IN THE PRESS
is at the heart of EJ Home’s success in designing and building forever homes in the Tri-corner area
By Thorunn Kristjansdottir
Since the magazine’s inception almost ten years ago, we have (almost without fail) featured a local business each month to give a glimpse into the ins and outs of that business. These entrepreneurs have been kind enough to share their words of wisdom, business inspirations and drive, as well as their challenges and what they’ve learned along the way. This month we were able to catch up with a business trio that makeup EJ Home – Jusztina Paksai, Endre Molar, and Steven Leven – who have been able to grow their business in the past couple of years while creating beautiful forever homes in our community.
Tell us the basics of your business: name, when it was founded and where it is located.
JP: The name of our business is EJ Home, LLC., and it was founded in Lakeville, CT, in 2020.
Who are you – the folks behind EJ Home?
JP: EJ Home was a long-term dream of mine and my husband’s, Endre Molnar. We wanted to create a business to help customers get through the renovation process without the typical issues and challenges that surround home business renovations. This became our long-term dream after we spent 15 years in property management, first in the UK and then in New York City. While managing properties, we got involved with small renovations on said properties – this then led to larger renovations and ultimately led to the renovation of our own home.
EM: We moved to the Litchfield Hills in 2015 and started to put down roots. At first, we were second homeowners and we loved the green spaces, the quietness, and the safety to be found here. We also had a lot of friends in the area, and through them and our own exploration, we got to know and love this area more – ultimately relocating here full-time.
JP: When searching for a home, we at first didn’t find anything close to our taste. We had an antique home and were very comfortable in it, but wanted to do something new. This ultimately led to us purchasing a house that we renovated, which was a long and painful process. We frequently asked ourselves, “why does it have to be this way – why does it have to be so hard?” From there, we came up with EJ Home and its core principle of an easier, more joyful, and less stressful way to create a forever home.
How did Steven get involved?
SL: I was renovating a house in Salisbury, CT, and met Endre and Jusztina. We instantly had a great connection and shared the same dream of building beautiful houses and helping guide people through the process. Very soon after that first meeting, we decided that we should collaborate on a project. Within a few months, we were partners and had bought a house in Falls Village – and we never looked back. That then led to us looking at larger-scale projects as well as land – all with the mission to build unique, high-quality homes in our area.
Thanks to Thorunn Kristjansdottir and the Main Street Magazine for the interview!