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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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Cool Products: Low Energy Usage Light Bulb

We saw this when trolling the aisles of a home improvement store: a low energy usage light bulb that uses “new” technology. It’s not LED – instead, it’s based on Nikola Tesla‘s AC coil technology that dates back to 1891! These are different than LED (light emitting diode) bulbs, because the Tesla technology (not to be confused with Tesla […]

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Three Simple Steps to a “Book Counter”

Someone asked me recently about “interesting” projects I’ve worked on at steveworks. There are many projects I’ve enjoyed and think are beautiful, but the most interesting one has to be the “book counter” at Newtonville Books. We had worked with the store owners several times over the years, both at their home and at the […]

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

Did you ever wonder what remodeling contractors read when they’re home relaxing? No???? Well, that’s ok, we won’t hold it against you, but Tova and I realized that we actually have pretty interesting piles of books on our bedside tables and thought we’d give you a little glimpse into the inner world of Steve and […]

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Don’t Ignore Your Tankless Water Heater: Yearly Maintenance Reminder

Aaaaahhhh the tankless water heater. Conjuring images of hot, steamy showers and luxurious baths…even after all the kids have bathed. Tankless water heaters promise an endless supply of hot water. Plus, there’s the energy savings that comes along with a system that isn’t required to keep a huge tank of water hot, and the water […]

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Just Add the Bubbles!

At a recent EMNARI meeting, sponsored  by DesignerBath , Tova relaxed in a hand carved sandstone bath tub. If you would like one made for you it can be yours for the bargain price of $22,000. (delivery is extra!) Tova commented that a nice glass of Chardonnay would have been an excellent addition.

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