Twenty Seven Years and Counting

Lynn and Bruce Holbein with Paul
When long-time clients Lynn and Bruce Holbein asked if they could provide a testimonial for our website, Paul initially put them off. Not because he thought their review would be tepid. But because he thought it might be so effusive that no one would believe it. Paul eventually came around on one... Read More

Preserving the Past, Preparing for the Future: A Home Energy Success Story

Eric and Barbara Chasalow
Ever since Eric and Barbara Chasalow purchased one of the oldest homes in Newton, they’ve been striving to serve as good stewards of their historic home. They’ve also pushed the envelope on energy performance, proving that historic preservation and resource efficiency can and should go hand in hand... Read More

An Enjoyable Kitchen Renovation

How many times have you heard a homeowner say she enjoyed having her house under construction? Believe it or not, some of our clients—including this Brookline resident—like having us around so much that they actually miss us when we're done. "I don't know the first thing about construction. So when... Read More

Winning For Losing

Byggmeister lost the job, gained a client.  This long standing client did not hire Byggmeister to remodel the kitchen in her West Roxbury Cape 16 years ago. She liked Paul Eldrenkamp well enough when the two of them met to discuss the project. She did not, however, like what he had to say about how... Read More

Going Retro: 1950s Ranch Gets An Energy Efficiency Makeover

Eyebrows raise when Hank DeGroat refers to his 1950s-style Ranch house as a "sweet Porsche." Ranches may be icons of Americana, and they certainly have their fans, but a Porsche? We spoke with first-time homeowners Hank and Emily DeGroat, and Byggmeister Energy Specialist Kerry Koskinen to find out... Read More