We’ve been nominated for Kitchen Design!

We’ve been nominated for Kitchen Design!

Design, Build, Live

Building a home is a challenge, and it comes with a lot of opportunity as well as obstacles to overcome. It requires vision, creativity, and a lot of hard work. At every stage there are decisions to make, whether it’s a product or design choice, that can have a huge impact on how the house will perform and how long it will last. 

These are the issues Randy Rand is facing with his project. As a builder with a background in architecture and engineering, design is an important element in every part of his projects.  When it came time for his parents to size down, they couldn’t find what they wanted. The homes that were available felt overpriced and didn’t offer the quality or design they were looking for. They did find an empty lot. And so Rand decided he would build something. Something that lasts.

New Construction European Windows

The home is well designed and tailored to the needs of the family that will live there. The master bedroom is on the first floor, so single level living is an option for the future. The kitchen is big enough to prepare large meals, without being too overwhelming. The center of the home, with cathedral ceilings, is the great room, where everyone will gather. The staircase will be made of steel beams welded together with floating stair treads, and will stand as a piece of functional art at the core of the home. In total, the home will be 3 bedrooms, 2 ½ bath and 2000 square feet. 

This project uses European Windows, and its Rand’s first build with them. European Windows are a flangeless window and are incredibly durable. They  come triple glazed as the standard, which is important for cold New England winters. In addition to the extra layer, each pane of glass is thicker than US windows. With their increased insulation values and easy install, there is no going back. Each window or door is custom built for your project, so you always get the exact right size and style you’re looking for. In this project, we used a combination of pvc and aluminum to match the style and budget.

European Swing Door Install

Often when we’re designing a home, we tend to want more space. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the average home size in 1973 was 1,660 square feet and had increased to 2,687 square feet by 2015. That’s a lot of space. While there is no universally correct home size, there are industry trends. In the building industry, everything has gotten bigger. But bigger is not always better. 

Through careful design, you can achieve the same qualities of a big home, while taking up less space, and having fewer rooms to keep clean. Over the years, we have seen a lot of creative design brought into tiny home living.  Well thought out design doesn’t just have to be for tiny homes. By incorporating them into your home, you can get all the luxuries of a big house, without the foot print. 

Great Room w/European Sliding Door

Contractor: Randy Rand, Tekton Responsible LivingMonica Banks


Designing Grand Banks in MetroWest

When we renovated our showroom in Gloucester, our goal was to create spaces for homeowners and professionals to sit and visualize their building projects. A place where you can be inspired by the products around you, and understand how they will feel in your own space. Now, we are excited to bring that same experience to MetroWest with our new showroom in Waltham.

Swim Wild

We’re excited to announce our first Summer BBQ of 2021!

We’ll be joined by our partners at Upstate Door for the afternoon and they are bringing their trailer full of products to showcase. Swing by for a late lunch and a drink to end your day. We are excited for the opportunity to host social gatherings again. See you there!

Settle In

Building a home is a long and intense process. It’s expensive and there are a lot of choices to make, and almost infinite options for each decision. It’s almost impossible to make all of those decisions for yourself, and at least twice as hard when you are doing it with your family. But it’s possible. Your home is built with every choice. With every decision, you come closer to the finished house. When that’s done it’s time to settle in. 

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Screen Porch Dreaming

There are few things more delightful in the summertime than a screen porch. As New Englanders, we recognize the need to make the most of the months we can spend outside. A screen porch will make that easier.  Instead of dispersing to your own corners of the house, the whole family will be able to spend time together, outside, and without the bugs. This space can add value to your home and increase the amount of quality time you spend with your loved ones. Screen porches can do it all. 

Modern Family Home

Monica Banks


Join Our Team!

Grand Banks is looking for a well organized showroom coordinator to join our growing team. The right candidate will have great communication, enjoy talking to people, and is good with attention to details. Our home base is located in Gloucester, MA, but we are opening a second location in Waltham to help serve the MetroWest community. We have positions available in both locations.

The showroom coordinator will be responsible for our walk in customer traffic, and creating an inspiring atmosphere for our clients. This means welcoming guests, helping them find the right products, offering design inspiration or connecting them with the right team member. We offer a fast-paced, open work environment with great benefits for a creative, enthusiastic candidate who is willing to learn new things. This position can be either full or part time. You can meet our team here.

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Starting Fresh

Starting Fresh

Starting over always comes with a range and roller coaster of emotions. It can be an exciting and exhilarating opportunity. It can be daunting and overwhelming. It can be both at the same time. The best part about starting fresh is that you know more. Experience is the best teacher and your best friend when it comes to design. A new home is a  blank canvas, and it’s the best place for you to create the best parts of your home and then some.


Stage Fort Park Beach Clean Up

Grand Banks is hosting a Stage Fort Park Clean Up! Together with our partners at Annisquam Landcare and Provia, we’re going to keep our shores beautiful, naturally.

Join us this Saturday, May 15 @ 9:30!

Stage Fort Park is one of the most visited spaces in Gloucester, and for good reason. It’s beautiful and it provides fields, playground and tables for everyone to enjoy. To protect this incredible resource, we need to do our part. So we are hosting a cleanup to keep Stage Fort beautiful. Not only will this help keep the space clean, but it will prevent the trash from getting blown out to sea, and polluting our harbor and the ocean beyond. Join us for you chance to help.

We’ll provide gloves and trash bags. After you collect the trash you can leave your bag of trash with us. We’ll also have coffee and pastries incase you need some fuel to keep you going.

We are so lucky to live in a place with such beautiful places to spend with our friends & family. And it’s important for us to take care of them. Join us for a cleanup of Stage Fort Park to help keep our shores beautiful.

Bring the Outside In

Summer is coming, and it’s a cause for celebration as we all start spending more time outside. The days are getting longer, and more and more windows are staying open throughout the day. For many of us, we don’t have the opportunity to spend as much time outside in the sunshine as we’d like. Perhaps, we should focus more on bringing the outside into our homes. By eliminating the barriers between outside and in, we can bring a little more light into our lives.

Marvin Scenic Doors

Marvin Scenic Doors are designed to do just that. They are a combination of wall, window, and door that maximizes the amount of light you can bring into your home. In reducing the barrier between inside and outside, you can get more of the Vitamin D we all crave.

Marvin Scenic Doors

Often when we think of Scenic Doors, an image of a spectacular view of the ocean or mountain vistas comes to mind. But you don’t need that at all. Scenic Doors can help make a space feel bigger, by letting in more light or incorporating a deck or patio with your indoor living areas. Even if you don’t have an epic view at your home, you can still open up to let the light in. At Grand Banks, we’ve experienced this ourselves.

Marvin Scenic Doors at Grand Banks

In the remodel of our showroom at Crafts Road, we incorporated a Multi Slide and Bifold on the front of our building. Not only to showcase these beautiful doors but to let more light into our space.Creating the opportunity to bring more light into the showroom, and making everything brighter. 

Monica Banks