Renovation

Continue reading Why it’s a great time for home improvements

Why it’s a great time for home improvements

For the past thirty or so years, the editors of Remodeling Magazine have compiled data from across the country to create estimates of what home remodeling projects cost in various markets—in our case, Greater Boston—and what the immediate recouped value of that remodel will be. The data is presented in their Cost versus Value Report.
Continue reading Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs): Maximizing Space and Comfort

Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs): Maximizing Space and Comfort

Accessory Dwelling Units, or ADUs, have become popular as local municipalities have relaxed regulations to allow more homeowners the opportunity to create independent residential spaces. In this article we explain what makes ADUs unique, and some of the special considerations when deciding to build one such as whether to retrofit within an existing home, or […]
Continue reading Whole Home Remodel/Expansion – Part 1: Exploring the Design Possibilities

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 […]
Continue reading Is 2020 Even a Good Time to Do a Home Remodel?

Is 2020 Even a Good Time to Do a Home Remodel?

We write this same blog every 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 shows do not […]
Continue reading Everything You Need to Know about Newton Accessory Apartments

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 […]
Continue reading The Secret Door

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 […]
Continue reading Open It Up!

Open It Up!

Sometimes a simple move can have a big impact.  We removed two walls in this small kitchen and suddenly it felt 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 […]
Continue reading Storm Panels/Restoration vs. Replacement Windows vs. New Windows

Storm Panels/Restoration vs. Replacement Windows vs. New Windows

Your windows are old and drafty. You’d love to take advantage of low cost state loans to upgrade them. There are a number of options available. Which one is right for you? Option 1: Storm panel (may also involve window restoration): If you live in an older home and want to preserve the original windows, […]