Strategies for Efficient Prevailing Wage Projects in Local Government

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In the landscape of public sector construction, prevailing wage construction projects are a testament to our commitment

Benefits of Partnering with a Prevailing Wage Construction Expert

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In Massachusetts, where historic landmarks meet modern infrastructure, prevailing wage construction laws ensure that

Prevailing Wage Projects: A Guide for Contractors

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Prevailing wage laws play a pivotal role in ensuring fair compensation for labor in government-funded construction projects.

How Home Renovation Benefits from Professional Expertise

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Embarking on a home renovation journey can be both exciting and daunting.

The True Cost of Quality in Commercial Construction

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The conversation often starts with costs when considering constructing a new commercial building.

How Construction Framing Affects the Sustainability of a Building

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In an era where our footprint on our environment is as impactful as the structures we build upon it, the construction industry faces a pivotal shift in methodologies.

Construction Framing: A Comprehensive Guide

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Embarking on a construction project can be an exhilarating journey, filled with decisions that shape the character and structure of your future home or building. 

How Smart Windows are Revolutionizing Modern Living Spaces

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As we usher in an era where our homes are as smart as our phones, smart windows are gaining ground.

Modern Windows: A Deep Dive into Energy Efficiency

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In a world where energy efficiency is more than a choice—it's a responsibility, the role of windows in our buildings has dramatically evolved.

Panelized Homes vs Pre-Fabricated Homes

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Have you ever considered ditching the traditional home-building route and going for something more modern?

How Wood Framing Can Speed Up Your Property Turnover

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In the fast-paced world of commercial real estate, time is of the essence.

Wood vs. Steel Framing for Commercial Real Estate Investments

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Realtors must stay abreast of the latest construction trends and materials in the ever-evolving commercial real estate landscape.

Why Realtors Should Consider Wood-Framed Commercial Properties

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Welcome to an exploration of an emerging trend in commercial real estate: wood-framed properties.

Cost-Effectiveness of Quality Framing in Commercial Construction

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In our decades of experience in commercial construction, we've witnessed the crucial role that framing plays in the success of any project.

The Impact of Commercial Construction Framing on Building Lifespan

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In the intricate world of architecture, commercial construction framing serves as the backbone of a building.

Understanding Building Codes and Regulations in Commercial Construction Framing

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Navigating the terrain of building codes and regulations in commercial construction framing is an art - one that requires precision, knowledge, and dedication.

9 Massachusetts Style Homes and Their Unique Appeal

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Welcome to a journey through time and style in the fascinating world of Massachusetts architecture.

7 Home Renovations to Elevate Your Life

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Step into a realm where your home becomes more than just a living space—it reflects your unique personality, designed to enhance your day-to-day life.

The Perks and Pitfalls of New Home Construction

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Are you contemplating the idea of constructing a brand-new house but feeling hesitant about whether it's the best move for you?

How Commercial Construction Can Transform a Boring Office into a Thriving Office

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There's no denying it: our work environment significantly influences our mood, productivity, and overall job satisfaction.

How to Overcome Home-Building Hurdles

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Constructing a home comes bundled with many challenges.

Luxury Home Builders: Why Experience Matters

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Luxury home building is a specialized field that requires a high level of expertise, skill, and attention to detail.

How to Maintain and Care for Your Wood Frame House

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There's something timeless and classic about a wood frame house. Whether you have a historic or modern home, nothing beats the warm and inviting look of a wood exterior.

How to Find the Best Value in a Construction Company for Your Home

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Finding the ideal company to collaborate with while starting a construction project can be challenging.

Custom Home Builders Versus Production Home Builders

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When building your dream home, selecting the right builder is crucial.

The Importance of Quality Framing in Construction

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Construction framing is a critical component of the building process, providing the structure and support for the rest of the building.

Residential Framing: Key Considerations for Custom Homes

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Over the years, we've devoted plenty of content toward the importance of wood framing in home construction. When it comes to custom home construction, however, wood framing is an entirely different animal as it involves framing the home according to a specific design and a strict architectural plan.

The Role of Construction Framers in Building a New Home

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Construction framing is an essential part of building a new home. It involves creating the skeleton of the house by putting together a framework of walls, floors, and roofs.

A Comprehensive Guide to Wood Framing Techniques

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Wood framing has long been the backbone of the construction industry, providing essential structural support for countless residential and commercial buildings.

Innovation in Construction Framing

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Construction framing is building the basic structure or frame, typically lumber or steel. This frame serves as the skeleton of the building and provides support for floors, walls, and roof systems.

An Overview of Commercial Construction Project Management

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In the grand scheme of commercial construction projects across Massachusetts, project management isn't a new concept; it's one of the foundational pillars of keeping projects on track that successful construction companies do well.

Understanding Permits for Home Building

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Building a new home can be an exciting process, but it can also be overwhelming with all the permits, approvals, and regulations involved. To ensure your building project runs smoothly, you must understand the different permits you will need to obtain before breaking ground.

How to Build a Home Without....

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Home building in the United States has been relatively standard in the past 50 years once modern construction techniques and materials become widely available.

Finding the Right Home Builder for Your Needs

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When you're looking for a homebuilder to help you build your dream home, it can be difficult to know where to find reputable and experienced professionals.

10 Qualities of a Successful Construction Contractor

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The construction industry in Massachusetts is constantly evolving, and contractors must stay ahead of the game. With a rich history and a reputation for producing some of the country's most innovative and impressive structures, the Bay State remains a hub for construction activity.

Latest Trends in Custom Window Installations

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Windows are an essential component of any home and have a major impact on the overall aesthetic of a building. In recent years, there have been a number of new trends and styles in window design that have emerged in the home construction industry.

The Growth of Sustainable Materials in Commercial Construction

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The use of sustainable materials in commercial construction is becoming increasingly important as the industry looks to reduce its impact on the environment.

The Different Types of Commercial Construction Projects

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The commercial construction industry in Massachusetts is a thriving sector, with a projected growth rate of 4.5% in 2022. According to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are over 20,000 workers employed in the commercial construction industry in the state, with an average salary of $60,000 per year.

8 Essential Tips for Successful Home Construction in Western Massachusetts

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According to data from the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development, there were approximately 23,000 new homes constructed in the state of Massachusetts in 2022.

How to Get Your Doors and Windows Ready for Winter

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Our company is based in the heart of New England. And as anyone who lives here can tell you, Massachusetts winters are nothing if not bone-chilling. The average winter temperature is about 25 degrees Fahrenheit, but it can easily drop below zero on a cold night.

5 Common Misconceptions About Wood for Framing

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From hotels and multi-storied apartment buildings to the house that your family calls home, wood framing has come a long way. It's no wonder wood is such a popular choice for construction projects, as it provides many benefits including being strong, durable, and relatively easy to work with.

Why Wood Framing is the Best Material to Use for a Multi-Story Apartment

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America is facing a housing crisis that's affecting millions of families across the country. Rising home loan interest rates, skyrocketing rental amounts, stagnant salaries for rent payments, and a diminishing housing pool are all causing more cities and local governments to start looking at multi-story housing projects as a way to meet the high residential demand for homes.

Wood or Concrete? Which is Better for Condo Construction Framing

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The framework of a building is essential to its structural integrity. In a condo with multiple living units, the safety of residents should also be taken into consideration, as an unsafe building will put them at risk. As such, choosing the right materials during the pre-planning stage is crucial.

Top 5 Home Repairs to Watch Out For


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There's a reason why home renovation shows are so popular on TV. There's a lot of satisfaction to be had watching people transform their old homes into absolute wonders of design and function.


How to Build a Deck that Lasts

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Decks are one of the most popular home renovation projects people add to their homes. They serve as a great space for entertaining, relaxing outdoors, and can even add value to your home.

Top Home Construction Trends to Watch Out For

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The home construction market in the US has been through a very tough couple of years. COVID, supply chain disruptions of key raw materials and now inflation have seen new home constructions rise and fall to the whims of the market.

6 Things to Consider When Installing New Custom Windows

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If the renovation or construction of your home is well underway, then the timing is just right for you to have an in-depth conversation with your general contractor or wood framing carpenter about the windows needed to protect the structure from water damage.

How to Find a Good Wood Framer

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Ask any builder or contractor in Massachusetts and they'll tell you that one of the most important sub-contractors on any construction project is a framer. In the over 20 years we've been in business, we've built our reputation as one of the premier wood framing companies in Massachusetts.

Top 5 Additions & Renovations That Add Value to Your Home

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Most homeowners don't purchase a home with the idea of selling it quickly in a few years. A home is the culmination of years worth of dreams, hard work, and saving as much as possible. It is also an investment, that most homeowners realize, that if managed correctly, can yield substantial returns a few years down the line.

Difference Between a Wood Framer and a Carpenter

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Wood framing is a very popular form of house construction that works well for both small residential homes, large multi-family buildings, and commercial projects. Visit any of these worksites and you will usually see teams of specialized folks hard at work.

Home Renovations 101: The Worthwhile Ones, Costs, and the Common Mistakes

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According to a recent study conducted by Houzz, homeowners were as busy as they've ever been when it comes to renovating their homes.

Understanding Home Insulation

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If you're constructing a new, energy-efficient home or are considering renovating your existing home to make it more energy-efficient, it's time to talk insulation.

How Much Does a Home Renovation Cost?

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$522 billion. With a B. According to the US Census Bureau, that's how much American homeowners spent on home renovations, improvements, and repairs from 2017 to 2019, a $72 billion increase from the preceding two-year period.

Home Additions: What You Need to Know

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Home addition projects come with a lot of uncertainty by default. What kind of addition to opt for, what is the process to get it done, whom to work with to get it done up to your level of satisfaction, what are the costs & regulations involved, will it add value to your home, and so on.

How to plan for a House Extension

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No one really plans for a house extension from the first day they build their dream home. It just naturally evolves as families grow, work, and interests outside of work start to demand more space and attention.

What is a Commercial Contractor

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The Commercial Construction Industry comprises buildings and other structures used for commercial purposes, including office buildings, warehouses, retail stores, institutional buildings such as schools and hospitals, and mixed-use commercial/residential buildings.

Buying a Home vs Building a Custom Home. Which is Better?

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If you've spent any time looking through the real estate listings in your neighborhood or the one you want to live in, chances are you've noticed how red hot the real estate market in the US currently is.

Different Types of Home Building Contractors

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According to the National Association of Home Builders, on average, it takes 20+ contractors and subcontractors to construct a new residential home. To a custom home builder like Wells Custom Framers, this might seem pretty normal, but when looked at from the homeowner's point of view, this might seem excessive.

The Complete Home Building Process

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Whenever a decision as big as this is reached, congratulations are usually in order. Building a house, particularly your first house is a life-changing event that can set the tone for all of life's big moments from there on in.

House Extension 101

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For many families across Western Massachusetts, home extensions are decisions that typically come into play after a few years of living in the house as it was designed and constructed initially.

Wood Framing for House Construction - The Series

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Building a new home can be a lengthy process filled with nervousness, excitement, and uncertainty. However, if you're working with a skilled wood framing contractor, the process doesn't have to be.

Wood Framing Pro Tips

Wood Framing Pro Tips

In the twenty odd years that we have been one of the leading wood framing contractors in Western Massachusetts, we've accumulated a fair number of wood framing tips and tricks. While there is no substitute for experience, we thought it might be helpful to share some of the things that we have learned over the years.

Residential Wood Framing 101

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Light frame construction or framing as it's known in the residential construction sector is the most commonly used form of house construction.

15 Most Asked Questions in Wood Framing Construction

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Constructing your own home whether DIY or through a wood framing contractor can be a daunting challenge, not least of which is coming to terms with all the questions and answers you may have at the start of the project.

How to Choose Lumber for Wood Framing House Construction



For constructing, insulating, and completing residential homes, solid wood and different wood-based compounds are typically the material of choice. When building a house, and negotiating with your contractor, it's important to understand the basics of wood framing, and the different kinds of wood available. This article outlines the different kinds of wood on offer and outlines how to choose between different lumber products for framing and other construction applications.

The Home Owners Guide to Wood Framing

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If you're in the market for a new home i.e. having the home of your dreams built from scratch, then you've probably heard potential contractors talk about residential wood framing. Wood framing is what gives the home its shape and it's the first thing that contractors do before moving on to drywall, roofing, etc. … so what exactly is wood framing? 

Commercial Window Installation

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The types of commercial windows you choose for your business can significantly impact the look and feel of your building. Since they're such a vital part of any commercial building, storefront, or office, there are many factors to consider when choosing what type of window to use in your establishment.

Barn Construction 101

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According to the Massachusetts Department of Agriculture, there are over 7,241 farms on 491,653 acres in the state.

Why Energy Efficiency Matters for Home Construction

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States across the United States have experienced some of the worst weather on record in 2021.

House Remodeling Checklist 101

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People often have their heads brimming with home remodeling ideas for several months but lack the time and experience to act upon them.

Financing Home Remodeling Projects


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Most of us never counted on the work-from-home situation lasting as long as it has. We never intended for the nice-to-have home office to suddenly become a critical space where we need to make conference calls with clients, collaborate with team members, or make important decisions that can decide the future of a business.

Which Custom Window is Better

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In this new content series called 'Contractor Connections', we aim to answer questions from homeowners from our wealth of experience working in the residential & commercial wood framing industry. The first article in this series addresses a typical question we often hear "which custom window brand is better for my home?" - an update from our earlier article on custom windows we had written in 2019

How to Stay on Budget when Building a House

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Achievement unlocked: Ready to build a house! Welcome to the pinnacle of adulthood. But beware, with social media platforms like Pinterest and Instagram flooding your feed with costly (and sometimes even unattainable) home inspirations, you can blaze through your budget real quick

Best Siding Colors For Your Home [2021 Update]

As a homeowner, everybody wants their home to look exquisite, attractive, and stand out in the neighborhood. Choosing the right house siding colors can make all the difference. Lately, there have been numerous trends in color combinations and siding materials used in houses of various structures. Here, you can find some of the latest house siding colors to light up your home from the outside - an update on an earlier article we published on the best siding colors for your home.

The Construction Material of the Future That's Taking the Industry by Storm. Oh, and its Hundreds of Years Old

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Across the US, a staple construction material for centuries may soon replace cement and steel as the building material of choice for commercial construction. To many both inside the industry and out, the first and most obvious question is, why? What was wrong with what we were using before?

Understanding the Basics of Wood Framing

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If you want an eco-friendly way of constructing your building, wood framing is the way to go! From being sustainable to offsetting greenhouse gases, this affordable way of framing your building can take you a long way.

6 Smart Tips to Select the Best Local Wood Framing Contractor

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Wood framing is the very foundation of your home. If you are wanting to have a house built from scratch, you are going to have to bring in someone to construct the wood framing. This will be what starts the look of your home and ensures that you are going to live within a safe space for many years to come.

A Quick Guide to Custom Window Installation in 2019

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Homeowners are turning to custom window installation more than ever before.

Many newer homes - and even some older ones - have windows that are not stock sizes. Rather than have their homes altered to fit those standard windows, they reach out to a company that can perform custom installations. The end results are windows that fit their exact needs, look great on the home, and function as needed.

A Quick Guide to Summer Home Maintenance

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Once spring gives way to summer, there are a number of things that you need to do in order to ensure that your home is in good shape. Of course, by “home” we mean the structures on your property – including the garage - and anything that they are attached to, such as your back deck, front porch, and any patios.

7 Cost-Effective Tips for Replacing Your Windows

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If you need replacement windows, but don’t have a huge home improvement budget, then you’ll need to find the most cost-effective solution.

Our Heritage is deeply rooted in the construction framing industry


Our framing team has and continues to work on new construction framing for many of the large and complex new homes being built throughout the Massachusetts and Connecticut areas. We continue to do work like this because of our reputation for being the best when it comes to new construction framing.

8 New Age Wood Frame Designs for Your Windows

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Are you thinking about redoing your windows and modernizing the exterior of your house? If so, then your windows are a good place to start. There are several interesting ways to modernize them while keeping the wood frame structure in place. Here are eight good options to start with.

How to Get Ready for the Summer with Your Home Siding?

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It’s officially spring! Is your house ready for the summer months? Now is the time to do any routine maintenance. Once it gets too hot out, you won’t be able to do much outdoors beside run from the air-conditioned car into your air-conditioned house.

A Home Siding Guide for the winter

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Your home siding needs to be cared for in the wintertime. It’s easy to think that just because it’s not wood – instead, it’s a polymer-like material – that you don’t need to do anything to winterize it. However, this isn’t the case at all.

DIY Guide for Residential Siding for Your House

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Do you watch those home improvement shows and think to yourself “I can do that?” Well, when it comes to residential siding, you certainly can do it yourself. You just need to know how –and have the proper tools. Plus, you need to have your new siding on hand. You also need this guide, which will help you get started with the process.

How to Plan Window Positioning in Your House for Better Ventilation and Sunlight

How to Plan Window Positioning in Your House for Better Ventilation and Sunlight

Some experts say that the windows are the “eyes of the house.” This is because they let in light, much like the eyes in your head.

A Step-by-Step DIY Window Framing Guide

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There are plenty of home improvements that you can handle yourself, as long as you can follow a basic set of instructions. Some, like window framing, don’t require the help of an expert carpenter. In fact, just about anyone can do it. Here are the steps that you’ll need to follow in order to do this successfully.

10 Mandatory Checks You Need to Make Before Hiring a Residential Framing Contractor

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Your residential framing contractor is one of the most important people you’re going to see when it comes time to build or renovate a home. These individuals come in and provide you with the main structure of your residence, so you want to make sure it is the strongest it can be.

A Comprehensive Guide to Window Framing

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As a homeowner, whether you’ve been living in your home for a while or if you’re new to the entire idea, you’ve heard about window framing before. You may have never really put a lot of thought into it up until this point.

7 Creative Window Replacement Ideas

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Any money that you invest in your home improvements, for the most part, are going to pay for themselves. Whether it’s an increase in the market value or just something that you get to enjoy, you can’t go wrong with making your house look better.

How Much Does a Custom Window Replacement Cost in 2018?

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Do you want to replace those old windows with a brand new one? There are many reasons why you’d want to replace your old windows. The main reason is to prevent the energy wastage.

The Latest Trends in Commercial Wood Framing for 2018

The Latest Trends in Commercial Wood Framing for 2018

There are a plethora of reasons why commercial framing contractors use wood. First of all, it’s easy to work with. Secondly, it is less expensive than some of the other options. Commercial wood framing benefits include: systems integration, durability, and sustainability. These trends in wood framing explore even further why contractors are choosing it.

7 Different Types of Windows For Your Home

Windows are a basic fact of life. Big or small, clean or dirty, with or without a view, a room without a window is one that most of us avoid if we can. They provide natural light, a free way to adjust the temperature, and if we're really lucky, be the frame of an actual picture that photos can't come close to matching. They also will enhance the design and style of a room.

7 Different Types of Residential Siding Materials For Any Home

Curb appeal. The initial impression your home makes to the world. An essential aspect of your home's exterior for a number of reasons, not just if you're getting ready to sell and move.

Window Installation for New Construction - A Quick Guide

 Window Installation For New Construction

One of the crowning glories of a new construction adding to its appeal is the Windows. The type of windows you install in a new construction can add to its overall value. New construction window installation is usually done once the frame of the building has been completed. In choosing the type of windows, you will want to discuss with your contractor what you want the windows to accomplish for the build.

How Much Does Custom Window Installation cost in 2017?

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Looking for Custom Window Replacement Cost in 2018?

Upgrading the windows in your home is one of the ways to increase its value for resale or to enhance the appearance of your home’s exterior. Some types of custom window replacements will furnish you with greater returns on your investment in the event of a sale. This is the reason why careful consideration needs to be given to the cost of the method you will choose to use to effect the custom window installation, and how much the windows and supplies themselves will cost.

7 Out of the Box Residential Wood Framing Ideas


The frame of a house does for the structure what our skeletal system does for our bodies. It provides support and ensures that the structure can bear the weight of all the other materials and contents which will be added to it. Since the frame is one of the fundamental elements of the structure, naturally there are strict standards which must be adhered to, so that it results in a sturdy building.

5 Ways Residential Siding Can Reduce Your Energy Bills

For most homeowners, finding ways to reduce energy bills is a big concern. In both the winter and the summer months, energy consumption can add up to a significant expense. If you want to be able to set money aside for the future, then doing whatever you can to reduce your energy bills is a must.

5 Home Improvement Ideas

Nothing makes your home feel a little newer than a little home improvement. Whether it is something small or something big, home improvements can make that old house feel new and exciting.

Best Siding Choices for Four-Season Climates

In any region where seasonal changes are significant like in CT, it's important to install siding that will perform well in all weather conditions.

Follow the SMART Approach for Hiring the Best Framing Contractor

Building a new home or renovating an old one, you need help of a framing contractor. Construction projects are complex and require the skill of an expert. However, homeowners often hire the wrong person for the job and end up paying more.

Why Consider Opting For Tilt And Turn Windows Today

There are different types of replacement windows these days. Each option offers some pros and cons. Indeed, each of them offers a different type of functionality. But if you want modern replacement windows that offer more choices in terms of opening and closing, consider opting for tilt and turn windows.

Renewal by Andersen doors enhance your MA home

Patio doors from Renewal by Andersen provide your home with multiple benefits that include beautiful craftsmanship, energy efficiency, durability and security.

Home Improvement Choices: The right siding contractor for the job

Home improvement often means hiring a contractor. It is important to choose the right individual or company to complete the work. The right siding contractor, for example, will provide quality work at a fair price.

How to Powerwash Exterior Siding Safely

Homeowners might want to power wash the exterior siding of their house for one of two reasons: to remove the dirt, grime, mold or mildew that’s adhered to the side of the house over time; or to prepare the siding to be repainted. In either case, it’s important to know how to safely and correctly powerwash – to protect yourself, your home’s exterior and the plants around your home.

How New Windows Can Keep You Cool This Summer

New Windows for Summer

Summer is a tough time and very difficult to cope up with, without a good air conditioning system. It may cost a lot to run an AC all the time to keep the interior cool. So, how can you save some money by replacing your windows? It is very difficult to save money if you have got windows which are old and airy. These drafty windows can cause so much energy loss and it will increase during the summer.

Why you should only hire a certified window installer

Proper window and door installation is an important part of homebuilding and remodeling. While purchasing the most expensive windows and doors on the market may seem like a good way to increase home value and save on energy costs, poorly installed products may end up costing more in the long run.

Things To Look At Before Hiring Framing Contractors

A framer is an expert in the construction of buildings frames. These frames are necessary before other parts of the building such as doors are installed.

Framing a building ensures its strength. This also allows the builders to see how the buildings are going to be laid out.

Residential Window Replacement FAQ's

Performance Issues

Over time various features of a home especially in areas that experience a lot of foot traffic or usage is likely to experience wear and tear at a faster pace than other areas of the home.