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Custom oil-rubbed elevator for a Cape Cod home by Above & Beyond Elevator, Inc.
Posted Aug 8 at 12:12 PM in Tips & Trends by Sandy Giardi
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Going up? As more and more homeowners are looking to capitalize on the beautiful coastal expanses that stretch from their vacation properties—and satisfy current FEMA requirements—“upside down” homes are becoming the new norm on Cape Cod. “Upside-down” homes flip traditional layouts, and position the main living areas on the second and third stories, making elevators a new must in home...
Glamp created by Cape Cod architect Jill Neubauer
Posted Aug 7 at 7:01 PM in Tips & Trends by Sandy Giardi
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Architect Jill Neubauer of Jill Neubauer Architects would do a “glamp” on every project if she could. She’d all but drop everything, she laughs, to draw these tented structures that are equal parts glamour and camp for a client. In fact, her firm can pull one off in about three months time, and has an enduring relationship with the Denver Tent Company, who will do any shape or size for her....
Closed cell spray foam application by Anderson Insulation
Posted Jul 30 at 1:01 PM in Tips & Trends by Kendra Keelan
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Have you ever asked, What’s the difference between an LED, LCD or Plasma TV? The difference has to do with the light source behind the screen. Well, according to the pros at Anderson Insulation, an equivalent question in the insulation world is: What is the difference between open cell and closed cell spray foam? Sales Manager Patrick Ford of Anderson Insulation answered that million-dollar...
Colorful high-end interior design by Martha's Vineyard Interior Design
Posted Jul 24 at 10:19 AM in Tips & Trends by Sandy Giardi
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Boston’s interior designers and industry professionals are using bold color (and lots of it!) in creative looks for the home. From broad swaths of look-at-me tones to bright white spaces that crackle with coral or pop with turquoise, top minds in home décor and design are expressing their clients’ style with panache. Since the joie de vivre in these homes is contagious, we thought we'd pass along...
Outdoor Kitchen Designs and Tips from the Pros by Wolf
Posted Jul 1 at 10:44 PM in Tips & Trends by Edie Ravenelle
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Summer is in full swing, so it's time to make the most of every fair weather day we get. These outdoor kitchens do exactly that: They inspire summertime entertaining at its blue-ribbon best. Together, they showcase key elements to consider in designing your own exceptional outdoor kitchen experience. Refreshments with a View Architecture and construction by Polhemus Savery DaSilva Architects...
Sub-Zero PRO 36 available at Clarke
Posted Jun 19 at 2:45 PM in Tips & Trends by Kendra Keelan
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Designers and homeowners have been asking for this for years, and now Sub-Zero has fulfilled their wishes with the new smaller version of their wildly popular PRO 48...the PRO 36! The boldest, most iconic design yet is now available in a 36-inch-wide model, allowing for a fit into almost any kitchen. This new model has only .3 cubic feet less refrigeration than its predecessor, offering 18.4...
Custom Building in Boston, Adams + Beasley Associates
Posted Jun 11 at 9:22 PM in Tips & Trends by Sandy Giardi
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"Building in the city is not for every contractor," says co-founder Eric Adams of Adams + Beasley Associates. "There's a huge amount of risk and liability to manage projects in the urban context gracefully." Building successfully in the city requires planning that’s as finely tuned as a Swiss watch. It means securing parking permits for cranes and lining up police details (even when the city has...
Hawthorn Builders Master Bathroom with Palmer Sink Legs
Posted Jun 4 at 9:00 PM in Tips & Trends by Sandy Giardi
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Van Halen sang about them, but we're guessing David Lee Roth wasn’t referring to Palmer custom sink legs when he was belting out the rock anthem “Drop Dead Legs.” We’d contend, however, that this new bathroom staple, available at Moniques Bath Showroom, among other locales, is heavy on sex appeal. Lately, the statuesque sink legs are popping up in powder rooms and in master baths everywhere and...
Boston courtyard design by Matthew Cunningham Landscape Design
Posted May 30 at 3:30 PM in Tips & Trends by Sandy Giardi
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Top designers and builders embrace the beauty and warmth of this prized material - inside and out!  In the rec room...For a harborside oasis in Marblehead, Groom Construction Co., Inc. layered an entertainment center in quartersawn white oak. The material is blong and beautiful within the contemporary cabinetry, shelving and built-ins and in the arched slotted designof a dramatic barrel ceiling....
Imperial Danby marble kitchen counter by Onyx Marble & Granite
Posted May 6 at 1:01 PM in Tips & Trends by Sandy Giardi
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“When it comes to choosing kitchen and bathroom countertops, TV’s home improvement shows would have you believe that granite is the only option,” says President Jose Moraes of Onyx Marble & Granite. Not so. Hearty quartz is also a popular choice, and luxurious marble, with its timeless look of beauty, has also had a recent renaissance. Which stone is for you? The professionals at Onyx Marble...

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