Category: Kitchen Design Ideas

Design Essentials for the Perfect Country Kitchen

Design Essentials for the Perfect Country Kitchen

Country kitchens are one of the most cherished decorating styles in American homes—exuding a laid-back charm that gives guests the idea to pull up a chair and stay a while. More than any single design element, country kitchens are a sum of many parts. There are several flavors of the country kitchen style to pull […]

The Wall/Weng Home

2018 Kitchen Remodeling Trends

A kitchen remodel is a great way to increase the value of your home and the usefulness of the space. If you’re planning to start your remodel this year or just a few simple upgrades to freshen up your kitchen, you’ll want to know what’s hot and what’s not. While some kitchen trends change quickly, […]

small kitchen design

12 Kitchen Trends That Will Take Over in 2018

In the realm of remodeling, kitchens are king! Cooking space upgrades are the projects homeowners most hope to take on in the coming year, having usurped bathroom redos according to the National Association of Home Builders’ Remodeling Market Index. While there’s a vast array of choice on the market now, designers and contractors do have […]

Elements To Finctional Kitchen Design

7 Important Elements To A Functional Kitchen Design

Whether you have a large, dream kitchen with all the amenities or a smaller sized kitchen you love, your space isn’t efficient until it’s functional. You can have the latest, greatest kitchen innovations, but without a functional kitchen design, it’s meaningless when it comes to cooking and preparing food. While your kitchen holds various purposes, […]

Backsplash Tile Ideas

Timeless Backsplash Tile Ideas For Your Kitchen

Trends come and go. However, in some areas of the home, a choice that will last will not only save you money on replacing but also increase your home’s value when it comes time to sell. As the kitchen can be one of the largest-selling points of the home, it’s important to choose options that […]

Kitchen Remodel

Client Spotlight: The Heinrich Home

Len and Judy Heinrich rightfully claim to be one of Custom’s longest-tenured clients. We completed our first project for them — a major renovation of their home on Hillsdale Road in Arlington — back in the early 1990s. Soon after, the couple had their first child and moved to a brand new colonial in Stoneham. […]

President Bill Farnsworth, general manager Scott Blain.

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 […]

Kitchen Cabinets

Everything but the Kitchen Sink: Milestones in Kitchen History

From daily meals with the family to dinner party guests gathering around the granite-topped island, the kitchen holds a unique place at the center of the home. That wasn’t always the case, however. Merriam-Webster traces the words “kitchen” and “cook” back to the Latin coquere, meaning “to cook.” And it’s that connection of the space itself […]

Soapstone Barroca, a traditional soapstone.

Countertops: What’s Hot (or Not)?

Homeowners buying new kitchen or bathroom countertops have more options to choose from than ever before. To learn about the latest trends, we spoke with Pierre Rancourt, president of Stone Surfaces in Woburn. Natural Stone Granite is perhaps the first stone that comes to mind in this category. Its durability, variety of colors and wide […]

Subway Tile

16 New Reasons to Love Subway Tile

Subway tile made its debut in the beginning of the 20th century, in the train stations of the New York City subway system. Since then, it has become a design staple in both commercial and residential settings—and for good reason. It’s affordable, easy to clean, brightens a room by reflecting light, and has a simple […]

Kitchen Cabinets

The Best Paint for Kitchen Cabinets

Giving your kitchen a refresh? Follow this guide to choosing the best paint for cabinets. By Amy Lynch Q: Our kitchen is ready for a refresh, starting with a new color for the cabinets. What’s the best paint for kitchen cabinets? I need advice on choosing the right primer, color, and finish. A: A fresh coat […]

Summer Is the Best Time for These 6 Home Improvements

Summer Is the Best Time for These 6 Home Improvements

The clock is ticking! Don’t let these idyllic, warm-weather days slip by without scheduling one or more of these seasonal home repair and renovation projects. By Glenda Taylor If you’ve been thinking about tackling some home improvement projects this summer, don’t delay! The dog days of summer are heading our way, and before you know […]