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Construction Manager We build from the Ground up

January 10th, 2016

How does Connaughton Construction help you get your dream home to reality? From  the ground up.

The construction process is definitely an art. There are many factors that contribute to the construction of a building. Architects and Construction managers play a vital role in the construction process, and work closely with the building owner. Let’s take a look at the role of the construction manager in the building creation process.

Preconstruction. In the preconstruction phase, the construction manager oversees the building process and works directly with the building owner. We oversee a team of builders, engineers and suppliers or tradesmen.

Three Phases of Design

While the Architect creates the first 2 phases of Design; Schematic Design and Design Development, the third phase where the Construction Drawings are finalized is where the Construction Manager gets involved in the project. We review the final specifications and materials that are detailed in the final drawings and provide estimates of time and cost of the project. Then we build the project.

Meetings. A pre-construction meeting is held with the owner, architect, construction manager, project manager, inspectors, contractors, sub-contractors to plan for the construction process. Here a plan is set for meetings, schedule control, processes, and reports.

Construction. And so it begins. As the ground breaking begins the round of construction, the Construction Manager will be onsite and is responsible for the transport of heavy equipment. We oversee the contract documentation to ensure the contractors have all the necessary permissions, tools and equipment. We make sure everything is of expected quality, on schedule and on budget.

Out of Ground. We begin clearing the site, moving the soil and ground cover and begin construction of the foundation. Again, we continue responsibility for ensuring everything is of expected quality, on time and on budget.

Topping Out.  During this phase the building frame is complete, windows are installed, roof, interior framing, and rough plumbing and electrical begin. We collect all documentation and ensure expected overall project quality, on time and on budget.

Weather Tight. Exterior siding, all doors and windows are installed, lighting, masonry, and the structure is weather and waterproof. Again, we are ensuring everything is of expected quality, on time and on budget.

Ready to Close in. The frame is inspected and the rough electrical is complete. During this stage, as the construction manager we coordinate the work of the interior contractors, furniture deliveries and equipment installers. We also review the documentation for the facility managers to prepare for occupancy.

Finish Stage. We prepare for the drywall, cabinets, carpet and fixtures. We compile all the documentation for the facility manager on behalf of the owner.

In review, Connaughton Construction, as the Construction Manager, we are the organizer and planner who manages the resources to make sure the labor, materials and equipment necessary for the construction process runs as planned.

Our best referrals are from real estate agents and architects. We’ve been building and reconstructing properties from the ground up for over 30 years. Our expertise is in the city of Boston where we know the land, the building requirements, the departments of people who need to get involved in the approval process. We work closely with architects and property owners and with them we have built our reputation as a top quality construction management custom builder. Many satisfied clients are in the heart of the city with high expectations of quality luxury buildings. We’re always ready for the next challenge.

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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.


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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.”

Is a Tankless Water Heater Right for Your Home?

October 23rd, 2015

Is a tankless water heater right for your home?

Water heating is the second largest expense in your home; consuming 14-18% of your utility bills. The  amount of water consumed by the average household is 64 gallons.

To get started determining if a tankless water heater is right for your home, consider your current fuel type, efficiency, cost and size. If you have more than one fuel source available, it’s important to compare fuel costs. You may find that you save money by switching to a different fuel source.

Is A Tankless Hot Water Heater Right for Your Home? - Connaughton ConstructionWhat Fuel Type is needed for Tankless hot water heater

Essentially, if your fuel type is electric, natural gas, or propane, a tankless water heater may be the right choice for your home. Home owners with electric only may need to upgrade the amperage service, requiring a licensed electrician.

Efficiency of Tankless Hot Water Heater

To maximize energy and operating cost savings, look for an energy efficient water heater. A water heater’s efficiency is measured by the Energy Factor (EF) .

Cost of Tankless Hot Water Heater

When purchasing a tankless hot water heater, there are four factors that determine if it is worth investing in a more efficient hot water heating system; the initial purchase, the installation, the maintenance, and operating costs. An electric model will need the proper voltage, amperage and circuit breaker. Gas-fired models need to be vented.

Gas-fired tankless water heater: This system costs $1,500 to buy and install. That’s nearly double the price of a conventional gas water heater, and $575 more than a high-efficiency tank model. In addition, while a conventional water heater typically uses a half-inch gas line, a tankless water heater requires three-quarter-inch pipe. That plumbing change costs from $25 to $40 per foot, potentially adding many hundreds to initial costs. 

On the bright side, your new energy-efficient unit may qualify for a federal tax credit of up to $300 on purchase and installation through 2013.

Electric tankless water heater: Much cheaper. It can cost as little as $400 installed. But it doesn’t qualify for a tax credit because it is less efficient than gas and is better suited for point-of-use applications, such as instant kitchen hot water, rather than a whole-house system.

Note: All costs indicated here are estimates and may vary.

Size of tankless hot water heater

To ensure you have enough hot water when you want to  use it, calculate your household’s peak-hour hot water demand and use that to determine your water heater size.

Measure demand by answering the question, do you want  a unit to heat water in one bathroom or the entire house?

Other considerations. The Location: A tankless water heater must be within 50 feet from a power source. It can be mounted on an interior or exterior wall. Life expectancy. Most last more than 20 years. About twice the lifespan of storage water heaters. Installation. Hire a highly rated plumber or heating and A/C contractor to install it.


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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.”

Tankless Hot Water Heaters

October 7th, 2015

Tankless hot water heaters, an increasingly popular option for residential luxury living in Boston. Hot water on demand with little need for storage space. Here we discuss what are tankless hot water heaters? How do they work? and What are the advantages and disadvantages of tankless hot water heaters?

What is a tankless hot water heater?

Tankless Hot Water Heater; Electric - Connaughton ConstructionTankless hot water heaters heat water directly without the use of a storage tank. When a hot water tap is turned on, cold water travels through a pipe into the unit. Either a gas burner or an electric element heats the water. As a result, tankless water heaters deliver a constant supply of hot water.You don’t need to wait for a storage tank to fill up with enough hot water. However, a tankless water heater’s output limits the water flow rate.

Advantages of tankless hot water heaters

  • ENERGY STAR® estimates that a typical family can save $100 or more per year with an ENERGY STAR qualified tankless water heater. In some scenarios, a residence installing a demand water heater at each hot water outlet can see a reduction in water heating costs by as much as 50%.
  • This compact design saves space
  • Home owners are far less likely to experience leaks or ruptures
  • Maintains efficiency throughout its service life
  • Less prone to hard water, sediment, or mineral problems
  • Tankless water heaters will usually last longer and have lower operating and energy costs, which could offset its higher purchase price.
  • Most tankless water heaters have a life expectancy of more than 20 years. In contrast, storage water heaters last 10–15 years.

Tankless Hot Water Heater - Gas-Connaughton ConstructionTankless hot water heaters provide hot water at a rate of 2–5 gallons (7.6–15.2 liters) per minute. Gas-fired tankless water heaters produce higher flow rates than electric ones. Sometimes, however, even the largest, gas-fired model cannot supply enough hot water for simultaneous, multiple uses in large households. Taking a shower and running the dishwasher at the same time can stretch a tankless water heater to its limit. To overcome this problem, installing two or more tankless water heaters, connected in parallel for simultaneous demands of hot water. You can also install separate tankless water heaters for appliances — such as a clothes washer or dishwasher — that use a lot of hot water in your home.

Disadvantages of Tankless Hot Water Heaters

  • The initial cost of a tankless water heater is greater than that of a conventional storage water heater,
  • A single tankless hot water heater cannot provide enough hot water for simultaneous, multiple uses in large households.
  • Certain models pilot light can consume more energy than other models. Be sure to ask how much energy is used by the pilot light on the model you are considering.

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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


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Green Roofs for Healthy Cities

September 1st, 2015

What is a Green Roof?

Green Roof - 7 layers of root barrier - Connaughton ConstructionA “green roof” is an extension of an existing roof on top of the concrete slab, including a high-quality waterproofing membrane, a root repellant system or root barrier, a drainage layer, filter cloth, lightweight growing medium and soil, irrigation system and plants.

How do Green Roofs Make for Healthy Cities?

Green Roofs have Economic Benefits

Green roofs and services create jobs for many people.  According to Green Roofs For Healthy Cities (GRHC)  the demand for green roof installations requires and therefore helps create a business market for manufacturers and suppliers of all the required physical components. That is, all the green roof layers, specialized garden nurseries, architects, landscapers, ecological design and engineering professionals, the labor and maintenance personnel.

Construction costs of green roofs vary from $10.00 to $25.00 per square foot. In Germany where they are more common, the costs of a green roof range from $8.00- $15.00 per square foot. The model green roof at Gund Hall at Harvard University cost $1.00 per square foot.

Green roofs can increase property values.

Green Roofs have Environmental Benefits

Green Roofs have cooling potential. Green roofs provide shade and remove heat from the air through evapotranspiration, reducing temperatures of the roof surface and the surrounding air. They help reduce the heat islands often found in urban areas.

Green roof absorb heat and act as insulators for buildings. This helps us use less energy for cooling and heating.

Green roofs are useful in achieving LEED certification for new and existing buildings.

Green roofs reduce air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. By lowering air conditioning demand, green roofs decrease air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. Vegetation remove air pollutants and greenhouse gas emissions through dry deposition and carbon sequestration and storage.

Green roofs improve human health and comfort. Green roofs, by reducing heat transfer through the building roof, can improve indoor comfort and lower heat stress associated with heat waves.

Acoustic insulation properties also exist with green roofs. Many green roofs have been placed near airports with great results in noise reduction.

Green roofs enhance stormwater management and water quality. Green roofs reduce and slow stormwater runoff in the urban environment; they also filter pollutants from rainfall.

Green roofs allow us to grow food locally, eliminating the need to be transported. From herbs such as mint, Lemon balm, edible pansies, thyme, lavender, chives and different kinds of basil are just a few of the many herbs that flourish in the custom-built beds. To vegetables, such as tomatoes, herbs, greens, berries, wheat grass, even some monster cabbage. Restaurants are turning to their own green roof gardens for self-producing fresh herbs and vegetables.

Where you can find Green roofs improving the quality of life in Boston?

  • Four seasons Hotel, Boston, MA

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    Green Roofs Four Seasons Hotel, Boston, MA – Connaughton Construction

  • Boston City Hall, Boston, MA
  • Graduate Residences at Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
  • Cambridge Center, Kendall Square, Cambridge, MA
  • Healing Garden at Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA
  • East Office Building at the World Trade Center in Boston, MA
  • Tufts University, Boston MA
  • Seaport World Trade Center, Boston, MA
Aside from being inconspicuous, low maintenance, and reliable storm water management systems, green roofs can add natural beauty and aesthetic relief to a wide variety of settings.

 


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Eight Smart Ideas to Plan Your Outdoor Kitchen

August 26th, 2015

More and more homeowners are updating their backyards with outdoor kitchens. Outdoor kitchens allow you to enjoy the same delight of indoor dining with the serenity of the great outdoors at your side. Installing an outdoor kitchen can not only prove to be a gift to yourself, you can justify it as as an investment that will yield gains in the near future.

“Nearly two-thirds of architects are seeing increased demand for things like outdoor kitchens and fireplaces, according to an American Institute of Architects (AIA) Survey. There are no longer these hard divides between how folks are living inside and outside.”

-Kermit Baker Senior Research Fellow at Harvard University’s Joint Center for Housing Studies

Prep, Cooking, Serving, and Cleaning Stations for your Outdoor Kitchen

Outdoor-Kitchen-Escapes - Connaughton Construction

Planning Your Outdoor Kitchen

Make sure that you have all the essentials to creating an outdoor kitchen area. This means having dedicated spaces where you can prep, cook, serve, and clean dishes. This will make your outdoor kitchen plan an all in one dining solution. Doing half the work indoors defeats the purpose of Outdoor Kitchen with Pergola - Connaughton Constructioninstalling an outdoor kitchen. Make sure that you include all of the essentials. Place faucets away from the cooking area so that the cook doesn’t have to be interrupted every time somebody needs to wash their hands.

Outdoor heating for Outdoor Kitchen

Heated Outdoor Kitchens - Connaughton Construction

Heated Outdoor Kitchens

While the weather may be warm when you start grilling, when the sun goes down in new England the night air chill may set in. Make sure that you’re comfortable by strategically placing patio heaters around your backyard and outdoor kitchen. Patio heaters allow your diners to enjoy the night air without needing to stay bundled up. Create a warming focal point by building a brick fireplace that guests can gather around.

Planning Your Outdoor Kitchen Layout

The layout of your outdoor kitchen is one of the most important things you’ll have to decide on. It will determine how smooth the nights events go. Fashion a dining table and seating arrangements in a way that makes seating inclusive. Make sure that your eating area is in close proximity to the grill. This will make serving easy when the food is so delicious that everybody wants seconds!

Outdoor Kitchen Entertainment & Accessibility

Throw in some built-in speakers around the outdoor kitchen to create a fun and social environment. Adequate lighting is necessary to keep your outdoor living area safe and accessible for all individuals. If you have friends or family members who are disabled, make sure that you accommodate all paths and walkways for them. Accessible outdoor furniture allows everybody to join in the fun.

How much for outdoor kitchens? About $35,000 on average


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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.”

199 State Street Renovation Project 2015

July 31st, 2015

Greenway Place Luxury Condos Renovation 2015

199 State Street Renovation Project 2015. In case you missed our blog article in May about the beginning of this luxury condo renovation (before Pictures) at the Rose Kennedy GreenWay on the historic State Street. If you did see it, welcome back. Here’s what we’ve been up to. We’re breaking down the walls in Boston, turning 2 condos into one luxurious space; 4 bedrooms and 3 1/2 baths, 2 fireplaces. Prepare yourself for some extraordinary After pictures of a renovation gone well.

Private Elevator Entrance Hallway. 199 State Street Renovation Project 2015. Connaughton Construction.A grand hallway

entrance invites you in with 2 big walnut double doors, new hardwood floors and new custom milled wood trim all around. What once was a common hallway turned private entry with private elevator for this luxury condo owner. The walnut doors are custom made with a 2 hour fire rating, a special fireproof core that can withstand heat for about 2 hours. The hallway has a new ceiling, new lighting.  Walk inside the apartment from the first door on the left by elevator, you walk into the inside entrance to the condominium.

 

 

Hallway Expanded Two Condos - 199 State Street Renovation Project 2015.  Connaughton Construction.The main entry foyer.

On each side of the walnut doors are custom designed built-in display areas with mirrors in the back for an even larger than life effect on the space and creating a reflection of the incredible view outside of the Kennedy Greenway. The countertops are calcatta marble imported from Italy. The same marble used in the kitchen countertops. The columns mark the walls that once existed separating the two spaces. Beyond you see the electric fireplace.

Wood Beams Exposed 

The drop ceilings are gone and original beams are exposed. The stain and finish of the beams is a light color in the kitchen, making the ceilings appear even higher than their 8 1/2 feet. It truly did brighten up the space!

The foyer is full of elegant Lighting, classic architecture, exposed beams, new hardwood floors.

Kitchen.

While removing the drop ceiling, we found an arched ceiling. We Custom Kitchen -199 State Street Renovation Project 2015. Connaughton Construction.restored it with new plaster. The light color custom cabinets and new hardwood flooring are perfectly accented by the white italian, with subtle grey and gold veining, marble countertops by Calacatta. Something that is really special about this marble countertop is that marble is usually 1 1/4″ – 1 1/2″ thick. This marble is 2″ thick. If you look closely, you might see blue tabs on the cabinets. That is because the hardware is on order from France. All appliances are Viking and Thermador stainless steel appliances, used by executive chefs around the world. Dierdre chose the Viking double oven, a side-by-side refrigerator, microwave and stove top. The stove has a ductless ventilation system. A solution provided by Connaughton Construction with the stove on an inside wall and the inability to run duct work above or below this unit. They thought of everything down to an electrical outlet in the middle of the floor. The built-in shelves, flat screen tv and ventless gas fireplace.

 

Baths -199 State Street Renovation Project 2015. Connaughton Construction.Guest Bath.

The guest bath is a new bathroom. The wall between the shower and the rest of the bath area is a glass shower door with built-in cabinets that hide a pipe shaft. A wall hung toilet with a wall flush is in place due to the location the architect wanted the toilet.  This is a new bath with no existing plumbing. In order to run new plumbing, we would need access to the ceiling in the condominium below. Using the wall hung toilet allowed us to perform all work right here within the bathroom. Turns out, it’s a space saver as well.

Bath

The bath on the left in the picture is an existing bath updated with new lighting, new faucets, new tile, and a new mirror to continue the new style according to the renovation. We removed the old medicine cabinets, hung the large mirror and installed wall mounted faucet and handles. The beams were refinished and lightened, the walls repainted and a new shower door installed.

 

Bedroom with Original Brick, Stone and Skylights. 199 State Street Renovation Project 2015. Connaughton Construction.

In this Bedroom,

we preserve the character of this old mill with original beams, skylights, brick walls and stone structures in the walls. The beams were carefully refinished with a lighter color by our wood refinisher and the room repainted to lighten up the space.

 

 

 


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Architect on project; Darin Mardock, Mardock Designs, Inc., Boston.
Photograph credits to Darin Mardock, Mardock Designs, Inc., Boston.

Net Zero Energy Home

July 24th, 2015

Is there a Net Zero Energy Home in your future?

Net Zero Energy Home by Connaughton ConstructionAre you thinking about buying or building a new home? Would you consider buying a home that comes with zero energy bills and zero carbon emissions? A Net Zero Energy Home is so energy-efficient. The sun provides all the energy you will ever need each year. You could be pocketing thousands of dollars in energy savings, while you’re protecting the environment.

What is a Net Zero Energy Home?

A Net Zero Energy Home is a home that produce as much energy as it consumes over the course of a year.

Is a Net Zero Energy Home more expensive?

A Net Zero Energy Home costs about 5-6% more when you utilize all the energy incentives that are available today. They are market comparable and you can get all the luxuries that you normally would expect in a conventional home  as well as having zero energy bills. There are tax incentives and rebates.
A Net Zero Energy Home appraise for more than a conventional home. You’ll want to use a green certified appraiser.
How much does it cost to be connected to the heat grid? There is a $10 a month cost to be connected to the energy grid. At the end of the month, your energy bill is zero. How’s that for those of us who struggle to pay our energy bills every month? A home owner with Net Zero Energy homes are producing more energy then they’re using so they have energy to give folks who are struggling with their winter heating bill. This is an opportunity to help others.

Aside from the Energy Savings What makes a Net Zero Energy Home so desirable?

When you build a Net Zero Energy Home  you integrate a lot of things into the shell and into the interior of the home. It’s well lit. It’s healthy living. It’s well ventilated with fresh air. And at the end of the year your energy bill is zero.
From designers and builders of Net Zero Energy Homes, they will tell you these homes are, from the outside, the same as many other homes. You’ll see the solar thermal collectors, the solar electric collectors on the roof. Once you get inside the home, the exterior walls are quite a bit thicker. The heating and cooling systems are a lot more efficient than your typical system of other homes. Many of the other parts and pieces; the appliances have been specifically chosen for these homes to lower the energy bill to zero as best possible.
To potential buyers of Net Zero Energy Homes. You are insulating yourself from the rise of energy costs. You are protecting your investment. The home will sell for more and it will sell faster on the market. Home owners of Net Zero Energy Homes state they love it because there are no drafts in the middle of winter. Fresh filtered air is circulated continuously. Best of all having zero carbon emissions is healthier for the planet and healthier for future generations.
Conventional homes consume close to 30% of the nation’s energy. That’s a lot of carbon emissions. A Net Zero Energy Home is so achievable. Why not? Why not do this for the environment and our grandchildren? Zero energy bills. Zero carbon emissions and a healthier home.

Zero Energy Homes Raise the Bar for Home Construction

Find a Net Zero Energy Home Builder in the Boston area by Contact Connaughton Construction about Net Zero Energy Homes today! or Call 781-899-1438, ext. 14 for John. There never was a better time for all of us to “think global and act local.”

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