Building on Inspiration
“A home, for most people, is their single largest investment. We want it to be their best,” says E. Christopher Bilek, principal of Bilek Builders.
It’s common to find Chris on a job site, exercising a hands-on approach to building a client’s dream home. In fact, part of what sets Bilek Builders apart is the personal attention that Chris and Alexandra Bilek bring to every project. “It’s important to us to build relationships with our clients,” explains Chris. “And often, those relationships become ones that are maintained throughout the years, even after a project is completed.”
As custom home builders, Chris and Alexandra have also formed essential connections with local architects. “We focus on what we do best, and that’s building,” laughs Chris, explaining that they often help match clients with the perfect architect for their project. “There are so many professionals designing incredible, New England-style homes, and that really inspires our work” he continues. Alexandra adds, “We love building homes that complement all of the natural surroundings of New England. Our goal is to blend with and enhance what’s already here so that we can honor that classic coastal style.”
One such seaside home sits on a bluff in Chatham with 300 degrees of ocean views. “The homeowner approached us with the desire to work within the existing structure,” says Chris. With the help of architect Sarah Jane Porter, the team at Bilek Builders completed a total renovation of the standing home, even adding space for a second story. “It’s the type of house that, when you drive up, it doesn’t appear overbearing or ostentatious, but when you get inside it is just sprawling with amazing details,” says Chris. The home kept many original elements as a nod to that classic Cape style; traditional moldings, v-groove walls, and beadboard give way to coffered ceilings and timeless cherry staircases with mahogany railings. Outside, a bow roof adds unmistakable charm.
“For us, it’s about educating our clients—everything from budgeting to setting a timeline and sourcing the best local products. We want people to understand where their money is going,” says Chris. “Building on the Cape provides so many opportunities to be creative,” adds Alexandra. “We encourage clients to choose local products as much as possible—things that enhance what already exists.” And when you get to build a vanity that looks like it’s made from driftwood—a standout moment among the many projects the team at Bilek have completed—that makes the undertaking all the more fun for the builders.
For the homeowners in Chatham, the efforts of Bilek Builders convinced them to take up the time-honored title of “washashore,” packing up their main residence in Cape Elizabeth, Maine, and moving to the Cape full-time. “They told us, ‘It’s like a vacation every day.’ It doesn’t hurt that you can look out almost any window and see the ocean,” laughs Chris.
“We strive to build a relationship like that with our clients,” he continues. “It’s about creating a working partnership. Clients put their resources and their trust in us, and that’s a big responsibility that we take very seriously. At the end of the day, we want them to love the final product.”
“And we want it to be fun,” adds Alexandra. “We want clients to enjoy the process and be excited about the results. That’s our job.”
To learn more, go to bilekbuilders.com, 975 Route 28, Harwich or call 508-945-0018.
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