Why your Arc Fault Breakers Keep Tripping

The electrical code in Mass changed now requires that when remodeling or changing electrical outlets in a home we now need to install what are called “Arc Fault Circuit Interrupter” circuit breakers in the electrical panel or circuits we are touching. How can you tell if this is what you have? First, check the circuit breaker that’s tripping. Does it have a “TEST” button and the letters AFCI … [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...]

6 Reasons You Should Choose Azek for Your New Deck

Whether you’re considering a brand-new deck or remodeling your old beloved one, it’s important to know what your options for materials are. While many decks are built with pressure treated wood, there’s substantial benefits to using composite polymer decking. Azek can deliver the real-wood look without all the headache that traditional pressure treated wood can bring. Here at Almar Building and … [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...]

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...]

Project Spotlight: Milton Kitchen Renovation

The owners of this 1930s Craftsman style home were ready to update and enlarge their small and outdated kitchen. With a busy work and family schedule, they called upon designer Beth Bourque of Beth Bourque Design Studio in Milton to help. Working with the owners, Beth could easily come up with a functional design that fulfilled the owners need for additional space with budget in mind. To … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]