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Neoclassical homes carry strong foundational and aesthetic features and more than a dash of historical flair. The style originated in mid-18th century Italy and France, with Italian architect Andrea Palladio serving as the first practitioner of the traditional design. Vitruvian principles and classical antiquity are integral to these homes, which focus more on symmetry and stark geometry instead of ornamental beauty. Common elements of this residential-style include structural symmetry, side-gabled roofing, and a full-width porch supported by large columns. Neoclassical homes are usually two and a half stories high with a uniform design that exudes luxury despite their simplicity.
We decided to put together a list of the best builders familiar with the Neoclassical residential style. We performed extensive research to generate a list of candidates. Then we took into consideration a variety of factors: company history, portfolio quality, awards received, and the backgrounds of the principals and owners. This list of five fantastic builders is the result.
5 Richard Dr, Short Hills, NJ 07078
BuildMentor is a New Jersey-based firm that specializes in full-service residential construction. Based in Short Hills, it is renowned for its innovative approach to projects, using modern technology and architectural expertise to produce optimal results.
Jan Bronstein, founder and CEO of BuildMentor for over 26 years, has led the company to state-wide prominence through consistent excellence. The studio’s team are known for their top-notch craftsmanship and quality service, working with clients from the lot selection and initial design stages up until the post-construction finishes. The practice has a wide array of services that include design-build, project management, land development, and custom home building and renovations. It also handles financing options.
The Neoclassical colonial house featured is a project completed by BuildMentor. The towering mansion stands on a lush green site surrounded by high trees and natural landscape. Four grand columns guard the estate’s façade, striking additions that add personality to the home. The masonry components act as support to the building’s foundation while also adding an aesthetic charm to the structure. Large windows fill the walls of the manor, which allow plenty of natural light during the daytime. A classical gray palette ground the lavish estate with a welcoming elegance that evoke a homely charm.
BW Saba is a Florida-based design-and-build studio that specializes in homes fit for a magazine spread. Owner and president Bruce Saba is a general contractor known for his expertise when it comes to building and remodeling large custom residences. The University of Florida alum has been in the field more than 46 years, and his longevity is rooted in quality work and a deep understanding of the industry. The luxury builder showcases a diverse portfolio of residential projects that feature neoclassical mansions, modern beach bungalows, and coastal beach homes.
The neoclassical estate pictured is a project the firm constructed in collaboration with Shutler Architects to meet the owner’s desires. The regal aesthetic emanates from this massive estate. A cream-colored exterior palette echoes historical structures from ancient Greece, while the exterior metal railings and light fixtures were made custom and mirror the Musée Rodin in Paris, augmenting the home’s luxurious atmosphere and historical architecture. Towering Corinthian columns provide sophistication and serve as strong foundational support for the mansion. The three-story residence is situated on Sarasota Bay, offering a fantastic view year-round.
Heirloom Design Build
245 North Highland Avenue, Northeast STE 230, Atlanta, GA 30307
Heirloom Design Build is one of the elite builders in Georgia thanks to its exceptional body of work and first-rate customer service. David F. Radlmann leads a talented roster of builders, designers, and specialists, all committed to bringing a client’s dream home to life. Our editorial team fell in love with this Atlanta neoclassical property; it’s a perfect example of their work, built and designed by the firm with Jones Pierce as the architect. It shares the historical style of its locale and features a traditional design similar to existing homes within its community. The pristine white exteriors and beautifully-decorated interiors are crafted to perfection. Meticulous care was given the large-scale aspects of the home, but the firm also lavished their attention on the finer details of the residence. The home’s efficient and environmentally-conscious construction has earned certifications from several green organizations. The project is an EarthCraft Gold Certified Home, a The Energy Professionals Association (TEPA) Energy Star Certified Home, and a National Green Building Standard (NGBS) Green Certified Home – Gold. It also received the Award of Excellence from the Mayor of Atlanta, and the US Department of Energy’s 2015 Net Zero Ready National Award.
3188 Towerview Drive, Atlanta, GA 30324
David S. Morales has been CEO of Neoclassical Builders for over 18 years. The Harvard alum has worn many hats throughout his professional career—marketing representative, managing director, vice president for international sales and operations. His leadership stint in the construction company has raised the firm’s profile, due in part to the consistent project quality and service. Rave reviews regularly commend the professionalism and workmanship of its crew, a characteristic shared by the most successful builders.
Neoclassical Builders is accredited by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), the Home Builders Association (HBA) of Georgia, and the Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association. The design-build business has a strong focus on classic-centered architecture and period sensitive renovations. Aside from being a full-service construction and residential design company, it is also a real estate advisory firm. Green building and energy-efficient design are also included in its core practices. The company’s service area is centered in—but not limited to—Atlanta, Brookhaven, and Sandy Springs.
372 Wall Street, Princeton, NJ 08540
Tom Pinneo founded Pinneo Construction in 1996. He was later joined, in 2002, by Chris Myers who serves as co-owner. Combining expertise in business, construction, and design, the partnership proved successful: it elevated the quaint boutique firm to prominence, and the company earned a reputation as a reliable firm not only in the physical aspect of the building but also on the management side.
Pinneo Construction’s portfolio is impressive, showcasing projects like the Mercer Street historic home in Princeton, New Jersey. The firm completed renovation services for the structure, originally constructed in 1896. The historical landmark required updates for the 21st century. The firm started with a gut renovation of the whole structure. Then Pinneo provided two additions, a new three-car garage, and relocated an outbuilding to serve as the pool house. An oak-paneled elevator and new mechanical systems were installed inside the house and its interiors and exteriors were updated with custom millwork and spray foam insulation.