Home Improvements & DIY Projects

Preparing your Home for Sale? Or just looking to improve your space? Click no further! Check out these great home improvements and handy do-it-yourself projects!

JUST LISTED by Betsy Woods- 82 Kernwood Avenue, Ryal Side, Beverly- $379,000

JUST LISTED by Betsy Woods- 82 Kernwood Avenue, Ryal Side, Beverly- $379,000- Here is your chance to get into the Beverly market!! Lovingly cared for Cape in Ryal Side with 3 bedrooms, 1 bath, has been in the same family for over 60 years!! Spacious living room, dining room, and kitchen along with a first-floor master and sunroom complete the first level. Two large bedrooms on the 2nd floor. New Roof in 2019! Spacious walkout basement. The oil furnace is older, but there is gas in the house. Don't miss out on this gem! Solid home in need of updating to make it your own! Large, partially fenced in yard, and water views from the 2nd-floor bedroom!! Less than a mile to the Beverly Depot Train Station, and Obear Park and beach are right down the street.

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Making the Most of Staying at Home

We get it! It's been 26 days, (yes, t-w-e-n-t-y s-i-x days!) since Friday, March 13th, when most schools closed and turned to online learning. Balancing working from home with homeschooling and trying to keep the peace has been a challenge that most of us may feel like is a losing battle, but remember, you aren't alone! We are all trying to navigate these uncharted times and are learning to adapt to a life of safe social distancing. This time certainly provides us with the opportunity to work on our patience and compassion. Two of the most valuable life skills our world needs right now. While we are still in the grips of the COVID-19 pandemic and the weather is turning nicer, it's important to remain vigilant in our social distancing and flattening the curve. Below are some suggestions we have to help you make the most of this time at home while staying socially responsible. Be Safe, Be Healthy, Be Kind

  • CLEAN CLEAN CLEAN- this is a great time to go through room by room and clean from ceiling to floor and get those windows washed too!
  • Learn a new language- with the number of online platforms, there is no better time to learn a new language- Parlez-vous francais? Hablas español?
  • Dust off those classic board games and power off technology! Bring back some good old fashioned fun and let the laughs roar in your household.
  • Get those creative juices flowing- we all have those Pinterest ideas that we have pinned for a reason, there's no better time than NOW to try one of those projects! Whether it be on the crafty side or the baking side, make something today!
  • Clean up the yard and freshen up your curb appeal. Think about adding a new pop of color to your door or mailbox.
  • Grow a vegetable garden this year- Cucumbers are some of the less finicky of vegetables that many find success growing. 
  • While being socially responsible, take a walk in your neighborhood and clean up the litter you see. Imagine if we all spent 20 minutes a day picking up litter along our roadways...

We hope you stay safe and healthy during this time. And remember to be patient and compassionate, we are all in this together.


Featured 2/20/2020 by Boston.com & Globe.com- 31 Beach Road, Bass Rocks, Gloucester- $999,999

Listed: A Charles Bulfinch home with a 'moving' history for less than $1 million

Earlier this month, 4,814 square feet of history went on the market in Gloucester.

Lynda Hemeon of Lux Realty North Shore listed 31 Beach Road, also known as the George H. Rogers House, for $999,999 on Feb. 7. Its namesake was a major player in the development of the town’s Bass Rocks neighborhood, according to the Massachusetts Historical Commission, and used the property as his summer home.

The house was designed by architect Charles Bulfinch, whose résumé includes the domed center building of the US Capitol, the Massachusetts State House, and an expansion of Faneuil Hall. The home also served as the clubhouse at Bass Rocks Golf Club, according to the listing.

Today, some elements of the home — particularly its weathered yellow exterior — could use some TLC. The building has endured, in addition to the test of time, a move from Boston to Gloucester in the late 1800s or early 1900s. Its current home is a 0.46-acre parcel that’s a short walk to Good Harbor Beach, and it comes with a detached two-car garage.

The Second Empire dwelling features components original to its construction, including large windows, a mansard roof, and a mahogany staircase. According to the historical commission, it has doors and windows from mansions on Boston’s Summer and Franklin streets — homes torn down to clear space for business blocks eventually wiped out by the Great Boston Fire of 1872.

The property has seven bedrooms, three full bathrooms, and one-half bathroom. One of the full baths has only the plumbing. The structure sits on a raised basement and offers a wrap-around porch. The 11 rooms are clad in colorful and floral wall coverings.

The powder blue front-to-back living room boasts two intricate marble fireplaces and floor-to-ceiling built-in bookcases. There’s another fireplace in the formal dining room, which has a chandelier and is wrapped in floral and emerald green wallpaper. The kitchen offers a breakfast room, pantry, and morning stairs.


JUST LISTED by Lynda D. Hemeon- 31 Beach Road, Bass Rocks, Gloucester- $999,999

JUST LISTED by Lynda D. Hemeon- 31 Beach Road, Bass Rocks, Gloucester- $999,999- Your chance to own a piece of history! Revitalize this Stately Mansard colonial. This architectural gem boasts original fine moldings and details throughout. Designed by the famous architect, Charles Bullfinch & moved from Boston to Gloucester, this home was originally the clubhouse to the Bass Rocks Golf Club. This gracious home features a huge wrap around porch with enormous columns, the original mahogany stairway graces the foyer, the front to back living room is highlighted with 2 marble fireplaces & floor to ceiling built-in bookcases, a formal dining room has a fireplace & chair rail. The spacious kitchen has a good morning staircase, breakfast room & pantry. Seasonal ocean views can be enjoyed from the 2nd level. Natural light floods the house from the original oversized windows. A large yard & detached two-car garage round out this grand property. Located in East Gloucester, the property is just steps to Good Harbor Beach and in the highly desirable " Back Shore" neighborhood.

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JUST LISTED by Team Cotraro 22 Summit Terrace, Peabody $338,500

JUST LISTED by Team Cotraro 22 Summit Terrace, Peabody- $338,500- Great opportunity to own this well-built Cape Style home and earn instant equity with your new improvements! This home features 6 rooms 3 bedrooms and 1 full bath. The first floor features a living room/kitchen combination with hardwood floors under the carpet. Adjacent to these rooms is an updated sunroom with vaulted ceiling, cable TV and multiple windows. There are two bedrooms with hardwood flooring under the carpets as well as a full bath with tile floor and tiled shower surround. The second floor includes one bedroom and one unfinished room that could be an additional bedroom. The lower level can be finished as well. Currently, there is cable and a projector along with furniture. It could be turned into additional living space with the new owner. A 3-year young boiler, updated electrical panel, vinyl replacement windows, vinyl/aluminum siding, private backyard, and storage shed. Parking off-street for 3 to 4 cars. Must See!! OPEN HOUSES-Sunday October 27th 12 to 2!  

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Northshore Magazine- Explore Essex- May 2019 Edition

Listed by Kristin Gynda Bedell- 67 Atlantic Road, Gloucester

Listed by Lynda D. Hemeon- 59 High Street, Unit 1, Rockport & 59 High Street, Unit 2, Rockport

Listed by Joy Munoz- 636R Washington Street, Gloucester

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Make your home a HYGGE Home

The Danish way of living…HYGGE (pronounced HOO-GA) is becoming popular in the USA. The key is to keep your home pure, simple and uncluttered to create a calm and peaceful living space that friends and family want to keep returning to.

If your home is for sale, here’s a list of HYGGE things to do before showing your home to potential buyers:

  • Declutter     
  • Choose white or light color shades to paint rooms
  • Fill your couches and beds with comfy blankets and pillows
  • Let as much natural light into your home as possible and turn all the lights on
  • Light candles and a fireplace if you have one
  • Create a spa style bathroom by adding music, candles and a big fluffy robe. Put some fluffy warm scatter rugs on the floor
  • Bring some outdoors inside with cut flowers or natural wood pieces
  • Showcase beautiful pieces of wood furniture
  • Bake an apple pie or some chocolate chip cookies to make your home smell inviting

Cozy, warm, inviting homes SELL. Make your home a HYGGE home!