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The units, which also provide dehumidification, are operated by a remote control. The homeowners simply set the preferred temperature and the unit senses if heating or air conditioning is needed.

The Story Behind and Accessory Apartment: HVAC

Work continues on the Accessory Apartment we’ve been blogging about over the last couple of months. The project is really starting to come together! A few weeks ago we installed the HVAC system now that the walls are up and the unit is insulated. The main section of the home has a gas fired furnace […]

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The Story Behind a Newton Accessory Apartment: Insulation

It’s time to insulate the Newton accessory apartment that we’ve been writing about. We know…we’re probably the only ones that get excited about insulation, but choosing the right materials for the job and using the best installation techniques are not only what will keep this family warm in the winter and cool in the summer, […]

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The Story Behind a Newton Accessory Apartment: Framing

  We hope you’ve been following the evolution of our latest project: an accessory apartment in Newton. From a homeowner’s perspective, one of the most exciting parts of a project is when the walls and roof go up and they can start to visualize their project becoming a reality. From our perspective, we’re just as […]

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The Story Behind a Newton Accessory Apartment: It Starts with a Good Foundation

We’ve been working on an exciting project with clients who desire an accessory apartment for their in-laws. Recently we wrote about our plans and the subsequent demolition as we prepared for the construction phase. We knew when we estimated the project that the foundation under the existing garage wouldn’t be sufficient and budgeted the project […]

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The Story Behind a Newton Accessory Apartment: Demolition Time!

  We’re writing a series of blogs about an accessory apartment that we’re building in Newton. Once our clients approved the plan and selected their finishes, we were able to finalize the budget and sign a construction agreement.  As soon as the ground thawed this spring, work began. We first had to remove the existing […]

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The Story Behind a Newton Accessory Apartment: It All Starts with a Plan!

We recently wrote about Newton’s new accessory apartment zoning ordinance which allows area homeowners to create a separate apartment either within or adjacent to their main home. It’s the perfect way to help ease the housing crunch! Not long ago we kicked off our first accessory apartment remodel under the new ordinance – we’re excited […]

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Everything You Need to Know About Newton Accessory Apartments

If there’s one thing we can all agree on, it’s that housing is at a premium in Newton, MA. Not only are real estate prices high, there simply isn’t much inventory and there isn’t a lot of room for additional development. One simple solution that our hometown is beginning to embrace is accessory apartments, which […]

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Not a Tiny House, but a Large Shed!

For the first time in a while we built something from the ground up.  It was  fun for the crew to frame and Alex had a blast making the custom barn doors. The shed footprint is 12×16′ and has shelving around it’s perimeter and we designed loft storage space in as well.  

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Open it Up!

Sometimes a simple move can have a big impact.  Removing two walls made this small kitchen feel much bigger.  The perimeter cabinets and tile are original; we added an island in a contrasting color. To fill in the floor where the walls were and ease the transition between the existing floor and the tile we added […]

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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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