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HTR Construction just completed a state-of-the-art kitchen renovation in a mid-century modern deck home in Carlisle, MA. The 1971 custom built home nestles beautifully into the woodsy 2 acre property that surrounds it and includes a screened in porch, a sun room and of course an extended deck so commonly found in mid-century homes. The home owners are delighted with their renovation and are ready to host guests for the holidays! Plus, when the time arrives for them, they are now ready to age-in-place, comfortably, with a bedroom and bathroom on the first floor.
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One of HTR Construction's latest projects is a circa 1900 two-family home in Newton, MA, near the Watertown border. The first floor will be a two-bedroom apartment and the 2nd floor will have 4 separate bedrooms, each with their own bathroom, sharing a common area and kitchen. Perfect for off-campus housing for students at Boston College law school or students at Lasell, Mount Ida, or Babson College. As well as Bentley and Brandeis University! As time goes along we will be posting more photos of this very exciting renovation.
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HTR Construction owner, Tom Fernandes, was recently on Boston WHDH T.V. discussing his business and about being the go-to contractor in the Boston area for aging-in-place ( also know as Design-to-Stay) home renovation. Tom is now CAPS certified (a Certified Aging-in Place-Specialist), for home-modifications for aging-in-place.
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A good renovation business has ways to solve a variety of home improvement problems, not all, but many. Whenever some part of your house is dated, worn out or rotted or broken, the first decision is to whether to repair or replace it, but which one makes sense? Where do you find the right information you need to make a good decision? The web, other homeowners, Home Depot? What’s the difference in cost between fixing something you have instead of buying a new one? This decision can be applied to a window rope, a bathroom with dated tile or a floor plan that no longer works for today’s needs.
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There are many options and upgrades that become useful and necessary as more and more homeowners choose to stay in their existing homes for as long as possible. Some of these options are simple and easy, others require some modest level of disruption and coordination, and yet others call for a significant renovation depending on the existing conditions. Here are some things to consider.
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Something most homeowners keep in mind as they plan a home renovation is adding resale value to their home. There are several ways that making it aging-in-place ready makes good investment sense. First and foremost are recognizing and accounting for your own needs, requirements and comforts that make your space well suited and livable for you. This may involve some upgrades you are not aware of that make perfect sense for you. But it also makes sense to do these upgrades for many other situations and circumstances that will become apparent as time goes on.
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HTR Construction has begun offering a handyman service with the opportunity for former customers to schedule smaller work that they may need done on their home, on a flexible basis.We maintain a list of fill-in type projects that homeowner’s need done, that generally are not urgent and can be scheduled on relatively short notice. Projects like basement and garage shelving or storage, rot and water damage repairs, door and window replacement and small aging-in-place modifications, to name just a few. If you have the flexibility to allow us to fit your project into our schedule as fill-in work, we’re able to handle a variety of smaller projects we normally wouldn’t be able to do.
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One of HTR Construction's recent renovations was for a client in Jamaica Plain, MA who moved from California with his family, back into his childhood home, after his parents passed away. Excited to be back in not only his childhood home again but also the Boston area, he and his wife set about creating a vision for updating the home, while walking the fine line of bringing it into the 21st century and maintaining some of the nostalgia of the former home that he loved.
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