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Home & Hearth Remodeling

Making the most of summertime outdoor spaces and living

As the weather warms, people spend more outdoor time at home. Dave Coyne helps people enjoy these spaces through his West Springfield business, Home & Hearth Remodeling. Started in 2005, the company offers general contracting services, including dream backyard spaces. Dave explains that there are many different options when it comes to functional outdoor spaces that add comfort and beauty to outdoor living spaces.

Dave sees more people enclosing their decks to create a screened-in porch. “The principal advantage to screens is to keep mosquitoes away and make outdoor spaces more comfortable and, given the prevalence of mosquito-borne diseases, make them safer,” explains Dave.

For homes with breezeways connecting the garage to the house, a simple remodel can create a functional and enjoyable outdoor space. “A full remodel usually involves keeping the roof and re-framing the walls, adding large windows and new doors," says Dave. "With a ceiling fan and a small heater, a well-insulated three-season breezeway effectively becomes a four-season room,”

Adding a pool deck to an above-ground pool lets people have a place to relax and keep an eye on little swimmers. Dave doesn’t recommend typical materials like wood and composites because they get very hot, and instead recommends a PVC material such as AZEK.

“A deck is one of the more affordable living space additions one can make in a home,” explains Dave. Homeowners should plan for a deck that is at least 12 by 16 feet to have sufficient space for a grill and a dining area.

Dave began his career in web development and IT work in the Boston area before moving to West Springfield with his wife and children to be closer to family. His love of craftsmanship led him to build his business slowly and steadily to what it is now — a full-service contracting business with ten employees.

When not building for his customers, Dave does significant volunteer work. He has been a Big Brother, raised money to run the Boston Marathon four times, served for more than 30 years as an alumni board member of the Zeta Beta Tau fraternity, and is the chair of the Mittineague Congregational Church council.

In addition, he volunteers with West Side Helping Hands, a group of West Springfield volunteers who help disadvantaged homeowners throughout the city to improve the community. “The older I’ve gotten, the more keenly I’ve felt the need to work to make my community stronger,” notes Dave. West Side Helping Hands applications are available in August and September at the Office of Community Development at the West Springfield Municipal Office Building.

For more information on Home & Hearth Remodeling, visit handhremodeling.com or call 413.382.7837.

  • Breezeways are a comfortable way to bring the outdoors inside
  • A well-designed deck elevates summer living
  • Screened-in porches offer outdoor living with added shelter from the elements
  • Pool decks are ideal for sun and fun
  • Home & Hearth Owner Dave Coyne. Photo by Karen Slack Photography.
  • Home & Hearth Owner Dave Coyne. Photo by Karen Slack Photography.

Home & Hearth Remodeling

Contact: handhremodeling.com | 413.382.7837.