Ari Koufos
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Posted by Ari Koufos on 2/18/2020

This Single-Family in Waltham, MA recently sold for $512,000. This Colonial style home was sold by Ari Koufos - REALTY EXECUTIVES.

88 Lafayette St, Waltham, MA 02453


Sale Price

Full/Half Baths
7 Room 4 Bedroom 1.5 Bath side entrance colonial located in top Rangely Acres location situated on a beautiful 9000+ sq ft of land. This home has been in the same family for many years and is awaiting a new owner. Living room with fireplace, formal dining room, good size kitchen. Second floor offers 4 bedrooms. Enclosed front porch, full basement for storage or future expansion. 2 Car garage with plenty of off street parking. Large yard perfect for entertaining or adding on to the home.

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Posted by Ari Koufos on 2/18/2020

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You can extend your living area by activating your outdoor spaces. Whether your yard is large or small, you can create a spot to entertain, read, or just relax with these tips:


Most outdoor spaces can accommodate some type of seating option. If youíre working with a smaller porch space, try a hanging swing or a bistro table and chair. Add a dining table to a larger patio area or deck if you plan to host outdoor dinner parties or game nights. If youíre looking for something more relaxed and flexible, opt for outdoor living room pieces. Search for weather-resistant, modular options that can be easily rearranged.

Sun and Insect Protection

If you have an uncovered patio space, consider introducing a pergola or a canopy. These options offer protection from the sun and wind which will make your time outside more enjoyable, especially if you live in a warmer climate. A canopy can be beneficial because it will often include netting options that offer protection from mosquitos and other flying insects.

Introduce Light

Add some lighting to your space to boost evening ambiance or to accommodate outdoor dining and games. If you opt for a canopy or pergola, consider introducing strings of twinkle lights, placing candles on tables or installing bug-repellant torches. For something more substantial, you may introduce a firepit. Wood, natural gas, propane and gel fuel options are readily available. Select the source that works best for your location and budget.

Introduce Color and Texture

You can liven up your space with pops of color and texture. Some options could be an outdoor rug, bright cushions and pillows for your chairs or planters filled with flowers and foliage. Hang a mirror on a wall or fence to create the illusion of extended space and depth whether your space is large or small.

Posted by Ari Koufos on 2/14/2020

105 Holt St, Watertown, MA 02472



Remarkable opportunity to renovate this nice side entrance 6 room 3 bedroom 1 bath Colonial located in the sought after West End of Watertown near Waverley Sq. Roof and windows have been updated over time. Gas furnace has been replaced. First floor offers a traditional floor plan with Living room, dining room, & large eat-in kitchen. Second floor offers 3 bedrooms & 1 bath. Walk-up third floor perfect for future expansion. Nice deck with spacious back yard. Come visit and see the potential of this home.
Open House
February 16 at 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM
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Location: 105 Holt St, Watertown, MA 02472    Get Directions

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Posted by Ari Koufos on 2/11/2020

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You may be surprised to learn just how much a little DIY storage bench in your entryway can save you in time and money. Storage benches offer children a place to sit while they remove snowy or muddy shoes. That's less time spent mopping your kitchen or steam-cleaning the carpets. 

Save hardwoods from years of damage and wear.

On top of that, a bench can double as storage. Never again will you be racing around your home trying to find your mittens, scarves, rain boots and other outdoor essentials on your way out the door. It's now all in one convenient place. 

You can even store backpacks and lunch bags on the weekend -- whatever makes sense for your family.

You might think that making an entryway storage bench is complicated. But we'll show you the easy way to build your bench in less than a day.

What you'll need

*Pro tip* Borrow tools that you may never use again before buying. If you find you want to take on more new projects, you can buy one then.

  • 18-gauge nail gun
  • Miter saw
  • Framing square
  • Pneumatic framing gun
  • Hammer drill for concrete/brick or regular drill
  • Circular saw
  • 6 3/4" plywood
  • 8 2x4" boards
  • 3" strap hinges
  • 3" concrete screws or regular screws
  • 6 1x4" boards
  • Wood screws
  • How to build a DIY storage bench for your entryway

    Here's your guide.

    Gather materials & supplies

    The amount of material varies by the bench size you choose the make. Be sure to measure twice and cut once so that everything fits perfectly.

    Frame your bench

    Your frame becomes your guide for the project. Cut your 2X4's the desired length of the bench. Then cut more for the height. Find the studs. And use that hammer drill to attach the 2X4s to the back wall. Build out from there.

    Construct the front and sides

    Now build around your frame, using your plywood. Be careful with any tools you use. Just take your time to get it right. 

    Add the hinges

    Measure and drill for your hinges. Then simply screw them in. 

    Place the lid on the ground and drill holes for hinge screws. Then connect the top to the other side of the hinge with screws. You might need a partner hold the lid steady while you to screw in the lid.

    Add your finish of choice

    You can stop with a basic box. But while you're at it, it won't take much more effort to add some trim and paint it. Then place some hooks above for coats and backpacks.

    And now, you have a beautiful DIY storage bench. For more helpful tips on home maintenance and improvement, follow our blog.

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    Posted by Ari Koufos on 2/5/2020

    38 Wilmot St, Watertown, MA 02472



    Unique well maintained 9 room 4 bedroom 1 bath Cape located in the sought after West End of Watertown in an established neighborhood. This home has been in the same family for many years & is ready for a new owner to enjoy as much as the current family did. This home features a bright & sunny living room with fireplace, formal dining room, eat-in kitchen, first floor bedroom plus a bonus office room. Full renovated bath on the first floor level. Top floor spacious bedroom with an additional 2 bedrooms. Heated finished lower level perfect for family room. Gas furnace with 3 zones of heat. Circuit breaker electric panel, roof approximately 14 years of age. Wall a/c unit in top floor. Laundry & additional storage in lower level. Nice deck off of kitchen leading to a nice fenced in back yard. Don't miss this opportunity to be a part of this growing community. Welcome Home!
    Open House
    February 09 at 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
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    Location: 38 Wilmot St, Watertown, MA 02472    Get Directions

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