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Exterior
2016 March Maintaining Roofs

A building’s roof serves as the first line of defense against whatever the skies throw at its inhabitants—wind, rain and blazing sun, even snow and ice in some climates—so it’s crucial for that roof to be sound and well maintained. All it t…

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2015 March Heavy Metal

American history is littered with tales of ornamental metal work dotting Boston’s architecture. From railings to cornices to balconies to windows, decorative metal was all the rage in the late 1800s and early 1900s, but has taken a backsea…

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2015 March I Bid You Good Day

Did you hear the one about the condo association that went the do-it-yourself route? No, we’re sure you didn’t…because communities hire professionals for all but the most minor repairs and upkeep (no offense to your Cousin Rich, who was ho…

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2015 March A Clear View

Windows can dramatically change any space, from transforming a tiny kitchen into a front row seat to a glorious skyline to morphing a standard upstairs bedroom into a perfect perch for an ocean view. Windows bring vast life and light to a …

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2014 March Up on the Roof

It’s not unusual today to find an array of amenities —pools, hot tubs, decks and similar areas for socializing — on top of new urban condominium buildings. Older residences may or may not have such facilities, but even without the steady u…

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2014 March Saving for That Rainy Day

These days, just about everyone is cutting back on spending, either to make ends meet, saving for something special or a rainy day, paying off debt or funding their retirement. Consumers are cutting coupons, looking for deals and keeping a…

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2014 March Staying Ahead of Trouble

Remember the old jingle, ‘it takes a licking and keeps on ticking’? It was the famous tagline from the Timex watch advertisements. The gist of the ad is that no matter what you threw at it, a Timex watch kept working. If you think ab…

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2014 March Keeping it Clean

Living in New England can be something of a dirty job. And the task of cleaning off months (or years) of accumulated grime and dirt from the exterior of a building takes much more than a scrub-brush and a bottle of Windex; it requires prof…

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2013 March Get it Done!

 The shingles on the roof look worn. Paint is peeling off the clapboards on a few  buildings. Potholes have turned the parking lot into a slalom course. But  collections are down, several homes are in foreclosure, and the temptation to  le…

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2013 March Side by Siding

 As spring dawns anew on the frigid New England landscape, many condo dwellers  will get their first prolonged looks at Mother Nature’s wintery ravages. Likely nowhere is this better seen than on a property’s exterior siding, much of which…

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