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 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...]

How do I choose the right countertop for my kitchen remodel?

You will have many choices when putting together the right kitchen design for your home and your budget. As we mentioned in the earlier article How do I choose the right cabinet? You will have to decide which style and price point you want your cabinets to be, you will have the same choices when making your countertop selections. So how do you decide which materials are best for you? Your … [Read more...]

Choosing “Wood Look” Tile vs Real Hardwood

A question many homeowners like yourself have been asking about during design planning is what our thoughts on the wood looking porcelain tile vs using real hardwood flooring for a project.   Like most products, there are pros and cons for each option. Here in New England, hardwood flooring is traditional in both style and design.  Many of homeowners on our projects want to try … [Read more...]

How Are Insurance Repairs Handled?

Rot Damage Sometimes something happens that causes damage to your home and you need to remodel out of necessity rather than desire to improve the comfort and functionality. This can be incredibly stressful when you must deal with insurance agents, adjusters, banks/leaders, and contractors, all while feeling limited in what you can do to repair your home.   Luckily, there are ways to … [Read more...]

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...]