Essex, Conn., October 18, 2019

Sapia Builders Corp. was recently awarded 2019 HOBI Awards for Best Historic Rehab and Best Accessory Building for recent work completed on the main and guest house of a private residence in Essex, CT.

The HOBI Awards is the state’s most prestigious housing industry program, recognizing excellence in new construction, land development, remodeling, sales and marketing, and home financing.

The “Best Historic Rehab” award is for the complete renovation of a 1799 ship captain’s home in downtown Essex, next door to the Griswold Inn.  The house is detailed in local history books as the first federal in the town and built with a timber frame on a stone foundation.  Project highlights include 3 unique custom ceilings, 7 fireplaces w/ custom surrounds, walnut floors and interior doors, paneling, custom cabinetry, and more. Photos of the project and details of how it was all pulled together can be seen on the website

The “Best Accessory Building” award is for the completed custom carriage house on the same property.  The guest house needed to have the same level of finish as the main house, so it features a lot of custom millwork with ship lap, wainscoting details, custom walnut stairs, and an assortment of custom cabinetry and built-ins.  The finish project delivers inspiring elevations and a custom cupola that’s beautifully proportioned and lit after hours for everyone in the village to admire.

“This project is close to our hearts and I think that’s what enables us to deliver award winning projects year after year.  There’s a definite project formula or rather, a recipe for success here.  I’m not going to say we have it figured out, but we’re starting to see a pattern. Again, my sincere appreciation goes out to the Home Builders and Remodelers Association of Connecticut for bestowing us with this honor,” says owner Nick Sapia.

Sapia Builders Corp. offers nearly 60 years of experience in the home building, remodeling, construction, and general contracting industry. It is a third generation business, with a focus on providing high-end and unique homes to clients throughout the area that represent both the highest quality and craftsmanship in the area.

For additional information please visit the Sapia Builders Corp. website at or email Nick Sapia at