by Keith Dmytryck


The sleek, efficient custom home office loaded with cozy built-ins and high-tech wiring is a big resale loser, coming in at $28,000. No deal? Remember it’s you, not them, planning this thing. Have your great office at maybe half the price by toning down the wiring and avoiding built-in work space and storage. A qualified contractor can help you design a desirable home office that can be easily converted into a multi-purpose room, den or bedroom. When you’re selling, name it from the buyer’s viewpoint: the hobby room or guest room, not “home office,” unless that’s what they wanted too!



The same cool head can prevail in planning a master suite: do you really need one-to-two- hundred-thousand dollars worth of hotel luxury that recoups only half at resale? If your happiness does require a livingroom-size sleeping area with attached spa bathroom and mini bar, of only the finest materials, you should go for it. Just know that, while future buyers will be attracted to your suite, they’ll see similar features incorporated into newer homes at a less imbalanced price tag. Unless you’re wealthy (in which case, you’re moving to a better neighborhood), this might be a no deal.

However, if you have leeway in your floor plan to bump out a suite from an extra room, you can get pretty luxurious for a much more reasonable cost. Find a creative contractor, and you could have yourself a “suite deal” (someone had to say it).



Inovation Construction, MA

A dream garage would house two cars and be fitted with neat built-ins, mess-proof floors, heating, natural light, and room for bikes and a work bench. Cool. And, even if you only recoup half of the fifty-to-ninety-thousand dollars a roomy, upscale garage will cost, it’s still a deal if it’s worth it to you to have a toasty, ice-free car to hop into, or a dry, comfortable place to do small projects and work on your vehicle. And people love garages! Realtor.org shows that, of buyers who purchased a home between 2010 and 2012, more than 78 percent purchased a home with a garage. That’s a nice, regular garage.

However, the cold cash reality is that there is just a tiny niche market for a high-end garage. So it’s back to you and your priorities: upscale and loving it despite a dent in the resale, or all the pleasures of a midrange garage project with an added bonus of curb appeal.

So, on any home improvement project, your personality factors into the deal as well as the charts and statistics. How much will you enjoy the improvement (personal cost/benefit)? Can you achieve similar results for less with some creative design work? And, obviously, if you know without one iota of a doubt that you will pay off the mortgage before you ever sell, then recouping costs is less important than the enjoyment and use you and your family will experience by enhancing your living space.

Of course picking the right home improvement contractor will lower your expenses and up your benefit, so contact us, Innovation Construction Co., for a free consultation and estimate.

Scusset Beach Front Window Solutions by Innovation Construction

This Scusset Beach, beachfront, seasonal-use home had its windows and siding replaced approximately 15 years ago. The highest quality Pella brand windows were installed, and the waterside windows have leaked and failed.[blank_space

Innovation Construction has learned what works in these environments to halt water infiltration around all openings. We use a combination of products which include ice and water barrier; house wrap; custom-bent, aliminum-sloped fill pans; sealant applied behind the new construction nailing fin; and a self-adhering membrane window flashing over the nail fin.

Now THIS window is sealed against water infiltration!

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Innovation Construction Adds New Windows and Siding on an Onset Cottage


This three-sided waterfront family cottage was originally built in 1932. It survived the hurricanes of 1938 and 1954, and was the family summer destination of its second-generation owner.

Having purchased the property from the family estate, our homeowners set out to update the exterior in a traditional yet durable and carefree manner. It is their hope to hand down this hidden gem to their children.

We removed all the sidings and rotted wood trim. Our homeowners selected the Eastern white cedar Maibec solid-color, two-coat, prestained shingle featuring the strongest warranties available: 50 years against wood decay, 15 years on the solid color retention, and 5 years on labor.

We replaced the exterior wood trim with Azek PVC trim boards. This cellular PVC trim is the best and most high-performance trim product on the market. Azek adhesives and concealed fasteners finished out the installation.

The window selected was the Harvey brand Majesty series double-hung wood window featuring genuine wood interiors and a maintenance-free, aluminum-clad exterior. All Majesty windows are custom-made to the sizes required. With experienced, accurate measurements, the new construction-style windows marry up seamlessly to the existing wood interior trim. These new windows feature tilt-in sash, Energy Star-rated glass, and Harvey’s proprietary, virtually invisible screens for unobstructed views.

Innovation Construction Replaces a Wood Window Sash


Replacing and updating windows with new Energy Star-rated replacement windows often must be done carefully, with no change in appearance to the exterior of the building. This is especially the case in many HOA neighborhoods, such as those often found on Cape Cod.  In this home, we replaced 20-year-old windows with new Energy Star-rated and insulated window sash kits. (This is an ideal solution to drafty old windows.) This video visually illustrates the steps that were taken to accomplish this process.


Take a look at the final moments in the video. It is virtually impossible to detect any changes in appearance in both the interior and exterior! If you need to replace any of your windows and are looking for a home improvement contractor who can do so seamlessly, contact us for a no-cost consultation and estimate.

Building a TREX Deck in Fairhaven, MA



This West Island project, located in Fairhaven, MA, was done using Trex materials. We created a new deck platform and stairs up the side of the house, then enlarged the original deck to an entertaining-size at the rear of the house. We finished by building a maintenance-free outdoor shower.

We’d be happy to do the same for you so you can extend your outdoor living this summer. Give us a call!