Arlington, MA Home Renovation Update: February 2014

This is the third installment in our monthly chronicle of a major historic home renovation and addition project in Arlington, MA. Our goal is to go beyond "Before & After" photos to outline the many steps that go into a major renovation behind-the-scenes. The first installment laid out the scope of the project. If you missed it, you can read it here.

Arlington MA interior windows

Winter is still with us, but we are warm working inside. When last I wrote, we were in the process of blowing Closed Cell Foam Insulation in the house. That was completed and inspected.

Much has happened since then. Michelle, our office manager, stopped by today on her way into work. She was amazed at the difference. All the walls and ceilings were blue boarded with a skim coat of plaster. Ninety percent of the tiling is completed. We are waiting for the vanity tops and kitchen counters to finish. Pat, the lead carpenter on site, has begun trimming the windows and stairs.

Arlington MA interior renovation shot

Taking advantage of a slightly warmer day this past week, the main roof was re-shingled which allowed us to install the skylight and faux chimney in the attic.

Arlington MA skylight and faux chimney
Also this week, Pat, our lead carpenter, and crew began trimming windows and stairs. As I Arlington MA stair constructionwrite this, the hardwood flooring is being laid. Next week the interior doors will be delivered along with the kitchen cabinets and vanities.

When we started this project in October, we were scheduled to complete around the end of March. Even with seventeen change order days added, we are still scheduled to complete in mid-April.

If you have any questions about the renovation process or would like to discuss renovation plans for your home, please contact us!

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2014 Kitchen Design Trends: Simple Lines & Places for Pets

The National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) released the results of its 2014 Kitchen and Bath Design Trends Survey in early February. Here are the major trends that the survey revealed:

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What’s In

•    Contemporary will be the fastest growing kitchen style in 2014, with 62 percent of respondents saying it’s on the upswing after ending 2013 in second place. Transitional maintained a very small lead as the number one look for kitchens. Shaker styling is a solid third due in part to its versatility, lending itself to traditional or contemporary.

•    More than half (56 percent) of respondents included accessible and/or universal design and easy-maintenance features in their kitchens, and demand is expected to continue.

•    Two-thirds of NKBA kitchen designers incorporated docking and/or charging stations in their kitchens, as well as a desk or home office area.  Some 56 percent included a flat-screen TV in their kitchen projects.  These trends show no signs of powering down.

•    Outdoor kitchens continue to be popular, with 43 percent of respondents designing them in 2013 and 41 percent expecting an increase in 2014.

•    63 percent of respondents specified energy-saving appliances in 2013, and 60 percent expect to see more demand this year. Almost 40 percent of designers specified water-saving kitchen faucets in 2013, and 47 percent see the market expanding in 2014.

•    Furniture-type pieces were specified in kitchens by eight out of 10 respondents in 2013 and 56 percent expect to do more in 2014.

•    Approximately 70 percent of respondents see quartz countertops increasing in 2014.  Almost a quarter of respondents specified countertops with recycled materials and 40 percent expect to do more in 2014.

•    Wood, the most specified flooring in 2013, will grow even more popular in 2014.

•    Glass, now number three for backsplashes, is predicted to grow in popularity in 2014.

•    Satin nickel, now the most popular faucet finish, is expected to continue to flourish in 2014, as will polished chrome.

•    Stainless steel is the most popular sink material with porcelain enamel a distant second. Granite composite, now number three, is expected to grow in popularity in 2014.

Kitchen Features in Demand:

•    Induction cooktops 

•    Steam ovens

•    French-door refrigerators

•    Bottom freezer refrigerators

•    Touch-activated faucets

•    Electronic (no touch) faucets

•    LED lighting

Trendspotting: A Place for Pets

Dozens of NKBA members reported that they created kitchens with features to accommodate cats and dogs, from day beds to feeding stations, litter box cabinets to doggy faucets.

What’s Out

•    Highly ornamented Tuscan and Provincial looks

•    Distressed and/or glazed finishes

•    Country/rustic styles

•    Electric cooktops

•    Porcelain enamel sinks

If you are planning to renovate your kitchen in Spring or Summer 2014, now is the time to start planning. Please contact us if we may help you with your project.

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Morse Constructions Honored with Best of Houzz 2014 Award

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For the second consecutive year, Morse Constructions has been honored to receive a "Best of Houzz" award for both design and client satisfaction. is the leading online platform for home remodeling and design, with 16 million monthly users.

Best of Houzz recognition is given to firms and professionals whose exemplary work or reviews have stood out for Houzz users. Morse Constructions has been recognized for both our design work and client satisfaction.

According to Houzz, design award winners' work was the most popular with Houzz users, who saved more than 230 million professional images of home interiors and exteriors to their personal ideabooks via the Houzz site. Client satisfaction awards were granted to Houzz pros based upon client reviews.

We are honored that 22 clients or professional associates took the time to post reviews of Morse Constructions on Houzz. Thank you to everyone who helped us earn the Best of Houzz designation!

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