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hundred years from now, our homes will look exactly the same as
we are period traditional builders," Fenton says.
The company is a leader in its region in the installation of geothermal and variant refrigerant flow (VRF) heating and cooling
systems. "Our systems are the most energy efficient and offer the
best air quality available," he adds.
Twin Oaks homes also commonly feature "smart home" technologies such as distributed audio and video, fully automated lighting controls and window treatments. The company also installs
custom security systems that are "way above anything else in the
market today," says Fenton, a former police officer. "Our clients
want to be sure their homes are up-to-date with the latest technology that has been fully vetted out."
Other custom features in Twin Oaks homes include specialty
spaces such as home theaters, golf simulators, exercise and workout spaces, playrooms, vaults and safe rooms. Several of its homes
have also included elaborate indoor pools, custom libraries and
underground basketball and sport courts. "One of the things I tell
clients is that for us, the word 'no' doesn't exist," Fenton says. "As
long as it's legal, we can do it; there's nothing that anyone's ever
requested of us that we haven't been able to handle."
One of the company's current speculative estate homes under
construction is located at 28 Garden Road in Scarsdale, N.Y., and
is listing for $9.6 million. This English Romantic Tudor has a tremendous amount of natural light because of the vast amount of
windows that has been incorporated into the design, creating an
open feeling uncommon with this architectural style. Fenton decided to keep certain parts of the original home because the existing large exposed oak ceiling beams and purlins were taken from a
battleship frigate used in the War of 1812. The 13,800-square-foot
home sits on 1.5 acres of land and includes eight bedrooms, eight
full bathrooms, three half baths, an oversized kitchen and seating
area open to a vaulted family room with a massive stone and brick
wood burning fireplace, his and hers separate master bedroom facilities, a full junior master bedroom suite, a 2,500-bottle wine
room, home theater, body movement studio, gym, arts and crafts
playroom and servant quarters along with English gardens and infinity pool. The home is projected to be finished in April.
Another one of the company's speculative estate home projects
that is about to be break ground in the Murray Hill Estate section
of Scarsdale is currently listed for sale pre-construction for $7.5
million. When completed, the white-washed red brick colonial
revival will look as if it had been there for 100 years. "This home
will be a compliment to the English Manor limestone house we
just completed four houses down on the same street," Fenton says.
"We will be incorporating reclaimed coal fired clinker brick on
the exterior facade and will have oversized dual-sided fireplaces as
one would have seen if this period traditional home was built at the
turn of the 20th century. Dimensional Vermont slate will be incor-
porated into a concealed Yankee gutter system with zinc coated
scuppers, down spouts and fluted leaders." In addition to including
high-quality finishes, a prospective buyer has the ability to fully
customize the home at any time before or during construction.
Twin Oaks in 2016 will also enter the Manhattan market with
three luxury townhomes that will range in size from 3,500 to
4,400 square feet on Cabrini Boulevard. Each unit will be 4 stories in height with roof top patio gardens and will be architecturally indicative to the beautiful "pre-war" brownstones mansions
that gave the city so much of the character it has today.
"I am so pumped up about what we are about to embark on
with this boutique development as real soon we are about to take
New York city back in time to one of its most important historical
residential housing elements," Fenton says. "We are even planning
to use original reclaimed Haverstraw brick from up the Hudson
River for the exterior façade, as they supplied most of the Brownstones built in New York City from the late 1890's into the early
decades of the 1900's." These buildings will have the quintessential front stoops they were known for along with the grand one of
a kind custom front door entries made from solid hardwoods and
wrought iron materials, the company notes. )
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