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It’s not just your neighborhood. Contractors are incredibly busy with home renovations

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From the sound of things in some neighborhoods, you might not think the economic downturn has been all that severe in Massachusetts.



a person standing in front of a building: President and owner of Golden Builder Construction Tomasa Pujol at a residential job site in Dorchester.


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President and owner of Golden Builder Construction Tomasa Pujol at a residential job site in Dorchester.

Saw blades are buzzing, nail guns are popping, and drills are spinning as contractors descend on home renovation projects in huge numbers. It’s a striking aberration in an economy where many businesses continue to suffer and unemployment remains high.

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The activity is also another indication of how unevenly the economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic has been distributed. Some homeowners ― often those whose incomes have not taken a hit ― have reduced costs for commuting, travel and other expenses, giving them more discretionary income. At the same time, interest rates for home equity loans and mortgages are historically low, making it cheap to borrow money.

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Cozy Bathroom Ideas: 19 Ways to Make Your Bathroom Incredibly Cozy

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The words cozy and bathroom might seem mutually exclusive, but a quick Pinterest search of the words reveals they’re anything but.

Take a few minutes (read: hours) to scroll through Pinterest’s “cozy bathroom ideas” feed, and you’ll find images of plant-lined showers, fluffy towels, and candlelit baths so welcoming, you can almost feel the warmth of the water creep along your skin.

Dare to close your eyes, and you might believe, just for a moment, that you are actually enveloped in that warm water—that those plants lining the shower, those fluffy towels, and those candles along the bath’s edge are yours. That the incredibly cozy bathrooms you’ve been perusing on Pinterest for the past however many minutes (ahem, hours) belong to you.

Once you finally emerge from this hygge-filled Pinterest black hole, you remember that these bathrooms aren’t your own—that you didn’t even know the words “cozy” and “bathroom” could

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