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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

Hanson: Allison named as one of the Nation’s top 40 Under 40 Remodelers for 2017.

On behalf of the Almar team, I am pleased to announce that our General Manager Allison Q Guido is being honored by Professional Remodeler Magazine as one of the Nation’s top 40 Under 40 Remodelers for 2017. Allison joined our team full time in May of 2002, after graduating from West Virginia Wesleyan College. She handles all of the office communications, as well as some of our sales. She was … [Read more...]

Pembroke: All about Vinyl Replacement Windows.

Vinyl replacement windows are a good choice when replacing the older windows in your home because they are virtually maintenance free, and never need painting. We are hearing a lot about Energy Efficiency but what exactly make product energy efficient? Here are some of the things to look at when considering how efficient your new windows will be. Multiple Panes of glass: Two panes of glass with … [Read more...]

Hingham: Upgrades for your Skylight

By: Gabriel Fiorini Velux offers several optional upgrades for its skylights including blinds and Neat glass. In a previous post I mentioned blinds, which fit into the frame of the skylight and allow the owner more control over the amount of light that passes through. Velux blinds are available in a wide variety of colors and patterns, in both light-diffusing and light-blocking … [Read more...]