Showroom grand opening

Design Builders and Remodeling Inc. is celebrating the opening of its new design center and showroom with a two-day open house at its location, 904 Ethan Allen Highway, Ridgefield, Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 19-20, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Attendees will be treated to free Tom-Tom’s pumpkin pie.

“We look forward to providing our customers with excellent service and value,” said David Adams, company president. “Our goal is to make the process of material selection an easy and enjoyable experience.”

The new 6,000 square-foot center hosts displays of kitchen cabinets, granite, tile, hardware, moldings, windows, siding, skylights, and exterior doors. To RSVP, call 203-431-9104 or visit www.dbarinc.com/pie.aspx.

Virtual farmers market includes four Connecticut farms

A newly launched online retailer now offers the world’s first-ever virtual farmers market featuring several Connecticut farms. The online retailer, America’s Farmstand, delivers farm fresh foods direct from family farms to table.

America’s Farmstand offers products from more than 15 farms, including four from Connecticut:

Noank Aquaculture Cooperative, Stonington Seafood Harvesters, Maple Lane Farms, and Ekonk Hill’s.

For more information, visit www.americasfarmstand.com.

Greenwich firm honored with award

Hilton-VanderHorn’s potting room, part of a home which earned the firm a 2012 custom home design competition award from Custom Home magazine.

Hilton-VanderHorn’s potting room, part of a home which earned the firm a 2012 custom home design competition award from Custom Home magazine.

Hilton-VanderHorn Architects of Greenwich has been selected as a winner in the 2012 Custom Home Design competition, which has been sponsored by Custom Home magazine for more than 20 years.

This year, more than 400 custom houses, kitchens, baths, accessory buildings, outdoor spaces, details, and on the boards projects were vetted by four nationally recognized jurors, who selected the award winners.

Custom Home has honored Hilton-VanderHorn Architects with a Merit Award for outstanding design in the Architectural Interiors category. The award-winning project was a garden room, part of a larger renovation of a French country farm in Greenwich. The design was inspired by the farm at Marie Antoinette’s Petit Hamlet at the Palace of Versailles. The judges on the Custom Home panel called the project “beautiful” noting, “this is a renovation that has instant history”.

Hilton-VanderHorn Architects is a 21-year-old Greenwich firm that specializes in traditional residential design. The firm’s work can be viewed at www.Hilton-VanderHorn.com.

Firm receives LEED certification

James G Rogers Architects of Norwalk was recently awarded LEED silver certification for its work on the Sleepy Hollow Country Club.

The firm renovated a 72-year-old, outdated squash building and turned it into a 10,000 square foot state of the art facility. Sleepy Hollow Country Club also challenged Rogers’ team to build a certified green building that would operate above New York State energy code requirements to qualify for LEED certification.

Real estate office collecting coats for the needy

The Durkin Group of William Raveis Real Estate in Monroe is collecting clean, gently used coats and jackets as part of the One Warm Coat community service project.

Drop off gently used coats to the office at 447 Monroe Turnpike, Monroe, Conn. from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21. All donated items will be given to either the Bridgeport Rescue Mission or the Monroe Food Pantry.

For more information call 203-638-0386 or e-mail tr.durkin@raveis.com.