Monthly Archives: June 2014

I’VE BEEN SWINGING THE HAMMER AND IT FEELS GREAT

Over two decades ago I put down my hammer to focus my efforts on the management of our operation. In the past couple of months, however, the tool belt has been back on and it’s been great. We’ve been very busy between renovations, custom home construction work, the subdivision at The Reserve at Poplar Plains in Westport and the move to our new office in Norwalk.  Even thought we’ve just hired a new Project Manager there’s still overflow work and I’m enjoying the opportunity to get my hands dirty.

One of the factors was to ensure that our clients Tom and Marcy were moved into their new home on time. They’re moving into one of our homes at The Reserve at Poplar Plains in Westport. Tom and Marcy are one of the most gracious and likable couples we’ve ever worked with – and we’ve had the pleasure of working with some phenomenal clients. I installed their appliances, helped install the railing on their back deck and did finish trim on the interior. Their place looks great and they love their new home.

My brother Chris has also been back on the worksite and he’s enjoying it as well. We’ve both talked about the fact that although the shortage of skilled construction labor remains an issue, it’s great to be working side by side with our guys. And it’s also been fun working close with my brother, like we used to do back in the day.

Another project that we’ve both been chipping in on is the renovation work at our new office at 5 Myrtle Street in Norwalk. As I mentioned a few entries back, we’re moving the office to an improved space and putting the final touches on as we speak. We’re looking forward to the technological and environmental benefits that the new office will provide. We’re building new storage shelving, installing office partitions, installing tile and painting the entire space.

Balancing the management of Wright Building Company along with the carpentry work has been a challenge, but I wouldn’t trade this time. Soon Myrtle Street will be ready and as a result anticipate that I’ll be back behind my desk soon attending the operational end of things. Until then I’ll enjoy the time outside.

Kelly M. Wright
Wright Building Company

CHOOSING THE TYPE OF HOME TO BUILD IN FAIRFIELD COUNTY

In my experience, one of the most significant personal decisions that homeowners face when considering building a custom home is choosing the style and overall layout. Towns such as Greenwich, Westport, and Fairfield are showcases of the variety of home styles that can be built. And when you build custom, the layout and feature possibilities can be endless. Although colonial style homes are most prevalent in Fairfield County, we’ve built a wide range of home styles including Colonial, Contemporary, French Country, and Mediterranean. The following guidelines are a good place to start when planning your new custom home.

Personal Preference
When it comes to the style of the home, sometimes it just comes down to what moves you. As with fine art, variations in architecture speak to different people in different ways. When researching your options, consider how the lines and finishes of a structure appeal to you and ask yourself if that style fits with your overall aesthetic values.

Consider Your Lifestyle
This is a more functional component of the process. Luckily most home styles, when you are building custom, can accommodate the range of needs that you have and layouts can vary significantly. You’ll want to consider the size of your family and the potential for growth. You’ll also want to determine your needs as they relate to work and play, as well as where and how your family members spend the majority of their time. If your family congregates primarily in one space, then an open floor plan may make the most sense. Those who spend a lot of time gardening or playing outside will want to consider a nice functional mudroom at the rear entry.

Privacy
Homes styles that are boxy don’t optimally allow for interior spaces that are separated from the rest of the house. You may be seeking this type of space for a home office, library, and/or master bedroom. Segmented home designs, such as L-shaped layouts, can better accommodate these needs. When it comes to creating private spaces in relation to neighbors, you’ll want to consider the placement of windows. Fencing and/or landscaping around the porch, patio, and/or yard can help provide screening.

Furnishings and Decor
Does the home style that you’re considering fit the style of your existing furnishings and decor? What types of furnishing would you need if you decided to veer from your existing style? These factors are often overlooked until later in the process. The start of the process is a good time to consider the furnishing needs of your new home so that you can be ready with new pieces when it’s time to move in.

Building a custom home is a lot of work and requires attention. It can also be fun and fulfilling—and can run smoothly when you’re prepared.

Best regards,

Kelly M. Wright
Wright Building Company

WE’RE MOVING TO A NEW AND IMPROVED OFFICE

As part of our effort to continually grow and improve operations at Wright Building Company, we’ve purchased a new office building. Our new space, at 5 Myrtle Street in Norwalk, is just two and a half miles down the road from our office in Westport. This move will help facilitate our growth and keeps us centrally located in Fairfield County with easy access to highways and the variety of towns that we service in Fairfield and Westchester Counties.

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We’ve been on Post Road West in Westport for 26 years and have been at 325 Post Road West for 22 years. But we’ve decided to sell this building and move to Norwalk. We’re starting to reflect as we look back at the long history that we’ve had there. As we look ahead, we’re excited about the opportunities that the new office will provide. The new building has several technological and environmental efficiency advantages over our existing space, including a super efficient gas heating and cooling system, new Energy Star appliances and windows, and the latest technology infrastructure. We’ll be taking advantage of this infrastructure with new high-tech computer, phone, and security systems — all designed to provide the most advanced and efficient service possible. And the exterior landscape requires minimal maintenance because the lawn is being replaced by a natural perennial garden that will require less watering.

In addition to the technology and environmental benefits, the new building also has a larger and improved design that gives our Vice President, Erno Bacso, a larger, well-deserved office. The layout also allows for a larger space for estimating as well as more, badly needed storage space.

As homebuilders, we understand the process of moving. There has been a lot of work to do, and there’s much more to be done. When it’s complete, I’m confident we will have a state-of-the-art home base to give our clients and industry partners the best building experience possible. We invite all of our friends and colleagues to stop by, say hello, and check out the new setup. We look forward to seeing you.

Best Regards,
Kelly M. Wright
Wright Building Company