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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 […]

See a House Transform from Start to Finish with this remodel

Sometimes we need to think outside the box…in this case, way outside. These homeowners needed more square footage, but didn’t have a level lot to work with. Without extending the existing basement, we added a full-length addition, including a deck, on high tech screw pile footings. The deck stairs lead down to a stone patio […]

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 […]

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Unlock the Potential of Your Basement

Additional living space: It’s something many of us want in our homes. If the inquiries we’re receiving at Custom are any indication, more and more homeowners see remodeling the basement as part of the solution. Transforming a basement into a family room is probably the most common goal. But there are plenty of other outcomes, […]

Kitchen & Bath Remodel

Maximize Your Remodeling Dollar

The average American is said to move every five to seven years. As that statistic suggests, you would be wise to think carefully about how you spend your renovation dollars. The odds are that in the not-so-distant future, you will be trying to recoup your expenditure when you’re getting ready to move on to your […]

New England Homes

10 Reasons to Buy a House in New England

Boston is the city that many people access to enter one of the six New England states. The six states, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Maine, Rhode Island, Vermont and New Hampshire, are rich with history. The American Revolution, Pilgrim Monument, Martha’s Vineyard, great lakes and miles of natural landscape are some of the historic events and modern […]

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 […]

Justyn Atwood and TJ Kane

CCI Team Member News

Preparing the Next Generation According to many reports, an aging workforce is an issue in the remodeling industry. We’re doing our part to improve the situation by grooming young carpenters in the Custom way to become productive, effective and experienced craftsmen. When possible, we like to offer this opportunity to family and friends of our […]

Exterior Remodel

13 Home Improvements That Are Illegal to DIY

Just because you can do it yourself doesn’t mean you should. Some jobs call for a licensed professional, especially jobs that involve plumbing, electric, and HVAC installations and repairs. Improperly performed home improvements may cause injury, void warranties, compromise insurance claims, and complicate resales—and some are just outright illegal to do yourself. Here are 13 […]

Bathroom Flooring Ideas for 2016

Bathtub-to-Shower Conversions on the Rise

Let’s say you’re planning a complete bathroom renovation. Would you rather have a standard bathtub/shower combo or a custom shower? Ten to 15 years ago, it was a black and white issue: Most realtors, contractors or homeowners would recommend keeping the tub. Based on what we’re seeing at Custom, though, the tide has turned. These […]

Client Referral Program

CCI Client Referral Program

    Refer a friend, get a reward: That’s how our Client Referral Program works. You qualify for this program when: • someone calls in and says you referred them, • a referral signs on with us for their project, or • you serve as a reference to a prospective client. There are other ways […]