Category: Residential Remodel

Client Spotlight: The Gibowicz Home

Client Spotlight: The Gibowicz Home

Julie and Joe Gibowicz’s Sudbury farmhouse was built in 1810 and expanded in 1860. With its long history and charming period details like posts and beams, wood floors and brick fireplaces, the couple has been very careful in their approach to remodeling.   The Gibowiczes first hired Custom for some smaller projects soon after purchasing […]

CCI Management Memo – Be Proactive About Doing Your Homework

Thinking about doing a major home renovation, like a big addition? Picking the right remodeling firm for the project is a critical part of the process. But before you even go down that path, you need to do a little research. Or in some cases, a lot of research. The fact is, larger projects often […]

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Client Spotlight: The McElroy-LeRoyer Home

Aging in place — the ability to stay in your home as you get older — is very much on the minds of homeowners these days. And more and more, it’s something that we’ve been accounting for in our projects at Custom. Arlington’s Richard McElroy and Ann LeRoyer offer a case in point. They’ve lived […]

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Adding on to an Historic Home

We’re so excited about a project that we’re working on in Sudbury that we couldn’t wait till the project was completed to start telling you about it. The original farmhouse was built in 1810 and expanded in 1860. The historic home features gorgeous post and beam details, wood floors and several brick fireplaces – all […]

Buying a Home With an Eye to Renovate

Buying a Home with an Eye to Renovate

You know the old saying, “There are three things that matter in real estate: location, location, location.” And for Arlington’s Sally Royce and Craig Hunter, location certainly did matter. Their 1922 colonial sits on a corner lot with an expansive view of lower Mystic Lake. It’s a quiet spot; in fact, a large cemetery abuts […]

President Bill Farnsworth, general manager Scott Blain.

Management Memo: 7 Questions to Ask About ADUs

In case our last post has sparked your interest in an accessory dwelling unit (ADU), here are seven important questions to ask yourself before moving forward.   Can we even consider building an ADU? Some communities have certain districts that are zoned for single-family dwellings. In these areas, ADUs may be prohibited or may require […]

Accessory Dwelling Units

Accessory Dwelling Units Are Having Their Day

Do you worry about an elderly parent living on his or her own? Do you have a child who has graduated from college but doesn’t have the financial means to rent an apartment in your community? The solution in cases like these might be an accessory dwelling unit (ADU). The Commonwealth of Massachusetts defines an […]

Turn Your Unfinished Basement Into Your Dream Room

Turn Your Unfinished Basement Into Your Dream Room

For some, an unfinished basement can be a burden and an eyesore. But, it really is a space in the home that you can invigorate with fresh ideas to create the dream room you’ve always wanted. The possibilities are truly endless. However, that can be overwhelming! Where do you start? To help you discover all […]

President Bill Farnsworth, general manager Scott Blain.

Is Now the Time to Remodel? – CCI Management Memo

The Greater Boston residential real estate market is still going strong. That’s great news if you own a home (perhaps less so if you don’t own but are looking to buy).   Now suppose you own but think you want something bigger, more updated or simply different. Your best option might be to sell — […]

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CCI Subcontractor’s Corner: Jeff O’Rourke, GoliathTech

At Custom Contracting, we work hard to incorporate the latest advances in the field so we can deliver greater value to homeowners. A case in point is our adoption of screw pile footings in certain projects.   Screw piles are an alternative to traditional concrete footings or foundations. The website of our vendor of choice, […]

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Remodeling for Resale: 3 Tarnished Trends to Avoid

At times it’s necessary to walk a fine line when remodeling. On the one hand, you want to give your house distinct appeal, but on the other hand, you should avoid making your residence so idiosyncratic (or so plain-vanilla) that it won’t appeal to potential buyers. Here are three strategies to help you stay ahead […]

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. […]