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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, […]

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Ways to Save on Electricity

If you have electric heat you probably associate winter with being the time of year you spend the most on electricity. In the summer, however, you’re using air conditioners and fans to keep your house cool. Plus, your refrigerator and freezer have to work harder to keep the temperature down. Home energy audits are a […]

Kitchen Countertop Ideas

Kitchen Countertop Ideas On A Budget

The kitchen countertop is a focal point of your kitchen. It needs to have great function just as much as trendy style. Unfortunately, not everyone has the kitchen countertop they dream of, maybe due to age or material. Countertops are the largest surface you have in your kitchen. Keeping them looking great can sometimes be […]

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 […]

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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 […]

Vintage Bathroom Decor Ideas

Vintage Décor Ideas For Your Bathroom

Elegance and charm; if these are two styles you lean toward in your home, you might be interested in incorporating vintage elements in your bathroom. Vintage styles are currently hot and trending, so if you’re looking to sell your home or, want to give your bathroom a much-needed update, this could be the right choice […]

Home Hazards—and How to Mitigate Them

8 Home Hazards – and How to Mitigate Them

More things trouble homeowners than what goes “bump in the night.” Here are eight dangerous problems you’ll want to avoid—or swiftly remedy. By Marisa Villarreal   Asbestos Typically uncovered in the basements and attics of homes built before the 1970’s, asbestos has been linked to serious health problems, including lung cancer and mesothelioma. If you […]

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 […]