Quartz vs. Granite Countertops: Pros & Cons to help find the right fit

By: Nicole Patri Installing new countertops is a big commitment and we want you to make the best selection for your needs.  You may be asking yourself what the similarities and differences of granite and quartz countertops are? Figuring out what is important to you is crucial to narrowing down your countertop search. Granite countertops are some of the most aesthetically pleasing … [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...]

Is a wet room a good idea?

Tiled Bathroom Becoming more popular a wet room a bathroom where the floors and walls can get wet. They are typically tiled and sealed with some form of waterproof membrane, to prevent water from seeping out and causing damage. When talking with homeowners about creating a wet room space we typically look to second bathrooms.  They can be great for small bathrooms, by removing the bath you … [Read more...]

Is PVC trim expensive?

Azek Exteriors It was common practice to build homes thru even the early 2000’s using pine wood trim on the exterior of the windows, doors and trim of the house.  There are even some builders who are still building new homes with pine exterior trim. But with the advances in technology better options have become available at reasonable price points.   While, a less expensive option … [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 is my bathroom exhaust fan vent is leaking?

Sometimes when you are taking a shower does it seem like afterwards you have a puddle on the floor and think water might be getting in thru the exhaust vent? Many people notice the issue when the bathroom exhaust fan starts dripping on their head as they step out after a shower. Typically, this is caused by condensation inside the duct lines. If, when it rains, you see water dripping from … [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...]