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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.

Wood Frame Window Designs

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.

home insulation

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.

WCF Siding

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.

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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.

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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.

home addition

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.

Residential Siding

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.

house extension

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.

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.

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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.

Window Framing Guide

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.

new home owners

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.

Residential Framing Contractor

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Window Replacement Ideas

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.

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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.

Custom Window Replacement Cost

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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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.

 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.

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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.

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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.

Wood framed house

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? 

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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.

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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.

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.

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

Maybe you vowed to go to the gym every day after work, or finally check off the items on your home improvement to-do list this year. The start of a new year is an ideal time to make goals, and most of us go into the year with the best of intentions – but then life happens. That’s where Wells Custom can come in and rescue your goals for giving your home a new look and improved energy efficiency with new windows!

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

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.

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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.

As 2016 becomes one for the history books, many of us will look up from our busy life in complete surprise. It’s over already? How did that happen? It is amazing how quickly a year can go leaving so many things unfinished.

 

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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.

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.

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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

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.

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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

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.

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.

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

Commercial Wood Framing

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?

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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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.

summer home maintenance

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.

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.

window replacement tips

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.

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.

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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.