Category: MA Contractor

Bathrooms Staying Grounded in the Traditional

New England is a place where people respect tradition, a characteristic that carries over to our tastes in home design. Take bathrooms, for instance. In some areas of the country — New York and San Francisco, to name two prime suspects — you’ll likely find a concentration of contemporary bathrooms. Our customers are still firmly […]

Could an Addition Be in Your Future?

We hear the story time and time again: Rather than trying to sell in this uncertain economy, homeowners are opting to make the most of their current space. After all, if you’re going to stay where you are for awhile, you might as well enjoy it. And contrary to what you might think, now is […]

Reasons for Optimism (Finally) – CCI Management Memo

Over the past 12 months, a variety of factors have spelled trouble for the remodeling industry. Investors had significant concerns about the stock market, which suffered a down year in 2011. The housing market plodded along across much of the country. And the uncertainty regarding the fiscal cliff, debt ceiling and presidential election had people […]

Creating the Small Kitchen of Your Dreams

            Do you live in an older home? If so, chances are the original kitchen was quite small. That creates some interesting challenges when the time comes for a kitchen renovation. Back in the 1950s (and earlier), the perception of the kitchen was much different than today. This room was […]

Stick to the Right Permit Process – CCI Management Memo

Can hiring a contractor for a remodeling project put you at great risk? Absolutely — if you hire the wrong one. One way Massachusetts tries to protect homeowners is Home Improvement Contractor (HIC) registration. As explained on the state website: “The Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation regulates the registration of contractors performing improvements […]

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 […]

Understanding Differences in Remodeling Quotes – CCI Management Memo

Homeowners ask us all the time: “Why are there such differences in the numbers I get from various contractors?” It’s complicated to answer, but we’d like to give it a try. We know homeowners usually want to involve two or three remodelers in the estimating process. When you compare these quotes, it’s very tempting to […]

Why choose a NARI Certified Contractor?

Custom Contracting, Inc. is a member of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) and abides by the strict standards set for all members. What does this mean to you? A reputable design/build firm that you can count on! Watch the video below to see more…

Kitchen Remodel – More storage, More light and a better view!

The Harris family’s 1890 Victorian home truly is a labor of love. After undertaking several renovations to maintain and beautify its stately exterior, Georgia and Jerry Harris set their sights on the heartbeat of the home: their kitchen. For many families these days, the kitchen serves as a frequent gathering spot. It’s where cooking and […]

Newtonville, MA – The Rothwell Home – Home Remodel

One of Custom Contracting’s larger projects of the past few years involved the Newtonville home of Ken and Pamela Rothwell. With work of this scope, having a plan and sticking to it is of the essence — as the Rothwells can attest. Ken and Pam”s project involved: Building a two-story addition off the front of […]

From Cold and Dim to Warm and Luminous

Bill Farnsworth joined Custom Contracting, Inc. (CCI) as a production manager in 1991, transitioning first to general manager and then, eventually, to his current role as the firm’s president. CCI’s design-build team offers full-service additions and remodels, and the project highlighted here—a major kitchen overhaul and bump-out—showcases one of the firm’s typical era-appropriate solutions, designed […]