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  • White Makes Bright

    September 14, 2018

    We were excited to be a part of the September - October 2018 edition of New England Home............ It’s no mystery why white has become a perennial favorite for kitchens.  White projects a pleasing sense of order and cleanliness, it adapts to just about every style from classic to modern, and it won’t clash with the palette of nearby rooms.  That said, a wise design team knows all that pale loveliness runs the risk of feeling cold and sterile. For the kitchen in this new home in Needham, Massachusetts, Jessica Chabot and Ryan McDonnell of Hawthorn Builders cozied things up ni

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  • New England Home – A Complete Home Renovation in Three Phases

    September 12, 2018

    We were recently featured in an New England Home, online article.  The story details how going through his own renovation projects has made Ryan a better business owner.... Here is a peak at the article....The thirteen years that Ryan McDonnell has owned Needham-based Hawthorn Builders have been an education in an often complicated industry, a time period during which the former accountant and his business partner, Mathew Roth, turned a nascent real-estate company into a full-scale custom home building firm. Though McDonnell attributes much

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  • Podcast Ep 3- Designer Tips

    Eric Haydel, an Interior Designer, was our guest on this episode of Design Wise.  In addition to working with clients, Eric has produced several product lines and has a showroom in the Boston Design Center.   As an Allied Member, he is also the youngest President of the Board of Directors for the New England Chapter of ASID.  Since taking this position, Eric has spearheaded a total restructuring of the ASID development program. This resulted in the organization raising a substantial amount of funds through corporate sponsorships, partnerships and individual memberships - ma

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  • Podcast Ep 2- Studio Life

    August 20, 2018

    Carolyn Mackin, our guest on this episode of Design Wise, is an artist based out of Wellesley, MA.  Her artwork is about embracing and celebrating life, and living with intention and passion.  Her abstract, multi-layered paintings reflect her journey through life.  Inspired by traveling, city life, white light, and intimate connections, Carolyn creates mixed media paintings through an intuitive process of layering acrylic and oil paint, oil pastels, paint pens, graphite and paper.  For Carolyn, cities are wonderfully exciting places filled with possibility, vibran

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  • Podcast Ep 1- The Making of a Sharpshooter

    August 16, 2018

    Michael J. Lee, our guest on this episode of Design Wise, is an interior photographer in Boston.  Michael J. Lee founded his photography studio in 2007 with the intention of transitioning his experience as an interior designer and creative director to the art of photographing the work of leading architects and interior designers.  His work has been featured in numerous design publications and cover stories in regional and national magazines.   Michael’s photography has contributed to the country’s leading design professionals securing editorial features and cover s

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  • Boston Home Article

    July 24, 2018

    We are excited to be part this new article in Boston Home featuring some of our work!  The piece details our appreciation for some of the amazing projects that we have had the opportunity to work on.  We also discuss how we are continuing to improve on our process so that we can deliver for our clients.     

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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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