New Look Construction's steady-handed craftsmen tackle home repair and renovation projects ranging from adding new rooms to revamping existing spaces. In addition to stitching new dens and bedrooms to existing houses, they use their skills with saws and hammers to build outdoor additions including brand-new decks, patios, and ramps. Inside homes, they transform aging bathrooms or kitchens by installing new countertops and flooring. Leaky roofs desist their dripping after the craftsmen install new roofing. Before breaking out their tape measures, New Look's staff also offers free estimates that incorporate the budgets for project costs, time of service, and their mandatory 55-gallon drum full of Sour Patch Kids.
Contractor Raymond Gilkes learned the tricks of the construction trade from his stepfather—a skilled tradesman by profession—at the young age of 11. As Raymond grew, he honed the artistry of carpentry, cabinetry, and masonry in his spare time to keep his aesthetic skills sharp. Now the owner of his own home-improvement contracting business, he harnesses a lifetime of keen insights to beautify residential interiors and exteriors. He partners up with interior designers, real-estate brokers, and unemployed wrecking balls to make over homes with custom services that include painting, tile laying, and ceiling installation.
At Boston Smart Painting, expert craftsmen brush, roll, and spray on new coats of vibrant color. Technicians collaborate with homeowners as they hatch a new vision for living rooms, kitchens, or exteriors, then drape surfaces in swaths of color. White-robed painters can stain or varnish wood surfaces, patch scratches in drywall, and power-wash moldy decks, siding, and sidewalks.
In 1986 Govall Cleaning Services started blazing a cleaning trail through the homes and offices of the Boston area. More than 20 years later they're still at it. Bearing cleaning supplies and an impressive work ethic, their cleaners thoroughly and efficiently restore homes and offices to a state of cleanly calm. In addition to residential and commercial cleaning, they offer postconstruction cleanup to tote away debris and painting services to cover murals of ex-spouses.
Ron Imposimato’s crew of experienced, insured painters update homes inside and out with coats of Sherwin Williams paint. Whether they’re painting dining rooms with eco-friendly colorant, coating the exteriors of newly constructed homes, or staining backyard decks, they guarantee each job with a two-year warranty on their labor and workmanship. Staffers can also carefully strip away old wallpaper and aging shadow puppets clinging to the past to make room for fresh coats of paint.
Italian native Lucia Rubini began honing her artistic skills at Italy's Accademia di Belle Arti, where she learned the craft of line and color from acclaimed European artists Antonini and Antonio La Bianca. Today, she continues her studies at the Art Institute of Boston, and exhibits her colorful, impressionistic work both on murals and in galleries throughout the city.
Her canvases also adorn her own gallery, Rubini Art, where she regularly crafts customized portraits and hosts pieces by emerging artists every month. She nurtures more fledgling talent during individual and group lessons, which cover techniques ranging from shading and perspective through such mediums as pencil, charcoal, and paint. For kids, she amps up the fun by drawing fantasy subjects, using messy mediums, and recreating the works of famous artists, such as the impressionism of Picasso, the modernism of O'Keefe, and the ketchup stains on Pollack's T-shirts.