Category: Interior Design

Organized Kitchen

Live Larger With a More Organized Home

Home organizing is a hot topic, from interior design shows on HGTV to photographic inspiration on Pinterest to The New York Times‘ Best Sellers list. The subject dovetails with a question our clients often ask: “How can I add more living space to my home?” We’ve answered the challenge many times, expanding living space by […]

Kitchen island for dining

Kitchen Islands: Bigger and Better

  Kitchens have long served as the hub of the home. Today’s kitchen renovations are fully embracing that identity, with the kitchen island evolving from a place for basic meal prep to a multi-functional center for activity and entertaining.   Expanding in Size and Function In recent years, more of our clients have expressed a […]

Client Spotlight: The Gibowicz Home

Client Spotlight: The Gibowicz Home

Julie and Joe Gibowicz’s Sudbury farmhouse was built in 1810 and expanded in 1860. With its long history and charming period details like posts and beams, wood floors and brick fireplaces, the couple has been very careful in their approach to remodeling.   The Gibowiczes first hired Custom for some smaller projects soon after purchasing […]

Evolution of Bathroom Design

Evolution of the Bathroom

  For our great-great-great grandparents, nature’s call meant braving the elements for a trip to the outhouse. Today’s bathrooms have radiant heat floors, smart technology and tile chic enough to serve as the background for your teenager’s Instagram selfies.   So how did we get here?   The progression of the bathroom tracks with advances […]

historic home renovation

Adding on to an Historic Home

We’re so excited about a project that we’re working on in Sudbury that we couldn’t wait till the project was completed to start telling you about it. The original farmhouse was built in 1810 and expanded in 1860. The historic home features gorgeous post and beam details, wood floors and several brick fireplaces – all […]

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 […]

Kitchen Expansion

Kitchen Expansion

  It’s always great when homeowners return to us for another job. In this case, we had previously worked on their bathroom…it turned out so well…and they liked the tile so much…that they hired us to do a kitchen addition and use the same eye-catching tile as a backsplash. Excellent! The original kitchen was small […]

Bold Tile

The Bold Tile Trend

  If you’ve stopped by a tile store lately you may have noticed a growing trend: BOLD tile, often in striking colors, has surged in popularity over the last year or two. Patterns, colors, new shapes and sizes, and intricate designs are all the rage in tile these days and they’re being used throughout the […]

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 […]

Bringing Cutting-Edge Tech to the Bathroom

Alison Stanley is a senior sales executive who has been with Kohler for 15 years. She recently spoke with us about some of the latest plumbing technology in the bathroom.   Custom: What’s new in bathroom plumbing technology at Kohler? Alison: We’re always trying to stay at the forefront of trends and innovation. With our […]

oversied-kitchen-remodel

Oversized Kitchen

(The above large kitchen remodel includes an oversized island with plenty of seating for the whole family)   Over the past 29 years, Custom has worked on dozens of kitchen remodeling projects. Lately, these projects seem to be getting bigger and bigger. Given the age of the housing stock in Arlington and surrounding communities, many […]

Storage Hacks to Clear Clutter in Your Family Spaces

Storage Hacks to Clear Clutter in Your Family Spaces

Did you know that clutter can actually impact your mood? At least, that’s what a group of experts at UCLA’s Center on Everyday Lives and Families recently found when then explored the relationship between 32 California families and their belongings. Particularly for women, stress levels go up when there is too much stuff cluttered around […]