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  • Fashion Forward Thinking

    June 1, 2016

    I recently attended a design event at the Clarke showroom in Milford with Design Director, Jessica Chabot.  The evening was full of Clarke goodness: social networking, a delicious dinner prepared on-site, and a captivating guest speaker, Richard Anuszkiewicz.  Richard (for the sake of sanity, I will refer to him by his first name instead of last), services the Washington D.C. market as Director of the Kitchen and Bath Division and he was also featured as one of HGTV’s 30 under 30 in 2013. His presentation last week, entitled, "Fashion Forward Thinking: Becoming a Savvy Designer" was geare

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  • Update on Tanglewood

    May 2, 2016

    Our spec home in Wellesley has officially been listed on MLS! Since our last blog, when framing had just begun, this custom home is now completely framed and the roofing is now underway.  As progress evolved, so did our specifications for this beautiful home in Wellesley.  Hawthorn Builders is excited to share additional information about this available property. With approximately 7,187 square feet of living space, the first floor will be made up of a mudroom, dining room, living room, open kitchen, butler’s pantry and office.  One innovative design aspect of this home will be the doubl

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  • Cement Board : A New Concept to Siding

    April 1, 2016

    This week Hawthorn Builders hosted a learning session with local representatives from James Hardie, makers of cement board exterior siding and trim products.  Given the recent interest in James Hardie products as an alternative to traditional clapboard siding and cedar shingles, it made sense for us to gather as much additional information as we could in order to educate our customers. To summarize, James Hardie is fiber cement siding composed of high quality raw materials with proprietary additives that enhance this material in ways that make it ideal for exterior application.  What sets t

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  • Inside Look at Custom Renovation

    March 22, 2016

    Hawthorn Builders wanted to share a sneak peek inside our almost complete custom renovation on Rae Avenue in Needham. Design Director, Jessica Chabot and I are both in love with this dining room color! We are happy to showcase our first use of Benjamin Moore CSP color, Ande’s Summit.

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  • Meet Gary!

    February 23, 2016

    Hawthorn Builders is proud to introduce our newest team-member, Gary Domermuth.  Gary has been with the company for the past few months and has kindly provided a bio to let our readers know a little bit more about him. As Operations Manager, Gary is responsible for overseeing our accounting and finance functions.  Additionally, he provides site supervision assistance out in the field for our custom home builds and renovations. Gary holds bachelor’s degree in finance and a master’s degree in accounting from Siena College and joins the team with five years of experience in the field of a

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  • Guest column in the Needham Times

    January 27, 2016

      In case you missed it, here is our recent guest column in the Needham Times discussing some of the benefits of new construction.

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  • Welcome to Wellesley!

    Hawthorn Builders is both proud and honored to announce that we have officially broken ground in Wellesley!  Having sourced a lot on Tanglewood Road, demolition is complete and we anticipate framing to begin next month.  At the current time, architectural plans are final but there is still time for a new buyer to customize the finishes.  The current project scope highlights a spacious first floor with formal living and dining room, separate playroom/office and gourmet kitchen.  The second floor features a master suite with dressing room and luxurious master bath, four additional bedrooms,

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  • Needham Sales by School District – 2015 Edition

    January 15, 2016

    When it comes to Needham real estate, elementary school district is as much a part of the conversation as bedrooms, bathrooms, square footage and renovations.  In most cases buyers want to know which school district a house is in before even getting to the other specifics about the property.  For buyers moving within Needham, this is often important if kids are currently in one of the schools and the buyer is seeking continuity.  For buyers coming from out of town, we often find that there are some preconceived notions as to which school district is best from a real estate perspective. 

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  • Hawthorn Builders Editorial

    December 18, 2015

    In what might be considered an annual tradition, the discussion over new construction in Needham is again on the hot stove.  This includes letters to the Needham Times from concerned residents to what appears to be a concentrated push from local committee members to propose changes to the current zoning by-laws. While examining both the existing regulations as well as potential new regulations is clearly important for both the stability and evolution of our town, we believe that it is also imperative not to over generalize what is happening in the market. At Hawthorn Builders, we are celebr

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  • Holiday House Tour

    December 11, 2015

    On December 6th, the Women’s Club hosted its 18th Holiday House Tour, which celebrates some of Needham’s finest homes.  Two of the six houses on display were past clients of Hawthorn Builders.  Located on South Street and Webster Street, the latter was a custom renovation project which began in February 2014. The scope of work included a master suite addition, first floor open concept with total kitchen renovation, as well as multiple other re-designs throughout the space.  Hawthorn Builders is thankful that both homeowners were gracious enough to open their home to the public.  Design

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