Northshore Home

Fall 2015

Northshore Home magazine highlights the best in architectural design, new construction and renovations, interiors, and landscape design.

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88 FALL 2015 Hampshire, where the homeowner wanted to incorpo- rate his love of the ocean, boating, and the design of old Chris-Craft boats into his home. The solution? Turning his home office into a replica of the boat itself by devel- oping a barreled ceiling, made with curved mahogany beams and wooden planks of holly and teak. "It looks like the hull of a Chris-Craft," Ragusa says. But Ragusa says it's not only the spectacular finished product that sets his company apart from others in the construction business. It's how the company works with clients from start to finish on their homes, making the process easy and enjoyable, as well as productive. "Start doesn't mean when you dig a hole in the ground," Ragusa says. Instead, it means providing a host of preconstruction services such as guiding homeowners through zon- ing and regulatory issues, helping them with permits, guiding them in their choice of architects and designers, and providing a detailed conceptual budget, up front, so there are no surprises later on. Throughout the building or renovation process, the home is kept as neat as pos- sible, with building materials stacked cleanly and tools parked in-line. The company also pays close attention to the mechanical systems of a home, such as HVAC, electri- cal, wiring, and audiovisual components. In addition, it uses proprietary building elements that Ragusa designed and developed himself, such as a copper "micro drip edge" that's used on the roofline between the fascia and shingles to prevent ice dams and to help shed exterior water from wind-driven rains. "I want PHOTOGRAPH BY RACHAEL KLOSS Christopher M. Ragusa has been custom building homes for over 15 years. "You're only as strong as your team. I certainly consider myself qualified and experienced, but what's really the strength of my company is my employees." —Christopher M. Ragusa vignettes

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