7 Steps to Planning a Remodeling Project

By: Nicole Patri The task of taking on a remodeling project can feel daunting. Breaking up the planning process into steps is something you can do to save a lot of time and energy. Figure out what you want your remodeled space to look like.Something that we love to recommend is to have a rough idea of what the finished project will look like. Sometimes browsing Houzz or creating a Pinterest … [Read more...]

Which Countertop Edging Should I Choose?

By: Nicole Patri When choosing countertops there are so many great options. One part of choosing countertops is choosing the edging you want for the slab you pick. Edging comes in a lot of different forms and the choice is very personal. Depending on how you use your kitchen, your lifestyle, or even just your preference, you will choose the best edging for you. This seemingly small detail … [Read more...]

Project Stalled During COVID Pushing Through with our Homeowners!

By: Nicole Patri Something we've had to do in the past year with our clients in push through delays, shutdowns, and unprecedented times. This is exactly what we did with this project in Milton, MA. Our clients bought their home five years ago and were looking to remodel many areas of their home. What started as remodeling an outdated kids' bathroom turning into siding work, window replacements, … [Read more...]

Building Permits, Zoning, Setbacks, and Variances

By: Nicole Patri Building Permits are required when you are constructing, reconstructing, altering, repairing, removing, or demolishing a building or structure; or to change the use or occupancy of a building or structure." We thought we would revisit our blog, "What Do I Need a Building Permit For?" to discuss this process further. Building Permits and Zoning laws feel like a hassle, we … [Read more...]

All About Allison

By: Nicole Patri Allison officially joined the Almar team in 2002, but she's been a part of Almar for much longer. Growing up, her dad, Former Almar President, Terrance Quinn, would take her and her sister around neighborhoods on the South Shore. They would go door to door delivering flyers and really spreading the word. You could find Allison in the field working and learning about home … [Read more...]

Window Safety Tips

By: Nicole Patri Windows are one of the top safety hazards we have in our homes. Unfortunately, based on reports by SafeKids Worldwide, window falls are more common than we might think. On the other hand, windows can be a part of your life escape plan and provide a safe way to escape an emergency. Our kids are our pride and joy, keeping them safe is of the utmost importance. We hope you … [Read more...]

Project Spotlight: Milton Remodel in Collaboration with Beth Bourque Designs

By, Nicole Patri Recently, we did a photoshoot with Jessica Delaney Photography to showcase one of our favorites remodels we have completed in 2021 so far. In this remodel, a collaboration with Beth Bourque Designs, we got to completely remodel their kitchen space as well as their full baths and 1/2 bath. We also did some work with the overall layout of the home. These projects included adding … [Read more...]

Product Spotlight: VELUX Sun Tunnels

By: Nicole Patri One of our favorite products on the market is VELUX Sun Tunnel Skylights. These sun tunnels fill your rooms with natural light. They are easily installed and have versatility in where you can install them in your home. VELUX states that they can be "installed virtually anywhere in your house in a single afternoon and at a fraction of the cost." This is a great environmentally … [Read more...]

Lumber Prices! As Scary as it Seems?

By: Allison Guido Have you seen reports on the soaring prices of lumber? Are you seeing people freak out and say no one should be doing any work? That it is crazy? Gouging? I've seen plenty of alarmist comments and it's both scary and frustrating! I think that if you are concerned about lumber, there is no reason to be. Honestly, the market is so crazy in many instances, your contractor is … [Read more...]

Moving or Remodeling?

By: Allison Guido We meet homeowners all the time who are debating moving or remodeling. Trying to decide if you should invest in your current home or look for a new home to buy is a big decision. The question that always comes up is if remodeling is "worth it?" Here are some of the questions we tell our homeowners to ask themselves... Are the bones of your house good?a. Is the … [Read more...]