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December 2017

WORKS Takes a Kitchen From “OH NO” to “WOW!”

By | December 3rd, 2017|Categories: Kitchen|Tags: , , |

Back in June, I told you about the complete kitchen renovation of an 1880s Colonial in Beverly, Massachusetts. The homeowners worked with an architect to come up with several plans, and they chose WORKS to bring those plans to reality. Today I want to focus ...

November 2017

Renovation Ideas for a New Basement

By | November 8th, 2017|Categories: Basement, Home Improvement, Remodel, Renovations|Tags: , , |

Dark, dank, and neglected basements are often overlooked as a potential area for family hangouts and additional living space. Working with an experienced contractor, a basement renovation can even help increase the home’s market value...

WORKS Creates Handicapped Accessible Bathroom

By | November 5th, 2017|Categories: Bathroom, Renovations|Tags: , , , |

From the outside, the home in Beverly, Massachusetts, was perfect: a two-story, two-car garage house in a neighborhood of beautiful homes. But inside, one of the bathrooms was far from meeting the homeowner’s expectations and needs. It was a large...

October 2017

September 2017

Works Addresses Church Renovation

By | September 17th, 2017|Categories: Blog, Renovations|Tags: , , , |

Their focus this time was on the bathrooms. The men’s room was being used as a storage closet as well as a bathroom; rugs covered the floor in both the men’s and women’s room; the vents didn’t work properly; cracks had appeared in the walls; and...

August 2017

WORKS Enhances Safety and Beauty of a Deck

By | August 13th, 2017|Categories: Construction, Home Improvement|

Even a contemporary home that is less than 20 years old may have a weak spot, and for an Essex, Massachusetts, home that weakness was the deck. While most new decks today are built with treated lumber, maintenance and repair are still needed...

July 2017

Does Your Roof Have These 5 Problems? Contact WORKS.

By | July 9th, 2017|Categories: Construction, Repair, Roof|Tags: , , , , |

Especially on the North Shore of Boston, roofs are vulnerable to wind, rain, snow, ice, and damage from overhanging trees. Most roofs need repairs because of these 5 problems: 1. Improper or failed flashing. Some estimates state that 90% or more of roof...

June 2017

WORKS Brings Renovation Visions to Reality

By | June 11th, 2017|Categories: Blog, Renovations|Tags: , , , |

One of the pleasures of WORKS is when we have a chance to bring into reality a homeowner’s renovation vision for his home. The homeowners of an 1880s Colonial in Beverly had worked with an architect to come up with several plans. They stressed their ...

May 2017

Before You Replace Windows: 6 Facts

By | May 14th, 2017|Categories: Renovations, Repair|Tags: , , |

Windows, especially on the weather side of a home, take a terrific beating from wind, rain, sun, and snow. If your windows are showing signs of rot around the frame, fogging between glass panes, and broken mechanisms that can’t be repaired, you...

April 2017

WORKS Builds and Addition For An 1880 Home

By | April 9th, 2017|Categories: Addition|Tags: , , , , |

A s long as the weather is dry, we work outdoors even in winters. One of our winter projects was to build an addition on a three-story Colonial in Beverly, Massachusetts. The home was built nearly 140 years ago and despite its size was short on downstairs...

March 2017

February 2017

WORKS Builds Proper Basement Support for Old Houses

By | February 5th, 2017|Categories: Structural Restoration and Rot Repair|Tags: , , , , |

I enjoy working on the older homes of Boston’s North Shore, whether early 1800s or Victorian or turn of the century. They are fine structures that call out for craftsmanship whether the project is a renovation, remodel or fix. Most older homes on the North ...

January 2017

Building or Renovating the Perfect Mudroom

By | January 22nd, 2017|Categories: Construction, Renovations|Tags: , , |

Even a small space will serve as the perfect mudroom with the right build-ins and accessories. Recently, WORKS renovated the mudroom in a home near the water in Manchester-by-the-Sea. Our team: Sanded the floors to remove all paint lines...

December 2016

WORKS Transforms Basement Into Playroom

By | December 18th, 2016|Categories: Bathroom, Renovations|Tags: , , , , |

Families grow and change and, if they love their home, WORKS can help the house they live in grow and change with them. One of our recent clients owns a Colonial home that’s less than 10 years old and contains high-end kitchen, French doors, fireplace...

November 2016

WORKS Professionals Make Interior Painting Look Easy

By | November 20th, 2016|Categories: Customized, Painting|Tags: , , , |

If you have a unique home—an historic home, one with nontraditional architecture or one that you have decorated to meet your specific tastes—then you will want to consider the WORKS team when it is time to paint the interior. There is no set time when...

October 2016

WORKS Helped Create 6 Apartments by Putting New Windows and Doors

By | October 16th, 2016|Categories: Blog, Renovations, Windows|Tags: , , , , |

The photos tell the story as WORKS helped create six beautiful apartments in this high-end building in Boston, Massachusetts. We put in new windows that help showcase the views and doors that push back to open the patios up to the inside so the tenants...

Beautiful Bathrooms in Small Spaces: a WORKS Specialty

By | October 2nd, 2016|Categories: Bathroom, Remodel, Renovations|Tags: , , |

When you have a house that’s over 75 years old, you don’t expect modern ideas of size. If you don’t want an addition, how do you expand the master bathroom to meet modern standards? WORKS used several space-gaining techniques in the master ...

September 2016

WORKS Fixes Water Damage By Installing Flashing the Right Way

By | September 25th, 2016|Categories: Blog, Construction, Water Damage|Tags: , , , |

Even a rather new home can suffer wood rot and structural damage if the flashing is not properly installed in the first place. Flashing is a thin layer of waterproof material that is placed, for example between a deck and the wall of a house to prevent...

Interior Painting: WORKS Starts Right With Perfect Preparations

By | September 4th, 2016|Categories: Painting|Tags: , , , , |

Some great autumn days still remain for painting the exterior of your home, but now is a good to consider painting the interior. As part of our service as professional painters, the WORKS team makes sure that your rooms are prepared for interior painting...

August 2016

WORKS Makes Accessory Apartments Happen: From Permit to Cleanup

By | August 28th, 2016|Categories: Addition, General Contractor|Tags: , , |

Many New England communities have become more flexible over the years about allowing accessory apartments (also known as in-law or family apartments). Before you plan to expand your home with an accessory apartment, make sure you speak with...

WORKS Prepares Homes for Top-Dollar Sale

By | August 7th, 2016|Categories: Contractor, Home Improvement|Tags: , , , , |

As comfortable as you’ve been in your home, you may find that it needs updating and repairs to bring you top dollar when you’re ready to sell it. In fact, many homeowners pay for a home inspection before they put their home on the market so that...

July 2016

WORKS Helps Homeowners Make the Right Choices for New Deck

By | July 31st, 2016|Categories: Blog, Construction|Tags: , , , |

Whether you are building a new deck or replacing an old one, proper framing is the most important step (see photo). It ensures that your deck is level and square, resists bounce and keeps you safe. That aspect of your deck will be handled expertly by your...