HOBI Award winner in Connecticut has East Hampton roots

Local Builders Carry On Krupinski Tradition

When the master builder and community icon Ben Krupinski died tragically in a plane crash in 2018, he had already arranged to leave the business in the hands of two trusted employees, principals Ray Harden and Stratton Schellinger. The pair, along with their team, recently collected a prestigious home building industry award from Connecticut’s Home Builders & Remodelers Association for an 18,000-square-foot residence in Greenwich, CT.

They were honored with the Best Custom Home over 10,000 square feet with a 2019 HOBI Award from the HBRA of Connecticut. The largest home of the 2019 HOBI awards, it was completed in 18 months, on time and on budget. The residence was designed around a massive entertaining space and built using structural wood timbers. A formal lawn area surrounded by a U-shaped floor plan and covered porches lets the entertainment space spill over to the outdoors.

The Gambrel design gives the house a low slung, approachable scale while incorporating strong design elements such as dual stair towers, a transitional, barn-like garage element, and a stone-arched porthole to the pool area and pool house.

Accepting the award on Wednesday, November 20, at the Aqua Turf Club in Southington, CT for Ben Krupinski Builder were Connecticut team leader James O’Keefe with managers David Ridolfi and Joe Fregosi, alongside Harden and Schellinger.

“We are proud of this peer acknowledgement, our team’s fine work, and the opportunity to work with Cardello Architects. The team worked together seamlessly to bring to life the vision for our client’s dream home,” said Harden.

“The HOBI award is a great honor. It is a fitting tribute to our founder, Ben Krupinski, and the talents of our Connecticut team,” added Schellinger.

Established in Connecticut since 2013, the Old Greenwich office serves clients in Fairfield, Westchester, and Manhattan counties. Ben Krupinski Builder was founded in East Hampton by Krupinski in 1986. Long-time employees Schellinger (since 1986) and Harden (since 2002) acquired the firm in 2018 and continue to oversee each project.

The HBRA of Connecticut is a statewide professional trade organization of 900 member firms representing homebuilders, remodelers, developers, subcontractors, suppliers and professionals. The HOBI Awards are the most prestigious home building honors in Connecticut and the largest builder awards in the United States.