Meticulous Planning.

Consistently Spectacular Results.

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Meticulous Planning.
Consistently Spectacular Results

For over 20 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
  • Steven and Jessica Garten

    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 the project on-time. Every person on the job was professional and an expert in their trade. Our renovation is perfect and we hope to use Howell in the future!

    bluelakehouse

    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 “rave review” for fear that Howell will get too busy to return to my house for future work. But there is no denying that They earned every one of the five stars I gave them.

  • Steven and Jessica Garten 2

    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 the project on-time. Every person on the job was professional and an expert in their trade. Our renovation is perfect and we hope to use Howell in the future!

    Sumi Dolben

    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 relationships with subcontractors that are reliable and professional and some that even go beyond expectation. Once my walls were opened up they saw and cleaned up pipes and wires that were not in use and the painters returned twice to repaint a color I didn't like. The crew are highly qualified and experienced and a pleasure to work with. I would not work with anyone else now.

  • Yana Barton

    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 has transformed our home of more than 10 years. Every person we interacted with, from project developer, project manager, designers to carpenters, were committed to one and only thing, seeing our vision come to life. Incredible craftsmanship was complemented by business savviness and genuine pride in their craft! Couldn't be happier.

    Steven and Jessica Garten

    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 the project on-time. Every person on the job was professional and an expert in their trade. Our renovation is perfect and we hope to use Howell in the future!

  • bluelakehouse

    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 “rave review” for fear that Howell will get too busy to return to my house for future work. But there is no denying that They earned every one of the five stars I gave them.

    Steven A

    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 the project. Highly recommended!!!

  • B K

    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.

    pejenkins

    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 quality work, completed on time and in a very professional manner. We wanted to do a pretty extensive renovation of most of the first floor of our home. After meeting with them, we were impressed with their great design ideas and decided to move forward with them after exploring several project scopes, complete with budgets (a large portion of which was fixed). We are absolutely thrilled with the outcome- Howell delivered on everything they promised, with great quality work and delivering on time. There were many details where they could have skimped but didn't- can't recommend them highly enough and won't hesitate to work with them on our next project.

  • Amy Finegold

    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. The professionalism, attention to detail, organization, general skill and talent of Steve Howell and his team have blown me away. We never lost our sink, stove or dishwasher during the entire process due to the engineering of our project manager Brian Hollenbeck. And the finished result is exactly what I was hoping for. I cannot say enough about Howell and only wish I had hired them earlier for previous projects.

    Liz Fortino

    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 to accomplish our goals within our budget. Once we settled on a design, there was a lot of thought put into how to build it with as little disruption to the rest of the house as possible. As part of the project we also replaced the carpet in our entire upstairs with wood floor, so it has been like having a whole new house. We were very impressed with the care taken at every phase of the project and we love our new upstairs!

  • mavid123

    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 project to your lifestyle and inclinations and is open to collaboration.
    The subcontractors were also professional and competent.
    Additionally his business offers expertise to the local community and spearheads an annual Habitat for Humanity project.
    One very positive project aspect is a weekly meeting with the project coordinator to keep communication and expectations in line with goals.

    mfates

    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 6. HCBG did a superb job listening to our requirements and desires, scoping out the project in detail, sharing the designs with us, talking through options and costs, and then laying out a specific schedule for completion. The people involved in the planning and work were all very friendly and professional, and always happy to answer questions.

    We are very pleased with the results. We now have a much more usable basement (which is the way we come into the house everyday through the garage) with some great woodwork and a beautiful built in Murphy bed in the new bedroom. The work is very high quality.

    We are already thinking about future projects and will very likely work with HCBG again.

  • gupfee

    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 finishing details, they were there for us with advice and support and a complete willingness to go over options. The quality of the build is just beautiful, and any minor hiccups along the way were addressed quickly and fixed to our satisfaction. We love our new kitchen, and are also enjoying our new mudroom, screen porch and refurbished family and dining rooms. They may be more expensive than other contractors, but they are worth every penny. We felt taken care of and respected every step of the way.

    karad11

    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 renovation 4 years ago. From beginning to end the Howells are detailed oriented and very professional. Every person who steps through the door is very respectful and makes life living through a renovation as easy as possible. I absolutely love the transformation of our new space and feel like we finally have the bedroom retreat we have always dreamed of. I would highly recommend Howell Custom Building Group.

  • dcegan

    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 the rotted pine railing columns with Azek. Howell provided us with good suggestions on how to design the replacement deck and then performed the work on schedule, on budget and with outstanding workmanship. The job was progressing so well that we expanded (doubled the scope) to include an additional deck that we wanted done in a composite and replacing the railings with a high end glass railing as well as replace some weathered aluminum coil stock trim. Howell was very accommodating of the increased scope and did it all on a very demanding schedule that we established. Replacing the existing aluminum trim was a huge challenge that they met with flying colors. The entire project lasted about 6 weeks and the final product exceeded our already high expectations. We can't wait to dream up another project so that we can hire them again!

    lconriver

    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 are also very nice people whom we trusted easily and were not disappointed. Our project manager communicated well and was always accessible to us; he was patient with our indecision! The quality of the work is excellent and their design team has a good eye. We had much of our design in mind and Howell listened well and enhanced our sometimes idiosyncratic ideas. We appreciated that all the people on the job worked as a team, even their highly qualified sub-contractors were seamlessly incorporated into the daily routine, so that progress was always apparent and well-planned. This is the best building experience we have had. It is especially comforting to know that Howell continues to be available for us even after completion of the project. Bottom line: excellent workmanship, efficient planning and budgeting, a great team of people. We'll be back.

  • sunapeerenovation

    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 best features of this group is their project management services. Each project is assigned a project manager who handles all the communication between vendors and sub contractors. It is such an added value to have the peace of mind that someone is monitoring all of the details regarding the scheduling and timing of the construction phase. Howell has always come through with excellent sub contractors too. Everyone associated with our projects have been trustworthy and experts in their field. Honestly, I don't think we would look elsewhere when it comes to our next remodel. When we sold our last home, our real estate agent told us that having a Howell Custom Build kitchen was a major selling feature. She was right, we definitely recouped our investment!

    kfry35

    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 a new 3 season porch. The team at Howell Custom Building group is professional, courteous and skilled. I was very happy with the results, the 3 season porch is my favorite room in the house! I would highly recommend them.

  • mrmugge

    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 friendly and helpful and stress-free. Recommend without reservation.

    wbeb

    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 master bedroom with tray ceiling, big master bath, large walk-in closet and an office.The job also required new HVAC.
    Their in-house architect -as well as their employees and subs-were exceptional.
    We had some serious health issues just prior our project, and they were more than willing to accommodate our needs.
    We would highly recommend them to anyone who is looking for a very professional company with considerate people who can handle all aspects of construction.

  • wvtime

    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. We bought a house that needed a lot of updating. They did major structural work, replaced the roof, and helped with all the design issues. The bathrooms looked like they belonged in a condo from the 1980's and now they are elegant and luxurious and much more in keeping with the rest of the home. They were with us through every step of the design process - helping us choose fixtures, countertops and custom cabinetry. Our relationship did not end with our remodel - we have gone back to them again and again - on jobs as diverse as replacing all our decks to building us a gorgeous hearth in our family room. We have always been extremely happy with our results. When our parents' homes need work - replacing siding and windows, or redoing baths - we call the Howells. The peace of mind we get knowing that our parent's project will be done by their crew is why we always choose them. Their employees are respectful, they show up on time and they always meet their deadline and budget.

    bjtomkins

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

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