shipping to local installers.. Enjoy instant savings on all purchases at TireBuyer.com. Buy your tires and wheels online and receive fast, free delivery to a local installer for quick installation. Plus, the TireBuyer Installer Advantage offers guaranteed installation satisfaction. • NPP members receive • 9% OFF tires & wheels* • FREE delivery to 9,000+ installers • Guaranteed installation rates • 45-day hassle-free returns *Some brands may not qualify Log in to NPP for details 38 HBRA of Fairfield County | SUMMER 2017 Not signed up yet? Visit www.mynpp.com, select Company, then Construction, then Residential. Select HB&RA - Home Builders and Remodelers Associations from the dropdown menu, complete the enrollment and START SAVING! Put Your NAHB Membership Moto work now. business, and your family ney-saving discounts that benefit you, your Your membership in our Home Builders Association entitles you to these great discount programs through NAHB Member Advantage. Save money and support the HBA by signing up! www.nahb.org/ma NAHB Member Advantage Discounts NAHB Member Advantage gives members an easy way to reduce expenses, maximize profits and increase efficiency. Through agreements with leading national companies, NAHB offers exclusive discounts on a variety of products and services that can benefit your business, employees and family. In the past year, members have saved over $17M through Member Advantage. For the most up-to-date information about which companies are offering discounts as well as detailed information on how to access the savings, please visit www.nahb.org/ma SUMMER 2017 | HBRA of Fairfield County 39

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Building Relationships That Last. Propane and Natural Gas Products! • We Plan It • We Install It • We Fill It • We Service It With over 400,000 gallons of storage, HOCON GAS has a reputation for delivering propane energy and industry expertise for more than 65 years! PROPANE SERVICES RESIDENTIAL • Cooking • Fireplaces • Generators • Grills • Heat • Hot Water • Pools • Tanks CUSTOMER SERVICE • Appliances • Installation • Propane Delivery • Expert Services PETE “Propane Pete” BATTAGLIO Senior Regional Manager, New Business Development Hocon Gas, Inc. • 6 Armstrong Rd., Shelton, CT 06484 Shelton: 203.925.0600 • Fax: 203.944.0300 Cell: 203.343.2199 • Email: pbattaglio@hocongas.com NORWALK 33 Rockland Rd. (800) 801-3835 (203) 853-1500 WATERBURY 20 Railroad Hill St. (800) 992-2242 (203) 754-7601 www.hocongas.com GUILFORD 736 Boston Post Rd. (877) 906-2500 (203) 458-2790 DANBURY 86 Payne Rd. (888) 977-6726 (203) 744-4000 TORRINGTON 2407 Winsted Rd. (888) 744-8686 (860) 626-0900 © Copyright Hocon • HOD#726-30 INDUSTRIAL DIVISION • Industrial Gases • Safety Products • Temporary Heat • Welding Supplies HBRA VIP CIRCLE 2016-17 OFFICERS President Chris Steiner Steiner, Inc. Sr. Vice-President Anthony DeRosa DeRosa Builders Vice-President Kim DiMatteo DiMatteo Group Secretary John Hertz Hertz Construction Immediate Past President Peter Gaboriault Bear Paw Builders 2016-17 DIRECTORS Peter Battaglio Hocon Gas Max Bender Bender Supply Steve Berko Four Square Build & Design Michael Church William Pitt Sotheby’s Ken DeLeo Doherty & DeLeo Brian Kurtz Interstate Lumber Rob Michaud The Michaud Group Steven Roth Elevator Service Company Alex Shook Pella Commercial Michael Wood Wood Builders Joanne Carroll JMC Resources Jerry Effren Gary Fanali City Carting LIFE DIRECTORS Peter Fusaro Preferred Builders The Greyrock Companies Maureen Hanley United Bank Michael Palumbo ERI Building & Design Thank you to the following VIP Associate Members for their support in 2017. Due to their generosity the Association greatly benefits - from developing new events and educational opportunities for the membership, to keeping our lights on! JUNE 2017 | HBRA of Fairfield County 3 MEDIA SPONSOR gas
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IN THIS ISSUE Letter From The CEO Upcoming Events Annual Meeting & Awards HBRA Golf Classic New Members 8 Annual Meeting 18 New Members 20 Golf Outing Builder Spotlights ERI Building & Design The Michaud Group Member News Clambake at the Beach HBRA Bowl-A-Rama Dear Sandler Coach Associate Spotlight Interstate+Lakeland Lumber Corp. Builder News 9 Signs the housing market will only get hotter in 2017 Desire for new amenities: Still top reason to Remodel Labor Department Overturns Obama-era joint employer, misclassification guidance p.30 Moving Up: How builders can address the needs p.30 of multigenerational households Seminars OSHA 10 Hour Construction Job Bank Member Benefits Advertisers: Hocon Gas Fairfield County Bank East Haven Builders Supply County TV & Appliance United Bank Ed’s Garage Doors New England Home DiMatteo Elevator Service Company Interstate Lumber TD Bank Ridgefield Supply CTC&G Ring's End Editorial Staff Gina Calabro Publisher/Editor Clare Michalak Designer Sarah Iannarone Executive Assistant Want to advertise? Contact the office for more information and rates. HBRA of Fairfield County 2228 Black Rock Turnpike, Suite 307 Fairfield, CT 06825 203-335-7008 hbra@buildfairfieldcounty.com www. buildfairfieldcounty.com p.32 p.33 p.33 p.2 p.5 p.5 p.19 p.19 p.21 p.23 p.23 p.27 p.27 p.28 p.29 p.31 Back Cover p.28 p.28 p.6 p.7 p.8 p.18 p.20 p.22 p.24 p.25 p.25 p.25 p.26 Cover © Jim Fuhrmann Photography Financing some of the top builders in Fairfield County. People you trust, service you expect, and products to fit your financial needs. • Construction Financing • Commercial Mortgages • Term Loans • Revolving Lines of Credit 877.431.7431 • www.fairfieldcountybank.com NMLS ID #516624 EQUAL HOUSING L E ND E R MEMBER FDIC ANNOUNCING the arrival of our new 8-story BOOMTRUCK CONNECTICUT - East Haven - Manchester - Newtown SANDY HOOK - 2 Turnberry Lane - 203-426-0030 NEW YORK - Millwood • Mold / Mildew Resistant Board • Fire Rated Board • ½” Light Weight Board • Exterior Sheathing • Metal Studs • Acoustical Ceiling Tile
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MESSAGE FROM THE EXECUTIVE OFFICER Dear HBRA Members, I t is amazing how we are already six months into the year! So many events are already behind us including the Annual Meeting & Awards. For those that attended - thank you for joining us to celebrate the HBRA and our members. If you weren’t able to make it, be sure to see the photos of the evening inside. It was a fantastic event! Congratulations once again to all of the awardees and to the reinstalled board officers. Next up - the Annual Golf Classic at Tashua Knolls Golf Course in Trumbull on Monday, July 24th. We are close to selling out so if you haven’t booked your foursome do so quickly! Even if you don’t golf, join us for dinner and the festivities. It is always a fun night. The Clambake is scheduled for September 6th at the Penfield Pavilion on the Fairfield Beach. It is a terrific event sponsored by Marlin Electric and catered by Tilden Seafood. Join us for lobster, burgers, drinks, and a great evening of networking. Get your bowling shoes for the October 24th Bowl-arama! Builders vs. Associate members trophy is on the line so mark your calendars for this fun event! Be sure to check out a new feature in our newsletter, “Dear Sandler Coach”. Each month questions will be answered about sales, marketing and social media. As always, if you have any questions, please call the office or e-mail us at hbra@buildfairfieldcounty.com! Best, Gina Calabro gina@buildfairfieldcounty.com 6 HBRA of Fairfield County | JUNE 2017 MARK YOUR CALENDARS UPCOMING EVENTS July 24, 2017 2017 Fairfield County HBRA Golf Classic Tashua Knolls Golf Course 40 Tashua Knolls Lane Trumbull CT 06611, US Click Here to Register September 6, 2017 Clambake at the Beach Fairfield Beach Click Here to Register October 4, 2017 General Membership Meeting - Hocon Gas 33 Rockland Road Norwalk CT 06854, US Click Here to Register October 12-13, 2017 OSHA 10 Training Rings End Educational Facility Click Here to Register JUNE 2017 | HBRA of Fairfield County 7 1
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Annual Meeting & Awards O A Red Carpet evening at the Greenwich Regency Hyatt ver 270 members and guests walked the red carpet for the 2017 Fairfield County Annual Meeting and awards ceremony at the Greenwich Regency Hyatt on Friday, June 9th. The event opened with a cocktail hour and silent auction where guests mingled for an hour before dinner. Emceed by Gina Calabro, Fairfield County HBRA CEO, the evening included the annual membership update on the HBRA. Currently at 430 members, the organization has grown by 17% in the last year. President Chris Steiner- Steiner Inc., Sr. VicePresident Anthony DeRosa - DeRosa Builders, and Vice President Kim DiMatteo - DiMatteo Group, were re-installed for a second term. John Hertz - Hertz Construction was installed as Secretary. Also installed for a second term as a Board Director was Alex Shook - Pella Windows & Doors. 8 HBRA of Fairfield County | JUNE 2017 A check presentation was made to PSC Partners Seeking a Cure, the main charity selected to receive the proceeds from the 2017 Luxury Home Tour. Fifteen awards were presented to members for excellence in new home construction, land development, remodeling, allied supplies and services, and volunteerism to the organization. All were recognized for the accomplishments they have made within the home building industry and for their commitment to the HBRA and the Fairfield County communities. A live auction with Auctioneer Gene Seidman was held, and along with the silent auction raised over $9,000 for 3 local charities. Music and dancing followed. © Jim Fuhrmann Photography JUNE 2017 | HBRA of Fairfield County 9
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John P. Rowins Meritorious Service Award Peter Fusaro Preferred Builders, Inc. T his most prestigious award granted by the HBRA of Fairfield County and named after the association’s founding president is awarded on a very selective basis to an HBRA individual or company member who has demonstrated consistent dedication and service over an extended period of years and has made extraordinary contributions of their time, financial resources and outstanding leadership skills in direct service to the HBRA of Fairfield County, and whose service had a significant impact on the growth and health of the HBRA of Fairfield County. Peter Fusaro’s continual dedication and service both locally and for the state earned him the 2017 Meritorious Service Award. As founder and President of Preferred Builders Inc. located in Old Greenwich CT, Peter Fusaro is no stranger to the building industry where he has been building for the past 30 years. He was honored with the 2008 Builder of the Year HBRA Award, 2009 Community Service HOBI Award, 2009 Philanthropist of the year, Vision Fund Award and Best In Green Award 2009, Best Green Energy Efficient HOBI Award 2012, Merit Award from the CT Green Building Council 2013, US Department of Energy Grand Winner 2013 and NAHB Green Project of the Year -Single Family Custom 2014 In 2014 Pete joined Sound Beach Partners team as a project manager. He has been a member of the Home Builders & Remodelers Association of Fairfield County since 1988. The Home Builders Association of CT listed Peter on its Honor Roll of Certified Members as a Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist Certified Graduate Builder and being amongst the first Certified Green Professionals in CT. In addition, he is one of the few designated Graduate Master Builders in the state of CT. Peter has given his time and expertise to the HBRA both on the local and state level for many years as a board and committee member. He is a Past President of the Fairfield County HBRA and a National Director in NAHB and is currently the Chairman of the Board of the State HBRA. 16 HBRA of Fairfield County | JUNE 2017 Hall of Fame The Fairfield County HBRA Hall of Fame is presented to member(s) who has demonstrated consistent dedication and service over an extended period of years and who has made extraordinary contributions of their time, financial resources, and outstanding leadership skills in direct service to the HBRA, and whose service has had a significant impact on the HBRA. Gary Fanali City Carting & Recycling Kim DiMatteo DiMatteo Group G ary Fanali, the Director of Sales and Marketing for City Carting & Recycling, LLC. based in Stamford, CT, that has been providing a full range of refuse and recycling collection and disposal services to literally thousands of commercial, institutional and municipal customers for more than 35 years in Fairfield and New Haven counties and Westchester County, NY. Gary has been with City Carting & Recycling since 2002, hired to develop and staff a sales business model that has been second to none since. The recent merger with Tunnel Hill Partners connects the dots to the largest shipper of waste-by-rail in the United States, with transfer stations in CT., New York, New Jersey, Boston and Long Island. Gary has been an active member for many year and has served three 3-year terms on the Board of Directors, and is currently a Life Director for the HBRA of Fairfield County. He is happily married to Dana his wife of 29 years and has 3 sons Gary, Michael, and Dante. Gary is actively involved in his local church. ! K im DiMatteo has been in the insurance industry for over 20 years, specializing in the Construction and Real Estate industries, and is a Trusted Advisor to her clients and strategic alliances. Kim has been an active member of the HBRA for over 25 years and has been a chairwoman and member on a multitude of committees. Elected to the Board of Directors in 1995, she was an officer and served three terms. A Life Director on the board, when the need arose for a Treasurer, she was elected as an officer again in 2014 and is currently the Vice President of the Executive Committee and a National Director in NAHB. Kim is also on the CT State Board of Directors and the State Executive Committee. She has been honored over the years with the, Fairfield HBRA Associate of the Year and Women of the Year; Bethany Citizen of the Year and the Commercial Records Women of Fire. Kim and her husband John have three children Anthony, Jessica and Michael. JUNE 2017 | HBRA of Fairfield County 17
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2017 HBRA Fairfield County Golf Classic Presenting Sponsor JULY 24, 2017 Tashua Knolls Trumbull, CT Foursomes are still available for the 2017 Home Builders and Remodelers of Fairfield County Golf Classic at Tashua Knolls Golf Course in Trumbull, CT but hurry as they are going FAST! This year we will be hosting TWO tournaments. The 18 hole tournament of 136 Golfers is only $225/individual and $875 for a foursome, and includes two hours of the driving range, lunch, cocktail hour & dinner. “The Glen” 9 hole tournament of 36 Golfers is $125/individual or $475 for a foursome and includes the driving range, cocktail hour and dinner. Thanks to our Current Sponsors! Named Sponsor Rings End Awards Become a Golf Classic Sponsor! A great opportunity to show your support and publicize your business! Covers both tournaments: $2,000 $2,000 $1,500 $1,500 $1,500 $1,500 $250 Dinner Sponsor Dinner Sponsor Beverage Cart Sponsor Cigar Sponsor Complimentary Gift Bags Golf Towel Sponsor Tee Sponsors (27 total) 18 Hole Tournament Only: $500 9 Hole Tournament Only: $300 $200 Closest to the Pin Hockey Stick Putt CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE or call the office at 203-335-7008 18 HBRA of Fairfield County | JUNE 2017 Closest to the Line Awards/Dessert Beverage Cart Beverage Cart Closest to the Pin Driving Range Golf Ball- 18 Hole Golf Ball- 9 Hole Golf Cart Sponsor Golf Cart Sponsor Golf Cart Sponsor Hat Sponsor Acadia Insurance DiMatteo Group Interstate Lumber Ridgefield Supply Key Insurance & Benefits Services Closest to the Line CAFD Cocktail Hour Interstate Lumber Ed’s Garage Doors DeRosa Builders Closet & Storage Concepts Bender County TV & Appliance Elevator Service Co. Ring’s End Hole in One($10,000) Tooher & Ferraris Hole-in-One - Prize Tile America Hole-in-One - Prize AW Hastings Hole-in-One - Car Ice Cream Truck Lunch Sponsor Longest Drive Putting Green Water bottles Tee Sponsors Feroleto Steel Parksite Ontra Stone Mono-Crete Step Co Hocon Gas United Bank Fairfield County Bank Connecticut Stone Huber Engineered Woods Circa Lighting Shoreline Pools Fimbel ADS Corporate Retirement Strategies Shoreline Painting & Drywall THE SMART CHOICE For Making Your Dream Kitchen A Reality SMART HOME CONTROL THERMADOR SUBZERO / WOLF GE MONOGRAM ...and more BEST SERVICE AT THE GUARANTEED BEST PRICE In-Store And Online 2770 Summer Street • Stamford, CT 06905 203-327-2630 STORE HOURS: MON & THURS: 9AM-9PM | TUES, WED, FRI & SAT: 9AM-6PM | SUN: 11AM-5PM www.countytv.com MEET THE MOST POWERFUL BUSINESS PARTNERS IN FAIRFIELD COUNTY. Kathryn A. Eren, VP, Cash Management Officer; Lisa Stuard, AVP Commercial Loan Administrator; Maureen Hanley-Bellitto, SVP, Commercial Team Leader; Gregory Pastor, Jr. VP, Commercial Banking Officer; Kim Karl, VP, Commercial Banking Officer; Deep community roots. Unrivaled market knowledge. Unmatched customer service. When a bank builds its commercial banking team around the values that truly make a difference in helping your business and community grow and prosper, that’s more than banking. That’s changing the way you bank. Talk to us today. Visit bankatunited.com/commercial JUNE 2017 | HBRA of Fairfield County 19
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NEW MEMBERS Welcome to the newest members of HBRA of Fairfield County! Go to www.buildfairfieldcounty.com for their contact info. Justin Schietinger Eastern Metal Works As one of a select few steel companies in the state of Connecticut to have earned an AISC Standard for Steel Building Structures Certification, EMW has come a long way since that first welding truck hit the road thirty-four years ago. Sol Weiss PC Wood Floors For more than 30 years, P.C. Hardwood Floors has been dedicated to providing exceptional customer service and the best inventory selection in the flooring industry. With our hundreds of flooring options and large variety of supplies and equipment in stock at all times, we have the hardwood floor materials you need to complete any size project, from 100 to 1 million square feet. Julie Pagnozzi D & D Homes, LLC D&D Homes is boutique design showroom located in Darien, CT. Specializing in tile, plumbing, lighting, wallpapers and hardware. We have been in business for over 10 years and have a professional staff that prides itself on product knowledge and customer satisfaction. Samuel Taberner Ferrers Porcelanosa USA Porcelanosa was founded over 40 years ago in a small village by the Mediterranean Sea in Castellon, Spain. Since then, they have been providing architectural and design solutions to consumers and the A&D community with unparalleled innovation, quality, and service. Welcome to Our Newest Affiliate Member Wells Fargo Home Mortgage Kevin Murphy 20 HBRA of Fairfield County | JUNE 2017 Eugene P. Schreiner Savings Bank of Danbury We’re a trusted name in your community delivering valuable banking solutions. Savings Bank of Danbury is a full-service Connecticut community bank rooted in history and positioned for the future. Founded in 1849 under the same name, we have grown and adapted to serve our customers while building a reputation for financial stability, personal service and modern convenience. Beth Krupa Beth Krupa Interiors Bki is a full-service interior design firm with a global perspective, and that comes from Beth’s having lived abroad for many years. Her life and experiences in London, India, Hong Kong, and NYC continue to influence her firm’s designs. Beth, who is the firm’s principal and lead designer, works to create a distinct and meaningful sense of place for her clients, and she loves seeing how everyone thrives when this is accomplished at the end of each project. BEAUTY. ELEGANCE. STRENGTH. Our Aluminum Doors Will Surprise You. Ed’s Garage Doors offers a broad selection of aluminum doors that are the perfect complement to your home. Visit our showroom to see many exclusive aluminum doors on display, and talk with a design expert about our countless in-stock and custom options. Showroom Hours: Mon. – Fri.: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm Saturday: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm Evenings: By appointment Sunday: Closed 136 Water Street, Norwalk, CT 06854 203-847-1284 edsgaragedoors.com ® JUNE 2017 | HBRA of Fairfield County 21
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BUILDER SPOTLIGHT ERI Building & Design, LLC Kent Eppley started Eppley Renovations Inc. in 1984 as a general contracting firm. As the demand for quality building and construction in Fairfield County grew, so did the demand for convenience; it only seemed natural to add design services to the business for clients who wanted to coordinate everything under one roof. Mike Palumbo, joined forces with Eppley Renovations, Inc. in 1998 as an innovative designer and was the second individual to become a certified residential designer by the American Institute of Building Designers in the state of CT. Figuring they had outgrown their company name they changed the business name in 2000 to ERI Building & Design, LLC. Both partners believe that by using an established design/build firm, the homeowner can actually save time and money while streamlining the construction process which can help make a project both time and cost efficient. ERI Building and Design is constantly striving to find new products and services which will help make each building project unique as well as 22 HBRA of Fairfield County | JUNE 2017 making home remodeling and new home construction the best experience a homeowner will ever encounter. Over the years, ERI has won multiple awards. Including, but not limited to: 2015 HOBI Award: Best Custom Home 2009 HBRA Builder of the Year 2009 HOBI Award: Outstanding Special Purpose Room 2009 HOBI Award: Outstanding Fairfield County Custom Home 2008 HOBI Award: Best Accessory Building 2006 HBRA Remodeler of the Year 2006 HOBI Award: Best Outdoor Room 2006 HOBI Award: Best Pool House 2005 HOBI Award: Best Exterior Remodeling Overall The two partners also think it is important to give back to the community. In 2006, ERI Building & Design was awarded Philanthropist of the Year for their work with Joshua House, which is a not for profit organization that constructs homes for the underprivileged. ERI also supports local athletic leagues and often provides sponsorships for area youths. ERI Building & Design, LLC 199 West Ave Darien CT 06820 (203) 655-6952 www.eribuild.com “Roberta goes above and beyond selling advertising. She stays in touch with us regarding editorial opportunities, invites us to high quality networking events, and makes email introductions between us and potential partners.” —Kristen Sullivan, GatehouSe PaRtneRS Contact Associate Publisher, Roberta Mancuso to learn how New England Home Connecticut can help generate business for your company. rmancuso@nehomemag.com | 203.530.9593 nehomemag.com Look no further for an insurance agent who can work with you to design an insurance portfolio just right for your business. If you engage in construction or remodeling of one or two family residences in CT then I want to talk to you. Our construction insurance program includes: • General Liability • • • Property Business Auto Inland Marine • Workers Compensation • Umbrella • Builders Risk Kim Marie DiMatteo, CIC, MWCA I have been in the construction insurance business since 1992. I know the markets, the products, and what’s right for you. Call me today to schedule a convenient appointment. 79 Bridgeport Ave, Shelton, CT 06484 | 203.924.5429 | www.dimatteogrp.com JUNE 2017 | HBRA of Fairfield County 23
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BUILDER SPOTLIGHT The Michaud Group Rob is managing partner of The Michaud Group, a company he co-founded with his brother Marc in 1997. Rob has been involved in residential construction and land development for 20 years with his own company and has developed custom single family homes throughout Connecticut with his own company. Rob directs the financial management, estimating and sales for The Michaud Group. Rob is an HBRA of Fairfield County Board Director and also sits on the Building Committee. Marc oversees the day to day project management of the company’s custom homes and remodeling projects. Marc has 17 years of construction management experience in all aspects of residential construction, directs all building code compliance and guides homeowners through the building process. Marc also handles land and building acquisitions for the company and is a Certified Graduate Builder as well as a Certified Green Professional. 24 HBRA of Fairfield County | JUNE 2017 They have also been award multiple awards. Including, but not limited to: • 2015 Best Spec Home $1-2 Million • 2013 Best Spec Home $500,000-$750,000 • 2011 Best Spec Home $500,000-$750,000 • 2010 Best Not So Big House, Fairfield County • 2009 Best Spec Home, Fairfield County $500,000750,000 • 2008 HOBI Awards Judge Special Recognition GROUP THE HOME BUILDERS The Michaud Group One Enterprise Dr., Suite 320 Shelton CT 06484 www.themichaudgroup.com MEMBER NEWS DEAR SANDLER COACH Dear Sandler Coach, What the heck is Social Selling anyhow? - Jeff T. Clambake at the Beach The 3rd Annual Clambake at the Beach, Sponsored by Marlin Electric will be on Wednesday September 6, 2017 from 7 - 10 PM at the Penfield Pavilion in Fairfield. It was a sold out affair in 2016 and will no doubt be the same for 2017. Register here. Dear Jeff, Great question, probably not enough room here to explain it fully but let’s see what we can do. I feel like Social Selling has become more of a buzzword then a specific system or process. Let’s break it down quickly - Social - typically would mean online but the social aspect is more off the computer than on it. It’s a method of finding out common interest and using that to bridge the gap when you converse with someone. Maybe you saw on LinkedIn they went to the same school you did so you bring that up on your first meeting or maybe they support an organization you do so you converse about to build a little rapport. Easy enough. HBRA Bowl-a-rama October 24, 2017 The Associate’s Council is hosting a Builders vs Associates Bowl-a-rama at Nutmeg Bowl in Fairfield. We are looking to make this an annual event with a trophy to be passed to the winning group. So get your bowling ball and shoes ready. - signups will be announced in the coming weeks! The other aspect of social selling is how you are perceived online. Do you write blogs? Do you participate in groups? Do you have a good picture and description? What about Facebook? Twitter? Is all your comments and posts relevant? What do they say about you? We live in a world now where someone can research you prior to a meeting and see what you are “really” like outside of the meeting. Think about it, if someone looked at your Facebook would they want to work with you? Or would they see a pic of your chugging a beer on top of a pickup truck? Ok so we tackled social a little bit what about - selling? My question would be do you typically sell over an email? If so then yes go for it but if you typically sell face to face or at least via phone then the initial contact is simply qualifying the prospect. No selling needed. If you did “Social Selling” right then your presence online is what would have either sold them or not. Now it’s time for you to do the job which is qualifying that prospect. - John John J. Fazio, Jr. John’s clients include the single entrepreneur all the way up to Fortune 500 companies in the areas of sales, leadership, management and customer service. John is also active in the Greenwich and New Haven Chambers as well as Membership Success BNI out of Brookfield. Have a training question for John? Send your questions to hbra@buildfairfieldcounty.com JUNE 2017 | HBRA of Fairfield County 25
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ASSOCIATE SPOTLIGHT Interstate+Lakeland Lumber Corp. Since 1922 Interstate + Lakeland Lumber has been dedicated to servicing the needs of the area’s finest builders throughout Westchester and Fairfield counties. Committed to providing the highest quality of service and materials in the area with competitive pricing, Interstate + Lakeland Lumber has established itself as one of the leaders in product knowledge and representation. From framing lumber, both dimensional and engineered, to windows, siding, and trim, Interstate + Lakeland Lumber can supply the full array of building materials to suit any type of project. We are most proud of our molding program with over 300 molding profiles in stock that make up the IL Greenwich Collection. Interstate + Lakeland Lumber just recently launched 40 additional profiles to make up their new “ILINE Collection”. With our 100,000 sq ft millwork manufacturing and distribution center located in Bethel CT, we are leading the industry on the custom mill work side of the business for both interior and exterior production. Interstate + Lakeland Lumber is proud to be one of Brian Kurtz the few and remaining successful family owned and operated businesses that has entered into its fourth 26 HBRA of Fairfield County | JUNE 2017 generation with the addition of Brian. This rich and vibrant tradition continues to grow as the company enters its 96th year in business. Brian joined the company in 2008 eager to continue its great success, and has played key role in helping chart the future course of Interstate + Lakeland Lumber. As an outside salesman for the past five years he has managed to grow existing customer relationships as well as develop new ones with some of the top builders in the area. He brings passion and enthusiasm every day to his work and is constantly looking for ways to improve customer satisfaction. Over the next five years Brian plans to continue his growth in all aspects of the company and focus on bringing in the next generation of dedicated IL employees to help Interstate flourish. Please stop into Interstate + Lakeland Lumber’s award winning Window and Door showroom in Greenwich CT, or any one of the 5 locations to speak with our knowledgeable and friendly staff that represent the Interstate and Lakeland Lumber family. We look forward to supplying your next job.” Interstate+Lakeland Lumber Corp. 184 South Water Street Greenwich CT 06830 www.interstatelumber.com Specializing In: Residential Elevators | Commercial Elevators | Construction Hoists Limited Use Limited Application Elevators (LULA) Vertical Platform Lifts | Inclined Lifts | Stair Lifts Dumbwaiters | Material Lifts (Vertical Reciprocating Conveyors) And all other associated Vertical Transportation Equipment Serving: Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and Eastern New York 203-757-5000 www.ElevatorServiceCo.com CT Lic.# ELV. 400105 R1 - RI Lic. # 21 MA Lic.# EC-000093 Providing not one, but ALL Major Manufacturer’s Equipment spin zoom click explore Take a virtual tour through our award-winning showroom from the comfort of your home or office. Interstate + Lakeland Lumber’s Design Center is a state-of-the-art, high-end, custom showroom built in the original 1922 mill shop. It provides a gallery style setting for premium windows, doors, and hardware and our specialty, custom millwork. Our experienced representative is on hand to answer any of your questions and provide solutions to your building challenges. To learn more, contact Frank Bowron at 203-531-8050 ext 1156 fbowron@interstatelumber.com http://www.interstatelumber.com/services/designcenter-tour.html JUNE 2017 | HBRA of Fairfield County 27
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BUILDER NEWS 9 signs the housing market will only get hotter in 2017 Department rSingle-family home activity is climbing: When the Commerce ecently reported home starts for April, a bright spot was the brisk activity for single-family home construction. The pace of 835,000 starts is a bullish sign for the housing market because builders are favoring homeownership via stand-alone units instead of multifamily homes for renters. Housing starts are trending higher: While the overall April numbers may be soft on the surface, MarketWatch reporter Andrea Riquier recently pointed out that “starts have been 6% higher in the first four months of this year than in the same period last year, and the pace of permit authorizations is over 10% higher, pointing to stronger growth in the future.” Read More Desire for New Amenities: Still the Top Reason to Remodel ansAccording to remodelers who wered special questions on NAHB’s Remodeling Market Index (RMI) survey for the 1st quarter of 2017, a simple “desire for better/ newer amenities” once again ranked as the number one reason customers choose to remodel their homes. On a scale of 1 to 5 (where 1 indicates never or almost never, and 5 is very often), the average remodeler’s response was 4.4. Read More You design the home. We’ll take care of the loan. Lock in your permanent rate at application with our complete package for building and financing your home. For expert advice and personal service, call Dorothy today. Dorothy Cardillo Mortgage Loan Officer NMLS ID#: 722895 office 1-203-940-3266 mobile 1-347-365-0488 dorothy.cardillo@td.com tdbank.com/dorothycardillo TD Bank, N.A. | Loans subject to credit approval. | Equal Housing Lender 28 HBRA of Fairfield County | JUNE 2017 Our New Showroom           NOW OPEN! We Will Be Featuring an Extensive Display Showcase of Andersen® We Will Be Featuring an Extensive Display Showcase of Andersen® Windows & Doors Windows & Doors 29 Prospect Street, Ridgefield, CT 203.438.2626 29 Prospect Street, Ridgefield, CT 203.438.2626 www.ridgefieldsupply.com Mon. - Fri. 7 - 5 • Sat. 8 - 2 • Closed Sunday www.ridgefieldsupply.com Mon. - Fri. 7 - 4 • Sat. 8 - 4 • Closed Sunday LUMBER • BUILDING MATERIALS • WINDOWS • DOORS • MILLWORK • HARDWARE • PAINT JUNE 2017 | HBRA of Fairfield County 29
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BUILDER NEWS Moving up: How builders can address the needs of multigenerational households Labor Department Overturns Obama-era Joint Employer, Misclassification Guidance SecrIn a victory for NAHB members and the small business community, etary of Labor Alexander Acosta on June 7 announced the withdrawal of the Department of Labor’s (DOL) 2015 and 2016 informal guidance on independent contractors and joint employment — two Obama-era documents that expanded the tests for what constitutes a joint employer and an independent contractor, respectively. The 2016 guidance document arguably signaled DOL’s intent to increase aggressive enforcement of joint employment status in its investigations, and NAHB is pleased that DOL is rescinding it. Likewise, NAHB commends the agency because it placed undue burdens on our members to show that the subcontractors they hire are independent contractors and not employees. As previously reported in 2015, DOL issued administrative guidance on the application of standards for who is an employee under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The guidance document represented a fundamental shift by DOL away from the established common law control test (based on the control an employer exercises over how, when, where, and by whom work is performed) in favor of economic realities factors (based on the nature and profitability of the work performed and how integral it is to the business) in determining whether a worker is truly an independent contractor rather than an employee. Read More is trL iving with mom and dad it ending. That is, whether due to financial, health or other circumstances, young adults are moving back home after college and older adults are moving in with their children later in life, bringing multigenerational households to the forefront once again. This style of living, wherein two or more adult generations or the combination of grandparents, parents and grandchildren live together under one roof, has a long history. Whereas 19% of the U.S. population, or 60.6 million people, had such an arrangement in 2014, a 21% share of the population did so in 1950, according to data from the Pew Research Center. The more recent figure is up from the category low of 12% in 1980. Elderly parents moving in with their adult children once drove the trend. Today, however, young adults moving back in with their parents, or to not yet have left home, are the leading factor. In 2014, 31% of young adults ages 25 to 29 lived in multigenerational households. Meanwhile, 23% of adults ages 55 to 64 and 21% of those 65 years of age and older lived with other generations, according to Pew. Read More 30 HBRA of Fairfield County | JUNE 2017 Cottagesgardens.Com | marCH 2017 ArchitectureIssue The JUNE 2017 | HBRA of Fairfield County 31 connecticut cottages & gardens March 2017 cottagesgardens.com
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TRAINING & SEMINARS Register Online or call the HBRA office at 203-335-7008 OSHA 10 Hour Construction Thursday, October 12 & Friday, October 13, 2017* 8:00am-2:00pm Breakfast/Registration starts at 7:30AM Rings End Educational Facility 160 Avon Street, Stratford, CT OSHA is coming to FINE you! Get ahead of them & learn what you need to know for your business and your employees. The OSHA 10hour construction training course is designed for anyone in the construction industry. Upon completion, participants will receive an OSHA construction safety and health 10-hour course completion card from the Department of Labor. OSHA 10 cards are good for 5 years. HBRA Members: $30.00 Non-Members: $60.00 *Must attend both dates in order to receive OSHA card-per federal regulation. Continental Breakfast & Lunch included both days. Payment must be received by October 6th to reserve your spot. Walk-ins will not be accepted at this course due to limited seating. Sponsored by: 32 HBRA of Fairfield County | JUNE 2017 HBRA Job Bank If you would like to have a job posted, please use the Job Posting form to submit the information. FREE service for HBRA Members. The fee for Non-members is $50. Click here to Post a Job Please contact the HBRA office at 203-335-7008 or email us for more information, Available Jobs: These opportunities are offered by the HBRA members listed in the specific advertisement. Please do not contact the HBRA regarding these listings. Residential Building Products Specialist Parksite Inc. Resumes: Craig Smith – Sub-contractor, Remodeling and Renovation, Residential Carpenter FREE Resume Posting (Open to the public) E-mail your resume in Microsoft Word or Adobe Acrobat PDF format. Subject line: JOB BANK. Do not include your resume as body copy in an e-mail. Include a short paragraph summary of your skills or what type of job you are seeking. The HBRA of Fairfield County is not an employment agency nor will the HBRA recommend or refer any person seeking employment. It is up to the Member to contact an applicant directly and make employment decisions. Save on supplies and services for your business There are some great Verizon promotions ending soon. Get a $200 bill credit when you bring your number and a qualifying iPhone to Verizon. Smartphone Offers Starting at $0. Deals on Apple iPhone, Kyocera, Motorola and Google devices. See more details about these great deals and how to redeem them. Staples Business Advantage is designed to help you consolidate business purchasing with one convenient vendor. NPP members receive 250,000+ items competitively priced to satisfy diverse product and category needs Manufacturer-direct program of furniture solutions FREE next business-day delivery on most standard orders over $30 www.staplesadvantage.com How to Register: Visit www.mynpp.com, select Company, then Construction, then Residential. Select HB&RA - Home Builders and Remodelers Associations from the dropdown menu, complete the enrollment and START SAVING! JUNE 2017 | HBRA of Fairfield County 33

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Financing some of the top builders in Fairfield County. People you trust, service you expect, and products to fit your financial needs. • Construction Financing • Commercial Mortgages • Term Loans • Revolving Lines of Credit 877.431.7431 • www.fairfieldcountybank.com NMLS ID #516624 EQUAL HOUSING L E ND E R MEMBER FDIC ANNOUNCING the arrival of our new 8-story BOOMTRUCK CONNECTICUT - East Haven - Manchester - Newtown SANDY HOOK - 2 Turnberry Lane - 203-426-0030 NEW YORK - Millwood • Mold / Mildew Resistant Board • Fire Rated Board • ½” Light Weight Board • Exterior Sheathing • Metal Studs • Acoustical Ceiling Tile HBRA VIP CIRCLE 2016-17 OFFICERS President Chris Steiner Steiner, Inc. Sr. Vice-President Anthony DeRosa DeRosa Builders Vice-President Kim DiMatteo DiMatteo Group Secretary/Treasurer Michael Church William Pitt Sotheby's Immediate Past President Peter Gaboriault Bear Paw Builders 2016-17 DIRECTORS Peter Battaglio Hocon Gas Max Bender Bender Supply Steve Berko Four Square Build & Design Ken DeLeo Doherty & DeLeo John Hertz Hertz Construction Brian Kurtz Interstate Lumber Rob Michaud The Michaud Group Steven Roth Elevator Service Company Alex Shook Pella Commercial Michael Wood Wood Builders Joanne Carroll JMC Resources Jerry Effren Gary Fanali City Carting LIFE DIRECTORS Peter Fusaro Preferred Builders The Greyrock Companies Maureen Hanley United Bank Michael Palumbo ERI Building & Design Thank you to the following VIP Associate Members for their support in 2017. Due to their generosity the Association greatly benefits - from developing new events and educational opportunities for the membership, to keeping our lights on! MAY 2017 | HBRA of Fairfield County 3 MEDIA SPONSOR gas
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IN THIS ISSUE Letter From The CEO Upcoming Events May GMM Annual Meeting 8 MAY GMM 12 Annual Meeting 14 Golf Outing Annual HBRA Golf Outing New Members Builder Spotlights Doherty and DeLeo Argus Development Associate Spotlight Connecticut Stone Member News NAHB Mid-Year Director’s Meeting Clambake at the Beach HBRA Bowl-A-Rama Builder News Staying Social, 6 Ways to Drive Leads Built to Last: The Builder-Buyer Relationship Spending Reaches Post Recession High What’s Cooking: Kitchen Design Trends Aging in Place Remodeling Popularity Growth Construction Jobs Making Up For Lost Time Who are NAHB Builder Members Seminars OSHA 10 Hour Construction HBRA Breakfast Series - Sales Institute Member Benefits Advertisers: Fairfield County Bank East Haven Builders Supply TD Bank Ed’s Garage Doors County TV & Appliance United Bank New England Home DiMatteo Ridgefield Supply Elevator Service Company Interstate Lumber CTC&G Hocon Gas Ring's End Editorial Staff Gina Calabro Publisher/Editor Clare Michalak Designer Sarah Iannarone Executive Assistant Want to advertise? Contact the office for more information and rates. HBRA of Fairfield County 2228 Black Rock Turnpike, Suite 307 Fairfield, CT 06825 203-335-7008 hbra@buildfairfieldcounty.com www. buildfairfieldcounty.com p.6 p.7 p.8 p.10 p.12 p.14 p.16 p.22 p.16 p.22 p.22 p.23 p.23 p.23 p.24 p.24 p.24 p.24 Kitchen’s Edge Baths as Top Remodeling Projects p.24 Lumber Duty Will Cost 8,000 Jobs p.24 p.28 p.28 p.30 p.2 p.2 p.3 p.4 p.15 p.15 p.17 p.17 p.19 p.21 p.21 p.27 p.29 Back Cover You design the home. We’ll take care of the loan. Lock in your permanent rate at application with our complete package for building and financing your home. For expert advice and personal service, call Dorothy today. Dorothy Cardillo Mortgage Loan Officer NMLS ID#: 722895 office 1-203-940-3266 mobile 1-347-365-0488 dorothy.cardillo@td.com tdbank.com/dorothycardillo TD Bank, N.A. | Loans subject to credit approval. | Equal Housing Lender BEAUTY. ELEGANCE. STRENGTH. Our Aluminum Doors Will Surprise You. Ed’s Garage Doors offers a broad selection of aluminum doors that are the perfect complement to your home. Visit our showroom to see many exclusive aluminum doors on display, and talk with a design expert about our countless in-stock and custom options. Showroom Hours: Mon. – Fri.: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm Saturday: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm Evenings: By appointment Sunday: Closed 136 Water Street, Norwalk, CT 06854 203-847-1284 edsgaragedoors.com ®
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MESSAGE FROM THE EXECUTIVE OFFICER Dear HBRA Members, T here has been a whirlwind of activity at the HBRA office since our last issue. The May 3rd General Membership meeting sold out and once again Clarke Distributors hosted an amazing event. Thanks so much to the Clarke crew and to all who attended to congratulate Tom Conley, the 2017 Building Official of the Year. Next up is the 2017 Annual Meeting and Awards Dinner on June 9th at the Greenwich Regency Hyatt. Congratulations to all of the 2017 Award Winners and thanks to all that sent in nominations. We have a spectacular night planned with cocktails, dinner, our HBRA award ceremony, and a silent and LIVE auction benefitting the local charities. See pages 10 & 11 for additional details. The Annual Golf Outing will be held at Tashua Knolls Golf Course on Monday July 24th. See pages 12 & 13 for information. Sponsorships and foursomes sell out quick so register soon! The Clambake is scheduled for September and a BRAND NEW event in October - a Bowla-rama! Details on these events will be out soon so keep a lookout! As always, if you have any questions, please call the office or e-mail us at hbra@buildfairfieldcounty.com! Best, Gina Calabro gina@buildfairfieldcounty.com 6 HBRA of Fairfield County | MAY 2017 MARK YOUR CALENDARS UPCOMING EVENTS May 22-23, 2017 OSHA 10 Construction Ring’s End Educational Facility Stratford, CT Click Here to Register June 9, 2017 HBRA Annual Meeting Awards Night and Auction HYATT REGENCY GREENWICH 1800 East Putnam Avenue Old Greenwich, CT, 06870 Click Here to Register July 24, 2017 2017 Fairfield County HBRA Golf Classic Tashua Knolls Golf Course 40 Tashua Knolls Lane Trumbull CT 06611, US Click Here to Register 1 MAY 2017 | HBRA of Fairfield County 7
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June 9, 2017 Greenwich Hyatt Regency 5:30PM - Midnight Walk the RED CARPET and Join Us to Celebrate our Accomplishments and to Recognize your Peers at the 2017 Annual Meeting & Awards Dinner/Dance. Individual Tickets: $125 Table of 10: $1,200 To purchase tickets, CLICK HERE 10 HBRA of Fairfield County | MAY 2017 Additional Photos at http://buildfairfieldcounty.com/photo-gallery D The 2017 HBRA of Fairfield County Awards on’t miss the premier event of the year where your peers are recognized for their achievements and involvement in the HBRA. The evening includes cocktail hour, dinner, award celebration, a LIVE auction, and dancing with Pimpinella! Dinner Choices: 1. Merlot Braised Short Ribs with Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Wild Mushroom Ragout, Broccolini and Cabernet Demi-Glace 2 Sustainable Salmon Fillet with Roasted Fingerling Potatoes, Haricot Vert, Mango Salsa and Citrus Reduction 3. Free Range French Chicken Breast with Herbed Risotto, Rainbow Cauliflower, Heirloom Tomato Relish and Thyme Demi 4. Vegetarian Option Upon Request Individual Tickets: $125 Table of 10: $1,200 To purchase tickets, CLICK HERE Evening festivities include: 5:30PM - 6:30PM 6:30PM 7:15PM Cocktail Reception Silent Auction Dinner Welcome & HBRA update (Silent Auction Closes) 7:30PM – 8:30PM HBRA Awards 8:30PM -9:00PM LIVE Auction 9:00PM- midnight Music and Dancing There is a small block of rooms available for $139- click here to reserve one. Deadline is May 26th. T he HBRA Awards are bestowed to members for excellence in new home construction, land development, remodeling, allied supplies and services, and volunteerism to the organization. “Our award winners are deserving of this recognition for the accomplishments they have made within our industry and for their commitment to our association and the Fairfield County communities,” stated Gina Calabro, Chief Executive Officer of the HBRA of Fairfield County. “Our 430+ members represent the best in their industry and are committed to the highest standards in building.” Builder of the Year Arnold Karp, Karp Associates, Inc., Remodeler of the Year Michael Palumbo & Kent Eppley ERI Building & Design Associate of the Year Steven Roth, Elevator Service Company Woman of the Year Karen Bradbury, Closet and Storage Concepts, Business of the Year Marlin Electric Supplier of the Year Clarke Distributors Member of the Year The Michaud Group New Member of the Year Emilia Ferri, Emilia Ferri Architecture + Design LLC, Volunteer of the Year Lora Mazurak, Aitoro Appliance & Electronics Associate Council Awards Ken DeLeo & John Doherty Doherty & DeLeo Development Pete Battaglio, Hocon Gas HBRA Hall of Fame Gary Fanali, City Carting & Recycling Kim DiMatteo, The DiMatteo Group John P. Rowins Meritorious Service Award Peter Fusaro, Preferred Builders, Inc. President’s Choice Award Gina Calabro, HBRA CEO y/ MAY 2017 | HBRA of Fairfield County 11
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2017 HBRA of Fairfield County Golf Classic JULY 24, 2017 Tashua Knolls S ign up your foursomes for the 2017 Home Builders and Remodelers of Fairfield County Golf Classic at Tashua Knolls Golf Course in Trumbull, CT! This year we will be hosting TWO tournaments. The 18 hole tournament of 136 Golfers is only $225/individual and $875for a foursome, and includes two hours of the driving range, lunch, cocktail hour & dinner. “The Glen” 9 hole tournament of 36 Golfers is $125/individual or $475 for a foursome and includes the driving range, cocktail hour and dinner. Jon Small of Marlin Electric will once again be sponsoring the raw bar on the course. Plus, hand rolled cigars, course beverages and new games! Trumbull, CT Presented by Ring’s End Schedule 10:00am 18-Hole Registration & Driving Range 11:00am Lunch begins 12:00pm 18-hole Tournament - Shotgun start 1:30pm 9-Hole Registration/Driving Range 2:30pm 9-hole Tournament - Shotgun start 5:30pm Cocktails, Dinner, Raffle & Awards 12 HBRA of Fairfield County | MAY 2017 Become a Golf Classic Sponsor! A great opportunity to show your support and publicize your business! Covers both tournaments: $2,500 $2,000 $2,000 $1,500 $1,500 $1,500 Hat Sponsor Dinner Sponsor Dinner Sponsor Beverage Cart Sponsor Beverage Cart Sponsor Cigar Sponsor $1,000 Water bottle Sponsor $1,500 $1,500 $1,000 $750 $250 Ice Cream Truck Tee Sponsors (27 total) CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE or call the office at 203-335-7008 18 Hole Tournament Only: $1,000 Golf Ball Sponsor $500 Closest to the Line $500 Closest to the Pin $250 Hole-in-One -PRIZE $250 Hole-in-One -PRIZE $250 Hole-in-One -PRIZE Thanks to our Current Sponsors! Named Sponsor Rings End Awards Awards/Dessert Beverage Cart Cocktail Hour Driving Range Acadia Insurance DiMatteo Group Ridgefield Supply Interstate Lumber Ed’s Garage Doors Golf Cart Sponsor Elevator Service Co. 9 Hole Tournament Only: $500 Golf Ball Sponsor $300 Closest to the Line $300 Closest to the Pin $200 Hockey Stick Putt Complimentary Gift Bags Golf Towel Sponsor Golf Cart Sponsor Golf Cart Sponsor County TV & Appliance Hole in One($10,000 prize) Tooher & Ferraris Lunch Sponsor Longest Drive Putting Green Tee Sponsor Hocon Gas United Bank Fairfield County Bank Parksite Have a raffle item to donate? Contact the office at 203-335-7008 MAY 2017 | HBRA of Fairfield County 13
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BUILDER SPOTLIGHT Doherty & DeLeo Development, LLC prides itself in building unique and beautiful custom designed homes in Darien and Greenwich, CT. Long standing relationships with architects, sub contractors, vendors and interior design specialists ensure state of the art technology, the highest level of efficiency and premier home design. Open and constant communication with each new home owner ensures welcome collaboration. Each home we build represents the individual client’s lifestyle, personal taste and family’s requirements. Known for building in some of the area’s more challenging landscapes, long term town relationships ensure efficient cohesion for each projects success. About Ken DeLeo: Ken, a lifelong native of Fairfield County, has been in the construction business for over 35 years, turning his passion for building into a lifelong career. His high expectations and a relentless 16 HBRA of Fairfield County | MAY 2017 Doherty & Deleo Development LLC 21 Canoe Trail Darien CT 06820 (203) 984-7003 work ethic ensure happy clients rewarding both referrals and repeat business. His hands on and personal interaction with each individual project promotes confidence in both building schedules and performance. About John Doherty: John Doherty and Ken DeLeo John has been in all phases of the construction business for over 30 years, partnering with Ken in 1991. Specializing in landscape design and large machinery operation, his talents have produced some of the area’s most stunning outdoor entertainment designs. Working successfully as a key liaison with all state and local bureaucracy ensures the highest in time efficiency for each project. “Roberta goes above and beyond selling advertising. She stays in touch with us regarding editorial opportunities, invites us to high quality networking events, and makes email introductions between us and potential partners.” —Kristen Sullivan, GatehouSe PaRtneRS Contact Associate Publisher, Roberta Mancuso to learn how New England Home Connecticut can help generate business for your company. rmancuso@nehomemag.com | 203.530.9593 nehomemag.com Look no further for an insurance agent who can work with you to design an insurance portfolio just right for your business. If you engage in construction or remodeling of one or two family residences in CT then I want to talk to you. Our construction insurance program includes: • General Liability • • • Property Business Auto Inland Marine • Workers Compensation • Umbrella • Builders Risk Kim Marie DiMatteo, CIC, MWCA I have been in the construction insurance business since 1992. I know the markets, the products, and what’s right for you. Call me today to schedule a convenient appointment. 79 Bridgeport Ave, Shelton, CT 06484 | 203.924.5429 | www.dimatteogrp.com MAY 2017 | HBRA of Fairfield County 17
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BUILDER SPOTLIGHT Argus Development, LLC specializes in architecturally unique, custom high-end new home construction in Greenwich, CT. About Tim O'Malley Working with some of the area’s top architects, Argus has the ability to provide a turn key solution for the client. From pre-design outline, development of construction documentation, bid and cost estimation, construction and turn over, Argus focuses on bridging all the various elements of a project together and working to ensure the clients wishes are met at all stages. Argus' strong financial position allows us to maintain an inventory of buildable sites primarily in the Riverside and Old Greenwich area. The company's hallmark is to build top quality homes. We employ top quality employees and work with skilled subcontractors. We always maintain a sound financial base. Safety is good business and we will always work in a clean and safe environment. Our customers will always be our top priority. Tim O’Malley Argus Development LLC was founded by Tim O'Malley a 30+ year resident of Greenwich, CT. With deep roots in the community, Tim takes great pride in maintaining a close relationship with his clients. His commitment to his clients does not end at the turnover of the home. They are available to all of their clients as long as they are in their homes. They take great pride in the homes they build and are proud to stand by the product well past completion. Argus Development LLC 199 Sound Beach Ave, 2nd Floor Old Greenwich CT 06870 (203) 637-4144 argusdevelopmentllc.com 18 HBRA of Fairfield County | MAY 2017 Our New Showroom           NOW OPEN! We Will Be Featuring an Extensive Display Showcase of Andersen® We Will Be Featuring an Extensive Display Showcase of Andersen® Windows & Doors Windows & Doors 29 Prospect Street, Ridgefield, CT 203.438.2626 29 Prospect Street, Ridgefield, CT 203.438.2626 www.ridgefieldsupply.com Mon. - Fri. 7 - 5 • Sat. 8 - 2 • Closed Sunday www.ridgefieldsupply.com Mon. - Fri. 7 - 4 • Sat. 8 - 4 • Closed Sunday LUMBER • BUILDING MATERIALS • WINDOWS • DOORS • MILLWORK • HARDWARE • PAINT MAY 2017 | HBRA of Fairfield County 19
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ASSOCIATE SPOTLIGHT © Neil Landino Connecticut Stone is your complete source for innovative ideas on designing with stone. Our knowledgeable staff has more than sixty seven years of experience collaborating as a trusted partner with architects, builders, and landscape designers on largescale residential and commercial projects. From full-scale custom kitchen and bath designs to outdoor pools and patios, our team will work closely with you to ensure a seamless process from materials selection to project completion. Browse our beautiful showroom and 15 acre yard for a wide selection of native and imported natural stone, including marble, granite, limestone, building stone, and much more. In our factory, we cut and finish materials to your exact specifications. Our professional and friendly staff will guide you through our luxury product lines of porcelain, ceramic and glass tile, featuring respected brands such as Walker Zanger, Artistic Tile, and New Ravenna to name a few. The natural stone industry constantly changes, evolves and reinvents itself. Connecticut Stone not 20 HBRA of Fairfield County | MAY 2017 only evolves with it, but serves as a leader in the industry. We are inspired by our industry colleagues to push the boundaries of what has and can be done with natural stone. Tyra Dellacroce We are proud members and supporters of the HBRA. Let us help you see the full potential of stone, and the unexpected ways it can transform your project. Call 203-882-1000 or visit us online at connecticutstone.com for ideas and inspiration. Please find Connecticut Stone’s contact information below: Connecticut Stone 138 Woodmont Road Milford, CT 06460 203-882-1000 connecticutstone.com Specializing In: Residential Elevators | Commercial Elevators | Construction Hoists Limited Use Limited Application Elevators (LULA) Vertical Platform Lifts | Inclined Lifts | Stair Lifts Dumbwaiters | Material Lifts (Vertical Reciprocating Conveyors) And all other associated Vertical Transportation Equipment Serving: Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and Eastern New York 203-757-5000 www.ElevatorServiceCo.com CT Lic.# ELV. 400105 R1 - RI Lic. # 21 MA Lic.# EC-000093 Providing not one, but ALL Major Manufacturer’s Equipment spin zoom click explore Take a virtual tour through our award-winning showroom from the comfort of your home or office. Interstate + Lakeland Lumber’s Design Center is a state-of-the-art, high-end, custom showroom built in the original 1922 mill shop. It provides a gallery style setting for premium windows, doors, and hardware and our specialty, custom millwork. Our experienced representative is on hand to answer any of your questions and provide solutions to your building challenges. To learn more, contact Frank Bowron at 203-531-8050 ext 1156 fbowron@interstatelumber.com http://www.interstatelumber.com/services/designcenter-tour.html MAY 2017 | HBRA of Fairfield County 21
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MEMBER NEWS NAHB Mid-Year Directors Meeting DNAHB leadership will convene in Washington, .C. June 13-17 for the Midyear Board Meeting and to recognize the association’s 75th anniversary. In addition to the Board, Committee and Council meetings, NAHB members will meet with their congressional delegations on the Hill during the all-day Legislative Conference June 14. For more information, please click here. Clambake at the Beach knoThe 3rd Annual Clambake at the Beach, Sponsored by Marlin Electric will be here before you w it! It was a sold out affair in 2016 and will no doubt be the same for 2017. You can pre-register here. HBRA Bowl-a-rama BoThe Associate’s Council is planning a Builders vs Associates wl-a-rama for October. We are looking to make this an annual event with a trophy to be passed to the winning membership. So get your bowling ball and shoes ready -- details will be coming soon... 22 HBRA of Fairfield County | MAY 2017 BUILDER NEWS Built to last: How keeping up the builder–buyer relationship can lead to future business with a client tBuilders know that investing in a relationship down the line. oday can lead to more business Staying social: 6 ways to drive leads on Facebook, Instagram tThe construction industry was slow to warm o social media, with many firms tiptoeing their way in reluctantly. Fast forward a few years and social media has become as essential as a website: If you’re not participating, you’re missing out. “It’s definitely a necessity,” said Ali Peters, account manager at Philadelphia-based Group Two Advertising, which manages social media marketing for builders and remodelers. “It’s really a good communication tool for builders beyond their website. It’s a way to capture people where they’re already living and socializing.” “It’s becoming more and more critical,” said Robin Burrill, CEO of Curb Appeal Renovations, in Keller, TX. “Almost all our ‘cold’ leads come from some type of social media or internet search.” What’s also changed is that many building pros aren’t on social media just to be on it — they’re leveraging engagement and the twoway conversation it offers to bring in leads and connect directly with potential and existing customers. And that’s a good thing, since most of today’s popular social media platforms — Facebook, in particular — favor engagement. And the more engagement you have, the more likely your posts will be seen by your followers and beyond. Read More “You always want your company’s name to be viewed well in the public eye,” said Nicole Murray, chief operating officer of John Burns Real Estate Consulting. “Most builders do feel a very strong sense of what they do and how it affects people and how it contributes to the American Dream.” As a result, most stay in touch with homebuyers through the warranty period to help tie up loose ends, resolve major issues and provide a basic roadmap for taking care of what could be the largest purchase they’ll ever make. But that relationship is typically short-lived — at least relative to the life of the home and how long owners typically stay there. Today, however, more builders are exploring ways to continue that relationship, and they are relying on a mix of tried-and-tested and hightech methods to get there. Read More Spending Reaches Post-Recession High grePrivate residential construction spending w 1.2% in March to a seasonally adjusted annual rate (SAAR) of $503.4 billion, according to NAHB analysis of Census data. This is 7.5% higher than a year ago and represents a new post-recession high. The gains are largely attributed to growth in spending on multifamily and home improvements. Multifamily construction spending continued its record breaking pace to a SAAR of $66.1 billion. Spending on home improvements has now increased for six straight months, reaching an SAAR of $178.9 billion in March. MAY 2017 | HBRA of Fairfield County 23
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BUILDER NEWS What’s cooking: The trends shaping kitchen design today cHome repair and renovation projects are inevitable — pipes orrode, window trim warps, roof shingles buckle and curl. Others require more of a push, such as a living room addition to keep up with the space needs of a growing family, a new patio or deck to extend that area outdoors and even the installation of a home-entertainment system to bring it all together. One of the most popular remodeling projects these days — the kitchen — is equal parts technical and functional. Home-improvement spending is expected to grow 6% annually to $318.6 billion by the first quarter of 2018, according to the Joint Center For Housing Studies of Harvard University. And although DIY’s popularity continues, owners in the millennial (76%), Gen-X (83%) and baby boomer (88%) generations overwhelmingly chose to work with a professional builder or remodeler in 2015, according to a recent Houzz user survey. Read More Aging-in-place remodeling sees its popularity continue to grow D ive Brief: More remodelers are completing aging-in-place home improvement projects, with 80% of remodeling firms reporting work in the category in Q4 2016, up from 68% in 2013, according to a recent National Association of Home Builders’ survey. Simple and less-expensive projects are gaining popularity, with added lighting or task lighting (12%), curb-less showers (9%), grab bars (7%), non-slip floors (7%) and widening doorways (5%) seeing the largest increases from 2013. Read More 24 HBRA of Fairfield County | MAY 2017 Who are NAHB Builder Members T Construction jobs making up for lost time D espite lower residential construction permits in 2016, Connecticut builders are on track to increase their ranks at the fastest pace of any industry over the next few years, with continued low interest rates combining with stock market gains to unleash pent-up demand for home improvements and upgrades to commercial facilities. A recent surge in hiring has helped fill in an employment chasm that developed over six years following the 2008 collapse in the housing market. Over that stretch, only the manufacturing and finance sectors terminated more jobs in Connecticut than construction, with the sector’s employment down by more than 10,000 jobs as noted in a state Department of Labor report, despite major residential developments in downtown Stamford, Norwalk and the Danbury area. Between the summers of 2014 and 2016, however, construction staged the biggest employment rally in Connecticut, the Labor Department noted, with builders bringing on nearly 4,500 people. And many projects were able to get an early jump heading into 2017 thanks to unseasonably mild weather throughout much of the winter. Behind only a “mining” category in Connecticut that relates largely to gravel and sand quarries operated by companies like Tilcon — resources directly hitched to construction — the Labor Department believes builders will lead the state in hiring through 2018, bolstering their combined workforces by 2.5 percent against a 0.8 percent increase in overall employment. Read More MAY 2017 | HBRA of Fairfield County 25 he 2016 annual member census conducted by NAHB reveals that 60% of our builder members are singlefamily builders, 23% are residential remodelers, 6% are commercial builders, 5% are multifamily builders and 4% are land developers. Commercial remodelers and manufacturers of modular/ panelized/log homes each comprise 1% of the builder members. Read More Kitchens edge baths as top remodeling projects A recent survey conducted by NAHB shows that kitchens squeaked past baths as the top remodeling jobs performed by NAHB Remodelers in 2016. As NAHB Senior Economist Paul Emrath shows in this Eye on Housing blog post, 81% of remodelers said kitchen remodeling was a common job for them last year, compared to 80% who cited bathroom remodeling. Read More
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BUILDER NEWS What Young Adults Think of the Construction Trades betwMost young adults een the ages of 18 and 25 say the two most important benefits of a career in the construction trades are good pay (80%) and learning useful skills (74%), according to a recent poll of this age group conducted by NAHB. Only 15% cite seasonal work as a benefit, while a modest 37% rate it as an advantage that this field does not require a college degree. The vast majority of those surveyed, 74%, say they already know the field in which they want to have a career. Meanwhile, the 26% of respondents who do not yet know the career path they want to take got a follow-up question about the chance they might consider a number of fields (construction trades being one of them) using a scale from 1 to 5, where 1 meant “no chance no matter the pay” and 5 meant a “very good chance if the pay is high.” Construction trades got an average rating of 2.1, with 63% of undecided young adults rating it 1 or 2 (no or little chance regardless of pay) and 18% a 4 or 5 (good to very good chance if pay is high). Distracted Driving a Serious Matter problem.Whether the driver is off-the-clock or on the job, Distracted Driving is a growing The National Safety Council estimates that in 2016, roughly 40,000 people died in motor vehicle crashes — the highest total in nine years and an alarming 14% increase from just two years ago. “From an insurance industry perspective, distracted driving is the No. 1 issue for automobile safety, as the vast majority of people admit they frequently drive while talking on the phone, texting, eating, or doing any number of other activities,” says Bill Schaffner, director of risk management for Builders Mutual Insurance Company. Schaffner suggests that more employers should be mindful of how often their workers are potentially distracted while operating company vehicles and heavy equipment. 26 HBRA of Fairfield County | MAY 2017 Cottagesgardens.Com | marCH 2017 ArchitectureIssue The MAY 2017 | HBRA of Fairfield County 27 connecticut cottages & gardens March 2017 cottagesgardens.com
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TRAINING & SEMINARS OSHA 10 Hour Construction Monday, May 22 & Tuesday, May 23, 2017* 8:00am-2:00pm Breakfast/Registration starts at 7:30AM Rings End Educational Facility, 160 Avon Street, Stratford, CT Register Online or call the HBRA office at 203-335-7008 OSHA is coming to FINE you! Get ahead of them & learn what you need to know for your business and your employees. The OSHA 10-hour construction training course is designed for anyone in the construction industry. Upon completion, participants will receive an OSHA construction safety and health 10-hour course completion card from the Department of Labor. OSHA 10 cards are good for 5 years. HBRA Members: $30.00 Non-Members: $60.00 *Must attend both dates in order to receive OSHA card-per federal regulation. Continental Breakfast & Lunch included both days. Payment must be received by May 8th to reserve your spot. Walk-ins will not be accepted at this course due to limited seating. Sponsored by: HBRA Breakfast Series – Sales Institute Wednesday, May 24, 2017 8:00am-Noon Breakfast/Registration starts at 7:30AM Rings End Educational Facility 160 Avon Street, Stratford, CT Learn How to Separate Yourself from the Competition Tired of drawing up the plans, writing the proposal, and being told “this really isn’t what we’re thinking?” People buy emotionally and justify intellectually. People buy for two reasons – to avoid pain or to gain pleasure. Pain is 4x stronger than pleasure … so are you presenting your proposal effectively? Cost is $325pp (normally $495) Register Online or call the HBRA office at 203-335-7008 28 HBRA of Fairfield County | MAY 2017 Building Relationships That Last. Propane and Natural Gas Products! • We Plan It • We Install It • We Fill It • We Service It With over 400,000 gallons of storage, HOCON GAS has a reputation for delivering propane energy and industry expertise for more than 65 years! PROPANE SERVICES RESIDENTIAL • Cooking • Fireplaces • Generators • Grills • Heat • Hot Water • Pools • Tanks CUSTOMER SERVICE • Appliances • Installation • Propane Delivery • Expert Services PETE “Propane Pete” BATTAGLIO Senior Regional Manager, New Business Development Hocon Gas, Inc. • 6 Armstrong Rd., Shelton, CT 06484 Shelton: 203.925.0600 • Fax: 203.944.0300 Cell: 203.343.2199 • Email: pbattaglio@hocongas.com NORWALK 33 Rockland Rd. (800) 801-3835 (203) 853-1500 WATERBURY 20 Railroad Hill St. (800) 992-2242 (203) 754-7601 www.hocongas.com GUILFORD 736 Boston Post Rd. (877) 906-2500 (203) 458-2790 DANBURY 86 Payne Rd. (888) 977-6726 (203) 744-4000 TORRINGTON 2407 Winsted Rd. (888) 744-8686 (860) 626-0900 © Copyright Hocon • HOD#726-30 MAY 2017 | HBRA of Fairfield County 29 INDUSTRIAL DIVISION • Industrial Gases • Safety Products • Temporary Heat • Welding Supplies
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MEMBER BENEFITS Each quarter Verizon offers NPP members promotions on phones, devices, accessories and more $200 Bill Credit When you port in your number and bring a qualifying iPhone 6 to Verizon, you’ll get a $200 bill incentive credit. This offer is good through May 21, 2017. $50 Bill Credit Activate any new 4G LTE smartphone on a 2-year plan of $34.99 or higher and you’ll get a $50 credit on your bill This offer is good through June 30, 2017. Accessories Business customers save additional $20 on Plantronics Bluetooth headsets like the Voyager Edge, 5200 an Legend. These headsets feature convenient controls, fit comfortably and reduce noise. This offer is good through June 30, 2017. You can redeem promotions three ways: 1. Log into your Verizon account. 2. Contact your local business rep. If you aren’t sure who your rep is, request a rep here. 3. Go to your local Verizon store. Find a store near you. 30 HBRA of Fairfield County | MAY 2017 Save $500/$1000 with the GM NAHB Private Offer We're pleased to extend to NAHB members a private offer 1 of $500 toward the purchase or lease of most new GM vehicles. NAHB members who are business owners can now qualify for up to $1,000 and also add on incentives from the National Fleet Purchase Program 2 and Business Choice 3 to get the best value on vehicles that run your business. To get this offer just visit your local dealer, choose an eligible GM vehicle, and present your NAHB proof of membership form. How it works: 1. Get your NAHB proof of membership form at www.nahb.org/gm. 2. Bring form to your GM dealer and mention this private offer. 3. At time of purchase or lease, present your NAHB proof of membership. For private offer details, visit www.nahb.org/gm. 1. Private offer amount varies by model. City Express and Low Cab Forward receive a $250 Offer for both Fleet and Retail deliveries. Fleet deliveries on the Buick Enclave, Chevrolet Traverse, Silverado, Express, Suburban, Tahoe, GMC Acadia, Sierra, Savana, Yukon, XL receive a $1,000 Offer. All other Fleet or Retail deliveries receive a $500 Offer. Not compatible with other private offers. Not valid on prior purchases. Compatible with many current incentives. Incentives are subject to change without notice. See dealer for complete details. 2. Offer eligible for qualified fleet customers only through Dec. 31, 2017. See dealer for details. 3. To qualify, vehicle must be used in the day-to-day operation of the business and not solely for transportation purposes. Must provide proof of business. For complete program requirements, including information regarding offers, vehicles, equipment, options, warranties, and ordering, consult your dealer or visit gmbusinesschoice. com. Take delivery by Jan. 2, 2018. FCA US LLC is pleased to announce a special $500 cash allowance toward the purchase or lease of many of the most popular vehicles in our lineup. Between Chrysler, Dodge, FIAT®, Jeep® and Ram®, there's something for everyone. NAHB members and their employees can combine this stackable $500 cash allowance with most current retail incentives and choose an On The Job program allowance. Plus, same household family members receive a $500 cash allowance, stackable with most local and national retail incentives, toward the purchase or lease of a vehicle. Redeem this offer today! Here’s How: 1. Get your NAHB proof of membership form at www.nahb.org/fca. 2. Bring form to your FCA US dealer and mention this private offer. 3. At time of purchase or lease, present your NAHB proof of membership. For private offer details, visit www.nahb.org/fca. This offer is available to eligible NAHB members, their owners and employees, and eligible family members residing in the same household. This offer provides a $500 cash allowance towards the commercial purchase or lease of select new 2016 and 2017 Chrysler, Dodge, FIAT®, Jeep® or Ram® vehicles that are delivered by 01/02/2018 and is not valid on prior purchases. On The Job (OTJ) incentives vary depending on model of commercial truck chosen and are not available to family members. See dealer for allowance and OTJ incentive details and eligibility requirements. ©2017 FCA US LLC. All Rights Reserved. Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and Ram are registered trademarks of FCA US LLC. FIAT is a registered trademark of FCA Group Marketing S.p.A., used under license by FCA US LLC. NAHB Member Advantage Discounts NAHB Member Advantage gives members an easy way to reduce expenses, maximize profits and increase efficiency. Through agreements with leading national companies, NAHB offers exclusive discounts on a variety of products and services that can benefit your business, employees and family. In the past year, members have saved over $17M through Member Advantage. For the most up-to-date information about which companies are offering discounts as well as detailed information on how to access the savings, please visit www.nahb.org/ma MAY 2017 | HBRA of Fairfield County 31

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MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT Dear Fairfield County Members, 2016 was an eventful year for the HBRA of Fairfield County. We have been in our new office location now for a year. Our EO has had her first full year under her belt, and hired 2 new staff members. Our membership in 2016 has increased by 19% to 392 members with 163 builder members and 229 associate members. Our general membership meetings, events, and education continue to sell out. The Fairfield County membership is active and we are having fun. Special thanks go out to all of the committee members and volunteers who help make the events an enormous success. As a fourth-Generation builder who started off his career in 2005 at the height of the bubble, I have seen more tough years than good. Yes, things seem healthier than what they were, but they can still be BETTER. Connecticut continues to lag behind the Northeast in the economic recovery and in the homebuilding industry. The housing starts have not seen the increase that the rest of the nation has, nor have home prices rebounded. This is a critical time for our industry in CT. We have to get involved and make our voices heard. The HBRA of Fairfield County, along with the home builder associations in the state, is a strong advocate for our industry, but we need your help. Pick up the phone and talk to your senator/representative. Volunteer at home building industry day at the Capitol, and donate your support of our lobbying effort. With Connecticut’s looming budget crisis, we need to fight for our industry. Momentum is on our side and both political parties in Connecticut recognize the need for change. Chris Steiner President, HBRA of Fairfield County Steiner Inc. CHRIS STEINER | STEINER INC. Ten years down the road, I’d like to look back and say the turning point happened in 2017 because our membership took a stance to make Fairfield County and Connecticut a great place to live. Thanks, 6 For the most current information, visit our website, www.buildfairfieldcounty.com | HBRA of FAIRFIELD COUNTY OFFICERS President Chris Steiner Steiner Inc. (203) 744-3782 Senior Vice President Anthony DeRosa DeRosa Builders LLC (203) 769-1804 Vice President Kim DiMatteo DiMatteo Group (203) 924-4811 Secretary/Treasurer Michael Church William Pitt Sotheby’s (203) 838-0018 Immediate Past President Peter Gaboriault Bear Paw Builders, Inc. (203) 227-5696 For the most current information, visit our website, www.buildfairfieldcounty.com | 7
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BOARD OF DIRECTORS Pete Battaglio Hocon Gas 6 Armstrong Road Shelton, CT 06484 (203) 854 - 1230 Max Bender Bender Plumbing Supplies 235 Westport Avenue Norwalk CT 06702 (203) 847-3865 Steve Berko Four Square Building & Design 65 Charter Ridge Drive Sandy Hook, CT 06842 (203) 270-8610 Ken DeLeo Doherty & DeLeo Development 21 Canoe Trail Darien, CT 06820 (203) 984-7003 John Hertz Hertz Construction, Inc 132 Heights Road 401-4 Darien CT 06820, US (203) 656-4900 8 For the most current information, visit our website, www.buildfairfieldcounty.com | Brian Kurtz Interstate Lakeland Lumber 120 Selleck Street Stamford, CT 06902 (203) 348-3761 Rob Michaud The Michaud Group One Enterprise Dr., Suite 320 Shelton, CT 06484 (203) 225-0229 Steven Roth Elevator Service Company 47 Water St Torrington, CT 06790 (203) 757-5000 Alex Shook Pella Windows 220 Monroe Turnpike Monroe, CT 06468 (203) 648-6225 Michael Wood Wood Builders 555 Belden Hill Road Wilton. CT 06897 (203) 858-0255 LIFE DIRECTORS Joanne Carroll JMC Resources/CT Builder (203) 318-0818 Jerry Effren The Greyrock Companies (203) 544-8384 Gary Fanali City Carting & Recycling (203) 324-4090 Andrew J. LaSala Jr. Cannondale Building & Design (203) 762-3608 Michael Palumbo ERI Building & Design LLC (203) 655-6952 Nick Yanicelli Susquehanna Enterprises (203) 966-6524 Peter Fusaro Preferred Builders Inc. (203) 637-5074 HBRA OF CT BOARD OF DIRECTORS Peter Fusaro – State Chairman Preferred Builders Inc. (203) 637-5074 Michael Church William Pitt Sotheby’s (203) 838-0018 Ken DeLeo Doherty & DeLeo (203) 656-1406 NAHB BOARD OF DIRECTORS Kim DiMatteo DiMatteo Insurance Group (203) 924-4811 Peter Fusaro Preferred Builders (203) 637-5074 Mike Palumbo ERI Building & Design, LLC (203) 655-6952 ALTERNATES: Michael Church William Pitt Sotheby’s (203) 838-0018 Anthony DeRosa DeRosa Builders LLC (203) 769-1804 Chris Steiner Steiner Inc. (203) 744-3782 NAHB BOARD OF DIRECTORS- LIFE DIRECTORS Wayne Saunders Saunders Construction Company P: 203-375-5378 Richard Steiner - Senior Life Director Steiner, Inc. (203) 744-3782 For the most current information, visit our website, www.buildfairfieldcounty.com | 9 Kim DiMatteo DiMatteo Insurance Group (203) 924-4811 Chris Steiner Steiner Inc. (203) 744-3782 Nick Yanicelli Susquehanna Enterprises (203) 966-6524
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HBRA OF FAIRFIELD COUNTY BUILDING INSPECTOR OF THE YEAR PETER SOLHEIM Town of Darien l-r Darien First Selectman Jayme Stevenson , Gina Calabro, HBRA EO, Peter Solheim, Building Official, Darien 2015 Robert Root 2014 Robert DeMarco 2013 Paul Payne 2012 William Marr 2011 Joseph Delallo 2010 William Reynolds 2009 Paul Zeis Leo Null 2008 William Ireland 2007 Robert Root 2006 Charlie Saverine Brian Platz 2005 No Awards Given 2004 Steve Smith 2003 Donald Murray 2002 Jay Hennessy 2001 Nick Tangorro 2000 Tony Strazza 1999 Bill Connelly 10 For the most current information, visit our website, www.buildfairfieldcounty.com | Wilton Stamford New Canaan Greenwich Norwalk Ridgefield Stamford Danbury Norwalk Wilton Darien New Canaan Westport Trumbull Redding New Canaan Stamford Wilton HONOR ROLL OF PAST PRESIDENTS Peter Gaboriault Maureen Hanley Peter Fusaro Michael Palumbo Mary Boudreau Andrew J. LaSala Jr. Neal Berko Mike Heslin Joanne Carroll Glenn Tatangelo Dan Hughes Marc Delmonico Robert Gydus Roy Steiner Robert Delmonico Jerry Effren Wayne Saunders Roy Steiner Jay Aaron Howard Meinke Simon Aragi Frank Harsche David Coprio Wilhelm Joerman 2014 -2016 2013-2014 2012-2013 2010-2012 2008-2010 2006-2008 2004-2006 2002-2004 2000-2001 1998-1999 1996-1997 1994-1995 1992 1991 1990* 1989 1987-1988 1986 1985 1984 1983 1982 1980-1981 1979 For the most current information, visit our website, www.buildfairfieldcounty.com | 11 Wesley R. Blakeman 1977-1978 Richard Steiner 1975 John Porcelli John Barnes Roland Beausolei Donald St. John Norman Wenz Robert G. Roles Norman O. Richards Walter J. Trojanowski John J. Kocis Jr. Siegfried Ullman, Sr. Ernest Steiner Augustus J. Pace Frank J. Labbance David Williams George R. Decker Harry Healing John P. Rowins *Deceased 1973-1974 1971-1972 1969-1970 1967-1968 1965-1966* 1964 1961* 1960 1958-1959 1956-1957 1955* 1954* 1953* 1952* 1950-1951* 1949* 1948*
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WHY JOIN THE HBRA Since 1947, the Home Builders and Remodelers Association of Fairfield County, a not-for profit organization, has provided members opportunities to build their businesses. Our association strives to be a leader in providing innovative resources, education, legislative advocacy, and networking events to help keep our member’s businesses ahead of the curve. To successfully compete in today’s constantly changing business world you need to stay up to date on consumer trends, the latest construction methods, new materials and technology, changing codes, standards & regulations, and potential markets. Membership in the Home Builders & Remodelers Association of Fairfield County can help you do all this, plus give you the opportunity to make and keep the building industry networking connections vital to your business. These are just some of the Member Advantages: • Participation in the HBRA of CT’s prestigious HOBI Awards and the HBRA of Fairfield County Awards. • Access to the HBRA’s College and Trade School Scholarship Program. • Networking opportunities through our monthly meetings and events. • Special Events that include the Luxury Home Tour in April, Annual Awards Dinner in June, the Golf Tournament in July, the Clambake at the Beach in September and Sporting events in the Fall. • Discounts on everyday items including Verizon phone service, office supplies, and construction materials. Learn more about the Home Builders & Remodelers Association and the National Home Builders Association. Contact the office today at 203-335-7008 or hbra@buildfairfieldcounty.com 12 For the most current information, visit our website, www.buildfairfieldcounty.com | WHY USE AN HBRA MEMBER Our members are the cornerstone of our organization, dedicated to quality and excellence in their craft. Our 400+ member companies are builders, remodelers, contractors, suppliers, and retailers. Whether you are searching for building professionals, looking for help with your next remodeling project, or updating the interior or exterior of your property, we have a member that provides that service. Our members are some of the most well-respected in their industry. They have a firm commitment to the citizens of the county and work hard to help them realize the greater element of the “American Dream” - a home of their own which is within their means, reflecting their own personal tastes and preferences. Our members stay current on building codes, energy efficiency and green developments, building techniques and systems, and much more. The Mission of the HBRA of Fairfield County H elp promote, protect & improve the building industry B enefit members through networking opportunities & educational programs R esource for industry information, education, research and technical expertise A ffiliations with HBRA of CT & NAHB C ommunity involvement & consumer awareness T eaching best business practices for business advancement For the most current information, visit our website, www.buildfairfieldcounty.com | 13
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HBRA OF FAIRIFIELD COUNTY STAFF Gina Calabro Chief Executive Officer Sarah Iannarone Executive Assistant Clare Michalak Marketing and Graphics Coordinator Home Builders Association of Fairfield County 2228 Black Rock Turnpike, Suite 307 Fairfield, CT 06825 Office: (203) 335-7008 hbra@buildfairfieldcounty.com www.buildfairfieldcounty.com Office Hours are Monday through Friday 8:30am – 5:00pm DIRECTIONS TO THE HBRA OF FAIRFIELD COUNTY OFFICE From 95 North: Take the Round Hill Rd exit, EXIT 22, toward Service Area. Keep right to take the Round Hill Rd ramp. Turn slight right onto Walls Dr. Take the 1st left onto N Benson Rd/CT-135. Continue to follow CT-135. Turn left onto Black Rock Turnpike/CT-58. The office is located behind Bank of America in the Stillson Office Building. We are located on the 3rd floor – Suite 307 From 95 South: Take EXIT 24 toward Black Rock Turnpike. Turn right onto Chambers St. Turn left onto Kings Hwy E/US-1 S. Turn slight right onto Black Rock Turnpike. Turn slight left onto Tunxis Hill Cut Off/CT-58. Continue to follow CT-58. The office is located behind Bank of America in the Stillson Office Building. We are located on the 3rd floor – Suite 307 14 For the most current information, visit our website, www.buildfairfieldcounty.com | 2016 FAIRFIELD COUNTY HOBI AWARDEES These companies entered, were judged, and awarded the prestigious CT Home Building Industry (HOBI) Award in various categories that included the BEST OF in Custom Homes, Spec Home, Remodeled, Interior Design and Showrooms. Congratulations to the winners. For a full list of winners go to http://hobiawards.com. Archetype Argus Development BA Staging and Interiors Backcountry RAM Bender Blansfield Builders Bluewater Home Builders Bonnie Paige Interiors BSF Properties CAFD CCO Habitats – David Vynerib Clarke Connecticut Residential Connie Cooper Designs County TV and Appliance Davenport Contracting DeRosa Builders Domus Constructors Duffy Craftsman Elevator Service Company Emilia Ferri Architecture and Design ERI Design Build Fletcher Development Gilson Fine Homes Greentek Greenwich Construction Greenwich Realty Management HBRA of Fairfield County Hemingway Construction Julie Haroun Westport Residential/SIR Development Karp Associates Koushouris Construction Leigh Overland Architect Lin Daniels Design LoParco Associates Michaud Group MLR Properties Murphy Brother’s Contracting Peerless Construction Prutting & Company Quibus, LLC RR Builders SIR Development Sound Beach Partners Stage to Show Steiner Inc. Stellar Homes Tile America/TORRCO Toll Brothers Inc. Twelve Development VAS Construction For the most current information, visit our website, www.buildfairfieldcounty.com | 15
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MESSAGE FROM THE CEO In 2016, The Home Builders and Remodelers Association (HBRA) of Fairfield County celebrated its 70-year anniversary. What a tremendous accomplishment for a non-profit trade association of builders, material suppliers, subcontractors, lending institutions, and many other businesses whose primary interest is in the promotion, protection and improvement of the building industry. Today, with over 400 members, the HBRA of Fairfield County continues to work for the interest of its members. As part of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) based in Washington, D.C., and the Connecticut State Home Builders and Remodelers Association (HBRA-CT) we give our members a voice on America’s housing industry, to defeat federal and state regulations, to solve industry problems and promote its growth. On the local level, we provide industry education and training, and exceptional networking and promotional opportunities. As the CEO, I’m happy to say that in my first two years at the HBRA, many changes have come about. Internally, we’ve adjusted staff, reviewed our programs and events to make positive changes, and enhanced the benefits of membership. The future will be important years for our association and the HBRA membership as we continue to strive to be one of the best local associations in the nation and stand behind our members to help their businesses flourish. 16 For the most current information, visit our website, www.buildfairfieldcounty.com | GINA CALABRO I hope that you find the Membership Directory to be a useful and valuable resource as it is filled with excellent information about the home building industry. Please do not hesitate to call the office for information about our members and our wonderful organization. Best Regards, Gina Calabro Chief Executive Officer Quality. Integrity. Service. Only SunShine Floor Supplies, Inc. offers 100% hand-finished hardwood floors from a selection of world-class, handselected lumber. Each floor is unique as every board undergoes a 9 to 22-step hand-finishing process to achieve exquisite quality resulting in exclusive and inspirational designs that continue to enhance the beauty and ambiance of prestigious homes. Retail store and warehouse 1957 Main Street Bridgeport, CT 06604 High-end wholesale and retail showroom 136 Water Street Norwalk, CT 06854 Fully-stocked supply store 6 Cheryl Street Canton, CT 06019 shwfloors.com 203.333.0300
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MEMBERS AT A GLANCE | BUILDERS Company A & J Romano Construction LLC A.P. Construction Company Altamura Homes, LLC APEX Projects Archetype LLC Argus Development LLC B II Builders LLC Barrington Building Co, LLC Bear Paw Builders, Inc. Bear Paw Builders, Inc. Ben Krupinski Builders Blansfield Builders Inc. Blue Star Construction Bluewater Home Builders LLC Bluewater Home Builders, LLC Brindisi & Yaroscak BSF Properties Inc. Cannondale Building & Design Carcole Construction LLC Carpentry Unlimited Inc. Castlegate Corp. Cebulski Construction Company Inc. Cerreta Builders Charter Group Inc. Charter Group Inc. Cole Construction Custom Built Homes LLC Connecticut Residential Inc. Construction Management Group LLC Corbo Associates Inc. Cornerstone Contracting Country Club Homes Inc. 22 Name John Romano David Breidenbach Luigi Altamura Brian Hyla Paul Harris Tim O’Malley Rock Brouard Scott Buddenhagen Peter Gaboriault Tom Gaboriault Christopher Quinn James Blansfield Gus Curcio Sr. Darren Andreoli Robert Sprouls Jon Brindisi D Richard Rowland Andrew LaSala Enrico Imbrogno Douglas Alderman Dennis Conroy James Cebulski Michael Cerreta Dennis Stone Jason Metcalfe David Cole Scott Volpe Salvatore Zarrella Ralph Corbo George Pusser Walter Cromwell Phone (203) 967-4577 (203) 359-4704 (203) 524-8952 (203) 456-3095 (203) 226-1830 (203) 637-4144 (203) 214-4585 (203) 227-5862 (203) 227-5696 (203) 227-5696 (203) 990-0633 (203) 797-9174 (203) 331-8524 (203) 557-4770 (203) 557-4770 (203) 656-1948 (914) 967-3095 (203) 515-8393 (203) 504-8182 (203) 322-3081 (203) 470-0179 (203) 336-0798 (203) 268-2225 (203) 775-4333 x101 (203) 775-6700 x102 (203) 775-2772 (203) 888-8974 (203) 940-0141 (203) 509-5118 (203) 861-4200 (203) 762-0550 | For the most current information, visit our website, www.buildfairfieldcounty.com Company Name Criscuolo Design Build D’Acunto Construction LLC Danziger Homes, Inc. Dario Palladino & Son Construction LLC DAS Custom Builders, LLC Davenport Contracting Inc. DeRosa Builders, LLC DeRosa Builders, LLC DeRosa Builders, LLC Design Builders & Remodeling Inc. Dibico Construction of CT Inc. Doherty & Deleo Development LLC Domus Constructors, LLC Duffy Craftsmen Inc. E M Rose Builders Inc. E.R. Salvatore Associates, LLC East Brook Construction Co. Inc. East Coast Structures LLC Elite Building Inc. ERI Building & Design LLC ERI Building & Design, LLC Fairfield House & Garden Company Falciglia Construction, LLC Fletcher Development LLC Fontaine Construction LLC Four Square Building and Design, LLC Fox Hill Builders Inc. Garrett Wilson Builders LLC Gatehouse Partners Gilson Fine Homes GreenTek Construction, LLC Antony Criscuolo Thomas D’Acunto Kim Danziger Dario Palladino Jason Drake Brian P MacDonald Aleighen Bunkers Michael DeRosa Anthony DeRosa David Adams Julio DiBiase Kenneth Deleo Christopher Shea John Duffy Eric Rose Eugene Salvatore Peter Sullivan John Sullivan John Bruno Kent Eppley Michael Palumbo Kim Conte Thomas Falciglia Ryan Fletcher Wayne Fontaine Steve Berko Robert Calve Garrett Wilson Randy Sullivan Tim Gilson David Mann Phone (203) 261-9473 (203) 834-1711 (203) 426-9100 (203) 357-8258 (914) 218-8391 (203) 324-6308 (203) 769-1804 (203) 769-1804 (203) 769-1804 (203) 431-9104 (203) 618-1219 (203) 984-7003 (203) 852-6789 (203) 637-2577 (203) 483-4110 (203) 324-2276 (203) 743-7065 (203) 542-0629 (203) 733-3638 (203) 655-6952 (203) 655-6952 (203) 661-8900 (203) 746-9694 (203) 286-6166 (203) 748-3884 (203) 270-8610 (203) 655-9046 (203) 650-8637 (203) 532-9486 (203) 253-5945 (203) 551-9215 For the most current information, visit our website, www.buildfairfieldcounty.com | 23
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MEMBERS AT A GLANCE | BUILDERS Company Greenwich Construction LLC Greenwich Home Builders Greenwich Realty Development H & Y Construction Harbor Property Development LLC Hemingway Construction Hertz Construction Inc. Hertz Construction Inc. Hobbs Inc. Hoffman Contracting LLC Home Construction LLC HSL Building Company, LLC J & J Custom Builders LLC Jarlath Carbin Building & Remodeling Contractor LLC JBC Development LLC Jeff Hallquist Builder LLC John Desmond Builders Inc. John Paul Development Kais Custom Builders LLC Karp Associates Inc. Kellogg Brothers, Inc. Kerschner Development Company KL & R Construction, LLC Kling Brothers Builders, LLC Koala Residential Lifestyle Koushouris Construction, LLC Lanni General Contracting LLC Legacy Construction Northeast, LLC Legacy Construction Northeast, LLC Lin Daniels Design LLC 24 Name Louis Van Leeuwen Christine Georgopulo Jay Ross Bill Hoadley John Williams Peter Sciarretta John Hertz Paul Hertz Scott Hobbs Eddie Barbosa Robert Levine Erno Z Bacso Joseph Filanowski Jarlath Carbin Barry Cohen Jeffrey Hallquist John Desmond John Paul Joseph Kais Arnold Karp Tucker Kellogg Bryan S. Kerschner Ronald Uzwiak Keith Kling Michael Black John Koushouris Luigi Lanni Thomas Yaroscak Chris Yaroscak Linda Daniels Phone (203) 223-0634 (203) 618-0214 (203) 249-5899 (203) 775-2246 (203) 762-3104 (203) 625-0566 (203) 656-4900 (203) 656-4900 (203) 966-0726 (203) 966-8000 (203) 594-7663 (203) 557-4433 (203) 876-0051 (203) 849-0035 (914) 764-0152 (203) 650-5898 (203) 259-7323 (203) 258-9037 (203) 857-4795 (203) 972-3366 (203) 762-9288 (203) 853-1125 (203) 938-4357 (203) 426-0519 (203) 815-4096 (203) 253-5192 (203) 966-8934 (914) 273-4511 (914) 273-4511 (203) 520-8865 | For the most current information, visit our website, www.buildfairfieldcounty.com Company Name LoParco Associates, Inc. Love Where You Live Homes LLC LS Construction LLC Madison Properties, LLC Marc Sterling General Contractors McDillon Holdings Inc. Michaud Group LLC, The Michaud Group LLC, The Miller Constructors, LLC Milton Development LLC MLR Properties, LLC. Murphy Brothers Contracting Inc. Nest Development LLC New England Coastal Builders LLC New Ridge Builders NPK Building Corp. Olson Development LLC Olympic Construction LLC Pecora Brothers, Inc. Peerless Construction Inc PEN Building Company Peter Schlubach Custom Builder Peter Schneider Builder Contractor Pine Creek Associates Inc. Pompa Development & Construction LLC PotterBuilt Construction Preferred Builders Inc./Green Built CT LLC Preferred Builders Inc./Green Built CT LLC Pro-Star Builders LLC. Prutting & Company Custom Builders, LLC Quibus, LLC Steven LoParco Glenn Tatangelo Louis Yorio Ken J. Esposito Marc Hankey Jonathan Rogers Rob Michaud Marc Michaud Hudson DosReis Ashley Schapiro Megan Robertson Sean Murphy Augustus Pappajohn David Denomme Chip Dunn Nicholas Kyriakos Mark Olson Susan D’Elia Joseph Pecora Robert Fischetti Peter Nisenson Peter Schlubach Peter Schneider Thomas Wrabel Frank Pompa L. Paul Potter Michael Fusaro Peter Fusaro Paul Landru David Prutting Steven Mueller Phone (203) 629-4800 x700 (203) 268-5661 (203) 746-3000 (203) 218-4141 (203) 270-6202 (203) 579-1712 x203 (203) 225-0229 (203) 225-0229 (203) 917-9080 (203) 441-8385 (203) 220-8876 (914) 777-5777 (203) 523-0296 (203) 650-2090 (203) 655-3999 (203) 550-1939 (203) 972-7722 (203) 356-0187 (203) 863-9555 (203) 273-9394 (203) 822-8206 (203) 445-9296 (203) 743-5548 (203) 256-9300 (203) 552-5236 (203) 563-2278 (203) 637-5074 (203) 637-5074 (203) 258-0920 (203) 972-1028 (203) 869-3770 For the most current information, visit our website, www.buildfairfieldcounty.com | 25
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MEMBERS AT A GLANCE | BUILDERS Company R.B. Benson & Co. Inc. R.E. Davis Construction LLC R.R. Builders, LLC Ramey Construction Inc. Ranney Michaels LLC RCCM, Inc. Renaissance Partners, LLC Renato Gasparian Associates LLC. RMS Construction LLC S & W Building Remodeling, Inc. S.E.K.N. Construction Co. Inc. Significant Homes LLC Silver Heights Development LLC Silver Heights Development LLC SIR Development Sound Beach Partners LLC Sound Homes LLC Southview Builders LLC Steiner Inc. Steiner Inc. Stellar Homes, LLC Stephen C. Gidley Inc. Sterling Building and Restoration, LLC Stone Harbor Development Company Susquehanna Enterprises Tallman Segerson Builders LLC The Greyrock Companies The RAM Group Toll Brothers Inc.-Connecticut Division Tomas Brothers, LLC Twelve Development LLC 26 Name Richard Benson Robert Davis Richard Rosano Richard Ramey Eric Michaels Regan Youngberg Ted Sihpol Renato Gasparian Randy Salvatore Scott Evarts John Kinahan Whit Matthews Tomas Haendler Seth Greenwald Robert Haroun Doron Sabag Amy Stefanowski Kevin B. Keenan Chris Steiner Richard Steiner David J Cacace Stephen Gidley John R. Dumke H Andrew Fox Nicholas Yanicelli Thor Vanderblue Jerry Effren R. Andrew Moore Jack Lannamann Joseph Tomas Amy Zeppelin Phone (203) 856-9792 (203) 961-8353 (203) 972-6100 (203) 743-2141 (203) 221-3005 (203) 340-9005 (203) 313-4749 (203) 259-1450 (203) 968-2313 (203) 831-8300 (203) 329-1938 (203) 561-0975 (917) 873-2827 (203) 253-5487 (203) 227-6616 (203) 323-2200 (203) 856-0739 (860) 355-9311 (203) 744-3782 (203) 744-3782 (203) 733-7695 (203) 655-7018 (203) 247-0874 (203) 661-4105 x111 (203) 966-6524 (203) 292-8401 (203) 853-1600 (203) 340-9863 x203 (203) 616-4900 (203) 762-3445 (203) 625-2675 | For the most current information, visit our website, www.buildfairfieldcounty.com Company Name VAS Construction Inc. Verdi Construction Company LLC, The Walker Construction Inc. Warjam Group LTD The Wernert Associates Inc. Westchester Modular Homes of Fairfield County Inc. Westport Modular Homes Wood Builders Inc. Woodland Partners LLC Wormser Development Wright Building Company Wright Building Company Xhema Inc. Vincent Sciarretta Curtis Verdi Scott Walker William Riehl Max Wernert Paul Scalzo James Hines Michael Wood Todd Givens Thomas Wormser Chris Wright Judy Doyle Jeff Millington Phone (203) 834-9885 (203) 798-9880 (203) 259-5996 (914) 761-2500 (203) 869-1110 (203) 205-7603 (203) 858-7198 (203) 858-0255 (203) 655-0204 (203) 227-7872 (203) 227-4134 (203) 227-4134 (203) 531-6070 For the most current information, visit our website, www.buildfairfieldcounty.com | 27
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MEMBERS AT A GLANCE | ASSOCIATES Company Acadia Insurance Advanced Home Audio, Inc. Advanced Home Audio, Inc. Air Solutions Inc. Aitoro Appliance Company Alside AMEC Carting, LLC Aqua Pool & Patio Austin Ganim Landscape Design LLC BA Staging & Interiors, LLC Bansley, Anthony, Burdo, LLC Bender Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Bertozzi Electric, LLC Bonnie Paige Interiors LLC Boral TruExterior Buy Railings dba Lido Designs C & G Media Group C & G Media Group C & G Media Group Cacace, Tusch & Santagata Calderon Brothers Drywall LLC Cavaliere Industries, Inc. CCO Habitats Cecy Gillen Designs LLC Cecy Gillen Designs LLC CERIOS Home Improvement & Painting LLC Circa Lighting 30 Name Artemis Tsagaris Bill Charney Joseph Marotta John Perri Anthony Aitoro Dean Brugnoli Michelle Marmarinos Richard P. Uva Eva Chiamulera Birgit Anich Michael Burdo Max Bender Candace Adams David Bertozzi Bonnie Paige Bill Warfield Catherine Hartman Marianne Howatson Jennifer Barbaro Tracey Heinemann Michael Cacace Erik C Calderon Lou Cavaliere David Vynerib Cecilia Gillen Peter Gillen Cesar Rios Patricia Jaumin Phone (860) 331-2391 (203) 922-0051 (203) 970-5970 (203) 357-8853 (203) 847-2471 (860) 829-4300 (203) 642-3530 (860) 623-9886 (203) 333-2003 (203) 807-4040 (203) 776-1900 (203) 847-3865 (860) 571-7034 (203) 744-6376 (203) 331-7512 (203) 997-6200 (877) 810-4116 (203) 227-1400 (203) 957-3132 (203) 957-3137 (203) 327-2000 (203) 820-3391 (203) 323-6018 (203) 295-3601 (203) 956-9892 (203) 956-9892 (203) 613-5794 (203) 622-1417 | For the most current information, visit our website, www.buildfairfieldcounty.com Company Name Citizens Bank City Carting Recycling & Demolition City Carting Recycling & Demolition Clarke Distributors Closet & Storage Concepts Closet and Storage Concepts Cohen and Wolf, P.C. Complete Dismantling Services, LLC Connecticut Appliance & Fireplace Distributors LLC Connecticut Basement Systems Radon Inc. Connecticut Closet & Shelf Connecticut Stone Connie Cooper Designs Corporate Plans Retirement Strategies, LLC Corporate Plans Retirement Strategies, LLC County TV & Appliance County TV & Appliance County TV & Appliance Cyclone Home Systems D & D Industries Inc. D.J.A. Imports Ltd. Daigle & Travers Insurance Agency Devine Brothers Inc. {Devine Bio Heat} DiMatteo Group DiMatteo Group DiMatteo Group Dimensions In Glass Kevin Gentry Gary Fanali John Ferro Joe Tanguay Bobby Fahey Karen Bradbury Mark Kirsch Matt Orsaia Andrea Salzillo Matthew Bednarz Kate Clarke Tyra Dellacroce Connie Cooper Carlo Marano Gerald Mirra Vinny Vetrini Elio Vetrini Philip De Terlizzi Garret Cook David DeLeo Gina Pietrocola Dana Drugo Thomas Devine Kim DiMatteo Jennifer Murphy Rebecca St. Germain Jonathan Redwood Phone (203) 951-4907 (203) 324-4090 (203) 324-4090 (508) 458-2200 (203) 957-3304 (203) 957-3304 (203) 368-0211 (203) 553-9874 (860) 621-9313 (203) 381-9633 (203) 838-9089 (203) 882-1000 (203) 256-9183 (914) 366-8334 (914) 366-8333 (203) 327-2630 (203) 327-2630 (203) 327-2630 (860) 829-0600 (203) 325-9992 (718) 324-6871 (203) 655-6974 (203) 866-4421 (203) 924-5429 (203) 924-4811 (203) 924-4811 (203) 319-1888 For the most current information, visit our website, www.buildfairfieldcounty.com | 31
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MEMBERS AT A GLANCE | ASSOCIATES Company Drenckhahn Excavating, Inc. Drenckhahn Excavating, Inc. East Haven Builders Supply East Haven Builders Supply Eastern Inc. Steel Contracting Ed’s Garage Door LTD Ed’s Garage Door LTD Ed’s Garage Door LTD EfficientLifestyle EfficientLifestyle Elevator Service Company, Inc. Elevator Service Company, Inc. Elevator Service Company, Inc. Emilia Ferri Architecture + Design, LLC Everest Marble Fairfield County Bank - Ridgefield Fairfield County Bank - Ridgefield Fairfield County Bank - Westport Fairfield County Bank - Darien Fairfield County Bank Insurance Services Fairfield County Bank Insurance Services Fairfield Family Physicians, LLC Fenwick Fine Line Finish Carpentry LLC First County Bank Fordham Marble Company, Inc. Fordham Marble Company, Inc. Fordham Marble Company, Inc. 32 Name Richard Drenckhahn Brien Drenckhahn Neil Fredericks Mike Nihill Chris Taroli Rich Cunningham Angelo DiMeglio Eric Maar Tye Schlegelmilch Bill Green Steven Roth Keith Domack Amber Wilder Emilia Ferri Robert Padula Virginia Turnbull Nicole Daly Allison Knapp Lisa Bancroft Scott Cronin John Czel Lee Forest Carl Bulgini Christopher Tierney Jim Darling Mayson Linn Joyce Sardo Wendy Tufo Phone (203) 357-1414 (203) 273-4534 (203) 469-2394 (203) 469-2394 (203) 563-9535 (203) 847-1284 (203) 847-1284 (203) 847-1284 (203) 557-8300 (203) 557-8300 (203) 757-5000 (203) 757-5000 (203) 757-5000 (203) 545-7761 (203) 956-7428 (203) 431-7465 (203) 431-7459 (203) 319-7021 (203) 319-7022 (203) 438-0404 (203) 438-0404 (203) 378-9002 (203) 966-1212 (203) 778-5202 (203) 462-4200 (203) 348-5088 (203) 348-5088 (203) 348-5088 | For the most current information, visit our website, www.buildfairfieldcounty.com Company Name Frank Webb Bath Center Front Row Kitchens Inc. Front Row Kitchens, Inc. Gault Energy & Home Solutions Gault Stone & Landscape Supplies Gold Coast Property Maintenance Good Directions Greenwich Electric LLC GWay Printing and Marketing Hatch & Bailey Company Hatch & Bailey Company Hatch & Bailey Company Hocon Gas, Inc. Hocon Gas, Inc. Hocon Gas, Inc. Hocon Gas, Inc. Hogue Interior Design HQ Capital Real Estate Huber Engineered Woods HydroShield of Southern Connecticut Ingersoll Auto of Danbury Innovative Closet Design Inc. InSinkErator Interstate+Lakeland Lumber Corp. Interstate+Lakeland Lumber Corp. Interstate+Lakeland Lumber Corp. Interstate+Lakeland Lumber Corp. Jeff Wright Realty Group Cindy Moroney Matthew Giardina Dick Laughton Meredith Donaher Meredith Donaher Yuriy Maklyan Jeremy Pessalano Kate Anderson Doug Edwards Michael DeFelice Chris Dean Bryan Mellick Pete Battaglio Bill Cummings Kathy Persons Connie Reccardo Michelle Hogue Paul Doocy Will Contento Chris Radford Morgan Pettinato Jennifer Tavani Rhonda Burnim Brian Kurtz Sheldon Kahn Dan Molloy Lenny Volpe Jeff Wright Phone (203) 325-1355 (203) 849-0302 (203) 849-0302 (203) 227-5181 (203) 227-5181 (203) 331-7117 (203) 743-3775 (203) 531-8500 (203) 853-4929 (203) 866-5515 (203) 866-5515 (203) 866-5515 (203) 854-1230 (203) 854-1230 (203) 854-1230 (203) 853-1500 (434) 987-6595 (212) 655-4370 (781) 910-1763 (203) 231-3530 (203) 942-3535 (201) 848-6355 (203) 522-9608 (203) 348-3761 (203) 348-3761 (203) 348-3761 (203) 348-3761 (203) 913-8836 For the most current information, visit our website, www.buildfairfieldcounty.com | 33
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MEMBERS AT A GLANCE | ASSOCIATES Company JMC Resources LLC John M. Glover Agency Katchko & Sons Construction Services Inc. Key Insurance & Benefits Services Klaff’s Inc. Leigh Overland Architect, LLC Liberty Closet and Garage LTW Design LLC Luis Borba Construction LLC Magna Steel Sales Inc. Marlin Electric LLC Marlin Electric LLC Marlin Electric LLC Marvin Windows and Doors / A.W. Hastings & Company LLC Mary Jo Peterson Inc. MediaCOM Inc. Meken Holds CT /dba/ GarageTek of Connecticut Mercedes-Benz of Danbury - Van Division Merit Insurance Inc. Miller Constructors, LLC Mono-Crete Step Co LLC Mr. Showerdoor, Inc. N & S Electric Inc. New England Stair Co. Inc. New England Stone Inc. Northeast Builders Supply & Home Centers 34 Name Joanne Carroll John Forlivio Bob Katchko Read Smith Joseph K. Passero Leigh Overland Tony Sigillito Leia T. Ward Luis Borba Jim Mavlouganes Jonathan Small Russell Medina Julie Stiffler Tom Allard Mary Jo Peterson Rocky Progano Gene Meken James Willis James Benson Steve Miller Shelby McLoughlin Tom Whitaker Anthony Nizzardo Matt Sylvia John Tomlinson Jeff Bickel Phone (203) 453-5420 (203) 838-5554 (203) 943-7882 (203) 854-3425 (203) 866-1603 (203) 794-9001 (203) 778-0222 (203) 893-4406 (203) 496-6793 (203) 888-0300 (203) 515-7414 (203) 515-7414 (203) 515-7414 (860) 745-2424 (203) 775-4763 (203) 329-2290 (203) 743-1242 (203) 778-6333 (203) 367-5328 (203) 917-4406 (203) 748-8419 (800) 633-3667 (203) 378-0667 (800) 822-6620 (203) 876-8606 (203) 366-4757 x1238 | For the most current information, visit our website, www.buildfairfieldcounty.com Company Name Northeast Dream Kitchens Ontra Stone Concepts, LLC Oxford Lumber (A Division of National Lumber) Oxford Lumber (A Division of National Lumber) Oxford Lumber (A Division of National Lumber) P.C. Richard & Son Paramount Stone Co. Parksite Pella Windows & Doors People’s United Bank People’s United Bank Phoenix Audio Video & Systems Integration Plumbing Works LLC Pro Source of Stamford Rand Insurance Inc. RealtyQuest Redniss & Mead Reynolds and Rowella, LLP Ridgefield Glass Ridgefield Supply Company Ridgefield Supply Company Ridgefield Supply Company Ridgefield Supply Company Ridgefield Supply Company Ridgefield Supply Company Ridgefield Supply Company Ridgefield Supply Company Ridgefield Supply Company Jeff Stoyer Buddy Ontra Rich Greenawalt John Intravaia Peter Rogers Michael Marks Carlo Vona Justin Farnsworth Alexander Shook Christopher Dannen Chieh Jen Bob Dacundo Robert Fahey Angelo Fiordelisi Paul Mercado Tatiana Costello Richard Redniss Dan Harris John Petchonka Glen Albee Carmine Iacurto Amy Lindeman Bruce McCrary Quinn O’Marra Margaret Price Ed Rekos Linda Ryan Michael Sonderman Phone (203) 407-1571 (203) 367-4757 (203) 888-9200 (203) 888 -9200 (203) 888-9200 (631) 843-4444 (203) 496-1148 (860) 384-1813 (203) 648-6225 (203) 338-2456 (203) 856-4836 (203) 338-0706 (203) 451-9955 (203) 602-0607 (203) 637-1006 (203) 561-9303 (203) 327-0500 (203) 972-5191 (203) 438-3105 (203) 438-2626 (203) 438-2626 (203) 438-2626 (203) 438-2626 (203) 438-2626 (203) 438-2626 (203) 438-2626 (203) 438-2626 (203) 438-2626 For the most current information, visit our website, www.buildfairfieldcounty.com | 35
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MEMBERS AT A GLANCE | ASSOCIATES Company Ridgefield Supply Company Ridgefield Supply Company Ridgefield Supply Company Ring’s End, Inc. Ring’s End, Inc. Ring’s End, Inc. Ring’s End, Inc. Ring’s End, Inc. Ring’s End, Inc. Ring’s End, Inc. Ring’s End, Inc. Ring’s End, Inc. Ring’s End, Inc. Ring’s End, Inc. Riverside Fence Rizzo Masonry and Landscaping, Inc. Rocco V. D’Andrea, Inc. Royal Closet Company Rural Fuels Sandler Training Sandro Photography LLC Santa Fuel Inc. Santa Fuel Inc. Security Solutions Inc. Sharon McCormick Design Shoff Darby Companies, Inc. Shoreline Painting & Drywall, Inc. Sky Property Services 36 Name Peter Yaciuk Peter Yursik Joe Yursik Rich Cahill Mike Clark Carl Corbo Jim Mucker Brooks Hrusa Michael Jackson Mike Loya Christian Smith J.T. Sposito Michelle Tobey Tony Calistro Robert Kaye Sergio Rizzo Leonard D’Andrea Sherry Kores Bruce Miner John Fazio Sandro de Carvalho Patricia Morgan Mark Beers Gurcharan Ghura Sharon McCormick William Pierz Chris Polidoro Ron Mickiewicz Phone (203) 438-2626 (203) 438-2626 (203) 438-2626 (203) 665-1061 (203) 423-4968 (914) 533-2517 (914) 533-2517 (203) 943-4579 (914) 533-2517 (203) 665-1072 (203) 655-2525 (914) 533-2517 (203) 656-7596 (203) 814-3024 (203) 210-7447 (203) 644-0316 (203) 637-1779 (203) 847-4179 (203) 261-3641 (203) 264-1197 (203) 395-6716 (203) 367-3661 (203) 362-3332 x1362 (203) 856-9972 (860) 906-1097 (203) 354-6200 (203) 302-1086 (203) 736-9648 | For the most current information, visit our website, www.buildfairfieldcounty.com Company Name Sky Property Services Sky Property Services Smarthome & Theater Systems Smarthome & Theater Systems Smarthome & Theater Systems Stage to Show Stephanie Rapp Interiors Sunshine Floor Supplies Inc. Superior Hearth Spas and Leisure Swenson Granite Works TD Bank The Brothers That Just Do Gutters The Raymond C. Green Companies Tile & Stone Techniques Tile America Tooher-Ferraris Insurance Group TORRCO Total Comfort Inc. U.S. Insulation Corp. United Bank - Fairfield United Bank - Westport United Bank - Westport Webster Bank Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC Wells Fargo Home Mortgage Wells Fargo Home Mortgage Wells Fargo Home Mortgage Dan Loyens Kevin Dzikowski Jared O’Mara Chris Barre Lisa Barre Lisa Hynes Stephanie Rapp Razvan Tata Deborah Wolfenson Scott Herrick Chris Rallo Danny Horboychuk Justin Murphy Vicki Beltz Sheri SorrentinoSnellman Eric Ferraris Dawn Corbo John McCormack George Hanlon Joe Antonios Greg Pastor Maureen Hanley Joanne O’Mara Dennis Devane James Carr Leonard Carraturo John Ciolino Phone (203) 736-9648 (203) 736-9648 (203) 659-4734 (203) 767-7893 (203) 659-4734 (203) 921-6628 (203) 216-5835 (203) 333-0300 (860) 620-5555 (203) 270-6644 (203)752-3915 (845) 891-3586 (617) 947-8070 (203) 594-9146 (203) 367-6449 (203) 665-6615 (203) 465-4282 (203) 222-7373 (203) 240-1234 (203) 217-4849 (203) 974-6263 (203) 451-1454 (860) 462-1709 (203) 221-5557 (203) 635-5471 (914) 286-5072 (203) 635-5469 For the most current information, visit our website, www.buildfairfieldcounty.com | 37
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BUYERS GUIDE | A - Z BUILDERS A & J Romano Construction LLC 39 Stony Brook Dr Stamford, CT 06902 www.ajromanoconst.com John Romano (203) 967-4577 A.P. Construction Company 707 Summer Street Stamford, CT 06901 www.apconst.com David Breidenbach (203) 359-4704 Altamura Homes, LLC 1200 High Ridge Rd Stamford, CT 06905 www.altamurahomes.cmo Luigi Altamura (203) 524-8952 APEX Project Planning 57 Benson Road Ridgefield, CT 06877 www.apexpps.com Brian Hyla (203) 456-3095 Archetype LLC 111 Main St Westport, CT 06880 Paul Harris (203) 226-1830 Argus Development LLC 199 Sound Beach Ave, 2nd Floor Greenwich, CT 06870 www.argusdevelopmentllc.com Tim O’Malley (203) 637-4144 B II Builders LLC 13 Deerwood Rd Oxford, CT 06478 Rock Brouard (203) 214-4585 Barrington Building Co, LLC 250 Post Rd E. / Ste. 108 Westport, CT 06880 www.barringtonbuilding.com Scott Buddenhagen (203) 227-5862 Bear Paw Builders, Inc. 237 Post Rd West Westport, CT 06880 www.bearpawbuilders.com Peter Gaboriault Tom Gaboriault (203) 227-5696 Ben Krupinski Builders 13 Arcadia Rd / Stes 11 & 12 Old Greenwich, CT 06830 www.bkbuilder.com Christopher Quinn (203) 990-0633 42 For the most current information, visit our website, www.buildfairfieldcounty.com | Blansfield Builders Inc. 2 High Fields Dr Danbury, CT 06811 www.blansfieldbuilders.com James Blansfield (203) 797-9174 Blue Star Construction, LLC 33 Light St Stratford, CT 06615 Gus Curcio Sr. (203) 331-8524 Bluewater Home Builders, LLC 61 Jesup Rd Westport, CT 06880 www.bluewaterhomebuilders.com Robert Sprouls Darren Andreoli (203) 557-4770 Brindisi & Yaroscak 1082 Post Rd Darien, CT 06820 Jon Brindisi (203) 656-1948 BSF Properties Inc. 41 Glendale Rd Rye, NY 10580 www.bsfproperties.com D Richard Rowland rowland.bsf@gmail.com (914) 967-3095 Cannondale Building & Design 41 Ruscoe Rd Wilton, CT 06897 www.cannondaledesignbuild.com Andrew LaSala (203) 515-8393 Carcole Construction LLC PO Box 111362 Stamford, CT 06911 Enrico Imbrogno (203) 504-8182 Carpentry Unlimited Inc. 155 Highview Avenue Stamford, CT 06907 www.carpentry-unlimited.com Douglas Alderman (203) 322-3081 Castlegate Corp. 43 Cambridge Dr. Wolcott, CT 06716 www.castlegatebuilders.com Dennis Conroy (203) 470-0179 CCO Habitats c/o Westport Innovation Hub / 20 Ketchum St Westport, CT 06880 www.ccohabitats.com David Vynerib (203) 295-3601 For the most current information, visit our website, www.buildfairfieldcounty.com | 43
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BUYERS GUIDE | A - Z BUILDERS (CONTINUED) Cebulski Construction Company Inc. 651 Lindley St. Bridgeport, CT 06606 www.cebulskiconstruction.com James Cebulski (203) 336-0798 Cerreta Builders 1001 Main Street, Ste 24 Bridgeport, CT 06604 www.cerretabuilders.com Michael Cerreta (203) 268-2225 Charter Group Inc. 246 Federal Road, Suite # D25 Brookfield, CT 06804 www.charterbuilt.com Dennis Stone (203) 775-4333 x101 Jason Metcalfe (203) 775-6700 x102 Cole Construction Custom Built Homes LLC 192 Whisconier Rd Brookfield, CT 06804 David Cole (203) 775-2772 Connecticut Residential Inc. P.O. Box 906 Southbury, CT 06488 www.crbuilds.com Scott Volpe (203) 888-8974 44 For the most current information, visit our website, www.buildfairfieldcounty.com | Construction Management Group LLC 58 Pine Street New Canaan, CT 06840 www.cmgbuilders.com Salvatore Zarrella (203) 940-0141 Corbo Associates Inc. PO Box 169 Roxbury, CT 06783 www.corbogroup.com Ralph Corbo (203) 509-5118 Cornerstone Contracting 301 Valley Rd Greenwich, CT 06807 www.cornerstone-builders.com George Pusser (203) 861-4200 Country Club Homes Inc. 462 Danbury Rd Wilton, CT 06897 www.countryclubhomesinc.com Walter Cromwell (203) 762-0550 Criscuolo Design Build 616 N Park Ave Easton, CT 06612 www.criscuolodesignbuild.com Antony Criscuolo (203) 261-9473 D’Acunto Construction LLC 88 Seir Hill Rd Wilton, CT 06897 Thomas D’Acunto (203) 834-1711 DeRosa Builders, LLC 522 East Putnam Ave, Ste 3 Greenwich, CT 06830 www.derosabuilders.com Danziger Homes, Inc. 5 Stonewall Ridge Rd Newtown, CT 06470 www.danzigerhomes.com Kim Danziger (203) 426-9100 Dario Palladino & Son Construction LLC 45 S Lindsey Ave Stamford, CT 06902 www.palladinoconstruction.com Dario Palladino (203) 357-8258 DAS Custom Builders, LLC 7 Washington Ave Bedford, NY 10506 www.dascustombuilders.com Jason Drake (914) 218-8391 Davenport Contracting Inc. 78 Harvard Ave Stamford, CT 06902 www.davenportcontracting.com Brian P MacDonald (203) 324-6308 Anthony DeRosa Michael DeRosa Aleighen Bunkers (203) 769-1804 Design Builders & Remodeling Inc. 904 Ethan Allen Highway Ridgefield, CT 06877 www.dbarinc.com David Adams (203) 431-9104 Dibico Construction of CT Inc. 1194 King Street, 2nd Floor Greenwich, CT 06831 www.dibicoinc.com Julio DiBiase (203) 618-1219 Doherty & Deleo Development LLC 21 Canoe Trail Darien, CT 06820 www.dohertydeleo.com Kenneth Deleo (203) 984-7003 Domus Constructors, LLC P.O. Box 181 Green Farms, CT 06838 www.domusllc.com Christopher Shea (203) 852-6789 For the most current information, visit our website, www.buildfairfieldcounty.com | 45
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BUYERS GUIDE | A - Z BUILDERS (CONTINUED) Duffy Craftsmen Inc. 15-445 East Putnam Ave Greenwich, CT 06830 www.duffycraftsmen.com John Duffy (203) 637-2577 E M Rose Builders Inc. 34 East Industrial Road Branford, CT 06405 www.emrose.net Eric Rose (203) 483-4110 E.R. Salvatore Associates, LLC 52 Larkin Street Stamford, CT 06907 www.ersalvatore.com Eugene Salvatore (203) 324-2276 East Brook Construction Co. Inc. 370 Shippan Ave Stamford, CT 06902 Peter Sullivan (203) 743-7065 East Coast Structures LLC 1540 Post Road, Unit D Darien, CT 06820 www.ecstructures.net John Sullivan (203) 542-0629 Elite Building Inc. 10 Library Place, #265 Bethel, CT 06801 www.elitebuildinginc.com John Bruno (203) 733-3638 ERI Building & Design LLC 199 West Ave Darien, CT 06820 www.eribuild.com Michael Palumbo Kent Eppley (203) 655-6952 Fairfield House & Garden Company 28 Langhorne Lane Greenwich, CT 06831 www.fairfieldhouseandgarden.com Kim Conte (203) 661-8900 Falciglia Construction, LLC 6A Rock Ridge Court New Fairfield, CT 06812 www.falcigliaconstruction.com Thomas Falciglia (203) 746-9694 Fletcher Development LLC 3 Pine Street Norwalk, CT 06854 www.fletcherdevelopmentllc.com Ryan Fletcher (203) 286-6166 46 For the most current information, visit our website, www.buildfairfieldcounty.com | Fontaine Construction LLC 16 Garella Rd. Bethel, CT 06801 www.fontaineconstructionllc.com Wayne Fontaine (203) 748-3884 Four Square Building and Design, LLC 65 Charter Ridge Dr Sandy Hook, CT 06482 www.foursquarebuildinganddesign.com Steve Berko (203) 270-8610 Fox Hill Builders Inc. 1921 Post Rd Darien, CT 06820 www.foxhillbuilders.com Robert Calve (203) 655-9046 Garrett Wilson Builders LLC 119 Post Road Fairfield, CT 06824 garrettwilsonbuilders.com Garrett Wilson (203) 650-8637 Gatehouse Partners 11 Henry St Greenwich, CT 06830 www.gatehousepartners.com Randy Sullivan (203) 532-9486 Gilson Fine Homes 1117 East Putnam Avenue, #398 Greenwich, CT 06878 Tim Gilson (203) 253-5945 GreenTek Construction, LLC 1771 Post Rd E Westport, CT 06880 www.greentekconsulting.com David Mann (203) 551-9215 Greenwich Construction LLC 209 River Road Ext Cos Cob, CT 06807 www.greenwichconstruction.com Louis Van Leeuwen (203) 223-0634 Greenwich Home Builders 15 Lafayette Ct Greenwich, CT 06830 Christine Georgopulo (203) 618-0214 Greenwich Realty Development 18 Field Point Rd. Greenwich, CT 06830 www.greenwichresidentialproperties.com Jay Ross (203) 249-5899 For the most current information, visit our website, www.buildfairfieldcounty.com | 47
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BUYERS GUIDE | A - Z Custom New Construction • Renovation • Estate Management Erno Z Bacso (203)515-8051 hslbuilding.com BUILDERS (CONTINUED) H & Y Construction 831 Federal Rd Brookfield, CT 06804 www.hyconstruction.com Bill Hoadley (203) 775-2246 Hemingway Construction 115 Mason St Greenwich, CT 06830 www.hemingwayconstruction.com Peter Sciarretta (203) 625-0566 Harbor Property Development LLC 101 Pond Road Wilton, CT 06897 John Williams (203) 762-3104 Hertz Construction Inc. 132 Heights Road 401-4 Darien, CT 06820 www.hertzconstructiondarien.com John Hertz Paul Hertz (203) 656-4900 48 For the most current information, visit our website, www.buildfairfieldcounty.com | Hobbs Inc. 27 Grove St New Canaan, CT 06840 www.hobbsinc.com Scott Hobbs (203) 966-0726 Hoffman Contracting LLC 59 Grove St / Suite 1G New Canaan, CT 06840 www.hoffmancontractingct.com Eddie Barbosa (203) 966-8000 Home Construction LLC 240 Davenport Ridge Rd New Canaan, CT 06840 Robert Levine (203) 594-7663 HSL Building Company, LLC 49 Richmondville Ave, Suite 107 Westport, CT 06880 www.hslbuilding.com Erno Z Bacso (203) 515-8051 J & J Custom Builders LLC 97 Buckingham Ave / Unit 1 Milford, CT 06460 www.jjcustombuilders.com Joseph Filanowski (203) 876-0051 JBC Development LLC 31 Joshua Hobby Ln Pound Ridge, NY 10576 www.jbcdevelopers.com Barry Cohen (914) 764-0152 Jarlath Carbin Building & Remodeling Contractor LLC 4 Lilac Ln Norwalk, CT 06851 Jarlath Carbin (203) 849-0035 For the most current information, visit our website, www.buildfairfieldcounty.com | 49
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BUYERS GUIDE | A - Z BUILDERS (CONTINUED) Jeff Hallquist Builder LLC 453 Elm Street Monroe, CT 06468 www.jeffhallquist.com Jeffrey Hallquist (203) 650-5898 John Desmond Builders Inc. 35 Old Post Rd Fairfield, CT 06890 www.johndesmondbuilders.com John Desmond (203) 259-7323 John Paul Development 27 Blue Jay Dr Trumbull, CT 06611 www.johnpaulhomes.com John Paul (203) 258-9037 Kais Custom Builders LLC 124 East Ave Norwalk, CT 06851 www.kaiscustombuilders.com Joseph Kais (203) 857-4795 Karp Associates Inc. PO Box 755 New Canaan, CT 06840 www.karpassociatesinc.com Arnold Karp (203) 972-3366 If you can dream it, we can build it! • land development and site selection • site development and selection • custom home building • new construction and renovation • cost plus or fixed price • your architect or ours • personal attention to details Pound Ridge, NY 914.764.0152 • 914.760.8510 (cell) barry@jbcdevelopers.com www.jbcdevelopers.com Kellogg Brothers, Inc. 167 Olmstead Hill Rd Wilton, CT 06897 www.kelloggbrothers.com Tucker Kellogg (203) 762-9288 Kerschner Development Company 108 Main Street Norwalk, CT 06851 www.kerschnerdevelopment.com Bryan S. Kerschner (203) 853-1125 50 For the most current information, visit our website, www.buildfairfieldcounty.com | KL & R Construction, LLC 125 Limekiln Rd Redding, CT 06896 www.klrconstruction.com Ronald Uzwiak (203) 938-4357 Kling Brothers Builders, LLC 101 Huntingtown Rd Newtown, CT 06470 www.klingbrothersbuilders.com Keith Kling (203) 515-2335 Koala Residential Lifestyle 867 Riverside Drive Fairfield, CT 06824 www.koalaresidential.com Michael Black (203) 815-4096 Koushouris Construction, LLC 47 Valley Road Greenwich, CT 06807 kouconstruction@optonline.net www.koushourisconstruction.com John Koushouris (203) 253-5192 Lanni General Contracting LLC 228 Briscoe Road New Canaan, CT 06840 Luigi Lanni (203) 966-8934 Legacy Construction Northeast, LLC 4 Macdonald Ave / Suite 1 Armonk, NY 10504 www.legacydevelopmentllc.com Thomas Yaroscak Chris Yaroscak (914) 273-4511 Lin Daniels Design LLC 1168 Oldfield Road Fairfield, CT 06824 www.lindanielsdesign.com Linda Daniels (203) 520-8865 LoParco Associates, Inc. 354 W Putnam Ave Greenwich, CT 06830 www.loparco.com Steven LoParco (203) 629-4800 x700 Love Where You Live Homes LLC P.O. Box 297 Monroe, CT 06468 www.lovewhereyoulivehomesct.com Glenn Tatangelo (203) 268-5661 LS Construction LLC 91 Pine Hill Rd New Fairfield, CT 06812 www.mylsconstruction.com Louis Yorio (203) 746-3000 For the most current information, visit our website, www.buildfairfieldcounty.com | 51
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BUYERS GUIDE | A - Z BUILDERS (CONTINUED) Madison Properties, LLC 15 Wintergreen Drive Easton, CT 06612 Ken J. Esposito (203) 218-4141 Marc Sterling General Contractors 320 South Main Street Newtown, CT 06470 www.marcsterlinggc.com Marc Hankey (203) 270-6202 McDillon Holdings Inc. 1375 Kings Hwy, Suite 250 Fairfield, CT 06824 www.mcdillon.com Jonathan Rogers (203) 579-1712 x203 The Michaud Group LLC 1 Enterprise Dr., Suite 320 Shelton, CT 06484 www.themichaudgroup.com Rob Michaud Marc Michaud (203) 225-0229 Milton Development LLC 1046 Post Road East / P.O. Box 708 Westport, CT 06881 www.miltondevelopment.com Ashley Schapiro (203) 441-8385 MLR Properties, LLC. 181 Main St. Suite C Monroe, CT 06468 www.mlrproperties.com Megan Robertson (203) 220-8876 Murphy Brothers Contracting Inc. 416 Waverly Ave Mamaroneck, NY 10543 www.murphybrothers.com Sean Murphy (914) 777-5777 Nest Development LLC 66 Fort Point Street Norwalk, CT 06855 www.nestdevelopmentct.com Augustus Pappajohn (203) 523-0296 New England Coastal Builders LLC 223 Fernwood Rd Trumbull, CT 06611 David Denomme (203) 650-2090 New Ridge Builders 4 Walmsley Rd Darien, CT 06820 www.newridgebuilders.com Chip Dunn (203) 655-3999 NPK Building Corp. 62 Mason St Greenwich, CT 06830 Nicholas Kyriakos (203) 550-1939 52 For the most current information, visit our website, www.buildfairfieldcounty.com | Olson Development LLC 159 Brushy Hill Rd Newtown, CT 06470 www.olsondevelopmentllc.com Mark Olson (203) 972-7722 Peter Schlubach Custom Builder 105 Horse Tavern Road Trumbull, CT 06611 www.peterschlubachbuilders.com Peter Schlubach (203) 445-9296 Olympic Construction LLC 110 Lenox Ave, Ste 204 Stamford, CT 06906 www.olympicconstructionllc.com Susan D’Elia (203) 356-0187 Pecora Brothers, Inc. 70 Hamilton Ave Greenwich, CT 06830 www.pecorabrothers.com Joseph Pecora (203) 863-9555 Peerless Construction Inc 7 Lockwood Dr Greenwich, CT 06870 www.peerlessconstruction.net Robert Fischetti (203) 273-9394 PEN Building Company 46 Post Rd E Westport, CT 06880 www.penbuildingcompany.com Peter Nisenson (203) 822-8206 Peter Schneider Builder Contractor 106 Rockwell Rd Bethel, CT 06801 www.peterschneiderbuilder.com Peter Schneider (203) 743-5548 Pine Creek Associates Inc. 357 Commerce Dr, Unit 320357 Fairfield, CT 06825 www.pinecreekassociates.com Thomas Wrabel (203) 256-9300 Pompa Development & Construction LLC 242 S Water Street Greenwich, CT 06830 www.pompaconstruction.com Frank Pompa (203) 552-5236 PotterBuilt Construction 525 Danbury Rd Wilton, CT 06897 www.potterbuiltconstruction.com L. Paul Potter (203) 563-2278 For the most current information, visit our website, www.buildfairfieldcounty.com | 53
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BUYERS GUIDE | A - Z BUILDERS (CONTINUED) Preferred Builders Inc./ Green Built CT LLC. 23 Brown House Rd Greenwich, CT 06870 www.greenbuiltct.com Peter Fusaro Michael Fusaro (203) 637-5074 Pro-Star Builders LLC. 14 Kenwood Lane Trumbull, CT 06611 www.pro-starbuilders.com Paul Landru (203) 258-0920 Prutting & Company Custom Builders, LLC 75 Camp Ave Stamford, CT 06907 www.prutting.com David Prutting (203) 972-1028 Quibus, LLC 32 Field Point Road Greenwich, CT 06830 www.quibus.us Steven Mueller (203) 869-3770 R.B. Benson & Co. Inc. 1258 Post Rd E, Ste B Westport, CT 06880 www.bensonfinehomes.com Richard Benson (203) 856-9792 54 For the most current information, visit our website, www.buildfairfieldcounty.com | R.E. Davis Construction LLC 476 Wire Mill Road Stamford, CT 6906 www.redavisbuilders.com Robert Davis (203) 961-8353 R.R. Builders, LLC 5 Elm St New Canaan, CT 06840 www.rrbuilders.com Richard Rosano (203) 972-6100 Ramey Construction Inc. 8 Connecticut Ave Danbury, CT 06810 Richard Ramey (203) 743-2141 Ranney Michaels LLC 1035 Burr St Fairfield, CT 06824 www.ranneymichaels.com Eric Michaels (203) 221-3005 RCCM, Inc. 23 Francis J Clarke Cir Bethel, CT 06801 www.rccminc.com Regan Youngberg (203) 340-9005 Renaissance Partners, LLC 42 Whitney Ave New Canaan, CT 06840 www.builditright.biz Ted Sihpol (203) 313-4749 Significant Homes LLC 199 Elm Street New Canaan, CT 06840 www.significanthomesllc.com Whit Matthews (203) 561-0975 Renato Gasparian Associates LLC. 888 Gilbert Hwy Fairfield, CT 06824 Renato Gasparian (203) 259-1450 RMS Construction LLC 1 Landmark Square, 2nd Fl Stamford, CT 06901 www.rms-construction.com Randy Salvatore (203) 968-2313 S & W Building Remodeling, Inc. 18 Reynolds St Norwalk, CT 06855 www.swbuildingremodeling.com Scott Evarts (203) 831-8300 S.E.K.N. Construction Co. Inc. 185 Skyline Ln Stamford, CT 06903 John Kinahan (203) 329-1938 Silver Heights Development LLC c/o Westport Hub / 20 Ketchum St Westport, CT 06880 www.silverheightsdev.com Tomas Haendler Seth Greenwald (917) 873-2827 SIR Development 943 Post Rd E Westport, CT 06880 www.sirdev.com Robert Haroun (203) 227-6616 Sound Beach Partners LLC 289 Selleck Street Stamford, CT 06902 www.soundbeachpartners.com Doron Sabag (203) 323-2200 Sound Homes LLC 1046 Boston Post Rd Madison, CT 06443 www.soundhomesllc.com Amy Stefanowski (203) 8560739 For the most current information, visit our website, www.buildfairfieldcounty.com | 55
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BUYERS GUIDE | A - Z BUILDERS (CONTINUED) Southview Builders LLC 25-2 Martha Lane New Milford, CT 06755 Kevin B. Keenan (860) 355 9311 Steiner Inc. 2 Park Lawn Dr Bethel, CT 06801 www.berkshirecorporatepark.com Chris Steiner Richard Steiner (203) 744-3782 Stellar Homes, LLC 12 Nancy Lane Brookfield, CT 06804 www.stellarhomesct.com David J Cacace (203)733-7695 Stephen C. Gidley Inc. 41 Unquowa Lane Fairfield, CT 06824 www.GidleyRemodeling.com www.scgabc.com Stephen Gidley (203) 655-7018, Cell:(203)223-7725 Sterling Building and Restoration, LLC 118 Cross Highway Westport,CT 06880 www.sterlingbuildingandrestoration.com John R. Dumke (203) 247-0874 Stone Harbor Development Company PO Box 441 Greenwich, CT 06836 www.stoneharborland.com H Andrew Fox (203) 661-4105 x111 Susquehanna Enterprises 1293 Ponus Ridge New Canaan, CT 06840 Nicholas Yanicelli (203) 966-6524 56 For the most current information, visit our website, www.buildfairfieldcounty.com | STERLING Building and Restoration Sterling Building and Restoration has been designing, renovating, restoring and building new homes for discerning clients in Connecticut for 15 years. If you are considering a new home, kitchen, family room, bathroom or remodeling to suit the next chapter of your life, please call to discuss the design and build possibilities. Complimentary Consultation 203-247-0874 sterlingbuildingandrestoration.com Tallman Segerson Builders LLC 25 Walls Drive Fairfield, CT 06824 www.tallmansegerson.com Thor Vanderblue (203) 292-8401 The Greyrock Companies 23 Platt Street Norwalk, CT 06855 www.greyrockhomes.com Jerry Effren (203) 853-1600 The RAM Group LLC 10 Glenville St. Greenwich, CT 06831 www.theramgroupllc.com R. Andrew Moore (203) 340-9863 x203 Toll Brothers Inc.-Connecticut Division 42 Old Ridgebury Road 2nd Floor Danbury, CT 06810 www.tollbrothers.com Jack Lannamann, Division President (203) 616-4900 For the most current information, visit our website, www.buildfairfieldcounty.com | 57
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BUYERS GUIDE | A - Z BUILDERS (CONTINUED) Tomas Brothers, LLC 2 Ruby St Norwalk, CT 06850 www.tomasbrothersbuilders.com Joseph Tomas (203) 762-3445 Twelve Development LLC 215 River Road Ext Greenwich, CT 06807 www.12development.com Amy Zeppelin (203) 625-2675 VAS Construction Inc. 202 Chestnut Hill Rd Wilton, CT 6897 www.vasconstruction.com/index.html Vincent Sciarretta (203) 834-9885 The Verdi Construction Company LLC 16 Taylor Avenue Bethel, CT 06801 www.verdiconstruction.com Curtis Verdi (203) 798-9880 Walker Construction Inc. PO Box 134 Fairfield, CT 06890 Scott Walker (203) 259-5996 The Warjam Group LTD 5 International Dr / Ste 114 Rye Brook, NY 10573 www.warjamgroup.com William Riehl (914) 761-2500 Wernert Associates Inc. 76 Valley Rd Greenwich, CT 06807 www.wernert.com Max Wernert (203) 869-1110 Westchester Modular Homes of Fairfield County Inc. 4 Stony Hill Rd Bethel, CT 06801 www.westchestermodular.com Paul Scalzo (203) 205-7603 Westport Modular Homes 44 Bridge Street Westport, CT 06880 www.westportmodular.com James Hines (203) 858-7198 Wood Builders Inc. 555 Belden Hill Rd Wilton, CT 06897 www.woodbuildersinc.com Michael Wood (203) 858-0255 58 For the most current information, visit our website, www.buildfairfieldcounty.com | Woodland Partners LLC 30 Corbin Dr, Unit 1034 Darien, CT 06820 www.woodlandpartners.com Todd Givens (203) 655-0204 Wright Building Co. 5 Myrtle St Norwalk, CT 06855 www.wrightbuild.com Chris Wright Judy Doyle (203) 227-4134 Wormser Development 611 Riverside Ave Westport, CT 06880 www.wormserdevelopment.com Thomas Wormser (203) 227-7872 Xhema Inc. 1 Oak Street West, P.O. Box 4422 Greenwich CT 06830 www.xhema.com Jeff Millington (203) 531-6070 Custom Homes Renovations Estate Care WESTPORT: 203-227-4134 GREENWICH: 203-637-3210 Serving Fairfield and Westchester Counties www.wrightbuild.com For the most current information, visit our website, www.buildfairfieldcounty.com | 59
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BUYERS GUIDE | A - Z APPLIANCES/ ELECTRONICS (CONTINUED) County TV & Appliance 2770 Summer Street Stamford, CT 06905 www.countytv.com Vinny Vetrini Philip De Terlizzi Elio Vetrini (203) 327-2630 P.C. Richard & Son 150 Price Pkwy Farmingdale, NY 11735 www.pcrichard.com/home.jsp Michael Marks (631) 843-4444 ARCHITECTS Emilia Ferri Architecture + Design, LLC 42 N. Main Street, 3rd Fl Port Chester, NY 10573 www.emiliaferridesign.com Emilia Ferri (203) 545-7761 Leigh Overland Architect 235 Main Street Danbury, CT 06811 www.ldoverland.com Leigh Overland (203) 794-9001 Ranney Michaels LLC 1035 Burr St Fairfield, CT 06824 www.ranneymichaels.com Eric Michaels (203) 221-3005 62 For the most current information, visit our website, www.buildfairfieldcounty.com | Est. 1909 The MAJOR APPLIANCE ‘GIANT’ BUILT-IN APPLIANCES FOR ARCHITECTS • BUILDERS • DESIGNERS • DEVELOPERS AMERICA’S LARGEST WHOLESALE APPLIANCE DISTRIBUTOR SAVINGS GUARANTEED LOW PRICES ALL QUALITY BRANDS FOR LESS SELECTION THE LARGEST SELECTION OF BRAND NAME DESIGNER KITCHEN APPLIANCES SERVICE THE LARGEST INVENTORY FOR NEXT DAY DELIVERY BY OUR VERY OWN DELIVERY TEAMS P.C. RICHARD & SON... HERE FOR YOU ...ALWAYS THE COMPANY YOU CAN TRUST SINCE 1909 PROFESSIONAL NEXT DAY DELIVERY AVAILABLE For over 100 years P.C. Richard & Son has been providing the building industry with unbeatable service, integrity and reliability. 150 PRICE PARKWAY, FARMINGDALE, NY 11735 800.368.6869 • Builders@PCRichard.com • Fax 1.800.479.0336 Redniss & Mead 22 1st St Stamford, CT 06905 www.rednissmead.com Richard Redniss (203) 327-0500 The RAM Group LLC 10 Glenville St. Greenwich, CT 06831 www.theramgroupllc.com R. Andrew Moore (203) 340-9863 x203 Designer ASBESTOS ABATEMENT Complete Dismantling Services, LLC 733 Summer Street, Ste. 103 Stamford, CT 06901 www.completedismantling.com Matt Orsaia (203) 553-9874 ASPHALT/PAVING/ SEALCOATING Cavaliere Industries, Inc. 226 Selleck Street, Ste C Stamford, CT 06902 www.cavaliereindustries.com Lou Cavaliere (203) 323-6018 Katchko & Sons Construction Services Inc. 315 Pepper Ridge Rd Stamford, CT 06905 www.katchkoandsons.com Bob Katchko (203) 943-7882 ATTORNEY/LEGAL SERVICES Bansley, Anthony, Burdo, LLC 1100 Kings Hwy East / Ste 3C Fairfield, CT 06824 265 Orange Street New Haven, CT 06510 www.bansleylaw.com Michael Burdo (203) 873-0110 (203) 776-1900 All aspects of acquisition and development of commercial & residential real estate. Acquisitions ● Zoning ● Subdivisions ● Construction ● Financing ● Leasing ● Sales NOT JUST ANY LAW FIRM. Your LAW FIRM. BRIDGEPORT 203.368.0211 DANBURY 203.792.2771 WESTPORT 203.222.1034 WWW.COHENANDWOLF.COM For the most current information, visit our website, www.buildfairfieldcounty.com | 63 ORANGE 203.298.4066
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BUYERS GUIDE | A - Z BATH & KITCHEN (CONTINUED) Northeast Dream Kitchens 295 Treadwell Ave Hamden, CT 06514 www.yourdreamkitchen.com Jeff Stoyer (203) 407-1571 Oxford Lumber (A Division of National Lumber) 113 Oxford Rd Oxford, CT 06478 www.oxford-lumber.com Rich Greenawalt John Intravaia Peter Rogers (203) 888-9200 66 For the most current information, visit our website, www.buildfairfieldcounty.com | Ring’s End, Inc. 149 Danbury Rd Wilton, CT 06897 www.ringsend.com Tony Calistro (203) 814-3024 Rich Cahill (203) 665-1061 Mike Clark (203) 423-4968 Mike Loya (203) 665-1072 Ring’s End, Inc. 386 Smith Ridge Rd South Salem, NY 10590 www.ringsend.com Carl Corbo Jim Mucker ANNOUNCING the arrival of our new 8-story BOOMTRUCK CONNECTICUT - East Haven - Manchester - Newtown SANDY HOOK - 2 Turnberry Lane - 203-426-0030 NEW YORK - Millwood • Mold / Mildew Resistant Board • Fire Rated Board • ½” Light Weight Board • Exterior Sheathing • Metal Studs • Acoustical Ceiling Tile Michael Jackson J.T. Sposito (914) 533-2517 Ring’s End, Inc. 181 West Ave Darien, CT 06820 www.ringsend.com Brooks Hrusa (203) 943-4579 Christian Smith (203) 655-2525 Michelle Tobey (203) 656-7596 Stephanie Rapp Interiors 374 Good Hill Road Weston, CT 06883 www.stephanierappinteriors.com Stephanie Rapp (203) 216-5835 TORRCO 100 North Elm Street Waterbury, CT 06702 www.torrco.com Dawn Corbo (203) 465-4282 Westport Glass 42 Riverside Ave Westport, CT 06880 www.americanframeless.com Dennis Grimaldi (203) 227-0432 For the most current information, visit our website, www.buildfairfieldcounty.com | 67
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BUYERS GUIDE | A - Z BUILDING MATERIALS & SUPPLIES East Haven Builders Supply 193 Silver Sands Rd East Haven, CT 06512 www.ehbuilders.com Neil Fredericks Mike Nihill (203) 469-2394 Gault Stone 11 Ferry Lane West Westport, CT 06880 www.gaultstone.com Meredith Donaher (203) 222-3240 Hatch & Bailey Co 1 Meadow Street Ext Norwalk, CT 06854 www.hatchandbailey.com Michael DeFelice Chris Dean Bryan Mellick (203) 866-5515 Huber Engineered Woods 10 Ernest Ave Quincy, MA 02169 www.Huberwood.com Will Contento (781) 910-1763 Innovative Closet Design Inc. 445 W Main St Wyckoff, NJ 07481 www.icdnj.com Jennifer Tavani (201) 848-6355 68 For the most current information, visit our website, www.buildfairfieldcounty.com | Interstate+Lakeland Lumber Corp. 120 Selleck Street Stamford, CT 06902 www.interstatelumber.com Brian Kurtz Sheldon Kahn Dan Molloy Lenny Volpe (203) 348-3761 Magna Steel Sales Inc. 2 Alliance Circle Beacon Falls, CT 06403 www.magnasteel.com Jim Mavlouganes 203-888-0300 Mono-Crete Step Co LLC P.O. Box 74, 12 Trowbridge Dr Bethel, CT 06801 www.monocrete.com Shelby McLoughlin (203) 748-8419 New England Stair Co. Inc. One White St, PO Box 763 Shelton, CT 06484 www.newenglandstair.com Matt Sylvia (800) 822-6620 Northeast Builders Supply & Home Centers 1460 Barnum Ave Bridgeport, CT 06610 www.northeastbuilders.com Jeff Bickel (203) 366-4757 x1238 THAN A WOODCHUCK COULD CHUCK LUMBER • BUILDING MATERIALS • MILLWORK • TOOLS & HARDWARE CONCRETE BLOCK MANUFACTURING NO OTHER TEAM MEASURES UP The expert staff at our full-service lumberyards – stocking the best premium lumber and building materials in the area – will help you get your order ready for pick-up or delivery. FOR WOOD AND MORE Call Mike DeFelice, General Manager at (203) 866-5515 to set up a project consultation today! NORWALK 1 Meadow Street Ext. (203) 866-5515 www.HatchAndBailey.com STAMFORD 34 Fahey Street
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BUYERS GUIDE | A - Z CABLE RAILINGS (CONTINUED) New England Stair Co. Inc. One White St, PO BOX 763 Shelton, CT 06484 www.newenglandstair.com Matt Sylvia (800) 822-6620 Riverside Fence 137 Ethan Allen Hwy Ridgefield, CT 06877 www.riversidefence.net Robert Kaye 203-210-7447 CARPENTRY/TRIMMERS/ FRAMERS Fine Line Finish Carpentry LLC 37 Rockwood Lane Danbury, CT 06811 www.flfcarpentry.com Christopher Tierney (203) 778-5202 CLOSET DESIGNER Closet and Storage Concepts 356 Ely Ave Norwalk, CT 06854 www.closetandstorageconcepts.com Karen Bradbury Bobby Fahey (203) 957-3304 74 For the most current information, visit our website, www.buildfairfieldcounty.com | Connecticut Closet & Shelf 6 Fitch St Norwalk, CT 06855 www.ctcloset.com Kate Clarke (203) 838-9089 Innovative Closet Design Inc. 445 W Main St Wyckoff, NJ 07481 www.icdnj.com Jennifer Tavani (201) 848-6355 Liberty Closet and Garage 51 Sugar Hollow Road/Rt 7 Danbury, CT 06810 www.libertyclosetandgarage.com Tony Sigillito (203) 778-0222 Royal Closet Company 6 B Muller Park Norwalk, CT 06851 www.royalcloset.com Sherry Kores (203) 847-4179 COMMERCIAL BANKERS Fairfield County Bank- Darien 714 Post Road Darien, CT 06820 www.fairfieldcountybank.com Lisa Bancroft (203) 319-7022 203-856-4836 peoples.com/jen Fairfield County Bank - Ridgefield 150 Danbury Rd Ridgefield, CT 06877 www.fairfieldcountybank.com Virginia Turnbull (203) 431-7465 Nicole Daly (203) 431-7459 Fairfield County Bank - Westport 20 Compo Rd S. Westport, CT 06880 www.fairfieldcountybank.com Allison Knapp (203) 319-7021 Buying, Building, Renovating... Chieh Jen Mortgage Account Officer NMLS # 819648 ©2015 People’s United Bank, N.A. | Member FDIC | Equal Housing Lender For the most current information, visit our website, www.buildfairfieldcounty.com | 75
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BUYERS GUIDE | A - Z COMMERCIAL BANKERS (CONTINUED) Fairfield County Bank Insurance Services 401 Main Street Ridgefield, CT 06877 www.fcbins.com John Czel Scott Cronin (203) 438-0404 First County Bank 3001 Summer Street Stamford, CT 06905 www.firstcountybank.com Jim Darling (203) 462-4200 People’s United Bank 850 Main Street Bridgeport, CT 06604 Christopher Dannen (203) 338-2456 www.peoples.com 95 Main St. New Canaan, CT 06840 Chieh Jen (203) 856-4836 www.peoples.com/jen CONSTRUCTION DEBRIS REMOVAL AMEC, LLC 145 Main Street Norwalk, CT 06851 www.amecllc.com Michelle Marmarinos 203-642-3530 76 For the most current information, visit our website, www.buildfairfieldcounty.com | CONSTRUCTION MANAGERS Quibus, LLC 32 Field Point Road Greenwich, CT 06830 www.quibus.us Steven Mueller (203) 869-3770 DEMOLITION AMEC, LLC 145 Main Street Norwalk, CT 06851 www.amecllc.com Michelle Marmarinos 203-642-3530 City Carting Recycling & Demolition 8 Viaduct Road Stamford CT 06907 www.citycarting.net Gary Fanali John Ferro (203) 324-4090 Complete Dismantling Services, LLC 733 Summer Street, Ste. 103 Stamford, CT 06901 www.completedismantling.com Matt Orsaia (203) 553-9874 Drenckhahn Excavating, Inc. 11 Poplar Street, PO Box 4538 Stamford, CT 06907 www.drenckhahnexcavating.com Richard Drenckhahn C:(203) 273-5604 Brien Drenckhahn (203) 357-1414 DESIGNERS (EXTERIOR) Austin Ganim Landscape Design LLC 320 Kings Highway Cutoff Fairfield, CT 06824 www.austinganimlandscapedesign.com Eva Chiamulera (203) 333-2003 Emilia Ferri Architecture + Design, LLC 42 N. Main Street, 3rd Fl Port Chester, NY 10573 www.emiliaferridesign.com Emilia Ferri (203) 545-7761 Olson Development LLC 159 Brushy Hill Rd Newtown, CT 06470 www.olsondevelopmentllc.com Mark Olson (203) 972-7722 DESIGNERS (INTERIOR) Bonnie Paige Interiors LLC 998 Pequot Ave Fairfield, CT 06890 www.bonniepaige.com Bonnie Paige (203) 331-7512 Cecy Gillen Designs LLC 3 Trailside Dr Norwalk, CT 06851 www.cecygillendesigns.com Cecilia Gillen Peter Gillen (203) 956-9892 Closet and Storage Concepts 356 Ely Ave Norwalk, CT 06854 www.closetandstorageconcepts.com Karen Bradbury Bobby Fahey (203) 957-3304 Connie Cooper Designs 8 High Point Rd Westport, CT 06880 www.conniecooperdesigns.com Connie Cooper (203) 256-9183 Hogue Interior Design 158 Compo Road South Westport, CT 06880 www.hogueid.com Michelle Hogue (434)987-6595 michelle@hogueid.com Greenwich Home Builders 15 Lafayette Ct Greenwich, CT 06830 Christine Georgopulo (203) 618-0214 For the most current information, visit our website, www.buildfairfieldcounty.com | 77
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BUYERS GUIDE | A - Z DEVELOPER Altamura Homes, LLC 1200 High Ridge Rd Stamford, CT 06905 www.altamurahomes.com Luigi Altamura (203) 524-8952 CCO Habitats c/o Westport Innovation Hub 20 Ketchum St Westport, CT 06880 www.ccohabitats.com David Vynerib (203) 295-3601 DeRosa Builders, LLC 522 East Putnam Ave, Ste 3 Greenwich, CT 06830 www.derosabuilders.com Anthony DeRosa Michael DeRosa Aleighen Bunkers (203) 769-1804 JBC Development LLC 31 Joshua Hobby Ln Pound Ridge, NY 10576 www.jbcdevelopers.com Barry Cohen (914) 764-0152 John Paul Development 27 Blue Jay Dr Trumbull, CT 06611 www.johnpaulhomes.com John Paul (203) 258-9037 80 For the most current information, visit our website, www.buildfairfieldcounty.com | SIR Development 943 Post Rd E Westport, CT 06880 www.sirdev.com Robert Haroun (203) 227-6616 Stone Harbor Development Company PO Box 441 Greenwich, CT 06836 www.stoneharborland.com H Andrew Fox (203) 661-4105 x111 Toll Brothers Inc.-Connecticut Division 42 Old Ridgebury Road 2nd Floor Danbury, CT 06810 www.tollbrothers.com Jack Lannamann, Division President (203) 616-4900 DOORS Interstate+Lakeland Lumber Corp. 120 Selleck Street Stamford, CT 06902 www.interstatelumber.com Brian Kurtz Sheldon Kahn Dan Molloy Lenny Volpe (203) 348-3761 Marvin Windows and Doors / A.W. Hastings & Company LLC 2 Pearson Way Enfield, CT 06082 www.marvin.com Tom Allard (860) 745-2424 TRADITION WITH A MODERN TOUCH A stunning and unique window solution exclusive to Marvin ,® the Next Generation Ultimate Double Hung delivers both beauty and function to your customers. Crafted with expertise and quality formed through four generations of family experience, this window is a classic, reinvented. FOR MORE INFORMATION, CALL 800.394.8800 Oxford Lumber (A Division of National Lumber) 113 Oxford Rd Oxford, CT06478 www.oxford-lumber.com Rich Greenawalt Peter Rogers John Intravaia (203) 888-9200 Pella Windows & Doors Alexander Shook 220 Monroe Turnpike / P.O. Box 620 Monroe, CT 06468 www.pella.com Alexander Shook (203) 648-6225 WWW.MARVIN.COM Ridgefield Supply Company 29 Prospect Street Ridgefield, CT 06877 www.ridgefieldsupply.com Margaret Price Ed Rekos Glen Albee Carmine Iacurto Amy Lindeman Bruce McCrary Quinn O’Marra Linda Ryan Michael Sonderman Peter Yaciuk Joe Yursik Peter Yursik (203) 438-2626 For the most current information, visit our website, www.buildfairfieldcounty.com | 81
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BUYERS GUIDE | A - Z DOORS (CONTINUED) Ring’s End, Inc. 149 Danbury Rd Wilton, CT 06897 www.ringsend.com Tony Calistro (203) 814-3024 Rich Cahill (203) 665-1061 Mike Clark (203) 423-4968 Mike Loya (203) 665-1072 Ring’s End, Inc. 386 Smith Ridge Rd South Salem, NY 10590 www.ringsend.com Carl Corbo Jim Mucker Michael Jackson J.T. Sposito (914) 533-2517 Ring’s End, Inc. 181 West Ave Darien, CT 06820 www.ringsend.com Brooks Hrusa (203) 943-4579 Christian Smith (203) 655-2525 Michelle Tobey 203-656-7596 DRYWALL Calderon Brothers Drywall LLC 50 Grandview Ave Norwalk, CT 06850 www.calderonbrossdrywall.com Erik C Calderon (203) 820-3391 Shoreline Painting & Drywall, Inc. 48 Crescent St Stamford, CT 06906 www.shorelinepaintingct.com Chris Polidoro (203) 302-1086 EDUCATION & TRAINING Sandler Training 574 Heritage Rd / Ste 200 Southbury, CT 06488 www.peaksalesperform.sandler.com John Fazio (203) 264-1197 ELECTRICAL Bertozzi Electric, LLC 19 Taylor Ave, Unit A Bethel, CT 06801 David Bertozzi (203) 744-6376 Marlin Electric LLC 52 Milandale Rd. Fairfield, CT 06824 www.marlinelectricllc.com Jonathan Small Russell Medina Julie Stiffler (203) 515-7414 82 For the most current information, visit our website, www.buildfairfieldcounty.com | N & S Electric Inc. 120 Allen Street Stratford, CT 06615 www.ns-light.com Anthony Nizzardo (203) 378-0667 ELEVATOR INSTALLATION & REPAIR Elevator Service Company, Inc. 47 Water St Torrington, CT 06790 www.elevatorserviceco.com Steven Roth Keith Domack Amber Wilder (203) 757-5000 ENERGY, ALTERNATIVE (GEO-THERMAL, SOLAR) Greenwich Electric LLC 64 Pemberwick Rd Greenwich, CT 06831 www.greenwichelectric.com Kate Anderson (203) 531-8500 ENGINEERS Redniss & Mead 22 1st St Stamford, CT 06905 www.rednissmead.com Richard Redniss (203) 327-0500 For the most current information, visit our website, www.buildfairfieldcounty.com | 83
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BUYERS GUIDE | A - Z ENGINEERS (CONTINUED) Rocco V. D’Andrea, Inc. P.O. Box 549 / 6 Neil Lane Greenwich, CT 06878 www.rvdi.com Leonard D’Andrea (203) 637-1779 EXCAVATION/BLASTING Cavaliere Industries, Inc. 226 Selleck Street, Ste C Stamford, CT 06902 www.cavaliereindustries.com Lou Cavaliere (203) 323-6018 Drenckhahn Excavating, Inc. 11 Poplar Street, PO Box 4538 Stamford, CT 06907 www.drenckhahnexcavating.com Richard Drenckhahn (203) 357-1414 C:(203) 273-5604 Brien Drenckhahn (203) 273-4534 Katchko & Sons Construction Services Inc. 315 Pepper Ridge Rd Stamford, CT 06905 www.katchkoandsons.com Bob Katchko (203) 943-7882 FENCES Dimensions In Glass 301 Commerce Drive Fairfield, CT 06825 www.dig-ct.com Jonathan Redwood (203) 319-1888 Riverside Fence 137 Ethan Allen Hwy Ridgefield, CT 06877 www.riversidefence.net Robert Kaye 203-210-7447 FINANCIAL SERVICES Citizens Bank 830 Post Road East Westport, CT 06880 www.citizensbank.com Kevin Gentry (203) 951-4907 kevin.gentry@citizensbank.com Corporate Plans Retirement Strategies, LLC 120 White Plains Road, Ste 601 Tarrytown, NY 10591 www.corporateplans.com Carlo Marano (914) 366-8334 Gerald Mirra (914) 366-8333 84 For the most current information, visit our website, www.buildfairfieldcounty.com | Fairfield County Bank-Darien 714 Post Road Darien, CT 06820 www.fairfieldcountybank.com Lisa Bancroft (203) 319-7022 Fairfield County Bank -Westport 20 Compo Rd S. Westport, CT 06880 www.fairfieldcountybank.com Allison Knapp (203) 319-7021 Fairfield County Bank- Ridgefield 150 Danbury Rd Ridgefield, CT 06877 www.fairfieldcountybank.com Virginia Turnbull (203) 431-7465 Nicole Daly (203) 431-7459 Fairfield County Bank Insurance Services 401 Main Street Ridgefield, CT 06877 www.fcbins.com John Czel Scott Cronin (203) 438-0404 For the most current information, visit our website, www.buildfairfieldcounty.com | 85
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BUYERS GUIDE | A - Z MEET THE MOST POWERFUL BUSINESS PARTNERS IN FAIRFIELD COUNTY. Kathryn A. Eren, VP, Cash Management Officer; Lisa Stuard, AVP Commercial Loan Administrator; Maureen Hanley-Bellitto, SVP, Commercial Team Leader; Gregory Pastor, Jr. VP, Commercial Banking Officer; Kim Karl, VP, Commercial Banking Officer; Deep community roots. Unrivaled market knowledge. Unmatched customer service. When a bank builds its commercial banking team around the values that truly make a difference in helping your business and community grow and prosper, that’s more than banking. That’s changing the way you bank. Talk to us today. Visit bankatunited.com/commercial First County Bank 3001 Summer Street Stamford CT 06905 www.firstcountybank.com Jim Darling (203) 462-4200 Key Insurance & Benefits Services 40 Richards Avenue Norwalk, CT 06854 www.key.com Read Smith (203) 854-3425 People’s United Bank 850 Main Street Bridgeport, CT 06604 www.peoples.com Christopher Dannen (203) 338-2456 People’s United Bank 95 Main Street New Canaan, CT 06840 www.peoples.com/jen Chieh Jen (203) 856-4836 86 For the most current information, visit our website, www.buildfairfieldcounty.com | United Bank - Fairfield 1720 Post Rd Fairfield, CT 06824 www.bankatunited.com Joe Antonios (203) 217-4849 FIREPLACES United Bank - Westport 55 Greens Farms Rd Westport, CT 06880 www.bankatunited.com Maureen Hanley (203) 451-1454 Greg Pastor (203) 974-6263 Webster Bank 301 Main St Danbury, CT 06810 www.websterbank.com Joanne O’Mara (860) 462-1709 FINISH CARPENTRY Fine Line Finish Carpentry LLC 37 Rockwood Lane Danbury, CT 06811 www.flfcarpentry.com Christopher Tierney (203) 778-5202 Miller Constructors, LLC 23 Francis Clarke Circle Unit 1B Bethel, CT 06801 www.millerconstructors.com Steve Miller (203) 917-4406 Hudson DosReis (203) 917-9080 For the most current information, visit our website, www.buildfairfieldcounty.com | 87 Connecticut Appliance & Fireplace Distributors LLC 50 Graham Place Southington CT 06489 www.cafd.com Andrea Salzillo (860) 621-9313 Superior Hearth Spas and Leisure 1457 Meriden Waterbury Road Southington, CT 06479 www.superiorathome.com Deborah Wolfenson (860) 620-5555 FLOORING Huber Engineered Woods 10 Ernest Ave Quincy, MA 02169 www.Huberwood.com Will Contento (781) 910-1763 Pro Source of Stamford 25 Harbor View Ave Stamford, CT 06902 www.prosourcewholesale.com/stamford Angelo Fiordelisi (203) 602-0607
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BUYERS GUIDE | A - Z GARAGE (GARAGE STORAGE, CONCRETE FLOOR COATINGS(EPOXY) Closet and Storage Concepts 356 Ely Ave Norwalk, CT 06854 www.closetandstorageconcepts.com Karen Bradbury Bobby Fahey (203) 957-3304 GarageTek of Connecticut 14B Trowbridge Dr Bethel, CT 06801 www.garagetek-connecticut.com Gene Meken (203) 743-1242 Liberty Closet and Garage 51 Sugar Hollow Road/Rt 7 Danbury, CT 06810 www.libertyclosetandgarage.com Tony Sigillito (203) 778-0222 GARAGE DOORS Ed’s Garage Door LTD 136 Water St Norwalk, CT 06854 www.edsgaragedoors.com Rich Cunningham Angelo DiMeglio Eric Maar (203) 847-1284 GARBAGE DISPOSALS City Carting Recycling & Demolition 8 Viaduct Road Stamford, CT 06907 www.citycarting.net Gary Fanali John Ferro (203) 324-4090 InSinkErator 4700 21st St Racine, WI 53406 www.insinkerator.com Rhonda Burnim (203) 522-9608 GENERAL CONTRACTORS A & J Romano Construction LLC 39 Stony Brook Dr Stamford, CT 06902 www.ajromanoconst.com John Romano (203) 967-4577 A.P. Construction Company 707 Summer Street Stamford, CT 06901 www.apconst.com David Breidenbach (203) 359-4704 Ben Krupinski Builders 13 Arcadia Rd / Stes 11 & 12 Old Greenwich, CT 06830 www.bkbuilder.com Christopher Quinn (203) 990-0633 90 For the most current information, visit our website, www.buildfairfieldcounty.com | Bonnie Paige Interiors LLC 998 Pequot Ave Fairfield, CT 06890 www.bonniepaige.com Bonnie Paige (203) 331-7512 ERI Building & Design LLC 199 West Ave Darien, CT 06820 www.eribuild.com Michael Palumbo Kent Eppley (203) 655-6952 Cerreta Builders 1001 Main Street, Ste 24 Bridgeport, CT 06604 www.cerretabuilders.co Michael Cerreta (203) 268-2225 Connecticut Residential Inc. P.O. Box 906 Southbury, CT 06488 www.crbuilds.com Scott Volpe (203) 888-8974 Cornerstone Contracting 301 Valley Rd Greenwich, CT 06807 www.cornerstone-builders.com George Pusser (203) 861-4200 DeRosa Builders, LLC 522 East Putnam Ave, Ste 3 Greenwich, CT 06830 www.derosabuilders.com Anthony DeRosa Michael DeRosa Aleighen Bunkers (203)769-1804 E.R. Salvatore Associates, LLC 52 Larkin Street Stamford, CT 06907 www.ersalvatore.com Eugene Salvatore (203) 324-2276 Fairfield House & Garden Company 28 Langhorne Lane Greenwich, CT 06831 www.fairfieldhouseandgarden.com Kim Conte (203) 661-8900 Four Square Building and Design, LLC 65 Charter Ridge Dr Sandy Hook, CT 06482 www.foursquarebuildinganddesign.com Steve Berko (203) 270-8610 Fox Hill Builders Inc. 1921 Post Rd Darien, CT 06820 www.foxhillbuilders.com Robert Calve (203) 655-9046 For the most current information, visit our website, www.buildfairfieldcounty.com | 91
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BUYERS GUIDE | A - Z GENERAL CONTRACTORS (CONTINUED) Greenwich Realty Development 18 Field Point Rd. Greenwich, CT 06830 www.greenwichresidentialproperties.com Jay Ross (203) 249-5899 H & Y Construction 831 Federal Rd Brookfield, CT 06804 www.hyconstruction.com Bill Hoadley (203) 775-2246 HSL Building Company, LLC 49 Richmondville Ave, Suite 107 Westport, CT 06880 www.hslbuilding.com Erno Z Bacso (203) 515-8051 JBC Development LLC 31 Joshua Hobby Ln Pound Ridge, NY 10576 www.jbcdevelopers.com Barry Cohen (914) 764-0152 KL & R Construction, LLC 125 Limekiln Rd Redding, CT 06896 www.klrconstruction.com Ronald Uzwiak (203) 938-4357 Olson Development LLC 159 Brushy Hill Rd Newtown, CT 06470 www.olsondevelopmentllc.com Mark Olson (203) 972-7722 Peter Schneider Builder Contractor 106 Rockwell Rd Bethel, CT 06801 www.peterschneiderbuilder.com Peter Schneider (203) 743-5548 Ranney Michaels LLC 1035 Burr St Fairfield, CT 06824 www.ranneymichaels.com Eric Michaels (203) 221-3005 Renaissance Partners, LLC 42 Whitney Ave New Canaan, CT 06840 www.builditright.biz Ted Sihpol (203) 313-4749 Madison Properties, LLC 15 Wintergreen Drive Easton, CT 06612 Ken J. Esposito (203) 218-4141 92 For the most current information, visit our website, www.buildfairfieldcounty.com | n Shower Doors n Glass Shelving n Mirrors n Wine Cellars n Counters n Vanities n Glass Railings n Storefronts n Offices Dimensions in Glass specializes in unique, custom glass designs that are as beautiful as they are functional. Our glass and mirror experts can help you bring your designs to life. We work hand-in-hand with leading designers and contractors like you to achieve beautiful results that are on time and on budget. Call for a complimentary consultation and estimate. 203-336-1888 Proud HBRA Member since 1990 301 Commerce Drive • Fairfield, CT • www.DimensionsInGlass.com
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BUYERS GUIDE | A - Z GENERAL CONTRACTORS (CONTINUED) Significant Homes LLC 199 Elm Street New Canaan, CT 06840 www.significanthomesllc.com Whit Matthews (203) 561-0975 Southview Builders LLC 25-2 Martha Lane New Milford, CT 06755 Kevin B. Keenan (860) 355 9311 Wernert Associates Inc. 76 Valley Rd Greenwich, CT 06807 www.wernert.com Max Wernert 203-869-1110 94 For the most current information, visit our website, www.buildfairfieldcounty.com | GLASS (BATH DOORS/ MIRRORS) Dimensions In Glass 301 Commerce Drive Fairfield, CT 06825 www.dig-ct.com Jonathan Redwood (203) 319-1888 Innovative Closet Design Inc. 445 W Main St Wyckoff, NJ 07481 www.icdnj.com Jennifer Tavani (201) 848-6355 Mr. Showerdoor, Inc. 260 Hathaway Dr Stratford, CT 06615 www.mrshowerdoor.com Wright Building Co. 5 Myrtle St Norwalk, CT 06855 www.wrightbuild.com Tom Whitaker (800) 633-3667 Ridgefield Glass 159 Danbury Rd / Ste 102 Ridgefield, CT 06877 www.ridgefieldglass.com John Petchonka (203) 438-3105 Westport Glass 42 Riverside Ave Westport, CT 06880 www.americanframeless.com Dennis Grimaldi (203) 227-0432 GREEN BUILDING Blansfield Builders Inc. 2 High Fields Dr Danbury, CT 06811| www.blansfieldbuilders.com James Blansfield (203) 797-9174 Leigh Overland Architect 235 Main Street Danbury, CT 06811 www.ldoverland.com Leigh Overland (203) 794-9001 Chris Wright Judy Doyle (203) 227-4134 WSJ Enterprises 2 Bonnybrook Road Norwalk, CT 06850 www.wsjenterprises.wordpress.com William Janhonen 203-554-8075 GUTTERS The Brothers That Just Do Gutters P.O. Box 137 Billings, NY 12510 www.brothersgutters.com Danny Horboychuk (845) 891-3586 U.S. Insulation Corp. 54 Miry Brook Road Danbury, CT 06810 www.usinsulation.net George Hanlon (203) 240-1234 HEALTH CARE Fairfield Family Physicians, LLC 2184 Main St Stratford, CT 06615 www.drleeforest.com Dr. Lee Forest (203) 378-9002 For the most current information, visit our website, www.buildfairfieldcounty.com | 95
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BUYERS GUIDE | A - Z HEATING & AIR CONDITIONING Air Solutions Inc. 430 Fairfield Avenue Stamford, CT 06902 www.airsolutions.tv John Perri (203) 357-8853 Bender 235 Westport Ave Norwalk, CT 06851 www.bendershowrooms.com Max Bender (203) 847-3865 Gault Energy P.O. Box 2030 11 Ferry Lane West Westport, CT 06880 www.gaultenergy.com Meredith Donaher (203) 227-5181 Total Comfort Inc. 44 Kenosia Avenue Danbury, CT 06810 www.totalcomfortct.co John McCormack (203) 222-7373 96 For the most current information, visit our website, www.buildfairfieldcounty.com | HERS RATER WSJ Enterprises 2 Bonnybrook Road Norwalk, CT 06850 www.wsjenterprises.wordpress.com William Janhonen (203) 554-8075 HOME AUTOMATION Advanced Home Audio, Inc. 120 Long Hill Cross Rd - Ste 2 Shelton, CT 06484 www.advancedhomeaudio.com Bill Charney (203) 922-0051 Joseph Marotta (203) 970-5970 County TV & Appliance 2770 Summer Street Stamford, CT 06905 www.countytv.com Vinny Vetrini Elio Vetrini Philip De Terlizzi (203) 327-2630 HOME REPAIR & MAINTENANCE MANAGEMENT EfficientLifestyle 49 Riverside Ave. Westport CT 6880 www.efficientlifestyle.com Tye Schlegelmilch Bill Green (203) 557-8300 HOME IMPROVEMENT Sky Property Services 37 Hubbell Avenue Ansonia, CT 06401 www.skypropertyservices.com Ron Mickiewicz Dan Loyens (203) 736-9648 HOME STAGING BA Staging & Interiors, LLC 6 Overlook Rd Norwalk, CT 06851 www.BAStagingInteriors.com Birgit Anich (203) 807-4040 Connie Cooper Designs 58 High Point Rd Westport, CT 06880 www.conniecooperdesigns.com Connie Cooper (203) 256-9183 LTW Design LLC New Canaan, CT 06840 info@ltwdesign.com Leia T. Ward (203) 893-4406 Sound Homes LLC 1046 Boston Post Rd Madison, CT 06443 www.soundhomesllc.com Amy Stefanowski (203) 856-0739 For the most current information, visit our website, www.buildfairfieldcounty.com | 97
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BUYERS GUIDE | A - Z HOME STAGING (CONTINUED) Stage to Show 105 Wild Duck Rd Stamford, CT 06903 www.stagetoshow.com Lisa Hynes (203) 921-6628 Stephanie Rapp Interiors 374 Good Hill Road Weston, CT 06883 www.stephanierappinteriors.com Stephanie Rapp (203) 216-5835 HOME THEATRE/MEDIA ROOM Advanced Home Audio, Inc. 120 Long Hill Cross Rd - Ste 2 Shelton, CT 06484 www.advancedhomeaudio.com Bill Charney (203) 922-0051 Joseph Marotta (203) 970-5970 Corbo Associates Inc. PO Box 169 Roxbury, CT 06783 www.corbogroup.com Ralph Corbo (203) 509-5118 County TV & Appliance 2770 Summer Street Stamford, CT 06905 www.countytv.com Vinny Vetrini Elio Vetrini Philip De Terlizzi (203) 327-2630 Smarthome & Theater Systems 97 Buckingham Ave #3 Milford, CT 06460 www.audiovideoct.com Jared O’Mara 203-659-4734 Chris Barre 203-767-7893 Lisa Barre 203-659-4734 98 For the most current information, visit our website, www.buildfairfieldcounty.com | Insurance and benefits services for the construction industry. At Key Insurance & Benefits Services* we’ve earned our stripes as an industry leader by offering an unmatched range of products and services - from traditional insurance programs to specialty risk management programs - and by tailoring them to your business’s particular needs. Passion. Expertise. Unparalleled service. We’re right around the corner, ready to help you tackle every challenge – each in a way that fits just right. Property and Casualty I Environmental Risk Services I Surety Bonds Alternative Risk/Captives Risk Management I Inland Marine I Claims Management Workers’ Compensation To learn more, call C. Read Smith at 203-854-3425, email read.smith@key.insurance or visit key.com/insurance. Insurance Products offered are: Not FDIC-insured; not a deposit in, obligation of, nor insured by any federal government agency; not guaranteed or underwritten by the bank; not a condition to the provisions or terms of any banking service or activity. * Insurance services, benefits consulting services and insurance products are offered through Key Insurance & Benefits Services, Inc. (“KIB”), which is a licensed insurance broker and agent. Insurance policies are obligations of the insurers that issue the policies. Insurance products may not be available in all states. KIB and KeyBank are separate entities, and when you purchase risk management services, business consulting services or insurance products you are doing business with KIB, and not KeyBank. ©2017 KeyCorp. 170118-182013
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HOT WATER DISPENSER InSinkErator 4700 21st St Racine, WI 53406 www.insinkerator.com Rhonda Burnim (203) 522-9608 INSULATION Sky Property Services 37 Hubbell Avenue Ansonia, CT 06401 www.skypropertyservices.com Ron Mickiewicz Dan Loyens (203) 736-9648 U.S. Insulation Corp. 54 Miry Brook Road Danbury, CT 06810 www.usinsulation.net George Hanlon (203) 240-1234 INSURANCE AGENTS Acadia Insurance 500 Enterprise Drive, Suite 2A Rocky Hill, CT 06067 www.acadiainsurance.com Artemis Tsagaris (860) 331-2391 Daigle & Travers Insurance Agency 22 Thorndale Circle Darien, CT 06820 www.daigletravers.com Dana Drugo (203) 655-6974 DiMatteo Group 79 Bridgeport Ave Shelton, CT 06484 www.dimatteogrp.com Kim DiMatteo Jennifer Murphy Rebecca St. Germain (203) 924-5429 The Process: The Coverage: 1. Comprehensive Need Assessment 2. Existing Portfolio Review 3. Thorough Market Due Diligence Survey 4. Multi-Carrier Option Quote Review 5. Tailored Presentation General Liability Workers Compensation Builders Risk Property Inland Marine Umbrella Business Auto The Experience: Daigle & Travers has over 120 years of combined agent experience in the home building & construction trade markets. We are also among the select agents appointed with Acadia's exclusive Homebuilders Program. Contact: Dana Drugo | Dana@dt-ins.com | Schedule an appointment today! 22 Thorndal Circle Darien CT 06820 | 203-655-6974 | www.daigletravers.com For the most current information, visit our website, www.buildfairfieldcounty.com | 101
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BUYERS GUIDE | A - Z INVESTMENT SERVICES (CONTINUED) United Bank - Westport 55 Greens Farm Rd Westport, CT 06880 www.bankatunited.com Maureen Hanley (203) 451-1454 mhanley@bankatunited.com Greg Pastor (203) 974-6263 Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC 450 Post Rd Westport, CT 06880 www.ddevane.wfadv.com Dennis Devane (203) 221-5557 KITCHEN INSTALL Fine Line Finish Carpentry LLC 37 Rockwood Lane Danbury, CT 06811 www.flfcarpentry.com Christopher Tierney (203) 778-5202 Northeast Dream Kitchens 295 Treadwell Ave Hamden, CT 06514 www.yourdreamkitchen.com Jeff Stoyer 203) 407-1571 Landscape Architecture • Garden Design Installation • Maintenance • Containers 203.333.2003 www.AustinGanimLandscapeDesign.com Licensed & Insured: B-2036, HIC.0602611, HIC.0602612, WC-25835, S4820 LAND SURVEYORS/SITE PLANNERS Rocco V. D’Andrea, Inc. P.O. Box 549 / 6 Neil Lane Greenwich, CT 06878 www.rvdi.com Leonard D’Andrea (203) 637-1779 LANDSCAPING Austin Ganim Landscape Design LLC 320 Kings Highway Cutoff Fairfield, CT 06824 www.austinganimlandscapedesign.com Eva Chiamulera (203) 333-2003 104 For the most current information, visit our website, www.buildfairfieldcounty.com | AUSTIN GANIM LANDSCAPE DESIGN, LLC Fairfield House & Garden Company 28 Langhorne Lane Greenwich, CT 06831 www.fairfieldhouseandgarden.com Kim Conte (203) 661-8900 Rizzo Masonry and Landscaping, Inc. 60 Saddle Rd Norwalk,CT 06851 www.rizzomasons.com Sergio Rizzo 203-644-0316 LEAD CERTIFIED Superior Hearth Spas and Leisure 1457 Meriden Waterbury Road Southington, CT 06479 www.superiorathome.com Deborah Wolfenson (860) 620-5555 LIGHTING Bender 235 Westport Ave Norwalk, CT 06851 www.bendershowrooms.com Max Bender (203) 847-3865 Rocco V. D’Andrea, Inc Land Surveyors • Land Planners • Civil Engineers Serving clients in Connecticut and New York since 1947 Anthony L. D’Andrea, PE & LS Leonard C. D’Andrea, PE William O. Giel, LS (Deceased) Robert L. Liddel, Jr., LS Richard Regan, PE Derek Daunais, PE Joshua Hannant, PE Robert J. Natale, PE Mark D. Lyttle, LS P.O. Box 549 • Six Neil Lane Riverside, Connecticut 06878 203.637.1779 203.637.1770 (Fax) Email: info@rvdi.com For the most current information, visit our website, www.buildfairfieldcounty.com | 105
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BUYERS GUIDE | A - Z MARBLE & GRANITE (CONTINUED) Gault Stone 11 Ferry Lane West Westport, CT 06880 www.gaultstone.com Meredith Donaher (203) 222-3240 HydroShield of Southern Connecticut 90 Acre Lane Ridgefield, CT 06877 www.hydroshieldsoct.com Chris Radford (203) 231-3530 Ontra Stone Concepts, LLC 541 Central Ave. Bridgeport, CT 06607 www.ontrastone.com Buddy Ontra (203) 367-4757 Tile America 515 Commerce Drive Fairfield, CT 06825 www.tileamerica.com Sheri Sorrentino-Snellman (203) 367-6449 MARKETING, ADVERTISING & PUBLIC RELATIONS GWay Printing and Marketing 16 Testa Place Norwalk ,CT 06854 www.gwayonline.com Doug Edwards (203) 853-4929 info@gwayonline.com 108 For the most current information, visit our website, www.buildfairfieldcounty.com | JMC Resources LLC 1078 Main St, Unit #4 Branford, CT 06405 www.jmcresources.com Joanne Carroll (203) 453-5420 MediaCOM Inc. 992 HIGH RIDGE RD Stamford, CT 06905 www.mediacominc.com Rocky Progano (203) 329-2290 Sandler Training 574 Heritage Rd / Ste 200 Southbury, CT 06488 www.peaksalesperform.sandler.com John Fazio (203) 264-1197 William Raveis New Development Services 7 Trap Falls Rd Shelton, CT 06484 www.raveisnewhomes.com John Tarducci (203) 925-4587 2 Frost St / Unit 2B Norwalk, CT 06850 John Karlson (203) 762-2220 MASONRY SUPPLIES Connecticut Stone 138 Woodmont Road Milford, CT 06460 www.connecticutstone.com Tyra Dellacroce (203) 882-1000 Paramount Stone Co. 338 COURTLAND AVE Stamford,CT 06906 www.paramountstone.com Carlo Vona 203) 496-1148 Gault Stone 11 Ferry Lane West Westport, CT 06880 www.gaultstone.com Meredith Donaher (203) 222-3240 Yankocy Wholesale Building Materials Inc 143 Enterprise Dr Monroe, CT 06468 www.yankocy.com Ed Suillivan (203) 261-4955 MASONRY/STONEWORK Connecticut Stone 138 Woodmont Road Milford, CT 06460 www.connecticutstone.com Tyra Dellacroce (203) 882-1000 Gault Stone 11 Ferry Lane West Westport, CT 06880 www.gaultstone.com Meredith Donaher (203) 222-3240 Rizzo Masonry and Landscaping, Inc. 60 Saddle Rd Norwalk, CT 06851 www.rizzomasons.com Sergio Rizzo (203) 644-0316 Superior Hearth Spas and Leisure 1457 Meriden Waterbury Road Southington, CT 06479 www.superiorathome.com Deborah Wolfenson (860) 620-5555 MILLWORK (CUSTOM & INSTALL) Interstate+Lakeland Lumber Corp. 120 Selleck Street Stamford, CT 06902 www.interstatelumber.com Brian Kurtz Sheldon Kahn Dan Molloy Lenny Volpe (203) 348-3761 Fine Line Finish Carpentry LLC 37 Rockwood Lane Danbury, CT 06811 www.flfcarpentry.com Christopher Tierney (203) 778-5202 For the most current information, visit our website, www.buildfairfieldcounty.com | 109
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BUYERS GUIDE | A - Z MILLWORK (CONTINUED) New England Stair Co. Inc. One White St, PO Box 763 Shelton, CT 06484 www.newenglandstair.com Matt Sylvia (800) 822-6620 Ridgefield Supply Company 29 Prospect Street Ridgefield, CT 06877 www.ridgefieldsupply.com Margaret Price Ed Rekos Glen Albee Carmine Iacurto Amy Lindeman Bruce McCrary Quinn O’Marra Linda Ryan Michael Sonderman Peter Yaciuk Joe Yursik Peter Yursik (203) 438-2626 Ring’s End, Inc. 149 Danbury Rd Wilton, CT 06897 www.ringsend.com Tony Calistro (203) 814-3024 Rich Cahill (203) 665-1061 Mike Clark (203) 423-4968 Mike Loya (203) 665-1072 110 For the most current information, visit our website, www.buildfairfieldcounty.com | Ring’s End, Inc. 386 Smith Ridge Rd South Salem, NY 10590 www.ringsend.com Carl Corbo Jim Mucker Michael Jackson J.T. Sposito (914) 533-2517 Ring’s End, Inc. 181 West Ave Darien, CT 06820 www.ringsend.com Brooks Hrusa (203) 943-4579 Christian Smith (203) 655-2525 Michelle Tobey (203) 656-7596 MODULAR HOMES Westchester Modular Homes of Fairfield County Inc. 4 Stony Hill Rd Bethel, CT 06801 www.westchestermodular.com Paul Scalzo (203) 205-7603 Westport Modular Homes 44 Bridge Street Westport, CT 06880 westportmodular.com James Hines (203) 858-7198 MORTGAGE BANKERS/ BROKERS/LENDERS Citizens Bank 830 Post Road East Westport, CT 06880 www.citizensbank.com Kevin Gentry (203) 951-4907 kevin.gentry@citizensbank.com Fairfield County Bank Insurance Services 401 Main Street Ridgefield, CT 06877 www.fcbins.com John Czel Scott Cronin (203) 438-0404 Fairfield County Bank-Darien 714 Post Road Darien, CT 06820 www.fairfieldcountybank.com Lisa Bancroft (203) 319-7022 Fairfield County Bank- Ridgefield 150 Danbury Rd Ridgefield, CT 06877 www.fairfieldcountybank.com Virginia Turnbull (203) 431-7465 Nicole Daly (203) 431-7459 Fairfield County Bank -Westport 20 Compo Rd S. Westport, CT 06880 www.fairfieldcountybank.com Allison Knapp (203) 319-7021 First County Bank 3001 Summer St Stamford, CT 06905 www.firstcountybank.com Jim Darling (203) 462-4200 People’s United Bank 850 Main Street Bridgeport, CT 06604 www.peoples.com Christopher Dannen (203) 338-2456 People’s United Bank 95 Main St New Canaan, CT 06840 www.peoples.com/jen Chieh Jen (203) 856-4836 TD Bank 191 Orange Street New Haven, CT 06510 www.tdbank.com Chris Rallo (203)-752-3915 For the most current information, visit our website, www.buildfairfieldcounty.com | 111
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BUYERS GUIDE | A - Z UpRez A financial relationship you can trust. Now, more than ever, you need a bank that stands beside you. TD Bank helps you make the most of every opportunity. We provide you with experience, guidance, and smart solutions that position you and your business for success. For a higher level of personal service, call 1-888-751-9000, or connect to tdbank.com/commercialbanking TD Bank, N.A. | Loans subject to credit approval. | Equal Housing Lender MORTGAGE BANKERS/BROKERS/LENDERS (CONTINUED) The Raymond C. Green Companies 155 Federal St / Ste 1300 Boston, MA 02110 www.raygreen.com Justin Murphy (617) 947-8070 Wells Fargo Home Mortgage 777 Summer St Stamford, CT 06901 Jack Murphy (203) 329-4407 www.jackmurphyrenolender.com Wells Fargo Home Mortgage - Westport 13 Riverside Ave. Westport, CT 06880 James Carr (203) 635-5478 www.wellsfargo.com John Ciolino (203) 635-5469 www.wfhm.com/John-Ciolino Raymond Laflamme (203) 258-4615 www.wellsfargo.com Bud McGarry (203) 635-5475 www.wellsfargo.com Jay Tolisano (203) 913-4832 www.wfhm.com/jay-tolisano 112 For the most current information, visit our website, www.buildfairfieldcounty.com | Our team provides home town service with the backing of a nationwide financial services company For all your home financing needs, contact us today. Jack Murphy jack.murphy@wellsfargo.com NMLSR ID 10283 Brad Pratt bradford.pratt@wellsfargo.com NMLSR ID 408659 Jeffrey Vangele jeffrey.s.vangele@wellsfargo.com NMLSR ID 103069 Terry Moy terence.moy@wellsfargo.com NMLSR ID 413905 Jay Tolisano jay.tolisano@wellsfargo.com NMLSR ID 109296 Bud McGarry bud.mcgarry@wellsfargo.com NMLSR ID 74706 Wells Fargo Home Mortgage is a division of Wells Fargo Bank, N. A. © 2016 Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. All rights reserved. NMLSR ID 399801. AS3154379 Expires 02/2018 Wells Fargo Home Mortgage - Fairfield 2425 Post Rd Fairfield, CT 06890 Bradford Pratt (203) 255-8092 www.wfhm.com Jeffrey Vangele (203) 209-4545 www. jeffvangele.com Wells Fargo Home Mortgage - Greenwich 1 Lafayette Pl Greenwich, CT 06830 Terence Moy (203) 912-1025 www.wellsfargo.com United Bank - Westport 55 Greens Farms Rd Westport, CT 06880 www.bankatunited.com Maureen Hanley (203) 451-1454 Greg Pastor (203) 974-6263 NATURAL STONE HydroShield of Southern Connecticut 90 Acre Lane Ridgefield, CT 06877 www.hydroshieldsoct.com Chris Radford (203) 231-3530 For the most current information, visit our website, www.buildfairfieldcounty.com | 113
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BUYERS GUIDE | A - Z ORGANIZATIONAL SYSTEMS Closet and Storage Concepts 356 Ely Ave Norwalk, CT 06854 (203) 957-3304 www.closetandstorageconcepts.com Karen Bradbury Bobby Fahey (203) 957-3304 Connecticut Closet & Shelf 26 Fitch St Norwalk, CT 06855 www.ctcloset.com Kate Clarke (203) 838-9089 Cyclone Home Systems 124 White Oak Dr Berlin, CT 06037 www.cyclonehomesystems.com Garret Cook (860) 829-0600 GarageTek of Connecticut 14B Trowbridge Dr Bethel, CT 06801 www.garagetek-connecticut.com Gene Meken (203) 743-1242 PAINTING Calderon Brothers Drywall LLC 50 Grandview Ave Norwalk, CT 06850 www.calderonbrossdrywall.com Erik C Calderon (203) 820-3391 114 For the most current information, visit our website, www.buildfairfieldcounty.com | CERIOS Home Improvement & Painting LLC 444 Oakwood St Bridgeport, CT 06606 www.ceriospainting.com Cesar Rios (203) 613-5794 Shoreline Painting & Drywall, Inc. 48 Crescent St Stamford, CT 06906 www.shorelinepaintingct.com Chris Polidoro (203) 302-1086 PHOTOGRAPHY & VIDEO MediaCOM Inc. 992 High Ridge Road Stamford, CT 06905 www.mediacominc.com Rocky Progano (203) 329-2290 Sandro Photography LLC 74 Bick Terrace Bridgeport, CT 06604 www.sandro-photo.com Sandro de Carvalho (203) 395-6716 PLUMBING Plumbing Works LLC P.O. Box 333 Norwalk, CT 06852 www.plumbingworksllc.com Robert Fahey (203) 451-9955 PLUMBING SUPPLIES Bender 235 Westport Ave Norwalk, CT 06851 www.bendershowrooms.com Max Bender (203) 847-3865 For the most current information, visit our website, www.buildfairfieldcounty.com | 115
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BUYERS GUIDE | A - Z PROPERTY MANAGEMENT Duffy Craftsmen Inc. 15-445 East Putnam Ave Greenwich, CT 06830 www.duffycraftsmen.com John Duffy (203) 637-2577 Gold Coast Property Maintenance 1501 Monroe Tpke Monroe, CT 06468 www.goldcoastpropertymaintenance. com Yuriy Maklyan (203) 331-7117 PROPERTY MANAGEMENT (CONTINUED) Wright Building Co. 5 Myrtle St Norwalk, CT 06855 www.wrightbuild.com Chris Wright Judy Doyle (203) 227-4134 PUBLICATIONS C & G Media Group 40 Richards Ave / 4th Floor Norwalk, CT 06854 www.cottagesgardens.com Marianne Howatson 203-227-1400 Jennifer Barbaro 203-957-3132 Tracey Heinemann 203-957-3137 118 For the most current information, visit our website, www.buildfairfieldcounty.com | GWay Printing and Marketing 16 Testa Place Norwalk, CT 06854 www.gwayonline.com Doug Edwards (203) 853-4929 info@gwayonline.com JMC Resources LLC 1078 Main St, Unit #4 Branford, CT 06405 www.connecticutbuilder.com Joanne Carroll (203) 453-5420 RADON TESTING Connecticut Basement Systems Radon Inc. 720 Woodend Rd Stratford, CT 06615 www.connecticutradon.com Matthew Bednarz (203) 381-9633 REAL ESTATE BROKERS & AGENTS Berkshire Hathaway Home Services 860 N Main St Ext. Wallingford, CT 06492 www.bhhsneproperties.com Candace Adams (860) 571-7034 Jeff Wright Realty Group 105 Technology Dr Trumbull, CT 06611 www.jeffwrightrealtor.com Jeff Wright (203) 913-8836 ConneCtiCut Builder The Magazine of the Home Builders & Remodelers Association of Connecticut FALL 2016 Interactive Digital Edition Best Custom Home 9,000-10,000 SF Fletcher Development – Pagliaro Bartels Sajda Architects photo by www.steverossi.net www.connecticutbuilder.com
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BUYERS GUIDE | A - Z REAL ESTATE BROKERS & AGENTS (CONTINUED) People’s United Bank 850 Main Street Bridgeport, CT 06604 www.peoples.com Christopher Dannen (203) 338-2456 People’s United Bank 95 Main St New Canaan, CT 06840 Chieh Jen (203) 856-4836 www.peoples.com/jen RealtyQuest 14 Northwoods Rd Stamford, CT 06905 www.realtyquest.com Tatiana Costello (203) 561-9303 Sound Homes LLC 33 Fair Street, Suite 102 Wallingford, CT 06492 www.soundhomesllc.com Amy Stefanowski (203) 856-0739 William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty 232 Danbury Road Wilton, CT 06897 www.norwalksrealtor.com Michael Church (203) 682-4306 120 For the most current information, visit our website, www.buildfairfieldcounty.com | New Homes and Land Division For InFormatIon ContaCt: Brenda maher Regional Vice President Direct: 203.940.4969 bhhsNEproperties.com William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty 250 Pequot Avenue Fairfield, CT 06890 Terence Beaty (203) 913-3535 William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty 170 Washington Blvd Stamford, CT 06902 Paul Breunich (203) 644-1470 William Raveis New Development Services 7 Trap Falls Rd Shelton, CT 06484 www.raveisnewhomes.com John Tarducci (203) 925-4587 William Raveis New Development Services 2 Frost St / Unit 2B Norwalk, CT 06850 John Karlson (203) 762-2220 RECYCLING City Carting Recycling & Demolition 8 Viaduct Road Stamford, CT 06907 www.citycarting.net Gary Fanali John Ferro (203) 324-4090 REMODELERS A & J Romano Construction LLC 39 Stony Brook Dr Stamford, CT 06902 www.ajromanoconst.com John Romano (203) 967-4577 Blue Star Construction, LLC 33 Light St Stratford, CT 06615 Gus Curcio Sr. (203) 331-8524 BSF Properties Inc. 41 Glandale Ave Rye, NY 10580 www.bsfproperties.com D Richard Rowland (914) 967-3095 rowland.bsf@gmail.com Carpentry Unlimited Inc. 155 Highview Avenue Stamford, CT 06907 www.carpentry-unlimited.com Douglas Alderman (203) 322-3081 Domus Constructors, LLC P.O. Box 181 Westport, CT 06838 www.domusllc.com Christopher Shea (203) 852-6789 Davenport Contracting Inc. 78 Harvard Ave Stamford, CT 06902 www.davenportcontracting.com Brian P MacDonald (203) 324-6308 Design Builders & Remodeling Inc. 904 Ethan Allen Highway Ridgefield, CT 06877 www.dbarinc.com David Adams (203) 431-9104 For the most current information, visit our website, www.buildfairfieldcounty.com | 121
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BUYERS GUIDE | A - Z REMODELERS (CONTINUED) East Coast Structures LLC 1540 Post Road, Unit D Darien, CT 06820 www.ecstructures.net John Sullivan (203) 542-0629 Gilson Fine Homes 1117 East Putnam Avenue, #398 Greenwich, CT 06878 Tim Gilson (203) 253-5945 Falciglia Construction, LLC 6A Rock Ridge Court New Fairfield, CT 06812 www.falcigliaconstruction.com Thomas Falciglia (203) 746-9694 Fletcher Development LLC 3 Pine Street Norwalk, CT 06854 www.fletcherdevelopmentllc.com Ryan Fletcher (203) 286-6166 Gatehouse Partners 11 Henry St Greenwich, CT 06830 www.gatehousepartners.com Randy Sullivan (203) 532-9486 Greenwich Construction LLC 209 River Road Ext Cos Cob, CT 06807 www.greenwichconstruct.com Louis Van Leeuwen (203) 223-0634 H & Y Construction 831 Federal Rd Brookfield, CT 06804 www.hyconstruction.com Bill Hoadley (203) 775-2246 Hobbs Inc. 27 Grove St New Canaan, CT 06840 www.hobbsinc.com Scott Hobbs (203) 966-0726 JBC Development LLC 31 Joshua Hobby Ln Pound Ridge, NY 10576 www.jbcdevelopers.com Barry Cohen (914) 764-0152 Karp Associates Inc. PO Box 755 New Canaan, CT 06840 www.karpassociatesinc.com Arnold Karp (203) 972-3366 122 For the most current information, visit our website, www.buildfairfieldcounty.com | Kling Brothers Builders, LLC 101 Huntingtown Rd Newtown, CT 06470 www.klingbrothersbuilders.com Keith Kling (203) 515-2335 LoParco Associates, Inc. 354 W Putnam Ave Greenwich, CT 06830 www.loparco.com Steven LoParco (203) 629-4800 x700 Marc Sterling General Contractors 320 South Main Street Newtown, CT 06470 www.marcsterlinggc.com Marc Hankey (203) 270-6202 Pine Creek Associates Inc. 357 Commerce Dr, Unit 320357 Fairfield, CT 06825 www.pinecreekassociates.com Thomas Wrabel (203) 256-9300 Pompa Development & Construction LLC 242 S Water Street Greenwich, CT 06830 www.pompaconstruction.com Frank Pompa (203) 552-5236 PotterBuilt Construction 525 Danbury Rd Wilton, CT 06897 www.potterbuiltconstruction.com L. Paul Potter (203) 563-2278 RCCM, Inc. 23 Francis J Clarke Cir Bethel, CT 06801 www.rccminc.com Regan Youngberg (203) 340-9005 R.R. Builders, LLC 5 Elm St New Canaan, CT 06840 www.rrbuilders.com Richard Rosano (203) 856-9792 Southview Builders LLC 25-2 Martha Lane New Milford, CT 06755 Kevin B. Keenan (860) 355 9311 Stephen C. Gidley Inc. 41 Unquowa Lane Fairfield, CT 06824 www.GidleyRemodeling.com www.scgabc.com Stephen Gidley (203) 655-7018, Cell:(203)223-7725 For the most current information, visit our website, www.buildfairfieldcounty.com | 123
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BUYERS GUIDE | A - Z Alex Shook Pella Windows 203-648-6225 AShook@pellactny.com STONE SUPPLIERS (CONTINUED) Gault Stone 11 Ferry Lane West Westport, CT 06880 www.gaultstone.com Meredith Donaher (203) 222-3240 Ontra Stone Concepts, LLC 541 Central Ave Bridgeport, CT 06607 www.ontrastone.com Buddy Ontra (203) 367-4757 New England Stone Inc. 35 Higgins Drive Milford, CT 06460 www.newenglandstone.com John Tomlinson (203) 876-8606 Swenson Granite Works 292 S Main Rt 25 Newtown, CT 06470 www.swensongranite.com Scott Herrick (203) 270-6644 132 For the most current information, visit our website, www.buildfairfieldcounty.com | TAX SERVICES DiMatteo Group 79 Bridgeport Ave Shelton, CT 06484 www.dimatteogrp.com Kim DiMatteo (203) 924-5429 Jennifer Murphy Rebecca St. Germain 203-924-4811 TILE (INSTALLATION/ REPAIR/SHOWROOMS) Bender 235 Westport Ave Norwalk, CT 06851 www.bendershowrooms.com Max Bender (203) 847-3865 Connecticut Stone 138 Woodmont Road Milford, CT 06460 www.connecticutstone.com Tyra Dellacroce (203) 882-1000 TILE INSTALLATION/REPAIR/SHOWROOM (CONTINUED) HydroShield of Southern Connecticut 90 Acre Lane Ridgefield, CT 06877 hydroshieldsoct.com Chris Radford (203) 231-3530 Fordham Marble Company, Inc. 421 Fairfield Ave Stamford CT 06902 www.fordhammarble.com Mayson Linn Joyce Sardo Wendy Tufo (203) 348-5088 Tile America 515 Commerce Drive Fairfield, CT 06825 www.tileamerica.com Sheri Sorrentino-Snellman (203) 367-6449 Tile & Stone Techniques 3 Morse Court New Canaan, CT 06840 www.tile-stone-techniques.com Vicki Beltz (203) 594-9146 WHOLESALE BUILDING MATERIALS &SUPPLIES Yankocy Wholesale Building Materials Inc 143 Enterprise Dr Monroe, CT 06468 www.yankocy.com Fred Yankocy (203) 261-4955 For the most current information, visit our website, www.buildfairfieldcounty.com | 133
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BUYERS GUIDE | A - Z WINDOW TREATMENTS Connie Cooper Designs 58 High Point Rd Westport, CT 06880 www.conniecooperdesigns.com Connie Cooper (203) 256-9183 Sharon McCormick Design 40 Main St / Ste 201 Durham, CT 06422 www.sharonmccormickdesign.com Sharon McCormick (860) 906-1097 Stephanie Rapp Interiors 374 Good Hill Road Weston, CT 06883 www.stephanierappinteriors.com Stephanie Rapp (203) 216-5835 WINDOWS Alside 114 New Park Drive Berlin, CT 06037 www.alside.com Dean Brugnoli (860) 829-4300 Dimensions In Glass 301 Commerce Drive Fairfield, CT 06825 www.dig-ct.com Jonathan Redwood (203) 319-1888 134 For the most current information, visit our website, www.buildfairfieldcounty.com | HydroShield of Southern Connecticut 90 Acre Lane Ridgefield, CT 06877 hydroshieldsoct.com Chris Radford (203) 231-3530 Interstate+Lakeland Lumber Corp. 120 Selleck Street Stamford, CT 06902 www.interstatelumber.com Brian Kurtz Sheldon Kahn Dan Molloy Lenny Volpe (203) 348-3761 Marvin Windows and Doors / A.W. Hastings & Company LLC 2 Pearson Way Enfield, CT 06082 www.marvin.com Tom Allard (860) 745-2424 Northeast Builders Supply & Home Centers 1460 Barnum Ave Bridgeport, CT 06610 www.northeastbuilders.com Jeff Bickel 203-366-4757 x1238 Oxford Lumber (A Division of National Lumber) 113 Oxford Rd Oxford, CT06478 www.oxford-lumber.com Rich Greenawalt Peter Rogers John Intravaia (203) 888-9200 Pella Windows & Doors 220 Monroe Turnpike / P.O. Box 620 Monroe, CT 06468 www.pella.com Alexander Shook (203) 648-6225 Ridgefield Supply Company 29 Prospect Street Ridgefield, CT 06877 www.ridgefieldsupply.com Margaret Price Ed Rekos Glen Albee Carmine Iacurto Amy Lindeman Bruce McCrary Quinn O’Marra Linda Ryan Michael Sonderman Peter Yaciuk Joe Yursik Peter Yursik (203) 438-2626 Ring’s End, Inc. 149 Danbury Rd Wilton, CT 06897 www.ringsend.com For the most current information, visit our website, www.buildfairfieldcounty.com | 135 Tony Calistro (203) 814-3024 Rich Cahill (203) 665-1061 Mike Clark (203) 423-4968 Mike Loya (203) 665-1072 Ring’s End, Inc. 386 Smith Ridge Rd South Salem, NY 10590 www.ringsend.com Carl Corbo Jim Mucker Michael Jackson J.T. Sposito (914) 533-2517 Ring’s End, Inc. 181 West Ave Darien, CT 06820 www.ringsend.com Brooks Hrusa (203) 943-4579 Christian Smith (203) 655-2525 Michelle Tobey 203-656-7596
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TOWN & STATE | TOWN MUNICIPAL INFORMATION BETHEL 1 School Street Bethel, CT 06801 http://www.bethel-ct.gov Departments: Building Department: 203-794-8517 Fire Marshal: 203-794-8518 P&Z: 203-794-8578 Health Department: 203-794-8539 Inlands & Wetlands: 203-794-8578 BRIDGEPORT 45 Lyon Terrace Bridgeport, CT 06604 http://www.bridgeportct.gov Departments: Building Department: 203-576-7225 Fire Marshal: 203-576-8013 P&Z: 203-576-7217 Health Department: (3 options) Health Administration: 203-576-7680 Environmental Health: 203-576-7475, Housing & Commercial Code Enforcement: 203576-7075, Water Pollution Control Agency: 203-332-5550 BROOKFIELD 100 Pocono Road Brookfield, CT 06804 http://www.brookfieldct.gov/Pages/index Departments: Building Department: 203-775-7305 Fire Marshal: 203-775-7306 P&Z: 203-775-7316 Health Department: 203-775-7315 Water Pollution Control Authority: 203-775-7319 DANBURY 155 Deer Hill Avenue Danbury, CT 06810 http://www.ci.danbury.ct.us/ Departments: Building Department: 203-797-4580 Fire Marshal: 203-796-1541 P&Z: 203-797-4525 Health Department: 203-797-4625 Permit Center: 203-796-1653 Department of Public Utilities: 203-797-4539 138 For the most current information, visit our website, www.buildfairfieldcounty.com | DARIEN 2 Renshaw Road Darien, CT 06820 http://www.darienct.gov Departments: Building Department: 203-656-7347 Fire Marshal: 203-656-7345 P&Z: 203-656-7351 Health Department: 203-656-7320 Department of Public Works: 203-656-7346 EASTON 225 Center Road Easton, CT 06612 http://www.eastonct.go Departments: Building Department: 203-268-6291 x111 Fire Marshal: 203-268-2833 Land Use Department: 203-268-6291 x120 Health Department: 203-268-6291 x112 Inlands & Wetlands: 203-268-6291 x123 FAIRFIELD 725 Old Post Road Fairfield, CT 06824 http://www.fairfieldct.org/home Departments: Building Department: 203-256-3036 Fire Marshal: 203-254-4720 P&Z: 203-256-3050 Health Department: 203-256-3020 Inlands & Wetlands (Conservation): 203-2563071 Sewer (WPCA): 203-256-3003 GREENWICH 101 Field Point Road Greenwich, CT 06830 http://www.greenwichct.org Departments: Building Department: 203-622-7754 Fire Marshal: 203-622-3950 P&Z: 203-622-7894 Health Department: 203-622-6488, 203-6227836 Inlands & Wetlands: 203-622-7736 Sewer: 203-622-7760 MONROE 7 Fan Hill Road Monroe, CT 06468 http://www.monroect.org Departments: Building Department: 203-452-2805 Fire Marshal: 203-452-2807 P&Z: 203-452-2812 Health Department: 203-452-2818 Inlands & Wetlands: 203-452-2809 NORWALK 125 East Ave. Norwalk, CT 06851 http://www.norwalkct.org Departments: Building Department: 203-854-7755 Fire Marshal: 203-854-0248 P&Z: 203-854-7780 Health Department: 203-854-7776 Inlands & Wetlands (Conservation): 203-854-7744 WPCA: 203-854-7791 NEW CANAAN 77 Main Street New Canaan, CT 06840 http://www.newcanaan.info Departments: Building Department: 203-594-3012 Fire Marshal: 203-594-3030 P&Z: 203-594-3042 Health Department: 203-594-3018 Inlands & Wetlands: 203-594-3062 NEW FAIRFIELD 4 Brush Hill Road New Fairfield, CT 06812 http://www.newfairfield.org Departments: Building Department: 203-312-5646 Fire Marshal: 203-312-5731 P&Z: 203-312-5646 Health Department: 203-312-5640 Inlands & Wetlands: NEWTOWN 3 Primrose Street Newtown, CT 06470 http://www.newtown-ct.gov Departments: Building Department: 203-270-4260 Fire Marshal: 203-270-4370 P&Z: 203-270-4276 Health Department: 203-270-4291 Public Works: 203-270-4300 REDDING 100 Hill Road Redding, CT 06875 http://townofreddingct.org Departments: Building Department: 203-938-2558 Fire Marshal: 203-544-8933, 203-938-2525, 203-994-2074 P&Z / Inlands & Wetlands: 203-938-8517 Health Department: 203-938-2559 RIDGEFIELD 400 Main Street Ridgefield, CT 06877 http://www.ridgefieldct.org Departments: Building Department: 203-431-2745 Fire Marshal: 203-431-2729 P&Z: 203-431-2766 Health Department: 203-431-2745 Inlands & Wetlands: WPCA: 203-431-2734 SHELTON 54 Hill Street Shelton, CT 06484 http://www.cityofshelton.org Departments: Building Department: 203-924-1555 x1517 Fire Marshal: 203-924-1555 x1514 P&Z: 203-924-1555 x1510 Health Department: 203-881-3255 Inlands & Wetlands: 203-924-1555 x1512 WPCA: 203-924-1555 x1511 For the most current information, visit our website, www.buildfairfieldcounty.com | 139
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TOWN & STATE | TOWN MUNICIPAL INFORMATION SHERMAN 9 Rt. 39 North Sherman, CT 06784 http://www.townofshermanct.org Departments: Building Department: 860-355-0166 Fire Marshal: 860-350-4063 P&Z: 860-355-1821 Health Department: 860-355-0166 Inlands & Wetlands: 860-355-0166 STAMFORD 888 Washington Boulevard Stamford, CT 06901 http://www.stamfordct.gov Departments: Building Department: 203-977-5700 Fire Marshal: 203-977-4651 Planning Department: 203-977-4076 Zoning Department: 203-977-4711 Land Use Bureau Chief: 203-977-4714 Health Department: 203-977-4399 Environmental Protection Board: 203-977-4028 STRATFORD 2725 Main Street Stratford, CT 06615 http://www.townofstratford.com Departments: Building Department: 203-385-4010 Fire Marshal: 203-385-4073 P&Z: 203-385-4017 Health Department: 203-385-4090 Inlands & Wetlands: 203-385-4006 Conservation Department: 203-385-4080 WPCA: 203-385-4065 TRUMBULL 5866 Main Street Trumbull, CT 06611 http://www.trumbull-ct.gov Departments: Building Department: 203-452-5020 Fire Marshal: 203-452-5080 P&Z: 203-452-5047 Health Department: 203-452-1030 Inlands & Wetlands: 203-452-5046 Sewer/WPCA: 203-452-5048 140 For the most current information, visit our website, www.buildfairfieldcounty.com | WESTON 56 Norfield Road Weston, CT 06883 http://www.westonct.gov Departments: Building Inspector: 203-222-2659 Building Department & ZBA: 203-222-2658 Fire Marshal: 203-222-2672 P&Z: 203-222-2618 Westport Weston Health District: 203-227-9571 Land Use Director: 203-222-2530 WESTPORT 110 Myrtle Avenue Westport, CT 06880 http://www.westportct.gov Departments: Building Department: 203-341-5025 Fire Marshal: 203-341-5000 P&Z: 203-341-1030 Westport Weston Health District: 203-227-9571 Conservation Department: 203-341-1170 WILTON 238 Danbury Road Wilton, CT 06897 http://www.wiltonct.org Departments: Building Department: 203-563-0177 Fire Marshal: 203-834-6249 P&Z: 203-563-0185 Health Department: 203-563-0174 Inlands & Wetlands: 203-563-0180 Governor: Dannel P. Malloy Office of the Governor State Capitol 210 Capital Avenue Hartford, CT 06106 Phone: 860-566-4840 http://portal.ct.gov/Office-of-the-Governor Lieutenant Governor: Nancy Wyman Office of the Lieutenant Governor State Capitol 210 Capitol Avenue, Room 304 Hartford, CT 06106 Phone: 860-524-7384 http://portal.ct.gov/Office-of-the-Lt-Governor Attorney General: George Jepsen Office of the Attorney General 55 Elm Street Hartford, CT 06106 Phone: 860-808-5318 http://www.ct.gov/ag State Treasurer: Denise L. Nappier Office of the State Treasurer 55 Elm Street Hartford, CT 06106 Phone: 860-702-3000 http://www.ott.ct.gov State Comptroller: Kevin Lembo Office of the State Comptroller 55 Elm Street Hartford, CT 06106 Phone: 860- 702-3300 comptroller.lembo@ct.gov http://www.osc.ct.gov Secretary of the State: Denise W. Merrill Office of the Secretary of the State State of Connecticut 30 Trinity Street Hartford, CT 06106 Phone: 860-509-6200 http://www.sots.ct.gov US Senate: Richard Blumenthal Hartford Office: 90 State House Square, 10th Floor Hartford, CT 06103 Phone: 860-258-6940 Bridgeport Office: 915 Lafayette Blvd., Rm 230 Bridgeport, CT 06604 Phone: 203-330-0598 Washington Office: 706 Hart Senate Office Bldg. Washington, DC 20510 Phone: 202-224-2823 www.blumenthal.senate.gov Chris Murphy Hartford Office: Colt Gateway 120 Huyshope Avenue, Suite 401 Hartford, CT 06106 Phone: 860-549-8463 Washington Office: 136 Hart Senate Office Bldg. Washington, DC 20510 Phone: 202-224-4041 https://www.murphy.senate.gov For the most current information, visit our website, www.buildfairfieldcounty.com | 141
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TOWN & STATE | IMPORTANT STATE CONTACTS US House of Representatives: 4th District- Jim Himes Bridgeport Office: 211 State Street, 2nd Floor Bridgeport, CT 06604 Phone: 203-333-6600 or 866-453-0028 Stamford Office: 888 Washington Boulevard, 10th Floor Stamford, CT 06901 Phone: 203-353-9400 Washington Office: 1227 Longworth House Office Building Washington, DC 20515 Phone: 202-225-5541 himes.house.gov 5th District- Elizabeth Esty New Britain Office: 1 Grove St., Suite 600 New Britain, CT 06053 Phone: 860-223-8412 Washington Office: 221 Cannon House Office Building Washington, DC 20515 Phone: 202-225-4476 esty.house.gov 3rd District- Rosa DeLauro New Haven Office: 59 Elm Street New Haven, CT 06510 Phone: 203-562-3718 Washington Office: 2413 Rayburn House Office Building Washington, DC 20515 Phone: 202-225-3661 delauro.house.gov CT House of Representatives: Will Duff (R) 2nd District: Bethel, Danbury, Newtown, Redding 300 Capitol Ave. Hartford, CT 06106 http://www.cthousegop.com/Duff Phone: 800-842-1423 or 860-240-8700 Mitch Bolinsky (R) 106th District: Newtown, Sandy Hook 300 Capitol Ave. Hartford, CT 06106 www.cthousegop.com/Bolinsky Phone: 800-842-1423 or 860-240-8700 Stephen Harding (R) 107th District: Brookfield, Bethel, Danbury 300 Capitol Ave. Hartford, CT 06106 www.cthousegop.com/Harding Phone: 800-842-1423 or 860-240-8700 Richard A. Smith (R) 108th District: New Fairfield, Sherman, New Milford, Danbury 300 Capitol Ave. Hartford, CT 06106 www.cthousegop.com/Smith Phone: 800-842-1423 or 860-240-8700 David Arconti (D) 109th District: Danbury Legislative Office Building, Room 4034 Hartford, CT 06106-1591 www.housedems.ct.gov/Arconti David.Arconti@cga.ct.gov Phone: 860-240-8585 or 800-842-8267 Bob Godfrey (D) 110th District: Danbury Legislative Office Building, Room 4107 Hartford, CT 06106-1591 www.housedems.ct.gov/Godfrey Bob.Godfrey@cga.ct.gov Phone: 860-240-8500 or 1-800-842-1902 142 For the most current information, visit our website, www.buildfairfieldcounty.com | John H. Frey (R) 111th District: Ridgefield 300 Capitol Ave. Hartford, CT 06106 www.cthousegop.com/Frey Phone: 800-842-1423 or 860-240-8700 David Rutigliano (R) 123rd District: Trumbull 300 Capitol Ave. Hartford, CT 06106 www.cthousegop.com/Rutigliano Phone: 800-842-1423 or 860-240-8700 J.P. Sredzinski (R) 112th District: Monroe, Newtown 300 Capitol Ave. Hartford, CT 06106 www.cthousegop.com/Sredzinski Phone: 800-842-1423 or 860-240-8700 Jason Perillo (R) 113th District: Shelton 300 Capitol Ave. Hartford, CT 06106 www.cthousegop.com/Perillo Phone: 800-842-1423 or 860-240-8700 Laura Hoydick (R) 120th District: Stratford 300 Capitol Ave. Hartford, CT 06106 www.cthousegop.com/Hoydick Phone: 800-842-1423 or 860-240-8700 Joseph P. Gresko (D) 121st District: Stratford Legislative Office Building\ Hartford, CT 06106-1591 www.housedems.ct.gov/Gresko 800-842-8267 Joseph.Gresko@cga.ct.gov Ben McGorty (R) 122nd District: Shelton, Stratford, Trumbull 300 Capitol Ave. Hartford, CT 06106 www.cthousegop.com/McGorty Phone: 800-842-1423 or 860-240-8700 Andre Baker Jr. (D) 124th District: Bridgeport Legislative Office Building, Room 4037 Hartford, CT 06106-1591 www.housedems.ct.gov/Baker Phone: 860-240-8585 or 800-842-8267 Andre.Baker@cga.ct.gov Tom O’Dea (R) 125th District: New Canaan, Wilton 300 Capitol Ave. Hartford, CT 06106 www.cthousegop.com/ODea Phone: 800-842-1423 or 860-240-8700 Charlie L. Stallworth (D) 126th District: Bridgeport Legislative Office Building, Room 5005 Hartford, CT 06106-1591 www.housedems.ct.gov/stallworth Phone: 860-240-8585 or 1-800-842-8267 Charlie.Stallworth@cga.ct.gov Jack Hennessy (D) 127th District: Bridgeport Legislative Office Building, Room 5002 Hartford, CT 06106-1591 www.housedems.ct.gov/Hennessy Phone: 860-240-8585 or 1-800-842-8267 Jack.Hennessy@cga.ct.gov Christopher Rosario (D) 128th District: Bridgeport Legislative Office Building, Room 4115 Hartford, CT 06106-1591 www.housedems.ct.gov/Rosario Phone: 860-240-8585 or 1-800-842-8267 Christopher.Rosario@cga.ct.gov For the most current information, visit our website, www.buildfairfieldcounty.com | 143
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TOWN & STATE | IMPORTANT STATE CONTACTS Steven Stafstrom (D) 129th District: Bridgeport Legislative Office Building, Room 2504 Hartford, CT 06106-1591 www.housedems.ct.gov/Stafstrom Phone: 860-240-8585 or 1-800-842-8267 Steve.Stafstrom@cga.ct.gov Ezequiel Santiago (D) 130th District: Bridgeport Legislative Office Building Hartford, CT 06106-1591 www.housedems.ct.gov/Santiago Phone: 860-240-8585 or 1-800-842-8267 Ezequiel.Santiago@cga.ct.gov Brenda Kupchick (R) 132nd District: Fairfield, Southport 300 Capitol Ave. Hartford, CT 06106 www.cthousegop.com/Kupchick Phone: 800-842-1423 or 860-240-8700 Cristin McCarthy Vahey (D) 133rd District: Fairfield Legislative Office Building, Room 4001 Hartford, CT 06106-1591 www.housedems.ct.gov/McCarthyVahey Phone: 860-240-8585 or 1-800-842-8267 Cristin.McCarthyVahey@cga.ct.gov Laura Devlin (R) 134th District: Fairfield, Trumbull 300 Capitol Ave. Hartford, CT 06106 www.cthousegop.com/Devlin Phone: 800-842-1423 or 860-240-8700 Adam Dunsby (R) 135th District: Easton, Redding, Weston 300 Capitol Ave. Hartford, CT 06106 www.cthousegop.com/Dunsby Phone: 800-842-1423 or 860-240-8700 Jonathan Steinberg (D) 136th District: Westport Legislative Office Building, Room 3004 Hartford, CT 06106-1591 www.housedems.ct.gov/Steinberg Phone: 860-240-8585 or 1-800-842-8267 Jonathan.Steinberg@cga.ct.gov Chris Perone (D) 137th District: Norwalk Legislative Office Building, Room 4111 Hartford, CT 06106-1591 www.housedems.ct.gov/Perone Phone: 860-240-8585 or 1-800-842-8267 Chris.Perone@cga.ct.gov Michael Ferguson (R) 138th District: Danbury, New Fairfield, Ridgefield 300 Capitol Ave. Hartford, CT 06106 www.cthousegop.com/Ferguson Phone: 800-842-1423 or 860-240-8700 Bruce V. Morris (D) 140th District: Norwalk Legislative Office Building, Room 5004 Hartford, CT 06106-1591 www.housedems.ct.gov/Morris Phone: 860-240-8585 or 1-800-842-8267 Bruce.Morris@cga.ct.gov Terrie Wood (R) 141st District: Darien, Norwalk 300 Capitol Ave. Hartford, CT 06106 www.cthousegop.com/Wood Phone: 800-842-1423 or 860-240-8700 Fred Wilms (R) 142nd District: Norwalk, New Canaan 300 Capitol Ave. Hartford, CT 06106 www. cthousegop.com/Wilms Phone: 800-842-1423 or 860-240-8700 144 For the most current information, visit our website, www.buildfairfieldcounty.com | Gail Lavielle (R) 143rd District: Norwalk, Westport, Wilton 300 Capitol Ave. Hartford, CT 06106 www. cthousegop.com/Lavielle Phone: 800-842-1423 or 860-240-8700 Caroline Simmons (D) 144th District: Stamford State Capitol, Room c110 Hartford, CT 06106-1591 www. housedems.ct.gov/Simmons Phone: 860-240-8585 or 1-800-842-8267 Caroline.Simmons@cga.ct.gov Patricia Billie Miller (D) 145th District: Stamford Legislative Office Building, Room 4046 Hartford, CT 06106-1591 www. housedems.ct.gov/Miller Phone: 860-240-8585 or 1-800-842-8267 Patricia.Miller@cga.ct.gov Terry B. Adams (D) 146th District: Stamford Legislative Office Building, Room 4000 Hartford, CT 06106-1591 www. housedems.ct.gov/Adams Phone: 860-240-8500 or 800-842-8267 terry.b.adams@cga.ct.gov William Tong (D) 147th District: Stamford, Darien Legislative Office Building, Room 2502 Hartford, CT 06106-1591 www. housedems.ct.gov/Tong Phone: 860-240-8585 or 1-800-842-8267 William.Tong@cga.ct.gov Daniel J. Fox (D) 148th District: Stamford Legislative Office Building, Room 2202 Hartford, CT 06106-1591 www. housedems.ct.gov/Fox Phone: 860-240-8585 or 1-800-842-8267 Dan.Fox@cga.ct.gov Livvy Floren (R) 149th District: Greenwich, Stamford 300 Capitol Ave. www. cthousegop.com/Floren Hartford, CT 06106 Phone: 800-842-1423 or 860-240-8700 Mike Bocchino (R) 150th District: Greenwich 300 Capitol Ave. www. cthousegop.com/Bocchino Hartford, CT 06106 Phone: 800-842-1423 or 860-240-8700 Fred Camillo (R) 151st District: Greenwich 300 Capitol Ave. Hartford, CT 06106 www. cthousegop.com/Camillo Phone: 800-842-1423 or 860-240-8700 CT Senate: Kevin C. Kelly (R) 21st District: Monroe, Seymour, Shelton, Stratford Legislative Office Building, Room 3400 Hartford, CT 06106 http://ctsenaterepublicans.com/home-kelly/ Phone: 1-800-842-1421\ Marilyn V. Moore (D) 22nd District: Bridgeport, Monroe, Trumbull Legislative Office Building, Room 2000 Hartford, CT 06106-1591 www. senatedems.ct.gov/Moore Phone: 860-240-0425 or 1-800-842-1420 Edwin A. Gomes (D) 23rd District: Bridgeport, Stratford Legislative Office Building, Room 3800 Hartford, CT 06106-1591 www. senatedems.ct.gov/Gomes Phone: 860-240-0509 or 1-800-842-1420 For the most current information, visit our website, www.buildfairfieldcounty.com | 145
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TOWN & STATE | IMPORTANT STATE CONTACTS Michael A. McLachlan (R) 24th District: Bethel, Danbury, New Fairfield, Sherman Legislative Office Building, Room 3400 Hartford, CT 06106 http://ctsenaterepublicans.com/home-mclachlan Phone: 1-800-842-1421 Bob Duff (D) 25th District: Darien, Norwalk Legislative Office Building, Room 3300 Hartford, CT 06106-1591 Home Phone: 203-840-1333 www. senatedems.ct.gov/Duff Assistant Phone: 860-240-0414 or 1-800-842-1420 BobDuff@cga.ct.gov Toni Boucher (R) 26th District: Bethel, New Canaan, Redding, Ridgefield, Weston, Westport, Wilton Legislative Office Building, Room 3400 Hartford, CT 06106 http://ctsenaterepublicans.com/home-boucher Phone: 1-800-842-1421 Carlo Leone(D) 27th District: Darien, Stamford Legislative Office Building, Room 3500 Hartford, CT 06106-1591 www. senatedems.ct.gov/Leone Phone: 860-240-0589 or 1-800-842-1420 Tony Hwang (R) 28th District: Easton, Fairfield, Newtown, Weston, Westport Legislative Office Building, Room 3400 Hartford, CT 06106 http://ctsenaterepublicans.com/home-Hwang Phone: 1-800-842-1421 Craig Miner (R) 30th District: Brookfield Legislative Office Building 300 Capitol Avenue, Room:3403 Hartford, CT 06106 Phone: 1-800-842-1421 http://ctsenaterepublicans.com/home-miner Scott L. Frantz (R) 36th District: Greenwich, New Canaan, Stamford Legislative Office Building, Room 3400 Hartford, CT 06106 http://ctsenaterepublicans.com/home-frantz Phone: 1-800-842-1421 146 For the most current information, visit our website, www.buildfairfieldcounty.com | Our New Showroom At Ridgefield Supply is Opening in the Spring of 2017 We Will Be Featuring an Extensive Display Showcase of Andersen® Windows & Doors Since 29 Prospect Street, Ridgefield, CT 203.438.2626 www.ridgefieldsupply.com Mon. - Fri. 7 - 4 • Sat. 8 - 4 • Closed Sunday 1883 LUMBER • BUILDING MATERIALS • WINDOWS • DOORS • MILLWORK • HARDWARE • PAINT
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BEAUTY. ELEGANCE. STRENGTH. Our Aluminum Doors Will Surprise You. Ed’s Garage Doors offers a broad selection of aluminum doors that are the perfect complement to your home. Visit our showroom to see many exclusive aluminum doors on display, and talk with a design expert about our countless in-stock and custom options. Showroom Hours: Mon. – Fri.: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm Saturday: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm Evenings: By appointment Sunday: Closed ® 136 Water Street, Norwalk, CT 06854 203-847-1284 edsgaragedoors.com Building Relationships That Last. Propane and Natural Gas Products! With over 350,000 gallons of storage, HOCON GAS has a reputation for delivering propane energy and industry expertise for more than 60 years! Residential • Cooking • Fireplaces • Generators • Grills • Heat • Hot Water • Pools • Tanks Propane Services Customer Service • Appliances • Installation • Propane Delivery • Expert Services PETE “Propane Pete” BATTAGLIO Senior Regional Manager New Business Development Hocon Gas, Inc. • 6 Armstrong Rd., Shelton, CT 06484 Shelton: 203.925.0600 • Fax: 203.944.0300 Cell: 203.343.2199 Email: pbattaglio@hocongas.com NORWALK 33 Rockland Rd. (800) 801-3835 (203) 853-1500 www.hocongas.com WATERBURY 20 Railroad Hill St. (800) 992-2242 (203) 754-7601 GUILFORD 736 Boston Post Rd. (877) 906-2500 (203) 458-2790 DANBURY 86 Payne Rd. (888) 977-6726 (203) 744-4000 TORRINGTON 2407 Winsted Rd. (888) 744-8686 (860) 626-0900 © Copyright Hocon • HOD#726-30 For the most current information, visit our website, www.buildfairfieldcounty.com | 151 Industrial Division • Industrial Gases • Safety Products • Temporary Heat • Welding Supplies

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You design the home. We’ll take care of the loan. Lock in your permanent rate at application with our complete package for building and financing your home. For expert advice and personal service, call Dorothy today. Dorothy Cardillo Mortgage Loan Officer NMLS ID#: 722895 office 1-203-940-3266 mobile 1-347-365-0488 dorothy.cardillo@td.com tdbank.com/dorothycardillo TD Bank, N.A. | Loans subject to credit approval. | Equal Housing Lender BEAUTY. ELEGANCE. STRENGTH. Our Aluminum Doors Will Surprise You. Ed’s Garage Doors offers a broad selection of aluminum doors that are the perfect complement to your home. Visit our showroom to see many exclusive aluminum doors on display, and talk with a design expert about our countless in-stock and custom options. Showroom Hours: Mon. – Fri.: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm Saturday: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm Evenings: By appointment Sunday: Closed 136 Water Street, Norwalk, CT 06854 203-847-1284 edsgaragedoors.com ® 2016-17 OFFICERS HBRA VIP CIRCLE President Chris Steiner Steiner, Inc. Sr. Vice-President Anthony DeRosa DeRosa Builders Vice-President Kim DiMatteo DiMatteo Group Secretary/Treasurer Michael Church William Pitt Sotheby's Immediate Past President Peter Gaboriault Bear Paw Builders 2016-17 DIRECTORS Peter Battaglio Hocon Gas Max Bender Bender Supply Steve Berko Four Square Build & Design Ken DeLeo Doherty & DeLeo John Hertz Hertz Construction Brian Kurtz Interstate Lumber Rob Michaud The Michaud Group Steven Roth Elevator Service Company Alex Shook Pella Commercial Michael Wood Wood Builders LIFE DIRECTORS Joanne Carroll JMC Resources Jerry Effren The Greyrock Companies Gary Fanali City Carting Peter Fusaro Preferred Builders Maureen Hanley United Bank Michael Palumbo ERI Building & Design Nick Yanicelli Susquehanna Enterprises MEDIA SPONSOR gas Thank you to the following VIP Associate Members for their support in 2017. Due to their generosity the Association greatly benefits - from developing new events and educational opportunities for the membership, to keeping our lights on! APRIL 2017 | HBRA of Fairfield County | 3
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IN THIS ISSUE Letter From The CEO Upcoming Events VIP Kick Off Luxury Home Tour Weekend 8 April GMM 12 VIP Night 14 Luxury Home Tour April 5th General Membership Meeting Annual Meeting Annual HBRA Golf Outing New Members Builder Spotlight Fairfield House & Garden Company Wright Building Company Member News Murphy Brothers Among New York Smart CEO 2017 Fast Growth Companies Cozy Basement Renovation for the Finnegans Builder News Survey: Demand For Outdoor Kitchens Heats Up Jobs, Good Jobs, And Home Buying There’s An App for That Seminars OSHA 10 Hour Construction HBRA Breakfast Series - Sales Institute Member Benefits Advertisers: TD Bank Ed’s Garage Doors New England Home County TV & Appliance CTC&G United Bank Hocon Gas DiMatteo Elevator Service Company Interstate Lumber Ridgefield Supply SmartHome Fairfield County Bank East Haven Builders Supply Ring's End Editorial Staff Gina Calabro Publisher/Editor Clare Michalak Designer Sarah Iannarone Executive Assistant Want to advertise? Contact the office for more information and rates. HBRA of Fairfield County 2228 Black Rock Turnpike, Suite 307 Fairfield, CT 06825 203-335-7008 hbra@buildfairfieldcounty.com www. buildfairfieldcounty.com Cover Photo: Tim Lee Photography p.6 p.7 p.8 p.10 p.16 p.19 p.20 p.22 p.21 p.22 p.28 p.28 p.30 p.31 p.31 p.32 p.32 p.35 p.1 p.1 p.5 p.5 p.15 p.19 p.21 p.23 p.25 p.25 p.27 p.29 p.34 p.34 p.36 We just got a lead in larchmont for a mud room and laundry room from our ad in New England Home Connecticut’s latest edition! —Karen Bradbury, Closet & storaGe ConCePts We were very excited to see the wonderful article and pictures you did about our store...and wanted to thank you because many customers came in mentioning the magazine. —Pierre and Michelle Gagnon, Couleur ProvenCe Contact Associate Publisher, Roberta Mancuso to learn how New England Home Connecticut can help generate business for your company. rmancuso@nehomemag.com | 203.530.9593 nehomemag.com THE SMART CHOICE For Making Your Dream Kitchen A Reality SMART HOME CONTROL THERMADOR SUBZERO / WOLF GE MONOGRAM ...and more BEST SERVICE AT THE GUARANTEED BEST PRICE In-Store And Online 2770 Summer Street • Stamford, CT 06905 203-327-2630 STORE HOURS: MON & THURS: 9AM-9PM | TUES, WED, FRI & SAT: 9AM-6PM | SUN: 11AM-5PM www.countytv.com
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MESSAGE FROM THE EXECUTIVE OFFICER Dear HBRA Members, T he inaugural Luxury Home Tour was a grand success! Even with the weather not cooperating with us on Saturday we had visitors at all of the homes. Sunday was a beautiful day with many more touring these four fabulous homes. I have thanked the builders who stepped up to be part of this tour many times, but I need to thank them again for understanding the vision and opportunity this weekend event provided. So once again, Arnold, Ken, Tim, and Luigi – THANK YOU! I would also be remiss in not thanking Jim and Doron again as well for opening their home for the Kick Off event. I cannot imagine the evening being any better than what we experienced. We were privileged to enjoy your absolutely stunning estate, home, and pool house. THANK YOU! What a great evening at Connecticut Stone on April 5th! Tyra Dellacroce and her staff hosted our largest General Membership Meeting to date. The food, drink, raffles – all I can say is WOW and a BIG thank you! Be sure to check out the photos on page 16. The May 3rd General Membership meeting is sure to sell out. Clarke Showrooms once again is hosting the Building Official of the Year event in South Norwalk. This is a limited seating event so if you haven’t registered yet do so quickly. A new education series is being offered through one of our members - Sandler Training. The first class is April 28th but you can still sign up for the May 12 & 24th classes. Plus the May OSHA class is open to register – We sell out every class so register early! 6 | HBRA of Fairfield County | APRIL 2017 Due to some unforeseen circumstances (a fire at the Italian Center in Stamford), we have had to change our June Annual Meeting venue to the Greenwich Regency Hyatt. The date has also changed to Friday June 9th. Come walk the red carpet and join us for cocktails, dinner, and our HBRA awards, plus a silent and LIVE auction benefitting the NEW HBRA scholarship Fund. See Page 19 for additional details. The Annual Golf Outing will be held at Tashua Knolls Golf Course on Monday July 24th. See page 20 for information. Additional announcements will be sent out shortly to the membership. Please be sure to check out the Builder Member Spotlight. Two more of our builders are highlighted - if you would like to be included, please contact me or the office. As always, if you have any questions, please call the office or e-mail us at hbra@buildfairfieldcounty.com! Best, Gina Calabro gina@buildfairfieldcounty.com "Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful." -- Albert Schweitzer MARK YOUR CALENDARS UPCOMING EVENTS May 3, 2017 General Membership Meeting Clarke Distributors 64 South Main Street South Norwalk, CT Click Here to Register May 22-23, 2017 OSHA 10 Construction Ring’s End Educational Facility Stratford, CT Click Here to Register June 9, 2017 HBRA Annual Meeting Awards Night and Auction HYATT REGENCY GREENWICH 1800 East Putnam Avenue Old Greenwich, CT, 06870 Click Here to Register July 24, 2017 2017 Fairfield County HBRA Golf Classic Tashua Knolls Golf Course 40 Tashua Knolls Lane Trumbull CT 06611, US Click Here to Register 1 APRIL 2017 | HBRA of Fairfield County | 7
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VIP KICK OFF A Spectacular Evening at the 13 acre-estate of Sound Beach Partners Doron Sabag and Jim Hoffman location or a bettWe couldn’t have asked for a more exceptional er evening for the Kick-off of the 2017 Luxury Home Tour. Jim Hoffman and Doron Sabag graciously opened their Greenwich estate and pool house to over 100 guests to celebrate the launch of the tour while also raising money for PSC Partners Seeking a Cure. Guests enjoyed a delicious array of appetizers and desserts from David’s Soundview Catering. A wine tasting featured ONE HOPE Wines, a cause-centric winery that is making a social impact by donating 50% of their profits to partnered causes. And a special tasting of the new RIPE bar juices from FreshBev. Each guest also received a Luxury Home Tour tote, the official guidebook, a ticket to the 8 | HBRA of Fairfield County | APRIL 2017 weekend tour, and the April issue of CTC&G featuring the four homes on the tour. Craig Wiele spoke to the group about the PSC Partners Seeking a Cure, a volunteer organization that provides primary sclerosing cholangitis (PSC) patients and their caregivers education and support and to raise funds to research the origins and a cure for the disease. Donating to this organization was special cause for the HBRA as one of our member’s granddaughter’s is living with this disease. Jeff Vangele of Wells Fargo, also spoke to the group on current programs offered to builders and potential homeowners. Special thanks to Wells Fargo, the evening’s main sponsor, to Jim & Doron, and to CTC&G, the Luxury Home Tour Media Sponsor. “An absolutely spectacular location to kickoff the weekend of the 2017 Luxury Home Tour and to raise money and awareness for a worthwhile charity” APRIL 2017 | HBRA of Fairfield County | 9
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LUXURY HOME TOUR WEEKEND 1 WEEKEND | 4 BUILDERS | 400 ENTRIES T he first annual Luxury Home Tour was a great success with over 140 unique visitors toured four of the most beautifully crafted and decorated spec homes in Darien and Greenwich. Although a light rain fell on Saturday, crowds still turned out at to meet the builders and explore these multimillion dollar, beautifully staged homes. Over $4,000 was raised for charity from ticket sales and donations. The tour featured the sprawling colonial built by Doherty & DeLeo, listed at $5.6 million, that featured a two-story foyer, formal living & dining rooms, gourmet kitchen open to the great room, 5 fireplaces, extensive built-in cabinetry, an elevator, a heated pool with spa, smart house technology, and a 3-car heated garage, all just minutes from Pear Tree Beach and downtown Darien. In Riverside, at $6.5 million, the timeless stone and clapboard colonial built by Argus Development in collaboration with Mockler Taylor Architects and Rutherford Landscape Architects designed to blend with the mature streetscape of Meadow Road. This beautiful six bedroom home featured an elegant living room with a wet bar, oak paneled study and spectacular open concept kitchen/family room, with an expansive lower level offering a temperature controlled wine cellar, playroom, second laundry and private exercise room. In Old Greenwich, a spectacular new FEMA compliant construction from Karo Associates listed at $5.25 million, with waterfront views on three sides built to take full advantage of its highly coveted location. The 4 bedroom, 3½-bath treasure features a beautifully dramatic barrelvaulted ceiling entry is fully paneled, leading to the magnificent first floor complete with custom builtins and the exquisite millwork and a 16-ft glass NanaWall that allows clear viewing to the water. Last, but certainly not least was the stunning Darien 4 bedroom, 4½-bath home built by Altamura Homes at $2.3 million. Sophisticated and chic, this extraordinary colonial offers a two-story entryway with floor to ceiling custom paneling, a soaring main staircase, a tray ceilinged APRIL 2017 | HBRA of Fairfield County | 11
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JULY 24, 2017 Tashua Knolls Trumbull, CT The Annual HBRA Golf Classic, presented by Ring’s End. There will be TWO Tournaments: • 18 hole tournament - 136 Golfers $225/indiv. $875/foursome (includes driving range, lunch, cocktail hour & dinner) Raw bar and beverages on the course • “The Glen” 9 hole tournament - 36 Golfers $125/indiv. Or $475/foursome (total 36 g (includes driving range, cocktail hour and dinner) Cocktail hour/Dinner only is $60pp 10:00am Registration Begins and Driving Range Open 11:00am Lunch begins 12:00pm 18-hole Tournament - Shotgun start 12:30pm 9 Hole Registration Begins and Driving Range Open 2:30pm 5:30pm 9-hole Tournament - Shotgun start Cocktails, Dinner, Raffle and Awards Register Here SPONSORSHIPS AVAILABLE CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE Covers both tournaments: $2,500 $2,000 $2,000 $1,500 $1,500 $1,500 $1,000 $1,500 $1,500 $1,000 $750 Hat Sponsor Dinner Sponsor Dinner Sponsor Beverage Cart Sponsor Beverage Cart Sponsor Cigar Sponsor Water bottle Sponsor Complimentary Gift Bags Golf Towel Sponsor Golf Cart Sponsor Ice Cream Truck 9 Hole Tournament Only: $500.00 $300.00 $300.00 $200.00 $175.00 Golf Ball Sponsor Closest to the Line Closest to the Pin Hockey Stick Putt Tee Sponsors 20 | HBRA of Fairfield County | APRIL 2017 18 Hole Tournament Only: $1,000.00 $750.00 $500.00 $500.00 $250.00 $250.00 $250.00 $250.00 Tee Sponsors TAKEN: Named Sponsor Awards Awards/Dessert Beverage Cart Cocktail Hour Driving Range Rings End Acadia Insurance DiMatteo Group Ridgefield Supply Interstate Lumber Ed’s Garage Doors Golf Cart Sponsor Elevator Service Co. Golf Cart Sponsor County TV & Appliance Lunch Sponsor Longest Drive Putting Green Hocon Gas United Bank Fairfield County Bank Golf Ball Sponsor Hole in One - $10,000 prize Closest to the Line Closest to the Pin Hole-in-One - PRIZE Hole-in-One -PRIZE Hole-in-One -PRIZE Building Relationships That Last. Propane and Natural Gas Products! • We Plan It • We Install It • We Fill It • We Service It With over 400,000 gallons of storage, HOCON GAS has a reputation for delivering propane energy and industry expertise for more than 65 years! PROPANE SERVICES RESIDENTIAL • Cooking • Fireplaces • Generators • Grills • Heat • Hot Water • Pools • Tanks CUSTOMER SERVICE • Appliances • Installation • Propane Delivery • Expert Services PETE “Propane Pete” BATTAGLIO Senior Regional Manager, New Business Development Hocon Gas, Inc. • 6 Armstrong Rd., Shelton, CT 06484 Shelton: 203.925.0600 • Fax: 203.944.0300 Cell: 203.343.2199 • Email: pbattaglio@hocongas.com NORWALK 33 Rockland Rd. (800) 801-3835 (203) 853-1500 WATERBURY 20 Railroad Hill St. (800) 992-2242 (203) 754-7601 www.hocongas.com GUILFORD 736 Boston Post Rd. (877) 906-2500 (203) 458-2790 DANBURY 86 Payne Rd. (888) 977-6726 (203) 744-4000 TORRINGTON 2407 Winsted Rd. (888) 744-8686 (860) 626-0900 © Copyright Hocon • HOD#726-30 APRIL 2017 | HBRA of Fairfield County | 21 INDUSTRIAL DIVISION • Industrial Gases • Safety Products • Temporary Heat • Welding Supplies
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NEW MEMBERS Welcome to the newest members of HBRA of Fairfield County! Go to www.buildfairfieldcounty.com for their contact info. Carolina Rodrigues New Horizon Construction, LLC New Horizon Construction, LLC is a family owned business since 2007. Located in Danbury, CT, we’re focused on providing high-quality building services and customer satisfaction - we will do everything we can to meet your expectations. With a variety of services to choose from, we’re sure you’ll be happy working with us. Look around our website and if you have any comments or questions, please feel free to contact us. Dana Noonan Plycem USA For over 75 years Allura has been manufacturing and distributing fiber cement exterior building products that include lap siding, panels, soffits, shakes, exterior trim and decking. Our products, manufactured in North Carolina, Indiana and Oregon are specially formulated for high performance, look like natural wood but are fire, bug, moisture, impact and fade resistant with the strength and durability to handle any kind of weather in any climate. Romi Leska Romi Masonry Construction, LLC RMC/Romi Masonry Construction LLC specializes in all types of masonry construction. We are fully staffed, and able to handle any-size project. With over 10 years of experience, RMC offers a 100% satisfaction guaranteed. Our mission is to create long-term client relationship based on the achievement of client goals. Bethryn Rogers Coastal Tree Experts, Inc. What makes our company stand out? Very simply, it’s SERVICE! From its founding in 1973, Coastal Tree has always operated as a small organization. Our sole mission has been to provide the highest quality service to those who truly appreciate and value the beauty of their home’s landscape. Our success over the years in attaining and RETAINING a quality client base is testament to our high degree of personal service. John Weiss Lillian August What makes our company stand out? Very simply, it’s SERVICE! From its founding in 1973, Coastal Tree has always operated as a small organization. Our sole mission has been to provide the highest quality service to those who truly appreciate and value the beauty of their home’s landscape. Our success over the years in attaining and RETAINING a quality client base is testament to our high degree of personal service. 22 | HBRA of Fairfield County | APRIL 2017 Joan Hennessey Deane, Inc. What makes our company stand out? Very simply, it’s SERVICE! From its founding in 1973, Coastal Tree has always operated as a small organization. Our sole mission has been to provide the highest quality service to those who truly appreciate and value the beauty of their home’s landscape. Our success over the years in attaining and RETAINING a quality client base is testament to our high degree of personal service. Brett Fagan Build BNT, LLC BNT’s mission is to LEAD, EMPOWER and CHANGE Bridgeport neighborhoods, improving quality of life through affordable housing opportunities. To meet this challenge, BNT develops and manages affordable housing, creates healthy homes with a focus on lead remediation and provides comprehensive homeownership for low and moderate income families. Welcome to Our Newest Affiliate Members Joy Marino Maureen Rooney Elizabeth Ethridge McGann Sheri Snellman Jen Balash Look no further for an insurance agent who can work with you to design an insurance portfolio just right for your business. If you engage in construction or remodeling of one or two family residences in CT then I want to talk to you. Our construction insurance program includes: • General Liability • • • Property Business Auto Inland Marine • Workers Compensation • Umbrella • Builders Risk Kim Marie DiMatteo, CIC, MWCA I have been in the construction insurance business since 1992. I know the markets, the products, and what’s right for you. Call me today to schedule a convenient appointment. Robin Carroll 79 Bridgeport Ave, Shelton, CT 06484 | 203.924.5429 | www.dimatteogrp.com APRIL 2017 | HBRA of Fairfield County | 23
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BUILDER SPOTLIGHT FAIRFIELD HOUSE & GARDEN COMPANY Residential Construction And Landscape Construction After 75 years in the industry, Fairfield House & Garden Company is a leader in the interior and exterior construction field in Fairfield and Westchester counties. Our values are based on integrity and high quality workmanship. Each stone, planting, wall, and everything in between comes with precision and care for the detail as well as the project as a whole. Our construction is our art. Let Fairfield House & Garden build, re-model or enhance your home and garden to your specifications. Our team of talented craftsmen will work with you to create the living environment of your dreams. John Conte, III, son of owners, Kim & John Conte, has recently come on board as Director of Operations. John is a professional engineer licensed in the State of Connecticut. He has eight years’ experience in Civil Engineering, Planning and Construction. John Conte III, P.E. 24 | HBRA of Fairfield County | APRIL 2017 John’s experience is in site design, permit acquisition, creating technical drawings, overseeing construction and installation of site infrastructure. John has indepth proficiency on a range of project sizes, including single family residential houses and estates, multifamily residential developments, as well as large scale commercial, institutional and campus sized projects. John’s capabilities include all stages of development from initial feasibility studies, through the permitting, construction, and close out of projects. John joins us from a local engineering company, where he has gained invaluable knowledge and experience in managing the workflow of complex projects. We are ready to meet all your indoor and outdoor needs. We look forward to hearing from you! Fairfield House & Garden Company 28 Langhorne Lane Greenwich CT 06831 203-661-8900 www.fairfieldhouseandgarden.com Specializing In: Residential Elevators | Commercial Elevators | Construction Hoists Limited Use Limited Application Elevators (LULA) Vertical Platform Lifts | Inclined Lifts | Stair Lifts Dumbwaiters | Material Lifts (Vertical Reciprocating Conveyors) And all other associated Vertical Transportation Equipment Serving: Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and Eastern New York 203-757-5000 www.ElevatorServiceCo.com CT Lic.# ELV. 400105 R1 - RI Lic. # 21 MA Lic.# EC-000093 Providing not one, but ALL Major Manufacturer’s Equipment spin zoom click explore Take a virtual tour through our award-winning showroom from the comfort of your home or office. Interstate + Lakeland Lumber’s Design Center is a state-of-the-art, high-end, custom showroom built in the original 1922 mill shop. It provides a gallery style setting for premium windows, doors, and hardware and our specialty, custom millwork. Our experienced representative is on hand to answer any of your questions and provide solutions to your building challenges. To learn more, contact Frank Bowron at 203-531-8050 ext 1156 fbowron@interstatelumber.com http://www.interstatelumber.com/services/designcenter-tour.html APRIL 2017 | HBRA of Fairfield County | 25
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BUILDER SPOTLIGHT Wright Building Company to Appear on 2 Episodes of HGTV’s Property Brothers When HGTV experts Jonathan & Drew Scott needed help in Westchester County for their Property Brothers show, “Buying & Selling”, they called upon local custom home builders Chris Wright & Judy Doyle of Wright Building Company to help transform two dated homes in Westchester County to two amazing properties with smart, stylish living spaces. You can watch these spectacular transformations take place April 26th and May 24th on HGTV. Wright Building Company has been the area’s premier builder of fine custom homes for over 30 years. They are well respected among homeowners, architects and interior designers by providing experience, process, skill and communication to every job. They have built and renovated over 100 homes and always provide individualized consultation and ongoing communication to ensure their client’s needs are satisfied. Chris Wright is proud to say, “Our homes are not only beautiful, they are the most efficient homes around”. 26 | HBRA of Fairfield County | APRIL 2017 Wright Building Company has 3 Divisions; Custom Home Building, Additions & Renovations and Estate Care. For more information on Wright Building Company call 203-227-4134 or go to www.wrightbuild.com Wright Building Co. 5 Myrtle St Norwalk CT 06855 (203) 227-4134 www.wrightbuild.com Our New Showroom           NOW OPEN! We Will Be Featuring an Extensive Display Showcase of Andersen® We Will Be Featuring an Extensive Display Showcase of Andersen® Windows & Doors Windows & Doors 29 Prospect Street, Ridgefield, CT 203.438.2626 29 Prospect Street, Ridgefield, CT 203.438.2626 www.ridgefieldsupply.com Mon. - Fri. 7 - 5 • Sat. 8 - 2 • Closed Sunday www.ridgefieldsupply.com Mon. - Fri. 7 - 4 • Sat. 8 - 4 • Closed Sunday LUMBER • BUILDING MATERIALS • WINDOWS • DOORS • MILLWORK • HARDWARE • PAINT $ 25 OFF Any Purchase Of $75 Or More. Cannot be combined with other discount offers. Expires 5/15/17. APRIL 2017 | HBRA of Fairfield County | 27
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MEMBER NEWS Murphy Brothers Among New York SmartCEO 2017 Fast-Growth Companies New York SmartCEO recently honored Sean and Chris Murphy, co-owners of Murphy Brothers Contracting among its “Fast-Growth Companies” at the 2017 Future 50 Awards Ceremony. More than 300 executives joined SmartCEO in celebrating 60 of New York area’s fastest-growing companies, including (50) mid-sized companies, (6) Blue Chip companies and (4) Emerging Growth companies, at their annual award ceremony in Manhattan. The Murphy Brothers began their general contracting business nearly 40 years ago, operating out of the basement of their parents’ home in Larchmont, NY. Today they are known throughout the region for their custom homes and renovations as well as construction work at area private clubs. “The act of ‘building a building’ is essentially the same as it was when we started”, said Sean Murphy. “However, we’re learning to stay ahead of the curve with regard to green building, energy efficiency, stricter regulations and smart technology. After 40 years, we’re still learning”. Chris Murphy attributes their company longevity to successful collaborations, “Our company puts a lot of emphasis on achieving success through teamwork”. . For more information on the Future 50 winners, to read their inspiring stories, click here. Cozy Basement Renovation for the Finnegans Check out this week’s episode of George To The Rescue on NBC. Early this winter Rings End participated with our long time customer Dan Divitto (DPD Builders) on a remodel project of the Finnegan residence. The Finnegan family faced some unique challenges to make their home more handicap accessible for their 3 year old daughter Mia. Be sure to watch the heartwarming 28 | HBRA of Fairfield County | APRIL 2017 story of the Finnegan family and their adorable little girl Mia. A special thanks to Rings End ownership for helping a local family meet a few of their special needs. Watch the episode here BUILDERS, ARCHITECTS & INTERIOR DESIGNERS JOIN US FOR OUR MONTHLY TOUR of the Crestron Design Center in NYC! TUESDAY, MAY 9 at 11:00am • ARCHITECTS: Learn Why You Should Include Crestron Technology in the Design Phase of Your Next Project • BUILDERS: Learn How to Increase Your Bottom Line by Adding Smarthome Components into Any Residential or Commercial Space • THE SHOWROOM EXPERIENCE: In-depth look at Crestron Solutions in Real World Environments LIMITED SPACE AVAILABLE To reserve your space call 203-659-4734 We look forward to you joining us at the CRESTRON Design Center – 979 3rd Avenue, #407, NYC AUDIOVIDEOCT.COM APRIL 2017 | HBRA of Fairfield County | 29 INCLUDES: Train Fare, Lunch & the Tour
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BUILDER NEWS Survey: Demand for outdoor kitchens heats up D ive Brief: Architects have reported an increase in demand for outdoor kitchens, according to the American Institute of Architects’ Home Design Trends Survey for the fourth quarter of 2016. The survey of architecture firms found that the most popular kitchen features were a computer area or charging station (42% of firms reporting such work in 2016 compared to 49% in 2015), under-counter appliances (38% in 2016 and 33% in 2015), larger pantry space (34% in 2016 and 2015) and high-end appliances (31% in 2016 and 39% in 2015). Additions and alterations were the most popular construction activities last year (54% in 2016 and 61% in 2015), followed by kitchen and bath remodels (51% in 2016 and 54% in 2015). Dive Insight: Home renovations remain a popular choice as rising home prices and persisting inventory shortages dissuade prospective buyers from entering the market or trading up. While homeowners are indeed more optimistic about selling — with 69% in the first 30 | HBRA of Fairfield County | APRIL 2017 quarter saying it was a good time to do so, according to the National Association of Realtors — not enough owners are putting their properties on the market to provide the supply needed to meet demand at these typically lower price points. Instead, many homeowners are finding new ways to add value to their existing homes. According to AIA Chief Economist Kermit Baker, this trend is apparent in the rise in popularity of outdoor kitchens. With interior kitchens functioning as the hub of the home, Baker said, homeowners are trying to replicate that space outdoors and bring some of the related activity with it. The AIA study comes on the heels of a January report by Houzz that found U.S. kitchens are getting bigger and more modern in style, with more than onethird of respondents saying they were increasing their kitchen’s footprint. In another recent report, Remodeling magazine found that general home remodeling will return of 64.3% of a homeowner’s initial investment upon resale, with a major mid-range kitchen remodel recovering 65.3%. Read More There’s an app for that: How new tech is changing the way we buy and sell homes T Jobs, Good Jobs, And Home Buying T ech pioneer Kodak, headquartered in the upstate New York city of Rochester, employed 145,000 workers in 1988, to manufacture, distribute, and market its film and cameras. Today, there are more photographic images taken in a single hour than were shot in all of the 1800s, many of them on Instagram, owned by Facebook, which employs just under 18,000. What this case is an example of is how technology may generate wealth and productivity in America in broad strokes on the one hand, but when it comes down to specific places and specific worker groups, they’re worse off than they were. Now, a positive jobs report this past Friday--235,000 jobs created in February, and a lower unemployment rate of 4.7%-- carries with it four key meaningful areas of interest for home builders and developers at present: household wage growth, consumer confidence, good job concentration, and interest rate increases. Let’s take a look at them, shall we? Wage and income growth: Calculated Risk blogger Bill McBride explains that household wage growth is trending upward, as evidenced in Friday’s jobs report. Here, McBride looks at earnings growth, employment to population ratio improvement, and declines in both part-time-for-economic-reasons and unemployed for more than 26 weeks groups. Read More he internet has become the go-to tool for homebuyers. Searchable listings on websites like Redfin, Trulia and Zillow have helped to modernize the homesales process by giving buyers a look at what properties are available in their community of choice from anywhere with internet access. According to a recent survey by the National Association of Realtors, 95% of homebuyers used the internet as part of their home search last year. When narrowed to just millennials, that figure jumps to 99%. Mobile is also catching on, with 58% of millennials and 46% of Gen-Xers using a device such as a smartphone or tablet to find their home. Read More APRIL 2017 | HBRA of Fairfield County | 31
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TRAINING & SEMINARS Register Online or call the HBRA office at 203-335-7008 OSHA 10 Hour Construction Monday, May 22 & Tuesday, May 23, 2017* 8:00am-2:00pm Breakfast/Registration starts at 7:30AM Rings End Educational Facility 160 Avon Street, Stratford, CT OSHA is coming to FINE you! Get ahead of them & learn what you need to know for your business and your employees. The OSHA 10hour construction training course is designed for anyone in the construction industry. Upon completion, participants will receive an OSHA construction safety and health 10-hour course completion card from the Department of Labor. OSHA 10 cards are good for 5 years. HBRA Members: $30.00 Non-Members: $60.00 *Must attend both dates in order to receive OSHA card-per federal regulation. Continental Breakfast & Lunch included both days. Payment must be received by May 8th to reserve your spot. Walk-ins will not be accepted at this course due to limited seating. Sponsored by: 32 | HBRA of Fairfield County | APRIL 2017 HBRA Breakfast Series – Sales Institute The HBRA of Fairfield County and Sandler Training will be launching a Sales Institute in April and May at the Rings End Educational Facility in Stratford. This sales training is designed to help discover how simple improvements to your sales cycle and close ratio can increase your team’s highest level of performance to exponentially improve your bottom line. The Sandler sales methodology fosters an attitude of leadership, rather than just emphasizing technique. Reinforcement training facilitates the development of new and empowering behaviors, attitudes, and sales skills, mapping a unique road map to lasting success. Three courses will be offered that can be taken individually or as a package. Classes are from 8AM to Noon – breakfast is provided. The cost for all three courses is only $800 (normally $995), or you can pick and choose a course for $325 each. April 28th: Part A: Understand the 4 Personality Styles Salespeople recognize that establishing rapport with a prospect is an essential ingredient for developing a meaningful business relationship. Learn how personality affects the sales process as well as prospecting. This tool can help you and your employees learn more about personality styles, paving the way toward improved communication. Part B: Developing a Sales System Tired of providing unpaid consulting to potential customers and watching the deals go elsewhere? The Sandler sales system will be different than any other sales call you have ever done. You should hear things from your prospects that you have never heard before. You should be able to “sell” without the stress and pressure of traditional sales. May 12th: Part A: Develop Leverage When it Comes Down to Price Effective questioning strategies help move your prospects’ and customers decision forward. Learn how to ask the tough and effective questions. Part B: Why do People Make the Decisions that They do? Is your brain working for you or against you? Learn how to become a sales psychologist. Understand the barriers to success and develop tools to deal with the difficult prospect/customer. May 24th: Learn How to Separate Yourself from the Competition Tired of drawing up the plans, writing the proposal, and being told “this really isn’t what we’re thinking?” People buy emotionally and justify intellectually. People buy for two reasons – to avoid pain or to gain pleasure. Pain is 4x stronger than pleasure … so are you presenting your proposal effectively? For more information, contact the HBRA office at hbra@buildfairfieldcounty or 203-335-7008. APRIL 2017 | HBRA of Fairfield County | 33
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Financing some of the top builders in Fairfield County. People you trust, service you expect, and products to fit your financial needs. • Construction Financing • Commercial Mortgages • Term Loans • Revolving Lines of Credit 877.431.7431 • www.fairfieldcountybank.com NMLS ID #516624 EQUAL HOUSING L E ND E R MEMBER FDIC ANNOUNCING the arrival of our new 8-story BOOMTRUCK CONNECTICUT - East Haven - Manchester - Newtown SANDY HOOK - 2 Turnberry Lane - 203-426-0030 NEW YORK - Millwood • Mold / Mildew Resistant Board • Fire Rated Board • ½” Light Weight Board • Exterior Sheathing • Metal Studs • Acoustical Ceiling Tile 34 | HBRA of Fairfield County | APRIL 2017 MEMBER BENEFITS Members Save with the UPS Shipping Program The UPS Savings Program is available for NAHB members! Make the most of your membership and take advantage of some of the most competitive rates available on shipping services with UPS. Whether you need your documents or packages to arrive the next day or are looking for the most affordable shipping option, UPS understands the importance of reliability, speed and cost See how UPS discounts can help your bottom line: • Up to 36% on UPS Air letters including UPS Next Day Air®* • Up to 32% on UPS Air packages (1 lb.+)* • Up to 34% on UPS International imports and exports • Up to 24% on UPS Ground shipments • Savings begin at 70% on UPS Freight® shipments over 150 lbs. You can receive these discounts even if you already have a UPS account. Plus, the more you ship, the more you can save with UPS. To enroll and start saving, visit savewithups.com/NAHB or call 1-800-MEMBERS (800636-2377), M-F, 8 a.m.–6 p.m. ET. *Discounts exclude UPS Express Critical® and UPS Next Day Air® Early A.M.® NAHB Member Advantage Discounts NAHB Member Advantage gives members an easy way to reduce expenses, maximize profits and increase efficiency. Through agreements with leading national companies, NAHB offers exclusive discounts on a variety of products and services that can benefit your business, employees and family. In the past year, members have saved over $17M through Member Advantage. For the most up-to-date information about which companies are offering discounts as well as detailed information on how to access the savings, please visit www.nahb.org/ma BUSINESSES 22% OFF monthly access fees and more NPP offers members exclusive savings on a variety of Verizon Wireless services for business. Plus, you can also share Verizon discounts with your employees. Sign up today so your business can start saving with the nation’s largest and most reliable 4G LTE network. NPP members receive 22% OFF monthly access fees for eligible members* 25% discount on select accessories Special promotions on equipment *Corporate liable lines only. $34.99 or higher, 5–line minimum, 2 corporate lines required. *Industry eligibility requirements apply. EMPLOYEES Up to 18% OFF monthly access fees As an employee of an NPP member, you and your family are eligible for an 18% employee discount on Verizon Wireless service (15% plus 3% if you enroll in paperless billing and My Verizon). Once your company has signed up for a Verizon discount, you can access discounts on non-corporate lines. See what better looks like and save with NPP. NPP members receive Up to 18% OFF monthly access fees 25% OFF select accessories Click “Activate Discount” and follow the instructions to How to Register: Visit www.mynpp.com, select Company, then Construction, then Residential. Select HB&RA - Home Builders and Remodelers Associations from the dropdown menu, complete the enrollment and START SAVING! APRIL 2017 | HBRA of Fairfield County | 35

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MEET THE MOST POWERFUL BUSINESS PARTNERS IN FAIRFIELD COUNTY. Kathryn A. Eren, VP, Cash Management Officer; Lisa Stuard, AVP Commercial Loan Administrator; Maureen Hanley-Bellitto, SVP, Commercial Team Leader; Gregory Pastor, Jr. VP, Commercial Banking Officer; Kim Karl, VP, Commercial Banking Officer; Deep community roots. Unrivaled market knowledge. Unmatched customer service. When a bank builds its commercial banking team around the values that truly make a difference in helping your business and community grow and prosper, that’s more than banking. That’s changing the way you bank. Talk to us today. Visit bankatunited.com/commercial Look no further for an insurance agent who can work with you to design an insurance portfolio just right for your business. If you engage in construction or remodeling of one or two family residences in CT then I want to talk to you. Our construction insurance program includes: • General Liability • • • Property Business Auto Inland Marine • Workers Compensation • Umbrella • Builders Risk Kim Marie DiMatteo, CIC, MWCA I have been in the construction insurance business since 1992. I know the markets, the products, and what’s right for you. Call me today to schedule a convenient appointment. 79 Bridgeport Ave, Shelton, CT 06484 | 203.924.5429 | www.dimatteogrp.com HBRA VIP CIRCLE 2016-17 OFFICERS President Chris Steiner Steiner, Inc. Sr. Vice-President Anthony DeRosa DeRosa Builders Vice-President Kim DiMatteo DiMatteo Group Secretary/Treasurer Michael Church William Pitt Sotheby's Immediate Past President Peter Gaboriault Bear Paw Builders Peter Battaglio Hocon Gas Max Bender Bender Supply Steve Berko Four Square Build & Design Ken DeLeo Doherty & DeLeo John Hertz Hertz Construction 2016-17 DIRECTORS Brian Kurtz Interstate Lumber Rob Michaud The Michaud Group Steven Roth Elevator Service Company Alex Shook Pella Commercial Michael Wood Wood Builders gas LIFE DIRECTORS Joanne Carroll JMC Resources Jerry Effren The Greyrock Companies Gary Fanali City Carting Peter Fusaro Preferred Builders Maureen Hanley United Bank Andrew La Sala Jr. Cannondale Building & Design Michael Palumbo ERI Building & Design Nick Yanicelli Susquehanna Enterprises MEDIA SPONSOR Thank you to the following VIP Associate Members for their support in 2017. Due to their generosity the Association greatly benefits - from developing new events and educational opportunities for the membership, to keeping our lights on! MARCH 2017 | HBRA of Fairfield County | 3
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IN THIS ISSUE Board of Directors VIP Circle Letter From The CEO Upcoming Events March General Membership Meeting Associate Trade Showcase 2017 8 March GMM 12 Showcase 14 Luxury Home Tour 4 | HBRA of Fairfield County | MARCH 2017 Housing Defense Fund Luxury Home Tour 2017 HBRA Breakfast Series - Sales Institute April 5th General Membership Meeting New Members Builder Spotlight Altamura Homes Karp Associates Member News Non Qualified Referred Compensation in a Nutshell Builder News Mid Century Modern A Magnet for Millennials, Multifamily Market Employers muse use new I-9 Form Paradigm shift: How Universal Thinking Can p.3 p.3 p.6 p.7 p.8 p.10 p.13 p.14 p.16 p.18 p.19 p.21 p.22 p.24 p.28 p.28 p.30 Help Customers Understand Aging In Place Millennials, Baby Boomers to Drive Remodeling p.30 Growth Lumber Prices Rise to Start 2017 Amenities Help New Home Communities Stand Out Seminars OSHA 10 Hour Construction Member Benefits Advertising/Sponsor Pages United Bank DiMatteo Interstate Lumber County TV & Appliance CTC&G Elevator Service Company New England Home Fairfield County Bank East Haven Builders Supply Ridgefield Supply SmartHome Westchester Modular Homes Event Hocon Gas Ed’s Garage Doors Ring's End Editorial Staff Gina Calabro Publisher/Editor Clare Michalak Designer Sarah Iannarone Executive Assistant HBRA of Fairfield County 2228 Black Rock Turnpike, Suite 307 Fairfield, CT 06825 203-335-7008 hbra@buildfairfieldcounty.com www. buildfairfieldcounty.com Want to advertise? Contact the office for more information and rates. Cover Photo: BA Staging and Interiors p.30 p.31 p.32 p.33 p.2 p.2 p.5 p.5 p.16 p.18 p.20 p.23 p.23 p.26 p.27 p.28 p.29 p.31 p.34 spin zoom click explore Take a virtual tour through our award-winning showroom from the comfort of your home or office. Interstate + Lakeland Lumber’s Design Center is a state-of-the-art, high-end, custom showroom built in the original 1922 mill shop. It provides a gallery style setting for premium windows, doors, and hardware and our specialty, custom millwork. Our experienced representative is on hand to answer any of your questions and provide solutions to your building challenges. To learn more, contact Frank Bowron at 203-531-8050 ext 1156 fbowron@interstatelumber.com http://www.interstatelumber.com/services/designcenter-tour.html THE SMART CHOICE For Making Your Dream Kitchen A Reality SMART HOME CONTROL THERMADOR SUBZERO / WOLF GE MONOGRAM ...and more BEST SERVICE AT THE GUARANTEED BEST PRICE In-Store And Online 2770 Summer Street • Stamford, CT 06905 203-327-2630 STORE HOURS: MON & THURS: 9AM-9PM | TUES, WED, FRI & SAT: 9AM-6PM | SUN: 11AM-5PM www.countytv.com MARCH 2017 | HBRA of Fairfield County | 5
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MESSAGE FROM THE EXECUTIVE OFFICER Dear HBRA Members, T hanks to all that attended the Legislative Night/ General Membership Meeting on March 1st. The legislators that attended heard from our members on the key issues that effect the building industry and the business climate. Let’s keep up the momentum and plan to attend the Home Building Day (HBID) at the Capitol on April 26th. See page 6 for registration details. Due to the snowstorm on March 14th, we had to reschedule the 2nd Builders Event/Trade Showcase to March 20th. Thanks to all of the Associate members who set up displays and to the builders who joined us for this fabulous event. See the photos on pages 10-12. We had a full house for the March 3rd Energy Codes, sponsored by Energize CT and Ring’s End. And we are SOLD OUT for the March 30th and 31st, we have an OSHA 10 Construction class. We have since scheduled a May OSHA 10 class - see page 32 for details. Register for the April 5th Barbecue/ General Membership Meeting at Connecticut Stone. Dinosaur Barbecue will be grilling up some great food for this event - you won’t want to miss it! Get your tickets for the 2017 Luxury Home Tour! The Friday night event at the 13 acre estate of Sound Beach Partners will kickoff the weekend event. See page 14 for info. A new education series is being offered through one of our members - Sandler Training. I am currently working with the state for approval on CEU’s for the Real Estate Industry for these courses. More information is available on page 17 and on our website - www.buildfairfieldcounty.com Mark your calendar for May 3rd, the Building Official Night at Clarke Showroom in South Norwalk. Please be sure to check out the The Builder Member Spotlight. Two more of our builders are highlighted - if you would like to be included, please contact me or the office. As always, if you have any questions, please call the office or e-mail us at hbra@buildfairfieldcounty.com! Best, Gina Calabro gina@buildfairfieldcounty.com For Builders, the real definition of success is a life and work that brings personal fulfillment and lasting relationships and makes a difference in the world in which they live. - Jerry I Porras 6 | HBRA of Fairfield County | MARCH 2017 April 5, 2017 General Membership Meeting Connecticut Stone 39 Larkin Street Stamford, CT Click Here to Register April 26, 2017 Home Building Industry Day at the Capitol (HBID) Old Judiciary Room, Capitol Bldg (210 Capitol Avenue Hartford CT 06106 Click Here to Register May 3, 2017 General Membership Meeting Clarke 64 South Main Street South Norwalk, CT Click Here to Register Upcoming Committee Meetings Luxury Home Tour Committee March 28 - 9:30AM Fairfield Public Library Golf Committee Meeting April 13 - TBD Associates Council April 11- 4:30 HBRA Office Membership Committee Meeting April 19 - Noon HBRA Office MARCH 2017 | HBRA of Fairfield County | 7 April 21-23, 2017 Luxury Home Tour Friday Night Kick-off Party Greenwich 6PM- 8PM Limited Tickets Saturday & Sunday Home Tours 10AM - 5PM Get Tickets April 28, 2017 Sales Institute Ring’s End Educational Facility Stratford, CT Click Here to Register May 22-23, 2017 OSHA 10 Construction Ring’s End Educational Facility Stratford, CT Click Here to Register
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12 | HBRA of Fairfield County | MARCH 2017 HBRA NEWS Housing Defense Fund What is HDF? HDF (Housing Defense Fund) is the HBRA’s account that pays for outside advocacy work. It’s a critical component of the HBRA’s extensive lobbying effort on behalf of our industry. HDF pays for legal actions, public affairs and data research—all in support of the HBRA’s advocacy goals—and required additional lobbying beyond our normal staff and contract lobbyists who work daily for all of us at the state capitol. What HDF is Not? HDF is not a political fund and not one dollar of HDF can or will go to any political candidate or party committee. Therefore, campaign finance laws do not apply to the HDF and there are no limits on personal or corporate contributions to the HBRA’s HDF. HDF Depends on Contributions from Industry Members & Friends HDF needs HBRA’s Builder and Associate members, and others, to contribute so we can engage in more effective advocacy to help remove regulatory burdens and promote the housing industry statewide. When our advocacy is successful, everyone wins. Together, we’re stronger. The more who contribute to HDF, the louder our voice can be heard. Pledge to Join an HDF Club Level Today! Peter Fusaro, the HBRA State Statement spoke to builders and associates at the March 20th Trade Showcase about the Housing Defense Fund and the importance to our industry. Every dollar of your contribution will be used to promote the residential construction industry, seek regulatory and tax relief, and defend against attacks on home building, remodeling and land development. Download the Donation Form Benefits of HDF Club Membership Supporter’s Club ($25-$249) members will receive: • A silver lapel pin (stamped with the year of your contribution), plus • Reduced (nominal) registration fee to our exclusive HDF Club Member Annual Thank You reception.* Defender’s Club ($250-$499) and President’s Club ($500-$999) members will receive: • A gold lapel pin (stamped with the year of your contribution), plus • Permanent recognition on our HDF Trophy, with your name associated with your club level and year of contribution (e.g., Founding Members, 2017, 2018), plus • FREE registration to our exclusive HDF Club Member Annual Thank You reception.* Chairman’s Club ($1,000+) members will receive: • All of the benefits of Defender’s and President’s Club membership above, plus • FREE registrations to all HDF fund-raising events and receptions held in the same year of your Chairman’s Club membership (President’s and Defender’s Club members will receive a reduced registration fee (typically, $50) for any HDF fund-raising event held in the same year of your club membership). * Invitations for the exclusive HDF Club Member Thank You reception are extended to all current year and immediate prior year HDF Club members. MARCH 2017 | HBRA of Fairfield County | 13
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HBRA NEWS Luxury Home Tour Mark your calendars for April 22 & 23! T he first Luxury Home Tour presented by HBRA of Fairfield County features an award winning Lucas Point Old Greenwich home by Karp Associates, a spectacular 7,000 sf stone mansion in Riverside by Argus Development, a 9,000sf amazing Darien home by Doherty & DeLeo Development, and a sophisticated and chic colonial from Altamura Homes. The tour will be open to the public on Saturday and Sunday April 22-23 from 10AM to 5PM. Tickets to view all four homes on Saturday and/or Sunday can be purchased online and with the ParadeCraze App on your smart phone for $20, and for $25 at the door. All visitors receive the Official Tour Guide Book and the first 400 visitors receive a premier Milan Jute Tote. On Friday April 21st, a cocktail kick-off event from 6PM to 8PM with hors d’oeuvres, a wine tasting with One Hope Wines, craft beers, and music will be held at the 13 acre Greenwich estate of Sound Beach Partners, who was recognized with the top 2016 HOBI Award in the state for this property. Friday event tickets are $75 and include entry ticket to the weekend home tour. These tickets are limited so purchase them quickly here! All net ticket sales will be donated to two charities – PSC Partners Seeking a Cure [http://www.pscpartners.org] and the Fairfield County Community Foundation [http://fccfoundation.org]. Visit CTLuxuryHomeTour.com for more information. 14 | HBRA of Fairfield County | MARCH 2017 Karp Associates Doherty & DeLeo Development Argus Development © Tim Lee Photography © Tim Lee Photography Altamura Homes Sponsors: MEDIA SPONSOR MARCH 2017 | HBRA of Fairfield County | 15
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Cottagesgardens.Com | marCH 2017 ArchitectureIssue The 16 | HBRA of Fairfield County | MARCH 2017 connecticut cottages & gardens March 2017 cottagesgardens.com HBRA NEWS HBRA Breakfast Series – Sales Institute The HBRA of Fairfield County and Sandler Training will be launching a Sales Institute in April and May at the Rings End Educational Facility in Stratford. This sales training is designed to help discover how simple improvements to your sales cycle and close ratio can increase your team’s highest level of performance to exponentially improve your bottom line. The Sandler sales methodology fosters an attitude of leadership, rather than just emphasizing technique. Reinforcement training facilitates the development of new and empowering behaviors, attitudes, and sales skills, mapping a unique road map to lasting success. Three courses will be offered that can be taken individually or as a package. Classes are from 8AM to Noon – breakfast is provided. The cost for all three courses is only $800 (normally $995), or you can pick and choose a course for $325 each. April 28th: Part A: Understand the 4 Personality Styles Salespeople recognize that establishing rapport with a prospect is an essential ingredient for developing a meaningful business relationship. Learn how personality affects the sales process as well as prospecting. This tool can help you and your employees learn more about personality styles, paving the way toward improved communication. Part B: Developing a Sales System Tired of providing unpaid consulting to potential customers and watching the deals go elsewhere? The Sandler sales system will be different than any other sales call you have ever done. You should hear things from your prospects that you have never heard before. You should be able to “sell” without the stress and pressure of traditional sales. May 12th: Part A: Develop Leverage When it Comes Down to Price Effective questioning strategies help move your prospects’ and customers decision forward. Learn how to ask the tough and effective questions. Part B: Why do People Make the Decisions that They do? Is your brain working for you or against you? Learn how to become a sales psychologist. Understand the barriers to success and develop tools to deal with the difficult prospect/customer. May 24th: Learn How to Separate Yourself from the Competition Tired of drawing up the plans, writing the proposal, and being told “this really isn’t what we’re thinking?” People buy emotionally and justify intellectually. People buy for two reasons – to avoid pain or to gain pleasure. Pain is 4x stronger than pleasure … so are you presenting your proposal effectively? For more information, contact the HBRA office at hbra@buildfairfieldcounty or 203-335-7008. MARCH 2017 | HBRA of Fairfield County | 17
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April 5 General Membership Meeting We’ll be grillin’ up a good time! J oin us for Cold Drinks and Good Eats, amazing raffles, networking, and a tour of Connecticut Stone’s fabrication facility! Members are only $20, Non-Members - $50. This month’s Membership Raffle is at $750! * You must be in attendance to win the Membership Raffle. Only active members of the HBRA are eligible to win. Register online or call the office at 203-335-7008 by noon March 31st! Specializing In: Residential Elevators | Commercial Elevators | Construction Hoists Limited Use Limited Application Elevators (LULA) Vertical Platform Lifts | Inclined Lifts | Stair Lifts Dumbwaiters | Material Lifts (Vertical Reciprocating Conveyors) And all other associated Vertical Transportation Equipment Serving: Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and Eastern New York 203-757-5000 www.ElevatorServiceCo.com CT Lic.# ELV. 400105 R1 - RI Lic. # 21 MA Lic.# EC-000093 Providing not one, but ALL Major Manufacturer’s Equipment 18 | HBRA of Fairfield County | MARCH 2017 NEW MEMBERS Welcome to the newest members of HBRA of Fairfield County! Go to www.buildfairfieldcounty.com for their contact info. David Hashemi Classic Home Furnishings For the past 20 years we have had the opportunity to help create environments which are both beautiful and functional. Whether you are looking for the perfect item to complete your room or would like to start anew, our experienced design staff is here to help. Our 20,000 square foot showroom, houses the finest names in the furniture industry at competitive pricing. Renee Jordan Fine Homebuilding Magazine/Taunton Press Fine Homebuilding is the most trusted and authoritative resource for the residential construction and remodeling industry. We uniquely source our content from the job sites and design offices of the most qualified and talented builders and designers in the industry to empower a global workforce with the ability to create the most advanced homes possible. Dave Marsillio Marsillio’s Appliance & TV A family-owned discount appliance and electronics store since 1948. Roberta Mancuso New England Home Connecticut Showcasing unique architecture, design & building that defines luxury homes. Paul Welte Welte Electronic Systems LLC Our mission is to be the most highly regarded and sought after experts in helping families and businesses secure their safety and property through the application of electronic detection, monitoring and notification technology.What sets us apart is our personal attention to our client’s needs. We believe strongly that our success depends on how well we treat our clients personally, as well as how well we perform technically. Pavel Kananovich Woodwell Construction Corp. Woodwell Construction Corp. is a full service carpentry and remodeling construction company, serving Westchester County New York and Fairfield County Connecticut. Our well trained carpenters offer exceptional craftsmanship in custom cabinetmaking, interior and exterior trim, complete from design to installation. MARCH 2017 | HBRA of Fairfield County | 19
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WELCOME TO OUR NEW AFFILIATE MEMBERS TD Bank Dorothy Cardillo Fine Homebuilding Magazine/ Taunton Press Justin Fink Fairfield County Bank Eugene Shreiner Tile America Diana Harper Ridgefield Supply Co. Michael Sonderman Ring’s End Mike Oliveri Ed’s Garage Doors LTD Angelo DiMeglio Eric Maar Kling Brothers Builders, LCC Kyle Kling Kory Kling We just got a lead in larchmont for a mud room and laundry room from our ad in New England Home Connecticut’s latest edition! —Karen Bradbury, Closet & storaGe ConCePts We were very excited to see the wonderful article and pictures you did about our store...and wanted to thank you because many customers came in mentioning the magazine. —Pierre and Michelle Gagnon, Couleur ProvenCe Contact Associate Publisher, Roberta Mancuso to learn how New England Home Connecticut can help generate business for your company. rmancuso@nehomemag.com | 203.530.9593 nehomemag.com 20 | HBRA of Fairfield County | MARCH 2017 BUILDER MEMBER SPOTLIGHT A ltamura Homes, LLC A home represents a lifestyle. Just like fashion focus on creating homes that incorporate the latest construction methods and designs while staying true to the time-honored craftsmanship that is the basis of who we are. We build speculative homes as well as custom homes. As a client, you have the option to work with our team to “design & build” your home or provide us with designs from others and we can build. Our goal is to provide the highest level of service Luigi Altamura About Luigi Altamura A passion for Real Estate Development & Home possible and improve on that service continuously. We go all-out to exceed the expectations of our clients. We address needs thoughtfully and in unexpected ways. Communication is the basis for a successful relationship. We value strong relationships in all areas of our business: with Clients, Subcontractors, & Vendors. Open and Honest communication creates synergy. Building is what Luigi is all about. He is involved in every step of the concept & construction phases to ensure client satisfaction and project execution. His personal satisfaction comes from making clients happy. Luigi is a graduate of Villanova University. Luigi Altamura 1200 High Ridge Road Stamford, CT 06905 (203) 861-4200 www.altamurahomes.com MARCH 2017 | HBRA of Fairfield County | 21 changes, so do the styles of homes. Our homes reflect the latest in designs, trends and technology. In the case of a Custom Build project, we will work with you to create a Lifestyle that fits your needs and desires. We are passionate about what we do. Living by this principle makes every job fun for us as well as our clients! We are committed to happy customers.
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BUILDER MEMBER SPOTLIGHT A t Karp Associates, our passion for building design and creativity, attention to detail, impeccable client service and professionalism are the cornerstones of our longevity and success. Our team of professionals will listen to your objectives and deliver as outlined, on budget and on time. Renowned for our renovation and remodeling of historic homes, we emphasize architectural integrity and high caliber craftsmanship in every project. A Karp custom home is born out of a collaborative approach between our client and a hand-picked team of professionals. Our experienced oversight, on-going communication and eye for detail help to deliver a home that suits your needs, reflects your way of life and is compatible with its natural surroundings. Whether building a custom home or transforming an existing one, our trusted reputation and experience in residential design and construction allows you, our client, to live your life and leave the details and challenges of building to us. 22 | HBRA of Fairfield County | MARCH 2017 Arnold Karp is the founder of Karp Associates Inc., a Connecticut-based multifaceted firm specializing in professional construction management, real estate consulting and development, the building and development of distinguished custom homes and diverse, unique renovations. Additionally, the firm’s services have expanded to include project rescue for commercial and residential projects along with property management. Arnold Karp 16 Cross Street, New Canaan, CT, 06840 Phone: (203) 972 - 3366 E-mail: inquiries@karpassociatesinc.com Web site: www.karpassociatesinc.com Financing some of the top builders in Fairfield County. People you trust, service you expect, and products to fit your financial needs. • Construction Financing • Commercial Mortgages • Term Loans • Revolving Lines of Credit 877.431.7431 • www.fairfieldcountybank.com NMLS ID #516624 EQUAL HOUSING L E ND E R MEMBER FDIC ANNOUNCING the arrival of our new 8-story BOOMTRUCK CONNECTICUT - East Haven - Manchester - Newtown SANDY HOOK - 2 Turnberry Lane - 203-426-0030 NEW YORK - Millwood • Mold / Mildew Resistant Board • Fire Rated Board • ½” Light Weight Board • Exterior Sheathing • Metal Studs • Acoustical Ceiling Tile MARCH 2017 | HBRA of Fairfield County | 23
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MEMBER NEWS Non-Qualifed Deferrred Compensation In A Nutshell A NQDC in Action Here is an example of how an arrangement would nonqualified deferred compensation (NQDC) arrangement is simply a means of supplementing a key employee’s retirement income and providing survivor benefits. It is a contractual fringe benefit arrangement under which an employer promises to pay specified benefits to a key employee in the event of disability, retirement or other future separation from service. In other words, NQDC is an arrangement where an employer promises to pay an employee in the future for services rendered currently. Should the key employee die prior to retirement, specified amounts would be paid to the key employee’s beneficiaries. Employers use the selective fringe benefit as a part of an overall compensation package to attract, motivate and retain key employees. Since an NQDC arrangement is simply a “substitute” for, or supplement to, current compensation, it is possible to obtain a better balance between present earnings and future retirement income. The deferred benefits, instead of being paid and taxed now, are received after retirement. This maximizes the value of the key employee’s chief asset, his or her earning power, and lessens the need to personally accumulate retirement funds. Once an NQDC arrangement is adopted for one or more selected key employees and implemented by a written agreement, the employer incurs a future liability to make specified payments. It is a sound business practice to hedge this liability by establishing some type of reserve fund from which the payments can be made. Although they must be “unfunded” and employees receive only an unsecured promise from the employer, the benefit obligation may be “financed” through a planned investment strategy. Life insurance is ideally suited for this purpose and is recognized as one of the most practical and economical methods of ensuring the funds for such arrangements. Further since they provide pre-retirement salarycontinuation death benefits to the key employee’s family, life insurance can fully and instantly create the funds necessary to complete the arrangement. The income tax-free death proceeds received by the corporation will offset its after-tax cost of providing these benefits. (In some cases, the alternative minimum tax may apply.) 24 | HBRA of Fairfield County | MARCH 2017 work: Wishing to retain the services of one or more valued key employees, ABC corporation establishes an NQDC arrangement under which it agrees to pay $50,000 per year for 10 years beginning at age 65, provided the key employee remains with the corporation until retirement. If death occurs before retirement, $50,000 will be paid each year for 10 years to the key employee’s family, and in the event of death during the retirement pay-out period, any remaining payments will continue to the family or estate. To help meet its obligation, ABC purchases a life insurance policy on the key employee’s life. ABC will be the owner and beneficiary of the policy. While ABC cannot deduct the premiums it pays, the income benefits eventually paid to the key employee or his or her family can be tax deductible as payment of reasonable compensation. Benefits received by the key employee or family are taxable as ordinary income. Meanwhile, the key employee can feel secure knowing that ABC corporation has a means to help pay for future benefit payments. Advantages to the Employer For an employer, a NQDC arrangement: • Attracts talented people – High-caliber employees are always in demand. To compete successfully for new employees, employers must offer attractive compensation packages; • Retains key employees – The payment of NQDC benefits is usually contingent upon performance. For example, the employee will receive the promised retirement and death benefits only if actively employed at the time payments commence; • Is a selective fringe benefit – The employer is not required to include all employees in this program. The key employees know they are among the “chosen few” selected to participate in the program; • Is a flexible fringe benefit - An NQDC arrangement can be individually tailored to complement other salary and benefit programs. Special consideration may be given to the employee’s objectives when designing an arrangement; • Has a cost that may be predictable; and • Offers simple administration – These arrangements do not require Treasury Department approval. When established for select nonmanagement or highly compensated employees, they are not subject to many of the requirements or the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA). A one-time notification to the Department of Labor is required when it is first established; Advantages to the Employee For an employee, an NQDC arrangement offers: • Pre-retirement death benefits – An NQDC arrangement can be set up so that all or part of an employee’s salary will continue in the event of preretirement death. The death benefit provided for the employee’s family may be paid in the form of a lump sum or as salary continuation over a period of years; • Increased retirement income – The living benefits provided usually entail payments for a number of years after retirement, although it is possible to continue the payments for the lifetime of both the employee and the surviving spouse. The “ceiling” imposed on qualified plan benefits make NQDC, used to supplement other retirement and Social Security benefits, particularly attractive to highlycompensated employees; and • Greater net income -Net income from a deferred arrangement will often be greater than alternative planning methods. Recent Tax Changes Affecting NQDC Arrangements Internal Revenue Code (IRC) § 409A was enacted to govern the structure and taxation of NQDC. This code section sets forth requirements that must be met in order to receive current tax deferrals. While this fairly new tax code section in no way should deter or reduce the value of establishing a deferred compensation program, it is critical that the client (employer) work with their tax and legal advisors to ensure complete compliance with (IRC) § 409A. Due to some fairly wrongful practices by some large corporations in deceiving their employees with respect to employer-owned life insurance, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) introduced IRC § 101(j). The code provides that the death proceeds paid on an employer-owned life insurance contract will remain income tax free if certain conditions are met: • The insured (employee) must be notified and consent to having the company own the life insurance on his or her life; and • The employee must be working with the company during the 12-month period before the insured’s death; or • At the time the life contract was issued, the insured was a director or highly compensated employee with the employer (thus an owner, shareholder officer, etc). Furthermore, each year, IRS Form 8925 must be completed by the employer’s tax or legal advisor on behalf of the employer stating amongst other things: • How many people work for the employer; • The number of employees covered by life insurance policies owned by the employer; and • The total amount of insurance in force As with IRCC §409A, 101(j) and Form 8925 should not be a deterrent in establishing a well-drafted NQDC arrangement that will help the employer to attract, reward and retain talented employees. Rather, the federal government is trying to ensure that all arrangements are fairly and properly established under a more defined system and that there is fairness and transparency toward all parties involved in the arrangement. With the help of their tax and legal advisors, each employer interested in designing an NQDC arrangement can still achieve success while complying with all the guidelines without too much extra effort. Conclusion: Of the array of nonqualified key employee fringe benefit plans, a NQDC arrangement can provide significant advantages for both the employer and employee. The information provided is not written or intended as a specific tax or legal advice. Individuals are encouraged to seek advice from their own tax or legal counsel. Individuals involved in the estate planning process should work with an estate planning team, including their own personal legal or tax counsel. GERALD M. MIRRA, CLU, CHFC, RICP® Corporate Plans Retirement Strategies, LLC 120 White Plains Road Suite 601, Tarrytown, NY 10591 (914)366-8334 MARCH 2017 | HBRA of Fairfield County | 25
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BUILDER NEWS Mid-Century Modern a Magnet for Millennials, Multifamily Market I f you’ve ever seen an episode of Mad Men, then you know that drinking policies, smoking habits and gender roles in the office place have evolved significantly throughout the last 50-60 years. You might also realize that some things haven’t changed much at all, or they’ve made a huge comeback—namely, mid-century modern design. Mid-century design elements abound in a multifamily project designed by Beasley & Henley in Atlanta. The resurgence of mid-century modern has been so popular for so long— the better part of two decades—it’s not much of a resurgence anymore, according to Stephanie Henley, principal of Beasley & Henley Interior Design. “Most people don’t even recognize it anymore as mid-century modern. To them, it’s best described as simply ‘modern’ or ‘contemporary’ style,” said Henley, who served on the panel of judges for the 2016 Best in American Living Awards (BALA). Read More W E S T C H E S T E R Morning Session- Registration and Continental Breakfast 8:30 Factory Tours Begin at 9 AM • Buffet Lunch 12-1PM Afternoon Session - Registration and Buffet Lunch 12- 1PM Factory Tours Begin at 1 PM Employers Must Use New I-9 Form I n an effort to reduce errors and make it easier to complete the form on a computer, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has published a revised version of Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification. All employers are now required to use it. Employers must ensure that a Form I-9 is properly completed for every person they hire, both citizens and non-citizens. And while the changes make it easier to fill out the I-9 form online, a printable version is also available. M O D U L A R H O M E S Are you a builder having a problem finding skilled labor? Find the Solution at BUILDER DAY Friday, March 31 Tour the Factory and Learn About the Modular Advantage First-Hand! Shown is the Arlington, one of the model homes at the Westchester factory in Wingdale, NY., conveniently located 1/2 hour North of Danbury, CT. R.S.V.P. by March 24th to Lisa at 800 - 832-3888 ext 122, or online at westchestermodular.com 28 | HBRA of Fairfield County | MARCH 2017 Building Relationships That Last. Propane and Natural Gas Products! • We Plan It • We Install It • We Fill It • We Service It With over 400,000 gallons of storage, HOCON GAS has a reputation for delivering propane energy and industry expertise for more than 65 years! PROPANE SERVICES RESIDENTIAL • Cooking • Fireplaces • Generators • Grills • Heat • Hot Water • Pools • Tanks CUSTOMER SERVICE • Appliances • Installation • Propane Delivery • Expert Services PETE “Propane Pete” BATTAGLIO Senior Regional Manager, New Business Development Hocon Gas, Inc. • 6 Armstrong Rd., Shelton, CT 06484 Shelton: 203.925.0600 • Fax: 203.944.0300 Cell: 203.343.2199 • Email: pbattaglio@hocongas.com NORWALK 33 Rockland Rd. (800) 801-3835 (203) 853-1500 WATERBURY 20 Railroad Hill St. (800) 992-2242 (203) 754-7601 www.hocongas.com GUILFORD 736 Boston Post Rd. (877) 906-2500 (203) 458-2790 DANBURY 86 Payne Rd. (888) 977-6726 (203) 744-4000 TORRINGTON 2407 Winsted Rd. (888) 744-8686 (860) 626-0900 © Copyright Hocon • HOD#726-30 MARCH 2017 | HBRA of Fairfield County | 29 INDUSTRIAL DIVISION • Industrial Gases • Safety Products • Temporary Heat • Welding Supplies
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BUILDER NEWS Paradigm shift: How universal thinking can help customers understand aging in place A ging in place has a perception problem. The number of older Americans is steadily growing as the baby boomer generation ages. Yet that group has, by and large, proven reluctant to renovate their homes to accommodate eventual changes in mobility, even though many say they want to stay in their current residence for the long-term. Budget is one concern holding them back, as is the hesitance to be proactive about meeting their own future needs. Builders and remodelers can address clients’ desire to age in place while allaying their concern over the value of the related investment by broadening its scope. By shifting the focus from getting old to getting smart, builders and remodelers interviewed by Construction Dive said they can help clients understand how accessible-design features — such as shower grab bars, wider doorways and zero-step entrances — can be useful to all ages and physical conditions while boosting the value of their home. Read More Millennials, baby boomers to drive remodeling growth B aby boomers and millennials will be driving forces behind solid growth in the remodeling market that is projected through 2025, according to a new report from the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies. The residential remodeling market peaked at $340 billion in 2015, and spending is expected to grow 2% annually through 2025. However, general growth in homeownership in the coming years is likely to be weighted toward groups that are known to spend less, relatively, on home upgrades: minority owners, older owners and households without children. Boomers are expected to remodel their homes for accessibility. The share of spending by the 55-plus segment is forecast to grow from 31% of total remodeling dollars in 2005 to 56% by 2025. Millennials, who are likely to purchase existing homes requiring renovations, will focus on factors like energy-efficiency, material health and home automation, affording remodelers an opportunity to explore such niches. Read More Lumber Prices Rise to Start 2017 T he price of lumber, from framing to structural panels, has increased in recent weeks with some prices rising more than 30%. Softwood lumber prices have been relatively steady since 2014. During this period, the largest one-week price increase of framing lumber (+6.8%), as measured by the Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Index, occurred in the middle of the recent price escalation.[1] The largest one-month swing of softwood lumber during this period was 2.9% in 2014 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics Producer Price Index(PPI) (this index will not capture the recent monthly increases until the February data is released in mid-March).[2] Read More 30 | HBRA of Fairfield County | MARCH 2017 Amenities Help New Home Communities Stand Out A s home builders, developers, and land planners know, inviting amenities are pivotal to the success of new-home developments. Whether it’s a golf course, pool, or pickleball courts, recreational facilities are what make each community unique. Here are three projects that raise the bar on communal spaces with the use of unique gathering spaces such as a greenhouse, events lawn, and demonstration kitchen. Read More BEAUTY. ELEGANCE. STRENGTH. Our Aluminum Doors Will Surprise You. Ed’s Garage Doors offers a broad selection of aluminum doors that are the perfect complement to your home. Visit our showroom to see many exclusive aluminum doors on display, and talk with a design expert about our countless in-stock and custom options. Showroom Hours: Mon. – Fri.: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm Saturday: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm Evenings: By appointment Sunday: Closed 136 Water Street, Norwalk, CT 06854 203-847-1284 edsgaragedoors.com ® MARCH 2017 | HBRA of Fairfield County | 31
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SEMINARS AND TRAINING Register Online or call the HBRA office at 203-335-7008 OSHA 10 Hour Construction Monday, May 22 & Tuesday, May 23, 2017* 8:00am-2:00pm Breakfast/Registration starts at 7:30AM Rings End Educational Facility 160 Avon Street, Stratford, CT OSHA is coming to FINE you! Get ahead of them & learn what you need to know for your business and your employees. The OSHA 10hour construction training course is designed for anyone in the construction industry. Upon completion, participants will receive an OSHA construction safety and health 10-hour course completion card from the Department of Labor. OSHA 10 cards are good for 5 years. HBRA Members: $30.00 Non-Members: $60.00 *Must attend both dates in order to receive OSHA card-per federal regulation. Continental Breakfast & Lunch included both days. Payment must be received by May 8th to reserve your spot. Walk-ins will not be accepted at this course due to limited seating. Sponsored by: 32 | HBRA of Fairfield County | MARCH 2017 MEMBER BENEFITS BUSINESSES General Motors As one of the major automotive manufacturers of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), we’re pleased to extend this private offer up to $250/$500/$1000* toward the purchase or lease of most new GM vehicles to association members. Just visit your local Chevrolet, Buick or GMC dealer, choose an eligible vehicle and present your NAHB Proof of Membership form. Then stack this offer with additional current incentives from the National Fleet Purchase Program and Business Choice. Available through Jan. 2, 2018. Purchase or lease an eligible new 2016 and 2017 Buick, Chevrolet or GMC model excluding Buick Lacrosse, Regal, Verano and Cascada; Chevrolet Camaro, Impala Limited, Corvette, Sonic, Spark, Spark EV, SS, Trax, Volt; all Cadillac models. NAHB Member Advantage Discounts NAHB Member Advantage gives members an easy way to reduce expenses, maximize profits and increase efficiency. Through agreements with leading national companies, NAHB offers exclusive discounts on a variety of products and services that can benefit your business, employees and family. In the past year, members have saved over $17M through Member Advantage. For the most up-to-date information about which companies are offering discounts as well as detailed information on how to access the savings, please visit www.nahb.org/ma 22% OFF monthly access fees and more NPP offers members exclusive savings on a variety of Verizon Wireless services for business. Plus, you can also share Verizon discounts with your employees. Sign up today so your business can start saving with the nation’s largest and most reliable 4G LTE network. NPP members receive 22% OFF monthly access fees for eligible members* 25% discount on select accessories Special promotions on equipment *Corporate liable lines only. $34.99 or higher, 5–line minimum, 2 corporate lines required. *Industry eligibility requirements apply. EMPLOYEES Up to 18% OFF monthly access fees As an employee of an NPP member, you and your family are eligible for an 18% employee discount on Verizon Wireless service (15% plus 3% if you enroll in paperless billing and My Verizon). Once your company has signed up for a Verizon discount, you can access discounts on non-corporate lines. See what better looks like and save with NPP. NPP members receive Up to 18% OFF monthly access fees 25% OFF select accessories Click “Activate Discount” and follow the instructions to How to Register: Visit www.mynpp.com, select Company, then Construction, then Residential. Select HB&RA - Home Builders and Remodelers Associations from the dropdown menu, complete the enrollment and START SAVING! MARCH 2017 | HBRA of Fairfield County | 33

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HBRA VIP CIRCLE spin zoom click explore Take a virtual tour through our award-winning showroom from the comfort of your home or office. 2016-17 OFFICERS President Chris Steiner Steiner, Inc. Sr. Vice-President Anthony DeRosa DeRosa Builders Vice-President Kim DiMatteo DiMatteo Group Secretary/Treasurer Michael Church William Pitt Sotheby's Interstate + Lakeland Lumber’s Design Center is a state-of-the-art, high-end, custom showroom built in the original 1922 mill shop. It provides a gallery style setting for premium windows, doors, and hardware and our specialty, custom millwork. Our experienced representative is on hand to answer any of your questions and provide solutions to your building challenges. To learn more, contact Frank Bowron at 203-531-8050 ext 1156 fbowron@interstatelumber.com http://www.interstatelumber.com/services/designcenter-tour.html Financing some of the top builders in Fairfield County. Peter Battaglio Hocon Gas Max Bender Bender Supply Steve Berko Four Square Build & Design Ken DeLeo Doherty & DeLeo John Hertz Hertz Construction 2016-17 DIRECTORS Brian Kurtz Interstate Lumber Rob Michaud The Michaud Group Steven Roth Elevator Service Company Alex Shook Pella Commercial Michael Wood Wood Builders for over 60 years People you trust, service you expect, and products to fit your financial needs. • Construction Financing • Commercial Mortgages • Term Loans • Revolving Lines of Credit LIFE DIRECTORS Joanne Carroll JMC Resources Jerry Effren The Greyrock Companies Gary Fanali City Carting Peter Fusaro Preferred Builders 877.431.7431 • www.fairfieldcountybank.com NMLS ID #516624 EQUAL HOUSING L E ND E R MEMBER FDIC Maureen Hanley United Bank Andrew La Sala Jr. Cannondale Building & Design Michael Palumbo ERI Building & Design Nick Yanicelli Susquehanna Enterprises MEDIA SPONSOR Thank you to the following VIP Associate Members for their support in 2017. Due to their generosity the Association greatly benefits - from developing new events and educational opportunities for the membership, to keeping our lights on! FEBRUARY 2017 | HBRA of Fairfield County | 3 gas Immediate Past President Peter Gaboriault Bear Paw Builders IN THIS ISSUE Board of Directors VIP Circle Letter From The CEO Upcoming Events 8 Feb GMM 12 OSHA10 14 Luxury Home Tour 4 | HBRA of Fairfield County | FEBRUARY 2017 February General Membership Meeting Congratulations to Peter Fusaro January OSHA 10 Hour Construction Class Luxury Home Tour 2017 2017 Membership Survey 2017 Builder Event – Trade Showcase HBRA Breakfast Series – Sales Institute New Members Builder Spotlight Cornerstone Contracting Construction Management Group Member News Congratulations to HBRA member Birgit Anich of BA Staging & Interiors Perfect Provenance Celebrates Design Team Connie Cooper Designs Showcased Greenwich Builder Named Best In Fairfield County Seminars Energy Code Changes - Residential (IECC) OSHA 10 Hour Construction Builder News Labor Shortage Bucket Brigade p.3 p.3 p.6 p.7 p.8 p.10 p.12 p.14 p.16 p.16 p.16 p.18 p.22 p.24 p.26 p.26 p.27 p.27 p.28 p.29 p.30 More First-Time Buyers Boost Homebuilders p.30 New Fund to Address Labor Shortage p.31 Building Success with Happy Home Owners p.32 Member Benefits p.33 Advertising/Sponsor Pages Interstate Lumber Fairfield County Bank Hocon Elevator Service Company Ed’s Garage Doors United Bank East Haven Builders Supply CTC&G Ridgefield Supply County TV & Appliance DiMatteo Ring's End Editorial Staff Gina Calabro Publisher/Editor Clare Michalak Designer Sarah Iannarone Executive Assistant HBRA of Fairfield County 2228 Black Rock Turnpike, Suite 307 Fairfield, CT 06825 203-335-7008 hbra@buildfairfieldcounty.com www. buildfairfieldcounty.com Want to advertise? Contact the office for more information and rates. NORWALK 33 Rockland Rd. (800) 801-3835 (203) 853-1500 p.2 p.2 p.5 p.11 p.11 p.16 p.19 p.23 p.25 p.31 p.32 p.34 RESIDENTIAL • Cooking • Fireplaces • Generators • Grills • Heat • Hot Water • Pools • Tanks With over 400,000 gallons of storage, HOCON GAS has a reputation for delivering propane energy and industry expertise for more than 65 years! PROPANE SERVICES CUSTOMER SERVICE • Appliances • Installation • Propane Delivery • Expert Services PETE “Propane Pete” BATTAGLIO Senior Regional Manager, New Business Development Hocon Gas, Inc. • 6 Armstrong Rd., Shelton, CT 06484 Shelton: 203.925.0600 • Fax: 203.944.0300 Cell: 203.343.2199 • Email: pbattaglio@hocongas.com WATERBURY 20 Railroad Hill St. (800) 992-2242 (203) 754-7601 www.hocongas.com GUILFORD 736 Boston Post Rd. (877) 906-2500 (203) 458-2790 DANBURY 86 Payne Rd. (888) 977-6726 (203) 744-4000 TORRINGTON 2407 Winsted Rd. (888) 744-8686 (860) 626-0900 © Copyright Hocon • HOD#726-30 INDUSTRIAL DIVISION • Industrial Gases • Safety Products • Temporary Heat • Welding Supplies • We Plan It • We Install It • We Fill It • We Service It Building Relationships That Last. Propane and Natural Gas Products!
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MESSAGE FROM THE EXECUTIVE OFFICER Dear HBRA Members, February 28, 2017 12:00 To 2:00 Although February is a short month, it wasn’t short on planning future events and education! First up is the Legislative Night/General Membership Meeting at the DoubleTree Inn in Norwalk on March 1st. We have commitments from ten state and local legislators as of today. Let your voice be heard about the state and local issues facing the building industry and plan on attending this event. The 2nd Annual Trade Showcase is being held on March 14th at the Sheraton Stamford. This is FREE Builder Member event, presented by the Associate Council. It is a great opportunity to catch up with other builders and earn more about the products and services our Associate Members in attendance have to offer with food, drink, and fabulous prizes and giveaways. On March 3rd, we are offering an Educational seminar on the changes to the Energy Codes, sponsored by Energize CT and Ring’s End. And on March 30th and 31st, we have an OSHA 10 Construction class - this sells out fast so register quickly. The 2017 Luxury Home Tour sponsorships and advertising opportunities will be closing soon. This is an exceptional opportunity and many have already stepped up to be part of this fantastic event. Tickets will go on sale in March and proceeds will benefit two charities, one local and one national. See page 14 for info. Congratulations to the new State board members from Fairfield County and special congratulations to Peter Fusaro, the 2017 State Board Chairman. If you haven’t had an opportunity to take the membership survey, please do so. The link to the survey is on page 16! Lastly, in this issue, we have launched a new feature - The Builder Member Spotlight. Fairfield has over 160 builder members so this was our opportunity to highlight the wonderful homes they build and remodel as well as insight into their companies. If you would like to be included, please contact me or the office. As always, if you have any questions, please call the office or e-mail us at hbra@buildfairfieldcounty.com! Best, Highlights Of The 2012 IRC Code Changes The Norwalk Inn And Conference Center 99 East Ave, Norwalk, CT Sponsored by: District 8 Building Officials Cost: $12.00 (Includes Lunch) RSVP: Bill Ireland (203) 854-7760 or Wireland@Norwalkct.Org March 3, 2017 Energy Code Changes - Residential (IECC) Ring’s End Educational Facility 160 Avon Street Stratford, CT Click Here to Register Gina Calabro gina@buildfairfieldcounty.com March 30-31, 2017 OSHA10 Construction Ring's End Educational Facility 160 Avon Street Stratford, CT Click Here to Register General Membership Meeting Legislative Night DoubleTree by Hilton Norwalk 789 Connecticut Ave. Norwalk CT 06854 Click Here to Register March 1, 2017 March 14, 2017 Winter Trade Showcase (Builders Only Event) Sheraton Stamford 700 E Main Street Stamford, CT Click Here to Register April 5, 2017 General Membership Meeting Connecticut Stone 39 Larkin Street Stamford, CT Click Here to Register Upcoming Committee Meetings Luxury Home Tour Advertising Meeting February 27 - 9:30AM HBRA Office Membership Committee Meeting March 15 - 12:00PM HBRA Office 6 | HBRA of Fairfield County | FEBRUARY 2017 Golf Committee Meeting March 16 - 3:30 HBRA Office FEBRUARY 2017 | HBRA of Fairfield County | 7 HBRA NEWS February General Membership Meeting Ed’s Garage Doors and Sunshine Floors hosted the February 1st General Membership Meeting for the HBRA. Close to 140 members and guests had the opportunity to walk through the amazing displays and offerings in a connected showroom environment while enjoying an exceptional buffet, wine, craft beers and desserts and some parting gifts. There was no winner of the membership raffle – the name drawn was not in attendance, but there were many other prizes including gift certificates and gift baskets to be won. Congratulations to all of the evening winners. Executive Officer, Gina Calabro also gave a presentation on the 2017 Luxury Home Tour, a brand-new event showcasing homes in Greenwich and Darien for one weekend in April. Special thanks to RT Tata from Sunshine Floors and Rich Cunningham from Ed’s Garage Doors for hosting this fantastic event. About our hosts: Over the past 40 years, Ed’s Garage Doors has sold, installed and serviced thousands of doors and door openers in Connecticut, Westchester County and beyond. As a family-owned and operated company, they take their business personally, and listen closely to their customers and provide them with custom solutions for their homes. For more than 10 years, SunShine Floor Supplies, Inc. has proudly provided the finest materials and products to clients throughout the Northeast. This, combined with their unparalleled service and an ever-expanding inventory of pre-finished, engineered and unfinished hardwood floors, stains, finishes, supplies and tools, has propelled them as a leader in the flooring industry. With their retail store and warehouse located at 1957 Main Street, Bridgeport, CT, Sunshine Floors Supplies, Inc. has expanded their locations to include a high-end wholesale and retail showroom at 136 Water Street, Norwalk, CT and a fully-stocked supply store at 6 Cheryl Drive, Canton, CT. 8 | HBRA of Fairfield County | FEBRUARY 2017 FEBRUARY 2017 | HBRA of Fairfield County | 9
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HBRA NEWS Specializing In: Residential Elevators | Commercial Elevators | Construction Hoists Limited Use Limited Application Elevators (LULA) Vertical Platform Lifts | Inclined Lifts | Stair Lifts Dumbwaiters | Material Lifts (Vertical Reciprocating Conveyors) And all other associated Vertical Transportation Equipment Serving: Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and Eastern New York 203-757-5000 Congratulations to Peter Fusaro, 2017 State HBRA Chairman of the Board On January 24th, Peter Fusaro of Preferred Builders Inc., and a member of the HBRA of Fairfield County, was installed as the 2017 Chairman of the Board for the HBRA State association. Peter has been very involved at the state level over many years sitting on the Government Affairs committee and working with the state association CEO, Bill Ethier. Also, installed as officers that evening - Chris Nelson of Nelson Construction in Simsbury as First Vice Chairman & VP, and Eric Santini, Jr. of Santini Builders, LLC in Vernon as VP Treasurer. Nort Wheeler of Mystic River Building Company, LLC in Mystic, the 2016 Chairman of the Board, now assumes the Past President position on the board. The 2017 State Board of Directors from Fairfield County also include: Joanne Carroll, JMC Resources Michael Church, William Pitt Sotheby’s Ken DeLeo, Doherty & DeLeo Development Anthony DeRosa, DeRosa Builders Kim DiMatteo, The DiMatteo Group Steven Roth, Elevator Service Company Chris Steiner, Steiner Inc. Nick Yanicelli, Susquehanna Enterprises 10 | HBRA of Fairfield County | FEBRUARY 2017 FEBRUARY 2017 | HBRA of Fairfield County | 11 Showroom Hours: Mon. – Fri.: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm Saturday: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm Evenings: By appointment Sunday: Closed 136 Water Street, Norwalk, CT 06854 203-847-1284 edsgaragedoors.com ® www.ElevatorServiceCo.com CT Lic.# ELV. 400105 R1 - RI Lic. # 21 MA Lic.# EC-000093 Providing not one, but ALL Major Manufacturer’s Equipment BEAUTY. ELEGANCE. STRENGTH. Our Aluminum Doors Will Surprise You. Ed’s Garage Doors offers a broad selection of aluminum doors that are the perfect complement to your home. Visit our showroom to see many exclusive aluminum doors on display, and talk with a design expert about our countless in-stock and custom options. HBRA NEWS January OSHA 10 Hour Construction Class It was another sold out 10-Hour Construction class held on January 19th and 20th. This 2-day, 10-hour class teaches recognition, avoidance, abatement and prevention of safety and health hazards in workplaces. John F. Able, CSP, Occupational Safety Training Specialist from CONN-OSHA has conducted our classes, which are required in CT. Connecticut also requires re-certification every 5 years. The next OSHA 10 Construction class will be on March 30th and 31st at the Ring’s End Education facility in Stratford. Cost for HBRA members is $30pp and nonmembers are $60pp. These classes sell out fast – register here Special thanks to The DiMatteo Group and Ring’s End for sponsoring the Fairfield HBRA OSHA 10 education. 12 | HBRA of Fairfield County | FEBRUARY 2017 FEBRUARY 2017 | HBRA of Fairfield County | 13
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HBRA NEWS Top left- Karp Associates, Top Right Doherty & DeLeo , Left and Right Middle - Argus, Bottom Left and Right - Altamura Homes The HBRA Presents the Luxury Home Tour: April 21 - 23, 2017 © Tim Lee Photography The Luxury Home Tour, presented by HBRA of Fairfield County on April 21-23, 2017 is featuring the Greenwich homes by Karp Associates and Argus Development, and the Darien homes by Doherty & DeLeo Development and Altamura Homes. The tour will be Saturday and Sunday from 10AM to 5PM. Prospective buyers and visitors will be able to view these well-appointed homes and all net ticket sales will be going to two charities – PSC Partners Seeking a Cure [www.pscpartners.org] and the Fairfield County Community Foundation [http:// fccfoundation.org]. Tickets will go on sale in mid-March and will be $20 if purchased online and $25 at the door. We are planning a Friday night VIP kick-off event with food, wine tasting and music – tickets will be $75. The tour offers some amazing sponsorship and advertising opportunities. Sponsors for the tour will receive a wide variety of promotional advertising including print in CT Cottages and Gardens 14 | HBRA of Fairfield County | FEBRUARY 2017 FEBRUARY 2017 | HBRA of Fairfield County | 15 Magazine, Train Platform advertising from Fairfield to Rye NY, and recognition and advertising in the 3,000 Official Tour Guidebooks that will be distributed to all tour visitors, local businesses, and sponsors. Online promotion includes targeted Social Media Posts, Email blasts, e-Newsletter articles and a unique mobile application. Plus, the Luxury Home Tour Website accessible at ctluxuryhometour.com. The deadline to become a sponsor and to advertise in the Tour Guide Book is February 28th. For more information on advertising and sponsorship opportunities, call the HBRA office at 203-335-7008 or visit www.ctluxuryhometour.com. Our Charities: Thank you to our current Sponsors: MEDIA SPONSOR © Tim Lee Photography HBRA NEWS HBRA of Fairfield County Builder Event 2017 Membership Survey Do you attend membership meetings? What is your reason for membership? Do you currently use any Membership Benefits that save members hundreds of dollars each year from NAHB or NPP? These are just a few of the questions posed to the membership in the 2017 Membership Survey. If you haven’t already do so, please take a few moments (that’s all it takes) to answer the 15 questions on your reasons for membership and what you would like to learn more about. This information will assist the office and the committees in formulating new programs, and distributing information. Click on 2017 Membership Survey to respond to the survey. 4. Are you interested in information on the government affairs group that assists with the advocacy efforts in Hartford? Yes No March 14, 2017 6PM - 9PM 2017 HBRA of Fairfield County Membership Survey * 1. Please select all of the following that best describes your reason for membership? Education Lobbying efforts in Hartford and D.C. Networking/General Membership Meetings Events - i.e. Trade Showcase, Golf Outing, Yankee Game, etc. Memberships Benefits Other (please specify) SHERATON STAMFORD 700 E Main Street, Stamford, CT 2017 Builder Event – Trade Showcase 2. Have you attended any education sessions? i.e. OSHA10, Building Codes, ICF, Marketing Yes No 3. Are there topics you would like to see offered? On March 14th, the 2nd Annual Trade Showcase will be held at the Sheraton Stamford. Builder Members of the HBRA are invited to join us for a drink, some great food, fabulous raffle prizes, networking, and an opportunity to learn about BDX (Builders Digital Expo), the leading digital marketing company for the home building industry. BDX is owned by the building industry where their mission is to help builders sell more new homes, at higher margins, while improving builder profitability. Builders can RSVP HERE or call the HBRA office at 203-335-7008 by March 9th. This is a FREE event for Builder Members! MEET THE MOST POWERFUL BUSINESS PARTNERS IN FAIRFIELD COUNTY. This event is hosted by the Fairfield County HBRA Associate Council and is sponsored by: gas Kathryn A. Eren, VP, Cash Management Officer; Lisa Stuard, AVP Commercial Loan Administrator; Maureen Hanley-Bellitto, SVP, Commercial Team Leader; Gregory Pastor, Jr. VP, Commercial Banking Officer; Kim Karl, VP, Commercial Banking Officer; Deep community roots. Unrivaled market knowledge. Unmatched customer service. When a bank builds its commercial banking team around the values that truly make a difference in helping your business and community grow and prosper, that’s more than banking. That’s changing the way you bank. Talk to us today. Visit bankatunited.com/commercial 16 | HBRA of Fairfield County | FEBRUARY 2017 FEBRUARY 2017 | HBRA of Fairfield County | 17
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HBRA NEWS HBRA Breakfast Series – Sales Institute The HBRA of Fairfield County and Sandler Training will be launching a Sales Institute in April and May at the Rings End Educational Facility in Stratford. This sales training is designed to help discover how simple improvements to your sales cycle and close ratio can increase your team’s highest level of performance to exponentially improve your bottom line. The Sandler sales methodology fosters an attitude of leadership, rather than just emphasizing technique. Reinforcement training facilitates the development of new and empowering behaviors, attitudes, and sales skills, mapping a unique road map to lasting success. Three courses will be offered that can be taken individually or as a package. Classes are from 8AM to Noon – breakfast is provided. April 28th: Part A: Understand the 4 Personality Styles Salespeople recognize that establishing rapport with a prospect is an essential ingredient for developing a meaningful business relationship. Learn how personality affects the sales process as well as prospecting. This tool can help you and your employees learn more about personality styles, paving the way toward improved communication. Part B: Developing a Sales System Tired of providing unpaid consulting to potential customers and watching the deals go elsewhere? The Sandler sales system will be different than any other sales call you have ever done. You should hear things from your prospects that you have never heard before. You should be able to “sell” without the stress and pressure of traditional sales. May 12th: Part A: Develop Leverage When it Comes Down to Price Effective questioning strategies help move your prospects’ and customers decision forward. Learn how to ask the tough and effective questions. Part B: Why do People Make the Decisions that They do? Is your brain working for you or against you? Learn how to become a sales psychologist. Understand the barriers to success and develop tools to deal with the difficult prospect/customer. May 24th: Learn How to Separate Yourself from the Competition Tired of drawing up the plans, writing the proposal, and being told “this really isn’t what we’re thinking?” People buy emotionally and justify intellectually. People buy for two reasons – to avoid pain or to gain pleasure. Pain is 4x stronger than pleasure … so are you presenting your proposal effectively? The cost for all three courses is only $800 (normally $995), or you can pick and choose a course for $325 each. For more information, contact the HBRA office at hbra@buildfairfieldcounty or 203-335-7008. Registration will be open in March. 18 | HBRA of Fairfield County | FEBRUARY 2017 ANNOUNCING the arrival of our new 8-story BOOMTRUCK CONNECTICUT - East Haven - Manchester - Newtown NEW YORK - Millwood • Mold / Mildew Resistant Board • Fire Rated Board • ½” Light Weight Board • Exterior Sheathing • Metal Studs • Acoustical Ceiling Tile SANDY HOOK - 2 Turnberry Lane - 203-426-0030 March 1st General Membership Meeting – Legislative Night The HBRA is hosting a Legislative Night – an opportunity for the association members to dialogue with the Fairfield County’s State and Local legislators. The event will be held at the Double Tree Inn, Norwalk from 6PM to 9PM. The event is sponsored by City Carting and Recycling. The Fairfield County HBRA membership represents over 400 businesses and thousands of families and workers and is the leading voice of the homebuilding and remodeling industries in Southwestern CT. We estimate that 100 new homes will generate 324 new jobs, $21.1 million in income, and $2.6 million in revenue for local government in the year they are built; and a total of $8.9 million in taxes, fees and charges paid to all governments in the year built. With an urgency and importance unparalleled in our association’s history, we are looking to the Governor, legislature and all state and local regulators: • To reduce and streamline regulations on land development and building • To make Connecticut a more productive, attractive place to be an entrepreneur and add jobs our citizens need • To allow home builders, by removing obstacles, to provide more affordable housing to grow our economy. Confirmed Attendance as of 2/20/17: Senator Bob Duff Representative Tom O’Dea Representative Terrie Wood Senator Tony Hwang Representative Jonathan Steinberg Representative Fred Wilms Norwalk Mayor Harry Rilling Stamford Director of Economic Development, Thomas Madden Tentative: Senator Toni Boucher Representative Brenda Kupchick CLICK HERE to register to let your voice be heard. Representative Fred Camillo FEBRUARY 2017 | HBRA of Fairfield County | 19 NEW MEMBERS Welcome to the newest members of HBRA of Fairfield County! Go to www.buildfairfieldcounty.com for their contact info. Will Contento Huber Engineered Woods Scott Buddenhagen Barrington Building Co, LLC Scott J. Buddenhagen started Barrington Building Company as Managing member in 1992. Since then we have started and completed 44 luxury homes. Although most of our homes are in Westport and Weston, we have built many other homes in the surrounding areas of Wilton, New Canaan, and Farifield-Greenfield Hill area. BLUE STAR CONSTRUCTION Gus Curcio Sr Blue Star Construction Specializing in new construction and remodeling Robert Priest Burr Roofing Siding & Windows Inc. Since 1969, Burr Roofing, Siding, & Windows has been providing quality home improvement services to homeowners in Connecticut. With a complete range of roofing, siding, gutters, windows, doors, and deck building services available, we have the solutions you need for your home. Matt Orsaia Complete Dismantling Services, LLC A “class a” demolition contractor serving fairfield and new haven counties. Complete dismantling services is reliable and thorough. We pride ourselves on our strong work ethic and keep safety a top priority WELCOME TO OUR NEW AFFILIATE MEMBERS Keith Domack Elevator Service Company Amber Wilder Elevator Service Company 20 | HBRA of Fairfield County | FEBRUARY 2017 John Intravia Oxford Lumber Peter Rogers Oxford Lumber Thor Vanderblue Tallman Segerson Builders LLC Tallman Segerson Builders is a high-end custom building company specializing in new homes, additions and renovations in Connecticut, New York and beyond. With over 40 years in Fairfield County, our rich heritage isn’t to be understated – and discerning homeowners and leading architects have come to rely on Tallman Segerson for exquisite attention to detail and comprehensive knowledge of master home-building. Founded in 1883, the J.M. Huber Corporation has grown to be one of the largest family-owned companies in the U.S. We’re now a global company with approximately 4,000 employees in more than 20 countries. We are guided by a spirit of creativity and innovation that transforms ideas into products that meet the challenges of an evolving world. And we do all this while honoring a commitment to the Huber Principles: Chris Radford HydroShield of Southern Connecticut HydroShield of Southern Connecticut is a family owned business based out of Ridgefield Connecticut. HydroShield has established itself as an industry leader in surface protection and restoration. We work with windows, shower glass enclosures, granite countertops, natural stone, porcelain and tile and grout. Leia T. Ward LTW Design LLC LTW Design was created to help homeowners stage their properties for a faster sale at top market value. We understand how important it is for buyers to emotionally connect with a space. Our extensive inventory of luxury furnishings combined with our lifestyle design approach allow us to ‘tell a story’ that brings the imagination and emotional component needed for buyers to envision themselves living in a home. Once that emotional connection is made, homes sell faster and for a higher price. FEBRUARY 2017 | HBRA of Fairfield County | 21
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BUILDER MEMBER SPOTLIGHT Cottagesgardens.Com | sePtemBer 2016 F ounded in 1992, CORNERSTONE Contracting’s mission is to build extraordinary custom homes. Our team is dedicated to consistently exceeding each client’s demanding expectations with incomparably high standards supported by our unique client-focused, on-site management approach. It’s what separates CORNERSTONE from other contractors. CORNERSTONE is proud to an exceptional home at an acceptable price. Our Projects, often complex and challenging, attest to this expertise. Our Clients entrust CORNERSTONE with their important construction projects and are enthusiastic about the results. We have a long term commitment with many of our clients beyond their original project and continue to provide services to them, and often times their children, on multiple projects over the years. Our Team of Project Managers and Construction Managers George Pusser celebrate its 25th Anniversary and the outstanding portfolio of work it has achieved. With over ninety custom projects completed, our exceptional talent and diversity has earned us projects for New York City Apartments, Family Compounds, Poolhouses, Barns and Recreational Buildings. We have been featured in Architectural Digest, luxe interiors and design, Period Homes, Beautiful Homes and Greenwich Magazine among many other publications. CORNERSTONE Contracting is a dynamic construction company, enthusiastic about our projects, selective about those we undertake, creative in finding solutions, and committed to providing the personnel, service, and technology to ensure success. We value our teamwork with Clients, Architects, Interior Designers, Engineers, and various Consultants and recognize their importance in the construction process. CORNERSTONE’s work continues to be defined by superior craftsmanship, attention to detail, technical ability, outstanding project management, organization, and coordination, and excellent value. Our process ensures that we consistently deliver 22 | HBRA of Fairfield County | FEBRUARY 2017 (many of whom are Master Carpenters and Cabinetmakers) are highly talented and experienced. Most of them have worked with us for fifteen or more years and have completed multiple projects. By employing our own crews, CORNERSTONE is best able to control quality, budget, and schedule. Our team works with a firm determination and is willing to go to any length to bring the project to completion. CORNERSTONE builds teams who build homes, and we can build your dream home too. Distinguished Awards 2016 Best of the United States U.S. Builders Review Award 2016 Fairfield Small Family Owned Business Award 2014 HOBI Award 2012 Best of Year Finalist I.D. Magazine Award 2011 Westchester Award 2009 and 2015 Palladio Award George Pusser 301 Valley Rd Cos Cob CT 06807 (203) 861-4200 www.cornerstone-builders.com FEBRUARY 2017 | HBRA of Fairfield County | 23 Classic Roots Celebrating Connecticut design Icons connecticut cottages & gardens september 2016 cottagesgardens.com Architect: Vita Design Group Our New Showroom Architect: Vita Design Group BUILDER MEMBER SPOTLIGHT At Ridgefield Supply is Opening in the Spring of 2017 Architect: Andrew Nuzzi Architects Architect: Andrew Nuzzi Architects C This year, Construction Management Group is taking that onstruction Management Group, LLC (www.cmgbuilder.com) is an award winning full service building firm specializing in residential and commercial projects. Founded by Salvatore Zarrella in 2005 and based in New Canaan, Connecticut, Construction Management Group has an unwavering commitment to our clients’ satisfaction, from our first consultation to the final walk through of a project. While only 42 years old, Salvatore is entering his third decade in the construction industry and has nurtured a diverse background with extensive hands-on experience in a variety of trades including millwork, carpentry, stone fabrication and the design of mechanical systems Construction Management Group is the top Fairfield County Salvatore Zarrella firm in leading the movement on the exciting building concept called Passive House. In 2011, Salvatore was part of the early group of builders, architects and engineers in the United States to study at the Passive House Institute (U.S) and now fully experienced and knowledgeable about this amazing building standard. 24 | HBRA of Fairfield County | FEBRUARY 2017 knowledge and passion to start construction on two new Passive Houses, the first in the City of Stamford, Connecticut. One is a transitional farmhouse and the other is a modern (featured above), both will set on the same subdivision. These two homes will be revolutionary builds and will set a new high standard for energy efficient home building in the Fairfield County area. Our firm is a proud member of the HBRA, New York Passive House Organization and the Stamford 2030 District. Construction Management Group are the 2014 winners of the HOBI award for Best Custom Home (5000 SF – 6000 SF), Best In Town Custom Home, and Best New Construction Technology. Since Salvatore Zarrella 58 Pine Street New Canaan CT 06840 203-966-3388 www.cmgbuilder.com 29 Prospect Street, Ridgefield, CT 203.438.2626 www.ridgefieldsupply.com Mon. - Fri. 7 - 4 • Sat. 8 - 4 • Closed Sunday 1883 LUMBER • BUILDING MATERIALS • WINDOWS • DOORS • MILLWORK • HARDWARE • PAINT FEBRUARY 2017 | HBRA of Fairfield County | 25 We Will Be Featuring an Extensive Display Showcase of Andersen® Windows & Doors
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MEMBER NEWS Congratulations to HBRA member Birgit Anich of BA Staging & Interiors Birgit was presented with the 2017 Top 10 Professional Stager in the US - Vacant Homes Staging Award. on January 20th during the Annual Awards Banquet during the RESACON Convention organized by Real Estate Staging Association® (RESA®) in Las Vegas. The RESA is the trade association for Professional Real Estate Stagers and Redesigners. The RESA Awards are the most prestigious awards in the Real Estate Staging Industry. BA Staging & Interiors believes that there is a profound connection between the beauty of wellstaged homes and the happiness of home buyers They are the only real estate staging company in Fairfield County that displays a unique staging design for new construction, making homes memorable for potential buyers. The Perfect Provenance Celebrates Design Team The Perfect Provenance celebrated its design team as well as its recent HOBI Award victory at a party for friends, family, and area industry professionals. General contractors, Murphy Brothers Contracting received the 2016 HOBI Award for Best Adaptive Reuse (commercial) from the Connecticut Home Builders and Remodelers Association. Located at 47 Arch Street in the part of the historic streetscape in downtown Greenwich, the Perfect Provenance is a unique shopping destination with its art gallery + boutique + 47 Café combination. “The clients presented us with the challenge of restoring the building and to create an art inspired luxury concept store and café,” said architect Nancy Lovas of Lovas + Tomasetti Architects. The awardwinning design team included interior designer, Frances Wilson and landscape designer, Ron Wendt. The building is a beautiful example of Queen Anne Victorian architecture. “We are proud to be recognized for the restoration of our building and celebrating the provenance of its heritage”, said owner, Lisa Lori. “We hope that visitors will be able to enjoy it for many years to come”. Connie Cooper Designs Showcased at Farrow and Ball On January 19th, Farrow and Ball hosted an event at their 396 Post Road East, Westport location to showcase the window design by Connie Cooper of Connie Cooper Designs. Many of the attendees were HBRA members showing support for Connie’s work. The purpose was to spread awareness about HIV and AIDS, Partnering with DIFFA, the Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS, the window was unveiled on December 1, which was World AIDS Day. “My space was imagined as the personal office of a doctor who travels the world helping those with AIDS. She is home for the holidays but still focused on her critical work. I was even able to find an antique doctor’s bag that was filled with all sorts of vintage medical tools and apparatus from 1948,” said Cooper. The HOBI Awards are the most prestigious awards presented annually by the HBRA-CT, a Connecticutbased association of construction professionals recognizing excellence in design, construction, sales and marketing, and financing by members of the organization. “Award-winning projects are always the result of teamwork.” Said Chris Murphy, President of Murphy Brothers Contracting. “We were blessed to be a part of an outstanding team!” Murphy Brothers Contracting is a general contracting firm owned and operated by Greenwich residents, Chris and Sean Murphy. Greenwich Builder Named Best In Fairfield County In addition to winning a home-industry award that helped Greenwich dominate the annual competition, brothers Anthony and Michael DeRosa, who co-own DeRosa Builders, saw their company named the best builder in Fairfield County for 2016. Anthony DeRosa said despite their ages, he and his brother represent plenty of industry experience in their five-year-old firm. At 19, DeRosa owned his own construction company straight out of high school, and he often sought help from his brother. In pursuit of a more stable job, Anthony DeRosa found a project manager position in Greenwich as his brother held down an insurance job in Manhattan. “My boss had the foresight to get out of the business in 2008 and sold his company to me and another guy,” Anthony DeRosa said. “We were always busy and 26 | HBRA of Fairfield County | FEBRUARY 2017 made good connections. After six or seven years in Greenwich, we were embedded in the local network.” The business partners separated in 2010, said DeRosa, who moved on to owning his own company again. His brother’s corporate background turned out to be just what the fledgling firm needed, and the two went into business together. In a town full of longtime building companies, the brothers quickly gained a reputation, DeRosa said. “We were young when we started, and we were building multimillion-dollar houses. That made people wonder, ‘Who are these new guys?’” he said. “After only a year, people were coming up to us and saying, ‘Oh, you’re DeRosa Builders,’ and we wondered how they knew about us.” Read More FEBRUARY 2017 | HBRA of Fairfield County | 27 SEMINARS AND TRAINING Register Online or call the HBRA office at 203-335-7008 Energy Code Changes - Residential (IECC) Friday, March 3rd 8:00AM - 12:00PM Registration begins at 7:45AM Learn more about the 2012 IECC and Chapter 11 of the 2012 IRC. The training will cover the residential requirements of the 2012 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) which is the same as Chapter 11 of the 2012 International Residential Code (IRC). Both became effective on October 1, 2016 with the adoption of the 2016 Connecticut State Building Code. It will also cover the thermal and air leakage requirements of the building envelope including fenestration, insulation requirements for the mechanical systems, testing requirements of the thermal envelope and the air distribution system, and other system requirements. REScheck will be discussed as a compliance document for the submission with the application for a building permit. The session will also have an example showing one way to meet the requirements of the code along with the accompanying sample REScheck. HBRA Members: $10.00 Non-Members: $25.00 Presenter: Fred Wajcs Fred Wajcs is an Energy Code Consultant located in South Windsor, Connecticut and is a licensed Professional Engineer. He has over 45 years of experience in public works administration, engineering, economic development and customer relations with electric and gas utilities. He has previously served on ASHRAE committees and is a current member of Connecticut’s Codes and Standards Committee. He is an active member of the Connecticut Chapter of the American Institute of Architects and the Connecticut Chapter of ASHRAE. Register Online or call the HBRA office at 203-335-7008 OSHA 10 Hour Construction Thursday, March 30 & Friday, March 31, 2017* 8:00am-2:00pm Breakfast/Registration starts at 7:30AM Rings End Educational Facility 160 Avon Street, Stratford, CT OSHA is coming to FINE you! Get ahead of them & learn what you need to know for your business and your employees. The OSHA 10hour construction training course is designed for anyone in the construction industry. Upon completion, participants will receive an OSHA construction safety and health 10-hour course completion card from the Department of Labor. OSHA 10 cards are good for 5 years. HBRA Members: $30.00 Non-Members: $60.00 *Must attend both dates in order to receive OSHA card-per federal regulation. Continental Breakfast & Lunch included both days. Payment must be received by March 24th to reserve your spot. 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BUILDER NEWS More First-Time Buyers Boost Homebuilders Steven Blitz Labor Shortage Bucket Brigade Vincent Aviani There’s a bucket brigade being formed throughout the building industry. This determined group has assembled to extinguish the fire that is the construction industry’s labor shortage. Over the past few years, individuals, corporations, lobbyists, and associations have coordinated their efforts to address the problem. “[During the recession,] I was going to various governors and lieutenant governors warning there was a growing lack of labor in the building industry and that this would slow any hope of an economic recovery,” says Gerald Howard, chief executive officer of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). “But they had bigger fish to fry then. Now I talk with roughly 150 people a day about this crisis, and you know what? They are all listening intently.” More than two-thirds of construction firms in nearly every state are having trouble finding skilled labor, according to a survey by The Pew Charitable Trusts. “Every single person is important to forming a solution,” Howard says. “We not only want to rebuild the industry, we want to also build a better society in the process.” While the sentiment may sound lofty, the NAHB, along with the Home Builders Institute (HBI), is aiming to replenish the construction industry’s labor pool by targeting three specific groups: immigrants, former military personnel, and ex-offenders. Read More Recent volatility in monthly housing starts data, including December, merely functions to revert starts to trend -- and the underlying trend remains up. The trend rises now mostly for single-family construction and is generally weakening for multifamily. This is not an altogether odd mix considering the rent/buy calculation favors buy when, at last, millennials entering prime home-buying age just when the expansion has raised employment levels and income enough to support eligibility for mortgage credit. The upshot is a strong year for single-family home construction, most notably for homes to be sold to first-time buyers. A number of builders of new homes, such as DR Horton (DHI) , have shifted market strategy in the past several years towards first-time buyers and away from moveup purchasers, which was the support of housing during the early years of the recovery. That’s a move, I would argue, that still has a fair amount of tailwind to it, and this should increase in the coming year. A number of analysts believe higher mortgage rates may quash demand, but this ignores the why of rising rates. If, as I have written before, rates are rising because of improved growth, real and expected, and this is carrying the equity market higher as well, there is more reason to believe home buying accelerates. Read More 30 | HBRA of Fairfield County | FEBRUARY 2017 New Fund to Address Labor Shortage The housing industry has created the Skilled Labor Fund to address the lack of skilled labor entering the residential construction field. NAHB, the National Housing Endowment, the National Kitchen + Bath Association, the National Association of the Remodeling Industry and SGC Horizon announced the new fund during the Builders’ Show in Orlando. The fund will be launched with the support of SGC Horizon, parent company of Professional Builder and Professional Remodeler magazines. The fund will be used to attract and train skilled labor for the residential construction market by providing scholarships for students to attend accredited training schools and training facilities across the country. According to the latest data from the 2015 American Community Survey, the median age of owner-occupied homes nationwide is 37 years. The age of housing stock is not evenly distributed across the United States. Among the states, New York has the oldest homes with a median age of 57, followed by Massachusetts at 53 years. The median age of homes in the District of Columbia, which is entirely urban, is 75 years. The newest homes are in the West. The median age of homes in Nevada is only 20, followed by Arizona where half of all owner-occupied homes were built in the last 24 years. Older houses are less energy-efficient than new construction and ultimately will require remodeling and renovation in the future. THE SMART CHOICE For Making Your Dream Kitchen A Reality SMART HOME CONTROL THERMADOR SUBZERO / WOLF GE MONOGRAM ...and more BEST SERVICE AT THE GUARANTEED BEST PRICE In-Store And Online 2770 Summer Street • Stamford, CT 06905 203-327-2630 STORE HOURS: MON & THURS: 9AM-9PM | TUES, WED, FRI & SAT: 9AM-6PM | SUN: 11AM-5PM www.countytv.com FEBRUARY 2017 | HBRA of Fairfield County | 31 Building Success with Happy Home Owners MEMBER BENEFITS Happy home owners are the No. 1 referral source for home builders and remodelers. Companies that forget to keep that top of mind are in for a bumpy ride, presenter Ed Earl of Priority One Projects told attendees at an educational session during the 2017 NAHB International Builders’ Show. “Quality construction does not guarantee a happy home owner, because your home owner is going to focus on the construction process rather than the final product,” Earl said. “The home owner is part of the project, and [he or she] is the best source of your new business.” We need to communicate effectively and make sure to manage expectations,” Earl said. It does not matter how many DIY cable shows the average home owner watches, or maybe because of them, the average home owner “doesn’t understand construction on a fundamental level. They don’t understand it’s a process. You can’t go and buy a kitchen in a box from Amazon.” Continually managing customers’ expectations and ensuring they understand the meaning and impact of change orders will save them a lot of heartache and bad feelings, he said. Learn each customer’s communication preferences, including which channels and how often. Sometimes it’s one long email at the end of the day, or a series of texts throughout the day, and for others it’s speaking by phone. Make sure you find a method that works for the customer. No matter what the form of communication, document everything. “A group text is great for a lot of conversations,” Earl said, “and a way to get husbands and wives on the same page, but make sure you get a screenshot of the conversation and put it in your records.” Investing in a cloud-based construction management system is a great customer service tool because your home owner can log in and see the progress, view photos and see what’s on the schedule. Audio recordings of IBS education sessions, like Building Happy Home Owners, can be purchased on nahb.org. Look no further for an insurance agent who can work with you to design an insurance portfolio just right for your business. If you engage in construction or remodeling of one or two family residences in CT then I want to talk to you. Our construction insurance program includes: • General Liability • • • Property Business Auto Inland Marine • Workers Compensation • Umbrella • Builders Risk Kim Marie DiMatteo, CIC, MWCA I have been in the construction insurance business since 1992. I know the markets, the products, and what’s right for you. Call me today to schedule a convenient appointment. Save on Your Next Truck Purchase During Ram Truck Month! When your business depends on your truck, you need something that can handle the job. Keep your business moving with the strength and reliability of Ram® trucks. Built to fit your business, it’s designed to be comfortable while you outwork the rest. Now during Ram Truck Month combine your $500 cash allowance from NAHB and FCA US LLC for even bigger savings. Find out more about the $500 cash allowance for members, employees and family members and access your NAHB Proof of membership form at NAHB.org/fca. NAHB Members Benefit with Houzz 25,000+ NAHB members are taking advantage of the strategic alliance with Houzz to showcase their work, build their brand, and reach new clients. Are you? 79 Bridgeport Ave, Shelton, CT 06484 | 203.924.5429 | www.dimatteogrp.com 32 | HBRA of Fairfield County | FEBRUARY 2017 NAHB Member Benefits Include: • Free access to Houzz Concierge Service for one-on-one support • Exclusive discounts on local advertising to reach homeowners in your area • Shop Houzz product discounts for you and your clients Create your professional profile today or learn more at houzz.com/nahbmembers. FEBRUARY 2017 | HBRA of Fairfield County | 33 10% OFF disaster recovery solutions Green Cloud Technologies offers affordable backup and disaster recovery solutions to protect your most important asset – your data. Save 15% OFF Any Package NPP is proud to partner with RingCentral, a world leader in cloud business communications. Now NPP members can elevate their phone system and save 15% on RingCentral Office® Standard, Premium or Enterprise packages with a money-back guarantee**. NAHB Member Advantage Discounts NAHB Member Advantage gives members an easy way to reduce expenses, maximize profits and increase efficiency. Through agreements with leading national companies, NAHB offers exclusive discounts on a variety of products and services that can benefit your business, employees and family. In the past year, members have saved over $17M through Member Advantage. For the most up-to-date information about which companies are offering discounts as well as detailed information on how to access the savings, please visit www.nahb.org/ma How to Register: Visit www.mynpp.com, select Company, then Construction, then Residential. Select HB&RA - Home Builders and Remodelers Associations from the dropdown menu, complete the enrollment and START SAVING!

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HBRA VIP CIRCLE 2016 ANNUAL SPONSORS 2016 Annual Sponsors Elite Diamond Platinum gas Gold Thank you to the folllowing VIP Associate Members for their support in 2016. Due to their generosity the Association greatly benefits - from developing new events and educational opportunities for the membership, to keeping our lights on! HBRA Board of Directors 2016-17 Officers BuildingConnections The Digital Magazine of the Fairfield County HBRA President Sr. Vice-President Vice-President Chris Steiner Steiner, Inc. Anthony DeRosa DeRosa Builders Kim DiMatteo The DiMatteo Group Secretary/ Treasurer Michael Church William Pitt Sotheby’s Immediate Past President Peter Battaglio Max Bender Steve Berko Ken DeLeo John Hertz Brian Kurtz Rob Michaud Steven Roth Alex Shook Michael Wood Joanne Carroll Jerry Effren Gary Fanali Peter Fusaro Maureen Hanley Andrew La Sala Jr. Michael Palumbo Nick Yanicelli Peter Gaboriault Bear Paw Builders 2016-17 Directors Hocon Gas Bender Supply Four Square Build & Design Doherty & DeLeo Hertz Construction Interstate Lumber The Michaud Group Elevator Service Company Pella Commercial Wood Builders Life Directors JMC Resources The Greyrock Companies City Carting Preferred Builders United Bank Cannondale Building & Design ERI Building & Design Susquehanna Enterprises HBRA Staff Gina Calabro Executive Officer Deanna Hiller Executive Assistant HBRA of Fairfield County 2228 Black Rock Turnpike Suite 307 Fairfield, CT 06825 203-335-7008 hbra@buildfairfieldcounty.com www. buildfairfieldcounty.com Want to advertise? Contact the office for more information and rates. Page: 6-7 New Members 8-12 COVER STORY: 2016 Clambake 13 14 16 17 18 19 21 23 Inside this issue... Event: Yankee vs. Red Sox Game Event: NAHB Area 1 Caucus NEW CT Building Codes - October 1st Resolution for A Better Connecticut - GA Committee 17 Member News: Murphy Brothers Contracting hit 100,000 photo saves on Houzz.com NEWS: Economists Forecast Continued Growth September is Associate Appreciation Month! 6 Home-Building Technologies of the Future 22 Member News: County TV & Appliance: at 65, More Successful than Ever NEWS: The Dotted Line: How to negotiate the construction bidding process and avoid a ‘real nightmare’ 25-26 HBRA Training How to Attain Healthy, Sustainable Homes and Change the Home Building Experience Forever OSHA 10 Hour Construction Regular Features Page: 4 5 27-29 13 15 16 18 18 20 21 22 23 24 Back Cover Executive Officers Message Upcoming Events Member Benefits Sponsors/Advertisers Please visit our Sponsors Interstate+Lakeland Lumber CT C&G Hocon Gas East Haven Builders Supply The DiMatteo Group Fairfield Family Physicians Ridgefield Supply Elevator Service Company United Bank Fairfield County Bank Ring’s End September 2016 | HBRA of Fairfield County | 3
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HB RA Home Builders & Remodelers Assn. Fairfi eld County Dear HBRA Members, Mark down another stellar event for 2016 - the General Membership Meeting Clambake/BBQ! It was a beautiful evening on the Fairfield beach. The food was great and the networking tremendous. Special thanks to Jon Small of Marlin Electric and Yuriy Maklyan of Gold Coast Property Maintenance for once again hosting this phenomenal event. If you didn’t make this one this year be sure to sign up early next year as this is fast becoming a sold out event! The next BIG EVENT is the Yankee vs. Red Sox Game and pre-game dinner on Arthur Avenue on September 29th. One bus sold out at the end of July so we added ANOTHER ONE! This event is sponsored by City Carting, United Bank and William Pitt Sotheby’s. Tickets are limited so get them quick -- it is going to be a FANtastic time! The October General Membership Meeting will be held at Giovanni’s in Darien on October 5th sponsored by United Bank. Peter Gioia from the CT Business and Industry Association (CBIA) will be the evening speaker. The topic - CT Economic Forecast. Seminars and Training are starting up again September: September 20th - Your Next Home Will be Built Out of Styrofoam! How to Attain Healthy, Sustainable Homes and Change the Home Building Experience Forever, at the Ring’s End Educational Facility from 8:00am to 10:00am. The next OSHA 10 class will be October 27 & 28. Membership is growing! As of this issue we are now at 385 members and averaging 110 members at our networking events. If you haven’t been to a HBRA event lately, it’s time to register! 2016 has been a great year so far-- wait until you see what we have in store for 2017! Be sure to check out the member benefits pages. Our members have been saving thousands of dollars on these programs - you should too! As always, if you have any questions, please call the office or email us at hbra@buildfairfieldcounty.com! Best, A Message from the Executive Officer Gina Calabro gina@buildfairfieldcounty.com “Every man owes a part of his time and money to the business or industry in which he is engaged. No man has a moral right to withhold his support from an organization that is striving to improve conditions within his sphere.” --Theodore Roosevelt 4 | HBRA of Fairfield County | September 2016 September 20, 2016 October 21, 2016 Your Next Home Will be Built Out of Styrofoam! How to Attain Healthy, Sustainable Homes and Change the Home Building Experience Forever 7:30am-10:00am Rings End Educational Facility 160 Avon Street, Stratford FREE to Members / $40 - Non-members Click Here to Register September 29, 2016 Yankee Game/Pre-Game Dinner on Arthur Avenue Tickets- $180/pp Bus Leaves 3:30 – Westport Commuter Lot – Exit 18 off I95 Register by Friday, Sept. 15, 2016 Click Here to Register October 5, 2016 General Membership Meeting CT Economic Forecast with Peter Goia at Giovanni’s 2748 Boston Post Rd, Darien 6:00pm - 9:00pm $50 - Members $100/ Non- Members Click Here to Register NAHB Area 1 Caucus 11:00 am-4:15pm Ashworth by the Sea 295 Ocean Boulevard, Hampton Beach, NH $40 - Members RSVP by October 14th to eric@hbracentralct.com October 27 & 28, 2016 OSHA 10 Hour Construction 7:45am-2:00pm Rings End Educational Facility 160 Avon Street, Stratford $30 - Members / $60 - Non-members Click Here to Register November 2, 2016 General Membership Meeting Closet & Storage Concepts 356 Ely Ave, Norwalk 6:00pm - 9:00pm $20 - Members $40/ Non- Members Click Here to Register November 16, 2016 2016 HOBI Awards Aqua Turf Club, Plantsville Details to Follow September 2016 | HBRA of Fairfield County |5
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Welcome to the newest members of HBRA of Fairfield County! Go to www.buildfairfieldcounty.com for their contact info. Fairfield County Bank Insurance Services A comprehensive array of commercial insurance products to help you manage your exposures to loss, including: • Workers’ Compensation • General Liability • Property • Business Owners Policy • Marine • Business Automobile • Business Interruption • Umbrella Liability • Professional Liability • Directors and Officers Liability • Employment Practices Liability • Environmental Liability • Bonds • Builder’s Risks Members: Scott Cronin John Czel Fairfield Family Physicians, LLC CT House Calls We provide top-quality medical care to our patients in a convenient location, at a price that’s affordable to everyone. Anything requiring more comprehensive care than can be handled by our providers can be referred to one of our specialty consultants. This list is continually growing as we find and partner with the finest doctors in your area. In 2015, House Calls & Virtual Visits began making house calls with a mission to personalize and improve health care in Connecticut. We provide the highest quality care to our cherished patients where and when it is convenient for them, and we bring it at an affordable price. Member: Dr. Lee Forest Miller Constructors Miller Constructors supplies and installs interior trim, millwork and custom cabinetry and guarantees that we will finish the job On Time with Quality. Member: Steve Miller We can take care of all the logistics so the GC or homeowner can focus on the rest of the job. 6 | HBRA of Fairfield County | September 2016 Welcome to the newest members of HBRA of Fairfield County! Go to www.buildfairfieldcounty.com for their contact info. Kling Brothers Builders, LLC We have completed numerous residential and commercial projects including: custom built homes, custom additions and alterations, kitchen and bath remodeling.Kling Brothers also offers both residential and commercial property management services, as well as a Small Jobs and Repair Division. All our projects demonstrate a focus on attention to detail, high quality workmanship and a strong work ethic. Member:Keith Kling Stellar Homes, LLC At Stellar homes we take pride in each and every home we build. Our houses are built with the finest materials and architectural design. We pride ourselves on the exceptional details throughout each home, with beautiful custom finishes. Let us redefine how you see luxury. Member: David Cacace MLR Properties,LLC Family owned and operated, we perform all levels of building and remodeling. We offer start-to-finish solutions for every project. We also offer full design services. We specialize in new home construction, interior or exterior home renovations, including bathroom and kitchen remodeling, home additions, garages and more! Member: Megan Robertson We guarantee high-quality construction for each and every project. September 2016 | HBRA of Fairfield County | 7
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OCTOBER 21, 2016 AREA 1 CAUCUS Join Builders, Remodelers, Associates and EO’s & Staff to learn, share and network October 21, 2016 11:30 am - 4:30 pm $40 per person Location Ashworth by the Sea 295 Ocean Boulevard Hampton Beach, NH Call 603-926-6762 for room reservations 9:00 – 11:30 EO and Staff training with Shari Pash 11:00 – 11:30 Registration 11:30 – 12:15 Lunch 12:15 – 1:05 Will Nash, BDX 1:15 – 2:00 Dr. Mary Burke, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston 2:15 – 3:05 Christie Morgan, BDX 3:15 – 4:30 Area 1 Business, Federal Legislative Update, NAHB Senior Officer Update • DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION OF YOUR CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE As the interactive online experience becomes more prevalent in other industries new home shoppers are increasing their appetite for a more immersive online experience. Do you know if you are meeting the expectations of today's shoppers? This session will showcase how other industries are using technology to transform the entire customer experience and demonstrate how we can apply these lessons to the home building industry. Presented by Will Nash, BDX • HOME BUYER INSIGHTS... UNDERSTANDING TODAY’S HOME BUYERS What if you could get inside the minds of today’s home buyers to better understand what motivates them, what inspires them, and what leads them to take action? Hear about the latest home buyer research and how it will impact your approach and messaging. Presented by Christie Morgan, BDX • NEW ENGLAND ECONOMIC UPDATE Federal Reserve Bank of Boston economist to deliver an in-depth presentation on New England regional economic conditions and related housing market trends. • NAHB GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS UPDATE Update on federal issues that affect home builders, remodelers and home building industry suppliers. • NAHB SENIOR OFFICER UPDATE NAHB Chairman, Ed Brady update on NAHB Federation Issues. • AREA 1 BUSINESS State updates, Issues roundtable and the nomination and election of 2017/2018 Area 1 National Area Chair SPECIAL SESSIONS FOR EO’s AND STAFF • Recruitment & Retention for a strong membership foundation • Engaging the Disengaged member Name: Name: Name: Name: Name: Phone: RSVP BY OCTOBER 14 , 2016 Amount of: Billing Address for Credit Card: City: State: Signature: Contact Company: Email Address: To reserve a room please call 603-926-6762 reference NAHB Group Thursday night ($129), Friday night ($159). Rooms released on 9/30/16.  Check Enclosed (checks made out to: NAHB Area 1)  Charge My:  Master Card  VISA  American Express Cardholder Name (Print): Card Number: - - - 14| HBRA of Fairfield County |September 2016 Contact Eric Person 860-563-4212 eric@hbracentralct.com Register online at: www.hbracentralct.com/events Return form with payment to the HBRA of Central Connecticut, Inc., 2189 Silas Deane Hwy., Rocky Hill, CT 06067. Phone: 860-563-4212. You may also fax to 860-563-3709 or email to eric@hbracentralct.com SORRY! No cancellations unless received more than 48 hours prior to event. No-shows will be billed. Exp. Date: ____ /_____ CVV Zip: If They Build It… A t ctc&g, we spend our days in the most beautiful homes in Connecticut and celebrate the architects and designers who make them dazzle. We are always mindful, however, of the incredible job done by the builders in our state, and Editorial Director D.J. Carey and I have often discussed how to give them the recognition that they deserve. ■ Now we have the answer! ■ CTC&G is proud to be the exclusive media sponsor for the Home Builders & Remodelers Association of the CT HOBI Awards—the largest and most successful builder awards program in the country. “The HOBI Awards is Connecticut’s most prestigious recognition of excellence in home construction, home technology, sales and marketing, home financing and community service,” said HOBI Awards producer Joanne Carroll, “and the 23rd annual awards presentations will take place on Wednesday, November 16, when more than 750 housing-industry professionals will gather at the Aqua Turf Club in Southington.” ■ D.J. Carey added: “Often it is the craftsmanship of the builder that makes the houses we feature stunning, so I am thrilled to highlight their work in our January 2017 issue.” ■ Stay tuned and be sure to check out cottagesgardens.com/2016hobi for coverage of the awards. ■ See you there! Marianne Howatson CEO/Publication Director mhowatson@cottagesgardens.com Award-winning work from the 2015 HOBI Awards includes an entry stairway by Alpha Building & Construction; a kitchen by Blansfield Builders; and an exterior by Brindisi & Yaroscak. September 2016 | HBRA of Fairfield County | 15 PHOTOGRAPH BY DOREEN BIRDSELL
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NEW CT Building Codes Intended Effective Date October 1 The Department of Administrative Services, Office of the State Building Inspector, in conjunction with the Codes & Standards Committee, is announcing its intent to adopt a new building code to be titled the 2016 Connecticut State Building Code. This code will adopt the 2012 ICC family of code. The 2016 Connecticut State Building Code will adopt the following national model codes, as amended in the 2016 Connecticut State Building Code: • 2012 International Code Council (ICC) International Building Code • 2012 International Code Council (ICC) International Residential Code • 2012 International Code Council (ICC) International Existing Buildings Code • 2012 International Code Council (ICC) International Mechanical Code • 2012 International Code Council (ICC) International Plumbing Code • 2012 International Code Council (ICC) International Energy Conservation Code • 2014 National fire Protection Association 70 - National Electrical Code • 2009 International Code Council / ANSI A117.1 - Accessible and Usable Buildings and Facilities The Connecticut amendments to these model codes can be found here: 2016 CT State Building Code The model codes can be viewed here: ICC Free eCode Viewer NFPA Free Viewer or purchased at: Connecticut Building Officials Association, Inc. c/o Peter Zvingilas Telephone: (860) 376-3867 Email: pzvingilas@windhamct.com The intended effective date for this code is October 1, 2016. Propane and Natural Gas Products! Connecticut’s largest family owned Propane company with over 350,000 gallons of storage, HOCON GAS has a reputation for delivering propane energy and industry expertise for more than 60 years! Pete “Propane Pete” Battaglio with over 33 years of experience Sr. Regional Sales Manager Hocon Gas, Inc. • 6 Armstrong Road Shelton, CT 06484 Office: 203.402.7800 • Fax: 203.944.0300 Cell: 203.343.2199 Email: pbattaglio@hocongas.com www.hocongas.com NORWALK 33 Rockland Rd. (203) 853-1500 WATERBURY 20 Railroad Hill St. (203) 754-7601 16| HBRA of Fairfield County |September 2016 GUILFORD 736 Boston Post Rd. (203) 458-2790 DANBURY 86 Payne Rd. (203) 744-4000 TORRINGTON 2407 Winsted Rd. (860) 626-0900 Copyright © Hocon • HOD#726-30 Resolution for A Better Connecticut The HBRA is gearing up to create a new advocacy agenda for the 2017 legislative session. Our first step is to constitute a new 2016-2017 Government Affairs Committee and WE NEED YOU! We ask all GA members to make two commitments: • Please attend as many of our Government Affairs meetings as possible (usually 6 or 7 per year) so everyone gains the benefit of your expertise and experience; and • Please reply via email to Bill Ethier, HBRA - CT EO, throughout the next year, especially during the legislative session, when questions about our industry are presented and must be answered. This latter request is most helpful to Bill as representative (lobbyist) of our industry at the Capitol and before State of CT agencies. Connecticut has come to a cross-road. We either continue on the path that we’ve been on – taxes, fee and regulatory policies that have failed to produce robust economic, job and wage growth – or we turn onto a new path to a better future for all. We commend the efficiency efforts of state government, but more dramatic change than learning government’s processes is required. Programs such as the Small Business Express Program are encouraging, but more significant messages that CT is truly supportive of businesses must be sent now. Therefore, the HBRA of CT hereby resolves the following: • To support efforts TO REIGN IN STATE SPENDING and restructure state government to focus on only critical services – to create sustainable state spending and tax policies that provide predictability and certainty to businesses and the state’s citizens. • To support efforts to REFORM AND PRIORITIZE STATE AND LOCAL REGULATORY SYSTEMS – to permit businesses of all types to flourish; to grow jobs and wages; to allow us to build homes and communities without undue interference and with only reasonable regulations and codes. • TO MAKE CONNECTICUT A TOP 20 STATE FOR BUSINESS – in every category and by every measure such that there would be no doubt CT is a magnet for businesses and people of all ages to work and live here. We urge all policy makers and legislators at the state and local level to embrace this resolution for a better Connecticut future. Please consider joining us and please forward this message to any other members you think would like to become more involved in our advocacy work and serve on the HBRA Fairfield County GA Committee. Contact: Nick Yanicelli, HBRA Fairfield, GA Chairman at 203.966.6524(o), 203.223.3701(m) or nyanicelli@outlook.com Murphy Brothers Contracting hit 100,000 photo saves on Houzz.com Houzz.com announced that Murphy Brothers Contracting hit 100,000 photo saves on Houzz.com. The Houzz community has saved our project photos to their ideabooks 100,000 or more times. With a network of over one million home professionals and 35 million monthly unique users, Houzz is a vital platform for interior designers, architects, contractors, and homeowners. Located in Mamaroneck, NY, Murphy Brothers Contracting is known throughout the greater Westchester + Hudson Valley + southern Fairfield region for building and renovating beautifully September 2016 | HBRA of Fairfield County | 17 designed custom homes as well as private clubs. Murphy Brothers Contracting is an award-winning construction company with a strong presence on Houzz.com, and a recipient of a 2016 Best Of Design on Houzz®. Since 1979, Murphy Brothers Contracting continues to build a Tradition of Quality.
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Economists Forecast Continued Growth NAHB Chief Economist Robert Dietz, American Institute of Architects Chief Economist Kermit Baker and Associated Builders and Contractors Chief Economist Anirban Basu predicted continued growth for the construction industry in 2017 during a joint economic forecast on Aug. 15. “Our forecast shows singlefamily production expanding by more than 10% in 2016, and the robust multifamily sector leveling off,” said Dietz. “Historically low mortgage interest rates and favorable demographics should keep the housing market moving forward at a gradual pace, but residential construction growth will be constrained by shortages of labor and lots and rising regulatory costs.” “Revenue at architecture firms continues to grow, so prospects for the construction industry remain solid over the next 12 to 18 months,” said Baker. “Given current demo- graphic trends, the single-family residential and the institutional building sectors have the greatest potential for further expansion.” “Non-residential construction spending growth will continue into the next year with an estimated increase in the range of 3-4%,” said Basu. “Growth will continue to be led by privately financed projects, with commercial construction continuing to lead the way.” Obama Signs Housing Bill Into Law President Obama on July 29 signed into law a bill that includes key NAHBsupported bipartisan fixes to HUD programs. The new law covers provisions of the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program, the Rural Housing Service Single Family Guaranteed Loan Program and FHA rules regarding existing condominium projects. For more about the Housing Opportunity Through Modernization Act of 2016 , contact Jessica Hall at 800-368-5242 x8253. Read more ANNOUNCING the arrival of our new 8-story BOOMTRUCK CONNECTICUT - East Haven - Manchester - Newtown SANDY HOOK - 2 Turnberry Lane - 203-426-0030 NEW YORK - Millwood • Mold / Mildew Resistant Board • Fire Rated Board • ½” Light Weight Board • Exterior Sheathing • Metal Studs • Acoustical Ceiling Tile 18| HBRA of Fairfield County |September 2016 September is Associate Appreciation Month! The Associate Spotlight on Monday mornings is an opportunity to “shine a light” on our members that support the building industry with products, services and trades. The HBRA Fairfield Associate Council is at the forefront of developing events and opportunities to promote the Associate member and assist our growing builder membership. l-r: Birgit Anich, Sharon McCormick, Gina Calabro, Steven Roth We would like to thank the Associate Council (shown here at the September meeting hosted by Leigh Overland on his boat) for all of their all wonderful ideas and their commitment to the HBRA. l-r: Leigh Overland, Deanna Hiller, Sheri Sorrentino-Snellman, Propane Pete Battaglio, Don Lindars, Read Smith Look no further for an insurance agent who can work with you to design an insurance portfolio just right for your business. If you engage in construction or remodeling of one or two family residences in CT then I want to talk to you. Our construction insurance program includes: • General Liability • • • Property Business Auto Inland Marine • Workers Compensation • Umbrella • Builders Risk Kim Marie DiMatteo, CIC, MWCA I have been in the construction insurance business since 1992. I know the markets, the products, and what’s right for you. Call me today to schedule a convenient appointment. 79 Bridgeport Ave, Shelton, CT 06484 | 203.924.5429 | www.dimatteogrp.com September 2016 | HBRA of Fairfield County | 19
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Better Care at a Better Price! Current times have brought many changes to the world of medicine, unfortunately few have been for the good of the patients! Dr. Lee Forest is Board Certified in Family Medicine and has recently changed his office to a Direct Primary Care model of practice to take the focus of medicine back to where it belongs, giving the decision making power back to the patient’s and those who care for them. Dr. Lee Forest At Fairfield Family Physicians it’s all about YOU and your family’s care. Dr. Forest and his caring staff provide top quality medical care at the absolute best prices anywhere. Pay as you go pricing is available or become a member for $49 monthly and $20 per visit. For this price you get: • ALL of your visits to the office • Physical Exams with an EKG • FREE Laboratory Testing (for the most common blood tests needed) • Expedited referrals to specialists with the absolute best prices! (up to 90% savings) • Super discounted medicines (up to 80% savings) • Same day appointments • Longer visit time (30-40 minutes per visit, not 7-8 minutes like other offices) We do the leg work for you and find you the best prices on ALL of your medical needs including: Coverage for Hospital Admission, Specialists, CAT Scans, MRI's, Stress Tests, Colonoscopies, etc. Kids are ½ price on a Family Plan. Employers can cost-split with employees ($25/month each). And, we do House Calls and Telemedicine Visits for the convenience of our patient’s needs!! Contact Us for More Information Fairfield Family Physicians 2184 Main Street, Stratford, CT 06615 (203)378-9002 www.drLeeforest.com Falamos Português / Hablamos Español 20 | HBRA of Fairfield County |September 2016 House Calls and Virtual Visits 36 Sanford Street, Fairfield, CT 06824 (203)259-1911 www.cthousecalls. com 29 Prospect St., Ridgefield CT 203.438.2626 www.ridgefieldsupply.com • Mon-Fri. 7-5 Sat. 8-4 Closed Sundays worryproof. timeproof. When you’re building a new home, time-tested Andersen® 400 Series windows and patio doors deliver the worry-free performance you want. With their durability, weathertight fit and overall quality craftsmanship, it’s easy to see why builders use Andersen windows and patio doors more than any other product on the market. Why choose anything else? “ENERGY STAR” is a registered trademark of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. “Andersen” and all other marks where denoted are trademarks of Andersen Corporation. ©2014 Andersen Corporation. All rights reserved. 6 Home-Building Technologies of the Future By Drew Vass Residential construction isn’t always quick to adopt new technologies. That said, you’d be hard pressed to find anyone these days— executive to laborer—who isn’t using a smartphone to augment some aspect of their job. Meanwhile, more than 20% of builders say they’re experimenting with drones, while others report they’re using 3D printers. And even those technologies seem minuscule when compared with robots that can lay 1,000 bricks per hour or install steel studs, sheetrock, or tile. Technology is taking over the home building industry at a rate that would seem preposterous to someone 20 years ago. According to author and construction lawyer Barry LePatner, builders better get used to it if they’re going to meet the demand September 2016 | HBRA of Fairfield County | 21 for 100 billion additional square feet of living space by 2030. Second to drones, 3D laser scanners were the most widely used emerging technology among builders in 2015; they can capture details of a structure down to 2 millimeters worth of accuracy. Commercial contractors already use drone-mounted scanners to measure stock piles, and experts say those uses will multiply as the technology becomes more affordable. Collected data, along with CAD files, will become the basis from which a host of technologies function autonomously. Once paired with drones and autonomous vehicles, future jobsites could be “self-driving” and manned not by skilled laborers, but by IT professionals. Read More
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County TV & Appliance: at 65, More Successful than Ever It’s been a family affair ever since Stamford, CT-based County TV & Appliance opened its doors in 1951. Heading into its fourth generation of family management County TV celebrated its 65th anniversary on September 13th at the recently remodeled store. After the original owner, Jack Cohn, founded County TV & Appliance, his son, Lester, joined him in the business 13 years later, strengthening the company’s focus on major appliances, electronics and televisions. Twelve years after that, Vincent Vetrini came aboard and rose to the position of general manager. He, combined with Lester, made County TV a household name that was repeatedly recognized by This Week In Consumer Electronics (TWICE) magazine as one of the 50 major appliance powerhouses in the country. The company was eventually transferred to Vincent Vetrini, whose son, Elio, is now the fourth-generation leader of County TV which has added the following descriptive to its logo: Your Smart Home Store. l-r: Phil DeTerlizzi, Elio Vetrini, Gabriela Vetrini, Gina Calabro, Vinny Vetrini Congratulations on 65 years!! Specializing In: Residential Elevators | Commercial Elevators | Construction Hoists Limited Use Limited Application Elevators (LULA) Vertical Platform Lifts | Inclined Lifts | Stair Lifts Dumbwaiters | Material Lifts (Vertical Reciprocating Conveyors) And all other associated Vertical Transportation Equipment Serving: Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and Eastern New York 203-757-5000 47 Water St. Torrington, CT 06790 www.ElevatorServiceCo.com CT Lic.# ELV. 400105 R1 - RI Lic. # 21 MA Lic.# EC-000093 Providing not one, but ALL Major Manufacturer’s Equipment 22| HBRA of Fairfield County |September 2016 MEET THE MOST POWERFUL BUSINESS PARTNERS IN FAIRFIELD COUNTY. Kathryn A. Eren, VP, Cash Management Officer; Lisa Stuard, AVP Commercial Loan Administrator; Maureen Hanley-Bellitto, SVP, Commercial Team Leader; Gregory Pastor, Jr. VP, Commercial Banking Officer; Kim Karl, VP, Commercial Banking Officer; Deep community roots. Unrivaled market knowledge. Unmatched customer service. When a bank builds its commercial banking team around the values that truly make a difference in helping your business and community grow and prosper, that’s more than banking. That’s changing the way you bank. Talk to us today. Visit bankatunited.com/commercial The Dotted Line: How to negotiate the construction bidding process and avoid a ‘real nightmare’ The process of preparing and submitting a bid can be exciting, nerve-wracking, tedious, a learning experience or all of the above. Contractors could be vying for the project that will allow them to make their mark on the construction industry or simply enable them to make payroll for the next few months. And it’s something almost all contractors, sooner or later, will have to do. Despite the seemingly basic nature of bidding, the process can be complicated for projects of all sizes. How can contractors ensure they’re going through the process as efficiently as possible? Where contractors can find jobs But first things first. Exactly where do contractors find jobs to bid? For established construction companies, it is not uncommon for much of their work to be negotiated with long-time customers or with owners who have become familiar with their work via wordof-mouth. The other side of that coin is looking through public notices online at FedBizOpps.gov and in newspapers, which is one of the places where government-funded work is usually advertised for open bid opportunities. Private projects also appear in free online listings or in paid publications, like those available from Dodge Data & Analytics and CMD Building Reports. “The type of work we do is specialized and not usually found in the open bid market,” said Aaron Liles, director of construction at C1S Group, a design and general contracting firm based in Dallas, TX. He said 85% to 90% of the company’s work is repeat business that they negotiate directly with the client or a project where a handful of contractors are selected to bid. Similarly, Bill Weber, principal of Boston-area subcontractor Gaston Electrical, said his company’s primary source of new work comes from existing clients. “We are constantly in touch with our customers to make sure we are aware of future projects and consistently offer our preconstruction and budgeting services to increase our chances of being successful on those bids,” he said. The company also utilizes a dedicated marketing staff, which Weber said adds to Gaston’s customer base. READ MORE September 2016 | HBRA of Fairfield County | 23
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Financing some of the top builders in Fairfield County. People you trust, service you expect, and products to fit your financial needs. • Construction Financing • Commercial Mortgages • Term Loans • Revolving Lines of Credit Virginia Turnbull Senior Vice President, Commercial Lending (203) 431-7465 Virginia.Turnbull@fairfieldcountybank.com For more information, contact one of our lenders today! Patrick McNamara Allison Knapp Senior Vice President, Team Leader-Southern Division, Commercial Lending (203) 319-7021 Allison.Knapp@fairfieldcountybank.com Construction Officer, Commercial Lending (203) 431-7542 Patrick.Mcnamara@fairfieldcountybank.com 877.431.7431 • www.fairfieldcountybank.com NMLS ID #516624 EQUAL HOUSING L E ND E R MEMBER FDIC 24 | HBRA of Fairfield County |September 2016 Seminars and Training Register Online or call the HBRA office at 203-335-7008 Breakfast Series Your Next Home Will be Built Out of Styrofoam! How to Attain Healthy, Sustainable Homes and Change the Home Building Experience Forever Tuesday, September 20, 2016 7:30am-10:00am Rings End Educational Facility 160 Avon Street, Stratford, CT Join us for a discussion from an architect’s perspective on where the future of building is headed. Today’s structures have a disregard for human health and something needs to change. We need healthy homes and buildings that promotes good air quality, comfort, and overall body nourishment. Not only do we need healthier homes and buildings, we need sustainability. We need a structure that will not harm our environment and last for centuries, not years to come. Is there something that exists that can do both? ICF, or insulated concrete structures, can do just that! HBRA Members: FREE Non-Members: $40.00 Sponsored by: September 2016| HBRA of Fairfield County | 25
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Seminars and Training Register Online or call the HBRA office at 203-335-7008 OSHA 10 Hour Construction Thursday, October 27 & Friday, October 28, 2016* 7:45am-2:00pm Rings End Educational Facility 160 Avon Street, Stratford, CT OSHA is coming to FINE you! Get ahead of them & learn what you need to know for your business and your employees. The OSHA 10hour construction training course is designed for anyone in the construction industry. Upon completion, participants will receive an OSHA construction safety and health 10-hour course completion card from the Department of Labor. OSHA 10 cards are good for 5 years. HBRA Members: $30.00 Non-Members: $60.00 *Must attend both dates in order to receive OSHA card-per federal regulation. Continental Breakfast & Lunch included both days. Payment must be received by October 24th to reserve your spot. Walk-ins will not be accepted at this course due to limited seating. Sponsored by: 26 | HBRA of Fairfield County | September 2016 Member Benefits Member Rebate Program A Free Member Benefit of your State and Local HBA Builders & Remodelers Earn Money for Products You’re Already Buying! The Member Rebate Program is a free member benefit available to all active Builder and Remodeler members. With 50+ industry leading manufacturers in the program, members are rewarded for their loyalty, the same as a “Top 5” Builder. It Takes Only 3 Easy Steps to Participate 1) Register Tells us where to send your check 2) Submit a Rebate Claim Claim using our Excel, Online, or Paper Claim Form 3) Receive a Rebate Check After a brief verification process by the manufacturers, lump-sum rebate checks are sent Call us Toll Free: 866-849-8400 Visit your State Website: www.HBACTrebates.com September 2016 | HBRA of Fairfield County | 27 Associate Members Introducing the new Associate Member Directory  Associate Members who supply or install any of the 50+ Manufacturer brands can register for this free member benefit.  All Associate Member Directory listings are hyperlinked to their business website.  The goal is to reinforce the phrase: “It’s good business to do business with an Associate Member” by showing the Builder and Remodeler members where they can shop to negate their annual dues. Participating Manufacturers
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Member Benefits NPP members have access to savings on over 150,000 items from Best Buy for Business. Did you know that this also includes IT help from Geek Squad Office Support? With Geek Squad Office unlimited 24/7 support, you can eliminate downtime and keep your business running smoothly. How to register: Visit www.mynpp.com, select Company, then Construction, then Residential. Select HB&RA - Home Builders and Remodelers Associations from the dropdown menu, complete the enrollment and START SAVING! Starting at $24.99 per user, per month, Geek Squad coverage includes: 24/7 IT SUPPORT • Online • On site (with Advanced Plan) WORKSTATION SUPPORT • Computer setup • Software application and OS installation and support • Computer tune-ups, diagnostics and repair • Data backups and transfers NETWORK INTEGRATION • Add devices to a network • Firewall support • VPN support leader in the industry, SKECHERS’ heritage can be traced back to its first utility boot in 1992. Now you can receive exclusive pricing on select Work and Corporate Casual styles through the SKECHERS Direct online store. NPP is pleased to partner with SKECHERS Direct to offer a 30% discount on footwear. An award-winning 28| HBRA of Fairfield County | September 2016 Over 375 styles to choose from • OSHA Compliant Work styles including: Steel Toe, Composite Toe, Electrical Hazard (EH Safe) and Slip Resistant • Free shipping and free returns • Offer available year-round Member Benefits How to register: Visit www.mynpp.com, select Company, then Construction, then Residential. Select HB&RA - Home Builders and Remodelers Associations from the dropdown menu, complete the enrollment and START SAVING! You've invested a lot into the technology that you use everyday; now it's time to protect it. Our newest partner, tech21, has made its mission to create the most intelligent impact protection on the planet. Each and every one of tech 21's phone, laptop and tablet cases is the result of their passion for protection. You’ll notice the difference every time you pick up your phone or tablet. MEMBER OFFER 25% off device protection from tech21 Save an additional 10% on Expedia rate hotel bookings over and above Expedia's already low prices. Receive an automatic 15% discount on personalized, affordable legal protection from LegalZoom. How to register: Visit www.mynpp.com, select Company, then Construction, then Residential. Select HB&RA - Home Builders and Remodelers Associations from the dropdown menu, complete the enrollment and START SAVING! September 2016 | HBRA of Fairfield County | 29

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Building Relationships That Last. Propane and Natural Gas Products! • We Plan It • We Install It • We Fill It • We Service It With over 400,000 gallons of storage, HOCON GAS has a reputation for delivering propane energy and industry expertise for more than 65 years! PROPANE SERVICES RESIDENTIAL • Cooking • Fireplaces • Generators • Grills • Heat • Hot Water • Pools • Tanks CUSTOMER SERVICE • Appliances • Installation • Propane Delivery • Expert Services PETE “Propane Pete” BATTAGLIO Senior Regional Manager, New Business Development Hocon Gas, Inc. • 6 Armstrong Rd., Shelton, CT 06484 Shelton: 203.925.0600 • Fax: 203.944.0300 Cell: 203.343.2199 • Email: pbattaglio@hocongas.com NORWALK 33 Rockland Rd. (800) 801-3835 (203) 853-1500 WATERBURY 20 Railroad Hill St. (800) 992-2242 (203) 754-7601 www.hocongas.com GUILFORD 736 Boston Post Rd. (877) 906-2500 (203) 458-2790 DANBURY 86 Payne Rd. (888) 977-6726 (203) 744-4000 TORRINGTON 2407 Winsted Rd. (888) 744-8686 (860) 626-0900 © Copyright Hocon • HOD#726-30 INDUSTRIAL DIVISION • Industrial Gases • Safety Products • Temporary Heat • Welding Supplies HBRA VIP CIRCLE 2016-17 OFFICERS President Chris Steiner Steiner, Inc. Sr. Vice-President Anthony DeRosa DeRosa Builders Vice-President Kim DiMatteo DiMatteo Group Secretary/Treasurer Michael Church William Pitt Sotheby's Immediate Past President Peter Gaboriault Bear Paw Builders Peter Battaglio Hocon Gas Max Bender Bender Supply Steve Berko Four Square Build & Design Ken DeLeo Doherty & DeLeo John Hertz Hertz Construction 2016-17 DIRECTORS Brian Kurtz Interstate Lumber Rob Michaud The Michaud Group Steven Roth Elevator Service Company Alex Shook Pella Commercial Michael Wood Wood Builders for over 60 years LIFE DIRECTORS Joanne Carroll JMC Resources Jerry Effren The Greyrock Companies Gary Fanali City Carting Peter Fusaro Preferred Builders Maureen Hanley United Bank Andrew La Sala Jr. Cannondale Building & Design Michael Palumbo ERI Building & Design Nick Yanicelli Susquehanna Enterprises MEDIA SPONSOR Thank you to the following VIP Associate Members for their support in 2017. Due to their generosity the Association greatly benefits - from developing new events and educational opportunities for the membership, to keeping our lights on! JANUARY 2017 | HBRA of Fairfield County | 3 gas
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IN THIS ISSUE Board of Directors VIP Circle 5 IBS 2017 10 Luxury Home Tour 14 OSHA10 4 | HBRA of Fairfield County | JANUARY 2017 Letter From The CEO Upcoming Events IBS 2017 Luxury Home Tour 2017 p.3 p.3 p.6 p.7 p.8 p.10 Member News Corbo Associates - New Home In Washington p.12 Bucks Building Trend Mamaroneck Self Storage Celebrates First Anniversary Of Business New Members OSHA10 Builder News 6 Technology Trends That Defined Construction In 2016 Moody’s Forecasts A Positive Outlook For Homebuilding, Products In 2017 The 10 Biggest Housing Stories Of 2016 p.13 p.14 p.16 p.16 p.16 Eight Ways to Ensure Happier Clients in 2017 p.16 Marketwatch: Housing, Lot Shortage p.17 Boosts Teardowns Talking Shop: How Builders Are Addressing The p.18 Skilled-Labor Shortage A Builder’s Guide To Housing Trends In 2017 p.8 Winter Trade Showcase Which is Better? Houzz or Pinterest? Member Benefits Advertising/Sponsor Pages Hocon Gas County TV & Appliance DiMatteo Elevator Service Company Ed’s Garage Doors Interstate Lumber Fairfield County Bank Ridgefield Supply East Haven Builders Supply United Bank CTC&G Ring's End Editorial Staff Gina Calabro Publisher/Editor Clare Michalak Designer Sarah Iannarone Executive Assistant HBRA of Fairfield County 2228 Black Rock Turnpike, Suite 307 Fairfield, CT 06825 203-335-7008 hbra@buildfairfieldcounty.com www. buildfairfieldcounty.com p.12 p.17 p.18 p.20 p.2 p.5 p.5 p.9 p.9 p.11 p.11 p.15 p.17 p.21 p.23 p.24 Want to advertise? Contact the office for more information and rates. THE SMART CHOICE For Making Your Dream Kitchen A Reality SMART HOME CONTROL THERMADOR SUBZERO / WOLF GE MONOGRAM ...and more BEST SERVICE AT THE GUARANTEED BEST PRICE In-Store And Online 2770 Summer Street • Stamford, CT 06905 203-327-2630 STORE HOURS: MON & THURS: 9AM-9PM | TUES, WED, FRI & SAT: 9AM-6PM | SUN: 11AM-5PM www.countytv.com Look no further for an insurance agent who can work with you to design an insurance portfolio just right for your business. If you engage in construction or remodeling of one or two family residences in CT then I want to talk to you. Our construction insurance program includes: • General Liability • • • Property Business Auto Inland Marine • Workers Compensation • Umbrella • Builders Risk Kim Marie DiMatteo, CIC, MWCA I have been in the construction insurance business since 1992. I know the markets, the products, and what’s right for you. Call me today to schedule a convenient appointment. 79 Bridgeport Ave, Shelton, CT 06484 | 203.924.5429 | www.dimatteogrp.com
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MESSAGE FROM THE EXECUTIVE OFFICER Dear HBRA Members, Happy New Year! 2016 was a momentous year for the HBRA of Fairfield County - new events, many new members, new committees, and new staff. This new year will be no different as we started planning the 2017 events months ago. Make sure to check in on our website often and Building Connections for updated info - you won’t want to miss out! If you weren’t able to register for the January OSHA class (we sold out in December), March dates are now available. Don’t wait too long though-the seats are already filling up. We had a large faction from Fairfield County attending IBS in Orlando this year. It was an information packed event offering education and some of the most innovative products. For all that attended I hope you came away with as many great ideas and possibilities as I did! Be sure to check out the recent articles on our Member News page. Ralph Corbo is a longtime member of Fairfield and was in the news for his high tech $6.9 million home in Litchfield. Congratulations to the Murphy brothers and the Mamaroneck Self Storage staff on their proclamation declaring Dec. 21 Mamaroneck Self Storage Recognition Day in Westchester County. See page 12. The 2017 Luxury Home Tour is set for April 21-23! Homes in Greenwich and Darien will be showcased that weekend offering prospective buyers and the public the opportunity to see some of the most exceptional homes and amenities of our members. Luxury Home Tour sponsorships and advertising opportunities are available. Sponsors for the tour will receive a wide variety of promotional advertising including print media train platform, ads in the Official Tour Guidebook that will be distributed to 6 | HBRA of Fairfield County | JANUARY 2017 all tour visitors, local businesses, Social Media, email blasts, e-Newsletter articles and a unique mobile application. The Luxury Home Tour Website is accessible at ctluxuryhometour.com. Two charities, one local and one national, will receive donations from ticket sales. See page 10. Lastly, with the new year be sure to check the Members Benefits pages. Last year our members saved thousands of dollars on Verizon and NAHB discount programs that not only covers the cost of membership but puts money in your pocket! As always, if you have any questions, please call the office or e-mail us at hbra@buildfairfieldcounty.com! Best, Gina Calabro gina@buildfairfieldcounty.com “Every man owes a part of his time and money to the business or industry in which he is engaged. No man has a moral right to withhold his support from an organization that is striving to improve conditions within his sphere.” --Theodore Roosevelt February 1, 2017 General Membership Meeting Ed’s Garage Doors & Sunshine Floors Showrooms 136 Water Street Norwalk, CT Click Here to Register March 1, 2017 General Membership Meeting Legislative Night Info to follow shortly March 14, 2017 Winter Trade Showcase (Free Builder Event) Sheraton Stamford 700 E Main Street Stamford, CT See Page 17 for Details March 30-31, 2017 OSHA10 Construction Ring's End Educational Facility 160 Avon Street Stratford, CT Click Here to Register April 5, 2017 General Membership Meeting Connecticut Stone 39 Larkin Street Stamford, CT Click Here to Register April 26, 2017 Home Building Industry Day at the Capitol (HBID) Old Judiciary Room, Capitol Building 210 Capitol Avenue Hartford CT Click Here to Register Upcoming Committee Meetings Associate Council Committee Meeting Mon February 13, 2017 4pm HBRA Office Membership Committee Meeting Wed February 15, 2017 12:00pm HBRA Office Marketing & Sponsorship Meeting Wed February 15, 2017 9:30 HBRA Office Golf Committee Meeting Thurs February 16, 2017 3:30 HBRA Office JANUARY 2017 | HBRA of Fairfield County | 7
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NAHB Events The International Builders’ Show The International Builders Show held in Orlando, FL from January 11-13th welcomed approximately 80,000 attendees, as part of Design & Construction Week®. Thousands of building professionals attended more than 160+ education sessions in 8 tracks that covered the breadth of the entire building industry. Many programs, events and education sessions provided opportunities for attendees to network with colleagues and have a lot of fun. The IBS exhibits spanned over 569,000 net square feet, with more than 1,500 manufacturers and suppliers. There were lots of new experiences at IBS, including more hands-on, interactive learning experiences from the new Builder Clinics and Tech Bytes sessions, the CEDIA Smart Home Pavilion, the NAHB Meeting of the Members and an inside look at how high performance works at the new Building Performance Lab. The International Builders’ Show® will be in Orlando January 9 – 11, 2018. 8 | HBRA of Fairfield County | JANUARY 2017 Specializing In: Residential Elevators | Commercial Elevators | Construction Hoists Limited Use Limited Application Elevators (LULA) Vertical Platform Lifts | Inclined Lifts | Stair Lifts Dumbwaiters | Material Lifts (Vertical Reciprocating Conveyors) And all other associated Vertical Transportation Equipment Serving: Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and Eastern New York 203-757-5000 www.ElevatorServiceCo.com CT Lic.# ELV. 400105 R1 - RI Lic. # 21 MA Lic.# EC-000093 Providing not one, but ALL Major Manufacturer’s Equipment BEAUTY. ELEGANCE. STRENGTH. Our Aluminum Doors Will Surprise You. Ed’s Garage Doors offers a broad selection of aluminum doors that are the perfect complement to your home. Visit our showroom to see many exclusive aluminum doors on display, and talk with a design expert about our countless in-stock and custom options. Showroom Hours: Mon. – Fri.: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm Saturday: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm Evenings: By appointment Sunday: Closed 136 Water Street, Norwalk, CT 06854 203-847-1284 edsgaragedoors.com ® JANUARY 2017 | HBRA of Fairfield County | 9
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HBRA EVENTS LUXURY HOME TOUR The HBRA Presents the Luxury Home Tour: April 21 - 23, 2017 The Luxury Home Tour, presented by HBRA of Fairfield County on April 21-23, 2017 will feature some of the most magnificent homes in Greenwich and Darien. Prospective buyers will be able to view these well-appointed homes that represent the vision and artistry of some of the most admired and innovative home builders in the lower Fairfield County area. The homes on the tour will be staffed by Builder employees and HBRA volunteers. Guided tours will take place from 10am-Noon and then open from 1pm – 5pm for tour patrons to view the homes. The tours offers different sponsorship and advertising opportunities. No other promotional opportunity available in the Fairfield County Market has the ability to deliver hundreds of potential home buyers and future customers right to your doorstep. Sponsors for the tour will receive a wide variety of promotional advertising including print media in CT Cottages and Gardens Magazine, Train Platform advertising in Lower Fairfield CT & Westchester County, NY, and recognition and advertising in 10 | HBRA of Fairfield County | JANUARY 2017 the Official Tour Guidebook that will be distributed to all tour visitors, local businesses. Online promotion includes targeted Social Media Posts, Email blasts, e-Newsletter articles and a unique mobile application. Plus the Luxury Home Tour Website accessible at ctluxuryhometour.com. Two charities, one local and one national, will receive donations from net ticket sales. The deadline to become a sponsor and to advertise in the GuideBook is February 28th. For more information on advertising and sponsorship opportunities, call the HBRA office at 203335-7008 or visit www.ctluxuryhometour.com. MEDIA SPONSOR spin zoom click explore Take a virtual tour through our award-winning showroom from the comfort of your home or office. Interstate + Lakeland Lumber’s Design Center is a state-of-the-art, high-end, custom showroom built in the original 1922 mill shop. It provides a gallery style setting for premium windows, doors, and hardware and our specialty, custom millwork. Our experienced representative is on hand to answer any of your questions and provide solutions to your building challenges. To learn more, contact Frank Bowron at 203-531-8050 ext 1156 fbowron@interstatelumber.com http://www.interstatelumber.com/services/designcenter-tour.html Financing some of the top builders in Fairfield County. People you trust, service you expect, and products to fit your financial needs. • Construction Financing • Commercial Mortgages • Term Loans • Revolving Lines of Credit 877.431.7431 • www.fairfieldcountybank.com NMLS ID #516624 EQUAL HOUSING L E ND E R MEMBER FDIC JANUARY 2017 | HBRA of Fairfield County | 11
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MEMBER NEWS Corbo Associates - New Home In Washington Bucks Building Trend Most high-end construction projects are done for a specific client, with everything designed to custom specifications. But a house called “Stone Bridge” is being built on Nettleton Hollow Road with no particular buyer in mind — unless it’s someone looking for the latest high-tech amenities. Geothermal technology heats and cools the house. The home also features a security system that can be controlled from a smartphone, laptop or tablet, and the owner can also adjust the temperature, lights and audio system with the same devices. Read More Mamaroneck Self Storage Celebrates First Anniversary Of Business Ross Weiner, on behalf of Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, presented the Murphy brothers and the Mamaroneck Self Storage staff with a proclamation declaring Dec. 21 Mamaroneck Self Storage Recognition Day in Westchester County. The 40,000-square-foot facility, which was built to be better than 50 percent more energy-efficient than required by the standard building code regulations with a projected $32,000 per year average operating cost savings, was a recent winner of the 2016 HOBI Award for “Best Green Commercial Building,” according to a press release. Read More 12 | HBRA of Fairfield County | JANUARY 2017 NEW MEMBERS Welcome to the newest members of HBRA of Fairfield County! Go to www.buildfairfieldcounty.com for their contact info. Brian Hyla APEX Project Planning Founded by industry experts in 2014, APEX is one of the most respected luxury home construction consultancy and project management firms in the world. We connect with the foremost leading professionals in architecture, general contracting, trade craftsman and other key partners to provide a collaborative team approach to every building project. John Dumke Sterling Building & Restoration Sterling Building & Restoration has been restoring, renovating and building new homes for discerning clients in Connecticut for fifteen years. Sterling’s experience with antique and older homes brings an informed perspective to design and construction, combining the grace and charm of past eras with modern building practices and the amenities of today’s sophisticated home. Tye Schlegelmilch EfficientLifestyle EL is a holistic management solution that allows homeowners to seamlessly control and better understand all aspects of home ownership. The EL System helps homeowners make informed decisions on the timing of routine maintenance tasks for their homes as well as select best-in-class service professionals for home maintenance, repairs, and improvements. Richard P. Uva Aqua Pool & Patio Aqua Pool designs, installs and services the highest quality swimming pools, spas, and landscapes in Connecticut and neighboring New England states. We have been highly awarded as one the industry’s most trusted and forward thinking pool companies. Our innovative designs, staffing practices, and thought provoking abilities have earned us the following recognition. MADISON Ken J. Esposito Madison Properties, LLC WELCOME TO OUR NEW AFFILIATE MEMBERS Elio Vetrini County TV & Appliance Bill Green EfficientLifestyle James Carr Wells Fargo JANUARY 2017 | HBRA of Fairfield County | 13
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BUILDER NEWS The 10 Biggest Housing Stories Of 2016 Hallie Busta 6 Technology Trends That Defined Construction In 2016 Hallie Busta Technologies like 3-D printing and augmented and virtual reality typically capture attention for the future they promise — one in which buildings rise nearly at whim and visualization tools make seeing the result of design choices that much easier. Day to day, however, the application of these and other tools and systems is more nuanced. Rather than offthe-shelf solutions, innovation occurs primarily at the project level and addresses its unique needs. From new ways to track equipment use and worker productivity to the emerging modular construction category, we explore how those unique applications came together in some of 2016’s biggest industry tech topics Read More Moody’s Forecasts A Positive Outlook For Homebuilding, Products In 2017 Sean Barry The 2017 outlook for the North American homebuilding and building materials sectors is positive as the housing market continues to see low interest rates, housing starts and new home sales sitting roughly 30% below historical trends and tight inventory, indicating pent-up demand, according to data from Moody’s provided to Construction Dive. The credit rating agency forecasts revenues in the homebuilding industry to rise at an annual rate of more than 10% for the next 12 to 18 months, while weighted industry gross margins will be more than 20% for the same period. Operating income in the building materials sector is also expected to grow by more than 7% during that time. Read More We typically track residential construction news on a daily, weekly, monthly and even quarterly basis. In this article, however, we’re zooming out to look at 2016 in full. From new regulations to big deals to the industry’s reaction to President-elect Donald Trump, we’ve rounded up the stories that went beyond the headlines to impact homebuilders, remodelers and developers this year and that stand to influence business in 2017. Industry observers have spent the year betting on the rate at which more younger buyers will enter the market, predicting when home-price increases will abate and discussing how a dose of new construction is needed to boost recovery. Underscoring all these discussions, however, is whether builders will have enough help to keep up with demand as its pace increases. Read More Eight Ways to Ensure Happier Clients in 2017 Kacey Bradley With the New Year comes new challenges in the industry, new projects, and new opportunities to keep clients happy. The ball drop heralds a new season, and your clients will have all kinds of ideas about home improvement and remodeling. Some of these ideas are closely tied to their personal dreams and resolutions, but the projects won’t always go as they desire and you plan. Read More 16 | HBRA of Fairfield County | JANUARY 2017 Marketwatch: Housing, Lot Shortage Boosts Teardowns Sean Barry Dive Brief: Single-family construction’s slow recovery, along with a pervasive lot shortage, means more tear-down projects are likely, MarketWatch reported. Teardowns in 2015 accounted for 7.7%, or 55,000, of all single-family starts, according to figures from the National Association of Home Builders, a number that is expected to grow. The teardown market was strong in the late 1990s and early 2000s and petered out during and immediately following the housing crash. Challenges facing the teardown market include aligning the new property with its existing neighbors, zoning rules and square footage caps. From new ways to track equipment use and worker productivity to the emerging modular construction category, we explore how those unique applications came together in some of 2016’s biggest industry tech topics Read More ANNOUNCING the arrival of our new 8-story BOOMTRUCK CONNECTICUT - East Haven - Manchester - Newtown SANDY HOOK - 2 Turnberry Lane - 203-426-0030 NEW YORK - Millwood • Mold / Mildew Resistant Board • Fire Rated Board • ½” Light Weight Board • Exterior Sheathing • Metal Studs • Acoustical Ceiling Tile JANUARY 2017 | HBRA of Fairfield County | 17
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A Builder’s Guide To Housing Trends In 2017 Hallie Busta Talking Shop: How Builders Are Addressing The SkilledLabor Shortage Hallie Busta The skilled-labor shortage persists in the construction industry, pushing wages up, extending project timelines and putting pressure on builder– trade relations. That’s made the topic consistent fodder for discussion throughout this year’s Design and Construction Week, currently underway in Orlando, FL. During a three-hour seminar Wednesday morning, builders shared tips for finding and training newcomers and maintaining ties with their trades when labor is hard to find. Labor will stay tight Labor was joined by lots and lending as the three factors cited by National Association of Home Builders Chief Economist Robert Dietz during a press conference as essential to the residential construction industry’s health. And they all seem to be in a holding pattern — labor, in particular. Construction’s job openings rate was 2.7% in November, according to preliminary figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics released this week, compared to 1.5% in November 2015 and 3.3% this past July. Economists had predicted that the labor shortage would plateau in 2016, as a slump in the energy markets was expected to route more workers into the construction industry. That didn’t happen at the level anticipated, Dietz said. Instead, the situation persists as housing demand levels continue to rise. For John Bissett, president of JM Weston Homes in Colorado Springs, CO, the labor shortage has pushed delivery on his company’s typical single-family homes from 90 days at the height of the last building boom to 150 days currently. “We’re not being any lazier, we just can’t get people on the job site,” he told attendees at the DCW event. He’s not alone. Read More If 2016 saw the pace of the homebuilding industry’s protracted recovery pick up slightly, 2017 could see a more concerted spring forward. That’s due to rising (but still low) mortgage rates, continual gains in new construction activity and a bevy of first-time buyers waiting for the price (and product) to be right for their shot at homeownership. “The housing market is relatively tight right now and is expected to loosen somewhat in 2017,” Andres Carbacho-Burgos, a director at Moody’s Analytics, said. That loosening is imperative for affordability — a current weight on recovery. Below, we explore how price growth, inventory conditions, buyer demographics and design trends will shape the 2017 spring and summer buying seasons. Read More 18 | HBRA of Fairfield County | JANUARY 2017 2ND ANNUAL TRADE SHOWCASE TUESDAY, MARCH 14, 20l7 | 6-9PM STAMFORD SHERATON 700 E Main St. Stamford, CT 06901 RESERVE YOUR TABLE This is a great opportunity for Associate Member Companies to network and promote your business to the HBRA Builder Members at this Builders Only event! Only 40 tables available First Come/First Serve $300 - Regular Table 6 ft. table includes tablecloth (8 x 10 space) Only Two Sponsorships Still Available $800 GOLD * Premium Table * Inside front cover ad in program * Logo on event banner * Opportunity to speak * Logo on all event marketing materials & social media Contact the HBRA office to secure a sponsorship or table space at hbra@buildfairfieldcounty.com or 203-335-7008. This is a FREE EVENT for HBRA Builder Members Current Sponsors for over 60 years JANUARY 2017 | HBRA of Fairfield County | 19
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BUILDER NEWS Which is Better? Houzz or Pinterest? Jessica Pace Erin Treat of Durango travels a lot, which means when she plans a home improvement project, she has little time to sit down with a decorator or peruse vendors. But because of Pinterest, Treat said she was able to coordinate projects – including new kitchen lights and floor tiling – by sharing Pins with Sheryl Lock, coowner of Handcrafted House in Durango. “In Durango, we have limited access to vendors and design options,” Treat said. “Pinterest refined the search, and it’s a way to communicate.” Since the advent of Pinterest nearly seven years ago, the image-sharing site has evolved into a simultaneous idea machine, time-waster and, for some, an effective business tool. “Our business is probably 90 percent online, 10 percent local. Pinterest drives customers to us,” said Jenny Wrenn, co-owner of Mexican Tile Designs in Bayfield. Wrenn and her partner have been in business three years, and Pinterest drives 20 percent of their web traffic.“We still use Facebook and Instagram and get a sliver of business from them, but neither compare to Pinterest,”Wrenn said. Throughout Durango, decorators, interior designers and home improvement suppliers who are Pinterest users say the website – a visual mediator between client and consultant – has transformed the project- planning process. “People will just email us a picture they found and say, ‘Can you do this for me?’” Wrenn said. Visual communication of that sort in an aesthetics20 | HBRA of Fairfield County | JANUARY 2017 based industry is a growing practice with businesses’ clientele. Rick Klatt, co-owner of McCormick Tile & Stone, said customers introduced him to Pinterest two years ago, and he’s used it since as a demonstration device. “We have a big-screen TV in our show room to show clients different colors and designs and allow them to see them in a real-world application,” Klatt said. “It’s a sales tool.” It’s also a proven path to navigating taste.“All the time, customers come in with too many ideas or not with any, and you’re narrowing the direction. You can feel a customer out through Pinterest,” Klatt said. Andrew Pietrack of Colors Inc., a Durango paint supplier and consultant, handles a lot of walk-in customers, particularly at this time of year when cold weather steers them inside to focus on interior decorating. Pietrack sometimes uses his own Pinterest account to share ideas with clients and help them pinpoint and eliminate color schemes.“In my experience, customers come in and you can tell by what they’re wearing what colors they’re interested in,” he said. “Sometimes you just have to give approval on decisions they’ve already made.” After Pinterest launched in 2010, it subsequently became the popular subject of studies and commentary as to why the site is addicting, why women are its predominant users (about 71 percent of more than 110 million) and how it can culminate to stress and envy. In 2013, the world learned of “Pinterest stress,” an inferiority complex afflicting account-holding moms who said, in a survey conducted by the “Today” show, they feel belittled when they see other moms post their crafty achievements on Pinterest. But as a professional mechanism, Pinterest is a “big picture” tool – a virtual collage of color schemes, architectural details and other design elements. Designers say for both themselves and their clientele, clicking on the pins – exploring the website behind them, the methodology of the project, finding specific vendors and how-tos – is beside the point. “Follow-through of clicks isn’t as important as just having a visual,” said Sheryl Lock, Handcrafted House co-owner. “I had a customer who wanted to redo her bathroom but had no idea how. Houzz and Pinterest let us find common denominators.” Among local home interior professionals, Houzz is either the runner-up or preferred site to Pinterest. Pins can be misleading and increase guesswork for homeowners. For instance, unlike Pinterest, Houzz always accurately references color numbers. Houzz also provides more conceptual images – showcasing entire room designs. The internet and design sites in general have accelerated the planning stage of decorating for local operations. “When I first started in this business 16 years ago, you got ideas from catalogs,” said Amy Favour of Amy Favour Interior Design. “Having all these online platforms is a great way to find products, but you can waste a lot of time and get sidetracked.” That’s equally true for clients.“If you’re building a home or remodeling, there is so much available that it gets overwhelming to people and you have to narrow it down for them,” Favour said. “With all the technology, someone who maybe would have hired someone before has access to vendors and takes on a project themselves, but when they get into it, they find coordinating it is more than they counted on.” MEET THE MOST POWERFUL BUSINESS PARTNERS IN FAIRFIELD COUNTY. Kathryn A. 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BOARD OF DIRECTORS HBRA VIP CIRCLE 2016-17 OFFICERS President Sr. Vice-President Vice-President Chris Steiner Steiner, Inc. Anthony DeRosa DeRosa Builders Kim DiMatteo DiMatteo Group Secretary/Treasurer Michael Church William Pitt Sotheby's Immediate Past President Peter Gaboriault Bear Paw Builders 2016-17 DIRECTORS Peter Battaglio Max Bender Steve Berko Ken DeLeo John Hertz Brian Kurtz Rob Michaud Steven Roth Alex Shook Michael Wood LIFE DIRECTORS Joanne Carroll Jerry Effren Gary Fanali Peter Fusaro Maureen Hanley Andrew La Sala Jr. Michael Palumbo Nick Yanicelli HBRA Staff Gina Calabro Executive Officer Sarah Iannarone Executive Assistant Clare Michalak Marketing & Graphics Coordinator HBRA of Fairfield County 2228 Black Rock Turnpike Suite 307 Fairfield, CT 06825 203-335-7008 Hocon Gas Bender Supply Four Square Build & Design Doherty & DeLeo Hertz Construction Interstate Lumber The Michaud Group Elevator Service Company Pella Commercial Wood Builders gas JMC Resources The Greyrock Companies City Carting Preferred Builders United Bank Cannondale Building & Design ERI Building & Design Susquehanna Enterprises Thank you to the following VIP Associate Members for their support in 2016. Due to their generosity the Association greatly benefits - from developing new events and educational opportunities for the membership, to keeping our lights on! 2 | HBRA of Fairfield County | DECEMBER 2016 DECEMBER 2016 | HBRA of Fairfield County | 3 SOSO Want to advertise? Contact the office for more information and rates. hbra@buildfairfieldcounty.com www. buildfairfieldcounty.com CONTENTS: NOVEMBER 2016 LETTER FROM THE CEO UPCOMING EVENTS HBRA HOLIDAY COCKTAIL PARTY HBRA DIRECTORY Specializing In: p.6 p.7 p.8 p.9 HBRA LAUNCHING LUXURY HOME TOUR p.10 MEMBER NEWS OLSON WINS BBB AWARD BUY RAILINGS AT IBS IN ORLANDO p.12 p.12 CONNIE COOPER DESIGNS WINDOW p.13 STEPHANIE RAPP ROOM WITH A VIEW p.14 NEW FAIRFIELD HBRA JOB BANK NEW MEMBERS ASSOCIATE SPOTLIGHT OSHA 10 HOUR CONSTRUCTION BUILDER NEWS REINSTATE HEALTH REIMBURSEMENT OSHA RELEASES SAFETY GUIDE BUILDERS: ACCESS TO LENDING EASES THE NEXT BIG THING: HEALTHY HOMES BUILDERS AND UNCERTAINTY FEDERAL JUDGE DELAYS OVERTIME RULE p.14 p.15 p.16 p.18 p.20 p.20 p.21 p.21 p.21 p.22 CELEBRATING NAHB’S 75TH ANNIVERSARY p.22 MEMBER BENEFITS p.24 ADVERTISING/SPONSOR PAGES VIP Circle Elevator Service Company Interstate Lumber CTC&G Fairfield County Bank Hocon Gas Ridgefield Supply DiMatteo East Haven Builder’s Supply United Bank Ring's End p.3 p.5 p.5 p.11 p.19 p.20 p.22 p.23 p.25 p.25 p.26 Residential Elevators | Commercial Elevators | Construction Hoists Limited Use Limited Application Elevators (LULA) Vertical Platform Lifts | Inclined Lifts | Stair Lifts Dumbwaiters | Material Lifts (Vertical Reciprocating Conveyors) And all other associated Vertical Transportation Equipment Serving: Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and Eastern New York 203-757-5000 47 Water St. Torrington, CT 06790 www.ElevatorServiceCo.com CT Lic.# ELV. 400105 R1 - RI Lic. # 21 MA Lic.# EC-000093 Providing not one, but ALL Major Manufacturer’s Equipment 3 3 3 3 3 Beautiful Low maintenance Resist mold, mildew Limited Lifetime Warranty Fade and Stain Warranty BUILD YOUR DREAM DECK Locations in Greenwich, Stamford, Bethel, Newtown CT & Shrub Oak, NY Call Us at 1-888-499-8889 or visit InterstateLumber.com 4 | HBRA of Fairfield County | DECEMBER 2016 DECEMBER 2016 | HBRA of Fairfield County | 5
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HB RA Home Builders & Remodelers Assn. Fairfi eld County Dear HBRA Members, At the holiday season, our thoughts turn gratefully to those who have made our progress possible. It is with the support of the board of directors, committee members and membership at large,that we have had some of the most wonderful events and educational opportunities. Thank you to all that attended the Holiday Cocktail party on December 7th! Your kind donations of toys made the holiday brighter for children at the Open Door shelter in Norwalk. What a nice holiday surprise for Rich Greenawalt of Oxford Lumber, the winner of the $500 raffle! See pages 8 and 9 for pictures and details on the evening. Congratulations to Olson Development, L.L.C., for receiving the 2016 CT Business/Consumer Education Award from the Better Business Bureau for their consistent efforts to educate businesses and consumers on home construction and building practices. See page 12. Congratulations to Connie Cooper of Connie Cooper Designs and Stephanie Rapp of Stephanie Rapp Interiors on the magnificent displays they designed for the holiday season, See pages 13 and 14 for photos. The January OSHA class (January 19 & 20) sponsored by the DiMatteo Group and Ring’s End is already half full. Please see page 18 for details on registering before the class is sold out. We have quite a large group attending the International Building Show in Orlando. I will be helping out at the BuilderBooks Bookstore on Wednesday, Jan. 11, from 2-3 pm - I hope to see many of you there. The 2017 Luxury Home Tour that will be held in April 2017 is starting to shape up with some of the most beautiful homes in lower Fairfield County! We are still accepting applications so please call the office with any questions. As always, if you have any questions, please call the office or e-mail us at hbra@buildfairfieldcounty.com! Best, Upcoming Committee Meetings Membership Committee Meeting Wed December 21, 2016 12:00pm HBRA Office Gina Calabro gina@buildfairfieldcounty.com Because the goodwill of those we serve is the foundation of our success, it’s a real pleasure at this holiday time to say “thank you” as we wish you a year of happiness and prosperity. 6 | HBRA of Fairfield County | DECEMBER 2016 Happy Holidays! from the HBRA Staff * The HBRA of Fairfield County Office is closed on December 26, 2016 and January 2, 2017* Associate Council Committee Meeting Wed January 10, 2017 4pm HBRA Office A Message from the Executive Officer January 10 - 12, 2017 International Builders Show Orlando Florida Click Here for Information January 19 - 20, 2017 OSHA10 Construction Ring's End Educational Facility Stamford, CT Click Here to Register February 1, 2017 General Membership Meeting Ed’s Garage Doors & Sunshine Floors Showrooms 136 Water Street Norwalk CT 06854, US Click Here to Register DECEMBER 2016 | HBRA of Fairfield County | 7 HBRA Holiday Party T he HBRA Holiday party on December 7th was a rousing success. Close to 120 members and guests attended the event at O’Neill’s Irish Pub in South Norwalk. Food and drink was aplenty for the evening that was capped off with a $500 raffle winner – Rich Greenawalt of Oxford Lumber. Unwrapped toys to “Fill a Truck” were collected and were donated to the Open Door shelter in Norwalk CT. Special thanks to Chris Steiner of Steiner Inc., who graciously volunteered his truck to haul the huge number of toys received and thanks to all who contributed to this effort. Items included dolls, stuffed animals, Legos, and even a bike! We had previously hoped to donate the toys to Norwalk Hospital, but they were not able to accept all of the toys due to medical restrictions. The Open Door shelter, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, addresses the causes and complexities of the homeless and working poor by providing shelter, food, clothing, and many other services to offer a path towards independence and success. They were very appreciative that our association was able to contribute to their mission with our toy donation for the holidays. Holiday Party Raffle Winner! l-r: Chris Steiner, Steiner, Inc.; Rich Greenawalt, Oxford Lumber; Gina Calabro, EO Reserve Your Space Now! Deadline: January 7, 2017 2017 HBRA MEMBERSHIP Directory & Resource Guide For additional photos please visit the HBRA Photo Gallery l-r: Greg Pastor, United Bank; Maureen Hanley, United Bank; Ken DeLeo, Doherty & DeLeo Development; Gina Calabro, EO; Peter Gaboriault, Bear Paw Builders DON’T MISS OUT ON THIS OPPORTUNITY! Your placement of directory advertising not only promotes your business but helps the HBRA of Fairfield County with annual operating expenses! All members receive up to two (2) FREE category listings. Paid Ad space receives five (5) category listings. Call the HBRA Office at 203-335-7008 or email clare@fairfieldcounty.com for the Paid Advertising and FREE category listings form 2016 Member Directory & Resource Guide The HBRA Membership Directory & Resource Guide reaches hundreds of members and thousands of consumers each year through the printed and online flipbook directory. The directory will be distributed to various locations including banks and mortgage lenders, real estate offices, and at the Luxury Home Tour. ock Turnpike, Suite 307, Fairfi eld, CT 06825 203.335.7008 www.buildfairfi eldcounty.com 8 | HBRA of Fairfield County | DECEMBER 2016 DECEMBER 2016 | HBRA of Fairfield County | 9
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HBRA Launching Luxury Home Tour In April 2017 LUXURY HOME TOUR Cottagesgardens.Com | JanUarY 2016 T he Luxury Home Tour, presented by HBRA of Fairfield County, is an exciting opportunity for builders in Greenwich, Darien, New Canaan, and Westport to showcase their new homes to potential clients. Prospective buyers will be able to view the most magnificent, well-appointed homes that represent the vision and artistry of some of the most admired and innovative home builders in the lower Fairfield County area. The tours will be held on two separate weekends, April 21-23 and 28-30, and offer different sponsorship and advertising opportunities. No other promotional opportunity available in the Fairfield County Market has the ability to deliver hundreds of potential home buyers and future customers right to your doorstep. Two charities, one local and one national, will receive donations from ticket sales. The homes selected for the Luxury Home Tour will be marketed with over $40,000 in promotional advertising mediums including: • CTC&G: 1-page to 2-page spread of the tour homes. • Transit Marketing: Train platform advertising in Lower Fairfield CT & Westchester County, NY • Sunday Arts & Style – Hearst Newspapers • Full Page Color Ad in Guidebook: About the Tour Home, and the Builder • Mobile App: Home listing and map on iPhones and Androids. • Luxury Home Tour Website B: Three Pages dedicated to the Tour Home and the Builder • Dedicated invite e-blasts to CTC&G email list to attend the tour • CTC&G E-newsletter articles on the homes • Photo gallery on cottagesgardens.com The deadline has been extended to January to enter a home in the tour. For more information about the application, or on advertising and sponsorship opportunities, call the HBRA office at 203-335-7008 or visit www.ctluxuryhometour.com. MEDIA SPONSOR KITCHENS Fresh Ideas for 10 | HBRA of Fairfield County | DECEMBER 2016 DECEMBER 2016 | HBRA of Fairfield County | 11 connecticut cottages & gardens January 2016 cottagesgardens.com MEMBER NEWS Small Business Wins Better Business Bureau State Consumer Award Olson Development, L.L.C., a custom home building company, has won the 2016 Better Business Bureau award for Business/Consumer Education for the state of Connecticut. This award recognizes Olson Development’s strong, consistent efforts to educate businesses and consumers on home construction and building practices. Olson Development attributes this recognition to the quality and effort we place on customer service, as well as providing education on the newest products used in our construction projects. All homeowners should receive information on how to care for their homes, and we like to provide that information in a timely manner throughout the changing seasons. We share our insights through social media, making it easily accessible for everyone. Find Olson Development on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Olson’s Blog, www.olsondevelopmentllc.com/blog. The Better Business Bureau (BBB) acknowledges companies that provide superior service as well as companies whose business practices maintain a high level of integrity and trust. Many Connecticut state wide businesses attended the ceremony that took place on November 10, 2016. About Olson Development, L.L.C. Olson Development has over 30 years of experience building custom homes in Fairfield County, CT. Mark Olson, owner, specializes in waterfront construction, both new and remodeled homes, and difficult building challenges. He and his team can guide you through the building process making the building experience enjoyable. Buy Railings will be at the International Builders Show in Orlando BuyRailings.com is the #1 best seller of decorative railings in the USA! BuyRailings is a division of Lido Designs, Inc. Established since 2002. We are a North American Manufacturer and distributor offering an endless variety of consumer and commercial top quality products such as tubing, components for architectural railings, safety railings, kitchen, bar railings, closet hardware, and much more! Visit Catherine Hartman, a fellow HBRA member at Booth S2582 Connie Cooper Designs Decorates Holiday Window for a Good Cause Farrow & Ball enlisted 14 designers, which included HBRA member Connie Cooper of Connie Cooper Designs, to outfit windows with the theme "Comfort and Cure" in each of its locations across the country in an effort to spread awareness about HIV and AIDS. Partnering with DIFFA, the Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS, the windows were unveiled on December 1, which was World AIDS Day. "My goal was to create a display that would honor the medical professionals working so hard to find a cure for AIDS," says Cooper. "My space is imagined as the personal office of a doctor who travels the world helping those with AIDS. She is home for the holidays but still focused on her critical work. I was even able to find an antique doctor's bag that was filled with all sorts of vintage medical tools and apparatus from 1948." See Connie’s beautiful window display in person at Farrow & Ball, 396 Post Road East, Westport. Also visit Connie’s website at www.conniecooperdesigns.com 12 | HBRA of Fairfield County | DECEMBER 2016 DECEMBER 2016 | HBRA of Fairfield County | 13
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MEMBER NEWS NEW MEMBERS Stephanie Rapp Interiors ROOMS with a VIEW Since 1995, ROOMS with A VIEW (RWAV) is the premier design event in Fairfield County created by the Dean of American Design, Mr. Albert Hadley. Each year, 12 designers are invited to create 6’ x 8’ vignettes. These minirooms (8-foot ceilings and three walls) are staged in the library and great hall of the historic, stone, Gothic Revival style Southport Congregational Church in Southport, CT. The theme for 2016 was Comfort and Joy and HBRA member Stephanie Rapp, transformed her space into just that by designing an inviting space that also feels festive and fun with a cool, lounge ambience. Warm tones in orange and gold make the space feel cozy and welcoming while cool, silvery chairs and acrylic and marble accents bring a glam vibe. With a bar and comfy seating, it truly makes you want to curl up with a cool cocktail. Stephanie’s Room was wellreceived by those in attendance, and by the media . Announcing the Fairfield County HBRA Job Bank! HBRA members now have the opportunity to submit a job listing for available positions through the HBRA Job Bank, a free online service. The Job Bank lists vacant job positions within the homebuilding industry, as well as resumes of industry professionals who are seeking positions. Once a submission is approved, the job will be posted for 45 days, and will be listed in the monthly Building Connections Magazine. Non-members may submit a listing for $50. Job seekers may post their resumes at no charge. For more information contact the office or email hbra@buildfairfieldcounty.com. 14 | HBRA of Fairfield County | DECEMBER 2016 The HBRA of Fairfield County is not an employment agency nor will the HBRA recommend or refer any person seeking employment. It is up to the Member to contact an applicant directly to make an employment decision. The charitable event raised funds for local charities and was covered by CTC&G, New England Home, At Home Magazine, Weston Forum, and Quintessence Blog. To learn more visit Stephanie’s website at www. stephanierappinteriors.com/ Welcome to the newest members of HBRA of Fairfield County! Go to www.buildfairfieldcounty.com for their contact info. Michelle Hogue Hogue Interior Design Located in the heart of Westport, Connecticut, hogueID prides itself on offering purposeful yet personal interiors. With a reputation for listening to clients, working within a budget, and offering fresh design solutions, hogueID consistently delivers outstanding service on each new build, renovation or remodel. Designing award-winning spaces, hogueID, collaboratively works with an elite team of architects, artisans, craftsmen and builders with a shared goal of making the client's vision a reality. When the process is as important as the project, turn to hogueID. Bob Katchko Katchko & Sons Construction Services Inc. Katchko and Sons construction was formed in 1987 under the current founder and CEO Robert Katchko. Robert's definitive passion for excavation and drive for customer satisfaction has made Katchko and Sons Construction the company it is today. Our foremost concern is your needs- it is our priority that you as the customer are receiving the treatment that you deserve. We pride ourselves on completing each project with professionalism, integrity, and transparency so that you as a customer are pleased with our operations. Vicki Beltz Tile & Stone Techniques Tile & Stone Techniques is the tile-focused store operated by Fairfield County’s renowned marble & granite fabricator, Stone Techniques. We specialize in the latest designer tiles and materials. Visit our showrooms for a consultation or to browse our curated inventory. WELCOME TO OUR NEW AFFILIATE MEMBERS Judy Doyle Wright Building Company Bobby Fahey Closet and Storage Concepts Raymond LaFlamme Wells Fargo Home Mortgage DECEMBER 2016 | HBRA of Fairfield County | 15 NOVEMBER SPOTLIGHT Stephanie Rapp Stephanie Rapp Interiors has overseen a wide range of luxury interior projects for primary homes in Fairfield and Westchester Counties, as well as client’s vacation homes. Along with Stephanie’s creative vision and approachable personality, clients have come to appreciate her thoughtful planning and pragmatic approach as well. Carlo Vona Jr. Paramount Stone provides quality craftsmanship in design, fabrication, and installation of marble, granite and building stone in the Tri-state area. We have a custom design solution for all budgets. No matter how complex or simple the design, our highly trained staff will work with you to complete the project successfully. Visit our showroom and let us help guide you to the perfect creation. Michael P. Burdo Esq. Bansley | Anthony | Burdo, LLC is a mid-sized lawfirm based in Fairfield, Connecticut, providing advice and counseling on all matters related to the construction and development industry. Our firm is focused on Fairfield and New Haven Counties, but has a statewide footprint. Our principals have previous large firm experience in such matters. Cacace, Tusch, Santagata The law firm of Cacace, Tusch & Santagata is a full service general practice firm dedicated to providing its clients with quality legal work at reasonable fees. Using a team approach, our lawyers practice in a number of areas: real estate, family law, land use and zoning, litigation, employment, personal injury, estate planning and probate. Sharon McCormick Sharon McCormick is the only U.S. interior designer with expertise in design, accounting, finance, and psychology. This unique combination affords clients a skilled designer, well-versed in budgets, who leads clients to consensus in record time. Sharon McCormick Design specializes in new construction, renovations, additions, and interior decorating. 16 | HBRA of Fairfield County | DECEMBER 2016 Candace Adams Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties and Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Westchester Properties' New Homes & Land Division gives developers, home builders and land owners the specialized services they need in a competitive and ever changing real estate market. DECEMBER 2016 | HBRA of Fairfield County | 17 Matt Orsaia AMEC is a specialty contracting company that services both Connecticut and New York. AMEC focuses on commercial and residential projects where we can provide Demolition, Excavation, Dumpster, Specialty Contracting and Waste Recycling Services. Our Mission: To be dynamic & aggressive problem solvers offering collaborative, in-house services to save our clients time and money Jeffrey Vangele Jeffrey Vangele joined the Wells Fargo Home Mortgage Team in 2013. He has 17 years of experience in the residential mortgage industry. Before joining our staff, he was a branch manager for GFI Mortgage Bankers and prior to that he owned and successfully managed a mortgage brokerage company, First Connecticut Financial.
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SEMINARS AND TRAINING Financing some of the top builders in Fairfield County. Register Online or call the HBRA office at 203-335-7008 OSHA 10 Hour Construction Thursday, January 19 & Friday, January 20, 2016* 8:00am-2:00pm Breakfast/Registration starts at 7:30AM Rings End Educational Facility 160 Avon Street, Stratford, CT OSHA is coming to FINE you! Get ahead of them & learn what you need to know for your business and your employees. The OSHA 10hour construction training course is designed for anyone in the construction industry. Upon completion, participants will receive an OSHA construction safety and health 10-hour course completion card from the Department of Labor. OSHA 10 cards are good for 5 years. HBRA Members: $30.00 Non-Members: $60.00 *Must attend both dates in order to receive OSHA card-per federal regulation. Continental Breakfast & Lunch included both days. Payment must be received by January 13th to reserve your spot. Walk-ins will not be accepted at this course due to limited seating. Sponsored by: People you trust, service you expect, and products to fit your financial needs. • Construction Financing • Commercial Mortgages • Term Loans • Revolving Lines of Credit Virginia Turnbull Senior Vice President, Commercial Lending (203) 431-7465 Virginia.Turnbull@fairfieldcountybank.com For more information, contact one of our lenders today! Patrick McNamara Allison Knapp Senior Vice President, Team Leader-Southern Division, Commercial Lending (203) 319-7021 Allison.Knapp@fairfieldcountybank.com Construction Officer, Commercial Lending (203) 431-7542 Patrick.Mcnamara@fairfieldcountybank.com 877.431.7431 • www.fairfieldcountybank.com NMLS ID #516624 EQUAL HOUSING L E ND E R MEMBER FDIC 18 | HBRA of Fairfield County | DECEMBER 2016 DECEMBER 2016 | HBRA of Fairfield County | 19 BUILDER NEWS OSHA Releases Safety Recommendation Guide For Construction By Emily Peiffer Dive Brief: House Votes to Reinstate Health Reimbursement Arrangements Labor, Safety and Health The House of Representatives today passed the 21st Century Cures Act, a comprehensive health care package that includes NAHB-supported legislation that would allow home building firms and other small businesses to provide Health Reimbursement Arrangements (HRAs) to help their employees pay for health insurance. HRAs allow small businesses to offer pre-tax dollars to insured employees to help pay premiums and/or other out-of-pocket costs associated with medical care and services. Most small companies do not have human resource departments or benefits specialists. HRAs offer these businesses a simpler, easier way to help their employees to obtain health coverage. “As a key driver of efforts to include HRAs in some type of yearend legislation, NAHB was thrilled to see it added to the 21st Century Cures Act,” said NAHB Chairman Ed Brady. Read More • The Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued a new guide, “Recommended Practices for Safety and Health Programs in Construction,” Thursday to offer employers additional resources that can help create a safe workplace. • OSHA said the new guidelines — which don’t change current legal requirements or add rules — will likely be most helpful to small and mid-sized contractors, who don’t always have access to training specialists and safety information. Read More Propane and Natural Gas Products! Connecticut’s largest family owned Propane company with over 350,000 gallons of storage, HOCON GAS has a reputation for delivering propane energy and industry expertise for more than 60 years! Pete “Propane Pete” Battaglio with over 33 years of experience Sr. Regional Sales Manager Hocon Gas, Inc. • 6 Armstrong Road Shelton, CT 06484 Office: 203.402.7800 • Fax: 203.944.0300 Cell: 203.343.2199 Email: pbattaglio@hocongas.com www.hocongas.com The Next Big Thing: Healthy Homes By Robyn Griggs Lawrence NORWALK 33 Rockland Rd. (203) 853-1500 WATERBURY 20 Railroad Hill St. (203) 754-7601 20 | HBRA of Fairfield County | DECEMBER 2016 GUILFORD 736 Boston Post Rd. (203) 458-2790 DANBURY 86 Payne Rd. (203) 744-4000 TORRINGTON 2407 Winsted Rd. (860) 626-0900 Copyright © Hocon • HOD#726-30 When Meritage Homes began to ask its average buyer, a 36-year-old mother of three, how it could create better value in 2009, the subject of health kept coming up. Moms were worried about kids with allergies and concerned about soaring child asthma rates. They’d read that environmental toxins could disrupt children’s hormone development and watched HGTV shows about people building houses that promote wellness. They said they had enough to think about without having to worry about mold, offgassing, and radon. Read More Builders: Access To Lending Eases By John McManus Lending once stood right up there with lots and labor as one of a workaday home builder’s triumvirate of pain and anguish points. Access to bank finance, particularly to buy or develop home sites, was tight as a drum the first couple of years of housing’s recovery. Now, though, according to builders’ responses to a quarterly National Association of Home Builders survey, that type of finance for acquisition, development, and construction got a tad easier to obtain in the past three months than in the prior three. NAHB economist Michael Neal writes: Easing on net over the third quarter took place on all forms of credit with standards on single-family construction recording the greatest net percentage of easing. As illustrated by Figure 1 below, a net of 17 percent of respondents reported that standards on loans for single-family construction had eased. Meanwhile, 10 percent of respondents on net said that land development loans had eased and 5 percent of builders on net reported eased credit standards on land acquisition loans. Read More Builders And Uncertainty By John McManus Certainty is a firm conviction something is the case. To speak to certainty’s qualities, we use terms like sureness, confidence, and the absence of doubt. For housing and its disproportionately important subsystem of home builders—especially since the Great Recession—not much is, or has been, or ever will be a sure thing, nor do its more experienced denizens put a heck of a lot of stock in expectations that things will go reliably one way or another. In other words, home builders— and the ecosystem of land sellers and developers, investors, lenders, trade partners, manufacturing and materials suppliers, real estate agents, and others connected to home builders—live with the opposite of certainty very nearly always. Read More DECEMBER 2016 | HBRA of Fairfield County | 21
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BUILDER NEWS Federal Judge Delays Overtime Rule In a victory for NAHB, a federal judge in Texas on Nov. 22 granted a preliminary injunction to delay implementation of the Department of Labor’s new overtime rule. The rule, which was scheduled to take effect Dec. 1, would double the minimum salary limit from $23,660 to $47,476. NAHB joined other business groups in filing a legal challenge to the overtime rule on Sept. 20. The lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas. In addition, 21 states have also filed suit challenging the rule and the two lawsuits have been consolidated. The parties have filed motions for a summary judgment. While the injunction is only temporary, the ruling by Judge Amos Mazzant sent a strong signal that he could likely side with NAHB and our business coalition. “The State Plaintiffs have shown a likelihood of success on the merits because the Final Rule exceeds the Department’s authority,” Mazzant wrote in his opinion. Working with House and Senate lawmakers and members of our business coalition, the Partnership to Protect Workplace Opportunity, NAHB has been leading the effort to mitigate the effects of the overtime rule. Read More Celebrating NAHB’s 75th Anniversary Next year marks NAHB’s 75th anniversary, and preparations are underway for this year-long celebration, which will kick off during the NAHB 2017 International Builders’ Show®. To keep you up to date on anniversary-related news and events, NAHB will launch a dedicated, 75th anniversary webpage in January. The web- page will feature resources that local HBAs can use to highlight the impact of the home building industry and showcase the benefits of member- ship to prospective members. HBAs can opt to join in on the celebration by holding their own 75th anniversary-themed events. We’d like to hear from you about the positive contribution of your members in your community. • Did your HBA or company recently reach a significant milestone? • What impact did your HBA and its builders have on your community? Some of these achievements will be featured on NAHB’s 75th anniversary webpage to be shared with other members nationwide as well as the general public. You can send us a brief summary of those success stories by using this submission form. For more information, contact Camilo Cuba at 800-368-5242 x8437. 29 Prospect St., Ridgefield CT 203.438.2626 www.ridgefieldsupply.com • Mon-Fri. 7-5 Sat. 8-4 Closed Sundays Look no further for an insurance agent who can work with you to design an insurance portfolio just right for your business. If you engage in construction or remodeling of one or two family residences in CT then I want to talk to you. worryproof. timeproof. 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BOARD OF DIRECTORS 2016-17 OFFICERS President Vice-President Chris Steiner Steiner, Inc. Sr. Vice-President Anthony DeRosa DeRosa Builders Kim DiMatteo DiMatteo Group Secretary/Treasurer Michael Church William Pitt Sotheby's Immediate Past President Peter Gaboriault Bear Paw Builders 2016-17 DIRECTORS Peter Battaglio Max Bender Steve Berko Ken DeLeo John Hertz Brian Kurtz Rob Michaud Steven Roth Alex Shook Michael Wood HBRA Staff Gina Calabro Executive Officer Sarah Iannarone Executive Assistant Clare Michalak Marketing & Graphics Coordinator HBRA of Fairfield County 2228 Black Rock Turnpike Suite 307 Fairfield, CT 06825 203-335-7008 Hocon Gas Bender Supply Four Square Build & Design Doherty & DeLeo Hertz Construction Interstate Lumber The Michaud Group Elevator Service Company Pella Commercial Wood Builders LIFE DIRECTORS Joanne Carroll Jerry Effren Gary Fanali Peter Fusaro Maureen Hanley Andrew La Sala Jr. Michael Palumbo Nick Yanicelli Want to advertise? Contact the office for more information and rates. hbra@buildfairfieldcounty.com www. buildfairfieldcounty.com JMC Resources The Greyrock Companies City Carting Preferred Builders United Bank Cannondale Building & Design ERI Building & Design Susquehanna Enterprises 2 | HBRA of Fairfield County | November 2016 HBRA VIP CIRCLE gas Thank you to the following VIP Associate Members for their support in 2016. Due to their generosity the Association greatly benefits - from developing new events and educational opportunities for the membership, to keeping our lights on! November 2016 | HBRA of Fairfield County | 3
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CONTENTS: NOVEMBER 2016 LETTER FROM THE CEO UPCOMING EVENTS NOVEMBER GMM THE HOBIS HOBI AWARDEES MEMBER NEWS p.6 p.7 p.8 p.10 p.12 CONGRATS SUNSHINE FLOORS p.20 WELCOME SARAH IANNARONE p.21 TRI CHAMBER EXPO NEW MEMBERS ASSOCIATE SPOTLIGHT BUILDER NEWS NEW OVERTIME RULE 2017 BUILDER SHOW 5 STEPS FOR FALL PROTECTION GO TIME 2016 CONSTRUCTION CONTRACTS CMG'S PASSIVE HOUSE SHAPING THE HOUSING MARKET BUILDING TOGETHER MEMBER BENEFITS ADVERTISING/SPONSOR PAGES VIP Circle Ridgefield Supply Hocon Gas HBRA Holiday Cocktail Party United Bank Elevator Service Company DiMatteo Interstate Lumber LUXURY HOME TOUR 4 | HBRA of Fairfield County | November 2016 Fairfield County Bank Luxury Home Tour Ring's End p.20 p.16 p.18 p.20 p.20 p.20 p.21 p.22 p.22 p.22 p.23 p.26 p.3 p.5 p.5 p.7 p.9 p.13 p.17 p.23 p.24 p.25 p.28 29 Prospect St., Ridgefield CT 203.438.2626 www.ridgefieldsupply.com • Mon-Fri. 7-5 Sat. 8-4 Closed Sundays worryproof. timeproof. When you’re building a new home, time-tested Andersen® 400 Series windows and patio doors deliver the worry-free performance you want. With their durability, weathertight fit and overall quality craftsmanship, it’s easy to see why builders use Andersen windows and patio doors more than any other product on the market. Why choose anything else? “ENERGY STAR” is a registered trademark of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. “Andersen” and all other marks where denoted are trademarks of Andersen Corporation. ©2014 Andersen Corporation. All rights reserved. Propane and Natural Gas Products! Connecticut’s largest family owned Propane company with over 350,000 gallons of storage, HOCON GAS has a reputation for delivering propane energy and industry expertise for more than 60 years! Pete “Propane Pete” Battaglio with over 33 years of experience Sr. Regional Sales Manager Hocon Gas, Inc. • 6 Armstrong Road Shelton, CT 06484 Office: 203.402.7800 • Fax: 203.944.0300 Cell: 203.343.2199 Email: pbattaglio@hocongas.com www.hocongas.com NORWALK 33 Rockland Rd. (203) 853-1500 WATERBURY 20 Railroad Hill St. (203) 754-7601 GUILFORD 736 Boston Post Rd. (203) 458-2790 DANBURY 86 Payne Rd. (203) 744-4000 TORRINGTON 2407 Winsted Rd. (860) 626-0900 Copyright © Hocon • HOD#726-30 November 2016 | HBRA of Fairfield County | 5
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HB RA Home Builders & Remodelers Assn. Fairfi eld County Dear HBRA Members, Here is it is already November and as we all know that means the HOBI's! Fairfield County HBRA members once again took home 82 prestigious awards. Congratulations to all of the winners and to all who were nominated. A list of the Fairfield County awardees are on pages 12-13. Thank you to Karen Bradbury and her crew at Closet and Storage Concepts for hosting the November 2nd General Membership Meeting at her showroom in Norwalk. See pages 8-9 for pictures and details on the evening. I am happy to welcome another new staff member, Sarah Iannarone to the HBRA family. Sarah is the new Executive Assistant and will be handling membership and events. Applications to our Builder members have been mailed out for the 2017 Luxury Home Tour. The committee has worked diligently on organizing this event that I believe will be a flagship event for our organization. It is an opportunity for prospective buyers to be able to view the most magnificent, wellappointed homes that represent the vision and artistry of some of the most admired and innovative home builders in the lower Fairfield County area. Please call the office with any questions. Thanksgiving 2016 is just around the corner. A time to reflect on the things we are thankful. I would like to express my gratitude on being a part of this exceptional organization and for all of the wonderful people I have the opportunity to interact and work with, and how the membership has grown! I wish you all a blessed Thanksgiving. As always, if you have any questions, please call the office or e-mail us at hbra@buildfairfieldcounty.com! Best, A Message from the Executive Officer Gina Calabro gina@buildfairfieldcounty.com 6 | HBRA of Fairfield County | November 2016 November 29, 2016 District 8 Meeting 99 East Ave at The Norwalk Inn, Norwalk CT 12:00 - 2:00PM Non-Members: $12.00 payable at the door RSVP: Wireland@norwalkct.org or (203)854-7760 Credit: 2 Hours December 7, 2016 HBRA Holiday Cocktail Party O'Neill's Irish Pub, Norwalk Details to Follow Click Here to Register January 19 - 20, 2017 OSHA10 Construction Ring's End Educational Facility Stamford, CT Details to Follow Click Here to Register Upcoming Committee Meetings Membership Committee Meeting Wed November 30, 2016 12:00pm HBRA Office LUXURY HOME TOUR Showcase your newly constructed home to prospective buyers Contact the office for more information The Luxury Home Tour April 21-23 and 28- 30, 2017 November 2016 | HBRA of Fairfield County | 7
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novEMBER GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING November 2nd Meeting at Closet & Storage Concepts Showroom in Norwalk ver 100 members and guests joined us for the November General Membership Meeting to network, have some food and drink and for Robin Faller from Driven Local's presentation on how consumers use Houzz and Pinterest. The event was sponsored by Villeroy and Boch and hosted by Karen Bradbury of Closet and Storage Concepts. O Steven Roth of Elevator Service Company was the big raffle winner of the night. He won a Leica laser measuring tool, sponsored by Hafele. The Membership Raffle was sponsored by Tile America and was at $500. The name pulled was Margaret Price from Ridgefield Supply Company -- but Margaret was not in attendance so the final drawing for 2016 will be held at the Holiday Cocktail Party on December 7th. 8 | HBRA of Fairfield County | November 2016 For additional photos please visit the HBRA Photo Gallery MEET THE MOST POWERFUL BUSINESS PARTNERS IN FAIRFIELD COUNTY. Kathryn A. Eren, VP, Cash Management Officer; Lisa Stuard, AVP Commercial Loan Administrator; Maureen Hanley-Bellitto, SVP, Commercial Team Leader; Gregory Pastor, Jr. VP, Commercial Banking Officer; Kim Karl, VP, Commercial Banking Officer; Deep community roots. Unrivaled market knowledge. Unmatched customer service. When a bank builds its commercial banking team around the values that truly make a difference in helping your business and community grow and prosper, that’s more than banking. That’s changing the way you bank. Talk to us today. Visit bankatunited.com/commercial November 2016 | HBRA of Fairfield County | 9
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Top AwardsCOngrats to the 2016 HOBI Award Winners Duffy Craftsmen Spec Home of the Year Fletcher Development Custom Home of the Year Sound Beach Partners Remodeling Home of the Year Custom Homes Davenport Contracting Best Custom Home Over 10,000 SF Fletcher Development Best Custom Home 9,000 - 10,000 SF Greenwich Construction Best Custom Home 7,000 - 8,000 SF ERI Design Build Outstanding Custom Home 7,000 - 8,000 SF Argus Development Best Custom Home 6,000 - 7,000 SF Gilson Fine Homes Outstanding Custom Home 6,000 - 7,000 Karp Associates Best Custom Home 5,000 - 6,000 SF DeRosa Builders Outstanding Fairfield County Custom Home LoParco Builders Best Fairfield County Custom Home Under 3,000 SF Greenwich Realty Management Best in Town Custom Home Prutting & Company Best Modern Style Custom Home Davenport Contracting Outstanding Modern Custom Home VAS Construction Best Vacation Home Sound Beach Partners Best Out of State Custom Home Spec Homes Duffy Craftsmen Best Spec Home Over $10 Million -Best Library BSF Properties Best Spec Home $8-10 Million Peerless Construction Best Spec Home $8 - 10 Million Backcountry RAM Best Spec Home $6-7 Million Twelve Development Best Spec Home $5-6 Million -Best Kitchen, Outstanding Bath, and Best Lower Level Fletcher Development Best Spec Home $4-5 Million SIR Development Outstanding Spec Home $4-5 Million SIR Development Outstanding Spec Home $3-4 Million -Best Walk In Closet/Dressing Room Bluewater Home Builders Outstanding Spec Home $3-4 Million - Best Entry, Best 12 | HBRA of Fairfield County | November 2016 Bath & Best Outdoor Room Bluewater Home Builders Best Spec Home $2-3 Million SIR Development Outstanding Spec Home $2-3 Million Archetype Best Spec Home $1-2 Million Michaud Group Best Fairfield County Spec Home $750,000 - 1 Million Connecticut Residential Best Spec Home Under $400,000 Quibus, LLC Best In Town Spec Home Stellar Homes Outstanding in Town Spec Home SIR Development Best Not So Big Spec Home Fletcher Development Outstanding Not So Big Spec Home Communities Toll Brothers Inc. Best Townhouse Community Toll Brothers Inc. Best Fairfield County Townhouse Best Small Lot Community Best Traditional Community Best Single Family Home $500,000 - 600,000 Best 55+ Home 2,000 - 3,000 SF Remodeling Sound Beach Partners Best Residential Remodel $2-3 Million Sound Beach Partners Best Conversion/Pool House Greentek Best Green Energy Efficient Home Remodel RR Builders Best Residential Remodel $5-7 Million Domus Constructors Best Residential Remodel $1-2 Million - Best Multi-Gen unit MLR Properties Outstanding Residential Remodel $1-2 Million Bluewater Home Builders Outstanding Fairfield County Residential Remodel - Best Remodeled Kitchen - Best Remodeled Lower Level Hemingway Construction Best Residential Remodel $750,000 - 1 Million Best Outdoor Living Environment Bonnie Paige Interiors Best Residential Remodel $500,000 - 750,000 Blansfield Builders Best Residential Remodel $250,000- 500,000 Koushouris Construction Outstanding Residential Remodel $250,000 - 500,000 Lin Daniels Design Best Residential Remodel under $100,000 Bluewater Home Builders Best Remodeled Bath Steiner Inc. Tile America/TORRCO Best New Showroom Clarke Best Commercial Rehab Murphy Brother's Contracting Best Adaptive Reuse Murphy Brother's Contracting Best Green Commercial Special Focus Murphy Brother's Contracting Outstanding Library Emilia Ferri Architecture and Design Outstanding Entry Feature Murphy Brother's Storage Best Exterior Feature Hemingway Construction Outstanding Special Purpose Room Davenport Contracting Outstanding Special Purpose Room LoParco Associates Outstanding Special Purpose Room Leigh Overland Architect Best New Product/Construction Technology Murphy Brothers Contracting Best New Product Elevator Service Company Best Home Elevator CAFD Outstanding Outdoor Showroom Best Small Showroom County TV & Appliance Best Showroom 5,000 - 10,000 SF Bender Best Showroom Overall Bluewater Home Builders Best Builder Website Bender Best Supplier Website Sales and Marketing Julie Haroun Westport Residential/SIR Development New Home Broker of the Year Nicole DeFrancesco, Toll Brothers Inc. New Home Sales Manager of the Year HBRA of Fairfield County for Building Connections by Executive Officer Gina Calabro Best Digital Newsletter/Magazine Karp Associates Best Community Website - Fairfield County BA Staging and Interiors Best Home Staging Stage to Show Outstanding Home Staging Connie Cooper Design Best Interior Design Community Service CCO Habitats - David Vynerib Specializing In: Residential Elevators | Commercial Elevators | Construction Hoists Limited Use Limited Application Elevators (LULA) Vertical Platform Lifts | Inclined Lifts | Stair Lifts Dumbwaiters | Material Lifts (Vertical Reciprocating Conveyors) And all other associated Vertical Transportation Equipment Serving: Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and Eastern New York 203-757-5000 47 Water St. Torrington, CT 06790 www.ElevatorServiceCo.com CT Lic.# ELV. 400105 R1 - RI Lic. # 21 MA Lic.# EC-000093 Providing not one, but ALL Major Manufacturer’s Equipment November 2016 | HBRA of Fairfield County | 13
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mEMBER NEWS Walking on SunShine in Norwalk, CT SunShine Floor Supplies, Inc. held the Grand Opening of their Norwalk Showroom at 136 Water Street on Thursday, October 20. The event was a great success and was attended by local business owners, builders, and architects. Area dignitaries including, Mayor Harry W. Rilling, Senator Bob Duff, Edward Musante and Brian Griffin from the Greater Norwalk Chamber of Commerce were also in attendance and participated in the official ribbon cutting ceremony. For more information about Sunshine Floor Supplies, Inc. visit www.shwfloors.com or call 203.522.5111. 14 | HBRA of Fairfield County | November 2016 Welcome! Welcome Sarah Iannarone We are happy to welcome Sarah Iannarone to the HBRA staff as the new Executive Assistant. Sarah is a 2011 graduate of Fairfield University with a B.A. in Theatre; Management and Classical Studies. She has been involved or worked as a Stage Manager with many theatre productions around the Fairfield County area including the Downtown Cabaret Theatre in Bridgeport, the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts in Fairfield and Theatre Fairfield at Fairfield University. She is a welcome addition to the HBRA family so be sure to welcome Sarah if you call the office or stop by! Tri-Chamber Expo & Networking The HBRA staff and a few members of the HBRA Membership Committee participated in the Tri- Chamber Expo November 17th at UCONN Stamford, sponsored by the Stamford Chamber of Commerce, the Greenwich Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Norwalk Chamber of Commerce. We made connections with a multitude of business people from the area that were interested in our mission and membership. Thanks to Karen Bradbury of Closet & Storage Concepts, Rocky Progano of MediaCOM and Rebecca St. Germain of DiMatteo Group for their time and contribution to this effort. hbra@buildfairfieldcounty.com November 2016 | HBRA of Fairfield County | 15
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New members Welcome to the newest members of HBRA of Fairfield County! Go to www.buildfairfieldcounty.com for their contact info. Marianne Howatson, Tracey Heinemann, Jennifer Barbaro C&G Media Group C&G Media Group delivers the finest design magazines to residents of America's most affluent communities. The company's four titles, CTC&G (Connecticut Cottages & Gardens), HC&G (Hamptons Cottages & Gardens), NYC&G (New York Cottages & Gardens) and SFC&G (San Francisco Cottages & Gardens) present the very best in architecture, design, art and antiques, real estate and entertaining to a highly influential readership in Connecticut, the Hamptons, New York (NYC, Westchester, North Shore of Long Island, Hudson Valley) and San Francisco. Eric Calderon Calderon Brothers Drywall LLC CALDERON BROS DRYWALL LLC has been embracing visions in your neighborhood for over 15 years. Established in 1997, we specialize in all aspects of home restoration. We aren't simply about changing the colors of your walls - we're about making your environment feel like home. Whether that means recreating a custom finish so that your new addition feels like an original part of your home, or restoring an old fireplace to look like it did 100 years ago, they have the knowledge and experience to give you the results you deserve. Doug Edwards GWay Printing and Marketing We're not just enthusiastic printers of business, sales, and marketing materials, we're dedicated graphic arts professionals who seek to use our creative skills to improve the results of your printed documents and sales and marketing materials. To say GWay purchases and prints on beautiful papers for businesses around the world is very true. That's the essence of what we do - but it hardly tells the whole story 16 | HBRA of Fairfield County | November 2016 Amy Stefanowski Sound Homes LLC Sound Homes was established out of a love for home renovation and an ethos that home remodelling can be done well on a budget. We have expanded what started as a home improvement and resale business to include. Home Renovations and Property Staging after receiving requests from clients impressed with the quality and design details we included in our flips. James Hines Westport Modular Homes Westport Modular Homes LLC is the leading supplier of modular homes in Connecticut. We service all of Fairfield County and use the finest in modular housing techniques and products from our supplier, Epoch Homes of New Hampshire. We often combine modular home construction with traditional stick built construction if needed for a total custom look. Look no further for an insurance agent who can work with you to design an insurance portfolio just right for your business. If you engage in construction or remodeling of one or two family residences in CT then I want to talk to you. Our construction insurance program includes: • General Liability • • • Property Business Auto Inland Marine • Workers Compensation • Umbrella • Builders Risk Kim Marie DiMatteo, CIC, MWCA I have been in the construction insurance business since 1992. I know the markets, the products, and what’s right for you. Call me today to schedule a convenient appointment. 79 Bridgeport Ave, Shelton, CT 06484 | 203.924.5429 | www.dimatteogrp.com November 2016 | HBRA of Fairfield County | 17
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OCTOBER Connie Cooper Connie Cooper Designs is a full service interior design firm whose goal is to create a home environment that is tailored to the individual clients personal style, needs and budget. Connie does not impose a signature style. Instead she will guide her clients in expressing their own personal style whether it is traditional, transitional or modern. Jim Willis Mercedes-Benz of Danbury is your authorized Mercedes-Benz dealer in the area where we sell and service New and Previously Owned Mercedes-Benz vehicles and Mercedes-Benz Vans. We are proud members of the Curry Automotive family of dealerships. Curry has earned a reputation for competitive prices, excellent service and professionalism. Robert Padula Everest Marble is a leading Natural Stone Importer. Managing Partner Robert Padula, a 15 year veteran of the stone industry, travels to quarries around the world to hand select the blocks that will be proudly displayed in his Norwalk Showroom. Robert works with only the finest suppliers. Dr. Lee Forest BETTER CARE at a BETTER PRICE! Current times have brought many changes to the world of medicine, unfortunately few have been for the good of the patients! Dr. Lee Forest is Board Certified in Family Medicine and has recently changed his office to a Direct Primary Care model of practice. 18 | HBRA of Fairfield County | November 2016 spotlight Bonnie Page From designs, outstanding discriminating concept builds, to completion renovates, our and residences and landscapes clients. firm furnishes for Responding to your specific requirements, we balance creativity with professionalism, while never losing sight of the financial goal. The end results are truly personalized homes, each created for living. Joe Tanguay This is the only place in New England where you can see every model of Sub-Zero and Wolf and actually try the appliances to help inform your selections. In less than two hours, our highly trained and experienced showroom consultants listen to your needs and guide you to the perfect appliances for your home. They can also offer you resources for cabinets, counters, designers and more. Emilia Ferri From concept to construction, Emilia works with each client through all phases of design down to the last built detail. With a strong understanding of the construction process; project management and construction administration services ensure design intent is executed. Emilia is enthusiastic in developing and implementing innovative solutions that respond to each client's desires and style while integrating high quality designs within any budget. Fred S. Yankocy Yankocy Wholesale has over 65 years of active ownership and old-fashioned personal service and continues to be dealer and specialty applicator focused. We love to share with you our first-hand knowledge of today's products. Yankocy offers a wide range of drainage, metals, masonry accessories and building material products. November 2016 | HBRA of Fairfield County | 19
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builder NEWS Overtime Rule Takes Effect December 1st Small home building firms and other businesses need to be prepared as the Department of Labor's final rule to double the overtime salary limit from $23,660 to $47,476 will take effect on Dec. 1. This means that professional, administrative and executive employees making under $47,476 will be due time and a half if they work more 40 hours a week. NAHB estimates that more than 100,000 construction supervisors will be newly eligible for over time next month. Working with House and Senate lawmakers and members of our coalition, the Partnership to Protect Workplace Opportunity, NAHB has been spearheading efforts to mitigate the effects of the overtime rule. NAHB is asking Congress to phase-in the new salary requirements, as well as provide permanent relief from the rule's provision to automatically update the salary threshold every three years. NAHB and other business groups filed a legal challenge to the rule on Sept. 20 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas. As NAHB keeps working toward permanent relief, members need to be prepared to comply by December FAQ Document and Webinar Don't Miss The 2017 Builders' Show With more than 1,400 suppliers, the Builders' Show is the place to see the latest and most innovative products and services for the residential construction industry. The Builders' Show also offers more than 130 education sessions to help you build better homes and build a better business, as well as businessbuilding networking events. Don't miss the 2017 International Builders' Show, Jan. 10-12 in Orlando, Florida. Show Information hbra@buildfairfieldcounty.com Checklist: 5 Steps To Improve Fall Protection On The Job Site Hallie Busta - November 3, 2016 Fall protection rules are broken most often on construction sites, and the consequences can be fatal. Fall-related violations accounted for 359 out of 899 construction-related deaths in 2014 and more than 20,000 citations in the last four years, based on data from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The trend appears to be continuing, and it extends beyond construction. In a preview last month of its annual report on general workplace safety violations, OSHA named the 10 most-cited violations. Fall protection topped the list with 6,929 violations for the year Meanwhile, the agency continues to crack down on fall hazards. Construction contractors have been fined hundreds of thousands of dollars in recent months for failing to provide adequate fallprotection equipment and related training to ensure proper use. Read More 20 | HBRA of Fairfield County | November 2016 Go-Time 2016 John McManus With 25 official working days left in the year, managers are testing the 'better, faster, cheaper' challenge throughout home building land. Counting today, there are 25 non-weekend, non-holidays left in 2016. No time like go time trying to get new homes delivered before calendar yearend. Mostly, a fair response to a challenge to most of our associates--even when getting work finished on time comes down to the wire--to deliver "better, faster, and cheaper" would be: "Pick two, that's all you get." So, as we come up on the Thanksgiving holiday break, I'm going to venture to guess that one of the things we may be most thankful for this year are the sparks of young leaders rising in our midst. Maybe, just maybe, the response to that challenge--for quality, velocity, and efficiency... simultaneously--might be, "we're on it." This thought struck me as we saluted a half dozen "Leaders" in awards proceedings at our 13th annual AHF Live Conference in Chicago. Nothing is more important to our business right now than our ability to attract a next generation of talent willing to belly-flop into the "cauldron of opportunity" of today's housing market. Ironically, these six individuals got no time for "remarks" as they accepted the Young Leaders honors during the award ceremony. Clearly, though, none were necessary. Passion, focus, tenacity, purpose, and an unshakable urge to help others was written all over their faces. Their being there in the spotlight for a moment said it all. Now is not just for us; it's for them, for who comes next; for the children. It's those "leaders" who are literally our organizations' future. Today. And when that talent comes along, as it can do, and has done, and will need to continue to do, we'll begin to experience what "better, faster, and cheaper" can look like in the real world. Here, Harvard Business Review contributors and leadership consultants Jack Zenger and Joseph Folkman assert that the three imperatives don't necessarily self-cancel. Zenger and Folkman contend that some leaders work fast without sacrificing on precision, quality, and excellence. They write: We sought to identify the most differentiating behaviors of leaders who were rated as having high levels of both speed and quality. What did they do differently from other leaders? The analysis identified seven unique factors that appear to identify what it takes to combine these two seemingly contradictory critical leadership goals. Which of your "leaders" would you say show signs of developed ability or strong progress on these seven factors? • Provide clear strategic perspective. • Set stretch goals and maintain high standards. • Communicate powerfully. • Have the courage to change. • Consider external perspectives. • Inspire and motivate others. • Innovate. This Thanksgiving, let's be really thankful for the young leaders we've attracted into our home building businesses, and give them reason to want to turn that contradiction in terms--better, faster, and cheaper--into an operational mantra they've figured out for themselves. November 2016 | HBRA of Fairfield County | 21
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Construction Contracts: Everything You Need To Know Emily Peiffer - November 2, 2016 CMG's Passive House Mixes Energy Efficiency With Stunning Architecture Tim Murphy - October 27, 2016 Several years ago, Salvatore Zarrella was reading a trade magazine when he came across a story entitled "Green Without Gizmos." The article described Passive House, an exacting standard for building energy-efficient homes that had begun in earnest in Germany in the 1990s. "It was transformative for me," said Zarrella, a Stamford native and home builder who founded the New Canaan-based Construction Management Group (CMG) in 2005. "Passive House is the most responsible standard by which a house can be built, and yet myself and other builders weren't familiar with it." Read More Contracts are crucial components of the construction process, but they can be among the most complicated and controversial aspects as well. As the industry shifts to increasingly collaborative project delivery methods and adopts new materials and technologies, construction professionals need to stay up to date on the how the legal landscape is evolving - or not - to ensure their work is verified and protected. Our monthly series, The Dotted Line, provides an in-depth look at the evolving world of construction contracts and project delivery. Read More Here's How Millenials are Shaping the Housing Market Kerry Close - October 18, 2016 If you think millennials aren't buying houses, think again: Half of home buyers haven't even reached age 40 yet, a new report finds. The latest study on consumer housing trends from Zillow finds that about half of home buyers are under the age of 36. The market is also comprised heavily of first-time buyers: 47% of those buying and 63% of those selling a home are doing so for the first time. On average, first-time buyers spend $200,000 on their home -18% less than repeat home buyers, who spend about $235,000. Millennials are also buying homes that are only slightly smaller, at 1,800 square feet, than those purchased by GenXers and Baby Boomers, whose homes are on average 2,000 square feet. Read More 22 | HBRA of Fairfield County | November 2016 Building together: Women in construction look to each other for support Stacey Freed - November 17, 2016 When Barbara Armand, president of construction management company Armand Corporation, was losing her footing during the economic downturn, she knew she needed to broaden her market beyond southern New Jersey. So, she set her sights on expanding the business to New York City. That was when she received what she calls "a good omen" - an email from the National Association of Professional Women in Construction, a nonprofit networking group. "I bought a ticket to their event in New York City and was embraced by the leadership, encouraged to establish a presence [in the city] and given emotional support," she said. Read More 3 3 3 3 3 Beautiful Low maintenance Resist mold, mildew Limited Lifetime Warranty Fade and Stain Warranty BUILD YOUR DREAM DECK Locations in Greenwich, Stamford, Bethel, Newtown CT & Shrub Oak, NY Call Us at 1-888-499-8889 or visit InterstateLumber.com November 2016 | HBRA of Fairfield County | 23
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member benefits Member Rebate Program A Free Member Benefit of your State and Local HBA Participating Manufacturers Earn Money for Products You’re Already Buying! The Member Rebate Program is a free member benefit available to all active Builder and Remodeler members. With 50+ industry loyalty, Builder. leading manufacturers in the program, members are rewarded for their the same as a “Top 5” The average rebate per Builder and Remodeler member participated in 2015 $1,178.12! It Takes Only 3 Easy Steps to Participate 1) Register Tells us where to send your check 2) Submit a Rebate Claim Claim using our Excel, Online, or Paper Claim Form 3) Receive a Rebate Check After a brief verification process by the manufacturers, lump-sum rebate checks are sent Visit www.HBArebates.com to Register & Claim “Like” us on Facebook for more info: www.facebook.com/MemberRebateProgram Call us Toll Free: 866-849-8400 Visit our website: www.HBArebates.com In fact, over 70% of participants received more than their annual dues to their association last year! Don’t table. Start participating today. who was leave any money on the 26 | HBRA of Fairfield County | November 2016 How to Register: Visit www.mynpp.com, select Company, then Construction, then Residential. Select HB&RA - Home Builders and Remodelers Associations from the dropdown menu, complete the enrollment and START SAVING! Skechers Whistle GPS Pet Tracker: Members can now receive 30% off Work and Corporate Casual styles at any of Skechers 400+ retails stores nationwide. Simply download this flyer, show the flyer when shopping in store, and save. GPS Pet Tracker: Whistle GPS Pet Tracker combines the best on-collar GPS tracking device with a simple mobile app, putting your pet's needs and location right at your fingertips whenever you need it. It;s also the first device and app system to combine location-tracking and smart activity monitoring into one simple experience. As an employee, you and your family are eligible for a 18% employee discount on Verizon Wireless service (15%, plus 3% if enrolled in paperless billing and My Verizon). Please contact your Verizon Wireless business specialist for additional information on products and services. If you need help, contact us:nationalpurchasingpartners@verizonwireless. com or customer service@mynpp.com. Caref GPS Phone Watch- Small and powerful, Caref GPS does it all. It's the world's smallest GPS watch, and you can make and receive calls from Mom and Dad just like a cell phone. Visit PreciseInnovation.com for more details. Precise Innovation is offering a 15% discount on all products on our web site. Visit www. preciseinnovation.com and enter promo code NPP15 at checkout. November 2016 | HBRA of Fairfield County | 27

October 2016 Building Connections


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BOARD OF DIRECTORS 2016-17 OFFICERS President Vice-President Chris Steiner Steiner, Inc. Sr. Vice-President Anthony DeRosa DeRosa Builders Kim DiMatteo The DiMatteo Group Secretary/Treasurer Michael Church William Pitt Sotheby's Immediate Past President Peter Gaboriault Bear Paw Builders 2016-17 DIRECTORS Peter Battaglio Max Bender Steve Berko Ken DeLeo John Hertz Brian Kurtz Rob Michaud Steven Roth Alex Shook Michael Wood HBRA Staff Gina Calabro Executive Officer Clare Michalak Marketing Coordinator HBRA of Fairfield County 2228 Black Rock Turnpike Suite 307 Fairfield, CT 06825 203-335-7008 hbra@buildfairfieldcounty.com www. buildfairfieldcounty.com Hocon Gas Bender Supply Four Square Build & Design Doherty & DeLeo Hertz Construction Interstate Lumber The Michaud Group Elevator Service Company Pella Commercial Wood Builders LIFE DIRECTORS Joanne Carroll Jerry Effren Gary Fanali Peter Fusaro Maureen Hanley Andrew La Sala Jr. Michael Palumbo Nick Yanicelli Want to advertise? Contact the office for more information and rates. MC Resources The Greyrock Companies City Carting Preferred Builders United Bank Cannondale Building & Design ERI Building & Design Susquehanna Enterprises 2 | HBRA of Fairfield County | October 2016 HBRA VIP CIRCLE gas Thank you to the following VIP Associate Members for their support in 2016. Due to their generosity the Association greatly benefits - from developing new events and educational opportunities for the membership, to keeping our lights on! October 2016 | HBRA of Fairfield County | 3
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CONTENTS: October 2016 LETTER FROM THE CEO UPCOMING EVENTS NEW MEMBERS ASSOCIATE SPOTLIGHT GMM AT GIOVANNIS YANKEE GAME THE HOBI AWARDS MEMBER NEWS CONGRATS PETE FUSARO p.6 p.7 p.8 p.10 p.12 p.14 p.16 p.20 WELCOME CLARE MICHALAK p.20 CONGRATS CHRIS & KATE p.21 BUILDER NEWS TOP WORKFORCE CHALLENGE p.22 GREEN BUILDING PRODUCTS p.22 DATA:THE NEXT FRONTIER THE DOTTED LINE HOME AUTOMATION NAHB CENTURY HOMES CLOUD BASED CONSTRUCTION MEMBER BENEFITS HOUSE OF THE YEAR ADVERTISING/SPONSOR PAGES VIP Circle DiMatteo Group United Bank Ridgefield Supply HOBI's HOCON Gas Interstate Lumber Wright Tech Fairfield County Bank Elevator Service Company East Haven Builders Supply Luxury Home Tour Fairfield Family Physicians Ring's End 4 | HBRA of Fairfield County | October 2016 p.23 p.23 p.24 p.24 p.25 p.28 p.30 p.3 p.5 p.5 p.9 p.16 p.17 p.17 p.18 p.19 p.21 p.23 p.25 p.31 p.32 Look no further for an insurance agent who can work with you to design an insurance portfolio just right for your business. If you engage in construction or remodeling of one or two family residences in CT then I want to talk to you. Our construction insurance program includes: • General Liability • • • Property Business Auto Inland Marine • Workers Compensation • Umbrella • Builders Risk Kim Marie DiMatteo, CIC, MWCA I have been in the construction insurance business since 1992. I know the markets, the products, and what’s right for you. Call me today to schedule a convenient appointment. 79 Bridgeport Ave, Shelton, CT 06484 | 203.924.5429 | www.dimatteogrp.com MEET THE MOST POWERFUL BUSINESS PARTNERS IN FAIRFIELD COUNTY. Kathryn A. Eren, VP, Cash Management Officer; Lisa Stuard, AVP Commercial Loan Administrator; Maureen Hanley-Bellitto, SVP, Commercial Team Leader; Gregory Pastor, Jr. VP, Commercial Banking Officer; Kim Karl, VP, Commercial Banking Officer; Deep community roots. Unrivaled market knowledge. Unmatched customer service. When a bank builds its commercial banking team around the values that truly make a difference in helping your business and community grow and prosper, that’s more than banking. That’s changing the way you bank. Talk to us today. Visit bankatunited.com/commercial October 2016 | HBRA of Fairfield County | 5
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HB RA Home Builders & Remodelers Assn. Fairfi eld County Dear HBRA Members, The leaves are changing signaling another season already underway. The office has been busy with new projects , new events and new educational seminars. This issue is jam packed with info on past events we hope you attended to information that will save you money and help you in your business. I wanted to thank everyone who attended the Yankee vs. Red Sox Game and pre-game dinner on Arthur Avenue on September 29th. The event was sponsored by City Carting, United Bank and William Pitt Sotheby's and the 78 who attended had a fabulous time! Peter Gioia from the CT Business and Industry Association (CBIA) gave the members and guests attending some food for thought at the October General Membership Meeting at Giovanni's in Darien on October 5th. Special thanks to United Bank for sponsoring and to Frank Webb's Bath Centers for the lovely Raffle basket. I had a wonderful opportunity to meet with the Assistant Principal, Dean of Students and a Carpentry Instructor at the Wright Technical School on Stamford. This High School underwent a $90 million renovation and now educates students from 9 towns in Fairfield County. Please be sure to read the article about the school and help support them-- these are the next generation skilled laborers that will be so important to the building industry. I happy to welcome a new staff member, Clare Michalak to the HBRA. Clare will be handling all of our marketing and graphics including this magazine. As you can see changes are already happening. Last, but certainly not least we are busily working on the 2017 Luxury Home Tour. Thanks to the 21 HBRA members who stepped up to be part of the is ground-breaking event! Applications to enter and additional information will be forthcoming - keep a lookout in your e-mail boxes! As always, if you have any questions, please call the office or e-mail us at hbra@buildfairfieldcounty.com! Best, A Message from the Executive Officer Gina Calabro gina@buildfairfieldcounty.com “Every man owes a part of his time and money to the business or industry in which he is engaged. No man has a moral right to withhold his support from an organization that is striving to improve conditions within his sphere.” --Theodore Roosevelt 6 | HBRA of Fairfield County | October 2016 October 27 & 28, 2016 OSHA 10 Hour Construction 7:45am-2:00pm Rings End Educational Center 160 Avon Street, Stratford $30 - Members $60 - Non-members Click Here to Register November 2, 2016 General Membership Meeting Closet & Storage Concepts 356 Ely Ave, Norwalk 6:00pm - 9:00pm $20 - Members $40/ Non- Members Click Here to Register November 16, 2016 2016 HOBI Awards Aqua Turf Club, Plantsville Details to Follow Click Here to Register Upcoming Committee Meetings Associate Council Tues November 8, 2016 4:00pm HBRA Office Upcoming Luxury Home Tour Meetings Application Committee Tues Oct 25 2016, 9:00am HBRA Office October 2016 | HBRA of Fairfield County | 7
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New members Welcome to the newest members of HBRA of Fairfield County! Go to www.buildfairfieldcounty.com for their contact info. Kim Conte Fairfield Home and Garden Company After 75 years, Fairfield House & Garden is a leader in the interior and exterior construction field in Fairfield and Westchester counties. Our team's values are based on integrity and high quality workmanship. Every stone, planting, wall, and everything in between comes with precision and care for the detail as well as the project as a whole. Our construction is our art. Dana Drugo Daigle & Travers Insurance Agency Daigle & Travers Insurance is one of the most respected independent insurance agencies in southwestern Connecticut for home insurance, auto insurance, business insurance, umbrella liability insurance, boat insurance, equine insurance, data breach, cyber liability, employee benefits coverage and more. Steven Mueller Quibus LLC Quibus Builders & Construction Managers, LLC is an independent business located in Greenwich, Connecticut. For the past six years, Quibus has provided quality building and construction management solutions to the greater Fairfield County region. Amy Zeppelin Twelve Development LLC Twelve Development is a boutique custom home builder, dedicated to providing clients with superior craftsmanship combined with personal attention and service. Discerning home owners choose Twelve Development for our unsurpassed quality, value, attention to detail and knowledge of the unique and ever changing Greenwich market. 8 | HBRA of Fairfield County | October 2016 Frank Pompa Pompa Development and Construction LLC Specializing in Quality Built Custom Homes and Renovation Kevin B. Keenan Southview Builders LLC Serving the Building and Remodeling needs of Northern Fairfield and Southern Litchfield for 25 years. Includes general contracting, construction management, additions, new construction, remodeling, bathrooms, kitchens, decks, property maintenance, light excavation and other services Gilson Fine Homes Tim Gilson Gilson Fine Homes Welcome Gilson Fine Homes! 29 Prospect St., Ridgefield CT 203.438.2626 www.ridgefieldsupply.com • Mon-Fri. 7-5 Sat. 8-4 Closed Sundays worryproof. timeproof. When you’re building a new home, time-tested Andersen® 400 Series windows and patio doors deliver the worry-free performance you want. With their durability, weathertight fit and overall quality craftsmanship, it’s easy to see why builders use Andersen windows and patio doors more than any other product on the market. Why choose anything else? “ENERGY STAR” is a registered trademark of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. “Andersen” and all other marks where denoted are trademarks of Andersen Corporation. ©2014 Andersen Corporation. All rights reserved. October 2016 | HBRA of Fairfield County | 9
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Septembe Ron Mickiewicz As one of the leading insulation contractors in Connecticut, we know the value of energy efficiency. Our professional crews have years of experience evaluating, upgrading, and improving any home. We work in affiliation with state licensed auditors, Eversource, United Illuminating, Southern CT Gas, and local municipal Rebate Programs to help you find the best savings and plans to fit your home and your budget. Karen Bradbury Karen Bradbury is the Owner and Design Director of Closet & Storage Concepts, a home organization franchise that has been creating custom storage solutions for closet storage, mud room, pantry, laundry room, garage, home office and more for over 20 years. We pride ourselves on the ability to listen to the client and determine their specific needs. Serving our customers is the number one goal of Closet & Storage Concepts. Ed Rekos Ridgefield Supply employs some of the most knowledgeable & talented individuals in the industry. Many have been employed with them for over 20 years. Not only will you find the staff courteous and professional they will assist with expert advice for any size project. Knowledge & expertise translate into significant overall construction savings by reducing material costs and limiting job site delays Rich Greenawalt Providing a wider range of products and services to Home Builders and Remodelers than other local lumberyards, Oxford Lumber is ready to join your building team. From framing materials up to the shingles on the roof, and everything in between such as engineered roof trusses, doors, windows, millwork, drywall and cabinetry; one-stop shopping with our experts will save time and money. 10 | HBRA of Fairfield County | October 2016 er spotlight Don Lindars Don Lindars has been with The Brothers that just do Gutters for 3 years, occupying roles in both sales and business development. The Brothers that just do Gutters began in 1999 when Ken Parsons had left the teaching industry and decided to start his own gutter company under the name Waterfall Seamless Gutters. Johnathan Redwood Dimensions in Glass is a Fairfield-based company that specializes in creating exclusive glass solutions for frameless glass shower door enclosures, mirrors, shelving, storefronts and custom glass installations. The company's founder, Jonathan Redwood, started Dimensions in Glass in 1988, focusing on glass shower doors and bath enclosures. Bill Janhonen Bill Janhonen is a well-known member of the HBRA of Fairfield County having lectured at several membership meetings and has provided several classes on high performance building to our members. Bill is a certified instructor for NAHB, HERS Rater, Certified Green Professional, LEED Accredited Professional, Energy Star verifier, Level I Thermographer and a Broker in Connecticut, New York and North Carolina. Scott Cronin & John Czel Fairfield County Bank Insurance Services LLC (FCBI) has a long history serving the risk management and insurance needs of the construction industry in CT & NY. Services include insurance program design & brokerage, claims advocacy and risk control services. October 2016 | HBRA of Fairfield County | 11
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OCTOBER GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING Peter Gioia from CBIA speaks to the membership on the future of the CT Economy 12 | HBRA of Fairfield County | October 2016 O ver 100 HBRA members and guests attended the October 5th General Membership Meeting at The Waters Edge at Giovanni's and sponsored by United Bank. The evening's speaker was Peter Gioia, Chief Economist with the Connecticut Business and Industry Association (CBIA). Mr. Gioia was honest and forthright in his assessment of CT - job growth is stubbornly slow as Connecticut's only recovered eight jobs for every 10 lost during the 2008-2010 recession. And as he stated, "And there finally seems to be widespread recognition that the lion's share of new jobs are not as highpaying as the ones they're replacing." Our membership concurred as this has impacted residential building in Fairfield County. His message that evening was clear: Connecticut needs to find a solution that starts with NO anti-business legislation, NO new taxes-better yet, tax cuts for investment and good job creation and a welcome to business growth. Before questions came from the group, he closed with it was all of our duty to make sure the state legislators elected in November are pro-business and pro-job creation, otherwise the surrounding states will continue to take our corporate base (as they have in the last year) causing even more of an exodus of CT residents. The evening was capped off with two drawings. One for the Membership raffle - the winning name was not present so the November drawing will be for $500. The other was a beautiful basket supplied by Frank Webb's Bath Center won by Dan Harris of Reynolds and Rowella, LLP. Peter Gioia's blog: The Gioia Report can be found at https://www.cbia.com/news/category/ gioia-report/ October 2016 | HBRA of Fairfield County | 13
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The HOBI Awards November 16, 2016 5:30-9:30 PM Aqua Turf Country Club, Southington, CT Winners will be announced shortly! Do not miss out on the opportunity to get tickets for the 2016 HOBI Awards EARLY registration is strongly recommended Please download the registration form. All registrations & table arrangements must be made directly through the HBRA of CT. Tickets: with pre-registration and pre-payment received by October 31, 2016 $750 for a table of ten $900 for a table of twelve (limited and available on a first come, first serve basis.) $80.00 per person Tickets after November 1, 2016: $90.00 per person With no table discounts, and reserved tables cannot be guaranteed. *Cancellations within 24 hours of event can not be refunded. No shows will be billed. Dinner Selections: Prime Rib, Shrimp Scampi (served over risotto), Chicken Kathryn (breaded and baked with a white wine sauce), Vegetarian selection: Eggplant Parmesan. Special dietary needs can be accommodated please see the registration form. Open bar will be offered from 5:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. 16 | HBRA of Fairfield County | October 2016 Propane and Natural Gas Products! Connecticut’s largest family owned Propane company with over 350,000 gallons of storage, HOCON GAS has a reputation for delivering propane energy and industry expertise for more than 60 years! Pete “Propane Pete” Battaglio with over 33 years of experience Sr. Regional Sales Manager Hocon Gas, Inc. • 6 Armstrong Road Shelton, CT 06484 Office: 203.402.7800 • Fax: 203.944.0300 Cell: 203.343.2199 Email: pbattaglio@hocongas.com www.hocongas.com NORWALK 33 Rockland Rd. (203) 853-1500 WATERBURY 20 Railroad Hill St. (203) 754-7601 GUILFORD 736 Boston Post Rd. (203) 458-2790 DANBURY 86 Payne Rd. (203) 744-4000 TORRINGTON 2407 Winsted Rd. (860) 626-0900 Copyright © Hocon • HOD#726-30 3 3 3 3 3 Beautiful Low maintenance Resist mold, mildew Limited Lifetime Warranty Fade and Stain Warranty BUILD YOUR DREAM DECK Locations in Greenwich, Stamford, Bethel, Newtown CT & Shrub Oak, NY Call Us at 1-888-499-8889 or visit InterstateLumber.com October 2016 | HBRA of Fairfield County | 17
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12:00 – 2:00 (Followed by the CTEAC Meetings!) A great opportunity to speak with future employees! Make important connections! Spread the word and invite your colleagues to join us as well! SAVE THE 11 / 3 / 2016 WRIGHT TECH CAREER FAIR Volunteers Needed From The Following Professions For Our Fair: Carpentry, Information Systems Technology, Culinary, Hospitality, Electrical, Plumbing, Health Technology, Digital Media, Facilities Management and Automotive. DATE: To RSVP call Dean of Students Justin Cosell at 203-674-5846 Or email justin.cosell@ct.gov J. M. WRIGHT TECHNICAL HIGH SCHOOL 120 Bridge Street Stamford, CT 06905 http://www.cttech.org/wright/ WE LOOK FORWARD TO HEARING FROM YOU! 18 | HBRA of Fairfield County | October 2016 Financing some of the top builders in Fairfield County. People you trust, service you expect, and products to fit your financial needs. • Construction Financing • Commercial Mortgages • Term Loans • Revolving Lines of Credit Virginia Turnbull Senior Vice President, Commercial Lending (203) 431-7465 Virginia.Turnbull@fairfieldcountybank.com For more information, contact one of our lenders today! Patrick McNamara Allison Knapp Senior Vice President, Team Leader-Southern Division, Commercial Lending (203) 319-7021 Allison.Knapp@fairfieldcountybank.com Construction Officer, Commercial Lending (203) 431-7542 Patrick.Mcnamara@fairfieldcountybank.com 877.431.7431 • www.fairfieldcountybank.com NMLS ID #516624 EQUAL HOUSING L E ND E R MEMBER FDIC October 2016 | HBRA of Fairfield County | 19
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mEMBER NEWS Congratulations to the 2017 Incoming State Chairman Congratulations to Peter Fusaro on his election to Chairman of the Board of the state HBRA association at the September HBRACT board meeting. As founder and President of Preferred Builders Inc. and Vice President of Green Built Connecticut, Peter Fusaro is no stranger to the building industry where he has been building for the past 27 years. Preferred Builders Inc. is a general contractor specializing in new home construction, high performance home construction, and energy efficient and green building, and is dedicated to building quality homes throughout Fairfield County. Peter is a Past President and current Life Director of the Fairfield County HBRA as well as a NAHB Director. We wish Peter all the best in his upcoming role and thank him for his continued service to the Home Builders and Remodelers Association. He will be installed and assume his duties as Chairman in January 2017. Welcome Clare Michalak We are happy to welcome Clare Michalak to the HBRA staff as the new Marketing and Graphics Coordinator. Clare is a 2016 graduate from Quinnipiac University with a B.A. in English and Interactive Digital Design She was active with Quinnipiac Theatre for Community as an Assistant Stage Manager, Costumer, Props Coordinator, and the 2016 New Play Festival performed at Abingdon Theater in NYC Clare is passionate about both written and visual communication that we will sure to see in this publication and future ones as well. Be sure to welcome Clare if you call the office or stop by! 20 | HBRA of Fairfield County | October 2016 CONGRATULATIONS TO HBRA President Chris Steiner and his wife Kate on their new arrival Amelia Margaret Steiner n Born October 13, 2016 6lbs 8oz Welcome to our newest HBRA member Specializing In: Residential Elevators | Commercial Elevators | Construction Hoists Limited Use Limited Application Elevators (LULA) Vertical Platform Lifts | Inclined Lifts | Stair Lifts Dumbwaiters | Material Lifts (Vertical Reciprocating Conveyors) And all other associated Vertical Transportation Equipment Serving: Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and Eastern New York 203-757-5000 47 Water St. Torrington, CT 06790 www.ElevatorServiceCo.com CT Lic.# ELV. 400105 R1 - RI Lic. # 21 MA Lic.# EC-000093 Providing not one, but ALL Major Manufacturer’s Equipment October 2016 | HBRA of Fairfield County | 21 n
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builder NEWS The Construction Industry's Top Workforce Challenge - And 3 Potential Solutions By Emily Peiffer | Oct. 12, 2016 The labor shortage continues to dominate the list of concerns for construction companies. During the Great Recession, the industry lost more than 40% of its work force, cutting nearly 2.3 million jobs, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Even though the economy has rebounded in recent years, a significant portion of those lost workers have not returned to construction. Firms are also struggling to attract millennial workers to careers in the trades that the aging workforce will soon leave behind. During the Construction Management Association of America's National Conference & Trade Show in San Diego this week, industry experts explored the current state of the sector's workforce problems, as well as ideas for how to tackle the challenge. Story continues at Read More The Top 10 Green Building Products for 2017 By Emily Peiffer | Oct. 6, 2016 The green building market is teeming with manufacturers seeking to develop products and materials that reduce a building's overall embodied energy while standing up to stringent performance criteria - all in the hopes of helping to create a more sustainable construction industry. During the 2016 Greenbuild International Conference & Expo, held this week in Los Angeles, hundreds of companies sought to connect with major stakeholders in the green space. To help break through the noise of the stream of manufacturers, Brent Ehrlich, a products and materials specialist for publishing company BuildingGreen, announced its annual list of predictions for the green products likely to have the most significant impact on the market in the coming year. From composting toilets to electric lawn mowers, BuildingGreen's list offers a forecast for what's on the horizon in the rapidly evolving green building industry. "Although toilets are now more efficient than ever, there is -more to waste than water," Ehrlich said. Currently, human waste is often mixed with toxic industrial waste or stormwater streams, leading to additional energy and water required to treat the waste. Read More 22 | HBRA of Fairfield County | October 2016 Data:The Next Frontier in the Green Building Movement By Emily Peiffer | Oct. 7, 2016 After struggling for years to capture the attention of owners, developers and investors, the green building movement has taken off and no longer needs to work as hard to convince industry stakeholders of the benefits of sustainable construction. But as the movement seeks to tackle trillions of square feet of global real estate assets, decision-makers are turning their attention to the hard data associated with building green. I In the past, sustainable construction advocates had to rely largely on anecdotal and case-by-case evidence of the benefits of green building. Today, certification organizations and improving technology are contributing to the next, more sophisticated stage of the movement - one driven by data and the ability to share it with project stakeholders. Read More The Dotted Line: 5 Of The Most Commonly Misinterpreted Terms In Construction Contracts By Kim Slowey | Oct. 4, 2016 The following is the 10th installment of Construction Dive's "The Dotted Line" series, which takes an in-depth look at different construction contract types each month with expert input. People are fallible, and misunderstandings are a part of life. Construction work is no exception. However, when it comes to construction contracts, time and money are at stake. Read More ANNOUNCING the arrival of our new 8-story BOOMTRUCK CONNECTICUT - East Haven - Manchester - Newtown SANDY HOOK - 2 Turnberry Lane - 203-426-0030 NEW YORK - Millwood • Mold / Mildew Resistant Board • Fire Rated Board • ½” Light Weight Board • Exterior Sheathing • Metal Studs • Acoustical Ceiling Tile October 2016 | HBRA of Fairfield County | 23
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builder NEWS Home Automation Battle Planthink 'Lifestyle Impact' To Maximize Your Home-Selling Advantage Brought to you by NEST Is there anything a smartphone app can't control? Not much, it seems. Today a smartphone tap or a swipe can summon most anything, from the next meal to a new home or apartment deal. That kind of functionality is often taken for granted. No wonder a prospective home buyer might expect it from a new home. Perhaps you're already offering some home automation features. But that still leaves the question of which operating system to bet on. Do you side with devices controlled by iOS or Android smartphone apps? Which side will prevail? Read More NAHB: Today's homes will last for a century - at least Hallie Busta | Oct. 18, 2016 Dive Brief:Of the 132.42 million homes in the U.S. in 2011, 98.8% were still standing in 2013, according to a 2016 report from the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Based on data from the American Housing Survey, the report found that most homes were lost due to demolition and disaster, becoming damaged or condemned, being put to non-residential use, moved (in the case of mobile homes) or being converted or merged with another unit. Between 2011 and 2013, 1.567 million housing units were classified lost, or 0.59% annually. Dive Insight: hbra@buildfairfieldcounty.com In its analysis of the HUD data, the National Association of Home Builders noted that the likelihood of a home falling out of use depends in great part on typology. Because they can be more easily moved from their original location, mobile homes are more likely to be labeled lost than single-family detached homes, for example. Of the 1.567 million units lost between 2011 and 2013, fewer than half were single-family detached, at a rate of 0.45% annually. A home's age is also a factor. Homes built before 1950 are today lost at almost double the rate of homes built in the 1990s, due primarily to the age and viability of the structure. This suggests that half of the homes built after 1950 will be standing in 66 years, the NAHB explained, and that homes built today will have similar longevity. Read More 24 | HBRA of Fairfield County | October 2016 5 Reasons to adopt cloud-based construction document sharing Karl Sorensen | Sept. 27, 2016 As tablets continue to replace jobsite laptops and as smart devices shrink to fit even the smallest shirt pockets, project teams have reached unprecedented levels of mobility and interconnectivity. For nearly a decade, mobile phones have been providing far more than just voice dial connections, offering functionality that rivals most desktop computers; file sharing, email exchange and internet access, to name a few. Despite astonishing advancements in mobile technology, however, the built environment remains committed to traditional practices to meet project objectives. Read More e NEW EVENT FOR 2017 Luxury Home Tour April 21-23, 2017 April 28-30, 2017 STAY TUNED FOR DETAI LS October 2016 | HBRA of Fairfield County | 25 e e e
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SEMINAR SESSIONS ICF and Building Code Changes 2016 On September 20th, the HBRA offered a look into the world of ICF (Insulated Concrete Forms) with a special presentation by Leigh Overland of Leigh Overland Architect. Attendees learned more about the advantages of ICF that offer 50%-70% savings in energy consumption and costs. These hollow foam blocks are stacked into the shape of the exterior walls of a building, reinforced with steel rebar, filled with concrete and then brick, stucco, rock, or siding is attached to the outside. On the inside plumbing and electrical are run through the foam itself after the walls are poured. Drywall is attached to the inside, then finished with trim, flooring, and other finishes. In the end a home looks like any other, but performs 1,000% better. Thanks to Leigh and to Ring's End for hosting this fact- filled seminar. 26 | HBRA of Fairfield County | October 2016 Over 90 HBRA members, guests, and building officials attended either of the two October seminars on the 2016 Building Code Changes at the Ring's End Educational Center in Stratford. Milton Gregory (Greg) Grew, AIA offered an excellent commentary on the new and amended IRC building codes that were effective on October 1st. Greg has over 30 years experience in the design and construction industry. He is licensed as a building official, interior designer, home inspector, EPA certified renovator, home improvement contractor, and new home construction contractor, which gave the attendees a well-rounded building industry perspective. Thanks to Greg for his detailed presentation and to Ring's End for hosting both the breakfast and dinner seminars. October 2016 | HBRA of Fairfield County | 27
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member benefits NAHB Member Advantage Discounts NAHB Member Advantage gives members an easy way to reduce expenses, maximize profits and increase efficiency. Through agreements with leading national companies, NAHB offers exclusive discounts on a variety of products and services that can benefit your business, employees and family. In the past year, members have saved over $17M through Member Advantage. For the most up-to-date information about which companies are offering discounts as well as detailed information on how to access the savings, please visit www. nahb.org/ma Don't Miss FCA and Ram Commercial Truck Season FCA US LLC and Ram Commercial are pleased to announce the return of Fall Commercial Truck Season. HBA members can take advantage of high-dollar purchase and lease incentives to reduce the cost of vehicles like the Ram 1500, Ram 3500 and Ram ProMaster. When your business calls for more hauling power, you need a vehicle that can handle the job as well as the road. NAHB Members Benefit with Houzz 25,000+ NAHB members are taking advantage of the strategic alliance with Houzz to showcase their work, build their brand, and reach new clients. Are you? NAHB Member Benefits Include: Free access to Houzz Concierge Service for one-on-one support Exclusive discounts on local advertising to reach homeowners in your area Shop Houzz product discounts for you and your clients Create your professional profile today or learn more at houzz.com/nahbmembers. TransFirst: Accept Credit Card Payments Anywhere. TransFirst is one of the nation's leading providers of payment processing services. At TransFirst, our commitment is to provide you with the best possible rates, education and customer service available. TransFirst offers complete payment solutions with proven savings of 16% per year average. Web/mobile tools, credit card and eCheck processing, check services and more. Free Savings Analysis for members. 28 | HBRA of Fairfield County | October 2016 GEICO: Great Savings. Great Service. Selecting an insurance company to protect your assets is very important to you. After all, you have worked your whole life to obtain them. NAHB and GEICO are here to help. GEICO has over 75 years of industry experience and understands what you need from your insurer. How to Register: Visit www.mynpp.com, select Company, then Construction, then Residential. Select HB&RA - Home Builders and Remodelers Associations from the dropdown menu, complete the enrollment and START SAVING! ELaVoN Office depot Today's customers want you to accept payments a number of ways in store, online, over the phone, or through a mobile wallet. Elavon offers a simple, cost effective payment processing program, backed by the highest standard of customer service. With more than 16,000 in-stock office supply products; Office Depot has an extensive variety of products and services that enables them to serve the needs of all NPP members nationwide. Office Depot is committed as a company to fulfill all of your office and facility needs with quality name brand and private label products and solutions. Office Depot's everyday Office Supply Assortment includes: • Computer Supplies & Toners • Paper Products • Janitorial/Cleaning Supplies • Kitchen/Breakroom Supplies • Coffee/Brewer Services • Ergonomic Products/Programs • Recycled/Environmental Products • Contract Furniture Services • Stamps, Nameplates & Engraving • Web-based Printed Stationary Program(business cards, stationary) • Custom Print Centers 1,800+ Retail Stores(willcall copy service) dental plans Dental savings plans provide 10-60% off dental procedures from routine care to dental emergencies. Choose from 40 different plans from healthcare brands like Cigna, Aetna, and more. Plans cover more than 100,000 dentists nationwide. • Technology Division(Tech Depot) with access to 100,000+ tech products • On-demand web-based Copy Service • On-line Company Stores Ad Specialty/Promotional Program • Managed Print Services.Auto Replenishment October 2016 | HBRA of Fairfield County | 29
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HOME BUILDERS & REMODELERS ASSOCIATION OF CONNECTICUT, INC. 3 Regency Drive, Suite 204, Bloomfield, CT 06002 Tel: 860-216-5858 Fax: 860-206-8954 Web: www.hbact.org 2016 HOUSE OF THE YEAR The HBRA of CT’s 2016 House of the Year is a project that benefits both the industry we serve and the association’s advocacy efforts. Owned by the HBRA of CT and built by Sunlight Construction, Inc. under a construction management agreement with the HBRA of CT, the 2016 House of the Year will be a 3,600 sq.ft. home in an existing community of completed homes in Avon, CT. The HBRA’s home is being built under the new 2016 State Building Code, effective 10-1-16, even though the permit issuance would allow construction under the prior code. The association will hold one or more events at the site to demonstrate to HBRA members how to comply with the new code, serving our important mission to inform and educate members. The home will be marketed for sale from the onset of construction and will be listed on the MLS at $819,900. Upon the closing of the sale, the net proceeds will also benefit the advocacy mission of the HBRA of CT, with half of the net proceeds to be dedicated to the association’s Housing Defense Fund (HDF) (see more info on the HDF at: http://www.hbact.org/HDF). The HBRA of CT’s House of the year program is a win-win-win for all involved, the association, the builder and the many subcontractors and vendors who participate in the project. While we are not soliciting discounts or contributions to the project, many have already done so and the association will appropriately recognize all participants. Thank you to all! Norton Wheeler, III HBRA of CT, Inc. Chairman & President Bill Ferrigno Sunlight Construction, Inc. Builder, House of the Year Bill Ethier, CAE HBRA of CT, Inc. Chief Executive Officer ____________________________________________________________________________________________________ Vision: “Building CT’s Economy, Communities & Better Lives One Home at a Time.” Mission: “Using Effective Advocacy & New Knowledge to Solve our Member’s Problems.” 30 | HBRA of Fairfield County | October 2016 Better Care at a Better Price! Current times have brought many changes to the world of medicine, unfortunately few have been for the good of the patients! Dr. Lee Forest is Board Certified in Family Medicine and has recently changed his office to a Direct Primary Care model of practice to take the focus of medicine back to where it belongs, giving the decision making power back to the patient’s and those who care for them. At Fairfield Family Physicians it’s all about YOU and your family’s care. Dr. Forest and his caring staff provide top quality medical care at the absolute best prices anywhere. Pay as you go pricing is available or become a member for $49 monthly and $20 per visit. Dr. Lee Forest For this price you get: • ALL of your visits to the office • Physical Exams with an EKG • FREE Laboratory Testing (for the most common blood tests needed) • Expedited referrals to specialists with the absolute best prices! (up to 90% savings) • Super discounted medicines (up to 80% savings) • Same day appointments • Longer visit time (30-40 minutes per visit, not 7-8 minutes like other offices) We do the leg work for you and find you the best prices on ALL of your medical needs including: Coverage for Hospital Admission, Specialists, CAT Scans, MRI's, Stress Tests, Colonoscopies, etc. Kids are ½ price on a Family Plan. Employers can cost-split with employees ($25/month each). You will receive VIP Treatment while saving $$$ on your healthcare !!! And, we do House Calls and Telemedicine Visits for the convenience of our patient’s needs!! Contact Us for More Information Fairfield Family Physicians 2184 Main Street, Stratford, CT 06615 (203)378-9002 www.drLeeforest.com Falamos Português / Hablamos Español House Calls and Virtual Visits 36 Sanford Street, Fairfield, CT 06824 (203)259-1911 www.cthousecalls.com October 2016 | HBRA of Fairfield County | 31

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HBRA VIP CIRCLE 2016 ANNUAL SPONSORS 2016 Annual Sponsors Thank you to the folllowing VIP Associate Members for their support in 2016. Due to their generosity the Association greatly benefits - from developing new events and educational opportunities for the membership, to keeping our lights on! Elite Diamond Platinum gas Gold HBRA Board of Directors 2016-17 Officers BuildingConnections The Digital Magazine of the Fairfield County HBRA President Sr. Vice-President Vice-President Chris Steiner Steiner, Inc. Anthony DeRosa DeRosa Builders Kim DiMatteo The DiMatteo Group Secretary/ Treasurer Michael Church William Pitt Sotheby’s Immediate Past President Peter Battaglio Max Bender Steve Berko Ken DeLeo John Hertz Brian Kurtz Rob Michaud Steven Roth Alex Shook Michael Wood Joanne Carroll Jerry Effren Gary Fanali Peter Fusaro Maureen Hanley Andrew La Sala Jr. John Murren Michael Palumbo Nick Yanicelli Peter Gaboriault Bear Paw Builders 2016-17 Directors Hocon Gas Bender Supply Four Square Build & Design Doherty & DeLeo Hertz Construction Interstate Lumber The Michaud Group Elevator Service Company Pella Commercial Wood Builders Life Directors JMC Resources The Greyrock Companies City Carting Preferred Builders United Bank Cannondale Building & Design Murren-Kane Construction ERI Building & Design Susquehanna Enterprises Regular Features HBRA Staff Gina Calabro Executive Officer Deanna Hiller Executive Assistant HBRA of Fairfield County 2228 Black Rock Turnpike Suite 307 Fairfield, CT 06825 203-335-7008 hbra@buildfairfieldcounty.com www. buildfairfieldcounty.com Want to advertise? Contact the office for more information and rates. August 2016 | HBRA of Fairfield County | 3 Page: 4 5 21-23 9 Executive Officers Message Upcoming Events Member Benefits Sponsors/Advertisers Please visit our Sponsors East Haven Builders Supply The DiMatteo Group Ridgefield Supply 10 11 12 13 13 Back Cover Hocon Gas Interstate+Lakeland Lumber United Bank Ring’s End 17 Page: 6 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 14-16 IBS Early Bird Registration 2016 HOBI Award Deadline New Members News: Fleet Telematics Support Vehicle and Driver Safety The Dotted Line: How to Navigate ‘the 3 Cs’ of Construction Bonding A Future ‘Hot Target’ for Attackers: How Construction Companies Can Improve Cybersecurity Event: Yankee vs. Red Sox Game NAHB Survey: 82% of Americans Believe Homeownership is a Good Investment HBRA Training Online Marketing: Strategies and Tools for an Effective Online Presence How to Attain Healthy, Sustainable Homes and Change the Home Building Experience Forever OSHA 10 Hour Construction HBRA Bookstore Now Open Inside this issue...
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HB RA Home Builders & Remodelers Assn. Fairfi eld County Dear HBRA Members, The days of summer are just about over - the kids will be back to school, and before we know the leaves will be changing over to autumn colors. But before that happens we have a some great events and seminars you cannot miss! I’m sorry to say that the Clambake is SOLD OUT! Space was limited to 100 attendees and we hit that mark on August 15th. The next BIG EVENT is the Yankee vs. Red Sox Game and pre-game dinner on Arthur Avenue on September 29th. One bus sold out at the end of July so we added ANOTHER ONE! This event is sponsored by City Carting, United Bank and William Pitt Sotheby’s. Tickets are limited so get them quick -- it is going to be a FANtastic time! The October General Membership Meeting will be held at Giovanni’s in Darien on October 5th. Peter Goia from the CT Business and Industry Association (CBIA) will be the evening speaker. The topic - CT Economic Forecast. Seminars and Training are starting up again September: September 9th - Online Marketing Strategies and Tools for an Effective Online Presence and on September 20th - Your Next Home Will be Built Out of Styrofoam! How to Attain Healthy, Sustainable Homes and Change the Home Building Experience Forever. Both will be at the Ring’s End Educational Facility from 8:00am to 10:00am. The next OSHA 10 class will be October 27 & 28. 4 | HBRA of Fairfield County | August 2016 The HOBI award application is available on the HBRA website - see page 6 for a Quick Link to the application. Deadline is September 9th. Be sure to check out the member benefits pages. Our members have been saving thousands of dollars on these programs - you should too! Plus, the HBRA Fairfield County Online Bookstore is now available at http://buildfairfieldcounty.com/ bookstore. Members receive a 10% discount on business and construction books. As always, if you have any questions, please call the office or email us at hbra@buildfairfieldcounty.com! Best, A Message from the Executive Officer Gina Calabro gina@buildfairfieldcounty.com September 9, 2016 Online Marketing October 5, 2016 Strategies and Tools for an Effective Online Presence 7:30am-10:00am Rings End Educational Facility 160 Avon Street, Stratford $20 - Members/ $40 - Non-members Click Here to Register September 20, 2016 Your Next Home Will be Built Out of Styrofoam! How to Attain Healthy, Sustainable Homes and Change the Home Building Experience Forever 7:30am-10:00am Rings End Educational Facility 160 Avon Street, Stratford FREE to Members / $40 - Non-members Click Here to Register September 29, 2016 Yankee Game/Pre-Game Dinner on Arthur Avenue Tickets- $180/pp Bus Leaves 3:30 – Westport Commuter Lot – Exit 18 off I95 Register by Friday, Sept. 15, 2016 Click Here to Register General Membership Meeting CT Economic Forecast with Peter Goia at Giovanni’s 2748 Boston Post Rd, Darien 6:00pm - 9:00pm $50 - Members $100/ Non- Members Click Here to Register October 27 & 28th, 2016 OSHA 10 Hour Construction 7:45am-2:00pm Rings End Educational Facility 160 Avon Street, Stratford $30 - Members / $60 - Non-members Click Here to Register November 2, 2016 General Membership Meeting Closet & Storage Concepts 356 Ely Ave, Norwalk 6:00pm - 9:00pm $20 - Members $40/ Non- Members Click Here to Register November 16, 2016 2016 HOBI Awards Aqua Turf Club, Plantsville Details to Follow August 2016 | HBRA of Fairfield County |5
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IBS EARLY BIRD Registration - August Only January 10- 12 in Orlando NEW NAHB MEMBERS - Register for the Event for Only $150! Join the best in your industry by entering Connecticut’s only Home Building Industry Awards. Sponsored by the HBRA of Connecticut, the HOBI Awards offers recognition to builders, remodelers and suppliers for excellence in home design and construction, home technology, sales and marketing and home financing. Only HBRA members may enter any house, development or product built, remodeled, supplied, marketed or financed by an HBRA member after January 2014 or a community service project undertaken in 2016. Winners will be notified by October 14th. Awards and a Power Point show of the winning entries will be presented at the HBRA of Connecticut HOBI Awards Dinner on Wednesday, November 16th, 2016 at the Aqua Turf in Southington, CT. Winners will be featured in Connecticut Builder magazine, and will benefit from local and state wide media coverage and publicity. TOP AWARDS will be kept confidential and announced at the dinner on November 16, 2016. DOWNLOAD THE FILLABLE PDF APPLICATION 6 | HBRA of Fairfield County | August 2016 Welcome to the newest members of HBRA of Fairfield County! Go to www.buildfairfieldcounty.com for their contact info. Bansley, Anthony, Burdo, LLC We have handled thousands of closings at Bansley | Anthony. We work with you to try to ensure smooth closing process. It is essential that all parties involved communicate and coordinate. Here, we understand that we have to be on the same page as you, the realtor, the mortgage broker, and the other side’s attorney. Many do not understand the intricate details involved in a closing from coordinating payoffs, utility pro rating, taxes, insurance, and all of the other essential elements of a closing. Member: Michael Burdo Koushouris Construction, LLC Koushouris specializes in custom remodeling, additions, alterations and luxury home building. The Koushouris name is associated with a long standing reputation for excellence, professionalism and award winning design. We believe truly superior homes are built by people of integrity whose convictions are brought to bear on both the building process and the client relationship. Such convictions include honesty, transparency, clear, continuous communication at all levels, an obsessive attention to detail, and a commitment to providing workmanship of the highest caliber. Koushouris serves Greenwich, Darien, New Canaan and Westport in Fairfield County, Connecticut. Member: John Koushouris HighLine Decorating, Inc. Highline Decorating, Inc. offers interior and exterior painting for residential homes and commercial offices and retail spaces. They work with contractors, designers, real estate agents and homeowners to deliver high quality finishes and a seamless experience. Member: Lora Mazurak Renato Gasparian Associates LLC Residential design/build firm creating custom homes and additions. Member: Renato Gasparian August 2016 | HBRA of Fairfield County | 7
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Fleet Telematics Support Vehicle and Driver Safety According to OSHA, motor vehicle crashes cost employers $60 billion annually in medical care, legal expenses, property damage, lost productivity, and more. Looking at this in another way: • The average crash costs an employer $16,500 • A crash resulting in an injury costs an employer on average $74,000 • Costs can exceed $500,000 when there’s a fatality That’s why more transportation companies, fleet managers, and small business owners are investing in fleet telematics to help them make more informed safety decisions and set expectations for their drivers and vehicles . By combining vehicle performance and driver data, fleet telematics solutions deliver the “keys” to safety. Management access and oversight of results allow decision-makers to drive down costs, increase compliance, and boost productivity. It Comes Down to Data. Fleet telematics solutions are an excellent real-world example of Internet of Things (IoT) technology, and the concept is simple: a device is installed into a vehicle or an app is downloaded and connects via the internet to software that can be accessed from computers, tablets, and smartphones by drivers and management personnel alike. While each fleet telematics solution offers a different set of features, they all generally enable fleet managers to make informed decisions and set expectations related to driver behavior, vehicle maintenance, and routing. They deliver and make sense of the “big data” required to make vehicle and driver safety actionable and measurable. They make it possible for decision-makers to: Act, Not React Fleet managers can use the data provided by their telematics solutions to help mitigate accident risks, prevent unnecessary wear-and-tear on vehicles, and make sure vehicles receive timely and appropriate 8 | HBRA of Fairfield County | August 2016 preventive maintenance. Managers get insights into various diagnostics, such as gas consumption, speed, idle time, and the number of left-turns made. Adding it up paints a picture of a vehicle’s health and performance. Stay Agile in Real-Time Aside from informing of decisions that are made ahead of time, what about those made in-themoment? Most data is available to users in real-time, thanks to GPS technology and cloud-based anytime/ anywhere connectivity. Managers can set alerts for a number of metrics for 360-degree visibility into vehicles’ locations and drivers’ events. Is a traffic situation detected ahead? Call the driver, reroute them, and keep them out of harm’s way. Keep Drivers Informed Data can also be shared with drivers to help them see what they’re doing well and where they can make improvements. This information not only makes them more accountable for their time on the road, but it helps to create a safer driving culture at the company. It can also be used to create safety and accident prevention programs that keep drivers up to speed on best practices for operating vehicles, driving defensively, and eliminating distractions. It’s easy to see why more organizations are deploying telematics across their fleets. They’re getting data-driven insights into what it takes to keep vehicles and their most important assets— employees—safe. Acadia Insurance is pleased to share this material. Please note, however, that nothing in this document should be construed as legal advice or the provision of professional consulting services. This material is for general informational purposes only, and while reasonable care has been utilized in compiling this information, no warranty or representation is made as to accuracy or completeness. “Every man owes a part of his time and money to the business or industry in which he is engaged. No man has a moral right to withhold his support from an organization that is striving to improve conditions within his sphere.” --Theodore Roosevelt The Dotted Line: How to Navigate ‘the 3 Cs’ of Construction Bonding Payment and performance bonds required.” Those words can signal a giant dead end for some contractors who would like to bid on public work or large private projects but haven’t yet waded into the bonding world. However, the bonding process doesn’t have to be mysterious or sweat-inducing as long as companies are equipped with the right information. The most common types of construction bonds are performance and payment bonds, which are kinds of surety bonds. A payment bond guarantees the owner that the contractor will pay all the supplier and subcontractor bills associated with the project, and the performance bond is the owner’s assurance the project will be completed in a timely manner and with high quality. Those who have bumped into bonding requirements on past jobs might have seen a “bid bond” requirement. This is a bond that guarantees the owner that the contractor will be able to meet the requirements of the contract for the amount of the submitted bid. But if a company has bonding capability for performance and payment bonds, these aren’t usually a problem to secure. Read More hbra@buildfairfieldcounty.com ANNOUNCING the arrival of our new 8-story BOOMTRUCK CONNECTICUT - East Haven - Manchester - Newtown SANDY HOOK - 2 Turnberry Lane - 203-426-0030 NEW YORK - Millwood • Mold / Mildew Resistant Board • Fire Rated Board • ½” Light Weight Board • Exterior Sheathing • Metal Studs • Acoustical Ceiling Tile August 2016 | HBRA of Fairfield County | 9
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A Future ‘Hot Target’ for Attackers: How Construction Companies can Improve Cybersecurity Construction companies are infamous for their reluctance to adopt the latest technologies. Most of the largest companies have made the leap, but for small and mid-sized firms, the process continues inch by inch. However, as contractors join the digital age and begin to reap the benefits of becoming more connected with fellow employees and the outside world via computers, laptops, tablets and smartphones, they also risk opening their systems up to cyber attacks. “It’s a tradeoff for connectivity,” said attorney Michelle Schaap of Chiesa Shahinian & Giantomasi in New Jersey. It’s the good and the bad sides, she said, of the belief that people need to be connected on demand. These assaults on a company’s computer systems and network happen for a variety of reasons — industrial espionage, access to client or employee information or just plain theft. So why are so many construction companies behind the curve when it comes to implementation of policies and procedures that would eliminate, or at least greatly reduce, the chances of a security breach? And what can they do to reduce their chances of suffering an attack in the future? Why cyber attacker focus on construction will ‘increase significantly’ As it turns out, contractors aren’t the only ones lacking in this arena. “It is endemic to a number of industries,” Schaap said. With the exception of the financial and healthcare sectors, “many industries still have their heads in the sand,” she said. “Everybody is a target for attacks because everyone has something of value” Those orchestrating attacks know this fact as well. They’re also aware that construction can be a lucrative, high-cash-flow business, which makes them it the more appealing to criminals, according to Percipient Networks CTO Todd O’Boyle. The small and mid-sized businesses tend to be prime targets “because many don’t believe it will happen to them,” he said. READ MORE Look no further for an insurance agent who can work with you to design an insurance portfolio just right for your business. If you engage in construction or remodeling of one or two family residences in CT then I want to talk to you. Our construction insurance program includes: • General Liability • • • Property Business Auto Inland Marine • Workers Compensation • Umbrella • Builders Risk Kim Marie DiMatteo, CIC, MWCA I have been in the construction insurance business since 1992. I know the markets, the products, and what’s right for you. Call me today to schedule a convenient appointment. 79 Bridgeport Ave, Shelton, CT 06484 | 203.924.5429 | www.dimatteogrp.com 10 | HBRA of Fairfield County | August 2016 Yankee vs. Red Sox Game Pre-game Dinner at Pasquale’s Rigoletto on Arthur Avenue September 29, 2016 LIMITED TICKETS AVAILABLE Tickets- $180/pp Transportation to and from Arthur Avenue and Yankee Stadium Field Level Seat in Section 133 Register Online or call the office at 203-335-7008 for tickets Sponsored by: FINISH CARPENTRY CLINICS WITH GARY KATZ RSVP TODAY! Take advantage Friday, September 16 7:30am-2:30pm Ridgefield Supply 29 Prospect St. Ridgefield, CT 06877 MASTER YOUR CRAFT If you believe in quality craftsmanship, don’t miss this FREE event! Christina McFarland • 203-438-2626 x 216 • christina@ridgefieldsupply.com or online: http://bitly.com/KR-Ridgefield August 2016| HBRA of Fairfield County | 11
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NAHB Survey: 82% of Americans Believe Homeownership is a Good Investment • A National Association of Home Builders survey of 2,800 registered U.S. voters released Wednesday found that more than four out of five Americans (82%) believe buying a home is a smart investment. • The survey, conducted by polling firm Morning Consult, also found that 81% of adults younger than 30 want to buy a home, 46% of all respondents believe now is a good time to do so, and 36% plan on purchasing a home within the next three years. • The survey also revealed the reality many potential homeowners face when trying to buy a home, as 55% of respondents said they had trouble finding something affordable, 50% said they didn’t have enough saved for a down payment, and 41% couldn’t get approved for a mortgage. NAHB Chairman Ed Brady said the survey results show that homeownership is still part of the American Dream. Therefore, government agencies, need to implement policies that will promote more homebuilding and protect homeownership, he said. A National Association of Realtors HOME survey released earlier this month found that almost 75% of American households believe it’s a good time to buy a home but that half of young people with student debt don’t want to assume the burden of a mortgage. Housing economists have long cited student debt as a barrier to homeownership. Confirming that sentiment was a June NAR/SALT/ American Student Assistance survey, which found 71% of those who carried student loan debt believed it was keeping them from owning a home. In addition, that survey also found that half of respondents believed their student loan obligations would keep them from buying a home for at least five years. During an NAR legislative event in May, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) emphasized the need for student loan reform, as student debt has created such a major obstacle to homeownership for potential buyers. She said the housing industry should support student loan reform if it wants “to see more young people live the dream of homeownership.” Propane and Natural Gas Products! Connecticut’s largest family owned Propane company with over 350,000 gallons of storage, HOCON GAS has a reputation for delivering propane energy and industry expertise for more than 60 years! Pete “Propane Pete” Battaglio with over 33 years of experience Sr. Regional Sales Manager Hocon Gas, Inc. • 6 Armstrong Road Shelton, CT 06484 Office: 203.402.7800 • Fax: 203.944.0300 Cell: 203.343.2199 Email: pbattaglio@hocongas.com www.hocongas.com NORWALK 33 Rockland Rd. (203) 853-1500 WATERBURY 20 Railroad Hill St. (203) 754-7601 12| HBRA of Fairfield County |August 2016 GUILFORD 736 Boston Post Rd. (203) 458-2790 DANBURY 86 Payne Rd. (203) 744-4000 TORRINGTON 2407 Winsted Rd. (860) 626-0900 Copyright © Hocon • HOD#726-30 3 3 3 3 3 Beautiful Low maintenance Resist mold, mildew Limited Lifetime Warranty Fade and Stain Warranty BUILD YOUR DREAM DECK Locations in Greenwich, Stamford, Bethel, Newtown CT & Shrub Oak, NY Call Us at 1-888-499-8889 or visit InterstateLumber.com MEET THE MOST POWERFUL BUSINESS PARTNERS IN FAIRFIELD COUNTY. Kathryn A. Eren, VP, Cash Management Officer; Lisa Stuard, AVP Commercial Loan Administrator; Maureen Hanley-Bellitto, SVP, Commercial Team Leader; Gregory Pastor, Jr. VP, Commercial Banking Officer; Kim Karl, VP, Commercial Banking Officer; Deep community roots. Unrivaled market knowledge. Unmatched customer service. When a bank builds its commercial banking team around the values that truly make a difference in helping your business and community grow and prosper, that’s more than banking. That’s changing the way you bank. Talk to us today. Visit bankatunited.com/commercial August 2016 | HBRA of Fairfield County | 13
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Seminars and Training Breakfast Series Register Online or call the HBRA office at 203-335-7008 Online Marketing Strategies and Tools for an Effective Online Presence Friday, September 9, 2016 7:30am-10:00am Rings End Educational Facility 160 Avon Street, Stratford, CT Attend this information-packed seminar and learn the strategies behind having an effective online presence and the “how-to” specifics. This practical seminar will provide a concise and comprehensive overview of online marketing best practices and easily avoidable mistakes. You’ll discover which online tools are a “must,” which are best for customer acquisition and which are ideal for development of customer loyalty and repeat business. The presentation will cover: • Websites • Search Engine Optimization • Google AdWords • Social Media • Email Marketing You’ll have plenty of time to ask questions, share experiences and network with peers. You’ll leave with realworld insights and knowledge that you can put to work immediately to help your business succeed. Join us and walk away with actionable, specific knowledge you can implement in your business. This is an information-packed presentation that thousands have already attended. HBRA Members: $10 Non-Members: $40.00 Sponsored by: 14 | HBRA of Fairfield County |August 2016 Seminars and Training Register Online or call the HBRA office at 203-335-7008 Breakfast Series Your Next Home Will be Built Out of Styrofoam! How to Attain Healthy, Sustainable Homes and Change the Home Building Experience Forever Tuesday, September 20, 2016 7:30am-10:00am Rings End Educational Facility 160 Avon Street, Stratford, CT Join us for a discussion from an architect’s perspective on where the future of building is headed. Today’s structures have a disregard for human health and something needs to change. We need healthy homes and buildings that promotes good air quality, comfort, and overall body nourishment. Not only do we need healthier homes and buildings, we need sustainability. We need a structure that will not harm our environment and last for centuries, not years to come. Is there something that exists that can do both? ICF, or insulated concrete structures, can do just that! HBRA Members: FREE Non-Members: $40.00 Sponsored by: August 2016| HBRA of Fairfield County | 15
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Seminars and Training Register Online or call the HBRA office at 203-335-7008 OSHA 10 Hour Construction Thursday, October 27 & Friday, October 28, 2016* 7:45am-2:00pm Rings End Educational Facility 160 Avon Street, Stratford, CT OSHA is coming to FINE you! Get ahead of them & learn what you need to know for your business and your employees. The OSHA 10hour construction training course is designed for anyone in the construction industry. Upon completion, participants will receive an OSHA construction safety and health 10-hour course completion card from the Department of Labor. OSHA 10 cards are good for 5 years. HBRA Members: $30.00 Non-Members: $60.00 *Must attend both dates in order to receive OSHA card-per federal regulation. Continental Breakfast & Lunch included both days. Payment must be received by October 24th to reserve your spot. Walk-ins will not be accepted at this course due to limited seating. Sponsored by: 16 | HBRA of Fairfield County | August 2016 Member Benefits HB RA Home Builders & Remodelers Assn. Fairfi eld County Welcome to the Fairfield County HBRA Bookstore where members receive a 10% discount on all publications. The bookstore is linked to the NAHB BuilderBooks Bookstore where you will create your profile and place your orders. If you have purchased from the NAHB BuilderBooks Bookstore before all you need to do is login and place your order. Members Investing in Fairfield County HBRA Members when you purchase your books from the Fairfield County HBRA Bookstore you are helping your association earn a commission from all the sales derived from this bookstore with the association’s unique code: HBREMODE How Does Your Business Measure Up Against Your Competition? Results from the recently released Cost of Doing Business Study, 2016 Edition reported average revenue of $16.2 million, 19% higher than in 2012 and 130% higher than in 2010. " The Cost of Doing Business Study contains a wealth of information about the residential construction industry and is a critical resource for builders," said NAHB Chairman Ed Brady, a home builder and developer from Bloomington, Ill. "The updated study provides the benchmarks builders need to improve their businesses." The Cost of Doing Business Study, 2016 Edition, represents the most up-to-date comparative financial performance data available to builders. It gives home builders a rare glimpse at other builders' financial information providing data about profitability, cost of sales and expenses from hundreds of home builders across the country. This one-of-a-kind resource examines and compares financial performance according to builder type and size as well as industry-wide averages using the following key indicators: • • Gross margin Net profit • Cost of goods sold • Financial ratios (current ratio, debt-to-equity ratio and more) The Cost of Doing Business Study, 2016 Edition includes more than 35 proven cost-cutting, tips to reduce direct construction costs. Get your print copy of the Cost of Doing Business Study, 2016 Edition from BuilderBooks.com today! August 2016 | HBRA of Fairfield County | 17
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Member Benefits Save $500/$1000 with the GM NAHB Private Offer We're pleased to extend to NAHB members a private offer 1 of $500 toward the purchase or lease of most new GM vehicles. NAHB members who are business owners can now qualify for up to $1,000 and also add on incentives from the National Fleet Purchase Program 2 and Business Choice 3 to get the best value on vehicles that run your business. To get this offer just visit your local dealer, choose an eligible GM vehicle, and present your NAHB proof of membership form. How it works: 1. Get your NAHB proof of membership form at www.nahb.org/gm. 2. Bring form to your GM dealer and mention this private offer. 3. At time of purchase or lease, present your NAHB proof of membership. For private offer details, visit www.nahb.org/gm. 1Private offer amount varies by model. Up to $500 offer for retail deliveries and up to $1,000 offer for fleet deliveries. Not compatible with other private offers. Not valid on prior purchases. Compatible with many current incentives. Incentives are subject to change without notice. FAN number required. See dealer for complete details. 2Offer eligible for non-CAP customers only through Dec. 31, 2016. See dealer for details. 3To qualify, vehicle must be used in the day-to-day operation of the business and not solely for transportation purposes. Must provide proof of business. For complete program requirements, including information regarding offers, vehicles, equipment, options, warranties, and ordering, consult your dealer or visit gmbusinesschoice.com. Take delivery by Sept. 30, 2016. GEICO is a Great Catch Selecting an insurance company to protect your assets is very important to you. After all, you have worked your whole life to obtain them. NAHB and GEICO are here to help. GEICO has over 75 years of industry experience and understands what you need from your insurer. GEICO and NAHB are proud to be working together to offer exceptional insurance products and a great savings opportunity for members of NAHB. As a member of NAHB, you could qualify for an exclusive discount on GEICO auto insurance. When you consider the fact that new GEICO policyholders report average annual savings of over $500, you could be saving a lot of money. But there's more to GEICO than just great rates. GEICO policyholders receive 24/7, professional, courteous service. When it comes to claim handling, GEICO is able to settle many claims within 48 hours of being reported, and sometimes a check can even be written on the spot. That's why GEICO customers report a 97% customer satisfaction rate. As a subsidiary of Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc, GEICO has the stability of a company you can trust. Savings, service, and reliability? They can all be yours. Visit www.geico.com/disc/NAHB or call 800-368-2734 and mention NAHB, for a simple, no-obligation rate quote to see how much you could save with your exclusive member discount. GEICO can also help you obtain competitive rates on homeowner's, condo, motorcycle and more insurance coverage. Some discounts, coverages, payment plans, and features are not available in all states or in all GEICO companies. Discount amount varies in some states. One group discount applicable per policy. Coverage is individual. In New York a premium reduction may be available. Average savings amount based on national GEICO New Policyholder survey data through March 2014. GEICO is the second-largest private passenger auto insurer in the United States according to the 2013 A.M. Best market share report, published April 2014. Customer satisfaction based on an independent study conducted by Alan Newman Research, 2013. Homeowners, condo and renters coverages are written through non-affiliated insurance companies and are secured through the GEICO Insurance Agency, Inc. Motorcycle and ATV coverages are underwritten by GEICO Indemnity Company. 18| HBRA of Fairfield County | August 2016 Member Benefits Don't Miss These Great Discounts from Dell! Save 40% off OptiPlex/Latitude/Precision Workstations/Power Edge Servers Use coupon code SAVE40% and save 40% off the list price of OptiPlex and Latitude PCs, Precision workstations, and select PowerEdge servers. 1 Save on select XPS & Inspiron PCs Get an additional 10% off select XPS & Inspiron PCs. Use coupon code SAVE10%PC. 2 Save an extra 5% Use coupon code STACK5% and save an extra 5% on Dell electronics and accessories 3 To learn more about your membership benefits visit www.Dell.com/NAHB or call 800757-8442 to speak to a Dell representative. 1Coupon offer valid 7/30/2016 - 10/29/2016 for Dell Professional Associations only. Save 40% off the list price of OptiPlex and Latitude PCs, Precision workstations, and select PowerEdge servers. Excludes the PowerEdge T20. Offer is not combinable with other offers, discounts, or coupons. Limit of 5 promotional items per customer. Not valid for resellers and/or online auctions. Dell reserves the right to cancel orders arising from pricing or other errors. 2Coupon offer valid 7/30/2016 - 10/29/2016 for Dell Professional Associations only. Save 10% off select XPS and Inspiron PCs. Offer is not combinable with other offers, discounts, or coupons. Limit of 5 promotional items per customer. Not valid for resellers and/or online auctions. Dell reserves the right to cancel orders arising from pricing or other errors. 3Offer expires 10/1/2016, 7:00 AM CT. Valid on Dell products only with select offers, but not with other coupons. Taxes, shipping, handling and other fees apply. Valid for new US online purchases through Dell Small Business Electronics and Accessories site and for phone orders of electronics and accessories purchased without a system only. Free shipping and handling offer available in Continental (except Alaska) US only. Dell reserves the right to cancel orders arising from pricing or other errors. Purchase limit of 5 items per order. Not valid for resellers and/or online auctions. NAHB Member Advantage Discounts NAHB Member Advantage gives members an easy way to reduce expenses, maximize profits and increase efficiency. Through agreements with leading national companies, NAHB offers exclusive discounts on a variety of products and services that can benefit your business, employees and family. In the past year, members have saved over $17M through Member Advantage. For the most up-to-date information about which companies are offering discounts as well as detailed information on how to access the savings, please visit www.nahb.org/ma. 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HBRA VIP CIRCLE 2016 ANNUAL SPONSORS 2016 Annual Sponsors Thank you to the folllowing VIP Associate Members for their support in 2016. Due to their generosity the Association greatly benefits - from developing new events and educational opportunities for the membership, to keeping our lights on! Elite Platinum gas Gold Want to be part of the HBRA VIP Circle? Call the HBRA office at 203-335-7008 HBRA Board of Directors 2016-17 Officers BuildingConnections The Digital Magazine of the Fairfield County HBRA President Sr. Vice-President Vice-President Chris Steiner Steiner, Inc. Anthony DeRosa DeRosa Builders Kim DiMatteo The DiMatteo Group Secretary/ Treasurer Michael Church William Pitt Sotheby’s Immediate Past President Peter Battaglio Max Bender Steve Berko Ken DeLeo John Hertz Brian Kurtz Rob Michaud Steven Roth Alex Shook Michael Wood Joanne Carroll Jerry Effren Gary Fanali Peter Fusaro Maureen Hanley Andrew La Sala Jr. John Murren Michael Palumbo Nick Yanicelli Peter Gaboriault Bear Paw Builders 2016-17 Directors Hocon Gas Bender Supply Four Square Build & Design Doherty & DeLeo Hertz Construction Interstate Lumber The Michaud Group Elevator Service Company Pella Commercial Wood Builders Life Directors JMC Resources The Greyrock Companies City Carting Preferred Builders United Bank Cannondale Building & Design Murren-Kane Construction ERI Building & Design Susquehanna Enterprises Regular Features HBRA Staff Gina Calabro Executive Officer Deanna Hiller Executive Assistant HBRA of Fairfield County 2228 Black Rock Turnpike Suite 307 Fairfield, CT 06825 203-335-7008 hbra@buildfairfieldcounty.com www. buildfairfieldcounty.com Want to advertise? Contact the office for more information and rates. July 2016 | HBRA of Fairfield County | 3 Page: 4 5 21-23 14 16 16 13 12 15 Executive Officers Message Upcoming Events Member Benefits Sponsors/Advertisers Please visit our Sponsors The DiMatteo Group Hocon Gas Ridgefield Supply United Bank Back Cover Interstate+Lakeland Lumber East Haven Builders Supply Ring’s End 18-20 Page: 6-9 10 11 12 13 14-17 2016 Golf Outing 2016 HOBI Award Deadline Save the Date: Building Hope Foundation Gala New Members What’s Happening at Fairfield HBRA Clambake at the Beach Yankee Game IBS Early Bird Registration Builder News: Open Space Layouts Continue To Dominate Single-Family Design Process Focus: Questions and Answers National Lieutenant Governors Stand Up for Housing Charlie Cook to Speak at NAHB Midyear Meeting HBRA Training Online Marketing: Strategies and Tools for an Effective Online Presence How to Attain Healthy, Sustainable Homes and Change the Home Building Experience Forever OSHA 10 Hour Construction Inside this issue...
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A Message from the Executive Officer Dear HBRA Members, Thanks to the 125 golfers who hit the links at the 2016 HBRA Golf Outing presented by Ring’s End. Congratulations to the Top 3 Teams: DeRosa Builders, Shoreline Painting, and City Carting & Recycling. Special thanks to the Golf Committee and the wonderful volunteers who helped make this an exceptional event. Special thanks goes out to all of our sponsors and to the following companies who donated their services: • John Small and Yuriy Maklyan for the outstanding Raw Bar! • White Wine & Spirits • Ryan LaPak • Sandro de Carvalho The Next Big Events The Clambake at the Beach on September 7th at the Jackie Durrell Pavilion in Fairfield . Space is limited to 100 attendees so get registered ASAP! The Yankee vs. Red Sox Game and pre-game dinner on Arthur Avenue is set for September 29th, sponsored by City Carting, United Bank and William Pitt Sotheby’s. We have chartered a bus that will take us to Pasquale’s Rigoletto for dinner and then to Yankee Stadium. Tickets are limited - only 22 remain! Seminars and Training are starting up again September: September 9th - Online Marketing Strategies and Tools for an Effective Online Presence and on September 20th - Your Next Home Will be Built Out of Styrofoam! How to Attain Healthy, Sustainable Homes and Change the Home Building Experience Forever. Both will be at the Ring’s End Educational Facility from 7:30am to 10:00am. 4 | HBRA of Fairfield County | July 2016 Gina Calabro gina@buildfairfieldcounty.com The HOBI award application is available on the HBRA website - see page 10 for a Quick Link to the application. Deadline is September 9th. Be sure to check out the member benefits pages. Our members have been saving thousands of dollars on these programs - you should too! As always, if you have any questions, please call the office or email us at hbra@buildfairfieldcounty.com! Best, August 10, 2016 September 20, 2016 Connecticut Building Official Association Picnic Farmington Club 162 Town Farm Road - Farmington, CT 06032 3:00pm to 7:00pm $10 - CBOA Members Contact: smithc@cityofgroton-ct.gov September 7, 2016 Clambake at Fairfield Beach Jacky Durrell Pavilion 401 Fairfield Beach Road, Fairfield 6:00pm - 9:00pm This is a limited seating event. $50 - Members/ Members Guests Click Here to Register September 9, 2016 Online Marketing Strategies and Tools for an Effective Online Presence 7:30am-10:00am Rings End Educational Facility 160 Avon Street, Stratford, CT $20 - Members/ $40 - Non-members Click Here to Register Your Next Home Will be Built Out of Styrofoam! How to Attain Healthy, Sustainable Homes and Change the Home Building Experience Forever 7:30am-10:00am Rings End Educational Facility 160 Avon Street, Stratford, CT FREE to Members / $40 - Non-members Click Here to Register September 29, 2016 Yankee Game/Pre-Game Dinner on Arthur Avenue Tickets- $180/pp Bus Leaves 3:30 – Westport Commuter Lot – Exit 18 off I95 Register by Friday, Sept. 15, 2016 Click Here to Register October 5, 2016 General Membership Meeting Giovanni’s 2748 Boston Post Rd, Darien 6:00pm - 9:00pm $50 - Members $100/ Non- Members Click Here to Register October 27 & 28th, 2016 OSHA 10 HOur Construction 7:45am-2:00pm Rings End Educational Facility 160 Avon Street, Stratford, CT $30 - Members / $60 - Non-members Click Here to Register July 2016 | HBRA of Fairfield County |5
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What’s Happening at the HBRA Fairfield 2016 HBRA Golf Outing - July 20, 2016 We couldn’t have asked for a better day! The weather was amazing and the 125 golfers who took to the links were treated to hand rolled cigars, an oyster/clam/ shrimp bar, giveaways, and course games. We capped the evening off with awards, raffle prizes and a 50/50 drawing. Thanks to Jon Small (Marlin Electric) and Yuriy Maklyan (Gold Coast Property Maintenance) for the Raw Bar, Ryan LaPak (Paychex) for the “Kegs” on Hole #8, and Sandro de Carvalho our photographer for the photos. Special thanks to our Presenting Sponsor - Ring’s End. Thanks to our sponsors: Awards Acadia Insurance Beverage Cart Sponsor Andersen Windows Beverage Cart Sponsor Ridgefield Supply Beverages White Hills Wine & Spirits Cigar Sponsor Advanced Home Audio Closest to the Line Elevator Service Co. Closest to the Pin Doherty & DeLeo Development LLC Cocktail Hour Interstate Lumber Gift Bags Fordham Marble Dessert Sponsor Hocon Gas Driving Range East Haven Building Supply Golf Ball Sponsor DeRosa Builders Golf Cart Sponsor Bender Golf Cart Sponsor County TV & Appliance Golf Towel Sponsor Shoreline Painting Hole 9 - $10,000 prize Pella Windows & Doors Hole-in-One - Hole #12 Hertz Construction Hole-in-One - Hole #15 Bear Paw Builders Hole-in-One - Hole #7 Ontra Stone Hole-in-One #4 Shoreline Pools Ice Cream Truck City Carting Longest Drive United Bank Lunch Sponsor DiMatteo Group Putting Green Closet & Storage Concepts Shirt Sponsor Rings End Tube Cooler Supa Doors Water Bottles Cecy Gillen Designs 6 | HBRA of Fairfield County | June 2016 Tee Sponsors: • Aitoro Appliance Company • C & O Painting Solutions • Chestnut Electric • Clarke Distibution Corp. • Connecticut Appliance & Fireplace Distri • Equale & Cirone, LLP • Fairfield County Bank • Frangione Engineering • Hatch & Bailey Company • Hocon Gas, Inc. • JP Guerra • Kebabians Oriental Rugs • Magna Steel • Parksite • Paychex More photos at www.buildfairfieldcounty.com Photo Gallery. • Quality Stairs • Ridgefield Glass • Ridgefield Overhead Doors LLC • Smarthome Audio • Steiner, Inc. • Tile America • Total Comfort • Versatex July 2016 | HBRA of Fairfield County | 7
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Join the best in your industry by entering Connecticut’s only Home Building Industry Awards. Sponsored by the HBRA of Connecticut, the HOBI Awards offers recognition to builders, remodelers and suppliers for excellence in home design and construction, home technology, sales and marketing and home financing. Only HBRA members may enter any house, development or product built, remodeled, supplied, marketed or financed by an HBRA member after January 2014 or a community service project undertaken in 2016. Winners will be notified by October 14th. Awards and a Power Point show of the winning entries will be presented at the HBRA of Connecticut HOBI Awards Dinner on Wednesday, November 16th, 2016 at the Aqua Turf in Southington, CT. Winners will be featured in Connecticut Builder magazine, and will benefit from local and state wide media coverage and publicity. TOP AWARDS will be kept confidential and announced at the dinner on November 16, 2016. DOWNLOAD THE FILLABLE PDF APPLICATION The Building Hope Foundation Gala & Silent Auction Set for December 3rd The 2016 Building Hope Foundation Gala in collaboration with the HBRA of Fairfield County will be held on December 3rd at Giovanni’s in Darien. The Annual Gala and Silent Auction is the main fundraiser for the organization that benefits disadvantaged homeowners, veterans, and handicapped children in Fairfield County, and provides college and trade school scholarships to HBRA members, employees of members and their dependents. Each year the HBRA of Fairfield County presents awards and recognitions to association members for their excellence in their respective industry. The Building Hope Foundation presents their philanthropic awards to both association members and non-members for their outstanding commitment of donated time and resources to the Building Hope Foundation, a non-profit organization that benefits disadvantaged homeowners, veterans and special needs children in Fairfield County. “We at Building Hope are truly blessed that many of our industries top professionals are dedicated to our vision for a better world. It seems only fitting that we honor their philanthropic donation of time, money and expertise to our cause,” stated Andrew La Sala, Jr., President of the Building Hope Foundation. 10 | HBRA of Fairfield County | June 2016 Welcome to the newest members of HBRA of Fairfield County! Go to www.buildfairfieldcounty.com for their contact info. Fairfield County Bank Insurance Services The Fairfield County Bank Insurance Services advantage rests in our experience with a carefully selected group of financially sound, reputable insurance companies and in our extensive knowledge of a wide variety of insurance products. We will tailor a proposal for you that targets your particular requirements and we always strive to secure the best coverage at a competitive price. Members: Scott Cronin & John Czel Mercedes Benz of Danbury Part of the Curry Automotive Group. View our model range and learn more about Mercedes-Benz Van’s first-in-class technology and innovations that will help drive your business, including a standard fuelefficient 2-stage turbo engine, a modern appearance with a spacious interior, and the most advanced safety features to protect you, your passengers, and your business. Member: James Willis Garrett Wilson Builders In the construction and homebuilding business just short of two decades we are fully committed and take an aggressive approach to continually provide our clients with superior craftsmanship, unparalleled technical ability, relentless attention to detail, and outstanding value. Member: Garrett Wilson Good Directions Bird Feeders and Bird Houses, Fire Pits & Torches, Lanterns, Mailboxes & Posts, Obelisks, Planters & Window Boxes, Rain Chains, Wall Decor, Cupolas, Finials, Lazy Hill and Weathervanes Member: Jeremy Pessalano Tooher - Ferraris Insurance Group Tooher-Ferraris Insurance Group is a family owned, independent insurance agency providing insurance and risk management services for businesses, families and individuals throughout New England since 1932. Tooher-Ferraris Insurance Group takes pride in working with our clients and carriers in negotiating loss settlements that are fair and equitable. Member: Eric Ferraris Yankocy Wholesale Building Materials TYANKOCY has over 65 years of active family ownership and old-fashioned personal service and continues to be dealer-focused. We love to share with you our first-hand knowledge of today’s products. Our product availability is almost always 100%! Member: Ed Sullivan July 2016 | HBRA of Fairfield County | 11
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What’s Happening at the HBRA Fairfield General Membership Meeting Clambake at Fairfield Beach September 7, 2016 Members - $50 Non-Members - $70 6:00PM to 9:00PM This is a limited seating event. Jacky Durrell Pavilion, 401 Fairfield Beach Road, Fairfield Sponsored by: Yankee vs. Red Sox Game Pre-game Dinner at Pasquale’s Rigoletto on Arthur Avenue September 29, 2016 LIMITED TICKETS AVAILABLE Join us for HBRA of Fairfield County night at the Yankees on September 29th - 7:05 Game Time Tickets- $180/pp Bus Leaves 3:30 – Westport Commuter Lot – Exit 18 off I95 • Transportation to and from Arthur Avenue and Yankee Stadium • Pre-game Dinner at Pasquale Rigoletto Choice of: Chicken Parmigiana,Tilapia & Lump Crabmeat, or Penne Primavera CLICK Here to Register • Field Level Seat in Section 133 • Beverages on the Bus Sponsored by: CLICK Here to Register 3 3 3 3 3 Beautiful Low maintenance Resist mold, mildew Limited Lifetime Warranty Fade and Stain Warranty BUILD YOUR DREAM DECK Locations in Greenwich, Stamford, Bethel, Newtown CT & Shrub Oak, NY Call Us at 1-888-499-8889 or visit InterstateLumber.com 12| HBRA of Fairfield County | June 2016 IBS EARLY BIRD Registration - August Only January 10- 12 in Orlando NEW NAHB MEMBERS - Register for the Event for Only $150! MEET THE MOST POWERFUL BUSINESS PARTNERS IN FAIRFIELD COUNTY. Kathryn A. Eren, VP, Cash Management Officer; Lisa Stuard, AVP Commercial Loan Administrator; Maureen Hanley-Bellitto, SVP, Commercial Team Leader; Gregory Pastor, Jr. VP, Commercial Banking Officer; Kim Karl, VP, Commercial Banking Officer; Deep community roots. Unrivaled market knowledge. Unmatched customer service. When a bank builds its commercial banking team around the values that truly make a difference in helping your business and community grow and prosper, that’s more than banking. That’s changing the way you bank. Talk to us today. Visit bankatunited.com/commercial July 2016 | HBRA of Fairfield County | 13
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Builder News Open Space Layouts Continue To Dominate Single-Family Design Demand inches up for larger homes and lots as buyers prioritize exterior home space. Homeowners have showed a renewed interest in larger homes as the trend for open floor plans with blended indoor/outdoor space remains in high demand. Informal space, open space layouts, and access in and out of the home topped the list of home design elements that are increasing in demand according to the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Home Design Trends Survey for the first quarter of 2016, released today. The study, which surveys 500 residential architecture firms about home layouts and use of interior and exterior space, had 55% of firms report an increase in activity for informal spaces, 53% reported an increase for open space layouts, and 49% reported an increase in interest for access in and out of the home. READ MORE Look no further for an insurance agent who can work with you to design an insurance portfolio just right for your business. If you engage in construction or remodeling of one or two family residences in CT then I want to talk to you. Our construction insurance program includes: • General Liability • • • Property Business Auto Inland Marine • Workers Compensation • Umbrella • Builders Risk Kim Marie DiMatteo, CIC, MWCA I have been in the construction insurance business since 1992. I know the markets, the products, and what’s right for you. Call me today to schedule a convenient appointment. 79 Bridgeport Ave, Shelton, CT 06484 | 203.924.5429 | www.dimatteogrp.com BIG SAVINGS Member Benefit Discounts from NAHB & NPP - See Pages 21-23 14 | HBRA of Fairfield County | June 2016 Builder News Process Focus: Questions and Answers Building a more efficient home building company Although demand for new homes is returning in most markets, qualified workers remain scarce. Builders who want to capitalize on this demand and grow their businesses have to do more with the labor resources they have. They have to become more efficient, effective and productive by optimizing their business processes. How do you get started on an optimization effort? The following questions and answers should shed light on that. Q: What does optimization include? A: Optimization requires that you take a hard look at your business processes. It has two main parts: analysis and improvement. Q: How are processes analyzed? A: The analysis should document how the company does its day-to-day work. For instance the construction cycle has hundreds of steps; before you can identify which ones are contributing to delays, you need to think through them and write them down. You can get this information by interviewing key individuals and work groups, then holding a workshop that includes everyone you interviewed. Ask about workflows, decision points, decision timing and information flows. Map these out for each process from the beginning of the land acquisition stage all the way to the closing out of the warranty period. Q: How should processes be documented? READ FURTHER for the Answers and additional Questions ANNOUNCING the arrival of our new 8-story BOOMTRUCK CONNECTICUT - East Haven - Manchester - Newtown SANDY HOOK - 2 Turnberry Lane - 203-426-0030 NEW YORK - Millwood • Mold / Mildew Resistant Board • Fire Rated Board • ½” Light Weight Board • Exterior Sheathing • Metal Studs • Acoustical Ceiling Tile July 2016 | HBRA of Fairfield County | 15
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Builder News National Lieutenant Governors Stand Up for Housing The National Lieutenant Governors Association issued a proclamation recognizing the importance of the nation’s home building industry in spurring job and economic growth during its annual meeting in Grand Rapids, Mich. in early July. “Homeownership is a cherished ideal and the bedrock of the American dream,” said Wisconsin Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch, the lead Republican co-sponsor of the bipartisan resolution. “Housing accounts for 15% of the nation’s GDP. As housing goes, so goes the economy.” “Housing affordability and availability are key to economic growth and development and play a major role in attracting new employers and residents to our communities,” said Connecticut Lieutenant Governor Nancy Wyman, the lead Democratic sponsor of the resolution. “Over the past six years in Connecticut, we’ve invested more than a billion dollars in housing, revitalizing our neighborhoods and spurring job growth. I’m proud to join members on both sides of the aisle in sponsoring this resolution.” The statement noted the regulatory challenges facing the industry, citing figures from a recent NAHB study that shows that more than 24% of the cost of a new home is due to government regulations. Per the proclamation: “The National Lieutenant Governors Association appreciates the role the home building industry plays in helping citizens achieve the American dream and strengthening our economy. “Be it further resolved, that the National Lieutenant Governors Association recommends that the President and Congress acknowledge the importance of housing and homeownership and support policies that encourage production of housing that meets the needs of all families. “Be it further resolved, that the National Lieutenant Governors Association approach housing issues in a meaningful and responsible manner, while avoiding any legislation or regulatory actions that will drive up the cost of housing or inhibit the ongoing housing market recovery from the Great Recession.” The resolution can be viewed here. Propane and Natural Gas Products! Connecticut’s largest family owned Propane company with over 350,000 gallons of storage, HOCON GAS has a reputation for delivering propane energy and industry expertise for more than 60 years! Pete “Propane Pete” Battaglio with over 33 years of experience Sr. Regional Sales Manager Hocon Gas, Inc. • 6 Armstrong Road Shelton, CT 06484 Office: 203.402.7800 • Fax: 203.944.0300 Cell: 203.343.2199 Email: pbattaglio@hocongas.com www.hocongas.com NORWALK 33 Rockland Rd. (203) 853-1500 WATERBURY 20 Railroad Hill St. (203) 754-7601 16 | HBRA of Fairfield County | June 2016 GUILFORD 736 Boston Post Rd. (203) 458-2790 DANBURY 86 Payne Rd. (203) 744-4000 TORRINGTON 2407 Winsted Rd. (860) 626-0900 Copyright © Hocon • HOD#726-30 Builder News Charlie Cook to Speak at NAHB Midyear Meeting Noted political analyst Charlie Cook will be a guest speaker on Aug. 9 during the NAHB’s Midyear Meeting in Miami. The contentious battle for the presidency is bound to spill over into tightly contested races for Congress and the Senate — likely bringing a new mix of faces, perhaps even a changeover between the minority and majority parties on the chamber floors. Cook will offer his take on key races in the House and Senate, explore how a shift in power will affect lawmaking after the November elections, and share his view of the future political landscape. hbra@buildfairfieldcounty.com Tight election years such as this one are a big reason why members created and continue to support BUILD-PAC. As NAHB’s bipartisan political action committee, BUILD-PAC helps elect pro-housing, probusiness candidates to federal office. “This is an important election year for all of us,” said BUILD-PAC chairman Eugen Graf, a thirdgeneration builder and developer in Bozeman, Mont. “By investing in BUILD-PAC, I am investing in housing’s future.” Register for the Midyear Meeting here. Find out more about BUILD-PAC. FINISH CARPENTRY CLINICS WITH GARY KATZ RSVP TODAY! Take advantage Friday, September 16 7:30am-2:30pm Ridgefield Supply 29 Prospect St. Ridgefield, CT 06877 MASTER YOUR CRAFT If you believe in quality craftsmanship, don’t miss this FREE event! Christina McFarland • 203-438-2626 x 216 • christina@ridgefieldsupply.com or online: http://bitly.com/KR-Ridgefield July 2016 | HBRA of Fairfield County | 17
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Seminars and Training Breakfast Series Register Online or call the HBRA office at 203-335-7008 Online Marketing Strategies and Tools for an Effective Online Presence Friday, September 9, 2016 7:30am-10:00am Rings End Educational Facility 160 Avon Street, Stratford, CT Attend this information-packed seminar and learn the strategies behind having an effective online presence and the “how-to” specifics. This practical seminar will provide a concise and comprehensive overview of online marketing best practices and easily avoidable mistakes. You’ll discover which online tools are a “must,” which are best for customer acquisition and which are ideal for development of customer loyalty and repeat business. The presentation will cover: • Websites • Search Engine Optimization • Google AdWords • Social Media • Email Marketing You’ll have plenty of time to ask questions, share experiences and network with peers. You’ll leave with realworld insights and knowledge that you can put to work immediately to help your business succeed. Join us and walk away with actionable, specific knowledge you can implement in your business. This is an information-packed presentation that thousands have already attended. HBRA Members: $10 Non-Members: $40.00 Sponsored by: 18 | HBRA of Fairfield County | June 2016 Seminars and Training Register Online or call the HBRA office at 203-335-7008 Breakfast Series Your Next Home Will be Built Out of Styrofoam! How to Attain Healthy, Sustainable Homes and Change the Home Building Experience Forever Tuesday, September 20, 2016 7:30am-10:00am Rings End Educational Facility 160 Avon Street, Stratford, CT Join us for a discussion from an architect’s perspective on where the future of building is headed. Today’s structures have a disregard for human health and something needs to change. We need healthy homes and buildings that promotes good air quality, comfort, and overall body nourishment. Not only do we need healthier homes and buildings, we need sustainability. We need a structure that will not harm our environment and last for centuries, not years to come. Is there something that exists that can do both? ICF, or insulated concrete structures, can do just that! HBRA Members: FREE Non-Members: $40.00 Sponsored by: July 2016 | HBRA of Fairfield County | 19
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Member Benefits UNIVERSAL FUEL SERVICES for COMMERCIAL FLEETS OF ALL SIZES IMPAC Fleet’s Universal Fuel Services program is the largest fueling network in the country. Accepted at over 240,000 stations in all 50 states, you can fuel up at 98% of all major brand fuel retailers nationwide. IMPAC Fleet utilizes the industry’s most robust and user-friendly fleet management tools. Their secure On-Line Portal offers the fleet manager ability to customize the control and features necessary to manage their fleet in greater detail. Complete level III data capture gives fleet administrators all the information needed to manage fleet and account activity from anywhere at anytime. KEY BENEFITS 22 | HBRA of Fairfield County | June 2016 • Accepted at 98% of fuel retailers nationwide • Fuel and maintenance expense tracking • Specialized and custom reporting • Automation and integration of on and off site fueling • Bulk and remote fueling options • Fraud prevention How to register: Visit www.mynpp.com, select Company, then Construction, then Residential. Select HB&RA - Home Builders and Remodelers Associations from the dropdown menu, complete the enrollment and START SAVING! © 2015 National Purchasing Partners 800.810.3909 mynpp.com customerservice@mynpp.com Member Benefits NAHB Members Eligible for $500 New Vehicle Allowance from FCA US LLC With the FCA US LLC new vehicle allowance, members, their employees and household family members, are eligible for a $500 cash allowance toward the purchase or lease of a new Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram or FIAT brand vehicle. A longtime supporter of the skilled trades, FCA US LLC offers highly capable, built-for-work vehicles like the Ram 1500 EcoDiesel and Ram 3500 Chassis Cab. Members of NAHB can now leverage their memberships into significant savings on the Ram Commercial lineup and other vehicles from FCA US, including the Jeep Grand Cherokee, Chrysler 200 and Dodge Durango. Even family members and employees are eligble for the $500 incentive. The $500 member, employee and family incentives are stackable with most other national and local offers, further increasing your ability to save. Visit the FCA page nahb.org/fca to learn more about this program and to access your Proof of Membership Form. Please note that only named NAHB members of record are able to access and print eligibility forms for their employees and family. Don't Miss These Great Discounts from Dell! Save 39% off OptiPlex/Latitude/Precision Workstations/Power Edge Servers Use coupon code SAVE39% and save 39% on Dell OptiPlex, Latitude, Precision Workstations and Power Edge Servers $899 and up. 1 Save on select XPS & Inspiron PCs Get an additional 10% off select XPS & Inspiron PCs. Use coupon code SAVE10%PC. 2 Save an extra 5% Use coupon code STACK5% and save an extra 5% on Dell electronics and accessories . To learn more about your membership benefits visit www.Dell.com/NAHB or call 800-757-8442 to speak to a Dell representative. NAHB Member Advantage Discounts NAHB Member Advantage gives members an easy way to reduce expenses, maximize profits and increase efficiency. Through agreements with leading national companies, NAHB offers exclusive discounts on a variety of products and services that can benefit your business, employees and family. In the past year, members have saved over $17M through Member Advantage. For the most upto-date information about which companies are offering discounts as well as detailed information on how to access the savings, please visit www.nahb.org/ma. July 2016 | HBRA of Fairfield County | 23

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2016 Annual Sponsors HBRA Board of Directors 2016-17 Officers BuildingConnections The Digital Magazine of the Fairfield County HBRA President Sr. Vice-President Vice-President Chris Steiner Steiner, Inc. Anthony DeRosa DeRosa Builders Kim DiMatteo The DiMatteo Group Secretary/ Treasurer Michael Church William Pitt Sotheby’s Immediate Past President Peter Battaglio Max Bender Steve Berko Ken DeLeo John Hertz Brian Kurtz Rob Michaud Steven Roth Alex Shook Michael Wood Joanne Carroll Jerry Effren Gary Fanali Peter Fusaro Maureen Hanley Andrew La Sala Jr. John Murren Michael Palumbo Nick Yanicelli Peter Gaboriault Bear Paw Builders 2016-17 Directors Hocon Gas Bender Supply Four Square Build & Design Doherty & DeLeo Hertz Construction Interstate Lumber The Michaud Group Elevator Service Company Pella Commercial Wood Builders Life Directors JMC Resources The Greyrock Companies City Carting Preferred Builders United Bank Cannondale Building & Design Murren-Kane Construction ERI Building & Design Susquehanna Enterprises Regular Features HBRA Staff Gina Calabro Executive Officer Deanna Hiller Executive Assistant HBRA of Fairfield County 2228 Black Rock Turnpike Suite 307 Fairfield, CT 06825 203-335-7008 hbra@buildfairfieldcounty.com www. buildfairfieldcounty.com Want to advertise? Contact the office for more information and rates. June 2016 | HBRA of Fairfield County | 3 Page: 4 5 18-19 18 15 16 17 12 13 Executive Officers Message Upcoming Events Member Benefits Sponsors/Advertisers Please visit our Sponsors The DiMatteo Group Hocon Gas Ridgefield Supply United Bank Back Cover Interstate+Lakeland Lumber East Haven Builders Supply Ring’s End 19 17-18 16 Page: 6-8 9 -15 Annual Meeting - 70th Anniversary What’s Happening at the Fairfield County HBRA Chris Steiner Installed as New President Associate Council Honors Two Members The Building Hope Foundation Awards Scholarships HBRA Launches New Membership Video New Members Nine Past Presidents Attend Anniversary Event Member News Ed Rekos named Vice President of Sales at Ridgefield Supply Company Builder News: Region recovers momentum in home construction Net-zero home market growth promising, but still a niche HBRA Training OSHA 10 - October 27 & 28 Inside this issue...
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A Message from the Executive Officer Dear HBRA Members, Thanks to all of our members and their guests who attended the 70th anniversary Annual Meeting. Over 220 were there to take part in the festivities, including nine Past Presidents. The evening was capped off with a hilarious performance by Carmen Ciricillo, known as the “Construction Comic. “ Thanks to Kim Tyler Photography for the evenings photos. Congratulations to our new officers and newly elected board members. I look forward to working with all of you. Special congratulations to Joanne Carroll and Scott Hobbs - the 2016-17 Associate Council Honorees. I would also like to thank the Associate Council for the fine work this committee has produced. Some big events are on the horizon - The 2016 HBRA Golf Outing presented by Ring’s End on July 20th at Whitney Farms Golf Course. Golf foursomes are almost sold out, but you can still take part - join us for dinner and a putting contest! Contact the office or see the website for details. Two great events in September! On the 7th we have the second annual Clambake at the Jackie Durrell Pavilion at Fairfield Beach, sponsored by Marlin Electric and Gold Coast Property Maintenance. You will want to sign up early as we sold out last year. The Yankee vs Red Sox Game and pre-game dinner on Arthur Avenue is set for September 29th, sponsored by City Carting, United Bank and William Pitt Sotheby’s. We have chartered a bus that will take us to Pasquale Rigoletto for dinner and then to Yankee Stadium. Tickets are limited and already selling. Be sure to check out the member benefits pages. Our members have been saving thousands of dollars on these programs - you should too! As always, if you have any questions, please call the office or email us at hbra@buildfairfieldcounty.com! Best, Gina Calabro gina@buildfairfieldcounty.com 4 | HBRA of Fairfield County | June 2016 July 20, 2016 Fiano Family Golf Classic HBRA Golf Outing Whitney Farms Golf Course 175 Shelton Road (Rt 110) Lunch, Cocktails, Dinner, Raffles, and Awards. 10:30am - 6:00pm $200/Golfer $800/Foursome $60/Dinner Only Click Here to Register September 7, 2016 Clambake at Fairfield Beach Jacky Durrell Pavilion 401 Fairfield Beach Road, Fairfield 6:00pm - 9:00pm This is a limited seating event. $50 - Members/ Members Guests Click Here to Register September 29, 2016 Yankee Game/Pre-Game Dinner Pasquale’s Rigoletto on Arthur Avenue Tickets- $180/pp Bus Leaves 3:30 – Westport Commuter Lot – Exit 18 off I95 Register by Friday, Sept. 15, 2016 Click Here to Register October 5, 2016 General Membership Meeting Giovanni’s 2748 Boston Post Rd, Darien 6:00pm - 9:00pm $50 - Members $100/ Non- Members Click Here to Register OSHA 10 Hour Construction Thursday, October 27 & Friday, October 28, 2016* 7:45am-2:00pm Rings End Educational Facility 160 Avon Street, Stratford, CT Register Online or call the HBRA office at 203-335-7008 June 2016 | HBRA of Fairfield County |5 Support HBRA of Connecticut retain the #1 national fund raising event. Monday, June 27, 2016 TPC River Highlands Cromwell, CT • Evening Post-Play Reception • Sponsorship Opportunities Tax deductible sponsorships are available please contact us at 860-632-7863 2016 NAHB BUILD-PAC payment forms and golf tournament information coming soon. Questions call George at 860-632-7863 Can’t make the tournament? Contact George LaCava to donate to the NAHB BUILD-PAC at 860-632-7863
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8 | HBRA of Fairfield County | June 2016 More photos at www.buildfairfieldcounty.com on the Photo Gallery. What’s Happening at the HBRA Fairfield Chris Steiner Installed as the New President of the Fairfield County HBRA Chris Steiner, VicePresident of Steiner, Inc. in Bethel, CT, has been elected as president of the Home Builders and Remodelers Association of Fairfield County (HBRA). Steiner was inducted along with senior officers and board members at a ceremony held on June 1st at the Trumbull Marriott during the 70th Anniversary Annual Meeting. Roy Steiner, a Past President of the organization in 1986 and 1991, and Chris’ father, took part in the induction ceremony as did Richard Steiner, Chris’ great uncle who was President of the HBRA in 1975. Chris’ late grandfather, Ernest was also President of the association in 1955, making Chris a fourth generation builder and third generation President of the organization. HBRA senior officers and new board members also inducted: Senior Vice President: Anthony DeRosa, DeRosa Builders Vice President: Kim DiMatteo, DiMatteo Insurance Secretary/Treasurer : Michael Church, William Pitt Sotheby’s International Immediate Past President: Peter Gaboriault, Bear Paw Builders Max Bender, Bender, Norwalk Steve Berko, Four Square Building & Design, Newtown Ken DeLeo, Doherty & DeLeo Development, Darien John Hertz, Hertz Construction, Darien Brian Kurtz, Interstate Lakeland Lumber, Greenwich Rob Michaud, The Michaud Group, Shelton Steven Roth, Elevator Service Company, Torrington Special thanks to Nort Wheeler, Chairman and President of HBRA of CT for assisting with the installation of the officers and new board members. June 2016 | HBRA of Fairfield County | 9 Steiner, Inc. was founded as a home building company in 1939 by Ernest Steiner, an immigrant from Switzerland. Over the past 70 years Steiner, Inc. has built over 2,000 homes throughout Fairfield County. Steiner’s commercial development division in Berkshire Corporate Park has over 1,000,000 sq. ft. built to date and is currently performing site work for a 42,000 sq. ft. medical office building. Hailing back to the land-conscious ideals of Switzerland, Steiner, Inc. prides itself on wellplanned developments with an emphasis on land preservation and sustainability. Before becoming president, Steiner served most recently as Senior Vice President and has served on the HBRA Board of Directors for seven years, as well as serving on numerous committees within the organization. He is certified by the National Association of Homebuilders as a Certified Green Professional. Chris was born and raised in Fairfield County and resides in Fairfield with his wife Kate, and children, Heidi and Peter.
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What’s Happening at the HBRA Fairfield Associate Council Honors Two of Our Own “Scott provides predictable excellence to all of the projects that Hobbs, Inc. is involved,” said Steven Roth, President of the Elevator Service Company and cochairman of the Associates Council. “Scott as a Builder Member, consistently engages our Associate Members whenever possible, creating a successful relationship that is cost effective and efficient.” The Associate’s Council, a committee of the HBRA, presented the 2016-17 Associate Council awards to Scott Hobbs, co-owner of Hobbs Inc, a nationally award winning builder out of New Canaan, and Joanne Carroll, President of JMC Resources, the publisher of CT Builder Magazine and producer of the CT Home Building Industry (HOBI) awards were honored for their support of the membership and building industry. “Joanne Carroll has touched many, if not all, of our lives,” said Propane Pete Battaglio of Hocon Gas and co-chairman of the Associates Council “Through Joanne’s publicized articles and advertising expertise, she has connected many Associate Members and Builder Members; thus, increasing their effectiveness. Her professionalism and dedication to the HBRA is remarkable and profound.” l-r: Propane Pete Battaglio, Scott Hobbs, Joanne Carroll, Steven Roth 10 | HBRA of Fairfield County | June 2016 What’s Happening at the HBRA Fairfield The Building Hope Foundation Awards Scholarships and was also the recipient of the Regis College Book Award. Her father, Christopher Rallo is a member of the HBRA and is employed by TD Bank. Robin Rockwell will be graduating from Newtown High School and will be attending Western Connecticut State University where she will be pursuing a degree in Music Education. Robin’s passion for music has been evident in her activity in the Newtown Marching Band, the NHS Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble, Concert Choir and Gold Jazz Band. She also volunteered with the Newtown High School Elementary Music Mentoring Association teaching clarinet and basic music theory. Her step father, Tim Maxwell is employed by Rings End. l-r: Andrew La Sala, Jr., Francesca Rallo, Robin Rockwell, Mary Boudreau The Building Hope Foundation, Inc., has awarded the 2016 Building Hope Scholarships to Francesca Rallo of Hamden, CT and Robin Rockwell of Newtown, CT at the Annual Meeting and 70th Anniversary Celebration of the Home Builders and Remodelers Association of Fairfield County held on June 1, 2015 at the Trumbull Marriott. Both, Francesca and Robin will receive $4,000, to be spread out during the course of their four-year academic studies. The Building Hope Foundation is a non-profit organization established by the Home Builders and Remodelers Association (HBRA) of Fairfield County that invests funds, time, and expertise by its members, who are part of the home building, remodeling and residential land development industries. The Building Hope Foundation annually awards scholarships to students pursuing postsecondary education who are dependents of employees of HBRA-member companies. Francesca Rallo recently graduated from Sacred Heart Academy and will be attending Fairfield University where she will be pursuing a degree in nursing and would like to become a Nurse Practitioner. While attending Sacred Heart Academy, she was a member of the National Honor Society, the National Science Honor Society, the National Spanish Honor Society Andrew La Sala, Jr., president of the Building Hope Foundation says this year’s recipients are all around scholars. “Francesca and Robin represent the best of the Building Hope Foundation Scholarship Program because they are not only academic scholars, but are active in both high school and community activities, which are the qualities we seek in our candidates,” said La Sala. “The foundation is pleased to be assisting both Francesca and Robin with their college education, and wish them a successful academic career.” Building Hope Foundation mission is to use industry knowledge, resources and the skills of HBRA members to build brighter futures for the veterans, families and individuals who have given back to the people of Fairfield County, and to provide scholarships to students who are dependents of employees of member firms. June 2016 | HBRA of Fairfield County | 11
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What’s Happening at the HBRA Fairfield HBRA Launches New Membership Video If you attended the General Membership meetings in April and May you may have encountered Rocky Progano of MediaCom and one of his videographers. As part of the new membership video, Rocky and his team did both “man and woman on the street” interviews as well as targeted interviews of many of our most active association members. The video was launched at the Annual Meeting on June 1st and was very well received. If you haven’t seen it, take a few minutes to find out why our members belong to HBRA - and if you are not a member why you should be part of this great association. You can access the video either on the HBRA website or on YOUTUBE. 3 3 3 3 3 Beautiful Low maintenance Resist mold, mildew Limited Lifetime Warranty Fade and Stain Warranty BUILD YOUR DREAM DECK 12 | HBRA of Fairfield County | June 2016 Locations in Greenwich, Stamford, Bethel, Newtown CT & Shrub Oak, NY Call Us at 1-888-499-8889 or visit InterstateLumber.com Welcome to the newest members of HBRA of Fairfield County! Go to www.buildfairfieldcounty.com for their contact info. Fletcher Development LLC A full service construction company specializing in new construction, remodels, renovations, additions, design, and interior design. Member: Ryan Fletcher Sky Property Services We specialize in energy efficient renovations, including insulation, roofing, siding, windows and doors. Members: Ron Mickiewicz Kevin Dzikowski Dan Loyens Northeast Dream Kitchens From full service remodels to kitchen cabinet refacing, no job in Connecticut is too big or too small for Northeast Dream Kitchens. Member: Jeff Stoyer Bertozzi Electric, LLC Electrical Contractors - Residential & Commercial Member: David Bertozzi ANNOUNCING the arrival of our new 8-story BOOMTRUCK CONNECTICUT - East Haven - Manchester - Newtown SANDY HOOK - 2 Turnberry Lane - 203-426-0030 NEW YORK - Millwood • Mold / Mildew Resistant Board • Fire Rated Board • ½” Light Weight Board • Exterior Sheathing • Metal Studs • Acoustical Ceiling Tile June 2016 | HBRA of Fairfield County | 13
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What’s Happening at the HBRA Fairfield Nine Past Presidents Take Part in the 70th Anniversary Event l-r: Roy Steiner (1986 & 1991), Richard Steiner (1975-76), Jerry Effren (1989), Maureen Hanley (2013-14 ), Andrew La Sala, Jr. (200608), Mary Boudreau (2008-10), Peter Fusaro (2012-13), Joanne Carroll (2000-02), Michael Palumbo (2010-12) General Membership Meeting Clambake at Fairfield Beach September 7, 2016 Members - $50 Non-Members - $70 6:00PM to 9:00PM Sponsored by: This is a limited seating event. Jacky Durrell Pavilion, 401 Fairfield Beach Road, Fairfield Register Online 14 | HBRA of Fairfield County | June 2016 What’s Happening at the HBRA Fairfield Yankee vs.Red Sox Game Pre-game Dinner at Pasquale Rigoletto on Arthur Avenue September 29, 2016 Join us for HBRA of Fairfield County night at the Yankees on September 29th - 7:05 Game Time Tickets- $180/pp- LIMITED SEATING Bus Leaves 3:30 – Westport Commuter Lot – Exit 18 off I95 Register by Friday, Sept. 15, 2016 • Transportation to and from Arthur Avenue and Yankee Stadium • Pre-game Dinner at Pasquale Rigoletto Choice of Dinner Chicken Parmigiana Tilapia & Lump Crabmeat Penne Primavera • Field Level Seat in Section 133 • Beverages on the Bus Register Online Sponsored by: Propane and Natural Gas Products! Connecticut’s largest family owned Propane company with over 350,000 gallons of storage, HOCON GAS has a reputation for delivering propane energy and industry expertise for more than 60 years! Pete “Propane Pete” Battaglio with over 33 years of experience Sr. Regional Sales Manager Hocon Gas, Inc. • 6 Armstrong Road Shelton, CT 06484 Office: 203.402.7800 • Fax: 203.944.0300 Cell: 203.343.2199 Email: pbattaglio@hocongas.com www.hocongas.com NORWALK 33 Rockland Rd. (203) 853-1500 WATERBURY 20 Railroad Hill St. (203) 754-7601 GUILFORD 736 Boston Post Rd. (203) 458-2790 DANBURY 86 Payne Rd. (203) 744-4000 TORRINGTON 2407 Winsted Rd. (860) 626-0900 Copyright © Hocon • HOD#726-30 June 2016 | HBRA of Fairfield County | 15
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Member News Ed Rekos named Vice President of Sales at Ridgefield Supply Company Ridgefield Supply Company, a Connecticut-based lumberyard and retail store, announced June 10th the appointment of Ed Rekos as the company’s Vice President of Sales. Ed is a building industry veteran with more than a decade of sales experience. “I’m very excited to be part of Ridgefield Supply Leadership team; to help our sales team achieve new levels of success, as well as enhance customer relationships,” Rekos said. “All of us at here at Ridgefield Supply are excited to have Ed lead the Sales Organization. He is truly a leader within the industry,” said Ridgefield Supply Company CEO and owner, Margaret Price. “Ed’s appointment will help us build on our forward momentum and enable Ridgefield Supply to sustain this rapid growth.” The Ridgefield Supply Company is a third generation lumber company owned and operated by the Price family. They are currently undergoing the largest transformation in the history of the company, with a complete redevelopment of their lumberyard & retail store. When complete in the fall of 2016, 100% of their stock lumber & building materials, will be under cover, dry and clean. For more information about Ridgefield Supply, call 203.438.2626, or visit www.ridgefieldsupply.com or email us at ridgefieldsupply@rsupply.net. FINISH CARPENTRY CLINICS WITH GARY KATZ RSVP TODAY! Take advantage 16 | HBRA of Fairfield County | June 2016 Friday, September 16 7:30am-2:30pm Ridgefield Supply 29 Prospect St. Ridgefield, CT 06877 MASTER YOUR CRAFT If you believe in quality craftsmanship, don’t miss this FREE event! Christina McFarland • 203-438-2626 x 216 • christina@ridgefieldsupply.com or online: http://bitly.com/KR-Ridgefield Builder News Region recovers momentum in home construction Alexander Soule| The Hour Stamford, with housing projects burgeoning downtown and in Harbor Point, saw the biggest gain with about 640 units. Danbury added 525 units in 2015, and registered the biggest increase if computed as a percentage of its total housing stock, at 1.6 percent just ahead of neighboring Bethel. READ MORE After a relative lull in 2014, Fairfield County added nearly 2,000 units of housing last year, a halfpercentage point increase and its biggest gain since the recession. The new Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development figures easily topped U.S. Census Bureau estimates that placed the county in the top quartile in the Northeast. hbra@buildfairfieldcounty.com MEET THE MOST POWERFUL BUSINESS PARTNERS IN FAIRFIELD COUNTY. Kathryn A. Eren, VP, Cash Management Officer; Lisa Stuard, AVP Commercial Loan Administrator; Maureen Hanley-Bellitto, SVP, Commercial Team Leader; Gregory Pastor, Jr. VP, Commercial Banking Officer; Kim Karl, VP, Commercial Banking Officer; Deep community roots. Unrivaled market knowledge. Unmatched customer service. When a bank builds its commercial banking team around the values that truly make a difference in helping your business and community grow and prosper, that’s more than banking. That’s changing the way you bank. Talk to us today. Visit bankatunited.com/commercial June 2016 | HBRA of Fairfield County | 17
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Builder News Net-zero home market growth promising, but still a niche Patricia Daddona| HartfordBusiness.com Homes that generate all of their own power through energy efficiencies and renewables represent an attractive market for specialized builders, but broad demand for them so far remains elusive in Connecticut, industry experts say. New so-called net-zero energy homes represent a niche that is likely to remain small in the near term, said Steve Baden, executive director of the Residential Energy Services Network, which promotes and tracks the fledgling industry’s progress. Net-zero homes are energy-efficient buildings that use less, or the same amount of energy that is produced on-site through renewable sources. There’s been a 103-percent increase in net-zero homes nationally over a two-year period, but the numbers upon which that percentage is based are very small, Baden said. Look no further for an insurance agent who can work with you to design an insurance portfolio just right for your business. If you engage in construction or remodeling of one or two family residences in CT then I want to talk to you. Our construction insurance program includes: • General Liability • • • Property Business Auto Inland Marine • Workers Compensation • Umbrella • Builders Risk Kim Marie DiMatteo, CIC, MWCA I have been in the construction insurance business since 1992. I know the markets, the products, and what’s right for you. Call me today to schedule a convenient appointment. Net-zero homes as well as Home Energy Rating System (HERS) houses, which are highly efficient but don’t typically have renewables attached, increased from 91 units nationwide in 2013 to 185 in 2015, he said. Energy and building experts champion the emergence of these newly built houses — often high-end homes that incorporate structural energy efficiencies, with energy-efficient appliances and heating and cooling systems, then add a major renewable source like solar power. But demand is minimal, so far. READ MORE 79 Bridgeport Ave, Shelton, CT 06484 | 203.924.5429 | www.dimatteogrp.com 18 | HBRA of Fairfield County | June 2016 Seminars and Training Register Online or call the HBRA office at 203-335-7008 OSHA 10 Hour Construction Thursday, October 27 & Friday, October 28, 2016* 7:45am-2:00pm Rings End Educational Facility 160 Avon Street, Stratford, CT OSHA is coming to FINE you! Get ahead of them & learn what you need to know for your business and your employees. The OSHA 10hour construction training course is designed for anyone in the construction industry. Upon completion, participants will receive an OSHA construction safety and health 10-hour course completion card from the Departement of Labor. OSHA 10 cards are good for 5 years. HBRA Members: $30.00 Non-Members: $60.00 *Must attend both dates in order to receive OSHA card-per federal regulation. Continental Breakfast & Lunch included both days. Payment must be received by October 24th to reserve your spot. Walk-Ins will not be accepted at this course due to limited seating. Sponsored by: June 2016 | HBRA of Fairfield County | 19
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Member Benefits UNIVERSAL FUEL SERVICES for COMMERCIAL FLEETS OF ALL SIZES IMPAC Fleet’s Universal Fuel Services program is the largest fueling network in the country. Accepted at over 240,000 stations in all 50 states, you can fuel up at 98% of all major brand fuel retailers nationwide. IMPAC Fleet utilizes the industry’s most robust and user-friendly fleet management tools. Their secure On-Line Portal offers the fleet manager ability to customize the control and features necessary to manage their fleet in greater detail. Complete level III data capture gives fleet administrators all the information needed to manage fleet and account activity from anywhere at anytime. KEY BENEFITS 18 | HBRA of Fairfield County | June 2016 • Accepted at 98% of fuel retailers nationwide • Fuel and maintenance expense tracking • Specialized and custom reporting • Automation and integration of on and off site fueling • Bulk and remote fueling options • Fraud prevention How to register: Visit www.mynpp.com, select Company, then Construction, then Residential. Select HB&RA - Home Builders and Remodelers Associations from the dropdown menu, complete the enrollment and START SAVING! © 2015 National Purchasing Partners 800.810.3909 mynpp.com customerservice@mynpp.com Auto Financing and Refinancing Average Customers save up to $1,900. My AutoLoan.com is your premier online auto finance and refinance marketplace. NPP members can apply online and receive up to four loan offers within minutes. It’s easy, fast, and secure. As part of the Employee Discount Program, if you fund a loan with myAutoLoan.com you wil receive the Loyalty Benefits package! Save an additional 10% on Expedia rate hotel bookings over and above Expedia's already low prices. Receive an automatic 15% discount on personalized, affordable legal protection from LegalZoom. How to register: Visit www.mynpp.com, select Company, then Construction, then Residential. Select HB&RA - Home Builders and Remodelers Associations from the dropdown menu, complete the enrollment and START SAVING! June 2016 | HBRA of Fairfield County | 19

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2016 Annual Sponsors HBRA Board of Directors 2015-16 Officers President Sr. Vice-President Vice-President Secretary Treasurer Immediate Past President Peter Battaglio Max Bender Steve Berko Ken DeLeo Gary Fanali John Hertz Alex Shook Michael Wood Joanne Carroll Jerry Effren Peter Fusaro Andrew La Sala Jr. John Murren Michael Palumbo Nick Yanicelli Peter Gaboriault Bear Paw Builders Chris Steiner Steiner, Inc. Anthony DeRosa DeRosa Builders Michael Church William Pitt Sotheby’s Kim DiMatteo The DiMatteo Group Maureen Hanley-Bellitto United Bank 2015-16 Directors Hocon Gas Bender Supply FourSquare Build & Design Doherty & DeLeo City Carting Hertz Construction Pella Commercial Wood Builders Life Directors JMC Resources The Greyrock Companies Preferred Builders Cannondale Building & Design Murren-Kane Construction ERI Building & Design Susquehanna Enterprises HBRA Staff Gina Calabro Executive Officer Deanna Hiller Executive Assistant HBRA of Fairfield County 2228 Black Rock Turnpike Suite 307 Fairfield, CT 06825 203-335-7008 hbra@buildfairfieldcounty.com www. buildfairfieldcounty.com Want to advertise? Contact the office for more information and rates. May 2016 | HBRA of Fairfield County | 3 17 Page: 6-7 8 10 11-13 14 -16 May General Membership Meeting New Members Associate Spotlight What’s Happening at the Fairfield County HBRA Builder News: CT Weighs Tougher Building Codes to Combat Climate Change Documentation and Contracts: Keep it Clear and Simple The Skills Gap is Hurting America’s Housing Market HBRA Training OSHA 10 Regular Features Page: 4 5 18-19 9 9 11 12 13 16 Back Cover Executive Officers Message Upcoming Events Member Benefits Sponsors/Advertisers 2 Please visit our Sponsors The DiMatteo Group Hocon Gas Ridgefield Supply United Bank Interstate+Lakeland Lumber East Haven Builders Supply Ring’s End Inside this issue...
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A Message from the Executive Officer Dear HBRA Members, The May General Membership Meeting at Clarke in South Norwalk was a buzz with attendees honoring the Building Official of the Year. Congratulations to Peter Solheim, Head Building Official from the Town of Darien. See pages 6-7 for photos of the evening. If you have not already registered for the 70th Anniversary Annual Meeting you need to do so by May 25th. The evening will be an epic event honoring past presidents, the HBRA board and 2 of our members - Joanne Carroll and Scott Hobbs. Entertainment for the evening will be Carmen Ciricillo known as “The Construction Comic.” The Fiano Family Golf Classic is set for June 29th to benefit the NAHB BUILD-PAC. If you can’t make the event you can still donate - see page 5 for details. Some big events are also on the horizon - The Golf Outing on July 20th at Whitney Farms Golf Course, the September 7th Clambake at the Jackie Durrell Pavilion at Fairfield Beach and The Yankee Game and dinner on Arthur Avenue at Pasquale Rigoletto on September 29th. As always, if you have any questions, please call the office or email us at hbra@buildfairfieldcounty.com! Best, Gina Calabro gina@buildfairfieldcounty.com 4 | HBRA of Fairfield County | May 2016 May 24, 2016 September 7, 2016 Swimming Pools Chapter 42 & Appendix G – Part 2 Sponsored by: District 8 Officials Norwalk Inn & Conference Center 99 East Avenue, Norwalk, CT 12:00 to 2:00 PM $12 fee payable at the door RSVP: Bill Ireland at (203) 854-7760 or wireland@norwalkct.org June1, 2016 HBRA ANNUAL MEETING Trumbull Marriott 180 Hawley Street, Trumbull, CT 6:00pm - 9:00pm $80 - Members/ Members Guests $120 - Non Members Click Here to Register July 20, 2016 HBRA Golf Outing Whitney Farms Golf Course 175 Shelton Road (Rt 110) Lunch, Cocktails, Dinner, Raffles, and Awards. 10:30am - 6:00pm $200/Golfer $800/Foursome $60/Dinner Only Click Here to Register Clambake at Fairfield Beach Jacky Durrell Pavilion 401 Fairfield Beach Road, Fairfield 6:00pm - 9:00pm This is a limited seating event. $50 - Members/ Members Guests Click Here to Register September 29, 2016 Yankee Game/Pre-Game Dinner Pasquale’s Rigoletto on Arthur Avenue Tickets- $180/pp Bus Leaves 3:30 – Westport Commuter Lot – Exit 18 off I95 Register by Friday, Sept. 15, 2016 Click Here to Register Fiano Family Golf Classic Support HBRA of Connecticut retain the #1 national fund raising event. Monday, June 27, 2016 TPC River Highlands Cromwell, CT • Evening Post-Play Reception • Sponsorship Opportunities Tax deductible sponsorships are available please contact us at 860-632-7863 2016 NAHB BUILD-PAC payment forms and golf tournament information coming soon. Questions call George at 860-632-7863 Can’t make the tournament? Contact George LaCava to donate to the NAHB BUILD-PAC at 860-632-7863 May 2016 | HBRA of Fairfield County |5
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Welcome to the the newest members of HBRA of Fairfield County! Go to www.buildfairfieldcounty.com for their contact info. Advanced Home Audio, Inc. Advanced Home Audio has over 50 years combined experience. Members: Bill Charney Joe Marrotta Member: Matthew Orsaia Fenwick A valuable resource for home financing Member: Carl Bulgini Member: Suzanne Brady Frank Webb Bath Center The showrooms of F.W. Webb Company, the largest plumbing distributor in the NE Member: David Mann GreenTek Construction, LLC We are dedicated to creating sustainable and energy efficient homes & buildings. 8 | HBRA of Fairfield County | May 2016 Member: Stephanie Rapp Member: Justin Murphy The Raymond C. Green Companies Offers creative, short term financing to builders, developers & investors. AMEC Carting, LLC Excavation, Transfer Station, Carting, Demolition, Materials, Refuse Member: Angelo Fiordelisi Stephanie Rapp Interiors Designing homes where life’s moments are created, enjoyed, lived with meaning. Member: Robert Fahey Pro Source of Stamford Proudly serves trade professional members offering superior flooring products Plumbing Works LLC Expertly installed residential and small business applications. Wernert Associates Inc. To provide our clients with the highest quality construction services. Member: Max Wernert Look no further for an insurance agent who can work with you to design an insurance portfolio just right for your business. If you engage in construction or remodeling of one or two family residences in CT then I want to talk to you. Our construction insurance program includes: • General Liability • • • Property Business Auto Inland Marine • Workers Compensation • Umbrella • Builders Risk Kim Marie DiMatteo, CIC, MWCA I have been in the construction insurance business since 1992. I know the markets, the products, and what’s right for you. Call me today to schedule a convenient appointment. 79 Bridgeport Ave, Shelton, CT 06484 | 203.924.5429 | www.dimatteogrp.com Propane and Natural Gas Products! Connecticut’s largest family owned Propane company with over 350,000 gallons of storage, HOCON GAS has a reputation for delivering propane energy and industry expertise for more than 60 years! Pete “Propane Pete” Battaglio with over 33 years of experience Sr. Regional Sales Manager Hocon Gas, Inc. • 6 Armstrong Road Shelton, CT 06484 Office: 203.402.7800 • Fax: 203.944.0300 Cell: 203.343.2199 Email: pbattaglio@hocongas.com www.hocongas.com NORWALK 33 Rockland Rd. (203) 853-1500 WATERBURY 20 Railroad Hill St. (203) 754-7601 GUILFORD 736 Boston Post Rd. (203) 458-2790 DANBURY 86 Payne Rd. (203) 744-4000 TORRINGTON 2407 Winsted Rd. (860) 626-0900 Copyright © Hocon • HOD#726-30 May 2016 | HBRA of Fairfield County | 9
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“Associate Spotlight of the Week” RECAP John Tarducci John Tarducci has spearheaded successful marketing and sales programs in the residential construction and real estate industry for over 30 years. units representing over $3 billion in new construction. Contact: John Tarducci MIRM, CMP, CRB 203.925.4587 John.Tarducci@raveis.com Maureen Hanley United Bank has served the construction industry for over 20 years with a team of lenders from Connecticut and Massachusetts - including Fairfield County - who have decades of experience in construction lending. Contact: Maureen Hanley, (203) 780-1306 mhanley@bankatunited.com, www.bankatunited.com Catherine Hartman John Fazio, Jr. BuyRailings.com is the #1 best seller of decorative railings in the USA! BuyRailings is a division of Lido Designs, Inc. Contact: Catherine Hartman at 877-810-4116, sales@buyrailings.com, www.buyrailings.com Sandler Training offers a distinctive style of training to HBRA member companies and individuals in the fields of sales, management consulting, and leadership development through on-going seminars and workshops. Contact: John Fazio, Jr. at 203-264-1197 Richard Drenckhahn Chris Tierney Founded by the late James Drenckhahn on the principals of perfection, efficiency, integrity and customer service, Drenckhahn Excavating has been a premier provider of both commercial and residential excavation for over 40 years. Contact Richard at 203-357-1414 or info@drenckhahnexcavating.com Rhonda Burnham InSinkErator (www.insinkerator.com) is the #1 brand of professionals. We are the only US Manufacturer of household disposers and also make categoryleading hot water dispensers for added convenience of near boiling water on demand. Contact Rhonda Burnim at rhonda.burnim@emerson 10 | HBRA of Fairfield County | May 2016 Fine Line Finish Carpentry has been a finish carpentry contractor serving professional builders and remodelers since 1999. Fine Line also builds Custom Cabinetry and Furniture to the highest standards. We can aid in design if requested. Contact Chris at 203-470-6097 or flfcarpentry@comcast.net Max Bender BENDER is a fourth generation family owned and operated company, born and raised in Connecticut. Keeping up with the heartbeat of our state, BENDER has evolved into a retail purveyor of attainable luxury in decorative plumbing, kitchen and bath cabinetry, lighting, tile and stone. Contact Max at (203)847-3865, mbender@benderplumbing.com What’s Happening at the HBRA Fairfield 2016 HBRAGolf Classic - July 20th Presented by Rings End Whitney Farms Golf Course 175 Shelton Road (Rt110) in Monroe CT. • 10:30am Registration • 11:30am Lunch • 12:30pm Shotgun Start CLICK HERE to Register To Golf Lunch, Cocktails, Dinner, Raffles, and Awards. $200/Golfer $800/Foursome $60/Dinner Only FINISH CARPENTRY CLINICS WITH GARY KATZ RSVP TODAY! Take advantage Friday, September 16 7:30am-2:30pm Ridgefield Supply 29 Prospect St. Ridgefield, CT 06877 MASTER YOUR CRAFT If you believe in quality craftsmanship, don’t miss this FREE event! Christina McFarland • 203-438-2626 x 216 • christina@ridgefieldsupply.com or online: http://bitly.com/KR-Ridgefield May 2016 | HBRA of Fairfield County | 11
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What’s Happening at the HBRA Fairfield General Membership Meeting Clambake at Fairfield Beach September 7, 2016 Members - $50 Non-Members - $70 6:00PM to 9:00PM Sponsored by: This is a limited seating event. Jacky Durrell Pavilion, 401 Fairfield Beach Road, Fairfield Register Online MEET THE MOST POWERFUL BUSINESS PARTNERS IN FAIRFIELD COUNTY. Kathryn A. Eren, VP, Cash Management Officer; Lisa Stuard, AVP Commercial Loan Administrator; Maureen Hanley-Bellitto, SVP, Commercial Team Leader; Gregory Pastor, Jr. VP, Commercial Banking Officer; Kim Karl, VP, Commercial Banking Officer; Deep community roots. Unrivaled market knowledge. Unmatched customer service. When a bank builds its commercial banking team around the values that truly make a difference in helping your business and community grow and prosper, that’s more than banking. That’s changing the way you bank. Talk to us today. Visit bankatunited.com/commercial Member FDIC Equal Housing Lender 12 | HBRA of Fairfield County | May 2016 What’s Happening at the HBRA Fairfield Yankee vs.Red Sox Game Pre-game Dinner at Pasquale Rigoletto on Arthur Avenue September 29, 2016 Join us for HBRA of Fairfield County night at the Yankees on September 29th - 7:05 Game Time Tickets- $180/pp- LIMITED SEATING Bus Leaves 3:30 – Westport Commuter Lot – Exit 18 off I95 Register by Friday, Sept. 15, 2016 • Transportation to and from Arthur Avenue and Yankee Stadium • Pre-game Dinner at Pasquale Rigoletto Choice of Dinner Chicken Parmigiana Tilapia & Lump Crabmeat Penne Primavera • Field Level Seat in Section 133 • Beverages on the Bus Register Online 3 3 3 3 3 Beautiful Low maintenance Resist mold, mildew Limited Lifetime Warranty Fade and Stain Warranty BUILD YOUR DREAM DECK Locations in Greenwich, Stamford, Bethel, Newtown CT & Shrub Oak, NY Call Us at 1-888-499-8889 or visit InterstateLumber.com May 2016 | HBRA of Fairfield County | 13
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Builder News Hartford Courant CT weighs tougher building codes to combat climate change Somewhere there’s a long list of expectations and The homebuilding industry is taking a waitand-see approach to Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s recent executive order directing state agencies to strengthen building codes in response to climate change. Homebuilders aren’t opposed to stronger codes where necessary, particularly in wind-prone areas along the coast, but want decisions based on sound research and cost-benefit analyses. Most importantly, they don’t want regulations that price customers out of the market, said Bob Hanbury, a longtime builder and co-owner of Newingtonbased House of Hanbury Builders Inc., which does residential remodeling and additions. Hanbury is active in the industry, including serving on committees for the International Existing Building Code and on the board of the Home Builders & Remodelers Association of Connecticut Inc. “The motives are good; we just want to make sure the outcomes are as good as the motives,” Hanbury said. In April, Malloy issued an executive order instructing the Department of Administrative Services, Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) and the Insurance Department to work with the Office of the State Building Inspector to ensure that the next revision to the State Building Code contains standards that increase the resiliency of new and renovated homes and buildings. Malloy hasn’t proposed anything specific, but said measures to consider include sealing seams in roof decks to guard against water infiltration if shingles blow off; stronger tie-downs of roofs to building structures; and impact-resistant glass in high-wind areas. Many measures to make buildings more resilient are relatively inexpensive, he said. He also cited research that every $1 spent on resiliency measures can save $4 in insurance claims. The Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS) backed Malloy’s recommendations. The institute released a report last year on the progress of 18 hurricane-prone coastal states along the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Coast in strengthening their residential building-code systems. Connecticut scored 88 out of a possible 100, ranking it fifth best among the 18 states, up from a score of 81 in 2012. Top-rated states have strong statewide residential building codes and regulatory processes for building officials, homebuilders and residential construction contractors, IBHS said. It evaluated 47 key data points to assess the effectiveness of states’ residential-building-code programs, including code adoption and enforcement; building official training and certification; and licensing requirements for construction trades that implement building code provisions, IBHS added. IBHS cited a study conducted by Texas A&M University on hurricane-related building requirements in Texas that found the benefits of adopting the code provisions exceeded the costs by a factor of 4.5 to 7. READ MORE hbra@buildfairfieldcounty.com May 2016 | HBRA of Fairfield County | 14 Builder News Documentation and Contracts: Keep It Clear and Simple By Dennis A. Dixon | April 19, 2016 | Pro Remodeler Three essentials to ensure clear, factual, and detailed paperwork for remodeling projects as it’s signed and dated by both parties. So make sure that any selections made are accompanied by the client’s signature. Any contractor trying to win a battle with a homeowner, say about the color and texture of their newly installed driveway, which the client is now claiming is incorrect, will have an uphill battle without documentation. Thirty-plus years of construction experience, combined with lessons learned from involvement as an expert witness in construction litigation, has taught me that in any remodeling project, clear, factual, and detailed paperwork is worth its weight in gold, and a thorough construction contract promotes professionalism, protects your profits, and boosts your efficiency because it minimizes or eliminates confusion and the need for explanation. 1] Document it: Any and all paperwork, documentation (photos, video, even sound recordings), and “signed” changes are paramount in a legal defense. Everything else is secondary, if allowed at all. Also, in a lawsuit, the professionals are deemed to be exactly that: professional. The clients (homeowners) are assumed to be innocent and in the right until proven otherwise. Anything signed is valid—even a change order written on the back of a torn, dirty, envelope, as long Tip: Keep signed, approved sample selections in a labeled file box. For example, a paint color chip, laminate selection, 4-inch profile of the living room crown molding … with an accompanying note (in the case of the driveway color) that “Owner approved driveway concrete color and texture— example as seen Oct. 10, 2015, at 5978 Pine Cone Lane, Flagstaff, as produced by ABC Concrete.” 2] Keep it simple: Legalese in construction contracts can be confusing. It’s best to use understandable, simple English so both you and your customers can read and understand the parameters and procedures of the project as defined in the contract. Note: Some states require certain codicils in construction contracts, such as force majeure or an estoppel clause. Check with your attorney about what is and isn’t required for your locale. 3] Define it: The contract should define and explain project conditions, leaving little, if anything, to interpretation. Contractual paperwork should spell out policies, procedures, facts, figures, options, billing methods, payments, and ways to resolve conflict or misunderstanding. May 2016 | HBRA of Fairfield County | 15
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Builder News This Skills Gap Is Hurting America’s Housing Market Chris Terrill | Fortune Magazine We’ve heard plenty about America’s skills gap across the tech industry, but a skills gap is also hobbling construction — and it’s delaying building projects, shrinking building inventories, and inflating the cost of homes and home-related projects. The knowledge and skills necessary to repair our toilets, install our furnaces and build our houses are dying on the vine. And, unless we want our grandkids growing up in primeval teepees, we need to work quickly to fix it. This trend has been building up for years. In the 1990s, the American educational system (no doubt with the best of intentions) discontinued vocational classes and began to encourage all students to pursue a four-year college degree, creating significant, if unintended, consequences. First, fewer students were exposed to career options in the skilled labor trades. Second, the profound emphasis placed on college-level education perpetuated the notion that skilled (i.e., blue-collared) labor entails physically demanding, yet mindless work. And third, industry succession responsibilities were transferred to business owners lacking the time and resources required to fully train and educate would-be workers. The shortage worsened in the years following the 2008 financial crisis, when the dark days of the housing crisis led the construction industry to lose more than 60% of its workforce to healthier industries, according to the U.S. Labor Statistics and Census Bureaus. That’s more than any other nonfarm industry in the United States. READ MORE ANNOUNCING the arrival of our new 8-story BOOMTRUCK CONNECTICUT - East Haven - Manchester - Newtown SANDY HOOK - 2 Turnberry Lane - 203-426-0030 NEW YORK - Millwood • Mold / Mildew Resistant Board • Fire Rated Board • ½” Light Weight Board • Exterior Sheathing • Metal Studs • Acoustical Ceiling Tile 16 | HBRA of Fairfield County | May 2016 Seminars and Training Register Online or call the HBRA office at 203-335-7008 OSHA 10 Hour Construction Thursday, October 27 & Friday, October 28, 2016* 7:45am-2:00pm Rings End Educational Facility 160 Avon Street, Stratford, CT OSHA is coming to FINE you! Get ahead of them & learn what you need to know for your business and your employees. The OSHA 10hour construction training course is designed for anyone in the construction industry. Upon completion, participants will receive an OSHA construction safety and health 10-hour course completion card from the Departement of Labor. OSHA 10 cards are good for 5 years. HBRA Members: $30.00 Non-Members: $60.00 *Must attend both dates in order to receive OSHA card-per federal regulation. Continental Breakfast & Lunch included both days. Payment must be received by October 24th to reserve your spot. Walk-Ins will not be accepted at this course due to limited seating. Sponsored by: May 2016 | HBRA of Fairfield County | 17
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Member Benefits Exclusive equipment offers. NPP Members Effective April 1, 2016, through June 30, 2016 (unless otherwise indicated), the following promotional offers are available to National Purchasing Partners corporate subscribers across the country. 4G LTE smartphone devices: New 2-yr activation or renewal on $24.99 or higher plan req’d. BlackBerry® Classic Motorola DROID MAXX 2 Samsung Galaxy S® 5 16 GB Brigadier™ by Kyocera LG G4 Motorola DROID TURBO 2 32 GB Samsung Galaxy S® 6 32 GB Samsung Galaxy Note® 5 32 GB $0 $0 $0 $49.99 $49.99 $99.99 $99.99 $249.99 Internet devices: New 2-yr activation or renewal on $24.99 or higher plan req’d. How to register: Visit www.mynpp.com, select Company, then Construction, then Residential. Select HB&RA - Home Builders and Remodelers Associations from the dropdown menu, complete the enrollment and START SAVING! Novatel 6620 $0 $150 bill credit when you activate a 4G LTE smartphone. New 2-yr activation on $34.99 or higher plan req’d. Activation/upgrade fee: $40. IMPORTANT CONSUMER INFORMATION: Subject to VZW Agmts, Calling Plan & credit approval. Up to $350 early termination fee/line. Bill credit applied within 2 - 3 cycles. While supplies last. Restocking fee may apply. Offers & coverage, varying by svc, not available everywhere; see vzw.com. DROID is a trademark of Lucasfilm Ltd. and its related companies. Used under license. © 2016 Verizon Wireless. 0316-121874 18 | HBRA of Fairfield County | May 2016 Register for a Staples Advantage Account How to register: Visit www.mynpp.com Select "Register for Staples Advantage Account" Enter the required information - Click "Submit" For companies with 14 or less employees: Staples Advantage will email you within 3 business days providing you with a company ID and username that allows you access to order.staplesadvantage.com, which offers NPP discount pricing For companies with 15 employees or more: A Staples Advantage representative will contact you within 5 business days Members Save with the UPS Shipping Program The UPS Savings Program is available for NAHB members! Make the most of your membership and take advantage of some of the most competitive rates available on shipping services with UPS. Whether you need your documents or packages to arrive the next day or are looking for the most affordable shipping option, UPS understands the importance of reliability, speed and cost. See how UPS discounts can help your bottom line: • Up to 36% on UPS Air letters including UPS Next Day Air®* • Up to 32% on UPS Air packages (1 lb.+)* • Up to 34% on UPS International imports and exports • Up to 24% on UPS Ground shipments • Savings begin at 70% on UPS Freight® shipments over 150 lbs. You can receive these discounts even if you already have a UPS account. Plus, the more you ship, the more you can save with UPS. To enroll and start saving, visit www.savewithups.com/NAHB or call 1-800-MEMBERS (800-636-2377), M-F, 8 a.m.–6 p.m. ET. *Discounts exclude UPS Express Critical® and UPS Next Day Air® Early A.M.® NAHB Member Advantage gives members an easy way to reduce expenses, maximize profits and increase efficiency. NAHB offers exclusive discounts on a variety of products and services that can benefit your business, employees and family. For the most up-to-date information as well as detailed information on how to access the savings, please visit www.nahb.org/ma. May 2016 | HBRA of Fairfield County | 19

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2016 Annual Sponsors HBRA Board of Directors 2015-16 Officers President Sr. Vice-President Vice-President Secretary Treasurer Immediate Past President Peter Battaglio Max Bender Steve Berko Ken DeLeo Gary Fanali John Hertz Alex Shook Michael Wood Joanne Carroll Jerry Effren Peter Fusaro Andrew La Sala Jr. John Murren Michael Palumbo Nick Yanicelli Peter Gaboriault Bear Paw Builders Chris Steiner Steiner, Inc. Anthony DeRosa DeRosa Builders Michael Church William Pitt Sotheby’s Kim DiMatteo The DiMatteo Group Maureen Hanley-Bellitto United Bank 2015-16 Directors Hocon Gas Bender Supply FourSquare Build & Design Doherty & DeLeo City Carting Hertz Construction Pella Commercial Wood Builders Life Directors JMC Resources The Greyrock Companies Preferred Builders Cannondale Building & Design Murren-Kane Construction ERI Building & Design Susquehanna Enterprises HBRA Staff Gina Calabro Executive Officer Deanna Hiller Executive Assistant HBRA of Fairfield County 2228 Black Rock Turnpike Suite 307 Fairfield, CT 06825 203-335-7008 hbra@buildfairfieldcounty.com www. buildfairfieldcounty.com Want to advertise? Contact the office for more information and rates. March 2016 | HBRA of Fairfield County | 3 20-21 Page: 6-8 9 10 13 14 15 16-18 March General Membership Meeting New Members Associate Spotlight What’s Happening at the Fairfield County HBRA HBRA Builder Day at the Capitol The Building Institute & HBRA Builder News: Zero-Energy Homes Keep Looking to Go Mainstream Drones Take Flight in Record Numbers Safeguard Your Reputation, Avoid Online Embarrassment Rising Compliance Costs Are Problematic for Home Builders HBRA Training OSHA 10 Regular Features Page: 4 5 21-23 11 11 12 12 19 19 Back Cover Executive Officers Message Upcoming Events Member Benefits Sponsors/Advertisers 2 Please visit our Sponsors Ridgefield Supply Hocon Gas United Bank East Haven Builders Supply Interstate+Lakeland Lumber The DiMatteo Group Ring’s End Inside this issue...
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A Message from the Executive Officer Dear HBRA Members, Mid March & the beginning of April were non-stop with a variety of events that included educational seminars: “Business Succession Planning,” “How to Grow your Business: Building Solid Relationships,” and “Contracts, Arbitration, Mediation & Dispute Resolution.” The Builders Day at the Capitol at the end of March - a well-attended event from all around the state. The April General Membership Meeting at Bender NEW showroom in Norwalk where we had a record number of attendees - over 140! See pages 6-8 for photos of the evening. And a joint discussion with the Builders & Realty Institute - over 20 HBRA members and guests attended, to hear builders from Fairfield and Westchester speak about the the state of affairs in both counties. See page 15 for photos. All around, the HBRA office and members have been busy! The next General Membership Meeting is an important one as we once again honor the Fairfield County Building Officials and present the Building Official of the Year. Be sure to register for the event that will be held May 4th at Clarke in South Norwalk. See page13 for details. The Building Hope Scholarship deadline is April 31st. Two four-year scholarships will be awarded, one for merit and one for financial need. All Thanks to the Fairfield County HBRA Panel: Michael Murphy, Murphy Brothers Contracting, Arnold Karp, Karp Associates, Andrew La Sala Jr., Cannondale Building & Design, and Chris Wright, Wright Building Company. 4 | HBRA of Fairfield County | April 2016 Gina Calabro gina@buildfairfieldcounty.com HBRA members, employees of members, and the dependents of employees are eligible to apply. The OSHA 10 class is filling up fast for May 12th & 13th - the limit is 40 - so register quickly if you need to get your OSHA 10 card! As always, if you have any questions, please call the office or email us at hbra@buildfairfieldcounty.com! Best, May 4, 2016 June1, 2016 General Membership Meeting Building Official Night Clarke Distributors Norwalk 6:00pm - 9:00pm $20 - Members $40 - Non Members Click Here to Register May12 & 13, 2016 OSHA 10 MUST ATTEND BOTH DAYS Rings End Educational Facility 160 Avon Street, Stratford, CT 7:45am - 2:00PM $25 - Members $50 - Non Members Click Here to Register HBRA ANNUAL MEETING Trumbull Marriott 160 Avon Street, Trumbull, CT 6:00pm - 9:00pm $80 - Members/ Members Guests $120 - Non Members Click Here to Register July 20, 2016 HBRA Golf Outing Whitney Farms Golf Course 175 Shelton Road (Rt 110) Lunch, Cocktails, Dinner, Raffles, and Awards. 10:30am - 6:00pm $200/Golfer $800/Foursome (includes bonus items) $60/Dinner Only Click Here to Register Contact the HBRA Office with any questions at hbra@buildfairfieldcounty.com 2016 HBRAGolf Classic - July 20th Presented by Rings End Whitney Farms Golf Course, 175 Shelton Road (Rt110) in Monroe CT. • 10:30am Registration • 11:30am Lunch • 12:30pm Shotgun Start CLICK HERE to Register To Golf Lunch, Cocktails, Dinner, Raffles, and Awards. $200/Golfer $800/Foursome (includes bonus items) $60/Dinner Only April 2016 | HBRA of Fairfield County |5
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March “Associate Spotlight of the Week” Rich Cunninham For over 40 years, Ed’s Garage Doors has been welcoming people home with sales, installation and service of the finest custom and semicustom architectural style overhead doors in Fairfield and Westchester Counties. See over 30 full-size doors on display in our showroom at 136 Water Street in Norwalk. 203.847.1284 www.edsgaragedoors.com Tom Whitaker Mr. ShowerDoor (www.mrshowerdoor.com) began in the early 1980’s with the concept of manufacturing and assembling our own products in order to improve delivery time and reduce backorders and errors. Integrating the latest advances in design, we hold four patents in the industry. Tel: 800.633.3667 Joyce Sardo C. Read Smith Read started his insurance career with Since 1905, Fordham Marble has been fabricators and installers of Marble and Granite. Innovations Fordham has pioneered helped shape the face of the modern stone fabricating business. Opened in 1990, the Stamford Showroom has grown to 10,000 square feet. Our staff knows the trends & materials, their knowledge is at your disposal to save you time and money. Contact Joyce Sardo at 203-348-5088 or Joyce@fordhammarble.com Check us out at www.fordhammarble.com a local agency called Pierson & Smith in 1989. Located in Stamford, the agency was a full service insurance agency providing Property & Casualty Insurance for both personal and commercial customers. First Niagara Bank purchased the agency in 2011 and as a result of the acquisition, additional resources were added making First Niagara one of the leading independent insurance brokers in the region that represents the Home Builders Program endorsed by Acadia Insurance. First Niagara also represents additional insurance companies that write home builders not only in Connecticut but also New York. You can contact Read at 203-854-3425 or Read.Smith@fnrm.com Joe Passero With 95 years of industry experience, Klaffs has firmly established itself as the ultimate resource for home design products, as well as unmatched product knowledge and guidance. Our unique “showroom” stores were created with a simple vision in mind; to help our customers visualize and explore new possibilities. Klaffs offers the largest selection of world-renowned bath, lighting and other home design products...all under one roof. Contact Joe Passaro at 203-866-1603 or jpassero@klaffs.com Check us out at www.klaffs.com 10 | HBRA of Fairfield County | April 2016 Cecy Gillen Cecy Gillen Designs, llc is a small interior design firm located in Norwalk CT. With close to 3 decades of experience in the Construction and Home Improvement field, she now dedicates herself to what she loves most - the Interior design of Residential Homes. Her imaginative design has earned her awards with the BBB of Connecticut and the most recent “Woman of the year 2015” from the National Professional Women of CT. For further inquiries please contact cecygillendesigns@gmail. com or visit at www.cecygillendesigns.com FINISH CARPENTRY CLINICS WITH GARY KATZ RSVP TODAY! Friday, September 16 7:30am-2:30pm Ridgefield Supply 29 Prospect St. Ridgefield, CT 06877 MASTER YOUR CRAFT If you believe in quality craftsmanship, don’t miss this FREE event! Christina McFarland • 203-438-2626 x 216 • christina@ridgefieldsupply.com or online: http://bitly.com/KR-Ridgefield Propane and Natural Gas Products! Connecticut’s largest family owned Propane company with over 350,000 gallons of storage, HOCON GAS has a reputation for delivering propane energy and industry expertise for more than 60 years! Pete “Propane Pete” Battaglio with over 33 years of experience Sr. Regional Sales Manager Hocon Gas, Inc. • 6 Armstrong Road Shelton, CT 06484 Office: 203.402.7800 • Fax: 203.944.0300 Cell: 203.343.2199 Email: pbattaglio@hocongas.com www.hocongas.com NORWALK 33 Rockland Rd. (203) 853-1500 WATERBURY 20 Railroad Hill St. (203) 754-7601 GUILFORD 736 Boston Post Rd. (203) 458-2790 DANBURY 86 Payne Rd. (203) 744-4000 TORRINGTON 2407 Winsted Rd. (860) 626-0900 Copyright © Hocon • HOD#726-30 April 2016 | HBRA of Fairfield County | 11
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MEET THE MOST POWERFUL BUSINESS PARTNERS IN FAIRFIELD COUNTY. Kathryn A. Eren, VP, Cash Management Officer; Lisa Stuard, AVP Commercial Loan Administrator; Maureen Hanley-Bellitto, SVP, Commercial Team Leader; Gregory Pastor, Jr. VP, Commercial Banking Officer; Kim Karl, VP, Commercial Banking Officer; Deep community roots. Unrivaled market knowledge. Unmatched customer service. When a bank builds its commercial banking team around the values that truly make a difference in helping your business and community grow and prosper, that’s more than banking. That’s changing the way you bank. Talk to us today. Visit bankatunited.com/commercial Member FDIC Equal Housing Lender ANNOUNCING the arrival of our new 8-story BOOMTRUCK CONNECTICUT - East Haven - Manchester - Newtown SANDY HOOK - 2 Turnberry Lane - 203-426-0030 NEW YORK - Millwood • Mold / Mildew Resistant Board • Fire Rated Board • ½” Light Weight Board • Exterior Sheathing • Metal Studs • Acoustical Ceiling Tile 12 | HBRA of Fairfield County | April 2016 What’s Happening at the HBRA Fairfield The Building Hope Foundation Scholarship Awards Application Deadline April 30th Each year the Building Hope Foundation conducts a scholarship competition for the Home Builder and Remodelers Association of Fairfield County. Members, employees of member companies, and members of employee’s immediate family are eligible to apply for a scholarship award. The deadline to apply is April 30, 2016. The scholarships will be awarded at the HBRA Annual Meeting on June 1st. CLICK HERE to download the Building Hope Foundation Application. Please contact the HBRA office with any questions, (203) 335-7008 or email: info@ buildinghopefoundation.org Don’t Forget to Register! The May 4th General Membership Meeting at Clarke, South Norwalk Home Builders & Remodelers Association of Fairfield County’s building official of the year The May General Membership meeting will be held in Norwalk at the Clarke Distributors showroom from 6:00pm to 9:00pm. Join us for food, drink and prizes, plus the Building Official of the Year Award & the Membership Raffle! The winning name pulled- John Koziol of RCCM Inc, was not in attendance so the raffle is now at $750! All active members names are in the drawing - you have to be present to win! 64 South Main Street, So. Norwalk, CT 06854 Click Here to REGISTER or contact the HBRA office at 203-335-7008 April 2016 | HBRA of Fairfield County | 13
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Builder News Zero-Energy Homes Keep Looking to Go Mainstream NAHB Somewhere there’s a long list of expectations and Despite price points that continue to deter many would-be buyers, nearly 6,200 housing units in the United States and Canada have been classified as zero-energy ready or better, according to a recent report released by the Net-Zero Energy Coalition (NZEC). NZEC defines “zero-energy ready” as a home that can supply at least 90% of the its annual energy demand. NAHB supports voluntary energy-efficiency guidelines that exceed mandatory requirements if they can be shown to enhance the home’s value and repay initial costs through savings in net operating costs over a reasonable period of time. The second-most concentrated region of zeroenergy ready homes is in the Northeast — an area not exactly well known for its sunshine, but booming with interest in renewable energy. Connecticut, Massachusetts and New York together tallied 783 zero-energy-ready (or better) units. Achieving true net-zero status is still a major feat, as evidenced by the figures in NZEC’s report. Of all the residential units inventoried, just 528 of them (9%) were deemed zero-energy units (those that supply 100-109% of the home’s annual energy demand). Four percent of the units were classified as “net producers” capable of supplying 110% or more of the home’s energy demand. A snap shot of the data is also available in this inventory infographic. NAHB recognizes that energy efficiency is in the best interest of the nation’s economy, environment, security and energy independence. It continues to work with government at all levels and with private industries to remove regulatory and institutional barriers to such innovation. Drones Take Flight in Record Numbers NAHB While many retailers remain focused on the novelty of someday using drones to deliver packages, thousands of leaders in other industries have found much more practical and less gimmicky ways to benefit from these unmanned aerial vehicles. An aerial view of a A drone’s-eye-view of a home built by RMB Building & Design, courtesy of photographer Jeff Wenzel. Legally flying a drone for commercial purposes — even if not charging a fee for the service — requires what is known as a Section 333 Exemption from the FAA. At the start of 2015, only seven such exemptions had been authorized. But less than a year later, NAHBNow reported that the number had quickly grown to about 2,100. 16 | HBRA of Fairfield County | April 2016 Within the last four months, that number of authorized, commercial drone operators has skyrocketed to more than 4,500. And the number keeps rising almost every day. In fact, the FAA has been so inundated with requests, that it posted an advisory on its website to notify applicants of potential processing delays “due to the high volume of Section 333 petitions received…” The intent — or as the FAA puts it, “mission” — of these drone operators ranges from wildlife surveys, to search-and-rescue training, to closed-set filming for commercials and movies. But the most common missions listed include photography and videography of construction sites, real estate and infrastructure designs. Almost half (46%) of the buildings that made NZEC’s list are located in California, where sunny skies and statewide zero-energy initiatives are key drivers to big market growth. Safeguard Your Reputation, Avoid Online Embarrassment NAHB It takes several years to build a strong reputation, but just seconds for it to crumble. Though the Internet opens countless growth opportunities for businesses, it also provides an audience to anyone with an opinion. Remodelers and home builders who neglect to continually monitor their online reputation are putting their business at serious risk. Google Consumer Surveys found that when making a big purchase, more than 67% of consumers say their decisions are influenced by online reviews. If they discover several negative reviews about a company, its products or services, they’re likely to take their business elsewhere. Reputation monitoring firms like ReviewTrackers, ReputationDefender and Status Labs are growing rapidly. But investing in their services won’t likely produce a big enough return for smaller businesses that can typically get the job done themselves. It’s much easier to keep tabs on what people are saying about you online when you know how and where to look. And by approaching each issue with calm professionalism, you can turn even a nasty review into a potential lead generator. Where to Start Google yourself. In other words, perform an online search for your business to see what results come up. This should be done regularly, so save yourself some time and set up a Google Alert to receive email notifications whenever your company name is mentioned online. Then, determine which sites your customers are most likely to use (some of the most common include Angie’s List, Houzz and Yelp) and regularly set aside time to check them at least once a week. The Better Business Bureau is another great resource that allows you to read and respond to consumer reviews. Never fight fire with fire Getting into an argument online with a reviewer rarely ends well, even if the complaint is totally inaccurate. Keep in mind the reviewer has nothing to lose, but your business could experience significant, long-term consequences. However, no response can be just as damaging as an argumentative response. Rather than immediately going on the defensive, consider posting a concise apology or an April 2016 | HBRA of Fairfield County | 17 acknowledgement of the customer’s concerns and your willingness to work toward a resolution. Potential clients who see your composed response will be more assured of your professionalism and commitment to customer service. Make it more personal Do not think the conversation is confined to websites, text messages or emails. Always follow up your online response with a more personal conversation either face to face or by phone. Smaller companies – especially in the remodeling and home building industries – can more easily identify and directly contact their dissatisfied clients, than can larger companies that serve thousands of consumers. Amplify the positive reviews Not all of your reviews will be negative (hopefully), but unfortunately, the positive reviews get far less attention. That’s why it’s critical to emphasize each positive review even if it means simply posting “Thank you!” as your response. It shows you’re in tune with your clients and appreciate their feedback. Share positive reviews as often as possible on social media, your website and other marketing materials. The cost of doing business Despite even your best efforts, many clients will feel the need to express their discontent online. Setting the client’s expectations as early as possible is the best way to help ensure client satisfaction and strengthen your bottom line.
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Builder News Rising Compliance Costs Are Problematic for Home Builders DSNews Home builders have hit a roadblock. The rampedup regulatory environment has made it difficult for builders to produce affordable homes. Regulations put in place to protect the environment and to shore up local city finances are holding back affordable home building, according to a report by Jody Kahn, SVP of John Burns Real Estate Consulting. “Now, more than ever, the demand for affordable entry-level housing will need to be met by the resale market, since new homes have become permanently more expensive to build,” Kahn stated. In a survey of more than 100 home building executives across the U.S., John Burns determined what new home construction costs have come into play that did not exist 10 years ago and which markets have been affected most by regulation. Builders identified local issues with compliance in the Florida, Southeast, Northeast, Midwest, Texas, Southwest, California, and Northwest markets. John Burns’ National Issues Mentioned Over and Over by Home Builders: • $5,000+ per house erosion control costs. Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP) compliance costs, even in areas that rarely get rain, can now total $5,000+ per home plus fines for noncompliance. Many builders hire newly formed companies to plan, sandbag, sweep, monitor, photograph, and clean up the entire development every day, regardless of the weather forecast. • $2,500+ energy code costs. Several builders in hbra@buildfairfieldcounty.com 18 | HBRA of Fairfield County | April 2016 Florida, Illinois, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, and California cited $8,000 or more per house in new energy code costs. • $750+ mortgage documentation and closing costs. While we expect the cost to comply with new mortgage documentation requirements to exceed $750 per home, one builder noted that the new TRID mortgage compliance rules alone have added at least that much. • $5,000+ fire sprinkler costs. In at least 7 markets that we could identify, builders mentioned new requirements to install sprinklers in townhomes, as well as in single-family homes, at a cost of $5,000–$10,000 per home. • Understaffed jurisdiction offices. Many planning and permit offices continue to operate with reduced staffing from the bottom of the housing correction, causing costly delays in plan approvals, building permits, and inspections. • Utility company delays. Builders across the country complain of much longer than usual delays and rising costs associated with connecting electric, gas, phone, and cable services to new communities. “While virtually all of these costs appear to come with positive consequences for the environment, neighborhoods, or city finances, they also make it quite difficult for builders to build entry-level homes and, consequently, for the home construction market to recover to normal volume levels,”Kahn stated. “Rising construction costs push new home prices higher and out of the reach of many prospective buyers. Increasingly, home builders have been forced to serve only the more affluent home buyers.” The brand trusted by more builders than any other Locations in Greenwich, Stamford, Bethel, Newtown CT & Shrub Oak, NY Call Us at 1-888-499-8889 or visit InterstateLumber.com Look no further for an insurance agent who can work with you to design an insurance portfolio just right for your business. If you engage in construction or remodeling of one or two family residences in CT then I want to talk to you. Our construction insurance program includes: • General Liability • • • Property Business Auto Inland Marine • Workers Compensation • Umbrella • Builders Risk Kim Marie DiMatteo, CIC, MWCA I have been in the construction insurance business since 1992. I know the markets, the products, and what’s right for you. Call me today to schedule a convenient appointment. 79 Bridgeport Ave, Shelton, CT 06484 | 203.924.5429 | www.dimatteogrp.com April 2016 | HBRA of Fairfield County | 19
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Seminars and Training Register Online or call the HBRA office at 203-335-7008 OSHA 10 Hour Construction Thursday, May 12 & Friday, May 13, 2016* 7:45am-2:00pm Rings End Educational Facility 160 Avon Street, Stratford, CT OSHA is coming to FINE you! Get ahead of them & learn what you need to know for your business and your employees. The OSHA 10hour construction training course is designed for anyone in the construction industry. Upon completion, participants will receive an OSHA construction safety and health 10-hour course completion card from the Departement of Labor. HBRA Members: $25.00 NARI Members: $25.00 Non-Members: $50.00 *Must attend both dates in order to receive OSHA card-per federal regulation. Continental Breakfast & Lunch included both days. Payment must be received by May 10th to reserve your spot. Walk-Ins will not be accepted at this course due to limited seating. Sponsored by: 20| HBRA of Fairfield County | April 2016 Member Benefits HBRA of Fairfield County and the National Purchasing Partners (NPP) have teamed up to offer discount pricing on things you need from companies you trust. NPP negotiates the rates and makes them available to Fairfield County members. Products include Verizon Wireless services, Expedia, Best Buy, and Office Depot to name a few. How to sign-up Visit www.mynpp.com, select Company, then Construction, then Residential. Select HB&RA - Home Builders and Remodelers Associations from the dropdown menu, complete the enrollment and START SAVING! Access top-tier pricing from one of the nation’s leading single-source suppliers of industrial gases, welding supplies, and safety equipment. Airgas USA, LLC offers NPP members exclusive pricing on a variety items commonly used in your industry. GETTING SET UP IS EASY Click “Get Started” below to set up your Airgas account with NPP pricing. You will need your NPP Member ID An Airgas representative will contact you within 7 business days. Once you have an account, you will have immediate access to discounted pricing on Airgas items. For questions, please contact customerservice@mynpp.com or 800.810.3909. April 2016 | HBRA of Fairfield County | 21
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Member Benefits TURN ANYTIME INTO TECH TIME WITH NO PAYMENTS FOR 120 DAYS SMART, EASY FINANCING FOR THE LATEST TECHNOLOGY Get the latest technology without the upfront cost. Finance your Best Buy For Business™ purchase today and take advantage of the latest hardware, software and services without a single payment for 120 days. Plus, as an NPP member you have access to top-tier pricing. Leasing benefits include: • Simple one-page application • Quick turnaround • 100% financing includes delivery, installation, software, services and more • Flexible terms from 12 to 72 months • Standard and build-your-own billing • Exceptional service and support from people who know business technology Go to mynpp.com and sign in or register to get your Member ID Then go to: bbfb.com/psf/npp You will need the following information to set up an account: Your NPP Member ID Registration Code: GvAX9B3V User ID: Create Your Own If you are interested in learning more about financing options or can’t find what you are looking for, contact npp@bestbuy.com. How to register: Visit www.mynpp.com, select Company, then Construction, then Residential. Select HB&RA - Home Builders and Remodelers Associations from the dropdown menu, complete the enrollment and START SAVING! 22 | HBRA of Fairfield County | April 2016 Members Save with the UPS Shipping Program The UPS Savings Program is available for NAHB members! Make the most of your membership and take advantage of some of the most competitive rates available on shipping services with UPS. Whether you need your documents or packages to arrive the next day or are looking for the most affordable shipping option, UPS understands the importance of reliability, speed and cost. See how UPS discounts can help your bottom line: • Up to 36% on UPS Air letters including UPS Next Day Air®* • Up to 32% on UPS Air packages (1 lb.+)* • Up to 34% on UPS International imports and exports • Up to 24% on UPS Ground shipments • Savings begin at 70% on UPS Freight® shipments over 150 lbs. You can receive these discounts even if you already have a UPS account. Plus, the more you ship, the more you can save with UPS. To enroll and start saving, visit www.savewithups.com/NAHB or call 1-800-MEMBERS (800-636-2377), M-F, 8 a.m.–6 p.m. ET. *Discounts exclude UPS Express Critical® and UPS Next Day Air® Early A.M.® National Association of Home Builders Establishes New Affinity Program with G&K Services for Uniforms and Facility Services NAHB is pleased to announce the launch of their newest member benefit program with G&K Services. A leader in uniform rental for more than 100 years, G&K Services enhances your company’s image and safety by consistently providing superior customer service and high-quality work apparel. In addition to first class uniforms, G&K Services can provide companies with a full array of facility services including cleaning supplies, microfiber cleaning cloths, mat services, mop services, work towels, lockers, first-aid supplies, and much more. Home builders face an array of work-related and environmental conditions and ensuring employees are prepared for the situation, while maintaining a professional presence, is one of the keys to a successful business. Whether it’s alleviating heat stress with superior ventilation and mesh technology, protecting workers with flameresistant and arc-rated apparel, or simply providing professional clothing that shows people you are a leading builder in the industry, G&K Services has the uniform solutions builders need at exclusive member pricing. With this program, you can expect a free site assessment, a cost comparison and set up for new customers. In addition, members will receive up to 20% off standard pricing*, a single point of contact for their account, 24/7 customer support, and options for safety, flame-resistant and high-visibility apparel. To learn more, members can visit www.eMemberBenefits. com/NAHB or call a G&K National Account Specialist at (713) 9676214 to request a quote or free site assessment. *20% discounts and no cost setup are for new G&K customers. Existing G&K customers may be eligible for discounts upon expiration of their current agreement term. NAHB Member Advantage gives members an easy way to reduce expenses, maximize profits and increase efficiency. NAHB offers exclusive discounts on a variety of products and services that can benefit your business, employees and family. For the most up-to-date information as well as detailed information on how to access the savings, please visit www.nahb.org/ma. April 2016 | HBRA of Fairfield County | 23

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2016 Annual Sponsors HBRA Board of Directors 2015-16 Officers President Sr. Vice-President Vice-President Secretary Treasurer Immediate Past President Peter Battaglio Max Bender Steve Berko Ken DeLeo Gary Fanali John Hertz Alex Shook Michael Wood Joanne Carroll Jerry Effren Peter Fusaro Andrew La Sala Jr. John Murren Michael Palumbo Nick Yanicelli Peter Gaboriault Bear Paw Builders Chris Steiner Steiner, Inc. Anthony DeRosa DeRosa Builders Michael Church William Pitt Sotheby’s Kim DiMatteo The DiMatteo Group Maureen Hanley-Bellitto United Bank 2015-16 Directors Hocon Gas Bender Supply FourSquare Build & Design Doherty & DeLeo City Carting Hertz Construction Pella Commercial Wood Builders Life Directors JMC Resources The Greyrock Companies Preferred Builders Cannondale Building & Design Murren-Kane Construction ERI Building & Design Susquehanna Enterprises HBRA Staff Gina Calabro Executive Officer Deanna Hiller Executive Assistant HBRA of Fairfield County 2228 Black Rock Turnpike Suite 307 Fairfield, CT 06825 203-335-7008 hbra@buildfairfieldcounty.com www. buildfairfieldcounty.com Want to advertise? Contact the office for more information and rates. Page: 4 5 22 9 9 17 19 23 23 Back Cover 20-21 Page: 6-8 10 11 14 15 16-19 March General Membership Meeting Associate Spotlight Building Hope Foundation Special Donation Building Hope Scholarship Deadline HBRA Builder Day at the Capitol Legislative Affairs Committee Builder News: How to be a Better Customer Five Tips to Avoiding Builder Burnout EPA Makes Changes to Lead Safe Recertification Process How to text Your Sales Prospects to Increase Conversions Justice Department Increases Enforcement of Worker Safety Violations HBRA Training How to Grow Your Business: Building Solid Relationships Contract,Mediation, Arbitration & Dispute Resolution Regular Features Executive Officers Message Upcoming Events Member Benefits Updates Sponsors/Advertisers 2 Please visit our Sponsors Interstate Lakeland+Lumber United Bank Hocon Gas East Haven Builders Supply Ridgefield Supply The DiMatteo Group Ring’s End March 2016 | HBRA of Fairfield County | 3 Inside this issue...
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A Message from the Executive Officer Dear HBRA Members, We Are Growing! As of February we are now 350 members strong! Our newest members are listed on page 12. With our theme of “Members Doing Business with Members,” we have launched the Associate Spotlight, a weekly email highlighting the suppliers, sub-contractors and manufacturers who support our organization. If you have never had the opportunity to meet these members, here is your chance to learn a little more about them. The 2016 General Membership Meeting kicked off at County TV and Appliance on March 2nd. Thanks to Vinny and Elio Vetrini for hosting. See pages 6-8 for photos of the evening. The March OSHA 10 class was an important one as the criminal enforcement of Worker Safety Violations is increasing, (see page 17) and some new regulations hit the books in early 2016. The next OSHA 10 class will be May 12 & 13. There’s some great upcoming Fairfield County educational events to take note in March and April that are FREE to our members: Business Succession Planning on March 15th, How to Grow your Business: Building Solid Relationships on March 22nd, Contracts, Arbitration, Mediation & Dispute Resolution on April 7th. We hope to see you at the April General Membership Meeting at Bender Supply’s NEW showroom in Norwalk on April 6th! Mark you calendars for the June 1st Annual Meeting to be held at the Trumbull Marriott. We have a great event planned and want as many members to attend as possible. Calling all golfers! Register now for the July 20th Golf Classic. We had a fabulous event last year - this one will be even better! See page 13. The Building Hope Scholarship deadline is April 31st. Two four-year scholarships will be awarded, one for merit and one for financial need. All HBRA members, employees of members, and the dependents of employees are eligible to apply. See page 11. As always, if you have any questions, please call the office or email us at hbra@buildfairfieldcounty.com! Best, Gina Calabro gina@buildfairfieldcounty.com 4 | HBRA of Fairfield County | March 2016 March 15, 2016 Business Succession Planning Rings End Educational Facility 160 Avon Street, Stratford, CT 8:00am - 11:00am FREE to Members $25 - Non-Members Click Here to Register March 22, 2016 How to Grow your Business: Building Solid Relationships Rings End Educational Facility 160 Avon Street, Stratford, CT 8:00am - 11:00am FREE to Members $25 - Non-Members Click Here to Register March 29, 2016 Residential Building Code Changes District 8 Norwalk Inn & Conference Center 9 East Avenue, Norwalk, CT Noon to 2:00 PM CT Building Official Assoc. Members $12 - Non-Members RSVP: William Ireland at (203) 854-7760 or email wireland@norwalkct.org March 31, 2016 HBID at the Capitol Old Judiciary Rm, Hartford, CT 8:00am - 12:30pm Click Here to Register April 6, 2016 General Membership Meeting Bender Supply Norwalk 6:00pm - 9:00pm $20 - Members $40 - Non Members Click Here to Register April 7, 2016 Contracts, Arbitration, Mediation & Dispute Resolution Rings End Educational Facility 160 Avon Street, Stratford, CT 8:00am - Noon FREE to Members $25 - Non-Members Click Here to Register April 14, 2016 Joint Membership Meeting Westchester Builders Institute & HBRA of Fairfield County Crowne Plaza Hotel in White Plains Information Forthcoming May 4, 2016 General Membership Meeting Building Official Night Clarke Distributors Norwalk 6:00pm - 9:00pm $20 - Members $40 - Non Members Click Here to Register Contact the HBRA Office with any questions at hbra@buildfairfieldcounty.com March 2016 | HBRA of Fairfield County |5
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What’s Happening at the HBRA Fairfield In February we launched “Associate Spotlight of the Week.” Two Associate members are randomly picked and notified. Each week an email with the logo, a picture and brief write-up highlight the two companies. In case you missed the emails here are the first six Associate Spotlight Members. for over 60 years Elio Vetrini & Philip De Terlizzi Birgit Anich County TV & Appliance is coming up on its 65 Year Anniversary. It has been a Family run business for 3 generations now and has been providing Fairfield and Westchester County homes with the Best Brands in Appliances & Electronics. Visit us at 2770 Summer St, Stamford CT or call (203) 327-2630. www.countytv.com Leigh Overland Leigh Overland is the principal of a small boutique architectural firm located on Main Street in Danbury, CT with a Satellite office in Westport CT. Experts with ICF! (insulated concrete forms. Click VIDEO Link Contact Leigh Overland Architects at (203) 794-9001 www.LDOverland.com, info@ldoverland.com Good Design Doesn’t Just Happen! Founded in 2009 BA Staging & Interiors has established themselves as the premier staging company specializing in vacant property staging. For your staging needs, call Birgit Anich at 203.807.4040 or birgit@birgitanich.com. To see some examples of our work: www.BAStagingInteriors.com. Sheri Sorrentino-Snellman As a 60 year old Connecticut based family business we have always been dedicated to exceeding our customers’ expectations. We specialize in tile and stone . . . nothing else . . . and we care about your project like it was our own. Visit us at any of our seven locations for a tour of our newly renovated showrooms. Fairfield-Stamford-Brookfield-New Haven-West Hartford-Manchester-New London Contact Sheri at ssnellman@tileamerica.com or 203-223-6372. Visit www.tileamerica.com Steven Roth “Propane Pete” Battaglio Hocon Gas is a full service propane company and can provide gas for all types of construction – new or remodeled homes. The company supplies and installs above ground and underground propane tanks, in home propane furnaces, generators, water heaters as well as pool and patio heaters, outdoor grills, stoves and fireplaces. To learn more about Hocon, please contact Pete “Propane Pete” Battaglio at (203) 343‐2199. www.hocongas.com 10 | HBRA of Fairfield County | March 2016 Since 2000 Elevator Service Company, has provided the best products and services the vertical transportation industry has to offer, on time and within budget. Elevator Service Company sells, services, modernizes, maintains and tests: Residential & Commercial Elevators, LULA Elevators, Construction Hoists, Vertical Platform, Inclined Lifts and Stair-lifts, Dumbwaiters, and Other Associated Vertical Transportation Equipment. Contact Steven at steve.roth@elevatorserviceco.com, (203) 757-5000, www.elevatorserviceco.com What’s Happening at the HBRA Fairfield The Building Hope Foundation Cintia Balog is a 7 year old girl from Hungry currently living in Bridgeport who suffers from muscular dystrophy. Diagnosed at 18 months she is now not able to walk and needs ankle/leg and back braces, a pediatric stroller and many other items to help her get around. The Building Hope Foundation in collaboration with The Needs Clearing House (NCH) made a donation of $1,500 to help NCH reach their objective to assist the family with these expenses. The Building Hope Foundation Scholarship Awards Each year the Building Hope Foundation conducts a scholarship competition for the Home Builder and Remodelers Association of Fairfield County. Members, employees of member companies, and members of employee’s immediate family are eligible to apply for a scholarship award. The deadline to apply is April 30, 2016. The scholarships will be awarded at the HBRA Annual Meeting on June 1st. April 6 - General Membership Meeting at Bender Supply The April General Membership meeting will be held in Norwalk at Bender Supply’s newly remodeled showroom from 6:00pm to 9:00pm. Join us for food, drink and prizes, plus a night full of networking. No one won the March Membership raffle so be sure to be in attendance for your chance to win $500. All active members names are in the drawing - you have to be present to win! Click Here to REGISTER or contact the HBRA office at 203-335-7008 March 2016 | HBRA of Fairfield County | 11 CLICK HERE to download the Building Hope Foundation Application. Please contact the HBRA office with any questions, (203) 335-7008 or email: info@ buildinghopefoundation.org The Building Hope Board will be part of a special presentation to Cintia and her family on Saturday March 19th, along with the NCH and State and Local Officials. If you would like to make a donation to this or the many other causes that the Building Hope Foundation supports, please go to www.buildinghopefoundation.org or contact the HBRA office at 203-335-7008.
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What’s Happening at the HBRA Fairfield Welcome to the the newest members of HBRA of Fairfield County! Member: John Grome Alside Founded in 1947, Alside is a leading manufacturer of vinyl siding & accessories. The Brothers That Just Do Gutters Seamless rain gutters and guard profressionals. Member: Don Lindars Member: Catherine Hartman Buy Railings dba Lido Designs BuyRailings.com is the #1 best seller of decorative railings in the USA! Member: Ronald Uzwiak KL&R Construction, LLC Construction management, project management, contracting, remodeling. Member: Robert Padula Member: John Fazio, Jr. Sandler Training A professional Sales & Sales Management Training firm with 40+ years experience. 12 | HBRA of Fairfield County | March 2016 Members: Jack Murphy Bradford Pratt Christopher Deakins Terence Moy Everest Marble A leading natural stone importing co.serving the tri-state area for 10+ years. Member: Sergio Rizzo Shoreline Painting & Drywall, Inc. Shoreline Painting has been serving Fairfield County for over 35 years. Member: Lora Mazurak Member: Jared O’Mara Smarthome & Theater Systems Experts for Custom Home Theater, Audio & Video, & Security System Installation Wells Fargo Products & services that can support your business now & for years to come. Rizzo Masonry and Landscaping, Inc. Old World Craftsmanship With Modern Day Design 2016 HBRA/Rings End Golf Classic July 20, 2016 The 2016 HBRA/Rings End Golf Classic is July 20th at the Whitney Farms Golf Course, 175 Shelton Road (Rt110) in Monroe CT. • 10:30am Registration • 11:30am Lunch • 12:30pm Shotgun Start Register online or call the HBRA office at 203-335-7008. Golfers must be registered by July 18, 2016 The 2016 Golf Commitee: Committee Co-Chairs: Michael DeRosa, Anthony DeRosa, DeRosa Builders 2016 Sponsorships SOLD Named Sponsor Golf Shirt Sponsor Logo is prominently displayed on the sleeve. Dinner Sponsor SOLD Cocktail Hour Sponsor SOLD Dessert Sponsor Beverage Cart Sponsor Logo is prominently displayed on the cart. SOLD Beverage Cart Sponsor SOLD Awards Sponsor Cigar Sponsor SOLD Tote Bags Karen Bradbury, Closet & Storage Concepts Connie Cooper, Connie Cooper Designs Rebecca St. Germain, The DiMatteo Group Len Volpe, Interstate+ Lakeland Lumber Ed Rekos, Ridgefield Supply Lora Mazurak, Shoreline Painting Rings End $3,000 $2,000 Logo is prominently displayed on a 5’ foot banner at the dinner. SOLD Lunch Sponsor The DiMatteo Group Interstate Lumber Hocon Gas $1,500 Ridgefield Supply Acadia Insurance $1,000 Logo is prominently displayed on a 2’x3’ sign- cigar roller station. SOLD Driving Range Golf Cart Sponsor (2 available) Logo is prominently displayed on all golf carts. Golf Ball Sponsor Logo is prominently displayed on the golf ball packs. Ice Cream Cart Logo is prominently displayed on a 2’x3’ sign. Call the Office at 203-335-7008 or Go Online to Purchase March 2016 | HBRA of Fairfield County | 13 East Haven Builders Supply Fordham Marble $1,000 $750 $750 SOLD Water Bottle Sponsor SOLD Longest Drive Closest to the Line Logo is prominently displayed on a 2’x3’ sign. Closest to the Pin Logo is prominently displayed on a 2’x3’ sign. Hole #9-$10,000 Hole in One Prize Logo is prominently displayed on a 2’x3’ sign. Golf Towel Sponsor Logo is prominently displayed on the golf towels. Hole #4 – Hole in One Prize Logo is prominently displayed on a 2’x3’ sign. SOLD Hole # 7 - Hole in One Prize Hole #12 – Hole in One Prize Logo is prominently displayed on a 2’x3’ sign. Hole #15 – Hole in One Prize Logo is prominently displayed on a 2’x3’ sign. Tee Sponsor Logo is prominently displayed on a TEE sign. SOLD Tee Sponsor Hole #1 – Frangione Engineering SOLD Tee Sponsor Hole #8 – Paychex Cecy Gillen Designs United Bank $500 $500 $500 $500 $250 Ontra Stone $250 $250 $250 Lunch, Cocktails, Dinner, Raffles, and Awards. $200/Golfer $800/Foursome (includes bonus items) $60/Dinner Only
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March 31, 2016 8:00am to 12:30pm From: Nicholas Yanicelli, Government Affairs Committee Chair, Fairfield County HBRA The HBRA of CT is tracking almost 300 bills introduced this session. Several of them will have some impact on our industry. So, if you want: • more regulation • the Codes and standards Committee (CSC) to add two more fire marshalls and remove two public members to tip the scales of the balanced CSC • • to make construction general contractors jointly liable for the wages and workers compensation claims of all the GC’s subcontractor employees. to have to be licensed and take an exam or course of study to continue on as a HIC Then, do nothing IF YOU ARE CONCERNED about more regulation affecting our industry, complicating the permitting process, costing members thousands of dollars in new application fees, development delays and countless other obstacles we must confront, then, get involved. We need all members and associates and suppliers to join us in Hartford for Home Building Industry Day at the Capitol on Thursday, March 31, 2016. Our primary goal is “advocacy for our industry” and ensuring that legislators hear our voice. We must be diligent in getting legislation to improve the permitting process As we all struggle to survive in this economy, giving up is not an option. We need all members to join us in this endeavor and support us in order to help each other. Through strong and effective advocacy, and productive education and networking opportunities, the HBRA family will continue to be there for you. Make an investment in your business that you will not regret. • Please contact our executive office and tell them that you want to be involved. • Call you legislators – they want to hear from us. • Alert your associates • Join us for Home Building Industry Day at the Capitol on Thursday, March 31, 2016 Register online or call the HBRA office at 203-335-7008 to register. 2015 Home Builders Day at the Capitol 14 | HBRA of Fairfield County | March 2016 2016 HBRA Legislative Affairs Committee Sprinkler Bill Defeated On March 10th, SB 238, which would authorize local governments to mandate fire sprinklers in all new 1&2 family homes, was defeated in the Public Safety Committee. A 25 member committee, 13 NO votes were needed. The official vote was 19-6 against the bill. This is a remarkable outcome given that both co-chairs support mandating fire sprinklers in 1&2 family homes. The other fire sprinkler bill, HB 5278 (mandating sprinklers in all new 2-family homes statewide), was not on the March 10th agenda. The committee has one more committee meeting Tuesday, March 15, but given today’s vote, it’s unlikely HB 5278 will be placed on next Tuesday’s agenda. Thanks to TJ Casey, and to the CT Realtors, for helping defeat SB 238. Also, after placing SB 388 on today’s agenda, the committee “Held” the bill – meaning it took no action. SB 388 would allow the Dept of Admin. Services and State Codes & Standards Committee, in adopting new versions of the State Building Code, Fire Safety Code and Fire Prevention Code, to not follow normal rule making processes and avoid the final step of the legislature’s Regulations Review Committee. HBRA opposed this agency bill because the normal notice and comment rule making and the backstop of the Regulations Review Committee have been important steps that protect the public and stakeholders, such as us. The committee can still add it to the March 15th meeting agenda for action, however. The Public Safety Committee did pass HB 5549, which adds 2 fire marshals to the Codes & Standards Committee. HBRA opposed this bill as well and HB 5549 may become one of our opposition bills for Home Building Industry Day. Great work by Bill Ethier! We strongly urge HBRA members to get to know their state legislators: Call them, email them, invite them for a cup of coffee and teach them about your business and the issues and concerns you have. The HBRA of CT debates issues and policies, delivers testimony and produces talking points, but much of our legislative success comes down to relationships our members have with legislators. Legislators want to do right by their constituents, and if you don’t have even a casual relationship with them, then they will first think of other constituents. When talking with legislators, remember: • Legislators do listen to their constituents (i.e., you) and try to make the best decisions possible. If you don’t make your views heard, then they’ll make decisions based on the views of others and their own experiences. • Lawmakers may know little about you and your concerns on bills before the legislature. • They may have formed no opinions at all and may have taken no position on bills of concern to you. • Express the HBRA’s position on a bill in terms of your own personal experience. That helps to illustrate the personal side of the effect on your business. • Ask the legislator what can be done to address your concern. Let the lawmaker talk. • Do not overstate your concern. Do not say things like, “This bill will drive me out of business!” or “We need this bill to survive!” You’ll lose your credibility. But do request the legislator’s support of your position! • Do not challenge or threaten any legislator. It’s OK to attack a bill or one of its provisions, or an argument for or against a bill, but don’t attack the person. Most legislators enjoy the independence of their office and may vote against you to prove it. For Up-to-date informationon HBRA Legislative efforts, please visit the HBRA CT website at www.hbract.org. March 2016 | HBRA of Fairfield County | 15
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Builder News How To Be A Better Customer Custom Builder| Also high on the roster of desired traits: having suppliers who are knowledgeable about the business of new-home construction, and reps who listen to builders and understand their issues before they start selling. Somewhere there’s a long list of expectations and improvements that custom home builders wish their building materials suppliers would make to the way they do business. In a recent survey by sister publication Professional Builder about builders’ and architects’ sentiments regarding their suppliers, many expressed a yearning for a personal relationship with suppliers that would help builders solve problems. But what could builders do to be better customers for their supplier partners? In a white paper about ways to build great and lasting vendor relationships, Ron Lewis, president of RB Lewis & Associates, a Chestertown, N.Y.-based consultancy for the construction industry, noted that builders and general contractors sometimes perceive material suppliers with contempt and blame them for poor performance rather than embracing suppliers as partners who add value. He wrote that occasionally the roots of poor supplier performance can be traced to “poor buyer performance,” such as poorly written purchase orders, last-minute demands for materials, constantly changing expedited orders, and claims that invoices reflect incorrect prices, among other things. Read more Five Tips To Avoiding Builder Burnout A few simple time-management techniques can help builders stay sane. Time management, stress management, life-work balance, burnout avoidance; all these management buzzwords address a challenge every builder will recognize: How to keep the business that puts food on your table from eating you alive. • Construction business consultant Jim Schug sees the problem at close range with his clients, whose job descriptions—and work hours —often seem endless. “There’s a crushing amount of pressure,” says Schug, principal of FMI Corp. • Yet success in business depends on shaking off the stress and staying healthy. • A constant stream of business books promise formulas for getting the balance right. But for home builders the best source of advice is probably their peers: builders at various stages of 16 | HBRA of Fairfield County | March 2016 their careers who have made running a successful business part of a successful life. Most of them have flirted with burnout at some point in the past, but all concur to a surprising degree on the basics of protecting your company’s most valuable asset: you. Read more EPA Makes Changes to Lead-Safe Re-Certification Process NAHB Remodelers certified by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to work on homes that may contain lead paint under the Lead: Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) rule now have the option to complete refresher training online, according to an EPA announcement. EPA re-certifications obtained via an online refresher course will be valid for only three years - versus five years for hands-on training courses - and can only be exercised every other re-certification cycle. EPA’s changes only apply to those states where EPA administers the program. The 14 states that administer their own programs will have to take action to adopt the online refresher course option. The White House Office of Management and Budget released the final rule to EPA on Jan. 21. Certified renovators who were grandfathered in under a HUD or EPA lead-based paint training course before the RRPrule was adopted must attend a refresher course with a hands-on component. For online or in-person refresher training, remodelers should contact their local home builders association, or they can find a course on EPA’s website. More information on how to determine specific deadlines can be found usingNAHB’s - What You Need to Know about EPA Lead-Safe Re-certification.? Propane and Natural Gas Products! Connecticut’s largest family owned Propane company with over 350,000 gallons of storage, HOCON GAS has a reputation for delivering propane energy and industry expertise for more than 60 years! Pete “Propane Pete” Battaglio with over 33 years of experience Sr. Regional Sales Manager Hocon Gas, Inc. • 6 Armstrong Road Shelton, CT 06484 Office: 203.402.7800 • Fax: 203.944.0300 Cell: 203.343.2199 Email: pbattaglio@hocongas.com www.hocongas.com NORWALK 33 Rockland Rd. (203) 853-1500 WATERBURY 20 Railroad Hill St. (203) 754-7601 GUILFORD 736 Boston Post Rd. (203) 458-2790 DANBURY 86 Payne Rd. (203) 744-4000 TORRINGTON 2407 Winsted Rd. (860) 626-0900 Copyright © Hocon • HOD#726-30 March 2016 | HBRA of Fairfield County | 17
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Builder News How to Text Your Sales Prospects to Increase Conversions Marketing Profs Over twothirds of Americans own a smartphone, and our constant reliance on them provides various ways— beyond just talking—to connect with the world around us. In fact, one of the smartphone’s most basic components, its text messaging capabilities, can be key to connecting with your prospects. And, these days, with less than one-third of smartphone usage actually involving talking on the phone, there’s no better time to brush up on why you should text your prospects—and how to do it. Unlike driving while texting or walking while texting, texting while selling is not dangerous; to the contrary, it can be invaluable in helping sales teams meet their numbers. By texting prospects during your sales process, you’re 40% more likely to convert them into clients. Here are a few of the reasons why. • The ability to personalize your interactions: Impersonal mass emails or cold phone calls tend to make prospects feel like just another number or a target for meeting a sales quota. SMS has the potential to be much more personal, enabling you to build a bridge of camaraderie and familiarity with your prospects. The more casual, conversational tone of text messages makes it much easier to build relationships. • Making your point immediately: The average human attention span is eight seconds, and the fact that we’re busier than ever with more content channels to distract us doesn’t help. If you are looking to convert prospects into clients, keep your message short and simple. Long messages laden with fluff are a surefire way to lose a prospect’s attention. SMS messages help convey your point quickly, without bogging down your prospect. • The ubiquity of mobile devices: Today, Gen-X and Millennials together make up nearly 70% of the working population. These generations are accustomed to quick dialogue and easy access to whatever they need at the tap of a finger. For them, texting is a natural means of communication, and chances are they’ll be much more comfortable talking with a salesperson via SMS than by telephone. However, Gen-X and Millennials aren’t the only generations who live on their mobile devices: Mobile messaging is one of the top mediums across all demographics, with 97% of Americans texting on their phones at least once per day. Read more SAVE THE DATE June 1, 2016 Trumbull Marriott hbra@buildfairfieldcounty.com 18 | HBRA of Fairfield County | March 2016 Justice Department Increases Criminal Enforcement of Worker Safety Violations NAHB Remodelers certified by the Environmental The Departments of Justice and Labor recently announced a plan to increase criminal prosecutions of safety violations that affect workers. Under the Worker Endangerment Initiative, the Justice Department and the U.S. Attorneys’ Office will work more closely with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and other federal agencies to investigate and prosecute worker safety violations. Per a Memorandum of Understanding between the agencies, criminal violations under the Occupational Safety and Health Act will be combined with environmental crimes (e.g., asbestos violations) or other federal offenses (e.g., making false statements) that occur during the course of an OSHA investigation. According to legal experts, bundling the violations allows the federal government greater opportunity to more effectively punish and deter workplace safety offenses. Currently, criminal penalties under the OSH Act are relatively limited with imprisonment capped at six months and fines at $10,000. However, a number of environmental crimes and other federal offenses are considered felonies; being prosecuted for these, in addition to a OSHA criminal penalty, could mean hefty jail time and millions of dollars in fines. Also, usually in OSHA criminal cases, it’s the corporation not the individual managers or supervisors who are being prosecuted for OSHA criminal offenses. The Worker Endangerment Initiative makes it easier for the government to charge individuals for specific crimes. Legal experts have said that whether or not the new initiative actually leads to increased criminal enforcement for safety violations is still up in the air. Some predict that criminal prosecutions will continue to be reserved for the worst safety cases. Either way, employers should be mindful that criminal prosecution is a possibility whenever serious safety and health violations are being investigated by OSHA. ANNOUNCING the arrival of our new 8-story BOOMTRUCK CONNECTICUT - East Haven - Manchester - Newtown SANDY HOOK - 2 Turnberry Lane - 203-426-0030 NEW YORK - Millwood • Mold / Mildew Resistant Board • Fire Rated Board • ½” Light Weight Board • Exterior Sheathing • Metal Studs • Acoustical Ceiling Tile March 2016 | HBRA of Fairfield County | 19
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Member Benefits HBRA of Fairfield County and the National Purchasing Partners (NPP) have teamed up to offer discount pricing on things you need from companies you trust. NPP negotiates the rates and makes them available to Fairfield County members. Products include Verizon Wireless services, Expedia, Best Buy, and Office Depot to name a few. How to sign-up Visit www.mynpp.com, select Company, then Construction, then Residential. Select HB&RA - Home Builders and Remodelers Associations from the dropdown menu, complete the enrollment and START SAVING! Effective January 1, 2016 through March 31, 2016 (unless otherwise indicated), the following promotional offers are available to National Purchasing Partners corporate subscribers across the country. 4G LTE Smartphone Devices: New 2-yr. activation or renewal on $24.99 or higher plan req’d. BlackBerry® Classic Motorola DROID TURBO 32 GB Samsung Galaxy® S5 16 GB 4G Kyocera Brigadier Motorola DROID TURBO 64 GB LG G4 Motorola DROID TURBO 2 32 GB Samsung Galaxy S6 32 GB Samsung Galaxy Note 4 32 GB Samsung Galaxy Note 5 32 GB $0 $0 $0 $49.99 $49.99 $49.99 $99.99 $99.99 $149.99 $249.99 Internet and Tablet Devices: New 2-yr. activation or renewal on $24.99 or higher plan req’d. Novatel 6620 LG G Pad X8.3 16 GB Samsung Galaxy Tab® 4 E9.6 $0 $99.99 $199.99 $150 Bill credit when you activate a 4G LTE smartphone. New 2-yr. activation on $34.99 or higher plan req’d. Offer expires 1/31/2016. 800.810.3909 www.mynpp.com 22 | HBRA of Fairfield County | March 2016 Look no further for an insurance agent who can work with you to design an insurance portfolio just right for your business. If you engage in construction or remodeling of one or two family residences in CT then I want to talk to you. Our construction insurance program includes: • General Liability • • • Property Business Auto Inland Marine • Workers Compensation • Umbrella • Builders Risk Kim Marie DiMatteo, CIC, MWCA I have been in the construction insurance business since 1992. I know the markets, the products, and what’s right for you. Call me today to schedule a convenient appointment. 79 Bridgeport Ave, Shelton, CT 06484 | 203.924.5429 | www.dimatteogrp.com 29 Prospect St., Ridgefield CT 203.438.2626 www.ridgefieldsupply.com • Mon-Fri. 7-5 Sat. 8-4 Closed Sundays worryproof. timeproof. When you’re building a new home, time-tested Andersen® 400 Series windows and patio doors deliver the worry-free performance you want. With their durability, weathertight fit and overall quality craftsmanship, it’s easy to see why builders use Andersen windows and patio doors more than any other product on the market. Why choose anything else? “ENERGY STAR” is a registered trademark of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. “Andersen” and all other marks where denoted are trademarks of Andersen Corporation. ©2014 Andersen Corporation. All rights reserved. March 2016 | HBRA of Fairfield County | 23

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2016 Annual Sponsors HBRA Board of Directors 2015-16 Officers President Sr. Vice-President Vice-President Secretary Treasurer Immediate Past President Peter Battaglio Max Bender Steve Berko Ken DeLeo Gary Fanali John Hertz Alex Shook Michael Wood Joanne Carroll Jerry Effren Peter Fusaro Andrew La Sala Jr. John Murren Michael Palumbo Nick Yanicelli Peter Gaboriault Bear Paw Builders Chris Steiner Steiner, Inc. Anthony DeRosa DeRosa Builders Michael Church William Pitt Sotheby’s Kim DiMatteo The DiMatteo Group Maureen Hanley-Bellitto United Bank 2015-16 Directors Hocon Gas Bender Supply FourSquare Build & Design Doherty & DeLeo City Carting Hertz Construction Pella Commercial Wood Builders Life Directors JMC Resources The Greyrock Companies Preferred Builders Cannondale Building & Design Murren-Kane Construction ERI Building & Design Susquehanna Enterprises HBRA Staff Gina Calabro Executive Officer Deanna Hiller Executive Assistant HBRA of Fairfield County 2228 Black Rock Turnpike Suite 307 Fairfield, CT 06825 203-335-7008 hbra@buildfairfieldcounty.com www. buildfairfieldcounty.com Want to advertise? Contact the office for more information and rates. 22-23 24 Page: 4 5 12-13, 15 25-26 14 21 21 23 24 27 Back Cover 16-17 18 19 20 Page: 6 6 7 8 9-11 2016 International Builders Show Greg Ugalde, NAHB Third Vice Chairman NAHB Honors Stephen Gidley as 2015 CGR Buddy Ontra Elected to Marble Institute Board HBRA Training The Good, Bad & Ugly of IECC Code Testing OSHA 10 Construction Business Succession Planning 2016 Home Show 2016 Legislative Agenda HBRA Builder Day at the Capitol Builder News: Labor is Top Chalkenge for Builders Features Most Likely to Show up in Typical Single Family Home in 2016 Enduring Business Success in the Digital Technogoly Era NAHB, Houzz Form Alliance Builders & Developers Turn to Propane Regular Features Executive Officers Message Upcoming Events What’s Happening at the HBRA Fairfield Member Benefits Updates Sponsors/Advertisers 2 Please visit our Sponsors Ridgefield Supply Hocon Gas Interstate Lakeland+Lumber East Haven Builders Supply The DiMatteo Group United Bank Ring’s End February 2016 | HBRA of Fairfield County | 3 Inside this issue...
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A Message from the Executive Officer Dear HBRA Members, I attended my first IBS event in Las Vegas last month - The Executive Officer session track with EO’s from all over the US (including Hawaii) was an excellent source of new ideas and opportunities. Congratulations to Greg Ugalde, our new NAHB Third Vice Chairman. A sea of blue shirts bearing Greg’s name joined him as he spoke at all of the state caucauses. Connecticut as well as all of the Northeast is proud to have Greg representing us. I was also happy to be in attendance to represent Fairfield CT when Stephen Gidley received his NAHB CGR of the Year award. The FREE event for Builder Members was held on February 3rd at the Norwalk Inn & Conference Center. Thanks to Bill Ethier for speaking to the group of what is on the horizon for CT Builders. All of the builders that attended gave us a thumbs up! See pages 12 & 13 for pictures of the event. The HBRA of Fairfield County Home Show was February 13 & 14 at Chelsea Piers in Stamford. We had quite a few members exhibit. See pages 16 & 17 for some of the highlights. There’s some great upcoming Fairfield County educational events to take note in February and March: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of IECC Code Testing on the 25th at Rings’ End. OSHA 10 Hour Construction on March 3rd and 4th in l-r: Deanna Hiller, Albert Annunziata, Executive Dir. Building Institiute of Westchester County, Gina Calabro, Connie Cooper & Andrew La Sala Westport at Symphony Workplaces, and Business Succession Planning at Ring’s End on March 15th. If you haven’t already been to the new HBRA website, please visit and check out the new features. As always, if you have any questions, please call the office or email us at hbra@buildfairfieldcounty.com! Best, Gina Calabro gina@buildfairfieldcounty.com 4 | HBRA of Fairfield County | February 2016 February 25, 2016 The Good, the Bad & the Ugly of IECC Code Testing Rings End Educational Facility 160 Avon Street, Stratford, CT 5:30pm-8:00pm $25 - Members March 2, 2016 General Membership Meeting County TV & Appliance Stamford 6:00pm - 9:00pm $20 - Members March 3 & 4, 2016 OSHA 10 55 Green Farms Road Westport, CT 7:45am - 2:00pm $25/HBRA Members March 3, 2016 Building Code Workshop The Tile Shop 18 Federal Road, Brookfield, CT 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. FREE to Members Contact HBRA of Central CT @ 860.563.4212 March 10, 2016 Attract and Sell Profitable Projects Best Western Plus North Haven Hotel 201 Washington Avenue, North Haven, CT 7:30am-4:00pm $50 - Members Contact HBRA of Central CT @ 860.563.4212 Sponsored by: Contact the HBRA Office with any questions at hbra@buildfairfieldcounty.com Sponsored by: April 6, 2016 General Membership Meeting Bender Supply Norwalk 6:00pm - 9:00pm $20 - Members April 7, 2016 Builder Breakfast Contracts, Arbitration, Mediation & Dispute Resolution Rings End Educational Facility 160 Avon Street, Stratford, CT 8:00am - Noon FREE to Members Sponsored by: March 15, 2016 Sponsored by: Business Succession Planning Rings End Educational Facility 160 Avon Street, Stratford, CT 8:00am - 11:00am FREE to Members March 31, 2016 HBID at the Capitol Old Judiciary Rm, Hartford, CT 8:00am - 12:30pm Sponsored by: February 2016 | HBRA of Fairfield County |5
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2016 International Builders Show International Window Coverings Expo (IWCE) and The International Surface Event (TISE). This megaevent brought together more than 110,000 builders, general contractors, remodelers, designers, flooring professionals, as well as product specifiers from around the globe. Here are just a few of the many highlights: • Jay Leno kicked off the festivities to a packed house. Discover the Building Universe was the theme to the NAHB’s International Builders’ Show® (IBS),held in Las Vegas, January 19th - 21st. The Builders’ Show, as part of Design & Construction Week® (DCW), featured the co-location of IBS and the National Kitchen & Bath Association’s Kitchen & Bath Industry Show® (KBIS). This year, DCW also included two partner events – the • Thousands of building professionals attended more than 120+ education sessions from 8 tracks that covered the breadth of the entire building industry. • The IBS Spike Concert Presented by GEICO featured the number one selling duo, Daryl Hall & John Oates. The International Builders’ Show® will be in Orlando January 10-12, 2017. Greg Ugalde Elected as NAHB Third Chairman Greg Ugalde joined the NAHB leadership ladder with his election as Third Vice Chairman of the NAHB Board. President and CLO of T&M, Connecticut-based builder/developers (est. 1962), Greg is also Managing Member of GFU Investments LLC, a minority builder/developer with a focus on urban development since 2003. Greg is currently in his 10th year of service on the NAHB Executive Board, which includes five years as the Connecticut State Representative (one as Moderator, and one as Assistant Moderator) and two years as the Area 1 NAC. Not only is he the first CT builder to become a Vice Chairman of NAHB, he is also the first for the Northeast. 6 | HBRA of Fairfield County | February 2016 We congratulate Greg and wish him well on his newly elected position. At the 2016 IBS as the newly elected Third Vice Chairman of NAHB NAHB Honors Stephen Gidley as the 2015 CGR of the Year Stephen C. Gidley, CAPS, CGB, CGP, CGR, GMB an awardwinning builder and remodeler in Fairfield County, Conn., has been named the 2015 Certified Graduate Remodeler (CGR) of the Year by the National Association of Home Builders. We asked Stephen his thoughts on this prestigious award. On January 18th, 2016 I received the prestigious NAHB 2015 CGR Designee of the year award in Las Vegas, Nevada at the international Builders show (IBS). In 1993 I achieved my Certified Graduate Remodeler (CGR designation from the Hartford, Connecticut Chapter of the NAHB. Since then I have achieved graduate certification in the Certified Aging In Place (CAPS), Certified Green Professional (CGP) and in the Certified Graduate Builder (CGB), and in 1999 I achieved Graduate Master Builder (GMB) all within the past (23) years. The significance of these professional certifications and designations lies in the important fact that they distinguish us from our competition. In other words, Classroom education can be put into practical application in the field. This ability gives the holder of the designations a distinct advantage in the fiercely competitive home improvement and remodeling industry; by creating a better brand name and educating prospective clients to the benefits of hiring a Certified Remodeler to alter or remodel their homes. Through education and hands on experience we employ the best industry practices and implement the best building science technologies which are learned in the classroom. The end result is a superior Construction project and very satisfied client. In conclusion, I strongly recommend all remodelers who already differentiate themselves as members of the HBRA further elevate their professional identity through taking courses offered by the NAHB itself (www.nahb.org/education) or the local chapter. By doing this sales will increase, businesses will grow and the overall good reputation of the building and remodeling industry will be elevated. February 2016 | HBRA of Fairfield County | 7
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Buddy Ontra Elected to the Board of Marble Institute of America The Marble Institute of America (MIA) is pleased to announce that Buddy Ontra of Ontra Stone has been elected to the thirteen-person Board of Directors. Buddy Ontra, owner of Ontra Stone Concepts, a familyowned fabrication/ installation company located in Bridgeport, CT, will represent Zone 1 (Northeast: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont). Ontra currently serves on the steering committee for MIA’s NY Metro Chapter and has been a frequent speaker at StonExpo and Coverings. He has also contributed articles to Stone World magazine and is active in his local chapter of the National Home Builders Association. Ontra replaces David Castellucci, Kenneth Castellucci & Associates, who will remain on the board as 2016 board president. About MIA For over seventy years, the Marble Institute of America (MIA) has served as the authoritative source of information on standards of natural stone workmanship and practice and the suitable application of natural stone products. Membership in the association is worldwide and includes nearly 2,000 natural stone producers, exporters/importers, distributors/wholesalers, fabricators, finishers, installers, and industry suppliers — all committed to the highest standards of workmanship and ethics. Let the HBRA office know & we will be sure to include you in future issues! Contact us at hbra@buildfairfieldcounty.com Encourage your local building official to become a Governmental Member of the International Code Council (ICC) NAHB requests that you to talk to your local code official and encourage them to participate in the ICC Code Development Process. The first step is for your county, city or town to become a Governmental Member of the International Code Council (ICC) no later than March 17, 2016. Jurisdictions can join ICC as a Governmental Member by filling out this application: http://www. iccsafe.org/Membership/Documents/Government_ Membership_App.pdf 8 | HBRA of Fairfield County | February 2016 If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact Gary Lampella, Director Construction, Codes & Standards at (800) 368-5242 x8303. . February 2016 | HBRA of Fairfield County | 9
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Stocking Dealer: 29 Prospect Street Ridgefield, CT 06877 203.438.2626 www.ridgefieldsupply.com lumber F building materials F millwork F moulding F hardware F paint 14 | HBRA of Fairfield County | February 2016 What’s Happening at the HBRA Fairfield The NEW Fairfield County HBRA website The new interactive HBRA site launched February 1st at www.buildfairfieldcounty.com. Events, scrolling news, and a list of new members grace the front page. The new online directory is business card listings with logos and additional profile information. Members can now manage their profile information, register for meetings, and even pay their dues online. All activity is posted in your account so you can see your meeting and event registrations, as well as payments. You can even print out an HBRA of Fairfield County Membership Card. Committee information, government affairs updates, press releases, and even this magazine is available on the site. Be on the lookout for new features in the coming months that will include consumer info and Member to Member deals and discounts. Contact the office with any questions at hbra@buildfairfieldcounty.com Click on the Member Manage link at the top of the page or on the Members tab under the HBRA logo. All active members just use your email address as your username and request a temporary password to get started. March 2nd - General Membership Meeting at County TV & Appliance The first General Membership meeting of 2016 will be held in Stamford at County TV & Appliance from 6:00pm to 9:00pm. Join us for food, drink and prizes, plus a night full of networking. We kick-off the 2016 Membership raffle that night as well so be sure to be in attendance for your chance to win $250. All active members names are in the drawing - you have to be present to win! Click here to REGISTER or contact the HBRA office at 203-335-7008 February 2016 | HBRA of Fairfield County | 15
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2016 HBRA Legislative Agenda The residential construction industry in Connecticut continues to face a very slow market for new single family homes and a regulatory and tax environment that depresses new home construction. Despite being burdened by numerous specific issues, however, we are not at this time proposing corrective legislation in 2016. Rather, we anticipate – unfortunately – that we will have to mount extensive defensive efforts to defeat legislation that would make it even worse for the housing industry. These defensive efforts may have to be applied to the following possible legislation: • A repeat of labor bills that will add more costs to businesses and make it more difficult or expensive to hire employees; • Mandated radon mitigation construction practices in all new homes; • Mandated fire sprinkler installation in all new 1&2 family homes; • Home improvement contractor licensing that will not help consumers; WE CAN HELP TURN THINGS AROUND! But we need gov’t to recognize that CT’s business regulations, land use approval processes and tax & fee policies severely constrain new home production. 18 | HBRA of Fairfield County |February 2016 • Changes to how storm water is regulated on construction sites or gravel and stone mining operations; • Municipally-sought changes to the land use performance bond/financial guarantee improvements we obtained in 2012; and • Adverse tax changes. These and potentially many more bills that add more regulations, fees and taxes and make it harder to survive as small business people in Connecticut should never get out of the gate. Yet, history guides us. We know many bad business bills will have public hearings, and many will be passed by committees. For some, it will be a fight to the end of the session, sending yet another message to the business community that CT is not a friendly place to establish or continue a business. In short, it’s difficult to go on offense when you can’t get your defense off the field. Our basic message to legislators is, please stop trying to fix things, stop getting in our way. Let builders build CT’s economy, communities and better lives for all. Pay attention to the economic and job growth benefits of building homes and set the conditions that allow us to build freely without interference and with only reasonable regulations and codes. Contact Bill Ethier at bethier@hbact.org March 31, 2016 8:00am to 12:30pm On behalf of the Home Builders & Remodelers Association of Fairfield County Board of Direc