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DiFoggio Electric, a full-service electrical contracting company in Boston
Posted Dec 4 at 2:18 PM in Tips & Trends by Sandy Giardi
Founded by President and Electrical Consultant Larry DiFoggio in 1973, DiFoggio Electric, a full-service electrical contracting company serving the residential and commercial markets, has been powering Boston for over 4 decades.  From townhomes in historic Louisburg Square to Back Bay icons like the Four Seasons to burgeoning new builds in the Seaport District, serving Boston residents has become...
Custom, high-end windows: Signature Modern collection by Marvin
Posted Nov 13 at 1:16 PM in Tips & Trends by Sandy Giardi
Like never before, homeowners here in the Northeast are looking to bring their outdoor environments indoors, and yearning for that pared-down, light-filled aesthetic that modern architecture brings. Marvin responds to this growing trend with its new Signature Modern collection, a line of windows and doors that combine “functionality and freedom,” offers Sue Shockley, Marvin Brand Ambassador at...
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
"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
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...