There is much to be said for honed techniques and rich traditions. In the same way that finely crafted and highly prized Stradivari violins are being created using techniques from hundreds of years ago, modern homes are influenced and inspired by those that came before them.
It was in Minturno, Italy, that Hemingway Construction Founder and President Salvatore Sciarretta acquired his passion and knowledge for home building, learning first-hand about quality craftsmanship and personal attention to fine detail. Moving to the United States and founding the firm in 1972, he later expanded his team to include son Peter Sciarretta and son-in-law Douglas Horn. “And the rest is history…” as they say.
Known as a “quality control freak,” (a true compliment in the field of home building), Sal is known for not leaving a punch list and for ensuring quality workmanship and complete client satisfaction. According to a colleague, “If something isn’t right, he’ll make the team rip it out and redo it. The work has to be impeccable, with no mistakes. We want to be proud of our custom-built homes and have them be of exceptional quality so that our clients are happy — that’s the most important thing.”
For the past 20 years, Peter — son of Founder and President Sal Sciarretta — has grown Hemingway Construction in Greenwich, Connecticut into an award-winning, high-end residential construction company, overseeing and managing the plan, design, and development of residential homes in Fairfield, Westchester, and Palm Beach counties.
A resident of Stamford, Peter has been a standing member of the Home Builders Association of Connecticut for over 25 years. Since 2013, he’s been a commissioner and then chairperson of Stamford’s Urban Redevelopment Commission, serving on the budget and development committees. He volunteers on the Access 4 All Committee, the American Disability Act compliance group. From 2006-2010, he served on the Board of Directors for the Darien/Stamford chapter of the American Red Cross, receiving special recognition for his generosity.
Peter graduated Magna Cum Laude from Babson College in Wellesley, Massachusetts, with a triple major in economics, marketing, and entrepreneurship.
In his own words: “We don’t leave until it’s done. End of story. The buck stops with me.”
For nearly 14 years, Douglas Horn has been an indispensable member of the Hemingway team, ensuring quality control, safety, adherence to schedules and professionalism. "He is extremely detail-oriented and meticulous in his follow-up," says Peter Sciarretta of his brother-in-law. He adds, "Our team won't leave the job site until it's immaculate."
Prior to joining Hemingway, Horn served as the National Sales Manager for Consumer Products at Olin Corporation. He graduated from Alfred University with a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) and Marketing/Marketing Management degree.
A father of three, Horn is heavily involved in the community, coaching baseball and basketball for the past 17 years and teaching neighborhood kids how to play sports with self-confidence.
"He makes things happen," says Sciarretta.