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The Secret Door

Is there anything more delightful to children, and children-at-heart, than a secret passage? Very few of us are lucky enough to have one in our own homes, but we recently completed a home renovation where you’ll find something hidden behind a seemingly ordinary chalk board located in the kitchen. This home originally had a servant’s […]

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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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Modern Technology Enhances Old Tecnique

I was sent a newsletter from a publication called Tools of the Trade. The article is about residential construction techniques in Japan. I thought the article was interesting from two points of view. One being how new technology and automation is stepping in to keep up with construction. The other, which is a derivative point […]

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Kitchen Bump-out Was So Worthwhile

After interviewing several contractors, we are so glad we hired Steve and his crew to completely rebuild and expand our 1950s kitchen in our fixerupper. Steve was incredibly detail oriented, yet flexible and patient in working with and advising us as we designed most of the kitchen and small addition project ourselves. He did everything […]

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What I learned at WPI today

I attended a great workshop at Worchester Polytechnic Institute (WPI, a very cool place) on Deep Energy Retrofits (DER).  DER  renovations involve super insulation techniques, high efficiency mechanical ( heat,A/C, ventilation, domestic hot water) and if executed well can bring the energy load of a home down by 70%.  They also promote much healthier living spaces. […]

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