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May 19, 2020

At Home on the Atlantic

Their condominium sits very close to the ocean—just fifty feet from the high-tide mark. Except for the occasional storm when it’s a little too close for comfort, Jeannine Barrett and Greg Kaknes enjoy a stunning ocean view, so stunning a grand hotel once occupied the site. Click here to read more.

May 19, 2020

All in the Details.

When they began renovations, a Seacoast couple decided to stay true to their historic home’s original design. They did such a good job that the home received the 2016 New Hampshire Home Design Award for Excellence in Renovation. Click here to read more.

May 12, 2020

Charting a Course for a Forever House.

When Greg Jonas and Diana Scott started thinking about where, and how, they wanted to retire, they did what came naturally: they created a plan. The couple—both accountants—have lived, and built or renovated homes, in Chicago, Washington, D.C., and the greater New York City area. For this next phase of their lives, they wanted to more…

Apr 26, 2018

YFI Proud to Announce Best of Houzz 2018!!

YFI Custom Homes is very honored to share the news that the firm has won “Best of Design and Customer Service” for 2018 on Houzz – the leading platform for home remodeling and design.  YFI, a 38-year-old custom building firm,  was chosen by the more than 40 million unique users that comprise the Houzz community from among more more…

Mar 29, 2018

Summer Dreaming

As John Steinbeck said in Travels with Charlie; “What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness.”  Those words seem particularly true today as New England (and YFI’s hometown of York, Maine) is experiencing yet another  snowstorm.  However, this does NOT keep us from looking ahead and longing more…

Mar 14, 2018

The Architecture of Life

It is wonderful to learn something new and today it was the concept of biophilic design.  The word “biophilia” literally means “love of life” and as would be expected, we as a species, have a natural affinity for natural settings over the built environment.  Biophilic design is the outcome devised by architects and builders to more…

Nov 28, 2017

YFI Commercial Projects

We have been updating the YFI website over the last few months and realized that there were gaps in the photography library of some of YFI Custom Homes commercial projects (yes, we do those too!)  So, last week, we set out with photographer Rob Karosis, to fill in some of these gaps.  Here is a more…

Oct 12, 2017

Completed YFI Custom Homes Project featured in Maine Home + Design!

YFI Custom Homes was honored to have a project featured in the October issue of Maine Home +Design Magazine appropriately titled The Best of Both Worlds.  This article was particularly close to home as it showcased YFI owner Glenn Farrell and his wife Mary’s personal Maine residence.  As Jen DeRose, Managing Editor of Maine Home + Design  and more…

May 29, 2017

First Steps in a New YFI Custom Homes Project

YFI Custom Homes, in another collaboration with TMS Architects of Portsmouth, NH, has begun work on a project located on a southern New Hampshire lakeside property. The home that was located on the property could not be salvaged as it was dated and covered with asbestos siding and had a rubble, not poured,  foundation.  After more…

Apr 13, 2017

Behind the Scene at YFI Millworks

Recently, with the help of photographer Rob Karosis, we visited YFI Millworks to take some photos to update the YFI website and were lucky enough to catch a glimpse of artisan Matt Stone hard at work on some YFI projects.  As YFI owner, Glenn Farrell explains, he started YFI Millworks out of necessity in order to have more…

Mar 28, 2017

Kitchen Trends 2017

Recently, Jen DeRose, Managing Editor of Maine Home + Design, contacted YFI Custom Homes for some insight into kitchen design from a builder’s perspective for The Lookbook, The Best of MH + D 2017 ; what questions do contractors ask their clients and what trends are emerging?  Glenn Farrell, owner of YFI,  said that he more…

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