OUR HISTORY

From its onset, Classic Colonial Homes’ guiding principal was to create residential architecture that combined spacious yet efficient, and comfortable open floor plans within traditional, historically inspired designs to create the warmth, charm and character that we most admire in antique New England homes. Inspired by the work of master builders centuries earlier, our late founder, Lloyd Abbott Kirley’s own unique designs came from personal impressions developed by decades of exposure to early American architecture. The resulting designs were not replicas of existing homes but original works that each contained historically correct proportions, form, scale and detailing to establish a particular style and air of authenticity of its own. When built as designed, using hand-made products his company created exclusively for them, every Classic Colonial Home would honor the past while being admired by future generations, alike.

Raised in a family where design was a common word, Lloyd Kirley’s father was an Architect and his brother was a Landscape Architect. Formal training led to a Masters Degree in Landscape Architecture for Lloyd but he chose to follow his passion and became a master in the art and design of distinctive, early American style, single family homes.

Lloyd’s interior designs reflected his informal nature with free flowing floor plans, comfortable living spaces and room to room relationships promoting family interaction. His careful conservation of space and logical internal and external circulation patterns added to the popularity of his designs. Lloyd had a particular concern for the function of the kitchen in day-to-day family life and made sure that the “heart of the home” as he called it, related well to other family gathering areas.

He was generous but tasteful with the use of windows, glass doors and skylights to promote natural interior light and to develop interactions between interior spaces and the outside landscape. He felt that the landscape and building site should be critical elements in the design process and that a structure should relate logically to its natural surroundings. Whenever possible, Lloyd worked to insure that this relationship was accounted for and his best designs reflected this intent.

The Design Team at CCH is honored to have worked with and learned from Lloyd over many years. His enduring mission was to help clients create truly classic homes in the most efficient, convenient & precise method possible. This generations-strong family business and Lloyd’s legacy both live on today at Classic Colonial Homes, Inc.


WHO WE ARE

Lance Kirley,
President / CEO and his wife,
Jacqueline Leighton,
Director / CFO

Classic Colonial Homes, Inc. is an experienced and quality driven residential design, manufacturing & construction firm, specializing in traditional New England architecture and custom craftsmanship of period inspired homes and products. Since 1992, our experience in the construction industry has evolved and grown with the demands of our customers and needs of a changing marketplace. The depth of our team of professionals encompasses several areas including Comprehensive Design Services, Building Construction & Project Management, Specialty Product Manufacturing, Sales, Service and Owner’s Representation.

Guided by the architectural principles of Early America, Classic Colonial Homes is dedicated to designing and helping construct distinctive homes for those who appreciate authentic historical detailing combined with modernized living spaces, creating period homes with character for the 21st Century. Our commitment to deliver quality and satisfaction to every customer runs through the very foundation of our enterprise, strengthening our reputation to serve an ever expanding customer base.

From our idyllic home base of the notable Hill-Ross Farm in Western Massachusetts, Classic Colonial Homes, Inc. is conveniently located to serve clients within the greater Northeast and beyond.


Michael White,
Shop Foreman

Shop Foreman, Michael White has worked for Classic Colonial Homes for more than two decades, which prepared him for the challenging position of our millwork divisions’ Shop Foreman. Handcrafting, strategizing and organizing multiple production packages while maintaining the highest level of quality has enabled CCH to emerge as a national leader. Michael’s keen and innovative insights in the areas of assembly and technique are frequently utilized on the job site where he directs sharp and qualified teams for our trim installs. He holds an unrestricted CSL, is our resident authority on maintaining the standard he helped set and can direct a team on how to make the best chili in town.

Ira Curtis

Ira Curtis,
Project Manager / Lead Carpenter

Ira Curtis, Project Manager/Lead Carpenter specializes in carrying out all aspects of a project, from conception to execution. Ira has extensive experience developing project scopes and objectives, specifying deliverables and schedules, and coordinating efforts in completion. As a lead, Ira fulfills a project’s design by working alongside our talented designers, carpenters, contractors and trades to ensure a seamless and masterful result. His passion for fine furniture, beautiful architecture and guitar making comes from a life-long obsession with making things. From a young age, he has tried to manipulate objects and materials in order to create something entirely different; finding the simple act of shaping wood to make something functional or beautiful brings endless satisfaction. Ira spearheaded CCH’s construction divisions’ local branch of fine home renovations and restoration, holds an unrestricted CSL, and is a self described constant pupil.

Oliver Hatch,
Project Manager / Lead Carpenter

At Classic Colonial Homes, Project Manager/Lead Carpenter Oliver Hatch opens the line of communication between our clients, trades, and employees to get projects done. A true professional, he holds an excellent track record of strong working relationships resulting in successful construction practices. With over 15 years’ experience specializing in timber framing and preservation, Oliver’s knowledge as a master craftsman has been integral at maintaining CCH’s high level of finish in active, fast paced work environments. He holds an unrestricted CSL, has owned his own design-build firm, taught timber framing courses at Hampshire College and is a graduate of Boston’s prestigious North Bennet Street School. Oliver lives in Florence where he is a family man and outdoor enthusiast.

Nathanael Almekinder

Nathanael Almekinder,
Project Manager / Lead Carpenter

Project Manager/Lead Carpenter, Nathanael Almekinder has over two and a half decades of successful experience owning his own design-build firm. He oversees all aspects of the building process, working closely with architects, designers, trades and subcontractors to develop comprehensive plans, establish schedules and determine costs. As a skilled artisan and classically trained wooden boat builder, Nate’s attention to detail is superb keeping Classic Colonial Homes in a league of its own. He holds an unrestricted CSL, is a graduate and postgraduate of the renowned Northwest School of Boatbuilding and holds a furniture design AOS degree from Rochester Institute of Technology.

Nick Arieta,
Lead Designer

Nick Arieta is Lead Designer for CCH and has been with Classic Colonial Homes since its inception. Nick worked for many years under the tutelage of Lloyd Kirley, the company’s founder and continues to carry forward Classic Colonial Homes mission of providing the best in residential design while preserving New England’s rich architectural character.

Nick has generated a signature series of designs for CCH and we encourage you to view these on the home designs page.

Heather Orsoe,
Account Manager

Crunching numbers isn’t for everyone- but Heather Orsoe’s passion for analysis, organization and balancing a budget has made her a key member of Classic Colonial Homes. Having over a decade of experience managing the finances of a family owned business, she knows attention to detail matters. Working with Jacqueline, she helps ensure each project’s financials are in order. This New Jersey resident is a graduate of Berkeley College, an animal lover and a self described perpetual student.