Category: Kitchen Remodel

How To Create A Practical Kitchen

Everyone wants the picture-perfect kitchen, but the fact is, it might not be a practical addition to your home. Useful kitchens look different to everyone. A small, intricate light fixture may not be enough for a home chef. Open shelving may not be the most practical for a family with young children. Fear not. We’re […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

Remodeling

Remodeling for Resale: 3 Tarnished Trends to Avoid

At times it’s necessary to walk a fine line when remodeling. On the one hand, you want to give your house distinct appeal, but on the other hand, you should avoid making your residence so idiosyncratic (or so plain-vanilla) that it won’t appeal to potential buyers. Here are three strategies to help you stay ahead […]

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. […]

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, […]

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. […]

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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 […]

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 […]

Bathroom Remodel, Somerville, MA

Client Spotlight: The O’Sullivan Home

Paula and Dan O’Sullivan own something of a rarity in urban Somerville: a farmhouse-style home. They loved the house when they first saw it six years ago, largely because of the two generous porches and its location on a quiet lot at the end of a private way. They liked the interior, too, but knew […]

Kitchen & Bath Remodel

12 Kitchen Trends You Might Regret

A big kitchen renovation is one of the costliest (and most cost-effective) improvements you can make to your home. Perhaps you’ve heard the expression “kitchens sell houses.” If it’s true that a beautiful and functional kitchen will help you sell your home, it’s also true that certain passé trends could hinder your sale. If you’re […]