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Homage to the Sistine Chapel

It didn’t take Dan as long to paint the underside of this return soffit as it took Michelangelo to paint the Sistine Chapel ceiling.  No detail is too small, but luckily the soffit was a lot smaller than the Chapel.

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When is a Hole in Your Roof a Good Thing?

The basic scope of this job was to replace the failing roofing shingles and to replace the cedar siding shingles, as the old ones no longer held paint.  Midway through the job, our client mentioned that his legs were always cold under his desk, in the developed attic above the garage.  We’re always looking for ways […]

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In the hole!

Q:  How do you get 8- 6″x16′ long  wood beams and 2- 14″x16 beams, all weighing about 600 pounds in total, into a small window in the attic , on the third floor?  (can’t use a boom truck or crane, can’t drive up into the garden, and there are utility wires everywhere!)   Click here for […]

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Into the Window, the Solution!

A: A ladder, some rope, and elbow grease!    

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Just like a good meal, it’s all about prep.

We’re in the process of rebuilding a front porch in Jamaica Plain.  The secret to a durable and sustainable build is the prep.  Dan is making sure the post holes are 4′ below grade to prevent the piers from frost heaving (this is New England after all). When we took down the original deck there was a […]

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Cases in Action

Here’s a nice little video tour of our buildout of Newtonville Bookstore. Check out the fun animation at the end.

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Everybody Pitches In

Tova begins the arduous task of assembling books into the front “shelf”of the customer center at Newtonville books. The pattern she is using is called a “running brick bond”,  however she has adapted it to a “book bond”  

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The Build Begins

  The shell of the customer center at Newtonville Books begins to take shape.

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Newtonville Books is Moving

  Newtonville Books is  moving! and we’re helping… Newtonville Books is moving from their present location on Walnut St. in Newtonville to a new location on Langley Rd. in Newton Center.  We’ve been ask to help build out the new storefront by modifying their bookcases and building a new customer service desk. Our first step […]

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Don’t Let that Wind In!

Old and drafty homes are so romantic – until you see the heating bill. One of our recent jobs on a particularly old house (we think it was built in the early 1900’s) is a perfect example of this.  The house was so drafty the clients complained that they could hear the wind and traffic […]

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