Quartz vs. Granite Countertops: Pros & Cons to help find the right fit

By: Nicole Patri Installing new countertops is a big commitment and we want you to make the best selection for your needs.  You may be asking yourself what the similarities and differences of granite and quartz countertops are? Figuring out what is important to you is crucial to narrowing down your countertop search. Granite countertops are some of the most aesthetically pleasing … [Read more...]

How is COVID effecting the cost of my project?

By Craig Guido The recent months have led to a lot of volatility in the building and remodeling market.  Prices for materials like Lumber, Roofing, siding, and many other products we use in our client’s homes have spiked.   Due to a lot of factors in the past year we have seen some materials increase by 100% from the same time last year.  We have not seen this much of a … [Read more...]

3 Tips to getting the remodeling process started

Built In cabinetry Have you been thinking about it, dreaming about it, and are you now ready to start planning a remodel on your home?  Is it time to start planning a kitchen, addition, bath, deck, or other project? 3 things to think about as you get started.   First you need to decide what type of contractor you want to work with on the project.   For most people, … [Read more...]

3 Kitchen Lighting Options to Consider

When embarking on a kitchen remodel there are many selections you can make. You have looked at cabinets you like, found the counter and backsplash you love. But have you taken the time to think about the lighting in your kitchen?  Sometimes selecting the right lighting is the most overlooked part of designing and layout out your new kitchen.  Here are 3 Kitchen Lighting Options to … [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 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...]