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...]

Preparing for Your Deck Project

Having your contractor at your house working on making improvements is an exciting event, but often people soon cannot wait to have the project done and the crews gone. Spending some time to get things in order before the project starts will help you make things run smoother on your end. Here are some tips to help you prepare for your upcoming project deck project.   Personal Items. If you … [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...]

What you should know about Icynene (Spray Foam) Insulation

Icynene or “spray foam” insulation is a good way to increase with the R-Value (resistance to heat flow) when building an addition or new home. Most homes in our area are traditionally insulated with either Fiberglass, or Cellulose Insulation. The spray foam is a “continuous insulation and air seal plastic material that is sprayed on walls, roofs, into gaps and corners, and on all contoured … [Read more...]

How utilizing the online project portal will improve your project.

Our team is pleased to be able to offer homeowners access to our cloud based system thru BuilderTrend. Why have we chosen to use this system? We find it gives you a better remodeling experience Having a system like BuilderTrend allows our team to deliver the digital experience you expect. When you work with Almar you will enjoy:   Visibility into the status of your project through an … [Read more...]

Why cable rails might be right for your deck.

Cable Railings Spending time in your outdoor living space you may want to be able to see as much of the nature that surrounds you as possible. While most homeowners choose to select the standard balusters if you are looking for a safe option with more of a view one option to consider would be Cable Railings. Although the price point on cable rails is higher (because of both labor and … [Read more...]

How do I prepare for my kitchen remodel?

Once you have done the research and made the commitment on who will be a good fit to guide you through your kitchen remodel. Now comes preparing for having everyone into your home. Making improvements is an exciting event, but soon you will probably feel like you cannot wait to have the project done and the crews gone. Here are some ways you can prepare for your upcoming kitchen … [Read more...]

Comparing Schrock Entra and Trademark Cabinets

Trademark When choosing kitchen cabinets many manufactures have several different lines that each offer different features and have differing base pricing. One of the popular manufactures that we work with is Schrock and although our supplier offers three lines, many of our homeowners decide between two of them. Typically, the Schrock Entra and Trademark lines. So, if you are just getting … [Read more...]

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...]

Should I choose a Tiled Shower or Fiberglass/Acrylic Shower?

Tile Shower When remodeling a bathroom there are so many decisions that need to be made for such a small room in your house.   The most decisions of any remodeling project will need to be made for your bathroom.  From faucets to accessories, it can be daunting to decide what you want to select, your shower choice is no different. While not your only choice for a shower in your … [Read more...]