Category: From The Office

President Bill Farnsworth, general manager Scott Blain.

CCI Management Memo – Teamwork From Concept Through Construction

We’re often asked what makes our company so successful, makes our system so effective and sets us apart from the competition. The short answer is our production team and our teamwork, from concept to construction.                             Project Coordination The first step in […]

CCI Management Memo – Be Proactive About Doing Your Homework

Thinking about doing a major home renovation, like a big addition? Picking the right remodeling firm for the project is a critical part of the process. But before you even go down that path, you need to do a little research. Or in some cases, a lot of research. The fact is, larger projects often […]

CCI EMNARI Certifications

Two CCI Team Members Awarded Expert Remodeling Certifications

We’re proud of the Custom Contracting team! At a recent National Association of the Remodeling Industry (EM NARI) meeting, our own Michael Daniell (center) received his Master Certified Remodeler certification while Tyler Beauregard (far left) received his Certified Lead Carpenter certification.         NARI Master Certified Remodelers (MCR) are veteran Certified Remodelers (CR)  who are recognized […]

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, […]

MacHarrie Marks 10 Years at Custom

Congratulations to Brenda MacHarrie, who is celebrating 10 years as Custom’s office manager.   Brenda, who grew up in Arlington Heights, spent 20 years supporting sales teams before joining Custom in 2009. While she hadn’t worked in the remodeling industry before, she picked up things fast.   If you call Custom, chances are Brenda will […]

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 […]

President Bill Farnsworth, general manager Scott Blain.

Management Memo: Taking the Fear out of Remodeling

Investing in a home renovation or addition is an exciting prospect, but it can also be scary. While there’s considerable upside, there are also perfectly understandable concerns about everything that could go wrong. At Custom, we get it. That’s why from our first conversations with potential clients, we follow a number of best practices to […]

December Home Maintenance Checklist

December Home Maintenance Checklist

Winter has arrived along with many festivities that make the season bright. Depending on the area of the country you live in, you may have already shoveled once or twice. For many, this is a busy time of year preparing to have family and friends over for the holidays. However, there are some home maintenance […]

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 […]