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What does a home remodel cost in 2019?

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, it’s hard to pull a number out of thin air and the information you find online can be unrealistic. Worse yet, television shows […]

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Top 5 Ways to Keep Your Hard Wood Floors Protected in Winter

Winter months can be rough on your hard wood floors, so you’ll want to protect them. Here are five ways to keep your floors looking good despite the weather. 1 – Use salt and sand sparingly outside. Tracking gritty particles into your house can damage wood floors.     2 – Change shoes and boots […]

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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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Heat Pump Water Heaters are Efficient and Save Money

Water heaters aren’t something that many of us spend much time thinking about…until there’s an emergency and a bit of a flood in the basement if you have a tank heater. However, from an energy efficient perspective, there’s actually been a lot of progress in water heaters. According to U.S Department of Energy, water heaters […]

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The Rising Costs of Remodeling

Remodeling prices have increased over the past couple of years. First, it was driven by the tight real estate market. With the cost of new homes increasing dramatically, it was simply more economical for many homeowners to upgrade and improve their existing home rather than move to a new one. Locally, the appeal of living […]

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Meet the Team: Carpenter Abe Fender

Abe Fender joined the steveworks team in early 2018 as a highly skilled carpenter. With more than two decades of carpentry experience under his belt, Abe is a seasoned professional adept at all aspects of residential construction including framing, roofing, siding, doors, windows and trim work … to name just a few! Abe grew up […]

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steveworks in the BOSTON GLOBE: “Shortage of Skilled Laborers Adds to Owners’ Headaches, Costs”

Many area homeowners are going to relate to this dilemma: it’s difficult to find a contractor these days. I was interviewed for a story that ran in the Boston Globe’s Real Estate section recently. The truth is, reputable contractors may WANT to work on a homeowner’s remodeling project, but don’t have the resources. We also […]

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Building Better, More Energy Efficient, Walls

You probably don’t give a lot of thought to wall construction, but here at steveworks, we give it A LOT of thought. In fact, there are many ways to build a wall, but not all of them are… Up to official Massachusetts code standards Energy efficient Keeping best “green building” practices in mind Using low […]

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Steveworks Lends a Hand to Family Granted Asylum

  The steveworks team took some time after-hours to help an Ethiopian family who have been granted asylum. Steve and the crew made stops at five homes around Newton to collect furnishings to equip an apartment in Malden for the grateful family of four. The furniture, kitchenware, linens and other household goods were donated by […]

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