What's Important to You
The Last 5%
The Added Value of TMG
Newport Project
Bellevue Avenue
Cape Cod Project

What's Happening
Recent Events
Upcoming Events

What's Cookin'
Holiday Champagne Cocktail
Coquilles St. Jacques

What's Green
Zero Energy Design


Cape Cod
Bob Moore
Osterville, MA
email Bob

Laurie Moore
Newport, RI
email Laurie



Holiday 2010

armest wishes from our family to yours as we share this 2010 holiday season! We celebrate the abundance of the harvest, the blessings of family togetherness, and bright hope for a healthy and prosperous new year.

The Moore Group would like to extend its heartfelt thanks to the many wonderful people it has been our privilege to meet, to serve and to help build your family's future through hard work and mutual trust.

We look forward to the coming year and to a continuing relationship with you and yours. The Moore Group offers the peace of mind that comes with knowing everything is taken care of and in good hands. As always, our goal is to make your life easier, now and in the years to come.

With best wishes for a joyous holiday season,

Bob Moore, President                 Laurie Moore, Vice President

What's Important to You...

The Last 5%:
Added Value of the Moore Group as Owners'  Representatives

Whether it is a historic preservation, a whole house redesign, or a new great room addition – Finally, your dream project that you have invested months of your valuable time, money, and emotion is closing in on its long anticipated completion. But there are always those last few details that seem elusive to closure.

Most of us have been there or have friends who have been there. We are talking about the last 5% of a construction project. As completion nears on a project, many contractors typically redirect valuable resources that have been dedicated to your project and reassign them to the new upstart project. This is inherent in the industry and without perseverance actual completion can be a frustrating process.

At The Moore Group, we know the last 5% of a project may be the most challenging. We make a commitment to represent and advocate for our clients to ensure that your project receives attention not only until completion, but long after you've taken occupancy.

The Moore Group is committed to providing solutions through our commitment to excellence, quality customer service, trust, mutual respect, honest open communication, and our dedication to building life long relationships with our clients.


Bellevue Avenue: Carriage House Project

For the past year, The Moore Group has been the property manager for a historic carriage house on Bellevue Avenue in Newport, Rhode Island. During that time, The Moore Group assumed all oversight responsibilities for a full-scale renovation and redecoration of the home and property. Additional renovation on this home is scheduled for September of 2011.

The interior designer on the project was Fawn Galli Interiors of Manhattan. Kirby Perkins Construction of Middletown was the main building contractor, TJ Brown was the landscaper and Michelle Foster of Foster Associates is the architect. In addition to the renovation project, The Moore Group also oversees day-to-day management of the home and property.

Homeowner testimonial -
“I don't know how I could have done this without them.” said the carriage house owner. “Throughout this whole process I felt a great sense of security knowing that they were my personal advocates for quality control and cost benefit. Bob was always available to answer my call whenever I needed him, which turned out to be pretty much around the clock. What started as a part-time venture quickly escalated into a full time job. I always marveled at Bob's ability to stay completely calm during times of crisis. Whenever a difficult decision needed to be made he was patient and kind and thorough in his assessment of both the problem and the solution.

Laurie was always available to talk, to troubleshoot, to do research, or to run by the house. She e-mailed me daily digital images detailing the progress of the renovation. Since I was living in New York during much of the work, I was dependent on Laurie and Bob to be my eyes and ears and to advocate on my behalf. In March of 2010 during the flood in Rhode Island, Laurie stayed up all night bailing the water out of our basement by hand. Despite our new sump system the rising water level would have resulted in serious damage to our home, had she not been kind enough to do this. There have been numerous other occasions when Bob or Laurie went over to the house in the middle of the night to solve a pressing problem, such as an alarm signal. My husband and I continue to work with and depend on Laurie and Bob to run our house while we are away. We highly recommend them as property managers; we believe wholeheartedly that you would be lucky to have them.”

See complete listing of renovation projects . . .


Cape Cod Project

The Moore Group is currently facilitating an interior renovation as owners’ representatives for ocean front property owners whose home is located on the pristine shores of Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Upon a thorough investigation, after noticing a damp area of carpet in a bedroom, we uncovered a punctured shower pan in the master bath shower that had compromised its integrity, thus causing water damage within the surrounding walls and floors.

After arranging for a complete inspection, we enacted a remediation plan to rid the affected area which included hardwood flooring, base board, sheetrock, and wood framing members. The remediation has been completed and we are currently working with local contractors to guide the rebuilding of the bathroom shower and areas outside the bathroom. We were able to match and source all tile from Italy and will complete the project on budget and on schedule allowing the homeowners to enjoy their home this fall and for the holidays.


What's Happening

Recent Events

Doris Duke Historic Preservation Awards in Newport

Photo courtesy of Linda Phillips -
Newport Seen

Jerry Kirby (l), of event sponsor Kirby Perkins Construction, Laurie Moore and Bob Moore, of The Moore Group - at the 4th Annual Doris Duke Preservation Awards & Grants in Newport.

A joint program of the Newport Restoration Foundation and the City of Newport, the annual Doris Duke Historic Preservation Awards encourage exemplary historic preservation efforts within the City of Newport, Rhode Island by recognizing and rewarding activities or accomplishments that strengthen, broaden and advance the appreciation, understanding and involvement in Newport's historic preservation.

Marion “Oatsie” Charles
photo courtesy of Linda Phillips,
Newport Seen


The fourth annual Doris Duke Historic Preservation Awards were celebrated at Rough Point on September 10, 2010. Award winners included prominent Newport resident, Marion Oates Charles who received the distinguished steward award for her strong support of preservation in Newport, RI and Washington, DC.; James and Alice Ross received an award for their painstaking restoration of Berkeley House, a wonderful example of McKim, Mead & White design; and Channing Memorial Church received an award for the repair of its historic steeple and bells, which demonstrated excellent planning and community involvement.

Each year, the proceeds from the Doris Duke Historic Preservation Awards celebration go into the grant fund to support further historic preservation in Newport. Small grants are given annually for bricks-and-mortar projects on Aquidneck Island or Jamestown.




Christmas at the Newport Mansions - Newport
November 20 - January 2, 2011
Radio City Christmas Spectacular - Providence
November 12 - 28
Winter Festival - Newport
February 18 - 27, 2011

Christmas in Sandwich - Events
December 4 - 24
Holidays at Highfield Hall
November 14 - December 19

Festival of the Wreaths
November 24 - 28
Festival of the Trees
December 2 - 30
Christmas Stroll Weekend
December 3 - 5
What's Cookin'...

Holiday Menu
This year we celebrate the holidays without our parents - for the first time, we are adult orphans. And although many have experienced this time as the natural order of life's course, the holidays now take on a special character and significance.

We used to echo our mother's usual tone, as each year's menu discussion invariably came around to: “Well, I think it would be nice to have a ham. Whatdya think?”

I think Champagne cocktails are in order - and this original recipe uses a pomegranate liqueur and an orangey fortified aperitif wine, mixed with Champagne - the bubbles, the citrus, the chill. All the luscious ingredients to spark the holiday flame! But I digress . . .

With both of our parents gone now, we are expanding our horizons to all those exotic (to us) holiday dishes we might like to have tried in the past, had we just had the chance to decide. The time is here. And we have decided on Cassoulet. Cassoulet, the classic French, one-dish Christmas comfort food - at once, casual enough for a grazing-throughout-the-day approach to holiday food, and elegant enough for the most sophisticated silver & crystal coated dining room entertainment. Cured specialty meats and heirloom beans in a saucy essence. Layers of Gascon flavors and warmth we only dreamed of as children will grace our table this Christmas.

But before dinner, we will do our best to satisfy the seasonal thirst for Champagne and hunger for Nantucket Bay scallops - this menu's choice of Coquilles St. Jacques on a light herb and tomato preparation is a family favorite, reminiscent summer flavors accenting the unmistakable November prize.

Bon appétit, good health and Happy Holidays to all!

Elyse Moore


What's Green...

Grand Award winner for the
2010 EcoHome Design Awards

Do you desire exceptional energy performance for your new home or major renovation project? Perhaps using a solution other than traditional fossil fuel systems? ZeroEnergy Design (ZED) offers green architecture and energy performance consulting for low energy homes throughout New England.

Whether searching for an informed architect to provide home design or an energy consultant to achieve performance goals, ZED offers a full suite of services. Energy performance targets for projects often include net zero energy, the Passive House standard, a deep energy retrofit, zero fossil fuel consumption, and others.

Adam Prince, Business Development Principal, provides details about how ZED service offerings can achieve client goals. He joined ZeroEnergy Design in 2005, and is a Licensed Massachusetts Construction Supervisor as well as a LEED Green Rater.

The Truro Residence pictured above, by ZeroEnergy Design, won the Grand Award in the 2010 EcoHome Design Awards. Aligned with EcoHome magazine's philosophy, the national contest showcases the “best integration of design and performance” from across the country.

The award winning Truro residence is a modern, oceanfront vacation home perched 115' above sea level overlooking Cape Cod Bay. The home features native landscaping throughout the 1.7 acre site and near zero energy use thanks to a high performance building envelope, a geothermal heating and cooling system, and photovoltaic panels that produce nearly as much energy as the home uses each year.

“We are thrilled to receive the Grand Award, and have our work singled out as an example of design excellence and sustainability,” said Stephanie Horowitz, AIA, of ZeroEnergy Design. “Our exceptional team helped to make this home both beautiful and high performance.”

New Client Inquiries
Adam Prince, Business Development Principal
Phone: 617-933-9258
Email: aprince@zeroenergy.com

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