Project Spotlight: Hanover Dormer Project

With a second baby on its way this client in Hanover called the Almar team in to help reconfigure his existing Cape style home. The goal was to transform a long single bedroom on the second floor into two separate bedrooms, so that mom & dad could be on the same sleeping level as big sister and the new baby. Because both existing bedrooms had slanted ceilings, we designed a dormer addition … [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...]

Hanson: Allison named as one of the Nation’s top 40 Under 40 Remodelers for 2017.

By: Caitlyn Carvalho On behalf of the Almar team, I am pleased to announce that our General Manager Allison Q Guido is being honored by Professional Remodeler Magazine as one of the Nation’s top 40 Under 40 Remodelers for 2017. Allison joined our team full time in May of 2002, after graduating from West Virginia Wesleyan College. She handles all of the office communications, as well as some … [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...]

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...]