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cal precedence for this house in 18th-century-style architecture.
We like building homes that have a historical context."
Many of BSF's previous 20 homes follow the Georgian style, but
with Doverton Drive Rowland decided it was time to do something a little different. The contemporary interior of the home
features a large two-story open family room - a first for a BSF
project. Like many of his ideas, the inspiration for the large family
room came from visiting other properties - in this case a home in
the Hamptons, an affluent area on the east end of Long Island.
"Sometimes when you look at other homes you get some great
ideas," Rowland says of his design process. "You add something to
it that makes it even better." In Doverton Drive's case, Rowland
decided to enhance the appeal of the two-story family room by
focusing its view on the outdoor pool.
Other modern elements can be found throughout the home.
The trim work, color finishes, baseboards, crowns and casing
around the doors and windows also all follow modern trends.
Contemporary light grays can be found on the kitchen cabinets
and other areas, and the library fireplace mantel and cabinetry
utilizes a driftwood finish. The home also has category 6, category 5 and RG6 wiring, making it suitable for heavy Internet usage
and cable connections.
Contadino describes the house as finding the middle ground
between ultra colonial and ultra modern. "People are looking for
a very traditional-looking home, but the space within they want
more transitional," he explains.
Unlike developers who build custom homes tuned perfectly
to what the client wants, Rowland doesn't know who his client
is until the house is sold. BSF focuses on spec homes, which need
to appeal to a wider range of people. As a result, the company
must keep ahead of emerging trends and anticipate how tastes
may change. "Since we're doing spec homes we need to be very
conscious of who we're selling to, and what are the boxes we
need to check off," Rowland explains.
For heating and cooling, the home uses four Infinity 98 series gasfired furnaces from Carrier, which have an annual fuel utilization
efficiency (AFUE) of up to 98.5 percent, according to the company. Heat is not lost through hot water pipes during delivery as with
a water-based hydro-system. The home also uses a pervious gravel
surface for the parking court to help manage stormwater runoff.
The merging of the Georgian and modern styles and the incorporation of the latest technology in the Doverton Drive home is an
example of how the company stays ahead of design trends. "Many
of the people who move up from the city love contemporary-style
interiors," Rowland says. "Our market of prospective buyers is the
same kind of people that would be looking in Manhattan and in the
Hamptons," he adds.
Keeping up on market trends is truly a team effort. While Rowland scouts other homes in the region, his contractors are also keepWinter 2017 www.mhb-magazine.com

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