Category: MA Contractor

Is it greener to renovate or rebuild?

Is it greener to renovate or rebuild? ­The distinction between what’s green and what isn’t lies in the details. For example, recycling is a good idea, as is reusing raw materials rather than using virgin ones. However, the current process we use to recycle is flawed in many ways. For one thing, two separate lumbering […]

Qualified for the Big Projects – CCI Management Memo

As you can tell, large-scale home renovations are the theme of this issue of our newsletter. We’d like to take this opportunity to explain why Custom is particularly well-qualified to handle this size of a project. First and foremost, experience really matters. And Custom has been remodeling area homes for nearly 25 years. Our experience comes into play in countless ways. […]

Client Spotlight – The Druy/Rothman Home

When Mark Druy and Johanna Rothman decided their two-story colonial didn’t fit their lifestyle anymore, they came up with an unconventional solution. Custom Contracting helped the couple make it work. Mark and Johanna had called Arlington home for 26 years and didn’t want to live anywhere else. What they wanted was a house that had […]

10 Hottest Green Design Materials

As the Earth gets warmer and energy gets more expensive, “high-efficiency,” in all its forms, is the grand designation of the 21st century. Cars, appliances and now entire homes have made the jump into the “green” realm, and eco-living doesn’t stop with solar panels, tankless water heaters and double-paned glass. Aesthetics are going green, too. […]

The Biggest Kitchen Design Mistakes

Do: Have one element that’s fun or creative. Don’t: Be boring. “The best kitchens have a soul or a spirit that’s warm, inviting, and personal,” designer Mick De Giulio says. “Every project is a chance to do something new and creative. It’s not just about the cabinets and countertops — the whole room has to […]

Kitchen Remodel 2018

Spring into Green Renovations

Here in New England, spring marks the beginning of warmer temperatures, longer, lighter days – and also the start of construction season! A sure sign of spring is seeing trucks lined-up outside of your neighbor’s homes as remodelers approach their busy season. With the pick-up in the economy, the National Association of the Remodeling Industry […]

Client Spotlight: The Harris-Crocombe Home

Marla Harris and Richard Crocombe have lived in their Winchester home since 1997. They were never happy with their kitchen but decided that a major renovation would be too disruptive while they still had kids around. Once their youngest son went off to college, they decided it was time. The couple first heard about Custom […]

Top 10 Interior Design and Home Remodeling Trends for 2014

Trend #1.  U-Socket: Apple devices reign in most households, so the new U-Socket wall plug has two built-in USB ports to power devices including iPhones, gaming devices, digital cameras, Kindles and iPads. The U-Socket also has a smart sensor that allows it to shut off when the device is fully charged — an environmentally friendly […]

What does it mean to be a National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) Member and Certified Professional?

          Custom Contracting has been a member of NARI for almost as long as we have been in business.  We felt early on that our clients should know we are a full-time, dedicated remodeling company, run by professionals who have a commitment to this industry, the product and services they provide […]

Product Selection & Interior Design – CCI Management Memo

At Custom, our job is to see you through all aspects of your home remodeling project, from concept through construction. Most aspects of our work are covered in our standard contract, but some carry additional charges. Two areas in particular — product selection and interior design/decorating — are a source of confusion for some clients. […]

Much More Than Kitchens & Bathrooms

Over the past two decades, Custom Contracting has made its name on kitchen and bathroom remodeling. And we love working on these types of projects. But did you realize we can also do all kinds of specialty work? Specialty projects span everything from the basic essentials (e.g. laundry rooms, mudrooms) to the extra touches that […]

The Importance of the Lead Carpenter System – CCI Management Memo

In this Management Memo, we’d like to explain Custom Contracting’s “lead carpenter system” — and how it benefits our clients. The way we see it, there are two possible extremes for a remodeling project: chaos and organization. The lead carpenter system is all about ensuring the project stays organized and runs smoothly. Think of lead […]