Celebrating 60 Years

HAPPY NEW YEAR – Thank you to all the wonderful clients and trade partners who we were lucky enough to work with last year. We are looking forward to another great year of building our relationship with you all. How quickly another year has come a close and what a year it has been. We’ve had chances to celebrate together and tried to take a break and spend time with family and friends over … [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...]

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...]

Free Upgrades from Harvey Building Products

Our friends at Harvey Building Products are offering some great LIMITED TIME promotions that you can obtain thru your independent licensed contractor like Almar: (http://harveybp.readysetpromo.com/)   PREMIUM VIEWS SCREEN (Full or Half) VIEWS Screen is an excellent visibility screen (eVis) that offers a premium viewing experience. It is designed for 25% more optical clarity for a … [Read more...]

Hingham: Why the details matter!!!

Did you know that 1 out 5 contractors are out of business in 5 years? Do you know why that is? Many carpenters are great at building things but not at budgeting and creating scopes of work. So, I’m always surprised when we find someone has decided to trust their house and tens of thousands of dollars to someone who does bother or can’t lay out the details. It’s always nice when someone comes … [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...]

Hanover: What is a HERS rating?

Recently Almar was adding a second level to a ranch style house. During the framing in section the Building Inspector told us that before signing off on the final inspection he wanted the home to have a HERS rating inspection done. So what is a HERS rating? HERS stands for Home Energy Rating System. According to the Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET) HERS is defined as, “The Home … [Read more...]

Pembroke: Renovations as part of an Insurance Repair

Over the last few years we have been working with more and more homeowners who are doing renovations as part of an insurance repair. For people who have had damage to their home it can be an overwhelming experience. Trying to get your insurance company and contractor on the same page as you while living in a house that needs repairs can be stressful.  You should recognize that managing … [Read more...]

Typical Duration of a roofing project

By Jamie Madden Your home is one of the most important things in your life. Maintenance and remodeling can keep it running well and fit your lifestyle for a long time to come. But lots of homeowners are unsure about the Remodeling process - what to do, who to trust and what to ask. Planning a renovation no matter how small takes time, and once you have decided you are ready to move you want … [Read more...]