Category: From The Office

Going Green When Remodeling

Going Green When Remodeling

Here’s a question we’re getting from more and more clients: “What’s the most environmentally friendly way to dispose of all the stuff being taken out of my home during my remodeling project?”   Recycling is one route. Waste Management, for example, recycles concrete, porcelain, lumber, metals and many other common construction materials. The company can […]

President Bill Farnsworth, general manager Scott Blain.

Remodeling Spending on the Rise – CCI Management Memo

In our Management Memos, we often like to share our perspective on what we’re seeing in the local remodeling market. Lately, one trend has clearly stood out: Homeowners are spending more on their remodeling projects.   To cite just one example from our historical data, our average kitchen project has gone up about 80% over […]

How to Make a Home Renovation Less Disruptive

How to Make a Home Renovation Less Disruptive

Living through a home renovation can be difficult, even if you’re working with an outstanding remodeling firm. At Custom, we recognize how disruptive this experience can be, and we do all we can to lessen the impact on clients’ lives.   In preparation for a major renovation, you can also take steps to help minimize […]

President Bill Farnsworth, general manager Scott Blain.

Are We a Fit for Each Other? CCI Management Memo

At Custom, we don’t see ourselves as salespeople. We’re not here to sell you our home remodeling services. Rather, starting with our initial interaction, we’re focused on determining whether we’re a fit for you and your project — and whether you and your project are a fit for us. It’s a totally different mindset than […]

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 — […]

New Deck

15 Spring Home Maintenance Musts

To do a thorough job of spring home maintenance and cleaning, follow these easy and smart routines. By Merv Kaufman Roof 1/16 With binoculars and a keen eye, you can generally spot roof problems. Cracked or missing shingles should be replaced, and if you see any shingle-shift, it may mean you need to install new […]

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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, […]

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CCI Staff News – March, 2018

Custom’s cabinetry specialist, Nikki DeFelice, has been named one of the top designers of 2017 by Bertch cabinets. The high quality and wide range of Bertch styles make these cabinets a favorite among many of our clients.         President Bill Farnsworth (far right ) has been named to theboard of directors of […]

President Bill Farnsworth, general manager Scott Blain.

Accessory Apartments & Multigenerational Living – CCI Management Memo

It’s no surprise to us that the number of multigenerational homes is growing across the country. We’re certainly seeing that trend among our clients. A 2016 Pew Center analysis of census data found that “in 2014, a record 60.6 million people, or 19% of the U.S. population, lived with multiple generations under one roof.” That […]

President Bill Farnsworth, general manager Scott Blain.

CCI Management Memo: Why We Believe in the Lead Carpenter System

Since starting Custom in 1990, one of the mainstays of our firm has been the lead carpenter system. In this Management Memo, we’d like to explain what this system is all about and how it benefits our clients. At Custom, we don’t manage projects from our office. Rather, once the project starts, it’s overseen by […]

Is a Major Interior Renovation Right for You?

Is a Major Interior Renovation Right for You?

Many people associate an interior renovation with an expansion of the home’s footprint. In fact, major remodeling projects frequently don’t involve building an addition, but rather reconfiguring the existing space in a better way. So if you’re feeling a little crowded in your home, a lack of square footage isn’t necessarily the issue. It could […]