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Heat Pump Water Heaters are Efficient and Save Money

Water heaters aren’t something that many of us spend much time thinking about…until there’s an emergency and a bit of a flood in the basement if you have a tank heater. However, from an energy efficient perspective, there’s actually been a lot of progress in water heaters. According to U.S Department of Energy, water heaters […]

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The Rising Costs of Remodeling

Remodeling prices have increased over the past couple of years. First, it was driven by the tight real estate market. With the cost of new homes increasing dramatically, it was simply more economical for many homeowners to upgrade and improve their existing home rather than move to a new one. Locally, the appeal of living […]

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Meet the Team: Carpenter Abe Fender

Abe Fender joined the steveworks team in early 2018 as a highly skilled carpenter. With more than two decades of carpentry experience under his belt, Abe is a seasoned professional adept at all aspects of residential construction including framing, roofing, siding, doors, windows and trim work … to name just a few! Abe grew up […]

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steveworks in the BOSTON GLOBE: “Shortage of Skilled Laborers Adds to Owners’ Headaches, Costs”

Many area homeowners are going to relate to this dilemma: it’s difficult to find a contractor these days. I was interviewed for a story that ran in the Boston Globe’s Real Estate section recently. The truth is, reputable contractors may WANT to work on a homeowner’s remodeling project, but don’t have the resources. We also […]

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Building Better, More Energy Efficient, Walls

You probably don’t give a lot of thought to wall construction, but here at steveworks, we give it A LOT of thought. In fact, there are many ways to build a wall, but not all of them are… Up to official Massachusetts code standards Energy efficient Keeping best “green building” practices in mind Using low […]

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Cool Products: Faucets of the 21st Century

Lately, there seems to be a lot that’s “new” about faucets. That might seem strange to you. It’s a faucet – water comes out, end of story, right?  In fact, there is a little more to it than that as technology has become more prominent in the kitchen…right down to the once-simple faucet. Touchless Faucets […]

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Getting Ready for the (14th!) Ride of a Lifetime

Every year I try to think of something inspirational to say about why I ride for MS. As some of you may know, my mother has MS, and is benefitting from the therapy she has undergone over the years – therapy that’s possible in part because of the money we help raise. Having Multiple Sclerosis […]

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Reducing the Carbon Footprint of a Remodeling Project

Last month we attended the BuildingEnergy Boston Conference at the Westin Waterfront hotel. Attended by builders, remodelers, and energy experts, the focus of the conference is to learn and share new ideas and research on sustainable, “green” building and high-performance building. In other words – it’s a conference about everything we believe in here at steveworks. […]

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What Do Remodels Really Cost?

Often, homeowners have no idea what a remodel is going to cost. After all, if you haven’t done one recently, it’s hard to pull a number out of thin air and the information you find online can be unrealistic. Worse yet, television shows do not reflect “reality” and are very misleading. No, we can’t actually […]

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Cool Products: Shipping “Pyramids”

It’s not often, in fact never, that we’re so impressed by the packing materials used to ship that we practically ignore the item we purchased. But there’s a first time for everything! We had some items shipped to us recently and were intrigued by these cardboard “pyramids.”  How on earth could these little cardboard “hole-y triangles” […]

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