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  • Tough Mudder

    July 2, 2018

    We had a great time running in the mud for the Needham Community Council.  Enjoy some of the pictures of the race as shown in the Needham Times!

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  • Run in the Mud for Charity!!

    February 26, 2018

    We are raising money and awareness for the Needham Community Council in a fun and exciting way.  We want to challenge our company and community to rise to the occasion and compete together in the Tough Mudder Boston (half), while raising money for an amazing organization that has supported the Needham community since 1930. You can support our quest to help the Needham Community Council in two ways (or both):1) Sign up and run with us in the Half Tough Mudder Boston (on June 23).  Hawthorn will donate $75 for every person that joins our

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  • What You Need to Know Before Starting A Renovation

    June 23, 2017

    We frequently get calls from homeowners considering a home renovation project. The questions are often quite similar: Does the project make financial sense? Will I get what I invest in this project back when I sell the home? Is it worth the disruption? If I can only do one part of the project, which should I do?We have learned a lot from the years that we have spent building homes and helping sellers and buyers in and around Needham. That experience has informed us and helps us guide those embarking on a project. We would like to share what we have learned:Is My Project Even Worth It?

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  • As quoted in Forbes…

    May 22, 2017

    Our co-founder Mathew Roth is quoted in The Forbes Real Estate Council... 

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  • Jessica Chabot in the news

    May 12, 2017

    Congrats to Jess for her recent mention in the Needham Times and for her work with charity!Jessica Chabot, principal design director at Hawthorn Builders in Needham, is participant in the New England Chapter of the International Furnishings and Design Association’s annual “Take a Seat” Design Exhibition and Charity Auction. “Take a Seat” features up-cycled, one-of-a-kind chairs designed by local architects, builders, craftsmen and students of the furnishing and design industry. It aims to provide them with a platform to display their inventive and resou

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  • A Look Into Lighting

    April 14, 2017

    When it comes to discussing lighting (FUN!), we are used to hearing the term “wattage” as a means of describing light bulbs and the strength of the fixture. However, with the increase of LED fixtures as mainstream, this has brought a whole new ‘light’ to the terminology – see what I did there? There is a new way to gauge electrical output: Lumens.  Lumens measure brightness, whereas wattage is actually the amount of electricity used by the lightbulb or fixture.  In the past, we would recommend 120 watts as an efficient amount of lighting for an average bedroom, whi

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  • Making the Team Better

    March 10, 2017

    At Hawthorn one of our core values is to make the team better. This ideal can be interpreted in many ways, but for us, the team isn’t just the Hawthorn staff. We think our clients and our vendors are part of the team too. Why is that so important?When building a home, there are a lot of moving parts, decisions, and coordination that go into the process. Just like an engine, if one of the parts is not functioning properly, the whole process breaks down. That is why is so important to have the builder, client, subcontractors and vendors all working together. If one of those team member

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  • Hawthorn Giving Back

    February 21, 2017

    Jessica Chabot, Hawthorn’s Design Director, is on the Community Service Committee of the New England IFDA. The IFDA Partners with the Woman’s Institute of Housing and Economic Development (WIHED) to sponsor one of WIHED’s properties each year. The WIHED is a creator of affordable housing in Massachusetts and Connecticut. The IFDA and its members raise money that directly benefits the chosen location and works on ways to improve the property for its residents.This year the IFDA and the WIHED chose to make improvements to Achushnet Commons in New Bedford, MA. Achushnet Commons is a 12-

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  • 2017 Design Trends

    Recently, members of the Hawthorn team had the opportunity to attend the 2017 International Builders Show (IBS) and Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS) In Orlando. The show highlighted the design and building trends we will be seeing this year.Customization-From custom color faucets to home automation, customization is going to be a big trend for 2017. Technology is increasing at such a rate that you can have almost everything in your home automated now. Unfortunately, you still can’t ask your phone to make you a sandwich – maybe next year!Color and finishes-Multiple fini

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  • Celebrating Houzz

    February 20, 2017

    Boasting a newly renovated show room, Yale appliance and lighting hosted a design event last night to celebrate Houzz’s fifth anniversary.  The event consisted of food, networking and a special presentation put on by Houzz. The presentation, which touched on industry insights and trends, also brought in a panel top Boston pros who shared their secrets for successful Houzz marketing.Houzz has a lot to celebrate on their fifth anniversary.  They now have 40 million registered users and last night they unveiled some new features that are now available on their app and we

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