Category: Custom Renovation

The finished carriage house offers garage space while maintaining the integrity of the main home.

Recreating a Carriage House/Garage in Historic Lexington

  Tim and Sara Wondolowski love their circa 1810 home in one of Lexington’s historic districts, but it was missing one thing: a garage. A painting they found hidden in their attic proved to be the inspiration for constructing a new carriage house to serve as their garage.    After many months and meetings with […]

Buying a Home With an Eye to Renovate

Buying a Home with an Eye to Renovate

You know the old saying, “There are three things that matter in real estate: location, location, location.” And for Arlington’s Sally Royce and Craig Hunter, location certainly did matter. Their 1922 colonial sits on a corner lot with an expansive view of lower Mystic Lake. It’s a quiet spot; in fact, a large cemetery abuts […]

President Bill Farnsworth, general manager Scott Blain.

Management Memo: 7 Questions to Ask About ADUs

In case our last post has sparked your interest in an accessory dwelling unit (ADU), here are seven important questions to ask yourself before moving forward.   Can we even consider building an ADU? Some communities have certain districts that are zoned for single-family dwellings. In these areas, ADUs may be prohibited or may require […]

Accessory Dwelling Units

Accessory Dwelling Units Are Having Their Day

Do you worry about an elderly parent living on his or her own? Do you have a child who has graduated from college but doesn’t have the financial means to rent an apartment in your community? The solution in cases like these might be an accessory dwelling unit (ADU). The Commonwealth of Massachusetts defines an […]

Change The Look Of Your Yard With An Arbor Or Pergola

Change The Look Of Your Yard With An Arbor Or Pergola

This season, are you looking for a new way to improve your backyard? The latest trend is creating an outdoor “room” or a space in your yard where there is a specific purpose. Regardless of your backyard’s size, this can be easily done with the help of an arbor or pergola. From enhancing the value […]

President Bill Farnsworth, general manager Scott Blain.

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 — […]

Jeff O’Rourke - GoliathTech

CCI Subcontractor’s Corner: Jeff O’Rourke, GoliathTech

At Custom Contracting, we work hard to incorporate the latest advances in the field so we can deliver greater value to homeowners. A case in point is our adoption of screw pile footings in certain projects.   Screw piles are an alternative to traditional concrete footings or foundations. The website of our vendor of choice, […]

Create A Minimalist Kitchen

How To Create A Minimalist Kitchen

Have you been inspired by the minimalist home movement to start to reduce the number of unnecessary items in your home? Many are finding that the minimalist style can not only improve the look of their home, but the function as well. The kitchen is no exception. As a commonly cluttered area of the home, […]

15 Clever Uses for the Space Under the Stairs

15 Clever Uses for the Space Under the Stairs

Creative solutions, ranging from sneaky storage to an extra bathroom, tackle the home’s trickiest triangle. By Marie Proeller Hueston   Stealthy Storage Every home can use more storage. Fortunately, the often-neglected space beneath a staircase provides an ideal spot for built-in drawers and cabinets. This stylish example of under stair storage demonstrates the important role […]

What Could a Mudroom Do for Your Home?

What Could a Mudroom Do for Your Home?

New Englanders are known for being practical, so it’s fitting that mudrooms seem to be growing in popularity around here. We don’t have any hard statistics to back up this statement. But at Custom, we’re seeing a definite bump in inquiries from homeowners who value the functionality of a well-built mudroom. If your home is […]

Renovations That Pay You Back

8 Renovations That Pay You Back

Conventional wisdom holds that upgrades and improvements will enhance a home’s value. But some improvements are better—and more cost-effective—investments than others. Contrary to what you might imagine, some of the most worthwhile projects also are the most economical. Start charting your home improvement course now by considering some of the projects with the biggest payoffs. […]