Meticulous Planning.

Consistently Spectacular Results.


Meticulous Planning.
Consistently Spectacular Results

For 25 years, our reputation has been built upon meticulous planning and expert craftsmanship — delivering consistently spectacular results on projects large and small. Working with Howell Custom Building Group means no surprises, no regrets. Just a great building experience and a home that will serve your family well throughout your lifetime. Check out our award-winning home additions, renovations, and custom homes north of Boston.

Our Portfolio
  • Patricia O'Brien6/07/2022

    My experience with Howell has been unique in that we started the process right before Covid and entered into the construction faze during the height of Covid. Steve and... Read more

    Anne Wakeman2/14/2022

    We recently completed a major renovation project with Howell Custom Building Group and couldn't be happier. We tried to kick off the project 3 years ago but due to... Read more

  • HU-34244836911/18/2021

    HCBG did an exceptional job renovating our home. Stellar customer service! Superb craftsmanship! The entire HCBG team was professional, courteous and treated our home like it was... Read more


    We have done many projects at two houses over more than a decade with Howell Custom Building Group and cannot recommend them highly enough. Projects include a new... Read more

  • arnoldry10/06/2020

    We worked with Howell Custom Building Group in the extensive renovation and update of our Royal Barry Wills inspired home over a 2.5 year period. The team at Howell was... Read more

    Bob Gore5/05/2020

    For virtually all of 2019 we worked with the Howell group on an extensive renovation to our 1830 farmhouse. We knocked down an entire wing of the house and rebuilt... Read more

  • Marla Glanzer Curtis,AIA4/29/2020

    As an architect I have worked with many building contractors and Howell Custom Building Group
    is among the best. I hired them to do the work on my own personal...
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    Sumi Dolben5/27/2019

    Howell was a pleasure to work with. From the design process to the continued support after the end of the project has been nothing short of perfect. They have developed... Read more

  • Beth Smithson5/21/2019

    From start to finish, the entire team of HCBG and all their selected subs were second to none: truly excellent. The project was budgeted accurately, the team highly professional and... Read more

    Yana Barton9/03/2018

    Craftsmanship, originality, creativity and professionalism all in one!
    We hired Steve Howell and team to help us redesign the most important room in the house, our kitchen. The end result...
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  • Steven and Jessica Garten7/26/2018

    Howell is an exceptional business to work with. They are completely competent in their planning and process. They met every deadline and communicated with us constantly to keep... Read more


    The design and execution of my complex kitchen rehab was excellent. The staff and subcontractors were highly skilled and very professional.

    I am a little reluctant to post a...
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  • Steven A8/24/2017

    Project was beautifully managed from end to end. Design phase was thoughtful and construction went without a hitch. Work was meticulous and on time. Communication was excellent throughout... Read more

    Xiaoying Zhong2/25/2017

    We remodeled 3.5 bathroom using Howell Custom Building Group and it was a very pleasant experience. What I liked most about Howell was

    - Attention to detail. This...
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  • B K5/18/2016

    Lead carpenter and assistant carpenter were exceptional. Can't beat the attention to detail and professionalism of this group. They remodeled/created a mudroom, kitchen, and 2 baths for us.


    My husband and I first met with Howell Custom Building Group based on several personal recommendations we received from people in our area. They have a reputation for high... Read more

  • marysu12/29/2015

    ZAThere are multiple reasons which make Howell Custom Building Group the first-class operation that they are, but after contracting them to design and build our 3-season porch with 4-season connector... Read more

    Amy Finegold9/21/2015

    We are just in the process of finishing our first floor remodel, including a total kitchen re-do and addition, and I have never been more impressed with a company. ... Read more

  • Liz Fortino8/17/2015

    We wanted to reclaim some unused attic space to expand our master bathroom and closet. Steve Howell and his designer helped us figure out what size dormer made sense... Read more


    Howell Custom Building Group is a very professional, competent, and flexible operation. Steve Howell is knowledgeable and skilled in assessing possibilities and project costs. He is willing to tailor the... Read more

  • mfates7/18/2014

    We have lived in our home for 12 years and wanted to redo the entire basement. It was finished, but not with any real thought for a family of... Read more


    We did a major kitchen renovation/addition project with Howell and are super pleased and happy with the results. From design, budgeting, demolition, materials selection, excavation, framing, and subcontractors to... Read more

  • karad115/20/2014

    We have just completed our second project with Howell Custom Building Group (master bed/bath renovation) and we are as thrilled with our results this time as were with our kitchen... Read more


    I am not a person who takes the time to write reviews. My experience with Howell Custom Building Group was everything I hoped it would be. My husband... Read more

  • donhauser402/24/2014

    Howell provided complete design-build services for a major renovation/addition to our 1954 cape home. We started approximately 1 year prior to the project to complete early design concepts and... Read more


    We hired Howell Custom Building to renovate some of the exterior elements of our beachfront home. Specifically we wanted to replace the weathered pressure treated decking with Ipe and replace... Read more

  • lconriver10/07/2013

    On time, on budget, with exceptional follow-through. The lead carpenter and his team were skilled, efficient and made the right decisions when we were not able to be on-site. They... Read more


    We have hired Howell Custom Build for at least four different renovations including two kitchens and a master bath. Their professionalism and quality of construction is outstanding. One of the... Read more

  • kfry359/19/2013

    I hired Howell Custom Building Group to design and build: additional closets in the master bedroom, an addition to the first floor which included a laundry room and mudroom, and... Read more


    We had an extended basement renovation done by Howell Custom Building Group. The work was professional, timely, immaculately done, well managed, and on budget. Every interaction was... Read more

  • wbeb1/25/2013

    They removed the roof over one section of our home and built a second story to match the existing two story main section. New area consists of a large... Read more


    We have used Howell Design and Build for major renovations in our home and in both of our parent's homes. Their level of workmanship and professionalism is unsurpassed. ... Read more

  • bjtomkins4/04/2012

    Wonderful planning and execution! Extremely professional and knowledgeable on all building aspects.

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The Build Show: A High Performance Coastal Modern Farmhouse under construction in 2020 is featured View Video

The Build Show: A Net Zero party barn we completed in 2019 is featured View Video

New England Living TV (CBS Boston/WBZ TV 4): Susan and Steve Howell’s own home is featured in this episode about Boxford, MA. View Video

  • Howell Custom Building Group supports sustainability by encouraging our clients to donate reusable materials to the Habitat for Humanity ReStore. All proceeds help fund the local Habitat affiliate. Click here for a list of acceptable items to donate and additional information.