What could delay the start of my project?

One of the hardest things to do for any general contractor is scheduling the project.  When we first review our projects with our clients, we have the “dream” that the project will go smooth and easy, but in remodeling that is rarely the case.   While we try to schedule and organize all our projects, sometimes there are out of the contractor’s control when trying to schedule a … [Read more...]

Can I put my trash in the project dumpster?

Construction Dumpster NO! Ok, that may sound a little harsh, but let us talk about it some more.  Cleaning out and decluttering before a renovation is a great idea and you can and should work with your contractor if you need help with a dumpster. But you should be cautious of filling up the unit meant for the remodel though because those will be sized specifically for the estimated … [Read more...]

Why Do Contractors Use Subcontractors?

As a General Contractor our team takes on lots of different types of remodeling projects and repairs. Our goal is to be your go to call for anything you need related to you home. If we cannot help you, we want to be able to point you in the right direction. Our team is made up of many great carpenters and team members but there are aspects of your project that our in-house team may not be … [Read more...]

Why Do I Need A Plot Plan?

When you receive a project scope from Almar you will see a line that says, “Owner to provide Almar with Certified Plot Plan to submit with Building Permit Application” and often get asked as why this is on there.   Even if it might not be obviously needed for your particular project having the plan may help with laying out a plan of entry, dumpster or stock location, and even let us … [Read more...]

How much of a contingency fund should I plan on?

If you have never done a remodeling project before you may not have figured a contingency fund into your budget yet. A contingency fund is an amount of money you set aside to cover any unexpected costs that can arise during the project. This money is on reserve and is not allocated to any specific area of work. It acts as your “insurance” in case anything unexpected comes up or you want to add or … [Read more...]

What you should know about Icynene (Spray Foam) Insulation

Icynene or “spray foam” insulation is a good way to increase with the R-Value (resistance to heat flow) when building an addition or new home. Most homes in our area are traditionally insulated with either Fiberglass, or Cellulose Insulation. The spray foam is a “continuous insulation and air seal plastic material that is sprayed on walls, roofs, into gaps and corners, and on all contoured … [Read more...]

How long will my renovation take?

Azek Front Porch In remodeling, timing can vary greatly on a project-by-project basis. Everything is custom and special because no two remodeling projects are alike. No two homes are alike, no two yards are alike, no two homeowners are alike, and supply availability is changing constantly. Your contract will list a general window we think the project will be completed in. For those of you … [Read more...]

What’s Next?

What happens after your initial virtual meeting? Framing in progress Our team is excited at how well our virtual project meetings have been going. We have met with a lot of people online and are working hard to develop some scope of work for their Remodeling Projects. From kitchens and Bathrooms, additions, and exterior projects like decks and siding we have been able to help clients start … [Read more...]

How do I Select My Remodeling Team?

Addition in Pembroke Ma While many of us are home bound, dealing with children, working from home and other family obligations, you may also be starting to think about improvements you want to be making at home to improve the comfort and functionality. But finding a remodeling professional in this climate might seem daunting. It doesn't have to be a difficult task, but it might be without the … [Read more...]

What should I expect during an initial VIRTUAL project visit?

Master Suite Remodel In remodeling, prices can vary greatly on a project-by-project basis. No two homes are alike, no two yards are alike, no two homeowners are alike so the first step in getting your project started is to meet with our team, so we help you determine specific needs and designs. Typically, we like to do this first visit in person but getting started virtually can be a great … [Read more...]