Update on Tanglewood

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 … Read more

Cement Board : A New Concept to Siding

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 … Read more

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.  … Read more

Deconstruction Part Two

Hawthorn Builders is proud to announce that we are finishing up our second deconstruction project in Needham.  A custom client, who purchased a home on Livingston circle, was interested in the deconstruction process and very eager to learn more about how this could work for their situation.  As mentioned in a prior blog, Deconstruction is … Read more

Celebrating Surfaces and Design

Last night Hawthorn’s Design Director, Jessica Chabot and myself attended a lovely design event for ASID (American Society of Interior Designers), hosted by Cosentino, an innovative surface company that offers unique options for designers and architects. Celebrating ASID’s 40th birthday, the event was New Orleans themed with a jazz band and southern inspired cuisine, all … Read more

Story of a Remodel

Buying a home is a very exciting process, but it can also be an emotional and sometimes stressful one as well.  Adding a substantial renovation to the mix just adds another level of complexity and anxiety to the scope.  At Hawthorn Real Estate, we recognize that our customers are putting a tremendous amount of faith … Read more

Breaking Ground

Recently Hawthorn Builders began framing a new, custom home in Dover, MA.  This is the first time Hawthorn Builders has built in the area and we are very excited for the opportunity! Looking over the Charles River, this 4,000 sq. ft. home was designed as a modern farmhouse with a charcoal gray metal roof, board … Read more

Happy Holidays from Hawthorn Builders!

Hawthorn Builders was happy to wrap up the year with another successful team holiday party.  Held at New Garden Restaurant in Needham, all of the subcontractors, inside staff, vendors and friends of Hawthorn joined together to celebrate with yummy food and drink.  As always, it was a great way to bring everyone together.  “Often, we have the painters working on one site and the electrician at another, so it is really nice to have everyone together in one place to relax a bit after a busy year” said Hawthorn’s owner Ryan McDonnell.  Another great detail was brought to our attention by the staff at New Garden, “your team is growing!” they exclaimed to us.  In looking around, it was easy to see that they were right.  Our team has expanded in many ways over the last year, from new hiring to greater production.  That said, Hawthorn Builders is even more excited to see what growth and potential are in store for 2015.  See below for some candid photos of the night!


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Feedback from satisfied clients is always something we strive for at Hawthorn. Whether it be from a buyer who used one of our agents, or a family whose forever home was just completed; a job well done is always our goal.  That said, we wanted to take the time to share some wonderful feedback we received about Lynda Hughes, a Hawthorn Properties agent.

Dear Hawthorn,

My wife (Melissa) and I recently closed on our dream home in Natick with the help of Lynda Hughes.  After having previously worked with a horrible agent at one of your competitors, our experience with Lynda was completely refreshing.  She genuinely cared about helping our family settle down (Melissa and I have 2 little boys and 3 pets).  Our previous agent was simply interested in “closing a deal.”  Lynda, on the other hand, stayed in touch with us constantly throughout the process, made herself available at all hours and was simply great to work with.  She helped us weigh all of our options, provided her own recommendations and advice when we needed it.

I would absolutely recommend any of our friends who are in the market for a new home to Hawthorn Properties, based on our wonderful experience with Lynda.  In our opinion, she is the type of person who differentiates one real estate company from the others. We’re glad we found Lynda! 

We greatly appreciate clients who take the time to let us know how we are doing.  To read other testimonials, please visit our website or our Houzz profile.

Needham Real Estate: Hawthorn Investments Update

Despite extremely tough conditions this winter,Hawthorn Investments is working hard to deliver on our ongoing projects.  The framers at 20 Arch Street have been working through harsh conditions outside and have made it to up to the frame of the roof;  we are maintaining a good pace despite the delays.  The cold weather and heavy snow has also added … Read more