Greater Boston home renovation projects expanding in scope

Greater Boston home renovation projects expanding in scope

North Shore remodeling business says it’s already booking out to 2023



NORTHSHORE COUPLE IS ON THE CUTTING EDGE. >> YOU’RE GOING TO LOVES U AT FIRST. THEN YOU’RE GOING TO BE LIKE I DON’T’KNOW ABOUT THIS. SHAYNA: THE WILD RIDE IS THE HOME RENOVATION PROCESS. DEREK AND LISA AR ONE IT ALL THE TI AMES HOME REMODELERS. THE COUPLEAS H BEEN IN BUSINESS TOGETHER FOR SEVEN YEARS. >> WE ENJOY WORKING TOGETHER. PEOPLE ALWAYS THK INIT IS HILARIOUS. PEOPLE ARE LIKE, ARE YOU GUYS STLIL MARRIED? OUR MARRIAGE IS PROBABLY STRONGER THAN IT HAS EVER BEEN TO SHAYNA: IT HAS BEEN A BUSY STRETCH FOR THE CONTRACTING COMPANY STARTGIN IN 2020 FOLLOWING PANDEMIC STAY-AT-HOME ORDERS. >> FOLKS THAT SPENT SO MUCH TIME IN THEIR HOME AND WERE NOT LEAVING THOSE PAIN INPOTS HAD TO BE ADDRESSED. WE ARE BOOKING OUT UNTIL 2023 DID THE WORK DOES NOT SEEM TO BE STOPPING. SHAYNA: THE JOBS ARGEE TTING BIGGER. >> WE SELL OUR WORK THOUGH FROM ONE OR TWO ROOMS IN A HOME TO THE ENTIRE FIRST FULL OR OR THE FIRST FLOOR PLUS IN ADDITION. IN HOME OFFICES . SHAYNA: THAT IS THE KIND OF PROJECT UNDERWAY AT THIS HOUSE IN ESSEX .THERE FINISHING UP A FIRST-FLOO RENOVATION. >> LIVE IN THIS SPACE FOR A WHILE HELPED US UNDERSNDTA WHAT WE WAND TEIT TO BE PKEICD SHAYNA: THE WORK ADDRESSED TO SOME STRUCTURAISL SUES. CASS AND KATE GET AEW N PRIMARY SUITE A RNDENOVATED KITCHEN AND DINING ROOM. THEY HAVE ALSO REDESIGNED A FORMER STUDIOPA SCE. >> THIS SPACE WAS ONE OF THE BIG ONES WREHE THERE IS NO INSULATION. FOR 20 DAYS A YEAR IT WAS PERFECT. SHAYNA: THE RECONFIGUREDPA SCE WILL GIVE THE FAMILY OF FOUR A MUDROOM AND ROOM TO SPREAD OUT. >> THIS WAS GOING TO BE OUROUT. BASEMENT. A COUPLSPACE ES WHERE PEOPLE CAN HANG OUT AND GET THEIR SSCE TO >> THE KIDS CAN GET AWAY FROM US. SHAY:NA THESE HOME IMPROVEMENTS HAVE BEEN MORE THAN A YEAR IN THE MAKING. PLANNING STARTED IN EARLY 2021 FOLLOWED BY DEMOLIONTI IN MAY. BEFORE THE WALLS CAME DOWN, IT WAS TIME FOR A LITTLE FUN. >> WE HAD A BUNCH OF FRIENDS OVER AND HAD THEIR KIDS COME OVER AND SAID HAVE AED TO — HAVE AT I TO >> I GO THROUGH PARTS OF MY HOUSE AND I AM SHOCKED THIS IS MY HOUSE. EVERYTHING IS COMING TOGETHER THE WAY WE WANT IT TO. SHAYNA: IN NEIGHBORING IPSCHWI, THE LANE FAMILY IS ALSO TACKLING A RENOVATN. >> SO EXCITING TO FEEL LIKE AT THE END OF THE DAY THIS WAS MADE FOR US. SHAYNA: THE CHAESNG AT AARON AND CHRIS LANE’S HOME START AT THE FRONT WITH THE ADDITION OF A FARMERS POR.CH INSIDE THEY WILL EXPAND AND RECONFIGURE THE FIRST FLOOR. >> THIS WALL COMES OUT. KITCHING GETS TAKEN FROM HERE. THE KITCHEN ISHE T U-SHAPED. IF SOMEONE IS AT THE SINK AND SOMEONE IS AT THE OVEN, YOU ARE BUMPING INTO EACH OTHER. SHAYNA: THEY DID NOT WANT TO LEAVE THEIR NEIGHBORHOOD ESPECIALLY BECAUSE IT ISLO CSE TO FAMILY BUT TIRHE HOME WAS GETTING IN THE WAY OF HOW THEY WANTED TO LIVE. >> OUR HOUSE FEELS LIKE A GOOD SIZE FOR WHEN THE FOUR OF US ARE HOME BUT WHENE ST WART TO ENTERTAIN IT BECOMES VERY SMALL. SHAYNA: TYHE ARE TURNING THE CU RRENT DINING ROOM INTO A HOME OFFICE. >> THAT WILL CESOM THIS WAY TWO FEET AND IT WILL OWE A SPACE THAT CAN BE CLOSEDFF. O >> I KNOW AARON IS LOOKING FORWARD TO ENTERTAINING MORE AND ME COOKING MORE. >> WE ARE EXCITED TO SHOW IT OFF AND INVITE FRIENDS AND FAMILY OVER. SHAYNA: WHILE THESE FRIENDS HAVE ENBE INVITING — THEY’RE HEARING FROPOM TENTIAL CLIENTS THINKING ABOUT MAKING BIG CHANGES BEFORE THEY PUT AN OFFER ON A HOUSE. >> WE HAVE HAD MORE PEOPLE CALL AND SAY WE ARE GOING TO AN OPEN HOUSE. WOULD YOU COME WITH US TO SHAYNA: WITHO S MYAN RENOVATION SHOWS ON TV, THEY HAVE A LITTLE ADVICE FOR ANYEON CONSIDENGRI THEIR OWN PROJECT. >> I WANT THEM TO KNOW THEY ARE JUST AS REAL AS THE BACHELOR OR THE BACHELORETTE. ANONTH THEY TELL US SUPPLY CHAIN SLOWDOWNS HAVE HAD AN IMPACT ON HOME REMODELS. THEY TRY TO ORDER WELL AHEAD OF TIME WHEN POSSIBLE AND EVEN BRING STORAGE UNITS THE JOB SITE SO THERE IS SOMEWHERE TO STORE ALL THE MATERIALS. A RVSUEY BY THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF THE REMODELING INDUSTRY FOUND0% 9 OF I

Greater Boston home renovation projects expanding in scope

North Shore remodeling business says it’s already booking out to 2023

Demand for home renovations is increasing, say local contractors. Lisa and Derek Walczack, of Walczak Design and Build on the North Shore, said by early 2022, the business was already booking out to 2023. The couple says the scope of their projects is also expanding, with some clients now looking for an entire first floor gut renovation, rather than a simple bathroom or kitchen re-do.

Demand for home renovations is increasing, say local contractors. Lisa and Derek Walczack, of Walczak Design and Build on the North Shore, said by early 2022, the business was already booking out to 2023. The couple says the scope of their projects is also expanding, with some clients now looking for an entire first floor gut renovation, rather than a simple bathroom or kitchen re-do.