Home Renovation Articles

Home Renovation Articles

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How to choose the best interior paint colors for your home

Tommy Mitchell

The most exciting part of a home renovation or new home construction for many people is to put on those finishing touches. When you are choosing the interior paint colors, you are near the final stretch. The challenge — ...

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The best insights to save you money when building a custom home

Tommy Mitchell

The idea of building a custom home is enticing. A place built exactly as you want it, with you and your family’s needs put into every detail. Who wouldn’t want that? But that ...

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Why now is always a good time to remodel your home

Tommy Mitchell

When is the right time to renovate your home? On one hand, there will always be reasons not to renovate. Getting to the beautiful and functional end result takes time, money, and ...

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Roof replacement: 7 signs to know when it’s time for a new roof

Tommy Mitchell

In New England, your asphalt shingle roof will take a beating as the weather shifts, often dramatically, from day to day. That’s why understanding when and why to consider a roof ...

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Top 10 tech trends for a connected and smart home

Tommy Mitchell

Technology has changed everything, including our homes. Just think about it — not long ago, locking your doors at night meant going through the house and physically checking all ...

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The top custom home design ideas that make your new home special

Tommy Mitchell

You have lived in enough homes that were not built to your specifications to know what you don’t like. It might be a poor layout on the main floor that leaves you feeling boxed ...

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How much does a custom built home cost?

Tommy Mitchell

You get what you pay for. That is a simple truism, but what does it mean when it comes to building a custom home? To understand the cost, a builder will need to gather detailed ...

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How to choose a custom home builder and what sets them apart

Tommy Mitchell

How do you make a choice when it comes to finding the right custom home builder? If you want a truly custom home, the best home builders will help you understand your options to ...

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Space planning for interior design styles and ideas you'll love

Tommy Mitchell

“This space just does not work for us anymore.” That statement is one of the main reasons homeowners come to us for a renovation project. To fix an unworkable space, designers ...

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What is custom home remodeling and why is it important?

Tommy Mitchell

The list of home improvement projects is getting longer and longer. The kitchen and bathrooms are really starting to show their age. You’ve never exactly loved the siding you ...

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The most exciting plumbing trends in kitchen and bathroom design

Tommy Mitchell

While the phrase “plumbing trends” may not set your heart to fluttering, the end results of a kitchen or bath remodeling project often highlight the exciting results of those ...

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The custom home construction timeline from concept to completion

Tommy Mitchell

There is something about the opportunity to build a custom home. You are starting with your unique dreams and expectations, and have a blank canvas to turn those dreams into ...

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Innovative home lighting design that lights up your life

Tommy Mitchell

When seeking inspiration for your remodeling project, you may look through hundreds of photos online and in design magazines. One aspect that often gets overlooked — but is always ...

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Want a custom-built home? Here’s how to do it right

Tommy Mitchell

Building a custom home will not only reflect your style and tastes, but will be designed and constructed to your specifications. What size should living, dining, and kitchen ...

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Aging in Place Remodeling: Better, Safer Living After Retirement

Tommy Mitchell

One of the fundamental truths about life is that we’re all growing older. For many of us, the question that will arise as we age is, “Where will I be able to live?” Fortunately, ...

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When is the best time to remodel a New England home?

Tommy Mitchell

You may see home renovation as a seasonal activity — something that’s got to be done between spring and fall here in New England. The truth is, the right time to start is when you ...

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The most frequent causes of cracks in plaster walls and how to fix them

Tommy Mitchell

At some time in the life of every home, cracks will appear in the plaster. There are many causes of cracks; some are more serious than others. For one thing, the weather in New ...

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Exciting Porch and Patio Renovation Ideas for Outdoor Living Joy

Tommy Mitchell

When considering updates and additions to your current porches and patios, you are looking for space to enjoy your home's fresh air and views. Well-proportioned, well-conceived ...

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13 Beautiful Mudroom & Laundry Room Designs for an Organized Home

Tommy Mitchell

Mudrooms and laundry rooms are not the first areas most people think about when it comes to home renovation. But these spaces should not be overlooked. A well-designed mudroom ...

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The best basement remodeling ideas for family fun and entertainment

Tommy Mitchell

When you’ve got dinner guests and the kids are loudly playing video games in the next room, your main floor living space begins to show its limitations. Or maybe over the past few ...

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Bathroom design ideas that bring a spa-like experience into your home

Tommy Mitchell

A luxury bathroom may seem more like a necessity these days. As the pandemic forced many of us to stay at home for long periods of time, the bathroom became a sanctuary, a place ...

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Creating a Backyard Oasis for Family Fun in Walpole MA

Tommy Mitchell

A house does not truly become a home until it reflects the unique character and personality of the family that inhabits it. Here at the Mitchell Construction Group, that concept ...

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Why detailed planning is so important for any home renovation

Tommy Mitchell

Anticipating a home renovation project is exciting for most homeowners. Once they decide to make the leap from dreaming to doing, a range of emotions can kick in as they ...

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The best low maintenance building materials for your home you’ll love

Tommy Mitchell

If you’re like most homeowners, home maintenance chores such as painting, replacing gutters, and making deck repairs are way down on your list of fun things to do. Fortunately, ...

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Top remodeling ideas when rethinking your master suite experience

Tommy Mitchell

Many home interior designers would agree that the master bedroom is simply the largest and most desirable bedroom in a home and is typically where the head of the household ...

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Top 6 Home Heating System Upgrade Options in New England

Tommy Mitchell

If you live in New England, you know how important your home heating system is. And because our heating systems work extra hard to keep our homes warm and comfortable throughout ...

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What is transitional design and its impact on your home renovation?

Tommy Mitchell

The term “transitional design” is popping up with increasing frequency in architectural and home design circles. It actually originated decades ago, but over the years, the ...

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Why Details Matter: The Importance of Renovation Pre-Project Planning

Tommy Mitchell

The pandemic has created a home remodeling and renovation boom that has many contractors struggling to keep up with demand. As a result, some are rushing through the planning and ...

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11 Remodeling Ideas to Make Your Small Kitchen Feel Larger

Tommy Mitchell

Kitchen makeovers are, far and away, one of the most popular home remodeling projects because they are often the heart of any home, where family and friends gather for a wide ...

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Home Remodeling Ideas for Better Holiday Entertaining

Tommy Mitchell

The holidays are a time for family and friends to gather, celebrate, reminisce, and look ahead to the New Year and a brighter future. For some homeowners, it’s also a stressful ...

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11 kitchen color schemes you’ll love every day

Tommy Mitchell

Kitchens are by far the most popular room in the home for remodeling and renovation. It can be the most fun and most challenging all at the same time because of the number of ...

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How to avoid paying for a home renovation twice and other renovation lessons

Tommy Mitchell

Human nature makes it difficult for most of us to pass up a bargain, and home renovation is no exception. One homeowner might “know a guy” who’s pretty handy with a hammer and is ...

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Remodel or Move? How to Decide What’s Best for You

Tommy Mitchell

Homeowners who are faced with an aging home or one they have outgrown are faced with a difficult decision: should they remodel or move? This is both a financial and emotional ...

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Pros and Cons of Replacement Windows vs. New Construction Windows

Tommy Mitchell

The pandemic has created an increased interest in home renovation and remodeling and one of the most popular renovations is window replacement. One of the biggest reasons is ...

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Why the right home maintenance program will take the stress out of home ownership

Tommy Mitchell

The modern home is a technological marvel. Packed with systems, sensors, and devices that provide and control power, communications, heat, water, cooling, and safety, today’s home ...

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How to prepare your Massachusetts home for the fall and winter seasons

Tommy Mitchell

New England’s winters are legendary. Nor’easters pound the coast and the eastern half of the state with high winds, snow, freezing rain and sleet. Icy winds and heavy snow blow in ...

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How to Live Through a Home Remodel and Be Happy

Tommy Mitchell

Mention “home renovation” to some people and watch the color drain out of their faces. For many, there is nothing more stressful (and for good reason) than to have some strangers ...

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How to Ensure Good Communication with Your Home Renovation Company

Tommy Mitchell

Frustration. Anxiety. Confusion. These are the words that many homeowners unfortunately associate with home renovation projects because they’ve worked with a home remodeling ...

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How to Prioritize Home Renovations in a Multi-Stage Project

Tommy Mitchell

We all find ourselves frustrated from time to time when faced with the dilemma of reconciling what we want with what we need, or perhaps more accurately, what we can afford. The ...

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Top stories of the trials and tribulations of DIY home maintenance

Tommy Mitchell

Nobody likes to spend more than they absolutely have to on home repairs. It’s bad enough when things break and you have to struggle with the inconvenience and disruption they ...

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3 Reasons Why a Home Maintenance Company Is a Homeowner’s Best Friend

Tommy Mitchell

When many people think about the cost of a home, they’re often thinking about the buying or selling price of it. But there is an ongoing and often less visible cost – that of ...

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Why free home renovation estimates are problematic and a fantasy

Tommy Mitchell

A home renovation project can be a highly dynamic event full of excitement, anxiety, anticipation and, yes, stress. Of course, no homeowner wants to pay any more than absolutely ...

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Main homeowner tips for insurance-related home repairs you’ll want to know

Tommy Mitchell

Dealing with a damaged home is no fun. Fallen trees, burst pipes, flooded basements, lightning strikes – they all can cause the kind of damage that makes a home difficult to live ...

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Home renovation timeline: How long should a remodel take?

Tommy Mitchell

One of the first questions we get as a home renovation contractor is “How long will this project take?” Any reputable, experienced contractor could immediately reply, “As long as ...

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Why home preventative maintenance costs much less than emergency repairs

Tommy Mitchell

If you’re like most homeowners, you take great pride in your home and property. You mow your lawn and trim your shrubs and trees regularly. If you have wood siding or deck, you ...

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How to create a backyard entertainment area for family and friends’ social enjoyment

Tommy Mitchell

If the pandemic has taught us anything, it’s how to relax at home and get outside more. The popularity of outdoor living has grown leaps and bounds over the past year and a half ...

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Great basement renovation ideas for family living and enjoyment

Tommy Mitchell

If your home has an unfinished basement, you’re sitting on a gold mine of additional living space, flexible entertainment and relaxation options, more efficient storage, and added ...

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Top ways to renovate your home floor plan for improved function and uses

Tommy Mitchell

If there was one thing the pandemic was good for, it was helping homeowners discover every poor design element and floor plan weakness in their homes. As people spent more and ...

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Important design steps for remodeling a home for multigenerational living

Tommy Mitchell

A recent study by the Pew Research Center has revealed that growing numbers of buyers are looking for homes that will accommodate more than just a single family. Shifting ...

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The top benefits of turning an awkward floor plan into a functional home

Tommy Mitchell

A homeowner’s relationship with their home – like any relationship – can change over time. Just like marriages, friendships, and partnerships, your relationship with your home can ...

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7 smart steps to making a kitchen organized, functional, and fun

Tommy Mitchell

Remodeling a kitchen is a lot more than just new cabinets and appliances and a different color scheme. Effectively renovating a kitchen for more functional efficiency requires a ...

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5 characteristics of a great home renovation dream team

Tommy Mitchell

Home renovation and remodeling projects come in all shapes and sizes, but except for the very simplest, virtually all of them require structural and aesthetic changes. Some ...

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How home remodel visualization creates excitement for the design

Tommy Mitchell

One of the most frustrating challenges many homeowners face when considering a home renovation project is difficulty visualizing specific changes to improve their home’s ...

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How to avoid the top costly and elusive home renovation mistakes

Tommy Mitchell

Virtually every level of home renovation – from simple room redesigns to kitchen remodeling to home additions – involve an equal level of emotion and stress. Homeowners undertake ...

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Optimize Kitchen Storage Space to Improve Your Lifestyle

Tommy Mitchell

“What am I going to do with all this kitchen storage space?” said no one, ever. As a design/build construction firm with years of experience designing and building kitchens, one ...

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25 Questions to ask before Hiring a Home Renovation Company

Tommy Mitchell

Renovating your home – whether you’re just remodeling a bedroom or renovating your entire house – is a highly personal project. The old saying is true: “Home is where the heart ...

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Which home renovation ideas make the biggest improvement in your quality of life?

Tommy Mitchell

One of the most popular home renovation questions we get asked all the time here at Mitchell Construction Group is “What home improvement will have the greatest impact on us?” The ...

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13 Different Ways to Remodel Your Kitchen - Must Read

Tommy Mitchell

The kitchen is the central hub, the heart, of almost every home. Even people who aren’t especially fond of cooking use their kitchens for a multitude of activities – whether it’s ...

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How great home remodelers guide clients through their renovation

Tommy Mitchell

The simple truth about home remodeling and renovation is that successful projects require proper planning. Period. There are no shortcuts, no miracles, and no depending on good ...

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The Top Factors to Consider When Hiring a Home Renovation Company

Tommy Mitchell

Renovating your home is a big decision involving a lot of elements, some of them emotional and others operational. As a result, sometimes homeowners make decisions for the wrong ...

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How much time should it take to remodel a home?

Tommy Mitchell

One of the first questions we hear from homeowners when discussing a renovation or remodeling project is “How long will this take?” And while it’s certainly understandable that ...

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How a home renovation can significantly boost resale value

Tommy Mitchell

One of the first questions many homeowners ask when considering a renovation project is: “Will this project provide a good return-on-investment and boost the resale value of my ...

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The Best Method to Estimate the Cost of a Home Renovation

Tommy Mitchell

One hard and fast rule in home renovation is, "Don’t start a remodeling or renovation project without a realistic budget." But getting to a realistic budget requires a detailed ...

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