Category: Helpful Tips for Homeowners

Basement remodel

How To Create A Cozy Basement

If you’ve recently finished your basement, congrats! Basement remodeling can sometimes be a challenge to get the beautiful new space you’ve dreamed of. But, a comfortable finished basement can make all the difference in the way you use your home. From basement playrooms to home theaters, what you choose to furnish and decorate your room […]

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. […]

Cedar Closets

All You Need to Know About Cedar Closets

Looking to stow your special-occasion and out-of-season clothing? Keep it safe from moth damage with cedar. By Glenda Taylor Prized for repelling sweater-munching moths, the woodsy aroma of cedar is finding new fans in eco-savvy homeowners looking for natural alternatives to toxic pesticides and smelly mothballs. If you’re looking to set up cedar closets at […]

Elements To Finctional Kitchen Design

7 Important Elements To A Functional Kitchen Design

Whether you have a large, dream kitchen with all the amenities or a smaller sized kitchen you love, your space isn’t efficient until it’s functional. You can have the latest, greatest kitchen innovations, but without a functional kitchen design, it’s meaningless when it comes to cooking and preparing food. While your kitchen holds various purposes, […]

Backsplash Tile Ideas

Timeless Backsplash Tile Ideas For Your Kitchen

Trends come and go. However, in some areas of the home, a choice that will last will not only save you money on replacing but also increase your home’s value when it comes time to sell. As the kitchen can be one of the largest-selling points of the home, it’s important to choose options that […]

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. […]

President Bill Farnsworth, general manager Scott Blain.

Turning Small Kitchens into High-Impact Kitchens – CCI Management Memo

For an experienced general contractor like Custom, renovating a large kitchen is simple. A small kitchen, on the other hand, introduces all kinds of challenges that can be difficult — and rewarding — to solve. Many of the communities in which we work have older homes. Back in the 1950s (and earlier), the kitchen was […]

Home Hazards—and How to Mitigate Them

8 Home Hazards – and How to Mitigate Them

More things trouble homeowners than what goes “bump in the night.” Here are eight dangerous problems you’ll want to avoid—or swiftly remedy. By Marisa Villarreal   Asbestos Typically uncovered in the basements and attics of homes built before the 1970’s, asbestos has been linked to serious health problems, including lung cancer and mesothelioma. If you […]

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 […]

Bathroom Design

8 Ways To Make Your Bathroom More Inviting

Your bathroom is one of the most important rooms in your home, however, it can also be the trickiest to keep up-to-date. Bathroom trends are always changing and it can be hard to keep up. Looking for ways to update your bathroom? Whether you want to remodel the entire room or are interested in small […]

unique backsplash ideas

12 Inventive Ideas for a Backsplash

When it comes to kitchen backsplashes, most people assume you have to spend a lot of money to get amazing results. But these low-cost DIY projects are a testament that with a little creativity and DIY enthusiasm, you can craft a backsplash that adds charm and personality to any space—without a steep price tag. By […]

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, […]