EAST HAMPTON, N.Y. – The Hamptons’ preeminent design-builder, Jeffrey Collé, today announced an arrangement to deliver a turnkey solution for buyers of custom estates.
Collé has designed and built myriad high-end residential and commercial projects from Quogue to East Hampton – most notably the total restoration of Maidstone Hall, the 16,000-square foot historic mansion once owned by the Gardiner family; the record-breaking moving and renovation of a 20,000-square-foot mansion in Water Mill; and a recording studio for Billy Joel.
Collé is working with the Sotheby’s International Realty Hamptons Brokerage, the epitome of luxury real estate, to drive referrals to his program. Hamptons brokers, including Senior Global Advisor Beate Moore — the firm’s #1 agent in the Hamptons and #3 in the nation — now are able to refer buyers who purchase land to Collé to create the custom home of their dreams. This will provide a referral network for Collé and give Sotheby’s International Realty buyers an opportunity to work with an exceptional design-builder.
Both Collé and Moore are long-time Hamptons residents — Moore for 17 years and Collé for 35.
“I am happy to say that I’ve sold and represented many of Jeffrey Collé’s masterpieces. His properties stand out through his excellence in fine design and construction quality,” Moore said. “He is truly a master builder, at the absolute top of his profession.”
Sotheby’s International Realty Hamptons Vice President and Brokerage Manager John Gicking agreed. “Jeffrey is a master craftsman who builds houses as an artisan, combining custom workmanship with the highest-quality materials, often sourced in Europe,” he said.
Working with a design-builder, especially one who has built scores of luxury homes in the Hamptons such as Collé, gives tremendous value to the buyer. Spec-home builders take on considerable risk, and as a result, buyers pay a margin of as much as 100 percent of construction costs. Collé, on the other hand, charges 8 percent of the cost of construction to design and produce construction drawings and documents, and the same percentage for landscape architecture. At an average cost of $600 per square foot for high-end residential construction, including builder and architectural fees, Collé’s pricing is extremely competitive. Further, with a made-to-order home, once a budget is established, the design-builder designs to meet the budget, avoiding disappointments and potential costly overages. From concept to completion, the process takes an average of 15 months.
Effectively combining the roles of site planner, architect, builder and landscape architect, the design-builder streamlines the entire process. In a one-hour on-site consultation with the agent and the buyer, Collé can describe a parcel’s allowed building envelope; various setbacks (for main structure, accessory structures, pool and tennis); current zoning and planning rules and regulations; the flow and functionality of a house on the lot; and existing plant material and trees. Collé can also navigate the numerous governmental entities involved in the development process.
“Engaging an experienced design-builder can save the buyer 40-to-60 percent over the price of an equivalent spec home,” explained Collé. “Moreover, the buyers are getting exactly what they want with a custom build. At the end of the process, they step into their dream, not someone else’s.”
About Jeffrey Collé: Jeffrey Collé is the Hamptons’ preeminent design-builder of estates. His work is distinguished by an unwavering adherence to Old World craftsmanship and use of superior, customized materials. His legendary demand for perfection makes his the standard to match. He builds magnificent homes to last, applying his expertise in materials, craftsmanship and ecology to his work, and challenging his building force to innovate methodologies that achieve his vision. Jeffrey has designed and built myriad high-end residential and commercial projects throughout the South Fork for a client roster that includes business leaders and luminaries. For more information, visit www.jeffreycolle.com.