November 28, 2014 Poughkeepsie Journal Article - Architect receives design awards — Daniel Contelmo Architects, Poughkeepsie, recently won several categories in Qualified Remodeler's 2014 Master Design Awards. Their Dutchess County Carriage House design won "Best in Show" as well as "Gold" for Detached Structure. They also won silver awards in the categories of Outdoor Living, Whole House Renovation and Finished Basement.
The firm was recognized at an awards dinner in Baltimore along with architects and firms nationwide. The winning designs are featured in the October issue of Qualified Remodeler.
Daniel Contelmo is the principal of Daniel Contelmo Architects, one of the premier residential firms in the Hudson Valley.
Gold and Best in Show more than $250,000 Daniel Contelmo Architects, Poughkeepsie, N.Y., dtcarchitects.com Project name: Carriage House Location: Dutchess County, N.Y. Square footage: 5,500 Cost: $1.4 million
This detached structure sits on 30 acres and houses the homeowner’s 15-car collection while doubling as a gathering space. The building was required to be located behind the existing home and feel as though it could’ve been there for 100 years. The carriage-house structure fit on a site near a rock knoll, cliff and wet area. An existing stone wall was incorporated into new walls that were used to delineate yard and courts, and define uses around the carriage house. The timber frame structure has columns wide enough apart that two cars can be parked between them with their doors open. There is a center display aisle for display and driving cars in and out and an overhead catwalk for viewing the cars from above. A main gable roof simplifies and defines the structure while a reverse gable facing the house creates character and interest while dividing the long roof behind it. Radiant heat in the brick floor prevents moisture from getting to the cars and cars can be backed out of sliding mahogany doors to run on a hollow paver surface. A brick entrance courtyard incorporated into the existing stone walls and trees is used for gatherings and display of one of the vehicles.
Read Poughkeepsie Journal Article Daniel Contelmo hadn’t thought about joining an online community to boost his company’s business. Then a client gave the registered architect a different perspective.
“Every time she wanted to describe something she wanted on her house, she would thumb through her iPad and show me photos,” said Contelmo, principal architect of Daniel Contelmo Architects in Poughkeepsie. “I asked what she was looking at and she said it was Houzz,” a leading online platform for home remodeling and design.
He joined the online community, creating a company profile with photos of his projects and redesigned his company’s website, making it easier for existing and prospective clients to see his work and communicate with him.
Within a few months, emails and phone calls from potential clients across the country picked up, with some more suitable than others. He also heard from industry vendors.
“I was speaking with designers and potential clients and, frankly, I was getting a lot of positive feedback from the photos everyone was seeing and it just encouraged me to improve my site and the photos,” Contelmo said.
In fact, in the year-and-a-half since Contelmo joined Houzz for free, his firm has won its “best of” award in 2013 and 2014 per member ratings and is one of the highest ranked architects on the site. Moreover, one of the firm’s bathrooms is a top 10 design, appearing in more than 100,000 member ideabooks.
Daniel Contelmo Architects won in both the Design and Customer Satisfaction categories. Our portfolio includes some of the most popular images on Houzz in 2013 and was ranked highly in customer satisfaction among Houzz’s 16 million monthly users. Daniel Contelmo Architects was recently voted by Houzz.com as a winner of the Best of Houzz 2014 awards!
Westchester Home Magazine announces the winners of the Third Annual Design Contest. Daniel Contelmo Architects is featured for "Best Architecture" in Westchester County 2014 for a 12,000 s.f. home they designed in Chappaqua, NY. They were also honored with an Honorable Mention in the bathroom design category. Westchester Home Magazine Website Article - click here
Daniel Contelmo Architects was recently voted by Houzz.com as a winner of the Best of Houzz 2013 awards! Daniel Contelmo Architects won in both the Design and Customer Satisfaction categories. Our portfolio includes some of the most popular images on Houzz in 2012 and was ranked highly in customer satisfaction among Houzz's 11 million monthly users.