Should I Consider a Standby Generator?

 The Advantages to consider By Nicole Patri While New England seems to have been spared the worse of the weather troubles this year. In recent years we have seen more and more power outages caused by storms of all kind. Our team feels that standby generators are something you should consider as part of your addition or remodel. Standby generators give you immense peace of mind. You … [Read more...]

How To Design Your Home Office

By: Nicole Patri What to Include in my Home Office Design? In a recent post we talked about how to find or create space for a dedicated home office. A good home office will combine the comfort of home with the convenience of your office. Whether you are adding space or converting an existing space you should consider your design carefully to include everything you will need to be successful. … [Read more...]

Home Office… we need one NOW!

By: Craig Guido Home Office, Hanover Ma As we know, the Covid19 Pandemic has a lot of people now working from home.  Maybe like you some homeowners are finding out that they will be working from home indefinitely.  With kids learning from home for school, and families now around the house all while you are trying to get your work done, we know that finding a space for you to call … [Read more...]

How is COVID effecting the cost of my project?

By Craig Guido The recent months have led to a lot of volatility in the building and remodeling market.  Prices for materials like Lumber, Roofing, siding, and many other products we use in our client’s homes have spiked.   Due to a lot of factors in the past year we have seen some materials increase by 100% from the same time last year.  We have not seen this much of a … [Read more...]

3 Tips to getting the remodeling process started

Built In cabinetry Have you been thinking about it, dreaming about it, and are you now ready to start planning a remodel on your home?  Is it time to start planning a kitchen, addition, bath, deck, or other project? 3 things to think about as you get started.   First you need to decide what type of contractor you want to work with on the project.   For most people, … [Read more...]

Choosing Your Interior Doors

Winslow Interior Molded Door by Masonite There are many types and levels of interior doors you can choose from when remodeling your home.  I know that some people think, it is just an interior door, but selecting the right door for you can be an important decision. The first decision you should make is the design of the door.   Most of the manufacturers of interior doors have several … [Read more...]

Why do I need to replace or upgrade my Smoke Detectors?

Having working smoke detectors in your home is not only important for your safety, but also is required by Massachusetts codes.   While having smoke detectors has been code for your home for a long time and it is most likely you already have them in your home, in the recent past there have been some important changes to the code requirements. One of the changes is the requirement for smoke … [Read more...]

Should I install heated floors?

There are so many upgrade options you can choose from when remodeling your home, you could spend hours and hours poring thru all of them. Some you can add on or upgrade to at any time, and others you need to think about before the project gets too far. One upgrade option you should think about adding is heated floors. Yes, this is a luxury, but it will make your home more comfortable and could … [Read more...]

What do I need a building permit for?

For most remodeling projects you will need a Building Permit from the town. There are some exceptions to this but the general rule is building permits are required to “construct, re-construct, alter, repair, remove, or demolish a building or structure; or to change the use or occupancy of a building or structure. Some of the current exceptions to permitting that we work … [Read more...]

Why do I have to tell the town what I am doing?

Garage Foundation We get the question “Why do I need a permit” a lot from homeowners. In Massachusetts for virtually all projects (with some exceptions) you are required to have an approved building permit from the town prior to starting work on your home. Recently in the town of Rockland, Ma took drastic steps against a homeowner after they did not follow zoning laws and not pay taxes on a … [Read more...]