Category: Organization

15 Clever Uses for the Space Under the Stairs

15 Clever Uses for the Space Under the Stairs

Creative solutions, ranging from sneaky storage to an extra bathroom, tackle the home’s trickiest triangle. By Marie Proeller Hueston   Stealthy Storage Every home can use more storage. Fortunately, the often-neglected space beneath a staircase provides an ideal spot for built-in drawers and cabinets. This stylish example of under stair storage demonstrates the important role […]

What Could a Mudroom Do for Your Home?

What Could a Mudroom Do for Your Home?

New Englanders are known for being practical, so it’s fitting that mudrooms seem to be growing in popularity around here. We don’t have any hard statistics to back up this statement. But at Custom, we’re seeing a definite bump in inquiries from homeowners who value the functionality of a well-built mudroom. If your home is […]

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. […]

Interiors

28 Design Ideas Coming to Homes Near You in 2017

Looking for some great ideas for your home? How about a voice-activated assistant that will give you a weather update while you pour coffee into a preheated mug from a warming drawer? Not your style? No worries — there’s something for everyone in this preview of 2017 design trends. We plowed into Houzz data, sifted […]

Double bathroom remodel

Designers Tell All: Today’s Top 10 Bathroom Trends

Get the lowdown on today’s most popular bathroom design trends from top designers Jill Goldberg and Kate Singer. By Jean Nayar   Designer Tips Ever wonder how top designers create inspired, relaxing retreats for their clients? We asked two—Jill Goldberg of Boston-based Hudson Interior Designs and Kate Singer of Long Island, New York–based Kate Singer Home—to […]

18 Big Storage Ideas to Steal from Tiny Homes

The tiny-house movement has much to teach us about living simply and with minimal environmental impact—and about how to stow stuff when space is extremely tight. If you’re perennially short on storage, borrow these 18 ingenious strategies from homeowners who’ve learned to live well without living large. By Debra Immergut   Try Hide-and-Seek Furnishings In […]

The Challenges of Creating a Project Timeline

CCI Q&A: The Challenges of Creating a Project Timeline

Production manager Craig Lielasus explains what goes into creating a project timeline — and how we and our customers can use this valuable tool. At what point in the process do you begin working on the timeline? As soon as the initial deposit comes in, project coordinator Michael Daniell and I get started. We review […]

11 Best Buys to Make Your Small Home Feel Big

One of the first rules of small space living? Declutter now and declutter often. Getting rid of excess junk is the surest way to simplify your life and gain the illusion of extra square footage. But what you keep inside your home is just as important as what you throw out. Slim furniture, double-duty buys, […]

Design / Build Arlington

Finding Design Ideas for Your Remodeling Project

You want to change the look and feel of your house, but you also want your remodeling job to look fresh for a number of years and complement the existing features of your home. How do you choose the right project and design for you and your family? First, take your family’s lifestyle into account […]

Bathroom Cabinet Trends

Cabinets are considered to have the most impact in a bathroom renovation. “Cabinets affect the look and feel of the entire room,” says Meriam Reed, co-owner of a DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen franchise in Naples, Fla. “They pretty much set the tone for your bathroom makeover.” Educating yourself on the latest bathroom cabinet trends is […]

20 Ways to Make a Small Bathroom Big

20 Ways to Make a Small Bathroom Big

If you are saddled with a small bathroom, consider one or more of these space-enhancing products. By Bob Vila Sink Consoles Replacing a traditional vanity cabinet with a console will help make a small bathroom appear larger.  This Petaluma Single Sink from Pottery Barn features turned legs, a painted white finish, and Carrara marble top. […]

Bathroom Vanity Sink

Remodels That Add Equity To Your Home

Maybe your New Year’s resolution was to get in better shape; maybe it was to sell your house for huge profits. If you’re in the latter camp, you might want to see if your old workout shorts still fit instead. While the U.S. housing market has made some strides in its recovery from the 2008 […]