Idlewild Featured in RI Monthly Home Design Issue

TAMING IDLEWILD – a historic mid-nineteenth century home in Narragansett is meticulously restored to honor its past and meet the needs of its new owners.

by: Jennifer Steffy Sanson

The deal that procured this house for its current owners was years in the making.  It wasn’t the result of a long-fought battle between the seller and buyer, it was forged congenially over time, the culmination of a friendship that took shape over many afternoon cocktails hours.  The older gentleman who owned the property developed a relationship with a family from the Lone Star State that owned a neighboring vacation home.  Whenever the Texans were in town, a Northeast-meets-Southwest afternoon cordial was in order. When the gentleman decided it was time to sell his year-round home, offering to pass its storied torch to his Texas friends, who had always admired it, seemed the neighborly thing to do.


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Houzz Tour: Pride Restored to a Historic Rhode Island Home

Designers spruce up Narragansett’s first summer cottage while adapting the Victorian-era home for modern living.

By Becky Harris, Houzz Contributor


Davitt Design Build Inc. Named NARI 2015 National CotY ™ Winner

The National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) Names National CotY TM (Contractor of the Year) Winners

April 17, 2015 The National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) named Davitt Design Build Inc., in West Kingston, RI, 2015 National CotY winner in the Residential Historical Renovation/Restoration $250,000 and Over, and Entire House $750,000-$1,000,000 categories of its annual awards competition.

CotY award Navigating the process of building a home that is custom built within budget can be very daunting, but the team at Davitt Design Build tries to make this process as streamlined as possible. The Davitt Design Build logo, “build smart-live well” describes their mission precisely, and the team stays in contact with clients throughout their time living in their home making Davitt Design Build a household name known for delivering quality production and service. The design-build model provides clients with a more cost effective method of creating the home of their dreams since all services are provided through one company. Constant communication throughout the design and production phase helps the client to avoid conflict with budget. Davitt Design Build Inc is a design-build firm that is known for the high quality homes they produce and restore on the coast.

Contractors from seven regions nationwide vie for the awards on an annual basis. An impartial panel of judges, who are experts within the industry and associated fields, selected winners based on problem solving, functionality, aesthetics, craftsmanship, innovation, degree of difficulty and entry presentation.

Earlier this year, NARI named 160 Regional CotY winners with 33 team members who advanced as finalists to the national level. NARI announced a National winner in each of the 36 categories at its Evening of Excellence reception, held in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.

With the home in Jamestown, RI, the goal was to enhance and transform the property. The property is all about location and has a lot to offer, specifically being waterfront. The home has been completely transformed from an obscure, hidden property to an opening and inviting bay front property.

The historical renovation was an 1800’s home that needed to be revitalized into a home that kept its historical elements, but also could comfortably match the lifestyle of a modern day family of five.

NARI presents CotY awards annually to members who have demonstrated outstanding work through their remodeling projects. This year, 390 entries were submitted in the competition totaling more than $85.5 million worth of remodeling projects.

NARI is a professional association whose members voluntarily subscribe to a strict code of ethics. To be considered for a CotY Award, a company must be a NARI member in good standing.

For over 20 years Davitt Design Build has designed, built, renovated, and restored fine homes on the coast. Their design-build model integrates the architect and the builder from the outset of a project. Their ongoing collaboration saves clients time and money. With design-build, all services are provided through a single entity – the design-build firm – avoiding conflicts that are common in the traditional design-bid-build approach. At Davitt Design Build the team believes that it’s just as important as what they do as how they do it. They draw and price simultaneously, providing clients with detailed estimates for every component every step of the way. Accurate cost projections enable clients to pro-actively manage their budget and make informed choices.

About NARI: The National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) is the source for homeowners seeking to hire a professional remodeling contractor. Members are full-time, dedicated, remodeling industry professionals who follow a strict code of ethics with high standards of honesty, integrity and responsibility. For more information, contact NARI at 847-298-9200 or


Davitt Design Build Wins Remodeling Award

remodeling excellence award Continuing to set new standards of professionalism, 92 remodeling companies from across the United States were named winners at the 2015 Chrysalis Awards for Remodeling Excellence. The entries were judged on overall design, the creative use of space and materials, and the degree to which the project enhanced the original structure.

Davitt Design Build Won the Chrysalis Award for Whole house Remodel $500,000- $1 Million for a home that they built in Jamestown, RI. With the home in Jamestown, RI, the goal was to enhance and transform the property. The property is all about location and has a lot to offer, specifically being waterfront. The home has been completely transformed from an obscure, hidden property to an opening and inviting bay front property.

Davitt Design Build has also recently received NARI Contractor of the Year award for this house as well as the Contractor of the Year award for a Historical Restoration/Renovation $250,00 and over.

“To win an award in this highly competitive category is quite an achievement,” says Ken Kanline, Director of the Awards.

The Chrysalis Awards program, begun in 1994, recognizes the nation’s best work in fifteen general categories of residential and commercial remodeling. The Chrysalis Awards are open to any professional remodeler and design professional in the United States.