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Stefco Builders in Needham Heights, Mass., is a full-service building company that does everything from renovations to building custom homes to historic restorations throughout Greater Boston and the suburbs. With a staff of 10, led by owner Stefanos Efstratoudakis, it completes between 8 and 12 projects a year, both residential and commercial.

Newton Remodel

Efstratoudakis’ first point of advice for a potential home buyer is not to have fear. Construction is a very dynamic thing, and if you go with someone who knows what they are doing, the fear factor is out of the equation. Also, make sure you like your builder. With schedules, budget, and so forth aside, you’re going to be essentially living alongside your builder for a period of time, so make sure that you like him.

Open Concept Kitchen

As a small boy growing up in Greece, Stefanos Efstratoudakis dreamed of becoming an architect. When he was in high school, however, he realized his skill set would be better suited for building and construction. He came to the United States at 17 and went on to Northeastern University, where he earned a degree in structural engineering. He also became proficient in construction management and worked for several large construction companies. But, he said, "Big companies were not for me." He began doing renovations in Boston’s Back Bay and in 1997 started his own company, Stefco Builders in Needham Heights, Mass.

Remodeled Boston Dining Room