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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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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
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We chose to go with a 24 gauge Galvalume metal roof product made by Englert and installed by Bradford Standing Seam. We had looked at many options for the roof and were attracted to metal because it is long lasting and we will never have to replace it in our... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2016 at Techbuilt Renovation
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Over the past week we’ve had to make a bunch of decisions about the placement of electrical outlets, switches, and light fixtures. So many things to think about! We had to imagine how we’d live in each room in the new addition – where would furniture go? Would there be... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2016 at Techbuilt Renovation
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The new entrance hall will serve to connect the original 1958 Techbuilt home with the addition is a fun, funky, and fascinating design. (The existing front entrance to the original house will go away). The inverted roof is held up by steel posts and a steel beam, On top of... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2016 at Techbuilt Renovation
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This week the team is installing energy-efficient windows and doors from Pella into the new addition. Considering the cold and snowy weather and how drafty the original 1950s windows are in our existing home, we’re thrilled to have these windows go in. In phase two of our project some time... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2016 at Techbuilt Renovation
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The team at Patriot Custom Homes has made excellent progress over the past three weeks. They worked really hard to get the addition ready for the inevitable Boston area snow. Just a day before 3 inches of snow fell, all new roof areas had Ice and Water shield applied and... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2016 at Techbuilt Renovation
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Our builder asked us what color we wanted for the exterior trim on the windows. It seemed like a simple request and he needed an answer within about a week. Just the window trim color, right? Wrong. That single decision effects everything on the exterior, so rather than just selecting... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2016 at Techbuilt Renovation
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As we were watching the framing of the new part of the house, we were thrilled to discover that the enormous three-car garage was being built without the requirement to have support posts. We found this to be remarkable since there is an entire second story to be built above... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2016 at Techbuilt Renovation
Hi Ariella. Thanks for letting me know that you've also own a Techbuilt home and that you are watching our progress. So afar it has been a fun experience.
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When our renovation and addition plans were nearly completed by our architect Joe Welch, we started a series of meetings with our builder, Dylan James to discuss the construction budget. We had an overall number that we were willing to spend but the first rough-guess budget came in substantially higher.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2016 at Techbuilt Renovation
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After more than a year of planning, we were certainly eager to get going with our renovation and addition project. But we weren’t quite prepared for the swift progress that the first few weeks of construction brought. With the unusually warm late autumn and early winter weather this year, once... Continue reading
Posted Dec 28, 2015 at Techbuilt Renovation
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As the excavation work for our addition was beginning (and how dramatic it was) I noticed a bunch of large rocks being dug up. I figured that these would be terrific materials to build a stone wall, so I asked the crew to please save the stones. At some point... Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2015 at Techbuilt Renovation
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One of the major challenges with TechBuilt homes is they have no basement and no attic. Combined with the small closets customary in the 1950s, there is way too little storage for a modern family! Many TechBuilt homeowners build sheds for storage. When we researched our shed we learned that... Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2015 at Techbuilt Renovation
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We regret having to take some trees where the addition to our home will be located. When we consulted with John Marquis of Marquis Tree Service we made it clear that we wanted to save any tree that was not absolutely required to be taken. Once the project is complete,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2015 at Techbuilt Renovation
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We’re working with an incredible team! The renovation and addition design is led by Joe Welch at C/W Design Group and Dylan James at Patriot Custom Homes is leading the construction. C/W Design Group: We wanted an architect who would be sensitive to the historic nature of our Techbuilt home... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2015 at Techbuilt Renovation
Larry, thank you for writing this and your other posts. You are preserving history.
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Techbuilt was a company founded Carl Koch in the early 1950s. After receiving his architectural training at Harvard, Koch taught architecture at MIT. First introduced in 1953, the Techbuilt house was a low-cost, semi-factory-built modern style house, which used modular construction. The Techbuilt house was based on a consistent four-foot... Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2015 at Techbuilt Renovation
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This site chronicles a major update to our 1958 Techbuilt House located in Lexington, MA. We are completely upgrading all the existing parts of the home by adding new floors, windows, and systems. The kitchen and existing bathrooms will be completely re-done. In “approved Techbuilt style” we are eliminating the... Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2015 at Techbuilt Renovation
Thank you John. I love the watch. Cheers, David