Blog 2018-11-15T09:31:19+00:00

May 2018

April 2018

Spring 2018 Topsfield Home Show

By | April 30th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|

Folks turned up from all over the North Shore and Greater Boston area to attend the Spring 2018 Home Show at the Topsfield Fairgrounds from April 20-22. The Works by JD team was there with over 120 other exhibitors, meeting

March 2018

February 2018

Construction of a New Addition to 1880 Home

By | February 4th, 2018|Categories: Addition, General Contractor|Tags: , , , |

When the homeowners of a two-story, 1880 Colonial home in Beverly Farms wanted to build an addition and new farmer’s porch, they naturally turned to WORKS by Jesse DeBenedictis as their general contractor.

January 2018

Removing a Rotting Bulkhead Door

By | January 21st, 2018|Categories: door, Uncategorized|Tags: , , |

A bulkhead door is a sloping door, set just above the ground, that covers a set of stairs into the basement from the outside. Bulkheads are most common in the Northeast and in older homes—because originally cellars were dismal places...

December 2017

Rot Puts Your Home at Risk—and WORKS Has the Cure

By | December 18th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|

As a homeowner, you must think about wood rot not only in terms of your home’s structural integrity, but in terms of safety. When wood rot penetrates the boards of a porch or deck, when it weakens risers and balusters, it creates a hazard for anyone walking...

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