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‟Customers want to feel heard, and I’m here to listen.  Let’s have a conversation where I walk you through our proven process of building custom homes in an enjoyable way that reduces stress.‟

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An award-winning custom home builder


A new home with an aesthetic that reflects who you are


Comfortable spaces to enhance enjoyment and well being


Design a unique home that brings​ people together

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Caring Process

Our scheduling, budgeting, and design processes ensure clarity, transparency and collaboration are at the forefront.

Personalized Designs

From modern farmhouses to the latest green home designs, our architect partners strive to meet our clients’ individual needs.


Building a high-end home is the investment of a lifetime. We’ll stay on time and on budget, with no surprises.

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Mathew Roth


Mathew Roth

Mathew Roth, a co-founder and owner of Hawthorn Builders, has been in the real estate development business for over 20 years. At Hawthorn, Mat has overseen, managed and assisted on the construction of over 200 residential construction projects. More recently, Mat has driven the sales and business development function at the company. Mat holds a construction supervisor and home improvement contractor license, as well as a MS degree in Real Estate from New York University. His degree focused on the investment and development of residential and commercial real estate. Mat received his undergraduate degree from the University of Rochester where he majored in Economics. While at Rochester, Mat also received a Certificate of Business Management from the William E. Simon School of Business. Mat’s credentials also include a Massachusetts Real Estate Broker license.

Ryan McDonnell


Ryan McDonnell

As a co-founder and owner of Hawthorn Builders, Ryan McDonnell brings over twenty years of project management and client service experience. Since co-founding Hawthorn, Ryan has managed all aspects of residential construction projects including custom new construction, complex additions and renovations as well as provided consulting and valuation services to a wide variety of clients. At Hawthorn Builders, Ryan’s primary function is to oversee the company’s operations which includes managing relationships with current and former clients, working with the operations and design teams on active projects, and acting as the company’s chief financial officer. Ryan brings a career in client service and an analytical and financial approach to real estate development. Ryan holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the Wallace E. Carroll School of Management at Boston College and is a licensed construction supervisor and a home improvement contractor in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Chris Palenscar

Vice President of Operations

Chris Palenscar

Chris started out in the construction field in 1998. He is well versed in the construction process from frame to finish, specializing in interior finish work, and custom built-ins. In 2004, Chris worked as a lead carpenter for a design/build company in Newburyport, MA. From there, he started his own company and had the opportunity to strengthen his knowledge around the financial aspects of the building process. It was during this time that Chris connected with Hawthorn Builders as part of the finish team specializing in custom built-ins. Chris has been a part of the Hawthorn team since 2013. Initially he managed the addition and remodeling projects until he transitioned into the role of Vice President of Operations, running the day to day operations of the construction company. Chris oversees both new construction and renovation projects, and is responsible for all aspects of the projects including budget management and client relations.

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