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door living area is part of the indoor living area," Kofitsas explains.
"The back of the home is made almost entirely of glass, which is
not an easy thing to do today because of the strict energy efficiency
codes in the home."
New World Design Builders partnered with a door manufacturer
that insulated the material enough to allow the entire back of the
house to remain glass. Although it sits on property designed in the
1800s, the home is very modern with copper and black brick used on
the exterior.
New World Design Builders fully customized the Prides Crossing
home. "Every single thing in this home is custom built," Kofitsas
attests. "We designed the entire home, curated some of the future,
but for the most part we made all the furniture. Everything matches
perfectly down to the amazing artwork she has. I didn't pick anything out of a catalog."
Although New World Design Builders has always been quality-centric, Kofitsas says high-end residential design/build is on
another level. "The level of detail that I expect from someone's home
is entirely different from commercial projects," he explains. "You are
scrutinized to another level in the high-end residential market, and
it requires skill and patience."
Moving forward, New World Design Builders will begin to design/
build more high-end custom homes. "I really enjoy it," Kofitsas says.
"What is different for me is that it is a lot more personal and the
quality is expected at a higher level."

New World Design Builders
plans to do more high-end
custom homebuilding.

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of CATCH LA with exposed brick. The company decided to distress
the brick to make it look like it had been there for a long time. As the
first location is in the Meatpacking District in Manhattan, New World
Design Builders incorporated railroad ties to give the entry a gritty,
earthy feeling.

Truly One-of-a-Kind
New World Design Builders recently completed a completely custom
high-end home in the Prides Crossing neighborhood of Beverly,
Mass. The shorefront property sits on grounds designed by architect
Frederick Law Olmsted. "The property is very rich in history and
the grounds are amazing," Kofitsas says. "It sits about 100 feet over
the ocean, so it's shorefront but just steps above the ocean. From
the vantage point of that home, you feel on top of the world. It has
amazing views."
The three-bedroom, 3,500-square-foot home sits on the foundation of the original house. The company kept the original foundation to avoid a historical review of the plans, which Kofitsas says
could have extended the project six months to one year.
The Prides Crossing home's star feature is the five connected
door panels that span 40 feet across the back of the home, which
looks onto the ocean. "I designed an overhang, so when you open
the door and have about 35 feet of open air, you feel like the out-

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