Is PVC trim expensive?

Azek Exteriors It was common practice to build homes thru even the early 2000’s using pine wood trim on the exterior of the windows, doors and trim of the house.  There are even some builders who are still building new homes with pine exterior trim. But with the advances in technology better options have become available at reasonable price points.   While, a less expensive option … [Read more...]

Choosing Your Interior Doors

Winslow Interior Molded Door by Masonite There are many types and levels of interior doors you can choose from when remodeling your home.  I know that some people think, it is just an interior door, but selecting the right door for you can be an important decision. The first decision you should make is the design of the door.   Most of the manufacturers of interior doors have several … [Read more...]

Should I go with composite or vinyl deck railings?

When planning for your deck project many homeowners decide to select low maintenance materials, like composite deck over pressure treated. When choosing railings many homeowners have a harder time deciding which type of low maintenance materials is best for them. Two of the most common options we deal with are composite and vinyl railings.  What are the differences between composite and … [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...]

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 Best way to make Selections for my Project?

Once you have decided on what the project scope will be the next big set is to finalize your selections. What are selections? They are the individual products that you can choose from for example your bathroom faucet, carpet, or tile. Trying to get sections made prior to finalizing the contract is a good idea, but we find that most people just aren’t ready with final selections that early and … [Read more...]

Should I add a Gas Fireplace?

Winter is coming. As we have been working thru design options with some homeowners we’ve been talking about how they want their living room to not only feel warm, but look warm, but all that work of chopping wood and starting a fire just does not appeal to them. Sound familiar? When this is the case one option to consider is just flipping a switch and have a fire?  Well that is possible with … [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...]

Comparing Mathews Brothers Vinyl Windows: Spencer Walcott & Sanford Hills

Sanford Hills In the last few years, we have seen several windows manufacturers trying to gain ground in the New England Area, but one company has stood out and seems to be making a meaningful impact in the vinyl window market with great products and service.   Mathews Brothers (America’s Oldest Window Manufacture, founded in 1854) can now be seen in more homes here on the Shore South with … [Read more...]

Choosing between Cortex Plug and Clip System for your deck project

Plug System You are ready to build a new deck or recover your existing deck with Composite deck. That is so exciting because composite material has come along way since the first generations. But now you have some more choices and options, like railings, lights, trim, custom benches/shelves/storage, etc. You can also choose how the decking is installed. Two popular choices are: Cortex Hidden … [Read more...]