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March 02 2020 0Comment
Evolution of Bathroom Design

Evolution of the Bathroom

  For our great-great-great grandparents, nature’s call meant braving the elements for a trip to the outhouse. Today’s bathrooms have radiant heat floors, smart technology and tile chic enough to serve as the background for your teenager’s Instagram selfies.   So how did we get here?   The progression of the bathroom tracks with advances […]

February 28 2020 0Comment

CCI Management Memo – Be Proactive About Doing Your Homework

Thinking about doing a major home renovation, like a big addition? Picking the right remodeling firm for the project is a critical part of the process. But before you even go down that path, you need to do a little research. Or in some cases, a lot of research. The fact is, larger projects often […]

February 21 2020 0Comment
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Client Spotlight: The McElroy-LeRoyer Home

Aging in place — the ability to stay in your home as you get older — is very much on the minds of homeowners these days. And more and more, it’s something that we’ve been accounting for in our projects at Custom. Arlington’s Richard McElroy and Ann LeRoyer offer a case in point. They’ve lived […]

December 19 2019 0Comment
2019 Toys for Tots

CCI and Local Remodeling Association Collect Toys for Tots

The Custom Contracting Team always looks forward to our monthly meetings of the Eastern Massachusetts Chapter of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (EM NARI). We all agree that the December membership meeting is the most exciting of the year as we welcome United States Marine Corps Reserve members Peter Manning and Kevin Crowley. […]

November 04 2019 0Comment
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Preserving Historic Details In a Home Renovation

We started writing about a historic home renovation and addition that we’re working on last week. One of the things that was most important to the homeowners was to maintain the historic detail found in their circa 1810 home while expanding and updating it. To the greatest extent possible we saved as much of the […]

October 31 2019 0Comment
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Adding on to an Historic Home

We’re so excited about a project that we’re working on in Sudbury that we couldn’t wait till the project was completed to start telling you about it. The original farmhouse was built in 1810 and expanded in 1860. The historic home features gorgeous post and beam details, wood floors and several brick fireplaces – all […]

October 23 2019 0Comment
CCI EMNARI Certifications

Two CCI Team Members Awarded Expert Remodeling Certifications

We’re proud of the Custom Contracting team! At a recent National Association of the Remodeling Industry (EM NARI) meeting, our own Michael Daniell (center) received his Master Certified Remodeler certification while Tyler Beauregard (far left) received his Certified Lead Carpenter certification.         NARI Master Certified Remodelers (MCR) are veteran Certified Remodelers (CR)  who are recognized […]

September 30 2019 0Comment
The finished carriage house offers garage space while maintaining the integrity of the main home.

Recreating a Carriage House/Garage in Historic Lexington

  Tim and Sara Wondolowski love their circa 1810 home in one of Lexington’s historic districts, but it was missing one thing: a garage. A painting they found hidden in their attic proved to be the inspiration for constructing a new carriage house to serve as their garage.    After many months and meetings with […]

September 17 2019 0Comment
President Bill Farnsworth, general manager Scott Blain.

CCI Management Memo – Valuing Long-term Client Relationships

At Custom Contracting we really value long-term relationships with our clients. Once you’re in the Custom family, we want to stay in touch – so we mail out newsletters and post blogs. Plus, we want to keep you up to date on what we’re doing and what’s going on in the remodeling industry.   Of course, […]

September 09 2019 0Comment
Buying a Home With an Eye to Renovate

Buying a Home with an Eye to Renovate

You know the old saying, “There are three things that matter in real estate: location, location, location.” And for Arlington’s Sally Royce and Craig Hunter, location certainly did matter. Their 1922 colonial sits on a corner lot with an expansive view of lower Mystic Lake. It’s a quiet spot; in fact, a large cemetery abuts […]

July 22 2019 0Comment
Kitchen Expansion

Kitchen Expansion

  It’s always great when homeowners return to us for another job. In this case, we had previously worked on their bathroom…it turned out so well…and they liked the tile so much…that they hired us to do a kitchen addition and use the same eye-catching tile as a backsplash. Excellent! The original kitchen was small […]

July 08 2019 0Comment
Bold Tile

The Bold Tile Trend

  If you’ve stopped by a tile store lately you may have noticed a growing trend: BOLD tile, often in striking colors, has surged in popularity over the last year or two. Patterns, colors, new shapes and sizes, and intricate designs are all the rage in tile these days and they’re being used throughout the […]