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A Little Summer Reading: A Glimpse at Tova’s Bedside Table

Last week we took some time to peruse the pile of books on Steve’s bedside table.  Now it’s my turn! First and foremost, yes, it’s true: we’re married, we own and operate a remodeling business together, but when the lights go down…we each have a pile of building books to read and discuss until the […]

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Universal Design

A key aspect of sustainability is minimizing waste, and that means building for the long term. People’s needs change but by planning ahead you can make your house work for you and your guests, both now and for years to come. Are you replacing your doorknobs? Consider levers instead of knobs for ease of use […]

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Welcome Carpenter Alex Pawling!

We are pleased to have added a new carpenter to our team. Alex Pawling joined us in May so we can report that he’s fitting in perfectly with our crew. He grew up in Newton but had migrated all the way to Bozeman Montana when we snagged him and lured him back to the Boston […]

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Asher runner up for NESEA Kate Goldstein Award

We’re pleased (but not at all surprised) to congratulate Asher on being a runner-up for the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA)’s Kate Goldstein award for young leaders. Asher was recognized for his contributions to our Building Energy Bottom Lines group and his concern for quality overall. Go Asher!

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Interior Rigid Foam

How do you prevent ice dams? Insulate, insulate, insulate! The ideal solution is to fill all roof and wall cavities with blown-in or foam insulation and then wrap the entire house with a layer of rigid foam to prevent “thermal bridging,” transfer of heat through the studs. That’s fine if you’re replacing your roof and […]

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Review steveworks on Houzz

Houzz.com has become a major player in client/contractor searches and we’d like to expand our reach there. Since 95% of our business comes from referrals it seems logical to get our clients to review us on Houzz as well. Would you be willing to submit a brief review? As an added incentive–and to thank you […]

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Caulking: Do You Push or Pull?

Most people’s instinct is to pull the caulking gun when trying to fill a joint. Next time, try pushing the gun instead. You’ll get a more even application of sealant and a better result. If you want a nice straight line, take the time to use masking tape, such as Scotch Blue, on both sides […]

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steveworks to Host March Meeting of Bottom Lines

At steveworks, our focus is on the “triple bottom line” of people, planet and profit. In order to help us improve in all 3 areas, we joined a new peer networking initiative called Building Energy Bottom Lines. Sponsored by the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA), BEBL consists of 32 organizations in the building industry divided […]

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Zip Up Your Home

You may have noticed a lot of buildings going up these days with green walls and brown roofs. It’s not a style fad you’re missing out on, it’s actually a product called the Zip system.  The Zip system is quickly becoming the industry norm because it creates a moisture barrier and a tight air seal, […]

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Beat the Bugs!

Good home maintenance starts with keeping out uninvited houseguests.  No, not your in-laws or your teenager’s horde of friends (though they may really bug you!) we’re talking about wood-munching insects.  Carpenter ants and termites can cause costly damage to your home’s structural backbone and architectural details, so it’s best to keep them away. Follow these […]

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