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Choosing Electric Over Gas

At steveworks, we always recommend the most efficient and cleanest products to our clients – whether it’s building materials, appliances, deck materials, or even heat pumps.  These decisions often involve tradeoffs, as carbon impact, price, aesthetics, comfort, recycled content etc. don’t always dictate the same solution.  However, in the case of gas vs. electricity the […]

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The Story Behind a Newton Accessory Apartment: Appliances

For some homeowners, remodeling a kitchen and choosing appliances means going “bigger” – double ovens, 6-8 burners on the stovetop, or adding a steam oven or warming drawer. In the case of our accessory apartment, bigger doesn’t mean better. Instead, we chose appliances that are not only appropriately sized for the space and amount of […]

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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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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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Choosing the Right Deck Material

Planning to build a new deck in 2019? You may be wondering how long it will last and which material to choose. While there are less sustainable materials available – composites and synthetics – they are not great for the environment and not easily recyclable. Natural woods, on the other hand, are beautiful and enhance […]

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Introducing The Dunkin’ Donuts Tiny House

What do New Englanders and this tiny 275-square-foot house have in common? They both run on Dunkin’! Dunkin’ Donuts teamed with New Frontier Tiny Homes and Blue Marble Biomaterials who developed a biofuel blend that is powering “the home that runs on Dunkin.” Actress Olivia Wilde contributed her design input, featuring some cool elements that […]

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Evolving Lighting Technologies and OLED

Residential designers and builders agree that lighting is one of the most important elements in how homeowners feel in their space. Lighting technology has been evolving since the invention of the incandescent light bulb. With an eye toward sustainability and budget-friendly products, CFL (compact fluorescent lightbulbs) and then LED (light emitting diode) technologies took the […]

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