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Homeowners Think Their Bathroom Transformation is “The Cat’s Meow”

  When Sarah and Felix Scheuplein moved into their Weston home three years ago, they knew right away that they didn’t love the primary bathroom, but it was “mostly” functional so they chose to live with it for a while. As a result, they knew just what they wanted when the time finally came to […]

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A New Screen Porch For Indoor/Outdoor Living!

Everyone loves indoor/outdoor living during the warmer months. And ever since the pandemic hit, homeowners are looking for ways to expand their living areas and create safer spaces to spend time with friends/family. This porch transformation achieved both of those goals! This Newton home had a glass sunroom with a hot tub that was never […]

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Whole Home Remodel/Expansion Part 3: Building an Airtight Addition – Blower Door Testing

What was once simply empty space above the garage has now been completely framed out. Entering the space, the homeowners can now see where their new office, bathroom and guest bedroom will be. It’s starting to come together! In our last blog, we discussed framing and insulation. The next step is to make sure the […]

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Whole Home Remodel/Expansion Part 2: Framing the Addition

Construction is in high gear in Hopkinton! You may have read our previous blog where we outlined our latest big project: adding a large addition, as well as remodeling the kitchen and bathrooms of this three-bedroom home built in 1983. Our first mission: build a large addition above the garage that will include an office, […]

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Whole Home Remodel/Expansion – Part 1: Exploring the Design Possibilities

Homeowners who haven’t been through a large-scale remodel before would probably tell you that a project “begins” when construction starts. The truth is that months of planning go into any successful remodeling project before anyone pulls out a power tool. We met a family in Hopkinton in January 2020. They had big ideas for their […]

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What Does a Home Remodel Cost in 2020? Is this even a good time to do a home remodel?

We write this same blog ever year – and for good reason! Often, homeowners have no idea what a remodel is going to cost. After all, if you haven’t done one recently—or ever!– it’s hard to pull a number out of thin air and the information you find online can be unrealistic. Worse yet, television […]

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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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