TORRINGTON — Steve Temkin, whose corporation, T&M Properties, was named Connecticut Builder of the Yr by the Household Builders of Central Connecticut, reported the award “is all about our function.”

It’s an honor to get the award, and a little something he and his firm have labored really hard for, he claimed. It’s also a continuation of Temkin’s get the job done to deliver the households people want, whether or not he’s refurbishing flats in a classic creating with Torrington Downtown Companions or building a multi-residence community in Glastonbury, Suffield, Windsor or West Hartford with T&M.

“This award is all about our do the job,” he claimed. “It’s also about the association’s Parade of Houses, which genuinely will help promote initiatives like ours. There had been 20 entries this calendar year and 4 of them were ours.”

T&M’s perform in these four towns gained the award, with a Jan. 28 ceremony held just about .

The Jan. 28 ceremony was held virtually and hosted by Dwelling Builders of Central Connecticut CEO Eric Individual and Vice President of Functions Sheila Leach. Members of the association nominate each other for the group’s many recognitions, in accordance to Leach.

She experienced substantial praise for Temkin.

“Steve is just instrumental in his involvement in the association,” she claimed. “He has faithfully served on a number of committees, 12 months immediately after year, and totally consists of himself in whatsoever he does.”

Setting up households for today’s potential buyers is demanding but remarkable perform, Temkin claimed. Properties are “smart” now, with cellphone or voice activation for a wide range of characteristics.

“In the West Hartford product, we experienced a voice-activated shower from Moen,” Temkin said.

Houses in South Windsor start at $200,000, though they start off at $400,000 in Glastonbury and $600,000 in West Hartford, he reported. Dependent on their age, customers have an array of choices, and are subsequent the traits of property design, locale and value.

Keeping up with engineering is a obstacle, since it is constantly changing, Temkin mentioned.

“Smart properties are in demand from customers,” he said. “There’s a organization identified as I-Devices, and they have all these distinct switches, issues to make the property compatible with Alexa, for instance, turning on lights, points like that.

“Adding that engineering is one thing we’ve performed much more and additional,” he mentioned. “You can also retrofit your property if (the technological innovation) has to be included later on. It’s wonderful, how rapid it’s coming and shifting.”

The affiliation merged with the New Haven chapter in 2013 New Haven associates started out the Parade of Homes 10 years previously. When Temkin got included, it grew into some thing far more productive, in accordance to Leach.

“A $10 admission rate for each visitor is donated to Connecticut Children’s Health care Heart. … And this year, it’s remaining held in the spring and the drop, for the to start with time,” Leach mentioned.

“The public can arrive to the tours now, due to the fact we transferred it from an academic celebration for Realtors, to public viewing. Steve was instrumental in partnering with us and collaborating in that. We can attribute additional than $3 million back again to our businesses,” Leach said. “We experience it is a single of our very best occasions. Steve’s generally there, stepping up, contributing and volunteering.”

“Steve measures up very normally,” Human being agreed. “He just embodies what you want from a builder — he gets concerned at all stages. We’re all so happy of him.”

What is ideal about the Parade of Residences, Temkin explained, is that there is no income strain.

“In just about every case, we have a model house to look at,” he explained. “People can arrive and look at what we’re executing.”

“It’s also a awesome way for property builders to showcase their perform,” he explained. “It’s far more low-key. We have refreshments it’s just a likelihood for persons to appear without having the force to obtain.”

Temkin’s perform in the constructing subject also connects him to folks who are 2nd-technology organization entrepreneurs, just like him.

“I met a guy from Connecticut Lights, and my father labored with his dad,” he claimed. “There’s Dalene Flooring, which is also second-technology, doing the job in the marketplace. It was excellent to see them, and remembering my dad, it was a minimal nostalgic. My dad started out our corporation in 1962. It is kind of neat.”