Our work.

Our focus is to create beautiful structures that are comfortable, energy efficient and healthy to live in. We enjoy the process of integrating your ideas, custom design, and efficient technologies to create a product that will be pleasurable to inhabit and highly marketable. Please enjoy a portfolio of featured projects below. 


Modern renovation opens floor plans and panoramic Views

In collaboration with the talented team at Nancy Leslie Architects, Richmond Gardner Builder executed a major redesign and renovation of this existing hilltop bungalow named “High & Dry.” Tasked with transforming an existing dwelling into a single-story home that maximizes panoramic views of Rhode Island’s southern coast and Block Island, we are especially proud of the results achieved. During our first phase of work on this challenging cliff-side site in Matunuck Hills, the scope included updating a warren of small spaces into a modern open floor plan. The new design features 5-inch rift- and quarter-sawn white oak flooring with a walnut stain throughout, expansive cathedral ceilings in hemlock, a new white oak shaker-style kitchen, updated bathrooms and laundry, and a new three-season porch with a wood stove that will help to expand its use throughout the year. Several aspects of our work help to integrate new building elements with the original structure, such as retaining and adding to the native stone design and adapting the original baluster design. Future plans call for a second phase that will add a guest suite and office area above the garage, and refresh all sections of the home’s exterior to integrate the lighter color palette and copper edge treatments of the recent addition.


Asian-inspired retreat overlooks Block Island Sound


Affectionately named “Floating Rock” by its homeowner, living space in this custom hilltop home centers around an open courtyard and prominent boulder – a geologic feature for which the surrounding New England landscape is well known. Shoji-inspired glass doors afford an expanded living area in warmer months, and sweeping views of the Atlantic throughout the year. The design also encourages natural cooling and heating to suit the seasons. Large overhangs shade the interior in the summer, and allow sun to penetrate in the winter. The home features native stonework, concrete counters and floor tiles, red-cedar shingles, and vertical-grain fir throughout the interior. Radiant-heated floors are bamboo installed in a herringbone pattern. An addition, constructed several years later, seamlessly integrates guest quarters in two private towers at the back of the house.   

Poured concrete counters
herringbone radiant heat floor
custom concrete and fir bathroom
custom courtyard home exterior

Technology enables low energy bills, and a signature look.


The goal of this project was to deliver an attractive home combining curb appeal with exceptional high-performance building technologies.  The resulting Insulated Concrete Form (ICF) house requires very little energy to heat in the winter and cool in the summer, while providing an airy living and studio space for the professional photographer and graphic designer who calls it home.  In addition to energy efficiency, the airtight ICF structure offers increased protection from fire, severe weather, and sound.  The project includes a sprung floor, multiple ceiling planes and a hand-formed, standing seam metal roof.         



Typical ICF construction is illustrated and described in the progressive slides below.  Cast-in-place concrete walls are sandwiched between interlocking insulation forms, and connected with steel reinforcing rods.  Continuous insulation on both sides of the wall virtually eliminates thermal bridging and energy loss.  ICF methodology often exceeds building codes in areas prone to hurricanes and flooding. 

Historic design gets modern. 


With the goal of recreating the timeless appeal of the historic New England farmhouse, this 4,000-square-foot shingle-style residence replaced a dilapidated structure.  Nestled in a private woodland near Matunuck Beach, the custom home features classic rooflines, modest trim detailing, and the iconic farmer’s porch for which this architecture is best known.  Some of the original materials were recycled to finish a downstairs office, and throughout, modern-day systems and comforts are seamlessly blended with traditional detailing and enduring, practical style. 


Creating panoramic views atop a glacial moraine.


Nestled in the hills of Matunuck next to a kettle pond that was formed back when glaciers retreated and drained to the Atlantic, the Sprague House offers all the charms of contemporary lakeside living.  The property belonged to the descendants of William Sprague who served as Rhode Island Governor from 1860 to 1863.  This addition to a historic summer home utilizes a modern ICF (Insulated Concrete Form) foundation, enabling construction access to a sensitive waterfront site.  The project comprised of a two-story addition with expansive views, along with a modest update of the home’s existing galley kitchen.  Throughout this endeavor, our team integrated modern technologies with classic architectural styles to achieve a seamless blend of old and new. 



Accelerated construction of client-specified design.


This large family home is tucked into the woods of the Matunuck Hills in South Kingstown.  Constructed of custom pre-formed panels, this project utilized panelized building systems to fast-track buildout and meet the needs of our client.  Scope encompasses signature design elements including a custom staircase, granite counter tops, maple cabinetry, wide oak plank flooring and a stamped concrete floor in the breezeway.