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BSF Properties

The exterior of BSF's Doverton Drive home reflects the style of classic Georgian architecture, while the interior offers large open spaces and a modern design.

SUPPORTIVE RELATIONSHIPS
Those relationships breed loyalty and success. The support team
Rowland put together includes Lou Contandino of Contandino
Architects; Manny Sopasis, on-site construction manager; Lindy
Weaver Design Associates, kitchen designer; Carolyn Sarsen, their
exclusive real estate agent with David Ogilvy & Associates; and
Shelly Kahan, president and CEO of Interstate + Lakeland Lumber,
a major lumber supplier in the Northeast.
Many of those people have worked with Rowland for more than
20 years and have learned his style and preferences, allowing for a
smooth development process for every project. They also provide
services that go beyond the transactional relationship some builders
have with their contractors and suppliers.
Interstate Lumber, for instance, helps BSF put the personal touches on a house.When making decisions like how the fireplace mantels
should look, Rowland relies on input from Mike Tedesco, a trim expert with Interstate Lumber. "Literally while we're standing there
he'll pull out his pencil and start sketching various design options,"
Rowland says.
Rowland has a good feel for trim, but says Tedesco is a real craftsman who helps him consider different ideas and combinations. Once
they have an idea in place, Tedesco produces a shop drawing and
sends it to Rowland to finalize. From there, the custom mill shop at
Interstate Lumber cuts the trim to specification and delivers it to the
site with a coat of primer already applied. "That's the way we work
together for all of our custom trim," Rowland adds.
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As one job finishes, the team-based process Rowland has developed carries over to the next project. Although many of the people
working on the home are the same, each job has different features.
BSF's latest project is an example of how its design continues to
evolve. The Doverton Drive home is a blend of classical and contemporary sensibilities. The outside is built in the style of classic
Georgian architecture, but the inside features large open spaces
with a modern design and abundant natural light.
"[Rowland] is more than just a cookie-cutter builder," says Shelly
Kahan, president of Interstate Lumber. "Each house takes on its
own personality. Rick and Manny [Sopasis] put the time in to make
sure each one is unique and distinct."
The property is located in the Sabine Farm Association, a former
600-acre estate that was divided into 17 parcels in the 1960s. The
subdivision is accessed via a private road that connects to Round
Hill Road, one of the major roads in Greenwich. "It's considered to
be a very prestigious location within Greenwich," Rowland says.
BSF purchased the two-acre Doverton Drive property for $2.65
million in May of 2015. An existing 3,000-square-foot home was
demolished to make room for Rowland and architect Lou Contandino's vision for a three-story 10,800-square-foot home with a
basement and 2,000-bottle wine cellar.

BLENDING STYLES
"With Georgian-style architecture, the most critical design factor is the right proportions," Rowland says. "You can see histori-


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