New construction

Fixed-Price or Cost-Plus Fee: Which is better?

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Building an addition on a historic house? Don't make these mistakes

How many times have you seen a nice old house ruined by an unsightly addition? Some additions "read" as additions from a mile away. It doesn't have to be that way. With some careful planning, it is quite possible to design and build an addition that...

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Renovation Techniques: Stone Veneer

When we build an addition on a historic house, we take pride in our ability to make the new space blend seamlessly with the old. One of the ways we do this is by avoiding the raw look of exposed concrete foundations. Instead, we typically place a veneer...

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Project feature: Victorian renovation

We recently completed major interior renovations to a ca. 1900 Victorian home just north of Boston, Massachusetts. Back in 1996 we added a kitchen/family room addition to the rear of this house and our clients decided that they finally wanted to tackle...

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Ice dams: prepare for next winter

Okay, I'll admit that ice dams are probably not on your mind much these days. With Red Sox playing well, and the Celts and Bruins in the playoffs, if you're doing anything around your house, it's likely out in the yard.

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They didn't always build them liked they used to, Part Deux

One another one of our projects, we are preparing to renovate and restore a ca. 1870 Mansard roofed house in Brookline. During some early site visits, we discovered that the house was spreading. Some floor joists were literally hanging on by a thread-...

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They didn't always build them like they used to...

While most of the historic houses that we've renovated and restored have been well built, once in a while we come across a house that makes you wonder how many houses had these guys built. Such is the case with a Federal era house that we're currently...

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Case Study: Basement renovation- historic house

(This is the first in what will be an ongoing series spotlighting some of our projects)

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Moving old houses rolling along

Take It Away - New York Times. Moving historic houses to save them is becoming a more common occurance around the country. Unfortunately, most developers place no value on these houses and they either get moved or torn down.

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