Category: MA Contractor

The Challenges of Creating a Project Timeline

CCI Q&A: The Challenges of Creating a Project Timeline

Production manager Craig Lielasus explains what goes into creating a project timeline — and how we and our customers can use this valuable tool. At what point in the process do you begin working on the timeline? As soon as the initial deposit comes in, project coordinator Michael Daniell and I get started. We review […]

Two-story addition; kitchen, laundry, bath and master suite

Thinking About Home Remodeling? Start Here

Sooner or later you may join the millions of people who remodel their homes each year. Perhaps it’s at that moment when you realize that avocado green and harvest gold are no longer the “in” colors for today’s trendy kitchens. Or maybe you have an epiphany one day as you stand in line to use […]

Hitting the Quarter-Century Mark

Thank you for 25Years! In a highly competitive industry where the average firm only lasts a few years, it’s a true honor to celebrate 25 years in business. Custom Contracting opened its doors in 1990, and Bill Farnsworth and Scott Blain (now the president and general manager, respectively) joined the firm one year later. In […]

Wooden Bathtub Designs

Wooden bathtub designs nourish your desire for a long, warm soaking bath. Their curves and contrasting wood tones maintain evoke a sense of charm and elegance even after (and sometimes because of) extended use. Rustic wooden tubs have the look of the Old West’s watering troughs or whiskey barrels. Modern techniques provide the rustic appearance […]

Choosing the Right Whirlpool Bathtub

  Easing into warm water, relaxing as the jets pulse, envisioning it all right in your very own master bath… that’s the fun part about choosing a whirlpool for your remodel — but it should be one of the very last steps, says Tina Dyba, a member of the American Society of Designers and owner […]

Is it greener to renovate or rebuild?

Is it greener to renovate or rebuild? ­The distinction between what’s green and what isn’t lies in the details. For example, recycling is a good idea, as is reusing raw materials rather than using virgin ones. However, the current process we use to recycle is flawed in many ways. For one thing, two separate lumbering […]

Qualified for the Big Projects – CCI Management Memo

As you can tell, large-scale home renovations are the theme of this issue of our newsletter. We’d like to take this opportunity to explain why Custom is particularly well-qualified to handle this size of a project. First and foremost, experience really matters. And Custom has been remodeling area homes for nearly 25 years. Our experience comes into play in countless ways. […]

Client Spotlight – The Druy/Rothman Home

When Mark Druy and Johanna Rothman decided their two-story colonial didn’t fit their lifestyle anymore, they came up with an unconventional solution. Custom Contracting helped the couple make it work. Mark and Johanna had called Arlington home for 26 years and didn’t want to live anywhere else. What they wanted was a house that had […]

10 Hottest Green Design Materials

As the Earth gets warmer and energy gets more expensive, “high-efficiency,” in all its forms, is the grand designation of the 21st century. Cars, appliances and now entire homes have made the jump into the “green” realm, and eco-living doesn’t stop with solar panels, tankless water heaters and double-paned glass. Aesthetics are going green, too. […]

The Biggest Kitchen Design Mistakes

Do: Have one element that’s fun or creative. Don’t: Be boring. “The best kitchens have a soul or a spirit that’s warm, inviting, and personal,” designer Mick De Giulio says. “Every project is a chance to do something new and creative. It’s not just about the cabinets and countertops — the whole room has to […]

Spring into Green Renovations

Here in New England, spring marks the beginning of warmer temperatures, longer, lighter days – and also the start of construction season! A sure sign of spring is seeing trucks lined-up outside of your neighbor’s homes as remodelers approach their busy season. With the pick-up in the economy, the National Association of the Remodeling Industry […]

Client Spotlight: The Harris-Crocombe Home

Marla Harris and Richard Crocombe have lived in their Winchester home since 1997. They were never happy with their kitchen but decided that a major renovation would be too disruptive while they still had kids around. Once their youngest son went off to college, they decided it was time. The couple first heard about Custom […]