Category: Product Selection

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 […]

Subway Tile

16 New Reasons to Love Subway Tile

Subway tile made its debut in the beginning of the 20th century, in the train stations of the New York City subway system. Since then, it has become a design staple in both commercial and residential settings—and for good reason. It’s affordable, easy to clean, brightens a room by reflecting light, and has a simple […]

unique backsplash ideas

12 Inventive Ideas for a Backsplash

When it comes to kitchen backsplashes, most people assume you have to spend a lot of money to get amazing results. But these low-cost DIY projects are a testament that with a little creativity and DIY enthusiasm, you can craft a backsplash that adds charm and personality to any space—without a steep price tag. By […]

Bathroom Trends

10 Bathroom Trends You Might Regret

Not all design trends are created equal. While many classic designs (wainscoting, for instance) will never go out of style, others have a limited half life. Which of the latest and greatest bathroom design trends should you commit to, and which should you politely pass on? Click through this list of current trends you may […]

Bathroom Tile Ideas

Unique Tile Ideas For Your Bathroom

If you want to change the look of your bathroom, you have plenty of options. From a new coat of paint, to exchanging a fixture, simple changes can give your space an entirely new look and feel. For a long-lasting and impactful bathroom transformation, homeowners are turning to tile. Whether you’re looking to replace your […]

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 […]

Kitchen Backsplash

Want to make an impact in the kitchen? Check out these cool backsplash trends

Backsplashes have evolved from their minimalist roots into design elements that speak volumes in the kitchen. authored by Kim Berndtson Hardworking kitchens can be messy places where food, water and grease can readily splatter onto walls near the cooktop and sink. If left unprotected, those walls can be difficult, if not impossible, to keep clean. […]

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 […]

Reclaimed Wood Flooring Making Its Mark

With its authentic look and eco friendly back story, reclaimed wood flooring is clearly in vogue these days. Floors featuring wood salvaged from old factories, barns and other old buildings are finding favor with homeowners nationwide. We recently discussed this trend with Dean Marcarelli, chief marketing officer at Carlisle Wide Plank Floors (Stoddard, N.H.), which […]

Wooden Bathtub Designs

Wooden bathtub designs nourish your desire for a long, warm soaking bath. Their curves and contrasting wood tones maintain evoke a sense of charm and elegance even after (and sometimes because of) extended use. Rustic wooden tubs have the look of the Old West’s watering troughs or whiskey barrels. Modern techniques provide the rustic appearance […]

How to Choose Green Flooring

Two of the most common flooring materials — carpet and vinyl — pose risks to ­the health of the environment and your home. About 70 percent of floor covering in the United States is carpet, mostly made from nylon [source: Green Living Ideas]. Why is that a problem? Nylon is petroleum-based, so its manufacture represents […]

How to Choose the Right Kitchen Sink

The etymology of the phrase “everything but the kitchen sink” probably has to do with the fact that the sink is difficult to move. For instance, if a person absconded with “everything but the kitchen sink,” it means he or she made off with every conceivable portable item. But here is a new way of […]