The Hamptons, made up of East Hampton, South Hampton, and Bridgehampton, are a string of communities famous for hosting a myriad of wealthy homeowners and visitors alike, especially during summers. Luxury home builders feature their Hamptons creations as prominent highlights of their portfolios. Houses in the Hamptons, fondly called ‘cottages’, are anything but.
These are usually grand estates, in the ‘Old World’ style, featuring expansive lawns and pools. Though hundreds of meters separate these estates from each other, collectively, they line the coasts of the Hamptons, making for a grand view of idle luxury home life and comfort. Here, we look at the best general contractors who have made their mark in the Hamptons.
15) Benco Construction
New York, NY 10027
Benco Construction specializes in the ‘Old World’ aesthetics that it is their core value, which guides them in building today’s luxury Hamptons estates. The firm offers new home construction, from complete home renovations, kitchen and bathroom remodel, and room additions, to garage conversions, deck construction, and more. Benco Construction, in business for more than thirty years, believes in meticulous planning, attention to detail, and approaching each project with flexibility and skill.
The firm builds strong, positive clientele relationships, providing clients with top quality results. The firm serving the areas of Bridgehampton, Cutchogue, East Quogue, Hampton Bays, Jamesport, Southampton, Water Mill, and Wainscott, takes into consideration the landscape of their work site, working to highlight its natural formation. Benco has been awarded the NARI Contractor of the Year an outstanding ten times,, the 2013 Chrysalis Award, and the Professional Remodelers Design Award in 2013.
14) Rocco J. Lettieri, Home Front Organization, Inc.
3 Woodland Avenue, Westhampton Beach, NY 11978
Rocco J. Lettieri’, Home Front Organization Inc., is a Hamptons-based luxury home builder. A member of the community himself, Rocco is highly knowledgeable on how to build a Hamptons house efficiently. He knows the challenges and various circumstances that frequent the area.
Rocco blends the artistic vision of the project and its practical execution to achieve a truly superb build and brings with him his knowledge of site selection, and various government and development processes. Rocco also maintains a network of clients and construction collaborators. Likewise, he works closely with clients to ensure that their needs and requests are satisfied.
The firm’s works have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Coastal Living, 27East, The Sag Harbor Express, and Style at Home.
13) Cavallo Building
70 Main Street, Southampton, NY 11968
Cavallo Building has 30 years’ worth of experience building estates from Westhampton to Montauk – from traditional designs to Old World Hamptons classic. The firm offers exclusive, high-end custom building ranging from 2,000 square feet to 15,000 square feet, in addition to house additions and renovations. To date, this general contracting and home building firm has built in-excess of 30 homes in the Hamptons.
Father and son Tom and Doug Cavallo co-manage Cavallo Builders. The firm works with architects, design professionals, and real estate professionals to ensure high-quality delivery, as well as a team of skilled and highly experienced carpenters and subcontractors with whom they have been in partnership for years. Cavallo Builders oversee all of these functions, bringing the project from conception to completion. Cavallo Building often works with new materials to bring about new solutions to the complexities of modern design aesthetics. Cavallo exceeds their clients’ expectations with their high-end work and premier customer service.
12) Koral Bros, Incorporated
54 North Main Street, Southampton, NY 11968
The Koral Bros. Inc. has a rich history dating back in the 1920s when William Koral, the founder, built his first estate in Southampton. The firm has since built top-notch, luxury estates for homeowners. The firm has the distinction of being known as the oldest operating general contracting firm in the Hamptons. With its history comes valuable knowledge passed from generation to generation.
The firm’s superior work, high degree of customer and affiliate satisfaction, and ability to deliver projects on schedule and on a budget has led them to be known as an ‘architect’s builder.’ Koral Bros. assures clients that their focus is client satisfaction, and provides comprehensive cost estimations and real-time project updates to ensure a smooth project delivery. The firm also operates an in-house woodworking shop, and a fully-staffed office to provide administrative support, continuous review of all its construction phases, and post-construction services.
11) Spiotta Construction Management
16 Abets Creek Path, East Patchogue, NY 11772
Spiotta Construction Management Corp., founded by Eugene Spiotta, has been a leader in the luxury home construction management industry for 25 years. Their reputation for excellence is unparalleled in today’s luxury home market. Each home is built with the highest level of craftsmanship, every step along the way.
The firm has completed numerous large-scale projects across Long Island, including those along the Gold Coast and throughout the Hamptons. Their work ethic is surpassed by none and the exceptional management capabilities are what makes their finished products a success.
Spiotta Construction’s collaborative team is involved from concept to completion, taking to fully understand the vision, goals, and objectives to ensure delivery of the best product possible. The firm’s commitment to excellence extends beyond the homes they build, it is about the relationships as well. With a passionate dedication to clients’ needs, it enables them to turn dreams into reality.
10) The Modern Barn, Plum Builders
860 Montauk Hwy. Water Mill, NY 11976
Plum Builders is a family firm founded in East Hampton in 1982 by President Al Giaquinto who is a Certified Graduate Remodeler, (CGR) Certified Green Professional (CGP) and Graduate Master Builder (GMB). As a general contractor Giaquinto has built custom homes for architects such as Gene Futterman, Francis Fleetwood, Harry Bates, Eric Woodward, Gregg Zwirko, Bill Reese, Blaize Makoid and many others through these past decades.
Giaquinto conceived the Modern Barn® architectural design characterized by walls of glass to let nature into the interior space and by the creation of multi-purpose spaces undefined by walls. Plum Builders, Inc. owns the trademark for the Modern Barn in residential architecture and development throughout the USA. The Modern Barn, Plum Builders has received Ten Long Island Builders Institute (LIBI) awards, five NARI Contractor of the Year awards, and one Chrysalis Award.
9) Hobbs, Inc.
2273 Montauk Highway Bridgehampton, NY 11932
Hobbs, Inc. dates back to the early 1950s when the founder, Ted Hobbs, paved a neighbor’s driveway using a hand roller. More than six decades later, the company grew to become an acclaimed and prominent general contracting firm with operations in Rhode Island, New Jersey, Connecticut, and the Hamptons.
The firm offers services concerning all matters of home building, from site feasibility, to post completion needs, and with these, decades’ worth of knowledge and know-how. In addition to construction services, the firm created a web-based service division where clients can go to for their post-estate completion needs such as queries, service, and maintenance.
The firm specializes in building various styles of estates and townhouses – from contemporary to the more traditional. Hobbs’ works have appeared in atHome Magazine, Ridgefield Magazine, Luxe Magazine New York, Celebrated Living Magazine, Bedford Magazine, Hamptons, Architectural Digest, Serendipity, and Beautiful Homes. Hobbs is fully licensed and insured, and affiliated with the National Association of Home Builders, the Association of General Contractors, the National Custom Builders Council, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
8) Michael Davis Design and Construction
411 Montauk Hwy, Wainscott, NY 11975
Michael Davis Design and Construction, founded by Michael Davis, has been building elegant, luxury estates in East End, London for more than two dozen years. Davis moved to the Hamptons from England where he had experience in renovations and restorations. Today, the firm he has built is known for housing master builders responsible for a number of high-end estates in the area. The firm also offers scheduled maintenance services, landscape design and installation, and renovation.
Michael Davis, who has nearly thirty years of experience, has blended the English Country Style with the Hamptons shingle style to feature prominently in the firm’s work. Michael Davis Design and Construction has succeeded in establishing itself as the luxury general contractors for the country’s top architects and designers, and it has been featured in The Independent, Woodbury Magazine, and Architectural Digest.
7) Mclaughlin Construction Company
2221 Montauk Hwy, Bridgehampton, NY, 11932
Mclaughlin Construction Company offers high end, full-service general contracting construction management. Known for their perfection and professionalism, the firm is highly regarded by their clientele as well as top architects. The firm is currently headed by James Mclaughlin, a second-generation builder. The firm is adept in different building styles, from contemporary to traditional, and the firm’s works have been featured in the Hamptons Magazine as Builders You Should Know.
Mclaughlin Construction works with their partners throughout the building process, from the schematic design to the post-construction documents. The firm also allows clients to monitor the estate construction in real time using a web-based platform, including complete access to documentation pertaining to the build. After the project completion, the firm also offers a custom house watch program, in addition to responsive maintenance services which include emergency services, childproofing, and storm protection.
6) Hamptons Habitat
381 Riverhead Rd Suite 13, Westhampton Beach, NY 11978-1203
Building luxury homes in the Hamptons and Nassau County is what Hamptons Habitat, custom builders for high end living in the area, does best. Hamptons Habitat offers full general contracting services including construction management, the obtaining of permits, and home design.
Founded in 1982, the firm partnered with skilled subcontractors and specialty suppliers as they work to obtain the owner and the designer’s vision for the project. Along with custom luxury home building, Hamptons Habitat also offers sustainability by working to incorporate products which reduce environmental costs and impacts, while increasing energy efficiency and ensuring the health of the occupants.
Hamptons Habitat also specializes in house renovations and additions, both whole house and historic restorations. The firm is associated with the National Association of Home Builders, Long Island Builders Institute, Greater Westhampton Chamber of Commerce, and the American Institute of Architects. For their works, they have been featured in House, Builder and Remodeler, Luxury Living, House Hamptons, and Hamptons Mansion.
5) Stokkers & Company
90 High Street, Ste. 204, Huntington, NY 11743
Stokkers & Company has been building masterful, luxury estates in the Hamptons for more than 30 years. The firm, under the leadership of its founder Dale Stokkers, ensures that each home is a reflection of their high standard – excellence, service, and integrity. They have partnered with top architects, design professionals, subcontractors, and skilled craftsmen to create the finest houses in the Hamptons.
Their estates often feature large lawns, private ponds, separate cottages, pool houses, and the classic, Old World Hampton look with design inspirations from Victorian and Normandy aesthetics. These estates are located in areas which perfectly capture a panoramic view of the Huntington Bay and Long Island Sound.
Stokkers & Company is committed to building environmentally responsible houses. In fact, the firm created the first LEED certified home in Long Island. Stokkers was granted LEED certification by the US Green Building Council after the firm underwent a laborious process and third-party inspections.
4) Farrell Building
81 Newtown Lane, East Hampton, New York, 11937
Farrell Building is one the premier general contractors and builders in the Hamptons. The firm, founded by Joe Farrell in 1995, offers four specialized areas of building; including custom work – which they build from the ground up, ‘build to suit’ – allowing for customization of an already purchased property, signature homes-built with a theme, and vacation rental properties.
Farrell Building is adept at building both traditional and modern Hampton houses. The Farrell team is comprised of loyal employees and talented craftsmen who work alongside fourteen project managers. Together, the craftsmen, builders, and managers work to constantly improve every step in the building process.
The firm’s works have been featured in The New York Times, CNBC, CBS, US Weekly, Business Insider, The Wall Street Journal, Financial Observer, JustLuxe, and House Beautiful.
3) Jeffrey Colle
81 Newtown Lane, East Hampton, New York, 11937
The estates built by Jeffrey Colle strongly adhere to the ‘Old World’ design aesthetic and craftsmanship – classic yet modernized. The firm has, in its four decades of work, served various renowned luminaries such as Wall Street moguls and celebrities, building them custom estates in the Hamptons.
The firm prides itself on its employment of a team of skilled millworkers and cabinetmakers and using materials that are not only beautiful but enduring, to make the estates that last for generations. Jeffrey Colle custom building is currently working in the areas of East Hampton, WaterMill, Bridgehampton, and Wainscott.
The firm also works to preserve the agricultural origins of the Hamptons, by featuring expansive lawns and reserves, opting to build orchards and gardens, instead of crowding the acres of land with houses. The firm’s estates have been featured prominently in Architectural Digest, The New York Times, Forbes, House Beautiful, and New York magazine.
2) Kean Development
Main Street, Cold Spring Harbor, New York 11724
Kean Developments is a prominent, premier builder of upscale homes in the Hamptons. For nearly 40 years, they have built an impressive collection of luxury estates in the area – nearly all of which are in the vein of Old World and classic European styles. John Kean started the firm determined to leave a legacy of building safe, functional, and beautiful structures. John oversees each of the estates his firm builds from inception to completion.
Kean Developments’ in-house designers, construction managers, and project managers approach each project beginning with a master plan that incorporates all the details from the main architectural design, its details including masonry and custom millwork, and landscape design. The firm’s attention to detail, material, and execution has earned them glowing distinction and reviews among their clientele.
The firm’s works have been featured in Architectural Digest as one of the ‘Most Beautiful Home for Sale In Every State,’ The New York Times, Veranda, House, and in other media outlets such as Curbed and Newsday.
1) John Hummel and Associates
49B Route 114, East Hampton, NY 11937
John Hummel Associates consistently makes a mark in the Hamptons as a premier luxury residential home builder. The firm has built timeless and exceptional estates over the past 30 years since its conception in 1982. John Hummel, the firm’s founder, first worked for local Hampton builders before starting his own construction company to fill a gap – clients who wanted higher-end, custom built estate work.
John Hummel is adept at working with various home styles in the Hamptons – may it be the traditional ‘Old World’ classic houses, beachside cottages, or contemporary works. Their services include an in-house millwork shop manned by experienced and skilled cabinet makers and a maintenance service that lasts for the full lifetime of the house. The firm offers full-service project management from estimation to completion and ensures full transparency in their builds.
For their superb work, the firm has been featured in Interior Design, Elle Decor, The Real Deal, Veranda, Architectural Digest, Architect, House Beautiful, and Colonial Homes.