“We’ve seen improvement in the market,” says Bartolone, “but for many families’ budgets remain tight. The dream of owning a home, however, remains strong,” Bartolone continues. “At Olympia Homes, we want to help make those dreams come true by building homes that make sense. People have come to realize that they don’t need McMansions that they can’t afford to furnish or maintain – they want homes for living with footage allocated to spaces that will actually be used, not energy-hogging wasted space,” adds Bartolone.
“At Olympia, we utilize responsible building practices and offer homes with the character of yesterday that live and function for today,” says Bartolone. “The planning stage is a significant part of the Olympia process. We want to ensure the creation of an efficient and flexible plan that minimizes wasted floor space and saves on energy costs. Our common sense designs are resonating with buyers who are coming to understand that well-planned houses can live better than big ones,” adds Bartolone. “The magic is when you can build small and live big.”
With more than 20 years of home building and construction management experience, Bartolone is no stranger to the trade. A native of Orange County, New York, Bartolone grew up with a love for home building. He first learned the trade from his grandfather Peter Olympia. Olympia was one of the first home builders/developers in Orange County. Operating a very successful home-building business from the 1930s to the 1960s, he was one of the earliest builders of sub-divisions (neighborhoods) in the area. Today, Bartolone recognizes his grandfather’s memory, success, and commitment to families by naming Olympia Homes in his honor.
Before striking out on his own, Michael worked for builders of large-scale, high-end residential homes in the tri-state area. Most recently, Michael served as Chief Operating Officer for Valhalla-based Ginsburg Development. While there, he helped the company earn Professional Builder Magazine’s Diamond Award, a national award recognizing outstanding homeowner satisfaction.
Coupling that building experience with an understanding of the region, the economic challenges, and the green movement, Bartolone has come to practice a different kind of building. “We’re not about ‘cookie-cutter’ homes or neighborhoods full of street after street of the same house, in the same color, on the same small lot,” says Bartolone. “At Olympia, we are committed to building homes of character and charm that are energy efficient, environmentally friendly, and fit nicely with neighboring architecture,” Bartolone continues.
All Olympia homes are built to meet minimum Energy Star standards and may be upgraded to either NAHB or LEED green building certification to further reduce operating costs, and help make for a healthier home and environment. Olympia is certified by New York State Energy Star and recognized by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) as a Green Builder. Olympia Homes can build on your lot or one of theirs.
Olympia Homes is headquartered in Cornwall-on-Hudson, NY.
To learn more or view “Simply Smart” home designs or schedule a consultation, visit their website at www.OlympiaHomesNY.com, or call 845.534.4694.