Category: Cabinets

Kitchen Remodel

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. […]

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 […]

Small Bedroom Tips

21 Ways to Make a Small Bedroom Big

Do you covet a larger master bedroom, kids’ room, or guest room but are stuck with a small space that won’t stretch to fit? Use these 21 DIY bedroom ideas to turn your pint-size bedrooms into palatial quarters with panache. By Manasa Reddigari   Dressed for Success If your bedroom feels claustrophobic and closed off, […]

Summer Is the Best Time for These 6 Home Improvements

Summer Is the Best Time for These 6 Home Improvements

The clock is ticking! Don’t let these idyllic, warm-weather days slip by without scheduling one or more of these seasonal home repair and renovation projects. By Glenda Taylor If you’ve been thinking about tackling some home improvement projects this summer, don’t delay! The dog days of summer are heading our way, and before you know […]

A Wealth of Cabinetry Options

Did you realize that Custom is an official dealer of cabinets from Bertch, Touchstone and Wolf — three of the best manufacturers out there? Few other remodeling contractors in the area can make a similar claim. In fact, we’re one of the very few full-service design/build remodeling firms that designs, supplies and installs our own […]

Kitchen & Bath Remodel

12 Kitchen Trends You Might Regret

A big kitchen renovation is one of the costliest (and most cost-effective) improvements you can make to your home. Perhaps you’ve heard the expression “kitchens sell houses.” If it’s true that a beautiful and functional kitchen will help you sell your home, it’s also true that certain passé trends could hinder your sale. If you’re […]

Kitchen Decorating Tips

15 Ideas to Steal from Real People’s Kitchens

Sure, it’s natural to covet the gorgeous kitchens you see on glamourous design shows or in glossy magazines, but sometimes it’s even more satisfying to see what mere mortals are capable of accomplishing in their own homes. Indulge your inner voyeur, and take a peek at these supremely real kitchens! You’re sure to find some […]

cabinet knobs

Knobs of Note: 16 Ideas for a Cool Cabinet

Are you searching for a way to add some personality to your doors and drawers? Create fun and functional handles with these delightful (and frugal) ideas. By Sarita Harbour   Rope ‘Em Up Do you just love nautical decor? Keep it simple and thrifty by using knotted 3/8-inch twisted manila rope in place of traditional […]

Celebrity Kitchens

Celebrity Kitchens: Get the Look Yourself

They might have celebrity status, but there’s no reason why you can’t draw inspiration from their homes to give your kitchen some star power of its own. By Marisa Villarreal   Amanda Seyfried Amanda Seyfried’s Los Angeles home, originally built in 1916, is reasonably sized at around 2,700 square feet—but don’t be fooled. This abode […]

Galley Kitchens

16 Gorgeous Galley Kitchens

The galley kitchen gets its name from its resemblance to the kitchen aboard a vessel— called the “galley.” The biggest hallmark of galley kitchen design is its layout: cabinet units, counters, and appliances connect together in straight lines and face each other. It often includes ceiling hung cabinets, hanging pots and dish racks, utilizing vertical […]

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 […]

Ed Teehan

Winter 2017 Kitchen Design Trends

Brrrr! Winter is here and it is cold.  Lots of people try to do indoor projects in winter.  The most popular? Kitchens and baths of course. Kitchens remodels are exciting to do.  They change the way you live. You start hanging out more in the kitchen, you cook comfort foods and avoid unhealthy meals out, […]