Is PVC trim expensive?

Azek Exteriors It was common practice to build homes thru even the early 2000’s using pine wood trim on the exterior of the windows, doors and trim of the house.  There are even some builders who are still building new homes with pine exterior trim. But with the advances in technology better options have become available at reasonable price points.   While, a less expensive option … [Read more...]

Choosing Your Interior Doors

Winslow Interior Molded Door by Masonite There are many types and levels of interior doors you can choose from when remodeling your home.  I know that some people think, it is just an interior door, but selecting the right door for you can be an important decision. The first decision you should make is the design of the door.   Most of the manufacturers of interior doors have several … [Read more...]

Why do I need to replace or upgrade my Smoke Detectors?

Having working smoke detectors in your home is not only important for your safety, but also is required by Massachusetts codes.   While having smoke detectors has been code for your home for a long time and it is most likely you already have them in your home, in the recent past there have been some important changes to the code requirements. One of the changes is the requirement for smoke … [Read more...]

Should I install heated floors?

There are so many upgrade options you can choose from when remodeling your home, you could spend hours and hours poring thru all of them. Some you can add on or upgrade to at any time, and others you need to think about before the project gets too far. One upgrade option you should think about adding is heated floors. Yes, this is a luxury, but it will make your home more comfortable and could … [Read more...]

What do I need a building permit for?

For most remodeling projects you will need a Building Permit from the town. There are some exceptions to this but the general rule is building permits are required to “construct, re-construct, alter, repair, remove, or demolish a building or structure; or to change the use or occupancy of a building or structure. Some of the current exceptions to permitting that we work … [Read more...]

Why do I have to tell the town what I am doing?

Garage Foundation We get the question “Why do I need a permit” a lot from homeowners. In Massachusetts for virtually all projects (with some exceptions) you are required to have an approved building permit from the town prior to starting work on your home. Recently in the town of Rockland, Ma took drastic steps against a homeowner after they did not follow zoning laws and not pay taxes on a … [Read more...]

There is an App for that.

BuilderTrend Logo The Almar team is always excited to work hard to bring our clients the best experience with remodeling.   As you know, your home is your biggest asset and making sure you can connect with the person/company you are entrusting that asset to is important.  Our team is always working and trying to find new ways to connect with our clients. We have always … [Read more...]

What is the Best way to make Selections for my Project?

Once you have decided on what the project scope will be the next big set is to finalize your selections. What are selections? They are the individual products that you can choose from for example your bathroom faucet, carpet, or tile. Trying to get sections made prior to finalizing the contract is a good idea, but we find that most people just aren’t ready with final selections that early and … [Read more...]

What is the most expensive part of a kitchen remodel?

Planning for a remodel is exciting and takes some time. You will have a lot of decisions to make and you will have a lot of questions when trying to compile all the best information. Depending on the scope of work you choose your kitchen remodel may be as simple as removing the existing cabinets and installing new ones, or it may include a lot more work from demolishing and building new walls to … [Read more...]

Should I add a Gas Fireplace?

Winter is coming. As we have been working thru design options with some homeowners we’ve been talking about how they want their living room to not only feel warm, but look warm, but all that work of chopping wood and starting a fire just does not appeal to them. Sound familiar? When this is the case one option to consider is just flipping a switch and have a fire?  Well that is possible with … [Read more...]