Connor Homes has been building “new old homes” for over 40 years. Connor Homes offers the authentic period details and proportions of classic architecture at a cost that is affordable to the everyday new home buyer. The Company provides complete design services including all Construction Documents and builds the homes in a climate controlled mill to exacting standards. A Connor Home is delivered in kit form, ready to erect and complete on the homeowner’s site across the street or around the world. The Company specializes in the American architectural styles of the 1800’s through the 20th Century, including Capes, Saltboxes, Georgian, Federal, Farmhouse, Greek Revival and Colonial Revival and Shingle Style, faithfully interpreted with sensitivity to regional vernaculars. Connor Homes ensures that the scale and proportion of our homes and the pre-built trim elements produce homes of such familiar and beloved appearance that many owners say their homes are mistaken for their antique predecessors. Yet, our homeowners enjoy interiors as light filled and open as they wish, in accordance with today’s contemporary tastes. That is the very definition of the “new old home”. Connor Homes practices “mill-built architecture” in the tradition of the Master Builders who built the first neighborhoods and town centers of our country. The advantage of mill-built architecture is the ability to construct homes with greater precision in a controlled environment using the latest building technology. Our designers and craftspeople work together, under the same roof, to ensure that the home is built to exacting standards and will be faithful to the homeowner’s custom design in every detail. We cut and preassemble all the important architectural elements such an entryways, cornices, pediments, returns, columns, pilasters, fanlights, Palladian windows and cupolas. Our artisans build these items every day, so there is no learning curve as there might be when hiring a local builder to site build a replica home. A Connor Home is innately “green building”. Our homes are designed and built to last 100 years or more, not just because of the high quality of the materials and construction, but because beautiful homes of classic design tend to be better preserved and treasured by their owners. Over time, many early American homes have been rescued and restored by perfect strangers, testifying to the timeless appeal of traditional home designs. Off –site building has many environmental advantages, including the ability to reuse and recycle materials in a controlled environment and keep it off the building site and out of landfills. Delivering the house as a “kit” shortens the building time and dramatically reduces the number of deliveries to the site, saving energy and avoiding disruption to the neighborhood. A Connor Home interior includes materials and millwork crafted of wood in our mill shop, including staircases built in the traditional glue and wedge method; white pine floors with random width wide boards and square head nails, custom cabinetry, and beautifully detailed kitchens.
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Mike Connor started Connor Homes in 1969. He started a residential building company, Connor Building, specializing in colonial reproduction design. Mike and his wife Linda designed the houses themselves and used an outside panelization company to pre-cut and panelize the frames for them. Over time, Mike began to do the panelization himself and now the Company has the entire process in-house. In 2007 the Company moved to a much larger facility in Middlebury, Vermont and expanded into related products such as interiors, Carriage Houses, and Barns for Living. The company became known as Connor Homes, LLC and still builds under the original philosophy: to design and mill- build authentic, well crafted early American classic houses.
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