When will my project get started? (COVID-19 Version)

When you decide to move forward with our team at Almar we usually can give you a good idea of a start date for your project, but with recent developments in the work with COVID-19, that has become more of a challenge for our Production Team. Our production department is working daily to organize and update the schedule daily to help keep our projects moving and making the necessary preparations … [Read more...]

How do I choose the right countertop for my kitchen remodel?

You will have many choices when putting together the right kitchen design for your home and your budget. As we mentioned in the earlier article How do I choose the right cabinet? You will have to decide which style and price point you want your cabinets to be, you will have the same choices when making your countertop selections. So how do you decide which materials are best for you? Your … [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...]

How Are Insurance Repairs Handled?

Rot Damage Sometimes something happens that causes damage to your home and you need to remodel out of necessity rather than desire to improve the comfort and functionality. This can be incredibly stressful when you must deal with insurance agents, adjusters, banks/leaders, and contractors, all while feeling limited in what you can do to repair your home.   Luckily, there are ways to … [Read more...]

What could delay the start of my project?

One of the hardest things to do for any general contractor is scheduling the project.  When we first review our projects with our clients, we have the “dream” that the project will go smooth and easy, but in remodeling that is rarely the case.   While we try to schedule and organize all our projects, sometimes there are out of the contractor’s control when trying to schedule a … [Read more...]

Can I put my trash in the project dumpster?

Construction Dumpster NO! Ok, that may sound a little harsh, but let us talk about it some more.  Cleaning out and decluttering before a renovation is a great idea and you can and should work with your contractor if you need help with a dumpster. But you should be cautious of filling up the unit meant for the remodel though because those will be sized specifically for the estimated … [Read more...]

What should I think about when planning my basement remodel?

Have you have been home with your family for the past 6 months and are now realizing that your house is starting to get smaller and smaller? Some days does it feel like you home is shrinking?   I completely understand, as my two boys got older, we started to realize that they need their own “living space” or playroom in our home.   While I had hoped to get a “Man Town” right … [Read more...]

Why Do Contractors Use Subcontractors?

As a General Contractor our team takes on lots of different types of remodeling projects and repairs. Our goal is to be your go to call for anything you need related to you home. If we cannot help you, we want to be able to point you in the right direction. Our team is made up of many great carpenters and team members but there are aspects of your project that our in-house team may not be … [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...]

Why Do I Need A Plot Plan?

When you receive a project scope from Almar you will see a line that says, “Owner to provide Almar with Certified Plot Plan to submit with Building Permit Application” and often get asked as why this is on there.   Even if it might not be obviously needed for your particular project having the plan may help with laying out a plan of entry, dumpster or stock location, and even let us … [Read more...]

How much of a contingency fund should I plan on?

If you have never done a remodeling project before you may not have figured a contingency fund into your budget yet. A contingency fund is an amount of money you set aside to cover any unexpected costs that can arise during the project. This money is on reserve and is not allocated to any specific area of work. It acts as your “insurance” in case anything unexpected comes up or you want to add or … [Read more...]