Category: Kitchen Islands

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 […]

10 Total Kitchen Makeovers

By Manasa Reddigari BEFORE: Cloaked in Darkness A painted backsplash, speckled laminate countertops, and an overabundance of cabinets trimmed in jarring forest green made this all-black kitchen the black sheep of the home. Photo: gohausgo.com AFTER: Light and Airy Ceiling-to-counter marble subway tile, milk-white cabinets, and a butcher-block countertop lighten the mood in this makeover. […]

Celebrity Kitchens

Celebrity Kitchens: Get the Look Yourself

They might have celebrity status, but there’s no reason why you can’t draw inspiration from their homes to give your kitchen some star power of its own. By Marisa Villarreal   Amanda Seyfried Amanda Seyfried’s Los Angeles home, originally built in 1916, is reasonably sized at around 2,700 square feet—but don’t be fooled. This abode […]

Galley Kitchens

16 Gorgeous Galley Kitchens

The galley kitchen gets its name from its resemblance to the kitchen aboard a vessel— called the “galley.” The biggest hallmark of galley kitchen design is its layout: cabinet units, counters, and appliances connect together in straight lines and face each other. It often includes ceiling hung cabinets, hanging pots and dish racks, utilizing vertical […]

Client Spotlight: The Cooke/Steinberg Home

It’s always nice when one of our clients takes the time to share some kind words about Custom Contracting. So we were pleased to come across this five-star review on Houzz.com from Arlington’s Heather Cooke: “The space is gorgeous and we couldn’t be more pleased,” the review concludes. “We would definitely work with Custom Contracting […]