December 28, 2010

Builder constructs brand new raised ranch

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After graduating from Nichols College in 1984 with a degree in business, John Gilmore knew he wanted to return to his roots.

A third-generation Mahopac builder, developing the town is in his blood: his grandfather helped develop Lake Cassie and Lake Baldwin, among many other neighborhoods.

"I decided I wanted to be in the field doing what I had done growing up," Gilmore said. He went into business with his father, now a retired builder, and partnered with him until he struck out on his own in 1997, creating JDG Building Inc.

Much of his job involves finding the best properties available in Putnam County. He seeks out vacant lots and contacts owners of the land to see if they have any interest in selling. After having the land approved by the correct town boards, Gilmore purchases it and begins the process of clearing, excavating, and eventually, construction. Depending on the size of the lot and other variables, he may begin building immediately. With larger lots, he generally waits to find a buyer, so they can customize what could be a larger home. For other lots, he builds popular styles, and uses his real estate license with Billingsley Realty to help market them.

One of his most recent buildings, 322 Brook Road, was built before a buyer could be found. The style, a raised ranch, is one of JDG Building's most popular. With a great deal of windows and natural light, raised ranches are an efficient style to build, and offer homebuyers the most house for their money. The entrance way, complete with an arched window over the door, opens up to a stairway leading to the main level of the house and the basement.

Upstairs, a large, bright, living room features beautiful hardwood flooring, like the rest of the level. It opens into the formal dining room, which opens out onto the deck for seamless indoor/outdoor entertaining. The eat-in kitchen is sizable enough for a breakfast nook, but warm and cozy. It features wood cabinetry, dark counters, and all-new appliances. The upstairs level also features three large bedrooms, including a master suite with a private master bathroom.

The home is 100 percent above grade, which means that it was built on a slab and that none of the house in underground. This prevents the dampness that is often found in other homes, particularly in the basement. The basement in 322 Brook Road is unfinished, but is ready for an easy finish to add an extra bedroom or family room. It also has rough plumbing for anyone interested in a third bathroom. Because it is above-ground, the basement has plenty of light, just like the rest of the home. It opens out directly into the backyard, which is level and easy to maintain.

The home's surrounding neighborhood, Lake Secor, is close-knit and friendly. With several restaurants and easy access to the Taconic State Parkway, Lake Secor is conveniently located for commuters and perfect for homebodies. The home comes with water access and membership to the lake association, one of the most active community associations in Mahopac.

It also comes backed with generations of experience. Having worked in Mahopac for over 25 years, Gilmore knows the ins and outs of the building process here with no trouble.

"I know the paperwork and processes that go into building a home locally," Gilmore said. "It's different in every town, but I've been here so long that I know things thoroughly."


• List Price: $349,000

• Year Built: 2010

• Raised Ranch

• School District: Mahopac

• 3 Bedrooms

• 2 Full Bathrooms

• Square Footage: 1,400

• Lot Size: 0.16 acres

• Water access/lake membership

• Living room and formal dining room

• Hardwood flooring

• New kitchen appliances

• Attached second-floor deck

• Level, easy-to-maintain yard

• Large 2-car garage


John Gilmore

JDG Building Inc./Billingsley Realty

40 Shallow Stream Road

Carmel, NY 10512


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