A HISTORIC BOSTON TOWNHOUSE GETS A GLAM UPDATE
One of M. F. Reynolds' beautiful Back Bay renovation projects, designed by Dell Mitchell Architects and interiors firm Wells & Fox, get infused with 21st century pizzazz.
SUMMER BY THE SEA
With its stone-faced walls, heavy exposed beams, and large farm table, this seasonal kitchen built by M. F. Reynolds takes its cues from Provençal homesteads.
Looking for a new countertop for your kitchen or bathroom? Here is a good guide. Our advice: Be aware of the temperature of each material in its ambient setting. While wood will feel warm to the touch, stone will be... well, stone-cold. Also think about the possibility of glassware/dinnerware breakage. Wood, plastic laminate and steel are forgiving, the other are not! Check the guide.
To become more knowledgeable about the wood species that may be used around your home, browse this good basic guide of 6 of the most common types. Check it out.
It is an advantage to have the heat on in February in New England! David Dankens of M. F. Reynolds cannot ever recommend a product that would potentially fail to provide heat, yielding potentially significant damage to one’s home. That's why we do not advise to install a Nest Thermostat unless the owner agrees and understands the risk he or she is taking. Our HVAC contractors have even imposed a premium per Nest Thermostat for programming time, call backs and user support. Read the experience of this Nest thermostat user.
When it comes to historic restoration, M. F. Reynolds' carpenters can recreate many architectural elements. One of them recently reproduced a Victorian era decorative inset pediment panel for a project in Charlestown, MA. After 100 years of service, the original panel had failed, requiring production of a new, historically accurate piece.
Selecting a good architect who understands your needs, along with an experienced builder, is the best combination for a successful construction project. Learn what to expect when working with an architect.
Following last year’s harsh winter in the Boston area, did you take the steps necessary to prevent ice dams forming on your roof and water leaking into your home? The skilled builders at M. F. Reynolds recommend a few easy steps you can take to have a worriless winter. Check out their recommendations.
Concrete is a ubiquitous product used in construction, but it can crack! Get the basics on how to minimize cracking.
Safety is paramount whether the market is strong or soft for construction services. At M. F. Reynolds, we emphasize the importance of all workers being conscious of their safety while performing their duties. Learn more on why the labor crisis aggravates workplace safety fears.
Floors with character can add a very strong design element to any interior. Your flooring contractor will advise you to which options are best when considering permanent finishes, wood stability and flatness. If you need a recommendation for a flooring contractor in the Boston area, contact us. Check out this Houzz article about floorboards.
Mini-splits are becoming a popular heating and cooling option, especially in well insulated houses with true air barrier. The headache, however, is that when wall hang, they are not the most attractive design element. Here are some ways to deal with surface-mounted versions. Check out this Houzz article.
This master bathroom in Winchester, MA underwent a complete renovation to maximize utility in a tight space. Here is how M. F. Reynolds achieved the homeowners' goal:
This year's New-England winter was not harsh compared to 2015. Even though you may not have experienced leaks and ice dams this winter, take time to assess possible seasonal damages to your home and yard so that you can enjoy the warmer months to their fullest. Follow M. F. Reynolds' spring checklist:
Choosing the right general contractor for your residential project can be a daunting task. It is important to know what questions to ask. Start with these general ones. More to follow.