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43 Church Street Westborough, MA

43 Church Street Westborough, MA

A 4-year synopsis of a renovation. Built in 1849; restored from 2009-2013.

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Remodel of the Week - Week #6

Remodel of the Week - Week #6

Major renovation of an oceanfront summer home in Rhode Island - Showcased in Marvin's Remodelers Gallery

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Remodel of the Week - Week #5

Remodel of the Week - Week #5

A renovation and addition in an Arts and Crafts home - Showcased in Marvin's Remodelers Gallery

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Remodel of the Week - Week #4

Remodel of the Week - Week #4

A transitional kitchen in a 100 year old home - Showcased in Marvin's Remodelers Gallery

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Remodel of the Week - Week #3

Remodel of the Week - Week #3

A transformation of a classic shingle style home - Showcased in Marvin's Remodelers Gallery

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Whats that Finish?

What's that Finish?

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Wood surfaces with clear finishes can often be freshened up with a light sanding and a new application of what’s already there. Here’s how to figure out what's there.

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Refurbishing Old Double-Hung Windows -  Part One

Refurbishing Old Double-Hung Windows - Part One

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Windows built 50 to 100 years ago often were constructed from woods that are no longer available. So it makes sense to refurbish them when they get tired.

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Painting Secrets of a Pro: Hand-Finishing Custom Cabinets

Painting Secrets of a Pro: Hand-Finishing Custom Cabinets

Spray-painting can achieve a quality finish cost-effectively. But there's a secret to making the job look hand-painted.

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Cutting Laminated Glass

Cutting Laminated Glass

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Laminated glass resists impact and deadens sound. But there's a trick to cutting it.

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A Drying Rack for the Road

A Drying Rack for the Road

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Constructed from common building materials, this drying rack can be easily transported and quickly set up wherever kitchen cabinets need painting.

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Soundproofing: Lessons from a Custom-Built Sound Studio

Soundproofing: Lessons from a Custom-Built Sound Studio

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Musicians need to up the decibels now and then. With careful detailing you can contain all those joyful noises, yet still create an airy, light-filled living space.

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Offsetting tile joints to add visual interest

Offsetting tile joints to add visual interest

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When tiles are rectangular rather than square, you can create more interesting patterns by offsetting tile end joints.

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Getting Green without Going Broke

Getting Green without Going Broke

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By planning, being patient and paying as you go, this nine-step plan for a deep energy retrofit can put you on the green path--without guilt or crushing debt.

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Many hands make work light.

"Many hands make work light."

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Two readers tell of their first building mentors and win copies of Renovation 4th Edition, which contains the wisdom of master builders across North America.

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Installing a Wireless Switch

Installing a Wireless Switch

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Adding three- or four-way switches used to mean drilling holes in finish surfaces, fumbling for fishing tapes and endless patching. But not any more

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Kerhonkson, NY: Rondout Creek Marketplace is Here!

Kerhonkson, NY: Rondout Creek Marketplace is Here!

Well it took nearly 6 months from the date of the last post to even get the financing approved! We closed August 5 and completed the renovation of the 8 unit mixed used historic building in...

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Kissing the Nuclear Family Goodbye

Kissing the Nuclear Family Goodbye

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Outdated zoning regulations from the 1950s--especially prohibitions on second units--are hurting today's diverse households

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Total Renovation - Maine Rental Cottage

Total Renovation - Maine Rental Cottage

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Tripp's Handyman Service and partners put a lot of work into this project of converting a camp that was about to implode on itself and transforming it into this beautiful Maine rental...

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Cabin Renovation

Cabin Renovation

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  This cabin had been used as a weekend retreat since it was built.The owner retired and was looking to make the structure a primary residence. One challenge of this project was upgrading the major...

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Kitchen of mass reconstruction

Kitchen of mass reconstruction

My Wife and I Bought a 1923 2 + 1 California Bungalow in need of a lot of love. With some elbow grease and the help of FHB we tackled the kitchen first. Peeled through 5 layers of linolium no...

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