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The Best Builder


Info You Need to Know: 20 N MacQuesten Pkwy, Mount Vernon; 914.497.2226; www.ngidevelopment.com 

Time in the Business: “I started building and learning the trade at a young age,” says Girardi. “While attending Lincoln High School, I spent my summers working for a well-known builder in Somers. This continued while I attended Manhattan College. I quickly realized my passion was in residential construction and went to work full-time for the builder. During my time there, he taught me much of what I know, including construction technique, project scheduling, and project management. He said, ‘One of two things will happen: Either I will make you partner or you will start your own business.’ I started my business in November 1998 — 19 years ago.”

What Types of Projects Do You Work On: High-end new construction and renovations.

What Do You Love Most About Being a Builder: “The creativity, along with the challenges that go into each and every project, make everyday experiences unique,” says Girardi. “The end product is a reflection of who I am and my passion for building.”

What Is Something You’re Most Proud Of: “Every employee is an extension of my family, and most of my employees have been with me for more than 15 years,” says Girardi.

What Do You Love Most About Westchester: “I was born and raised in Westchester and always loved the ethnic diversity and close-community feel,” says Girardi.

What Does It Mean to Be Voted the Best Builder of 2017: “Being recognized for my passion is truly humbling,” says Girardi.


Jennifer Howard

JWH Design & Cabinetry  Rye

Jennifer Howard founded JWH Design & Cabinetry in 1996 in Rye, where she lives and works. She specializes in design, space planning, and cabinetry but also offers custom millwork, plumbing, electrical, stone-tile, and interior-design services. She is sought-after in our community and beyond, and she was involved in this year’s House Beautiful Kitchen of the Year.

Murphy Brothers Contracting 


Brothers Christopher and Sean Murphy own and operate Murphy Brothers Contracting. This year they celebrate their 35th year in the construction business. The duo works in Westchester, the Hudson Valley, and southern Fairfield County, crafting beautiful custom homes, whole-house renovations, and commercial projects, like beach clubs and golf resorts.



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