Rhode Island developer Tony Fiore of Wordens Pond Builders doesn’t just build houses; he builds neighborhoods that foster communities. His four most recent projects in the South County area of Rhode Island are all thoughtfully planned, utilizing high-end construction with top-quality upgrades built right into the asking price. He uses the same products and custom finishes he would choose if he was building a house for himself.

“We build a nice neighborhood,” Fiore says. “They’ll be at different price points depending on location and depending on the floor plan. We gear towards who our customers are going to be in each neighborhood.”

Front porch

The exterior of the units are done in a classic seaside New England style.

Photography by Chris Vaccaro
Written by: Laurie Higgins
Project Development: Wordens Pond Builders
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In the completed duplex compound, Summer Winds, located one block from the beach in Narragansett, Fiore tore down two small duplexes and a single family home and replaced them with two three-story duplexes. In consideration of retirees who are often interested in ‘aging in place’ options, each of the four spacious units includes an individual elevator.

Each unit also has a drive-under oversized garage and a walk out room that could be used as a bedroom or den on the first level. The second floor features a wide-open floor plan with nine-foot ceilings in the living room, kitchen and dining area. The deck off the living room offers beautiful ocean views. The third floor has two bedrooms, two full bathrooms and a roomy office.

Summer Winds features upgraded molding packages, gas fireplaces, built-in bookshelves, custom-designed kitchens and beautifully tiled bathrooms. Exteriors are clad with cedar shingles in keeping with the shore-style community.

“We put up some beautiful cedar fencing and with the landscaping and buffered trees you really get a nice compound feel,” Fiore says. “It just fit perfect with the surrounding properties.”

Great room

The second story, easily accessed by an elevator, has the primary living space and an open floor plan.

On the horizon; single-family homes

In the town of South Kingstown, Fiore has a different plan in mind with his East Matunuck Farms development. The neighborhood will be comprised of 40 single-family homes spaced out over 35 acres of land. The homes will be a mixture of single-story homes designed with retirees in mind and two-story homes with a first-floor master bedroom for families of any age. There are five different floor plans to choose from and any of those can be modified to meet customers’ desires.

The houses will all feature a Nantucket style of design with cedar shingles, lovely porch details, decks, two-car garages and full basements. Two model homes were being framed in June and Fiore expects them to be ready for viewing this fall.

“There’s a great open space amenity package at East Matunuck Farms,” Fiore says. “We’re going to have a big manmade pond on the site and it’s going to be aerated with a little windmill which means all the water that’s in the pond will always stay nice and clean. There will be a nice picnic area with a 20-by-40 roofed-in area with nice stone pavers. Families can come down for a picnic or a walk on the intertwined paths. It’s going to be a great package for everyone who lives in the development.”

Harbor View is a similar 20 lot subdivision Fiore is planning to build in Wickford. The houses will be a combination of single-story and two-story homes with many of the same features as East Matunuck Farms. There will be a natural open space area with walking trails winding through it for residents to enjoy. Construction is expected to begin in late July.

Dining room

A spacious dining area takes center stage in the second story’s open floor plan.

Also on the horizon: unique condominiums

The future Shore Club in Narragansett will feature 31 condominiums similar in style to the nearby Summer Winds. Each condominium will offer great southeast views of the ocean.

“The units are all going to have elevators and the second floor has a similar floor plan as Summer Winds only they will have a bigger deck,” Fiore says. “The third floor is going to have a cantilever deck off the master bedroom so the master bedroom suite will have views of the ocean and they’ll have a fireplace also. It’s going to be beautiful.”

It takes a great team to build a great village and Fiore credits his with helping him make his vision come to fruition. DiPrete Engineering Associates, one of Rhode Island’s most respected leaders in civil and environmental engineering, does all of the engineering plans for the sites Fiore buys. Union Studio is Wordens Pond Builders’ architect of choice and the talented team there draws up all the building plans.

Kathe Eaton is Fiore’s interior designer. She picks all the cabinetry, countertops, appliances, flooring and tiles and furnishes and stages the model units for showing. Nick Finamore is Fiore’s project manager who he affectionately refers to as “the closer” for his attention to detail.

“As I move from development to development, I want customers to know that they’re going to get a high-end package,” Fiore says. “High-end quality is the one thing they all have in common.”

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The master bedroom features a tray ceiling, hardwood floors and en suite bath.

Lower level den

This lower level room, with an adjacent bath and sliders to a terrace, can be used as a cozy den or as extra sleeping space.

Kitchen and bath

LEFT: a bathroom on the lower level has dramatic tile and a glass-enclosed shower. RIGHT: The kitchen has ample storage and cabinetry, a window seat, stunning countertop and tile backsplash.

Article published in 2013-14 issue.