Category: Remodel Help

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

Turn Your Unfinished Basement Into Your Dream Room

Turn Your Unfinished Basement Into Your Dream Room

For some, an unfinished basement can be a burden and an eyesore. But, it really is a space in the home that you can invigorate with fresh ideas to create the dream room you’ve always wanted. The possibilities are truly endless. However, that can be overwhelming! Where do you start? To help you discover all […]

Outdoor Upgrades That Make Your Home More Valuable

Exterior upgrades enhance the look of your property and can offer recreational benefits. Not every renovation, however, produces a return on investment, and some upgrades (like swimming pools) make your home less attractive to potential buyers. If you want to refresh your yard and build equity at the same time, consider one of these outdoor […]

President Bill Farnsworth, general manager Scott Blain.

Is Now the Time to Remodel? – CCI Management Memo

The Greater Boston residential real estate market is still going strong. That’s great news if you own a home (perhaps less so if you don’t own but are looking to buy).   Now suppose you own but think you want something bigger, more updated or simply different. Your best option might be to sell — […]

What It Takes to ‘Age in Place’

Would you like to be able to live in your current home for the rest of your life? With the older baby boomers now in their 70s, it’s a possibility more and more Americans are exploring. A recent AARP study found that “90 percent of people age 65 and over would prefer to stay in […]

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 […]

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 […]

Basement remodel

How To Create A Cozy Basement

If you’ve recently finished your basement, congrats! Basement remodeling can sometimes be a challenge to get the beautiful new space you’ve dreamed of. But, a comfortable finished basement can make all the difference in the way you use your home. From basement playrooms to home theaters, what you choose to furnish and decorate your room […]

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. […]