Category: Remodel Help

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 […]

Two-story addition; kitchen, laundry, bath and master suite

Thinking About Home Remodeling? Start Here

Sooner or later you may join the millions of people who remodel their homes each year. Perhaps it’s at that moment when you realize that avocado green and harvest gold are no longer the “in” colors for today’s trendy kitchens. Or maybe you have an epiphany one day as you stand in line to use […]

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 […]

Spa-Inspired Master Bathrooms

From dressing room entryways to deep soaking tubs, see features that turn your master bathroom into both a luxurious spa retreat and a convenient functional space. Ready to remodel your bathroom? Give us a call today! Custom Contracting, Inc. Phone: 781-648-2835 1267A Massachusetts Ave. Fax: 781-648-0907 Arlington, MA 02476 Email: cci@custom-contracting.com   (original article)

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 […]

6 Simple Bathroom Storage Tips and Tricks

My wife and I have a very small bathroom. The tub, toilet, and sink are lined up shoulder to shoulder along one wall. An in-swinging door assaults anyone foolish enough to linger in front of the mirror. And this particular bathroom is the smallest in a long line of small bathrooms I’ve owned. For that […]

Is a Large-Scale Renovation / Addition Right for You?

You like your neighbors. You like the community, including the schools. It’s a good commute to work. But while you’re attached to your home in many ways, it needs major work. What do you do — move or stay where you are? And if you stay where you are, do you tear down the house […]

Kitchen and Bath Design

Kitchen & Bath Design – Understanding Your Motivations

Our clients have a variety of motivations for remodeling their kitchen and/or bathrooms. Scenarios range from a growing family that needs more space to a couple who’s finally ready to build out their dream kitchen or bath. Regardless of what motivates the homeowners, the key to creating a successful kitchen or bath plan is learning how they live in and use their space. From the firs meeting and site visit, here’s a look at the types of questions we might ask to understand […]

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. […]

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 […]

Strategies & Benefits for Going Green in the Bathroom

Redoing a bathroom is a big project, but going green can make it seem even bigger. With new terms to learn (e.g., VOCs, off-gassing) and new products to consider, it can be hard to know where to start. These tips can help you plan your strategy to ensure that you get the green bathroom you […]