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Ready to Transform Your Basement?

Custom Contracting clients used to be pretty conservative about basement renovations. Now, it seems like the sky is the limit.   Until recently, homeowners tended to hire us to convert their basement into a playroom, home office or entertainment room. These were sizable projects, but they paled in comparison to what we’re currently seeing.   […]

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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 — […]

Kitchen & Bath Remodel

The Most In-Demand Home Upgrades for 2018

Hope to enhance your humble abode to be somewhat less humble? You’re not alone. Residential improvement and repair expenditures are expected to rise through in 2018, according to the Leading Indicator of Remodeling Activity (LIRA), recently released by the Remodeling Futures Program at the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University. “Recent strengthening of the U.S. […]

Top 10 steps to prepare for a remodel

May is National Home Improvement Month. What can a homeowner do to prepare for a remodel? Here is a top 10 list of steps homeowners should take before breaking ground on their next remodel.   Research your project. Taking time to research projects on the Internet and NARI.org will provide a good sense of what […]

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Life Underground: 10 Beautiful Basement Makeovers

Is it time to give your basement a new look? Because many underground living spaces suffer from the same problems, such as low ceilings and small windows, you’ll find that lots of homeowners and designers have already hit on some great solutions for making the most of these downstairs spaces. A well-executed basement makeover can […]

Client Spotlight: The Cooke/Steinberg Home

It’s always nice when one of our clients takes the time to share some kind words about Custom Contracting. So we were pleased to come across this five-star review on Houzz.com from Arlington’s Heather Cooke: “The space is gorgeous and we couldn’t be more pleased,” the review concludes. “We would definitely work with Custom Contracting […]

Bathroom Remodeling

Did you know, according to a poll of 2,500 people, it  revealed that going to the toilet accounts for the biggest chunk of time spent in the bathroom – an average of one hour and 42 minutes a week, or almost 92 days over a lifetime. That’s a lot of time spent in one room! […]

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 […]

Trend Watch: 13 Kitchen Looks Expected to Be Big in 2015

Have you been toying with the idea of revamping your kitchen and think 2015 may be the perfect time to take the plunge? Before you start searching for a pro to tackle the project, it’s important to think about what you’ll need and how you can improve your kitchen setup, as well as what you […]

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 […]

Kitchen and Bath Design

Kitchen & Bath Design – Understanding Your Motivations

Our clients have a variety of motivations for remodeling their kitchen and/or bathrooms. Scenarios range from a growing family that needs more space to a couple who’s finally ready to build out their dream kitchen or bath. Regardless of what motivates the homeowners, the key to creating a successful kitchen or bath plan is learning how they live in and use their space. From the firs meeting and site visit, here’s a look at the types of questions we might ask to understand […]