Category: Kitchen Islands

How To Create A Practical Kitchen

Everyone wants the picture-perfect kitchen, but the fact is, it might not be a practical addition to your home. Useful kitchens look different to everyone. A small, intricate light fixture may not be enough for a home chef. Open shelving may not be the most practical for a family with young children. Fear not. We’re […]

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2018 Kitchen Remodeling Trends

A kitchen remodel is a great way to increase the value of your home and the usefulness of the space. If you’re planning to start your remodel this year or just a few simple upgrades to freshen up your kitchen, you’ll want to know what’s hot and what’s not. While some kitchen trends change quickly, […]

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 […]

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, […]

Kitchen Countertop Ideas

Kitchen Countertop Ideas On A Budget

The kitchen countertop is a focal point of your kitchen. It needs to have great function just as much as trendy style. Unfortunately, not everyone has the kitchen countertop they dream of, maybe due to age or material. Countertops are the largest surface you have in your kitchen. Keeping them looking great can sometimes be […]

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 […]

Soapstone Barroca, a traditional soapstone.

Countertops: What’s Hot (or Not)?

Homeowners buying new kitchen or bathroom countertops have more options to choose from than ever before. To learn about the latest trends, we spoke with Pierre Rancourt, president of Stone Surfaces in Woburn. Natural Stone Granite is perhaps the first stone that comes to mind in this category. Its durability, variety of colors and wide […]

Summer Is the Best Time for These 6 Home Improvements

Summer Is the Best Time for These 6 Home Improvements

The clock is ticking! Don’t let these idyllic, warm-weather days slip by without scheduling one or more of these seasonal home repair and renovation projects. By Glenda Taylor If you’ve been thinking about tackling some home improvement projects this summer, don’t delay! The dog days of summer are heading our way, and before you know […]

Kitchen & Bath Remodel

What Does Your Kitchen Countertop Say About Your Style?

Your kitchen has a style, whether you want it to or not. While there are many factors that go in to styling a kitchen, the larger features, such as a kitchen countertop, can set the look for the rest of the kitchen. If you love your countertop or are dreaming up something new, you should […]

Kitchen & Bath Remodel

12 Kitchen Trends You Might Regret

A big kitchen renovation is one of the costliest (and most cost-effective) improvements you can make to your home. Perhaps you’ve heard the expression “kitchens sell houses.” If it’s true that a beautiful and functional kitchen will help you sell your home, it’s also true that certain passé trends could hinder your sale. If you’re […]

Kitchen Decorating Tips

15 Ideas to Steal from Real People’s Kitchens

Sure, it’s natural to covet the gorgeous kitchens you see on glamourous design shows or in glossy magazines, but sometimes it’s even more satisfying to see what mere mortals are capable of accomplishing in their own homes. Indulge your inner voyeur, and take a peek at these supremely real kitchens! You’re sure to find some […]