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...]

Hanover: What is a HERS rating?

Recently Almar was adding a second level to a ranch style house. During the framing in section the Building Inspector told us that before signing off on the final inspection he wanted the home to have a HERS rating inspection done. So what is a HERS rating? HERS stands for Home Energy Rating System. According to the Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET) HERS is defined as, “The Home … [Read more...]

Whitman: Kitchen, Bathroom & Mudroom Renovation

Running a house with 2 working parents, five kids, and 2 cats and a dog pets can get very hectic and busy. So, when the O’brien’s in Whitman came to us looking to update their kitchen and down stairs bathroom efficiency was a big consideration. When designing the kitchen, we talked a lot about maximizing the island area for family seating. One of the challenges that we needed to contend with … [Read more...]

Hyde Park: Cedar Impressions Siding Renovations

The team recently finished residing a home in Hyde Park with Cedar Impressions by Certainteed. The house, built in the early 1900’s had both cedar shingles and clap boards to start with, and in some spots several layers. The homeowners were looking for a consistent look around the house and something that was less maintenance. Cedar Impressions were a good option for this home, because they … [Read more...]

Norwell: In-Cabinet Vacuum

by: Jamie Madden In My kitchen we are constantly sweeping, bending down with the dust pan and cleaning it up. I probably sweep our kitchen and eating area at least twice a day. So when we recently found a gadget that could be installed in the kitchen I was intrigued. The Sweepovac is similar to a toe-kick heat that we install in the bottom of a cabinet. You can sweep the dirt up to it and … [Read more...]

Hanson: Wireless Thermostats

by: Craig H Guido, CS “Smart homes” utilizing more technology and apps on our smart phones are quickly becoming reality in many homes.  What used to cost people thousands of dollars to automate their home can now be done for just a few hundred dollars. Like me, one of the first places homeowner start to look at automation is a smart thermostat.   Over the past few years the … [Read more...]

Pembroke: Spa-Like Accessible Bathrooms

By Jamie Madden Aging isn’t always a graceful process, as our lifestyle changes our needs also change. When we have small children at home our needs can be significantly different from when we start to get a little older. People want to be able to stay in their homes if possible, but many bathrooms (especially in older homes) are not designed well to make it safe for us as we age. An … [Read more...]

Pembroke: Renovations as part of an Insurance Repair

Over the last few years we have been working with more and more homeowners who are doing renovations as part of an insurance repair. For people who have had damage to their home it can be an overwhelming experience. Trying to get your insurance company and contractor on the same page as you while living in a house that needs repairs can be stressful.  You should recognize that managing … [Read more...]

Project Spotlight: Quincy Bathroom Renovation

Bathrooms are a great space to make improvements to, because they are used so often. According to Remodeling Magazine 2016 Cost versus Value Report homeowners in the Boston area could recoup as much as 67% of the project cost when they go to sell the home. Almar recently finished a bathroom renovation in Quincy Ma. The homeowners found our team while doing research online. The Almar website is … [Read more...]

Milton: How much to be considering when creating a Renovation Budget.

Remodeling can be a large undertaking. There are a lot of decisions and money that goes into your project. Our team will only recommend material that we know will give reliable service. Please know, we will never recommend poor quality materials simply to get your business. Our highly trained and supervised crews deliver the craftsmanship you expect. In remodeling, prices can vary greatly on a … [Read more...]