Project Description

A couple years ago, Lexington’s Marianne Baxter and Robert King were thinking about having some work done on their home. While walking around their neighborhood, they noticed a lot of Custom Contracting signs. Each time, the workers onsite seemed to be efficient and keeping things tidy. That made an impression on Marianne and Robert. When it came time to contact prospective remodelers, Custom was one of the first companies on their list.

President Bill Farnsworth met with the couple and made another good impression. While Marianne appreciated the fact that Custom is a local firm, she especially liked Bill’s low-key approach.

“Bill is very even-tempered, sensible and helpful,” she says. “We talked with him for about a year before we could get started, but he never pressured us. He was also great about walking through our options and explaining which ones would make sense given our budget. It was great to have someone who really understands building come and talk with us.”

“It Looks Amazing”

Outside of some HVAC work, the bulk of this project comprised two bathroom renovations and enlarging a bedroom closet.

The original downstairs bathroom had an unusual layout with a pocket door and wall separating a half bath from a tub. The new configuration eliminates that awkward division to create one open space. White floor-to-ceiling Nantucket 6″ V-groove paneling, a Bertch Bath vanity cabinet with white marble counter, and Pietra Ossidiana tile (by Ceramica Magica) are among the highlights of the updated room.

The upstairs bathroom presented different challenges, notes Marianne: “This house is only 17 years old, but the tile in the bathroom hadn’t been put down properly. When we moved in in 2000, there was already cracking.”

Now the space has what Marianne calls “the look of a master bathroom,” including porcelain shower tile, which takes on the appearance of marble but is less expensive and less prone to etching or staining. Many features of the downstairs bathroom also carry over here.

“Both of the baths are black and white with marble and chrome; it can be a chilly combination,” Marianne says. “But there’s something about having that V-groove paneling that makes the room feel warmer when it’s cold outside. We’re very happy with it – it looks amazing.”

An Ongoing Relationship

As for the work in the bedroom closet, we expanded the floor space by taking over a portion of the connected attic. More importantly, we added insulation to make the adjoining bedroom – situated over a porch – a lot more comfortable. “The closet is the coziest place in the house now, and our son’s room is warm again,” Marianne says.

Marianne praised the work of lead carpenter Bryan Lamoureux, along with our trusted vendors Roma Tile (“Victor Chan was really wonderful – he spent a lot of time with me looking at photos I brought in of bathrooms I liked and helped me choose the floor and shower wall tile”) and Frank Webb’s Bath Center for help with product selection. She’s already looking forward to working with us on their master bathroom later this year.

“I’m glad we have more work for them to do,” she says. “Custom is a terrific outfit, and I feel very lucky to have the chance to work with them.”

Client Spotlight: Products


Cabinetry & Trim

1st floor: Bertch Bath, “Furniture” series, Interlude door style in white semi-gloss finish
2nd floor: Bertch Bath “Classic” series, Osage door style in white semi-gloss finish Nantucket floor-to-ceiling 6″ V-groove paneling

Tile (Porcelain) & Stone

1st floor (floor): 12×24 Magica-LePietre collection, Pietra Ossidiana color
2nd floor (floor): 12×24 Gazzini-Trendy series, Shadow color
2nd floor shower wall: Naxos-Marble Hill series in Legand color
Both baths: Bianco Gioia marble vanity tops

Plumbing Fixtures

Both baths: Toto Drake II toilet, Toto sinks with SanaGloss finish, Grohe Parkfeld tub spout and Cosmopolitan shower head with five-spray handheld
1st floor: Newport Brass, Metropole widespread chrome faucet; Symmons Dia shower valve/trim 2nd floor: Hansgrohe Axo Uno chrome faucet; Kohler, Bellweather tub; Grohe, Groheflex valve with Atrio trim

Electrical & Other

1st floor: Norwell Astor, single light in chrome
2nd floor: Hudson Valley, Thompson 20 in chrome
Both baths: LED recessed lights

Project Details

Client The Baxter-King Home
Location Lexington, MA