Nice White Cabinet Kitchen

A recent survey by the popular website HOUZZ.com reveals some changing styles and trends for today’s kitchens.  If you are not familiar with HOUZZ.com, it’s a must for anyone planning a home remodeling project.  Be sure to visit the site and create your own idea book, a great way to engage with your designer or contractor for your upcoming project.  Here’s a look at some of the trends. Open Conce...

Budget There are two main areas to focus on when it comes to a budget.  If you are hiring a contractor or design-build firm directly, be sure to be open and honest about budget starting with the first phone call.  The budget shouldn’t be a closely guarded secret. Ideally, the budget should be included in every conversation.  This will ensure all parties are on the same page and save a lot of time...
Masters Touch Showroom

In this article, I will describe some of the various steps a client may experience in working with a Design-Build firm for a typical remodeling project. After the initial meeting and a measure of the project space, I render a scaled floor plan of the existing space and then the proposed space, showing the position of major elements and the proposed changes. [caption id="attachment_3077" alig...
Beautiful new kitchen

This job is a kitchen remodel (with some surprise structural work) that took this kitchen from 1984 to the present. The homeowners bought this house knowing that it didn't fit their style, and they knew they wouldn't be able to call this house a true "home" until they could put their creative touches on it. Soon after they closed on the house, they hired us to start making this house their dream h...
Designer and Customers

Understanding Your Role in the Design-Build Process You’re going to undertake a home remodeling project and you’ve settled on a Design-Build Firm to execute the work and turn your dream into reality.  How do you help to ensure the project goes well and the finished product is everything you hoped for?  Hiring a reputable, established firm is the most important first step.  But, understanding your...
Natick Kitchen Remodel

Award Winning Natick Kitchen Remodel Take a look at this dramatic transition!  This Natick Kitchen Project just took a 2017 Silver Award from the Eastern Massachusetts Chapter of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry. The project consisted of a much-needed 10’ x 11’ kitchen renovation for a young couple with small children and a tight budget!   The clients had persevered for years ...
Well Maintained Home

Should You Spruce Up Your Home Before You Sell? This is one of the most common questions I get asked by homeowners who are considering putting their home on the market.  Usually, if you ask a realtor, the answer is always YES!  However, it’s not that simple, since sometimes you might be throwing good money away if you are not smart about the quick “fix-ups” you do. So, what are the best projects ...
Blue Wallpaper in Bathroom

To Wallpaper or not to Wallpaper? Wallpaper is a subject that many homeowners don’t even want to discuss.  I think I know why: they’ve either tried to remove improperly installed paper that literally removed part of the wall with it, or they have an image burned into their memory of that velvet flocked floral wallpaper from their grandma’s house, or both. The truth is, wallpaper has never real...
Home Improvements in Massachusetts

Home Improvements In Massachusetts - Getting the Most Out of Your Investment For many, our homes represent a reflection of ourselves – our style, our interests, even our personalities. We don’t live in a perfect world, but in our homes, we can design and customize to suit our own specific aesthetic choices and create our own environments. It’s our own personal microcosm – and a tremendous amount o...