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Continue reading Summer Heat Pump Maintenance Tips

Summer Heat Pump Maintenance Tips

The Fourth of July has come and gone and summer is in full swing, so we wanted to remind you that there are a few things you need to know about keeping your heat pump in prime condition this summer. (And before we talk about heat pumps, just a reminder to turn off your heated floor if you are lucky enough to have one!) We looked to our friends at Sum Zero Energy Systems in Holliston to see what they recommend. Here are their top four tips that homeowners can do themselves.
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 Test Your IQ on IAQ

Test Your IQ on IAQ

At steveworks, when we speak with clients about their vision for beautiful, energy-efficient home renovations, we are also talking about indoor air quality (IAQ) and how we can provide a healthier home for families. So what is indoor air quality?
Continue reading Best of Houzz Award for Service—X 10!

Best of Houzz Award for Service—X 10!

steveworks just won the Best of Houzz Award for Service for the tenth year in a row. We sat down with founder Steve Greenberg to ask what it is steveworks does to earn such kudos from their clients.
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 Why We Consider Universal Design in Every Project

Why We Consider Universal Design in Every Project

When Tova designs a renovation, she always keeps universal design (UD) principles in mind to ensure homeowners of all abilities can enjoy their space. “Small changes can make a big difference,” explains Tova. “Whether it’s grab bars for the bath, a wider doorway, or sloped entrances, these types of design accommodations make it easier for […]
Continue reading The Myth of Failing Heat Pumps in Subzero Temperatures

The Myth of Failing Heat Pumps in Subzero Temperatures

There’s been a lot of buzz around heat pumps lately—both good and bad. So we wanted to set the record straight about why we recommend heat pumps and how they stood up during the arctic blast we just experienced.  First, rest assured that our customers have reported that the heat pumps we installed worked as […]
Continue reading Cool Products: Two Cool Shower Heads

Cool Products: Two Cool Shower Heads

When we meet potential clients who are interested in remodeling their primary bathrooms, we often hear the words “We want it to be spa-like.” And of course they do! As the popularity of showers over bathtubs has increased, more and more emphasis has been placed on luxurious showers. Homeowners often hope to include glass enclosures, […]
Continue reading Interview with an Expert: Countertop Trends

Interview with an Expert: Countertop Trends

We recently wrote an article about choosing the most environmentally friendly countertops. That had us wondering about trends and what an expert would recommend. So we decided to ask our favorite countertop expert: Mara Penha at Onyx Marble & Granite. Onyx is a local family-owned business—we love that about them! And Mara is our go-to […]