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It’s not just your neighborhood. Contractors are incredibly busy with home renovations

From the sound of things in some neighborhoods, you might not think the economic downturn has been all that severe in Massachusetts.



a person standing in front of a building: President and owner of Golden Builder Construction Tomasa Pujol at a residential job site in Dorchester.


© Pat Greenhouse/Globe Staff
President and owner of Golden Builder Construction Tomasa Pujol at a residential job site in Dorchester.

Saw blades are buzzing, nail guns are popping, and drills are spinning as contractors descend on home renovation projects in huge numbers. It’s a striking aberration in an economy where many businesses continue to suffer and unemployment remains high.

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The activity is also another indication of how unevenly the economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic has been distributed. Some homeowners ― often those whose incomes have not taken a hit ― have reduced costs for commuting, travel and other expenses, giving them more discretionary income. At the same time, interest rates for home equity loans and mortgages are historically low, making it cheap to borrow money.

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Small Bathroom Renovations

Just because you have a small bathroom doesn’t mean that it can’t be renovated into a light airy space that will feel luxurious. Depending on your budget there are many ways to make your small bathroom into the bathroom of your dreams.

Paint is the cheapest and most effective way to make a dramatic change to any space. You should stay away from darker colors and instead choose a light color or white for a small room. Choosing these colors will make the room appear larger and more open. You can still use bright, bold, and darker colors for accent pieces or for the bathroom linens during your renovation. In a small space too much clutter can make one feel claustrophobic, so clear it out. You’ll be amazed at what it will do for your space.

Updating your mirror and light fixtures can go a long way. Often the bathroom … Read More

Small Kitchen Renovations for Maximum Impact

They say that the kitchen is the heart of the home and when it comes to remodeling a kitchen it can cost an awful lot of money. Some people will go through with a pricey renovation that puts them without a kitchen for weeks on end for the big payoff at the end, but what if you just can’t afford a major re-do?

Luckily there are minor things that you can do that will spruce up that kitchen and pull it into the current decade. Usually, people can tell the age of your home by what’s on the walls. If your kitchen is full of wallpaper and/or wallpaper border it may be time to freshen it up. Paint those walls and get creative, with that old and dated paper gone the difference will be amazing!

Change those kitchen cabinets. Refinishing just the cabinets can freshen up a whole space. Yes, … Read More