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David Meerman Scott
Marketing strategist, speaker and bestselling author of The New Rules of Marketing and PR and the new book World Wide Rave
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After a year of construction, the barrier between the original Techbuilt house and our new addition has been removed. We chose to live on our house during construction. This proved a challenge because we didn’t want to get in the way of the builders. When we first started construction in... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Techbuilt Renovation
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The exterior of the entire house is nearly complete. The new roof of the original house was installed last week and the painters need just two more days to finish a second coat of trim. The paint on the shingles and around windows is Sherwin Williams Colonial Revival Gray (ironic... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2016 at Techbuilt Renovation
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The most frequent question we've received during the (so far) year-long construction project has been “What are you doing with your old garage?” A variation on this I heard a few times was: “Why do you need 5 garages?” No, we don’t have five cars. The new 3-car garage built... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2016 at Techbuilt Renovation
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We've always loved Japanese rock gardens. When we lived in Tokyo, every day I walked past the Nezu Museum and admire see their rock entrance. Frequently I'd go into the museum and spend time in the wonderful garden. We worked with Chris Bailey at CS Bailey Landscape on landscape work.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2016 at Techbuilt Renovation
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The old garage was added to the original Techbuilt house in the 1970’s. Because it is not original from the 1950’s we are repurposing the old garage into a storage room. In the next several weeks, the old garage doors will be removed and several windows installed. This week, the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2016 at Techbuilt Renovation
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Our project has allowed us to consider using smart (internet enabled) products in our newly designed home. There are many products on the market that allow your mobile device to control systems in the house. Some systems including music, thermostat, and doorbell made total sense to use our iPhones to... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2016 at Techbuilt Renovation
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At Home with Tomorrow, by Carl Koch, designer of the Techbuilt house with Andy Lewis is a very rare book published by Rinehart and Company in 1958. I was lucky to score an excellent example of this book. It’s fun to page through it to learn about Koch and the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2016 at Techbuilt Renovation
Hey Ryan, I update the site about twice a month. Now we are finishing up rough plumbing and electrical in the Techbuilt side. Targeting completion of the project in January.
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We have exercised regularly for many years. While we love being outdoors to run, mountain bike, swim, and surf, the long cold Massachusetts winters mean that for many months in the year we need to stay fit indoors. In the old house, the family room doubled as our exercise area.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2016 at Techbuilt Renovation
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Our original Techbuilt house was set up when built in 1958 with six rooms. We had four bedrooms upstairs. On the ground floor there were two rooms - we enjoyed a large living room with dining area and a kitchen, which was separated by a wall. The design for the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2016 at Techbuilt Renovation
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Like most Techbuilt homes, ours was originally built on a concrete slab. Since our renovation required that we break up the slab in order to install new services, we used this opportunity to convert over to a Hydronic Radiant Heating system. Central Cooling & Heating has been doing the installation... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2016 at Techbuilt Renovation
They are now all fully restored and several are already hanging in the new part of the house. They look terrific.
Thank you Steve. It has been a really fun project. Our team is great.
Toggle Commented Aug 16, 2016 on The New Front Door at Techbuilt Renovation
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For the entire five years that we had been contemplating a renovation and addition project to the very first meeting with our architectural team, we’ve always wanted to have a large living room with cathedral ceilings. The TechBuilt house design always allowed for this approach by removing bedrooms, but I’ve... Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2016 at Techbuilt Renovation
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Over the past 3 weeks, a specialist team was in our original TechBuilt house removing all the interior elements. The process was much more involved and took much longer than expected because asbestos was found in some of the flooring and wall materials. The use of asbestos was quite common... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2016 at Techbuilt Renovation
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The installation of the beautiful mahogany front door was completed yesterday. It was a thrilling development to the house because the new entry is now operational. I felt like it was a ceremony when we were handed the keys! The door is heavy and solid. I consider the windows surrounding... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2016 at Techbuilt Renovation
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For my office, I sourced some beautiful reclaimed maple flooring that had once been used in a factory. After researching antique factory floors from several different suppliers, I went with Jewett Farms as my supplier. I’ve always loved the look of office and loft space in an old factory and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2016 at Techbuilt Renovation
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After seven months of work, the new addition is finally complete enough for us to move in. For the next 5 months or so while the team renovates the existing house, we’re “camping” in the addition. We’re making use of what will be our daughter’s room as our temporary bedroom,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2016 at Techbuilt Renovation
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We’re lucky to have a bunch of original light fixtures from the 1950s still in our home. I’ve always loved these fixtures, so we will be reusing them in the renovated house. The fixtures are currently undergoing a complete restoration. I cleaned the glass, polished the wood, and painted the... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2016 at Techbuilt Renovation
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It was exciting to have the garage doors installed! We chose very simple, clean, and modern design with no windows. Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2016 at Techbuilt Renovation
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On the outer walls and roof, we went with a spray foam insulation product manufactured by Icynene and installed by Anderson Insulation - the white material in the photograph below. The pink material is used between rooms on inner walls and serves as a noise barrier. Spray foam insulation is... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2016 at Techbuilt Renovation
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Our original 1958 TechBuilt home features really cool original door handles in what I believe to be brushed aluminum. They are wonderful period pieces that I consider to be works of art. We decided early into our project that we wanted all the handles throughout the renovated and enlarged home... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2016 at Techbuilt Renovation
Hi Steve, Our team is terrific and yes, we are making excellent progress! Thanks for checking it out.
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I love this photo of our team from Patriot Custom Homes. It's a challenge for both us as homeowners and our builders because we have chosen to live in our home during construction. Having a team with a positive attitude and who clearly enjoy their work makes the relationship work.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2016 at Techbuilt Renovation
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We’ve decided to leave the ductwork in the upstairs part of the new addition exposed. I’ve always liked the look and from the beginning of our project, we asked the architect and the builder to go in this direction. I like the natural color, but there is always the option... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2016 at Techbuilt Renovation