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3 Ways to Prepare for Winter in the Northeast, Bostonians

December 24th, 2015

When we prepare for winter in the northeast, Bostonians go all out. We use Nest thermostat technology, icynene insulation, and heated flooring; inside and out.

NEST Thermostat Technology

NEST Thermostat Technology by Connaughton ConstructionDid you leave the house and forget to turn down the heat? Are you heading home on a warm summer day or cold winter night and would like to walk in to a comfortable environment? NEST Thermostat Technology allows you to control room temperature using a Phone App.

Most people leave the house at one temperature and forget to change it. So the Nest Learning Thermostat learns your schedule, and programs itself.

You teach NEST to save. Programming thermostats is complicated and irritating – but an un-programmed thermostat can waste 20% of your heating and cooling bill. So the Nest Thermostat programs itself. Just turn it up and turn it down. The Nest Thermostat learns what temperatures you like and builds a personalized schedule. Teach it efficient temperatures for a few days and, within a week, it’ll start setting them on its own. The leaf appears when you are saving energy.

NEST will email you a monthly Energy Report with a summary of your energy use and tips to help you save.

We haven’t tested it out thoroughly but NEST thermostat works with other appliances such as your washer and dryer, Mercedes tells NEST when you are on your way home, it works with Dropcam cameras to see what’s going on with your smoke alarm. NEST also works with Jawbone, a wrist band to wake you up and wakes up your thermostat.

Are you  a National Grid Gas Customer in Massachusetts? You could get a $100 instant rebate. Go to this NationalGrid site. Enter your zip code, your National Grid Account number and read the Terms and Conditions for your eligibility.

Icynene Insulation

icynene spray foam insulation. Eco-friendly choices when building and remodelingIcynene insulation is a spray foam insulation for residential and commercial buildings. It helps seal air gaps, keeping moisture out and preventing mold issues. Use icynene in vented attics, unvented attics, internal walls, external walls, crawl spaces, cathedral ceilings, bonus rooms, and basements. Icynene spray foam insulation can adhere to most surfaces, including steel, wood, concrete, and masonry.

ICYNENE spray foam insulation helps create healthier, more energy-efficient homes and commercial buildings. Icynene spray foam insulation is effective in any climate to benefit homeowners in energy efficiency, noise reduction, moisture control and improved indoor air quality.

Radiant Floor Heating

It is easiest to install radiant heat flooring during new construction. The only way you can add a radiant floor heating system to  your existing space is by doing some level of remodelling.

Add Comfort With Heated Tile Flooring

Radiant Floor Heating. Connaughton Construction.Add heated floors to tiled kitchen and baths. Walking on warm tile floors in the middle of the winter can be a reality for many northeast homeowners. Choose radiant floor heating to make your tile flooring comfortable in any season. Just imagine a bathroom retreat, where with the touch of a button, your floors radiate warmth. The kitchen, usually set in the north end of the home, will exude warmth beneath your feet.

Heated Driveway. Use radiant heating outside under the driveway and never have to shovel the drive again.

Which type of radiant floor heating is right for your home?


 

When we prepare for winter in the northeast, Bostonians hire Connaughton Construction to get the project managed on budget and on schedule.

Call Now 781-899-1438, ext. 14, and ask for John.

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About the Author. “Lover of all things digital – writing, SEO, websites – Carol Scalzo is the founder of Hit-the-Web Marketing where she helps businesses create significant, consistent, and valuable pieces of content. You can see more of her work at The Retail Factor, follow her on Twitter, or join her email list for businesses who want to turn their websites into lead generating machines.”

Connaughton Collection of Custom Kitchens

November 25th, 2015

We are proud to share with you the Connaughton Collection of Custom Kitchens. The kitchen is the heart of any home. It is a room where the family congregates. It’s a space to entertain guests.

The kitchens with marble counters, wood floors, specialized cabinets and clever automation are taking form. There are plenty of kitchen remodeling trends taking shape that will surely be in style come 2016.

Our goal with these projects, as with all our work, is to bring our clients dreams to life.  We invite you to watch the video below to see the collection of Custom Kitchens.

Beauty. Elegance. A sense of Style. These are the words our clients hear from friends and family when they see their new kitchens.

Kitchen Lighting

Good lighting design in a kitchen is a must, as is adequate counter space and rollout shelves. In fact, LED lighting has climbed to the top of kitchen wish lists. Introducing LED lights into your kitchen is a good start, but you also need to create layers of light to make your kitchen feel warm and welcoming while also providing functional task lighting. The best way to do that is to use different types of lights. Connaughton uses recessed lighting over stove areas that take up real estate on an inner most wall of the kitchen where less natural light reaches. Cabinet lights highlight countertops with under cabinet lighting. Pendant lighting over the island add color and style and direct lighting.

White & Gray Kitchen Cabinets

With more and more homeowners going the transitional or modern route, white kitchen cabinets have started to take shape. White is the dominant color for kitchen cabinets in 2015 and most likely, will remain so next year.

Gray is quickly climbing the color ranks as some opt for a more neutral look that can match the rest of the home.

Custom Countertops

One of the more popular kitchen countertop options for 2015 and 2016 is the marble counters. The light color custom cabinets, seen in the image below, and new hardwood flooring are perfectly accented by the white italian, with subtle grey and gold veining, marble countertops by Calacatta.

Many homeowners have taken classic tradition to heart and stuck with the classic black and white look in their kitchen remodels.

Black and white kitchens tend to offset each other and give the kitchen a clean, sleek and visually appealing design. It also benefits from the tension between country and modern. In fact, hardwood floors, offer black and white kitchens an effective counterpoint to sleek cabinet materials.

Appliances

Connaughton Collection of Custom KitchensFind inspiration for a contemporary kitchen with stainless steel appliances by Thermador and Viking; appliances selected as used by executive chefs around the globe. Oversized side-by-side refrigerator,  a double oven, and a stove with ductless ventilation. The ductless ventilated stove was a solution Connaughton provided as a solution on a building renovation where luxury spaces exist above and below.

 

 

 

Floors

One trend that continues to be seen in luxury kitchens is the use of radiant heat. Cold marble and tile floors can be made more inviting with Radiant Floor heating.

Many luxury condominium owners are now designing their custom kitchens with Reclaimed Wood Flooring.

Technology

Connaughton Construction has brought the flat screen TV into more kitchens recently. A TV that can be neatly concealed when not in use offers both practicality and elegance.

Custom Kitchen Experts

For homeowners seeking a fresh look, our Bostonian custom kitchen design and build remodeling experts can get you started on the path to create a space with a whole new feel. Transform your kitchen into your dream kitchen and embrace a modern design that will provide efficiency and style for many years to come.

You won’t regret putting in these must-have features, but you’ll probably regret leaving them out, once it’s all finished. Let Connaughton Construction bring your imagination to life! Remodeling your kitchen not only makes one of the most used rooms in the house more lovely, it adds value to your property.


Contact Connaughton Construction today! or Call 781-899-1438, ext. 14 for John.

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About the Author. “Lover of all things digital – writing, SEO, websites – Carol Scalzo is the founder of Hit-the-Web Marketing where she helps businesses create significant, consistent, and valuable pieces of content. You can see more of her work at The Retail Factor, follow her on Twitter, or join her email list for businesses who want to turn their websites into lead generating machines.”

Connaughton Collection of Luxury Baths

November 17th, 2015

We are proud to share with you the Connaughton collection of Luxury baths. It brings us much satisfaction to make our clients dreams come true. To create their retreat. We have built many styles from simple to fancy. From the colorful to the infinity look of luxurious white marble.

We invite you to watch the video below to see the collection of Luxury Baths

The bathroom is one room we spend a lot of time.  It’s where we start or end our day. At the end of the day, for some, it becomes a retreat to escape the stress of the business day or retreat from the city.

Beauty. Elegance. A sense of Style. These are the words our clients hear from friends and family when they see their new baths.

Marble walls, Ceilings and Floors

Some unique luxury features Connaughton Construction has brought to the bathrooms are marble walls, ceilings, floors and countertops for a high end luxury look. Make marble and tile floors more inviting with Radiant Floor heating.

Technology

We’ve brought the flat screen tv into the baths, for the sport enthusiast, to catch up on the world news, or add soothing music.

Freestanding tubs

Connaughton Collection of Luxury Baths by Connaughton ConstructionFind inspiration for a contemporary bath with oversized freestanding tubs. A claw footed tub offers a classic, high end look. A jetted tub is ideal for a relaxing retreat where you can unwind.

Custom Showers

Frameless glass shower enclosures create a spacious area. Double size spa showers with european shower heads with multiple settings for that spa-like feel. High end efficient faucets and fixtures are in demand.  Extraordinary lighting in an upstairs bath using a skylight below as the shower floor.

For the master bathroom, a double vanity gives you plenty of space as his and her sinks. Free standing sinks that look like pieces of furniture are becoming the norm in luxury baths. Corner sinks for small baths in unique places like under staircases.

Wall Hung Toilets

Wall hung tankless toilets with wall flushes. Wall hung tankless toilets are not only less visible, they work well if your renovation project is in a condominium building and there is no access to the ceiling below.

Luxury Bathroom Experts

For homeowners seeking a fresh look, our Bostonian bathroom remodeling experts can get you started on the path to create a space with a whole new feel. Transform your bathroom into a relaxing retreat and embrace a modern design that will provide efficiency and style for many years to come.

You won’t regret putting in these must-have features, but you’ll probably regret leaving them out, once it’s all finished. Let Connaughton Construction bring your imagination to life! Remodeling your bathroom not only makes one of the most used rooms in the house more lovely, it adds value to your property.


Contact Connaughton Construction today! or Call 781-899-1438, ext. 14 for John.

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About the Author. “Lover of all things digital – writing, SEO, websites – Carol Scalzo is the founder of Hit-the-Web Marketing where she helps businesses create significant, consistent, and valuable pieces of content. You can see more of her work at The Retail Factor, follow her on Twitter, or join her email list for businesses who want to turn their websites into lead generating machines.”

Current Project 310 Marlborough Street

September 11th, 2015

Boston’s Back Bay

310 Marlborough St,  formerly a multi-family home with approximately 4,704 square feet, built in 1899. The average list price for Back Bay today is $2,429,400. This is one sought after neighborhood in Boston, ranking as Boston’s Luxury Properties. The panoramic views and exceptional location in the trendy and sophisticated Boston’s Back Bay make residences on Marlborough Street one of the most desirable.

What was once a 7 unit brownstone is under renovation into a single family of four. It’s getting a total overhaul. In this five story frame, we’re reframing all the walls, leveling the floors, new insulation, new lighting and new wiring throughout. We’re implementing new heating, new plumbing, new fire sprinkler system independent of the plumbing system, and new electric. A three-phase electrical is in for the new elevator and electric heat pumps; requiring a new tie-in at the street. Rock wool insulation is going into the entire place; ceiling, walls, stairs, floors. Rock wool insulation is safer, having no formaldehyde, makes it more green, eco-friendly and resistant to fires. In addition to the rock wool insulation, we are installing polyicynene closed cell spray foam at the top floor ceiling and roof and at the front mansard roof; an energy efficient rating of R38.

We are renovating 5 fireplaces with choice of stone, marble and wood, gracing the garden level, the master bedroom, the music room, second floor, and dining room.

Garden Level

Current Project 310 Marlborough - Front and Back Entrances - Connaughton Construction

Garden Level – Radiant Floor Heating Back Garden

At garden level we have a bedroom, bath, storage, 2 large closets, a wet bar, family room with a fireplace, an entrance at the front and back.

Back Entrance (left image) the outside Back Entrance Parking court will have a heated brick driveway versed with an electric radiant floor heating system automatically clearing the snow. The cinder-block dividing wall will be all brick.

Music Room Makeover Inside and Outside

Current Project 310 Marlborough Street - Music Room Main Level - Connaughton Construction

Main Floor – First Level – Music Room

Front Entrance above will take you up the brownstone steps, through mahogany french doors, pass the parlor room, the mahogany library and a music room.

For the music room (top image) makeover we are refinishing the mahogany fireplace, retrimming the bay window and reframing the walls. To bring the fireplace up to code, the chimney flue is getting a new stainless steel liner.

The Bay window is the music room overlooking the parking court.

From the outside (left image) the bay window is getting restored with a new base. The white base is weather resistant PVC trim, soon to be black to match the top.

Hyper Heat Heating and Cooling System

Current Project 310 Marlborough Street - New Sprinkler System - Connaughton Construction

Second Level – New Sprinkler System

The second level houses the gourmet kitchen, a big family room and a dining room with gas log fireplace.

Building closets left and right, installing ductwork shared by the AC and new HVAC with Hyper Heat Heating and Cooling System.

Getting up-to-code with the city requires installation of the new sprinkler system. With the new sprinkler system we’re installing 2″ fire lines from the street separate from the domestic water system.

On-Demand Tankless Hot Water Heater

Cast Iron Plumbing used Throughout - Current Project 310 Marlborough Street - Connaughton Construction

Third Level – Cast Iron Plumbing Throughout

Master suite with separate study at the front with a laundry room.

Plumbing The new plumbing is black cast iron. Water flowing through cast iron piping is quieter than water running through pvc piping.

We are installing 3 new energy efficient gas fired on demand tankless hot water heaters. No tanks means no space needed.

Tankless hot water heaters provide the comfort and convenience of having a continuous supply of hot water. Gas-fired tankless water heaters produce higher flow rates than electric ones. Sometimes, even the largest, gas-fired tankless water heater cannot supply enough hot water for simultaneous, multiple uses in large households. To overcome this problem, we are installing three tankless water heaters.

Fourth Level

Current Project 310 Marlborough Street - Hanging Blueboard on Stilts-Connaughton Construction

Fourth Level – Professionals use stilts to hang blueboard.

The fourth level has 3 bedrooms, 2 full baths, and 3 large closets, 1 of which is cedar.

Professionals use stilts to hang blueboard on the ceiling and walls.

Roof Deck

Current Project 310 Marlborough Street - Roof Deck View of Prudential - Connaughton Construction

Roof Deck – View of Prudential

A new glass roof hatch (middle image) provides access to new outdoor space; the roof deck. Breath-taking view of the Prudential building and eco-friendly Green Roofs. We’re framing with pressure treated wood and high quality, no maintenance Trex composite decking for the flooring.

The large white unit (far left image) is the energy efficient hyper-heat pump(HHP) condenser for heating and cooling. An air handler units is installed on every floor, small enough to fit in the ceiling, and connected to an HHP Condenser. For cooling, the unit blows air across freon cooled pipes, sending out cool air. For heating, the unit blows air across heated coils. The white pipes on the roof top are vent pipes for the water heaters. One is a fresh air in-take, and one exhausts air.

New Elevator with 3 Phase Electrical System

Current Project 310 Marlborough Street - Elevator Shaft - Connaughton Construction

New Elevator

The new elevator shaft is under way. How’s that for making life easy carting groceries, moving furniture, and carrying belongings between levels. A new 3 phase electrical system is in place due to the addition of the elevator and to bring the electrical up to code.

Private elevators is becoming a necessity in residential suburban living where the best use of vertical space is a must.

Current Project 310 Marlborough Street


Request a Consultation with Connaughton Construction for your project. Call 781-899-1438, ext. 14 for John. There never was a better time to enjoy your outdoor space.


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Ductless Heating System

May 23rd, 2015

What once was a five apartment dwelling in this Back Bay townhouse on Marlborough Street is now undergoing renovation to a single family. The main attraction here is the heating and cooling system. We are implementing a Hyper Heat system. Have you heard of it? You might know it as a …

Thirty years ago, Mitsubishi introduced ductless heating system technology to a ducted industry. In 2003, variable refrigerant flow technologies revolutionize how buildings are designed and built. In 2007, hyper heating became a reality even in extreme climates. Today, Mitsubishi has revolutionized the industry again, with heat pumps that work with outside temperatures at 13 below. The Mitsubishi Hyper Heat System. Big Home? Small Bills. Here’s how.

Ductless Heating System

How does the Cooling and Heating Benefit YOU?

Superior heating performance.

  • Ductless heating system requires less equipment installation. No reconstruction of walls in a renovation.
  • Two pipe system. One for heat. One for cold. That means less connections and less maintenance as well.
  • Simultaneous Operation. The ability to cool certain areas while heating other areas.
  • Wireless Remote Control

Ductless Heating System

Ductwork is inefficient, costly and soon to be a thing of the past. This residential systems offers year-round, high-efficiency cooling and heating for bedrooms, basements, sunrooms and more. Essentially, heat pumps are now a realistic option for any home, in any climate. Single room and multi room solutions.

“The Mitsubishi Electric system used in the project is very effective because it requires less duct work, the small outdoor unit tucks in easily on the rooftop, provides good indoor air quality, is energy efficient and is extremely quiet. We’re thrilled that the Northampton, Mass KFC-Taco Bell has been granted LEED Gold certification. “

Two Pipe System

The two pipe system advantage. Simultaneous cooling and heating with just two pipes is something no other VRF manufacturer can do. As the number of indoor units grow, so do the two–pipe installations savings, in terms of connections (refrigerant and electrical) as well as maintenance access. An eye sensor scans the room for hot and cold pockets and blasts warm or cold air to those areas as needed.

Simultaneous Operation

Multi-zoning systems allow you to control areas of a floor or building that require heating and those that require cooling. Not at different times of the year. At the same time of day. Any time of the year. For more specifications, please refer to the Ductless Heating System by Mitsubishi.

Wireless Remote Control

Connect the comfort system to the internet to provide remote access from PC, smartphone or tablet. This provides the ability for you to remotely monitor and control your cooling and heating system, at any time, from any place.

Request a Consultation with Connaughton Construction for your project. This Ductless Heating System is the perfect heating solution to residential and commercial projects; perfect for places of worship, schools, homes, multi-unit offices and multi-unit condos. Find out if your project qualifies for MA state rebate.

Best Types of Radiant Floor Heating

February 7th, 2015

Add Comfort With Heated Tile Flooring

Walking on warm tile floors in the middle of the winter can be a reality for many homeowners. Choose radiant floor heating to make your tile flooring comfortable in any season. Just imagine a bathroom retreat, where with the touch of a button, your floors radiate warmth.

Two types of radiant floor heating

Two types of radiant floor heating systems are electric and hydronic. Both of them involve adding a heating system into the subflooring.

It is easiest to install radiant heat flooring during new construction. The only way you can add a radiant floor heating system to  your existing space is by doing some level of remodelling.

Electric radiant floor heating systems

Best Types of Radiant Heat Flooring. Connaughton Construction.

Electric Radiant Floor Heating

Electric radiant heat is the best way to go for small spaces. For an electric radiant floor heating system, a mat containing wires that heat up is installed on top of the subfloor. The mat is set in a layer of thin set or cement and then tile is set on top of the cement.

Many homeowners who are remodeling a bathroom opt for electric radiant floor heating. It is easy to incorporate into a renovation, and the difference on the electric bill won’t be significant if you are not using it exclusively to heat the room.

Electric radiant floor heating systems do not need boilers, tubing, and thick flooring to function. Electric radiant floor heating  is the less expensive method to implement.

Hydronic radiant floor heating systems

Hydronic Radiant Heat Flooring. Connaughton Construction.

Hydronic Radiant Floor Heating

Hydronic radiant floor heating systems are best used in large areas. In a hydronic system, the plastic tubing in which the hot water heat runs through is looped through wood nailers, which are fastened on top of the subfloor, and the hardwood flooring is then installed on top of the wood nailers. The tubing is connected to a water heater or boiler. The system is activated by turning up the thermostat Then the boiler or water heater sends hot water through the tubes.

Your selection of the hardwood flooring should lean toward quarter sawn oak or old growth wood floors. The older growth woods are denser wood products and work best.

It is a comfortable heating option that is becoming quite popular in many homes, especially throughout Massachusetts. The warmth adds a luxurious feeling during winter to your home.

A Hydronic radiant floor heating system is more expensive to install than electric, but much less expensive to run. Many new construction projects incorporating radiant heat in the entire home will choose the hydronic radiant heating system.

Heating the water the traditional boiler using natural gas is one way. The construction managers at Connaughton Construction have provided solutions using alternative energy concepts. Inquire within.

How Radiant Floor Heating works

The tile or wood flooring is a large thermal mass. This means that tile or wood floor can store heat and then gradually release that heat throughout the room. Instead of having a heating vent blow hot air out and have it immediately pool on the ceiling, the heat stays where you are with the warm tile.

Which Radiant  Floor Heating system is Right For You?

If you want a luxurious get-away in your own home, then a Radiant  Floor Heating is definitely for you. In many remodeling projects, homeowners redo their bathroom and transform a cold, old space into a comfortable master bathroom with toasty warm tile flooring.

Electric radiant heat is very simple to incorporate into a remodeling project.

Hydronic radiant heat flooring is a good solution for large areas and wood floors.

Best Types of Radiant Floor Heating 

For over three decades Connaughton Construction has worked closely with homeowners, architects and interior designers to bring our clientsʼ ideas to life. If you can imagine it, we can make it happen. Would NOW be a good time to be warm in the comfort of your home during these cold winter months? Let Connaughton Construction help you with our RADIANT FLOOR HEATING solution. 

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Hidden Challenges of Historic Preservation

November 3rd, 2014

Imagine, if you will, the historic preservation of a building that was once ten to twelve small apartments. Now you’ll find four multi-million dollar condominiums in prime location of Back Bay Boston; where luxury design unravels.

From a homeowners point of view, you might want to know you can experience this Grand Back Bay multi-million dollar condo, enjoying living on sunny side of Commonwealth Avenue. Live in a magnificent residence restored to a stately 2 story home with incredible 11 foot high ceilings, ornate detail and impeccable design.

 Coffered Ceilings, A Chef Kitchen Any chef would enjoy whipping up an extravagant meal in this kitchen. A joy to be in with the abundance of natural light. Not to mention everything right at your fingertips, plenty of counter space to design your meals. 3 bedrooms, 3.5 luxury baths, 3 fireplaces: living room, dining room and family room; Balcony to Roof Deck 40 sf deck off dining room, 300 sf private patio.

Hardly a project for the inexperienced. This type of restoration takes the skill and expertise of a team that includes an architect and a contractor who know the ins and outs of the land here in Boston.  The partnership between the architect and the contractor does not stop at the office. As business associates, Guy Grassi and John Connaughton share a vision when they collaborate. This particular project took 14 months and many tradesman; carpenters, demolition experts, roofers, welders, steel experts, tilers, brick layers. How do they all work together to make magic happen? Read on.

Hidden Challenges of Historic Preservation

What were the challenges you faced? How did you craft through them?

Exterior Brick Restored to Historic Preservation Requirements

Back Exterior

The Historic District of Boston has strict permitting guidelines. It takes an experienced and diligent team of architect and contractor to know the Back Bay Architectural Commission requirements. All exterior work (whether or not it is visible from a public way) requires the review of the Back Bay Architectural Commission.  A Certificate of Appropriateness, Design Approval, or Exemption Application must be submitted to and approved by the Commission prior to beginning any exterior work.

To keep a project moving, the Architect lays out the design and obtains the commission approval. The Contractor obtains the proper permits and keeps the project moving forward organizing many tradesman toward completion of the project.

This particular project at 313 Commonwealth Avenue, Connaughton Construction and Grassi Architectural Design Group added a penthouse to the fifth floor. This meant taking the roof off, raising the fifth floor; the ceiling height was too low. This modification raised a five story building to a five and a half story building.  “This is technical work!”, says John, President of Connaughton Construction. ” The amount of planning is intense. The materials that are required, planning with the weather, and length of time needed to complete this addition. Mix with the proper permitting involved, city officials, fire department, inspectors, Back Bay Architectural Commission need to be coordinated and satisfied.”

Custom Designs that were included?

On the exterior of the back of the building, space was added to the back. New bricks were custom made to match the existing bricks in size, color and texture.

The trim on the bowed windows is all custom milled. The outside trim had to be matched exactly.Then there’s the glass windows. This has  to be in line with upgrading historic building windows guidelines.  New window glass has to be matched exactly in size, color, the curved shape and wave in the glass. The windows installed in this building improve blast resistance and thermal performance.

The high performance retrofitting options meeting federal preservation standards are weatherstripping and glazing film,  blast curtains and shades,  laminated glass interior storm windows, and replacement glazing.

Personal Touches

Staircase Restored to Historic Preservation Requirements

Original Main Entrance

The original design of the main stairway from the Main lobby is preserved to look like new but its all original. Just beautiful paneling and framing on the walls, painted in bright and rich creamy whites. Accenting the dark wooden stair steps on white risers is pristine.

Library with Mahogany Paneling and Limestone Fireplace - Historic Preservation

Library

The Library, on the first floor, is restored to original design with Mahogany wall paneling and moldings along with the italian style limestone fireplace.

Unseen challenges

What you don’t see is the foundation of the Boston’s Back Bay buildings. They are built on wood piles. These wood piles exist submerged in water. The wood piles have to be under water. If they dry, they rot. When they rot, the building foundation becomes unstable. The entire building can sink or settle. If the earth shifts, the building shifts. If the building shifts, walls crack and structure becomes unlivable, and expensive to repair.

Our solution was to build a retention system under the parking area. This retention system collects all the water from rain or runoff, keeping the wood piles immersed in water. Open holes below allow water to drain into the soil.

That’s why a project of this caliber and scope, you need an architect and a contractor that keeps policing the project, keeps it moving forward, gathers all the approvals of all the players. Permitting for this takes time and its a huge challenge coordinating all the requirements.

You can count on our team to deliver a quality project on time and on budget. This is one area Connaughton Construction’s expertise pays for itself.

Book case flanked Limestone Fireplace

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Book case flanked Limestone Fireplace Connaughton Construction

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to discuss renovation of your project. We specialize in historic preservation. Set up your personal Consultation. If you prefer to talk to someone on the phone, please call John with Connaughton Construction at 781-899-1438 x 14 or Ellen at x13.

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Luxury Home Design Trends 2014

September 25th, 2014

Top 10 Luxury Home Design Trends 2014

For the average home hunter, they look for large bathrooms, big back yards, and gourmet kitchens. The deal breakers are multiple bathrooms and garages. When it comes to luxury  real estate, the stakes are a bit higher. The common items are expected. So, what’s on the list of must-haves for the luxury home buyer?

Luxury Home Design Trends 2014

Luxury Home Design Trends 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Luxury Home Renovation - coal shoot turned wine cellar

 Wine Rooms

 

A wine refrigerator or a built-in wine rack in the kitchen might be a perk to most people, but that’s just not going to cut it in the luxury home market. People don’t want a rack! They want an entire room dedicated to their love for wine. Whether they want an ample supply on hand for entertaining or they simply like to collect an assortment of cabernet and pinot noir, a wine room is a must have.

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Luxury Design Trends - Marble Bathrooms

Marble Bathrooms

Marble is an expensive material that can be difficult to care for, making it an impractical choice for most people. The luxury home buyer isn’t concerned about practical. They have an entire room dedicated to wine. Marble is elegant and classic, and they want it on everything from the floors to the countertops.

 

 

 

 

 


Luxury Design Home Trends - Rooftop Terraces

 Rooftop Gardens

 

Rooftop gardens are an especially hot commodity when space is limited and the views a premium. In Boston, outdoor space is rare, even in the luxury market, so a rooftop terrace can be the feature that sways a home buyer. Besides, who wouldn’t want to sip wine on the roof with the view of the city surrounding you?

 

 

 

 

 

 


Luxury Home Design Trends 2014 - Elevator to the Roof Deck

Elevator to the Roof Deck

 Private Elevators 

Nothing says luxury like your very own elevator. Imagine stepping off the elevator right into your own foyer. Now, let’s take it a step further. Imagine taking your private elevator to your wine cellar for a bottle of Opus One then up to your roof deck terrace  for an amazing view and privacy. That’s exactly what you’ll get at some of the Boston Luxury Condo apartments.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Luxury Home Design Trends - Amazing Views

Amazing Views

We’ve mentioned the importance of a good view already, but sometimes it isn’t the big windows or the terrace that makes the difference. It’s what you wake up to every day. An amazing view typically translates into a great location. Luxury home buyers are willing to spend big to get both.

Whether it’s the perfect location, an amazing view, a home theater or a game room that rivals a Boston theatre, luxury home owners know what they want. While oversize windows and wine rooms may be more common features, the one common thread is that luxury home buyers want their home to reflect their lifestyle and what they love.

 

 

 

 

 


Just when you think we’re done! Boston luxury home design trends 2014 list also include infinity pools, tennis courts, floor to ceiling windows, private movie theatres and home gyms.

Infinity Pools

Luxury home buyers want a relaxing escape from their busy lives, and that’s where infinity pools come in. Backyards become more like parks. Luxury homes near the oceanfront integrate infinity pools with the natural landscape of the ocean as the background. Feeling like one with nature.

Tennis Courts

Who needs a country club when you can have your very own tennis court? For tennis fans, having a tennis court in their backyard is a necessity. A private tennis court is a rare privilege and a favored amenity for luxury home buyers.

Floor to Ceiling Windows

Luxury home buyers buy property with incredible views or a beautiful landscape, and they want to capitalize on every bit of that having floor to ceiling windows installed. Large windows let in a lot of natural light and make spaces feel grander. Think of large windows like a canvas that sets the stage for the entire room. Nothing is grander than walking into a home and having a view of Boston or a panoramic view of the garden.

Private Movie Theatres

A theater may seem extravagant, but it’s just as common to a luxury home owner as the dining room. Home owners are likely to keep it stocked with their favorite candy, a popcorn machine and their favorite movies. It’s a great space for entertaining, especially for families. Cocktails are allowed and encouraged in your own theater.

Home Gyms

Money may not be able to buy happiness, but it can buy convenience. Convenience, that’s one thing luxury home buyers are willing to splurge on. Having a gym down the hall cuts down on a lot of excuses. A home gym also means you won’t have to stand in line for the next Glutes machine. Most luxury home buyers are often “recreation enthusiasts,” and that requires them to be physically fit.

Luxury Home Design Trends 2014


 

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Caesarstone: Colors, Textures and Applications

 

Caesarstone: Colors, Textures and Applications

September 25th, 2014

If You Can Visualize it, Caesarstone Has It

Caesarstone has the right color, texture and application combination for your home renovation project.

Caesarstone Color Choices

Caesarstone has 45 distinct colors to choose from. Presently four colors offered are made from recycled material. Both Quartz Reflections and Ruby Reflections are colors are made with up to 35% post-consumer recycled glass and up to 42% reclaimed quartz. Chocolate Truffle and Smoky Ash are colors made with up to 17% post-consumer recycled glass.

Caesarstone Textures

Caesarstones’ three standard collections give the customer flexibility and creative freedom when choosing the texture of their quartz countertop surface. You can choose from a more modern sleek finish or a surface that’s rustic in texture and a variety of choices in between.

  • The Motivo collection is patterned and textured
  • The Concetto collection resembles semi precious stones
  • The Classico collection has the largest variety, with over 30 colors to choose from.

Caesarstone’s newest collection, Calacatta Nuvo, 
is a gorgeous new design crafted with the look of natural marble in mind. It combines the beauty of luxurious natural stone with the wonderful characteristics of Caesarstone.

With these four diverse collections, your Caesarstone surface can go smooth and sophisticated or textured and embossed, the choice is yours.

Caesarstone Applications

The versatility of Caesarstone allows for flexible installation. You can choose the way it is cut and the type of edges it has. Caesarstone can be installed in thinner slabs to save weight, or in larger sections to reduce the amount of surface joints.

Caesarstone is not only ideal for interior residential situations. In accordance with the sanitary standards of the National Health and Safety Foundation International, Caesarstone surfaces are qualified for installation in hospitals, restaurants, hotels and more. You can put Caesarstone in heavy use, high traffic areas knowing it can stand up to your daily demands.

Caesarstone will last a lifetime — and is the only quartz surfacing company to offer a Lifetime Warranty. With a small amount of care, your Caesarstone surface will look as great as the day you bought it for years to come.

Whether it’s residential or commercial, a large kitchen work space or a decorative section of flooring, Caesarstone manufactures quality quartz surfaces for a range of  applications. From kitchen countertops, bathroom vanities and counters, to custom solutions for any home. It’s beauty and durability have inspired all sorts of surprising creative uses as well, such as wall paneling,  floor covering, and  many commercial applications.

Caesarstone modern bathroom

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Six Critical Decisions a Construction Manager helps you make

June 30th, 2014

There are so many decisions a home owner must make to get through a renovation project. This article narrows it down to six critical decisions a construction manager helps you make. Your custom builder will work with you and your Architect to get the job off to the right start.

If your project costs more than a few thousand dollars, it may be time to call in the professionals.

Six critical decisions a Construction Manager helps you make

  1. Lighting and electrical layout
  2. Selection of plumbing fixtures
  3. Appliance selections
  4. Selection of cabinets and any built-in cabinets
  5. Tile and stone selections
  6. Flooring selections

Lighting and electrical layout

Unless you’re an experienced electrician, it’s advisable to leave this part of the project to professionals. However, you should know your needs and be in on the planning of wiring and lighting installation. As with the functional design of the home living space, a good electrical plan begins with a diagram.

Home electrical wiring covers a lot of different things; the breaker box panel, home lighting, appliances and other high voltage electrical systems. Ovens, water heaters, clothes dryers, and HVAC (heating, venting, and air-conditioning) systems need high voltage. It might include low voltage systems like phone systems, doorbells, computer networks and home security systems as part of the wiring process.

Your construction manager knows the local codes and requirements for the kitchen, bathrooms, and outside outlets. There will be code requirements about dedicated circuits, a minimum number of kitchen circuits, minimum of outlets on each wall, and many others that might seem overwhelming at first. Once it is all done though, you’ll really be glad you followed all the regulations. It makes for a better house.

Selection of plumbing fixtures

Building a home requires installing systems to deliver water and remove waste. Determining the size and type of pipes needed for the drain, waste and vent (DWV) system, and your local plumbing codes is critical to success of your new or renovation project. Each jurisdiction follows specific Uniform Plumbing Code requirements for pipe sizes, they may need additions or deletions to the code. Your contractor must calculate the correct plumbing waste line sizes required for your construction project. Connaughton Construction will gladly guide you through the best choices for your home and project. Six Critical Decisions a Construction Manager helps you make. 3. Select Plumbing and Fixtures

Once the plumbing behind the walls is determined, selecting the fixtures for kitchen and baths include toiletsfaucets, sinks, and showers. Connaughton Construction can recommend the latest in technologies and features for your home, while maintaining the style of your existing room.

Appliance selections

We help clients select appliances and sinks during the preliminary design phase, which often comes before selecting the rest of the finishes and fixtures. This is so the plans can reflect the proper sizes, which will in turn affect the cabinetry layout.

It’s also time to decide whether or not you want a prep sink in addition to your main sink. At this point, by the way, it’s fine if you decide to change from a 36-inch range to a cooktop and wall oven.

By the time you get to final construction documents or order cabinets, however, these decisions must be finalized. The nice thing is that there are now a few big decisions that you can check off your list.

The decision on how many pendants to use affects how many junction boxes you need on the ceiling — and that decision needs to be made before plans get approved for permits and before the contractor closes up the drywall after rough electrical is done.

This is why the professional you hire may focus you on figuring out the lighting plan before picking out the countertops.

Selection of cabinets and any built-in cabinets

Six Critical Decisions a Construction Manager helps you make: 4. Cabinets and Built-in CabinetsThe selection of cabinets starts with the style – maybe classic, modernist, or old world charm – you envision in the appearance you want to portray in the room.

Rather than picking the cabinet wood species and finish color by itself, and then picking countertops and tile, I like to have my clients work on an overall palette of materials at the same time. Layer the materials and create collages of patterns, textures and colors to see what works best together.

Tile and stone selections

Order current samples of the materials you’re considering. Get a door sample with your style and finish for final approval. Make sure you go to the stone supplier and view and tag the actual slab of marble for your countertops, and make sure to order a current control sample of tile for your backsplash. All these extra steps will cut down on costly mistakes.

Decorative tile in the kitchen is a great way to express your personality and style, but proportion and scale are critical. Tile is a pretty permanent decision; once it’s up, it’s expensive to change. You or your designer should do color studies and pattern studies, and look at them alongside photos and samples to be absolutely sure you’re making the right choices.

Flooring selections

Matching the floor stain color is one of the most challenging phases of a project. If you’ve got original floors and plan to refinish just the kitchen — or are laying new wood floors to match the old for continuity — don’t expect a perfect match. Many floors in old homes are made of old-growth wood, and flooring is manufactured differently now. The natural patina of an old floor also is nearly impossible to match. Companies offering reclaimed wood floors can make that matching process easier.

In Summary

A good rule of thumb is if your project costs more than a few thousand dollars, it may be time to call in a pro. A construction manager has access to planning tools and technology that most homeowners do not. They have the inside scoop on trends, new materials, building codes and technical quirks. And their remodeling expertise can save you a lot of time, money and frustration. Use our tips to help the process flow smoothly from start to finish. Be prepared to share with your architect and PM what you like and what you hope to change to give a firm place to start. Do your research. Stay Flexible. Know your budget. Settle on a timeline and a number of draft plans. Keep changes minimal.

Finally be patient. A good plan takes time to create, and so does bringing it to life. Putting in effort on the front end, from choosing finishes to thinking through the work zone, will pay off in the long run. And the last thing you want is a rushed construction job — no matter how anxious you are to put your new kitchen to work.


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