Category: Custom Renovation

Create A Minimalist Kitchen

How To Create A Minimalist Kitchen

Have you been inspired by the minimalist home movement to start to reduce the number of unnecessary items in your home? Many are finding that the minimalist style can not only improve the look of their home, but the function as well. The kitchen is no exception. As a commonly cluttered area of the home, […]

15 Clever Uses for the Space Under the Stairs

15 Clever Uses for the Space Under the Stairs

Creative solutions, ranging from sneaky storage to an extra bathroom, tackle the home’s trickiest triangle. By Marie Proeller Hueston   Stealthy Storage Every home can use more storage. Fortunately, the often-neglected space beneath a staircase provides an ideal spot for built-in drawers and cabinets. This stylish example of under stair storage demonstrates the important role […]

What Could a Mudroom Do for Your Home?

What Could a Mudroom Do for Your Home?

New Englanders are known for being practical, so it’s fitting that mudrooms seem to be growing in popularity around here. We don’t have any hard statistics to back up this statement. But at Custom, we’re seeing a definite bump in inquiries from homeowners who value the functionality of a well-built mudroom. If your home is […]

Renovations That Pay You Back

8 Renovations That Pay You Back

Conventional wisdom holds that upgrades and improvements will enhance a home’s value. But some improvements are better—and more cost-effective—investments than others. Contrary to what you might imagine, some of the most worthwhile projects also are the most economical. Start charting your home improvement course now by considering some of the projects with the biggest payoffs. […]

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Turning Small Kitchens into High-Impact Kitchens – CCI Management Memo

For an experienced general contractor like Custom, renovating a large kitchen is simple. A small kitchen, on the other hand, introduces all kinds of challenges that can be difficult — and rewarding — to solve. Many of the communities in which we work have older homes. Back in the 1950s (and earlier), the kitchen was […]

unique backsplash ideas

12 Inventive Ideas for a Backsplash

When it comes to kitchen backsplashes, most people assume you have to spend a lot of money to get amazing results. But these low-cost DIY projects are a testament that with a little creativity and DIY enthusiasm, you can craft a backsplash that adds charm and personality to any space—without a steep price tag. By […]

Small Bedroom Tips

21 Ways to Make a Small Bedroom Big

Do you covet a larger master bedroom, kids’ room, or guest room but are stuck with a small space that won’t stretch to fit? Use these 21 DIY bedroom ideas to turn your pint-size bedrooms into palatial quarters with panache. By Manasa Reddigari   Dressed for Success If your bedroom feels claustrophobic and closed off, […]

Is a Major Interior Renovation Right for You?

Is a Major Interior Renovation Right for You?

Many people associate an interior renovation with an expansion of the home’s footprint. In fact, major remodeling projects frequently don’t involve building an addition, but rather reconfiguring the existing space in a better way. So if you’re feeling a little crowded in your home, a lack of square footage isn’t necessarily the issue. It could […]

Client Spotlight: The Cooke/Steinberg Home

It’s always nice when one of our clients takes the time to share some kind words about Custom Contracting. So we were pleased to come across this five-star review on from Arlington’s Heather Cooke: “The space is gorgeous and we couldn’t be more pleased,” the review concludes. “We would definitely work with Custom Contracting […]

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Unlock the Potential of Your Basement

Additional living space: It’s something many of us want in our homes. If the inquiries we’re receiving at Custom are any indication, more and more homeowners see remodeling the basement as part of the solution. Transforming a basement into a family room is probably the most common goal. But there are plenty of other outcomes, […]

2017 Kitchen & Bathroom Trends You Should Know

2017 Kitchen & Bathroom Trends You Should Know

Your kitchen and bathroom are two rooms in the home that get used most often. Guests and family alike will frequent these areas, so it’s important you have them looking their best, regardless of their size. Whether your old bathroom or kitchen needs a quick update to refresh the look, or you’re planning a complete […]