SIR Team Receives Unprecedented Number of Awards at HOBI Ceremony

The prestigious HOBIs or Home Building Industry Awards sponsored by the Home Builders and Remodelers Association of Connecticut showcases the best products and services offered in many categories under new home construction, land development, remodeling, commercial construction, sales and marketing and financing.

HOBIAward_SIRTeamSIR Team being presented with a record 4 HOBI Awards at the Home Builders and Remodelers Association of Connecticut Award Ceremony on November 12, 2013.

HOBI_Ken Boynton,Robert Haroun, Bill AchillesKen Boynton, President of HBRA of CT presenting Rob Haroun and Bill Achilles with the 2013 HOBI Award for Best New Commercial for 100 Post Road East, Westport, CT.

SIR Development is honored to have won the following four awards:

1. BEST Fairfield County Spec $4-5 Million: 5 Old Hill Farms Road, Westport
5_Old_Hill_Farms_Rd_04215 Old Hill Farms Road is an exquisite new home in Westport’s coveted Old Hill. A “Signature Home” by SIR features designer finishes and an unparalleled lifestyle. Designed by architect Donald William Fairbanks, this Estate offers grandeur and opulence that will exceed expectations. Beautiful surfaces, modern amenities, exquisite lighting and meticulous interior details by luxury home designer, Shawna Feeley complete this beautiful home. The foyer is welcoming and impressive with a classic, yet modern grand staircase. The formal living room boasts a wood burning fireplace and the dining room features massive windows and soffit detailed ceiling. The library is fitted with rift sawn oak paneling, custom wet bar and an adjacent veranda.

A magnificent kitchen features state of the art appliances, custom designed cabinetry and opens to an oversized family room. It is graced with a sun drenched eating area, butler’s pantry, and enviable kitchen office. The master bedroom retreat offers a beautiful fireplace flanked by twin French doors that open to a terrace overlooking the splendid backyard. This master suite boasts a couturier walk-in closet; lavish master bath and adjoining coffee lounge. There are 4 additional bedrooms, all en-suite. The finished lower level offers a glass and stone enveloped wine cellar, media room wired for sound, expert home gym and au-pair suite. Exterior features include veranda living room with fireplace, outdoor Viking kitchen, impressive pool and pool house. This home is located on a flat, level acre. It is professionally landscaped with mature trees and a circular driveway.

2. BEST Fairfield County Spec $2-3 Million: 6 Bumble Bee Lane, Westport
6BumbleBee-0930Spectacular “Signature Home” by SIR Development. This six bedroom expansive new construction home begins with a fabulous grand foyer. Interior elements include a luxurious kitchen with modern amenities, gracious lighting and fantastic grey finished wood floors. Large rooms and great flow make this home special. A home office and butler’s pantry provide unexpected elegance and function. The master retreat includes a spa-like master bath, spectacular his and her custom built closets, relaxing bedroom with wood burning fireplace and a separate sitting room. Additional bedrooms have stylish full bath ensuites. A Jack and Jill haven features a shared bath and a built-in desk made for two. An open, well lit, sixth bedroom on the third floor with bath completes this dream.

This home boasts tremendous curb appeal and tranquil beauty. Set on a private acre in desirable Redcoat area at the end of a quiet cul-de-sac, the large front porch welcomes you. An enormous bluestone backyard patio with outdoor fireplace begs for parties and barbeques. Bumble Bee has an exceptional pool and is beautifully landscaped.

3. Outstanding Special Purpose Room: Rift Sawn Oak Office at 5 Old Hill Farms
5 Old Hill Farms LibraryJames Bond, Jay Gatsby, Don Draper all come to mind when you first look at the rift sawn oak office at 5 Old Hill Farms. It is just so incredibly cool. It appears almost simple at first glance, as it is not overly ornate and the muted color begins to lower your blood pressure immediately, but it is anything but simple. It has multiple layers of craftsmanship that begin with the raw materials.

Rift sawn oak is special for many reasons. Rift boards, those exhibiting the least amount of “ray or flake” are most often those boards with the growth rings at a 30-60 degree angle to the face of the board. They are also the narrowest boards. The effect of designing an entire room with that special wood can be amazing, and at 5 Old Hill Farms, it is.

The finished effect of the oak did not come easily. We used a labor-intensive process of staining the oak to give it some color and then, a hand rubbed limed finish to show off the wood grain. The liming process highlights the natural beauty of the wood, but it can only be achieved by soft cloth and sweat. It takes an artist touch to decide how much wax to apply and polish off.

As you enter the room, you are enveloped by the warm wood and greeted by a silver library chandelier. The wet bar beckons you to pour yourself a scotch. The counter height refrigerator is also an icemaker for those who like it “on the rocks”. The Kohler Karbon articulating faucet is perfect for this space. Kohler aptly describes it as “sleek hybrid of functionality and contemporary design”. Our custom cabinetry has glass doors to flaunt your collection and solid overhead panel doors to keep it neat.

The office powder room is simple and sleek with a wall-mounted sink and single hole polished nickel faucet. The walls are paneled and painted in a glossy white. An elegant Arteriors driftwood sunburst mirror compliments the limed oak and a seeded glass pendant makes artful shadows.

We not only oak paneled the walls, but the ceiling, bookcases, and the wet bar. The ceiling has a nice grid detail and a soffit for added depth and style. There are recessed lights that blend seamlessly. The room offers privacy with two grand glass pocket doors that are framed in oak and finished with nickel hardware and a single French door that leads to a private veranda. Four oversized windows flood the room with sunlight and offer beautiful views to the grounds and pool house.

A special retreat for business or pleasure, the Oak Library at 5 Old Hill Farms is a modern masterpiece.

4. BEST New Commercial: 100 Post Road East, Westport
100 Post Road East100 Post Road East opened in November 2012, this is the first new commercial building constructed in downtown Westport in more than 40 years and opened fully occupied by Paper Source, a national retailer whose offerings include greeting cards, stationery, gift wrap, custom stamps and fine and artisanal papers and by Steven Alan, a New York City-based clothing retailer for women and men. Construction of 100 Post Road East represents one of the most significant development projects launched in downtown Westport during the last 10 years. The development of this property began the extension of Main Street down the Post Road to connect it with the old post office which has become a new restaurant Post 154.

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