The Modern Barn® is a place for people to escape and connect. Experience Expansive Living.

At Plum Builders Inc. we have a signature Design-Build process. As a result, we exceed our buyers' expectations. All design is done in-house at Plum Builders Inc. which is a stark difference between our company and many other home builders. Al works directly with the staff designers when designing each Modern Barn®.

Al and Mary Giaquinto's home builders legacy goes back to 1982, when they founded the Plum Builders Inc. home building company in The Hamptons. The idea for The Modern Barn was conceived in 2006, when home builders and architects Al Giaquinto and David Sherwood designed a great room in a large home in East Hampton, known as The Frenso Reserve, completed in 2010. The concept was quite simple: an open floor plan, an extraordinary 18-foot kitchen island where people could gather, and the successful incorporation of kitchen, dining, and living functions into a single, harmonious space.

Award Winning
Design-Build Firm

Plum Builders, Inc. has been recognized with ten LIBI awards, five CotY’s and one Chrysalis award for completed projects in the past decade.

In August, 2015, for the second year in a row, Al Giaquinto was chosen as a judge on a panel assembled by the Builders and Remodelers Association of Greater Boston to evaluate the quality of local projects submitted for their Prism Award. Al was the builder on a Panel discussion Vision to the Future sponsored by the International Furnishings and Design Association’s at the Architectural Digest Show in 2012.

  • 2017 Double Diamond LIBI Remodel/Whole House Makeover at The Modern Barn® Conversion in Water MIll
  • 2011 2ND PLACE NAIR COTY Contractor of the year for Residential interior 100,000 and over
  • 2010 Diamond LIBI Interior Design and construction specialty room, The Loggia
  • 2010 Double Diamond LIBI Media Ad, Plum Builders
  • 2010 RANK #289 Remodeling 550 Biggest home improvement companies
  • 2010 1ST PLACE NARI COTY Contractor of the year award
  • 2008 Double Diamond LIBI Broadcast Ad, Plum Builders
  • 2008 Double Diamond LIBI Custom Upscale, at The East End Rural Retreat
  • 2007 1ST REGION 1 NARI Regional contractor of the year 500,001-1000,000
  • 2007 Diamond LIBI Super Custom Luxury, The Davinci
  • 2006 platinum LIBI Kitchen at Buckskill
  • 2006 platinum LIBI Whole house makeover, The Southampton Residence
  • 2005 Platinum LIBI Custom moderate, at Allegra
  • 2004 Platinum LIBI Custom moderate, at The Brookfield
  • 2003 PLATINUM LIBI Super Luxury design-Build, at Monte Verde
  • 2003 1ST PLACE NARI COTY Contractor of the year award
  • 2002 PLATINUM LIBI Whole house makeover- at The Pineborough
  • 2002 1ST PLACE NARI, COTY Contractor of the year award