Category: Helpful Tips for Homeowners

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 […]

President Bill Farnsworth, general manager Scott Blain.

Management Memo: 7 Questions to Ask About ADUs

In case our last post has sparked your interest in an accessory dwelling unit (ADU), here are seven important questions to ask yourself before moving forward.   Can we even consider building an ADU? Some communities have certain districts that are zoned for single-family dwellings. In these areas, ADUs may be prohibited or may require […]

Accessory Dwelling Units

Accessory Dwelling Units Are Having Their Day

Do you worry about an elderly parent living on his or her own? Do you have a child who has graduated from college but doesn’t have the financial means to rent an apartment in your community? The solution in cases like these might be an accessory dwelling unit (ADU). The Commonwealth of Massachusetts defines an […]

Bringing Cutting-Edge Tech to the Bathroom

Alison Stanley is a senior sales executive who has been with Kohler for 15 years. She recently spoke with us about some of the latest plumbing technology in the bathroom.   Custom: What’s new in bathroom plumbing technology at Kohler? Alison: We’re always trying to stay at the forefront of trends and innovation. With our […]

Touchless Faucets

The SMART Kitchen

Technology has transformed the kitchen in recent years. Housewives of the 50s and 60s may have trouble recognizing today’s refrigerators and stoves and the voice of Alexa or Google Assistant might scare the heck out of them. Times have certainly changed in the kitchen and only time will tell which of these ‘product advances’ are […]

President Bill Farnsworth, general manager Scott Blain.

Management Memo: Taking the Fear out of Remodeling

Investing in a home renovation or addition is an exciting prospect, but it can also be scary. While there’s considerable upside, there are also perfectly understandable concerns about everything that could go wrong. At Custom, we get it. That’s why from our first conversations with potential clients, we follow a number of best practices to […]

Microfiber cloths

The One Must Have Cleaning Tool You Need In Your Home

Microfiber cloths have become incredibly popular in recent years. Especially within the “green clean” crowd. And with good reason, while they might look like just another cleaning cloth they are actually in a class of their own. In fact, you could think of them as the heavyweight champions of the cleaning cloth world. Because of […]

2019 Window & Door Trends

The Latest in Window & Door Trends

Windows and doors are the first impression of your home. They can enhance both the exterior and interior of your home drastically. However, old windows and doors can be an eyesore and might be costing you money. If it’s time for an upgrade, make 2019 the year to replace your older windows, doors, or hardware. […]

Storage Hacks to Clear Clutter in Your Family Spaces

Storage Hacks to Clear Clutter in Your Family Spaces

Did you know that clutter can actually impact your mood? At least, that’s what a group of experts at UCLA’s Center on Everyday Lives and Families recently found when then explored the relationship between 32 California families and their belongings. Particularly for women, stress levels go up when there is too much stuff cluttered around […]

remodeling projects

January Home Maintenance Checklist

A new year has arrived! You likely have plans to create better habits and find new ways to improve in the next 365 days. To set yourself up for success, it’s best to make sure your home is ready for the changes you’re about to make in your life. When it comes to home maintenance, […]

Generac 8000-Watt Electric Powered Portable Generator

Do You Need a Portable Generator?

Generators differ mostly in wattage, permanence, fuel source and cost. Depending on how you use it, you may be inclined toward one of three basic options.   Home standby generator Automatically powers your home when the power goes out. Rated at 5,000 to 20,000 watts. Costs $3,000 to $6,000 plus installation fees for an electrician. […]