Revival Construction is just returning to its whole-house projects specialty after a dip during the recession. Most projects are driven by the need to update kitchens and baths, with many families living in older homes last remodeled more than 20 years ago.

“We’re undoing bad additions or redoing existing ones to feel more seamless,” says owner Wright Marshall. The upscale projects are in neighborhoods close to downtown, with homes valued at $750,000 to $5 million.

• Marshall lectures and writes about architectural history and is on the board of several design and history groups.

• The recession reminded Marshall of the value of peer groups; he rejoined Remodelers Advantage.

• Revival’s conceptual design/estimate is free, but the company charges a retainer for a detailed scope and estimate. Professional clients don’t take issue with paying for this expertise.