Category: Design/Build

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 […]

President Bill Farnsworth, general manager Scott Blain.

CCI Management Memo – Valuing Long-term Client Relationships

At Custom Contracting we really value long-term relationships with our clients. Once you’re in the Custom family, we want to stay in touch – so we mail out newsletters and post blogs. Plus, we want to keep you up to date on what we’re doing and what’s going on in the remodeling industry.   Of course, […]

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 […]

Farmers Porch

Enhancing Your Home from the Outside In

In the middle of the winter, enjoying your home’s outdoor spaces might be the furthest thing from your mind. But before you know it, the weather will warm up and you’ll have plenty of time to do just that. If it’s time to rebuild or add a porch, deck or other exterior element, remember this: […]

Remodel to increase home value

The Best Ways to Improve Your Home’s Value

2018 is shaping up to be a big year for residential remodeling. Home values are up, which means it’s a good time to invest in your house by making key upgrades. Keep in mind, however, that not all remodeling projects offer a decent financial return on your investment (ROI). For instance, when the time comes […]

Bath

9 Designer Tips to Maximize Small Bathroom Design

1. Establish a focal point. “Keep color, pattern, materials simple,” says Duggan. “Do not load up with details, but do introduce one element that is bold or intricate, such as an elaborate mirror or pendant fixture, to create a focal point. As well, original artwork can have a huge impact in a small space.” 2. […]

small kitchen design

12 Kitchen Trends That Will Take Over in 2018

In the realm of remodeling, kitchens are king! Cooking space upgrades are the projects homeowners most hope to take on in the coming year, having usurped bathroom redos according to the National Association of Home Builders’ Remodeling Market Index. While there’s a vast array of choice on the market now, designers and contractors do have […]

What It Takes to ‘Age in Place’

Would you like to be able to live in your current home for the rest of your life? With the older baby boomers now in their 70s, it’s a possibility more and more Americans are exploring. A recent AARP study found that “90 percent of people age 65 and over would prefer to stay in […]

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 […]

Vintage Bathroom Features That Never Go Out of Style

12 Vintage Bathroom Features That Never Go Out of Style

From stately claw-foot tubs to sumptuous furnishings, bygone bathroom amenities from decades—or even centuries—past are winning over modern-day homeowners and making a comeback in residential bathrooms around the country. By Manasa Reddigari Claw-Foot Tub A popular accent in 19th century bathrooms, the claw-foot tub continues to make a splash today, valued for its classic silhouette, […]

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. […]