Do you enjoy a good bottle of wine? What do you normally do with the cork that came out of your bottle- do you save it or chuck it? This DIY project is perfect for those of us who save our corks but really have nothing useful to do with them. Even if you don’t save your corks, this project may inspire you to start doing so!
This client wished to open up a small galley kitchen with outdated appliances and fixtures and create something that felt more like a home than a rental property in their Brookline condo. NEDC granted their wishes by taking out a wall that separated the kitchen from the living space and making it in to a breakfast bar, allowing tons of natural light in to both rooms, and updating all of the appliances and fixtures. The beautiful granite counter tops are shot through with flecks of cranberry to offset the overall white of the cabinets and tile backsplash. Continue reading
These little DIY decorative trees can be made out of any paper you have hanging around the house. As I celebrate Christmas and tend to be very crafty, I have a selection of Christmas themed paper around my house as well as wrapping paper that I can use for this project. If you wanted a more non-denominational tree, you could certainly do this with blue and white paper in order to give a more wintry than holiday oriented appearance, or any other paper you may have. You could even use reds and pinks for a Valentine’s Day Tree if you were so inclined.
This project uses very few resources: paper, scissors or a mat cutter, and glue dots are the only materials that you need.
Scent is one of the biggest memory triggers for humans; when we smell certain scents they automatically trigger emotions that correspond with things that have happened in our past. Some of the strongest triggers for the holidays usually include the scent of pine trees and cinnamon. Today, I’ve put together 3 DIY cinnamon stick projects to enhance the smell of your environment while adding value to the decorations! All of these projects are quick and easy enough to do with a child.
We have a bundle of spice, cinnamon star, and cinnamon wrapped candles!
For our first day if DIY we are going to start with an NEDC classic- the tomato cage Christmas tree! Originally posted in 2010, we gave received wide acclaim for the project, as it provides a beautiful result for under $10. Tomorrow we’ll show you another way to create an alternative Christmas tree that we haven’t shown you before!
With the emerging industry trend of “green” design and sustainability at the forefront of upcoming design ideas, more and more American consumers are starting to become environmentally conscious. Creative ways to “go green” are popping up all over the place, and NEDC is taking part in one growing market- green roofing. We have a client in the South End who is putting in a green-roof carport! A green roof is much more than just the colored structure of an overzealous Celtic’s fan- it’s a vegetated roof that is either partly or completely covered with plants and soil. It’s basically a grassy lawn, but on a roof. Crazy, right? This roof design isn’t so crazy for most consumers: it can actually reduce your energy bills, help with storm-water runoff, lower greenhouse gas emissions, provide a habitat for wildlife (scarce in the city!) and has been proven to reduce stress levels in humans. Continue reading
With 2013 coming to a close soon, we thought that it would be a good time to touch on the Federal Tax Credits for Consumer Energy Efficiency, as they expire on December 31, 2013! Have you recently remodeled? Have you changed your windows, doors, HVAC, water heater, insulation, or roof? You could qualify to receive up to $500 of this year’s energy efficient tax credit! Here’s a quick guide to whether or not your improvements qualify…
Last night was the annual Eastern Massachusetts National Association of the Remodeling Industry (emnari.org) award ceremony for the Contractor of the Year 2013. NEDC is privileged to announce receipt of two awards! We were recognized for the category of Residential Specialty Exterior and Entire House Remodel under $500,000. These awards are given out for outstanding remodeling work within the NARI organization. Click below to see our entries!