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June 24 2020 0Comment
Brett & Tom Talcott

Subcontractors Corner: HVAC Specialist Tom Talcott

Tom Talcott, owner of HVAC contractor T.J. Talcott & Son in Townsend, goes way back with Custom’s Bill Farnsworth and Scott Blain. In fact, the three first worked together on Custom projects in the early ’90s. Tom spent 20 years as an independent contractor before serving 11 years as an account manager with F.W. Webb […]

June 10 2020 0Comment
Organized Kitchen

Live Larger With a More Organized Home

Home organizing is a hot topic, from interior design shows on HGTV to photographic inspiration on Pinterest to The New York Times‘ Best Sellers list. The subject dovetails with a question our clients often ask: “How can I add more living space to my home?” We’ve answered the challenge many times, expanding living space by […]

June 03 2020 0Comment
Kitchen island for dining

Kitchen Islands: Bigger and Better

  Kitchens have long served as the hub of the home. Today’s kitchen renovations are fully embracing that identity, with the kitchen island evolving from a place for basic meal prep to a multi-functional center for activity and entertaining.   Expanding in Size and Function In recent years, more of our clients have expressed a […]

May 27 2020 0Comment
President Bill Farnsworth, general manager Scott Blain.

CCI Management Memo – Teamwork From Concept Through Construction

We’re often asked what makes our company so successful, makes our system so effective and sets us apart from the competition. The short answer is our production team and our teamwork, from concept to construction.                             Project Coordination The first step in […]

May 20 2020 0Comment
Client Spotlight: The Gibowicz Home

Client Spotlight: The Gibowicz Home

Julie and Joe Gibowicz’s Sudbury farmhouse was built in 1810 and expanded in 1860. With its long history and charming period details like posts and beams, wood floors and brick fireplaces, the couple has been very careful in their approach to remodeling.   The Gibowiczes first hired Custom for some smaller projects soon after purchasing […]

April 28 2020 0Comment
Home Gym climbing wall

The Best Home Gym We Ever Built

Since we’re all at home these days, many of us are wishing we were getting more activity. It made us remember one of the coolest projects we’ve ever worked on. This gym is fantastic and we’re sure it’s getting a lot of use right now. Of course, when you think “gym,” you’re probably picturing lots […]

March 02 2020 0Comment
Evolution of Bathroom Design

Evolution of the Bathroom

  For our great-great-great grandparents, nature’s call meant braving the elements for a trip to the outhouse. Today’s bathrooms have radiant heat floors, smart technology and tile chic enough to serve as the background for your teenager’s Instagram selfies.   So how did we get here?   The progression of the bathroom tracks with advances […]

February 28 2020 0Comment

CCI Management Memo – Be Proactive About Doing Your Homework

Thinking about doing a major home renovation, like a big addition? Picking the right remodeling firm for the project is a critical part of the process. But before you even go down that path, you need to do a little research. Or in some cases, a lot of research. The fact is, larger projects often […]

February 21 2020 0Comment
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Client Spotlight: The McElroy-LeRoyer Home

Aging in place — the ability to stay in your home as you get older — is very much on the minds of homeowners these days. And more and more, it’s something that we’ve been accounting for in our projects at Custom. Arlington’s Richard McElroy and Ann LeRoyer offer a case in point. They’ve lived […]

December 19 2019 0Comment
2019 Toys for Tots

CCI and Local Remodeling Association Collect Toys for Tots

The Custom Contracting Team always looks forward to our monthly meetings of the Eastern Massachusetts Chapter of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (EM NARI). We all agree that the December membership meeting is the most exciting of the year as we welcome United States Marine Corps Reserve members Peter Manning and Kevin Crowley. […]

November 04 2019 0Comment
brick backsplash

Preserving Historic Details In a Home Renovation

We started writing about a historic home renovation and addition that we’re working on last week. One of the things that was most important to the homeowners was to maintain the historic detail found in their circa 1810 home while expanding and updating it. To the greatest extent possible we saved as much of the […]

October 31 2019 0Comment
historic home renovation

Adding on to an Historic Home

We’re so excited about a project that we’re working on in Sudbury that we couldn’t wait till the project was completed to start telling you about it. The original farmhouse was built in 1810 and expanded in 1860. The historic home features gorgeous post and beam details, wood floors and several brick fireplaces – all […]