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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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3 Tips for Creating a Marvelous Mudroom (Featured On Houzz!)

This story was written by, and appeared on, Houzz. Who: Tova Greenberg of Steveworks Where: Newton, Massachusetts In her own words: “Your mudroom and kitchen are the spaces where everything has to be functional and every inch of space counts.”Snow, mud, drafts, sports equipment, outdoor gear — you want to keep all those things outside your house, designer Tova […]

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Cool Products: The Galley Kitchen Workstation

    I recently attended a “Lunch and Learn” at Designer Bath in Watertown on kitchen workstations. Sponsored by The Galley, these products turn the humble sink into a powerhouse food prep, serving and clean-up station.  Especially when paired with a two-burner induction cooktop, they save steps, control messes and up the ante in a kitchen. Sizes range from […]

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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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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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Cool Products: Making the Most of a Smaller Home

The steveworks logo is green for a reason…and it’s not because our name is Greenberg. Or, at least, not completely. We’re always looking for more energy efficient building products and techniques. In fact, I went to the combined ABX 2017 and Greenbuild International Conference and Expo in Boston recently and came away with info on […]

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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 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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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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