Category: Residential Remodel

Renovations That Pay You Back

8 Renovations That Pay You Back

Conventional wisdom holds that upgrades and improvements will enhance a home’s value. But some improvements are better—and more cost-effective—investments than others. Contrary to what you might imagine, some of the most worthwhile projects also are the most economical. Start charting your home improvement course now by considering some of the projects with the biggest payoffs. […]

Bathroom Remodel, Somerville, MA

Client Spotlight: The O’Sullivan Home

Paula and Dan O’Sullivan own something of a rarity in urban Somerville: a farmhouse-style home. They loved the house when they first saw it six years ago, largely because of the two generous porches and its location on a quiet lot at the end of a private way. They liked the interior, too, but knew […]

Is a Major Interior Renovation Right for You?

Is a Major Interior Renovation Right for You?

Many people associate an interior renovation with an expansion of the home’s footprint. In fact, major remodeling projects frequently don’t involve building an addition, but rather reconfiguring the existing space in a better way. So if you’re feeling a little crowded in your home, a lack of square footage isn’t necessarily the issue. It could […]

Top 10 steps to prepare for a remodel

May is National Home Improvement Month. What can a homeowner do to prepare for a remodel? Here is a top 10 list of steps homeowners should take before breaking ground on their next remodel.   Research your project. Taking time to research projects on the Internet and NARI.org will provide a good sense of what […]

Basement Custom Built In Cabinets

Unlock the Potential of Your Basement

Additional living space: It’s something many of us want in our homes. If the inquiries we’re receiving at Custom are any indication, more and more homeowners see remodeling the basement as part of the solution. Transforming a basement into a family room is probably the most common goal. But there are plenty of other outcomes, […]

Kitchen & Bath Remodel

Maximize Your Remodeling Dollar

The average American is said to move every five to seven years. As that statistic suggests, you would be wise to think carefully about how you spend your renovation dollars. The odds are that in the not-so-distant future, you will be trying to recoup your expenditure when you’re getting ready to move on to your […]

7 Stunning Bathroom Makeovers

Before and After: 7 Stunning Bathroom Makeovers

Because the bathroom isn’t the first thing visitors see, it often falls to the bottom of the DIY to-do list. But a bathroom shouldn’t stay out of sight and out of mind, because it is one of the most-used areas of any home. With a little tender love and care, even the most shameful space […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Why Everyone Needs to Make Their Home Green

It’s time to get back to nature. Can’t you sense that the world is craving it?  When we look around it certainly seems that we hunger for a more natural way of living. Take for example the natural goods that are showing up everywhere in our lives, from the whole foods that line the shelves […]

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 […]