In 1934, Ben and Lena Rosen realized their humble dream of opening a mom-and-pop hardware store on Norfolk Street. As business flourished, customers began to request items beyond the scope of the shop's plumbing supplies, such as paint, window treatments, or tools to convert Cold War bomb shelters into Y2K panic rooms. Over the years, Norfolk Hardware & Home Center has responded to demand by expanding into a 40,000-square-foot store and warehouse manned by more than 50 employees. Their helpful, honest advice—along with their stockpile of appliances, paint, tools, hardware, and other home supplies—makes DIY home makeovers a breeze.
For decades, Koopman has been synonymous with old-fashioned elbow grease. From the hard work Peter Koopman put into founding his business in 1939 to the projects carried out by the store's customers, Koopman Lumber & Hardware embodies the dedication it takes to make a great home. The family-run franchise stockpiles lumber, tools, and premium paints to carry out any home remodeling project. The staff members also possess a rich well of knowledge that they freely share with clients, whether they're recommending a color of paint to make a living room brighter or the best tools for a DIY project.
Since 2000, Landscape Depot has transformed the landscape of Greater Boston backyard by backyard, supplying everything from fertile mulch and soil to stone pathways and fountains. Technicians help install walls, veneers, and stairs from both natural and engineered stone, and trucks haul yards of mulch straight to homes. The staff also holds regular do-it-yourself seminars, reviewing various projects so homeowners don't have to rely on the shoddy advice of garden gnomes.
John F. Nagle, the owner of J&D Landscaping & Lawn Care Inc., draws on more than 30 years of experience to lead a team of technicians who prune and nourish yards. The team’s outdoor maintenance services include fertilizing soil, controlling weeds, and protecting Giving Trees from ungrateful little boys. In addition to cultivating healthy soil and beautiful gardens, they can power-wash patios, sealcoat driveways, and stain outdoor decks.
Whether the job includes repairs or cosmetic remodeling, the team members from Handy Randy Services rely on their extensive carpentry experience to keep homes in peak condition. They confidently perform odd jobs around the house?such as painting walls, repairing gutters, and fixing leaky faucets?although they can also tackle more extensive construction projects with the same sense of gusto. From kitchens to dens, the multitalented handymen are capable of sprucing up rooms throughout clients' homes by installing anything from new flooring to levitating sofas or counter tops.
D’Lanes Painting's insured technicians do more than cover homes in even coats of paint—they cover all of their bases. For instance, they consult with every customer to discuss the gloss level, color, and brand of paint that the client prefers. They include surface preparation, priming, finish coats, and cleanup in every contract, leaving no step overlooked. And all of their contracts, which are covered by a two-year limited warranty against peeling and blistering, are managed by the owner, Junior Lanes, rather than being outsourced to an independent contractor or a bunch of kids with paintball guns. Besides improving homes’ aesthetic and resale value with painting, the technicians stain decks and power wash wood, vinyl, and aluminum surfaces.