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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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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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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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A Visit to Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater

This summer, Steve and I finally visited a site I’ve been dreaming of since I was a teenager–Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater. Perched above a creek outside Pittsburgh, it’s considered one of Wright’s greatest achievements.  The house did not disappoint. The unfolding of spaces, views, and materials were truly amazing.     Equally interesting was a house […]

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Steveworks Helps Out Our Future

We were thrilled to participate in EMNARI (Eastern MA National Association of the Renovation Industry) First Annual Youth Remodeling Career Day. The response was incredible.  We had just shy of 500 students participate from more than 30 classrooms around the state.  The kids were thoroughly engaged and we have already had many teachers emailing to say […]

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