5 Benefits of Adding an Island to Your Kitchen Design

Kitchen islands can be a wonderful way to not only add space to your kitchen but also a great opportunity to design something aesthetically pleasing. If you enjoy cooking, entertaining or just like to spend time with family and friends, an island may enhance your kitchen. I’m going to outline five benefits of having an island added or built into your kitchen design. One of the most obvious … [Read more...]

Hanover Second Story Project Spot Light

You love your town, you love the schools, the neighborhood, the street, but not necessarily your actual house. It wasn’t too bad when it was just the two of you, but your family has grown, and is growing up. So, what do you do? Renovate or Sell and move? This is a decision many of our clients’ face. We often work with potential clients on renovation budget ranges and then they need some time to … [Read more...]

Hingham: Basements with Flair

Looking for space to put an exercise room, entertainment center playroom or office? Go underground! If your home has an unfinished basement, remodeling might be a great way to transform this commonly under-used space. When considering a basement remodel, start by making a list of how you want to use the space. Be sure to think about the location of your furnace, washer and dryer, electrical … [Read more...]

5 Styles of Sinks to Fit your Home’s Esthetic

There are several styles and mounting methods of sinks to choose from when planning your bathroom or kitchen remodel. When most people think of a sink, they probably think of the traditional drop-in style. However, there are 4 other styles that I would like to share with you that may enhance your kitchen or bathroom. Sinks can add a certain esthetic to a room and that may be important to focus on … [Read more...]

Hanover: Combating “Buy Now” Pressures

I was recently tagged in a Facebook post to see if I could give some advice to a woman to posted the following: “Have any of you used XXXXX exteriors for windows/doors? I went to the xxx fair and they had a booth (we just bought a new house and need to replace the front bay window) got a call after signing up for the free replacement windows and was asked to come out to do a free quote... well … [Read more...]

Free Upgrades from Harvey Building Products

Our friends at Harvey Building Products are offering some great LIMITED TIME promotions that you can obtain thru your independent licensed contractor like Almar: (http://harveybp.readysetpromo.com/)   PREMIUM VIEWS SCREEN (Full or Half) VIEWS Screen is an excellent visibility screen (eVis) that offers a premium viewing experience. It is designed for 25% more optical clarity for a … [Read more...]

Pembroke: How Do You Know It’s Time to Replace Your Roof?

Your roof protects your framing, walls and personal belongings so it is obviously a very important part of your home, yet oftentimes until a leak appears you may not know that it’s shelf life has expired. Typical Asphalt shingles have a life span of 20 - 25 years, depending on the initial weight of the shingles, and how many layers of shingles are on the roof. For instance Certainteed Landmark … [Read more...]

Hingham: Why the details matter!!!

Did you know that 1 out 5 contractors are out of business in 5 years? Do you know why that is? Many carpenters are great at building things but not at budgeting and creating scopes of work. So, I’m always surprised when we find someone has decided to trust their house and tens of thousands of dollars to someone who does bother or can’t lay out the details. It’s always nice when someone comes … [Read more...]

Hanover: Questions to Ask a Contractor Before You Consider Doing Business

Earlier this week a friend reached out to me to ask my opinion on quote she got from a contractor for her kitchen renovation. She lives here in Massachusetts but not in Almar’s territory. She was concerned that the price seemed awfully high. But after looking at the scope of work involved I told her it was right in line with the budget range we would have given her. And encouraged her to check out … [Read more...]

Scituate: Efficient Kitchen Storage

by: Melissa Boynton With more baby boomers downsizing their empty nests, the need for space efficient storage is all the more crucial. Kitchen storage solutions can be the trickiest of all rooms in the home.  Especially if you are one of those chefs that has a gadget for every need - graters, zesters, spices from every part of the world.  The building industry as well as the DIY … [Read more...]