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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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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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The Secret Door

Is there anything more delightful to children, and children-at-heart, than a secret passage? Very few of us are lucky enough to have one in our own homes, but we recently completed a home renovation where you’ll find something hidden behind a seemingly ordinary chalk board located in the kitchen. This home originally had a servant’s […]

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Modern Technology Enhances Old Tecnique

I was sent a newsletter from a publication called Tools of the Trade. The article is about residential construction techniques in Japan. I thought the article was interesting from two points of view. One being how new technology and automation is stepping in to keep up with construction. The other, which is a derivative point […]

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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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What I learned at WPI today

I attended a great workshop at Worchester Polytechnic Institute (WPI, a very cool place) on Deep Energy Retrofits (DER).  DER  renovations involve super insulation techniques, high efficiency mechanical ( heat,A/C, ventilation, domestic hot water) and if executed well can bring the energy load of a home down by 70%.  They also promote much healthier living spaces. […]

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