Elements of Distinction
As the paragon of quality design and construction in the Hamptons, Jeffrey Collé has chosen to consistently combine inimitable interiors with exquisite exteriors to create homes that are truly a haven from the winds and storms of life. His signature, traditional style sets each of the homes and estates he designs apart from their less distinguished counterparts, and he routinely chooses to use beautiful, enduring materials and finishes to create homes that are custom-crafted to last for generations.
By utilizing Old World craftsmanship, Jeffrey is able to incorporate traditional features, using unrivalled materials that defy comparison to contemporary facsimiles. This allows him to create custom homes that are unmatched anywhere in or out of the Hamptons. The custom materials he chooses create unmistakable elements of distinction that fundamentally set his homes and estates apart. Painstaking details are hand-crafted by Jeffrey and his building team, creating a home that is a bastion of comfort and beauty in a world that is far too often harsh and distasteful. You’ll find that this type of detail work is rarely found in homes today.
These distinctive elements can be found in every aspect of your custom home: every floor, every ceiling, every wall, and every design element. It is Jeffrey’s belief that by using only the highest-quality materials in every facet of construction and combining them with the very best in construction methods, your home can become an enduring legacy that future generations will be able to treasure.
Creating real luxury requires using the absolute best materials and methods from inception to completion. It is a simple truth that it is in the details that you will find true excellence, so please take time to explore some of the elements Jeffrey uses to create his homes of distinction.
- Solid Woods
- Grilles & Switchplates
- Behind the Walls
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Wall panels are hand-crafted of quarter-sawn white oak – prized for its beauty and resistance to twisting, warping and cupping – with an elegant French chalk finish. They are hand-dowelled with plugs custom-cut to match; there is not a nail in sight.
Exterior rails, posts and decks are all hand-crafted of solid mahogany, using only stainless steel fasteners.
Every joint throughout the house is a biscuit joint to prevent them from opening up over time.
All exterior trim is crafted from clear cedar, unlike the urethane or finger-jointed millwork commonly used even in multimillion-dollar houses.
Antique European parquet floors in intricate patterns are precision-fit with mortise-and-tenon joinery. Wide-planked floors are hand-planed from antique cypress timbers and laid and finished by hand – again with hand-dowelling.
Tiles are hand-cut on-site or hand-selected and imported from Italy. They are set in cement rather than glued to the floor. Patios are crafted of Turkish limestone.
Doors of solid mahogany or poplar – many custom-made to accommodate soaring ceilings – feature cast hardware from Europe and one-and-a-half-inch-thick mahogany sills and solid bronze floating saddles. Doors and windows have bronze screens rather than nylon or aluminum.
Colossal antique stone fireplaces are recovered from European castles and personally hand-selected and authenticated by Jeffrey.
Regally proportioned soaking tubs are hand-hewn from a single block of marble or limestone and fitted with radiant heat.
Kitchen cupboards of quarter-sawn oak feature leaded glass doors, interior lighting, and tempered glass shelves supported by custom-molded matched brackets.
Closets feature built-in cabinetry with sets of self-closing drawers, sweater niches, built-in shoe shelves, and single- and double-hanging brass rods throughout.
Grilles & Switchplates
Walls have custom-made wooden grilles while floors have custom-stamped cast iron grilles. Switchplates throughout are custom-made from anything from quarter-sawn oak to stone for a seamless appearance.
Cutting-edge Crestron home automation systems allow for effortless control of audio, video, lighting, shades and thermostat from a mobile device. Hydronic heating and geothermic HVAC systems are sophisticated and ultra-efficient.
Behind the Walls
Jeffrey uses premium framing material, which is several grades above what is being used in most homes in the Hamptons.
Foundations are backfilled with pure sand – never clay – to ensure proper drainage, which prevents damp, leaky basements.
Copper pipe is used instead of flexible plastic piping, commonly known as PEX, which uses fittings that can corrode, causing leaks inside walls.