Home Office… we need one NOW!

By: Craig Guido Home Office, Hanover Ma As we know, the Covid19 Pandemic has a lot of people now working from home.  Maybe like you some homeowners are finding out that they will be working from home indefinitely.  With kids learning from home for school, and families now around the house all while you are trying to get your work done, we know that finding a space for you to call … [Read more...]

Why do I need to replace or upgrade my Smoke Detectors?

Having working smoke detectors in your home is not only important for your safety, but also is required by Massachusetts codes.   While having smoke detectors has been code for your home for a long time and it is most likely you already have them in your home, in the recent past there have been some important changes to the code requirements. One of the changes is the requirement for smoke … [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...]

Why do I have to tell the town what I am doing?

Garage Foundation We get the question “Why do I need a permit” a lot from homeowners. In Massachusetts for virtually all projects (with some exceptions) you are required to have an approved building permit from the town prior to starting work on your home. Recently in the town of Rockland, Ma took drastic steps against a homeowner after they did not follow zoning laws and not pay taxes on a … [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...]

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...]

What’s Next?

What happens after your initial virtual meeting? Framing in progress Our team is excited at how well our virtual project meetings have been going. We have met with a lot of people online and are working hard to develop some scope of work for their Remodeling Projects. From kitchens and Bathrooms, additions, and exterior projects like decks and siding we have been able to help clients start … [Read more...]

Project Spotlight: Milton Kitchen Addition

This Kitchen Addition in Milton was a great project for a family that was looking to have a more functional and inviting kitchen.   The kitchen in their front entrance colonial house was tiny and tough for making a nightly family meal.   With the help of Beth Borque Design Studios, Almar was able to transform the existing kitchen into a ½ bathroom by building a small … [Read more...]

Hingham: Garage and Mudroom Addition

This 3-car garage addition with attached mudroom, half bath and laundry room was designed by Paulette O’Connell from OCO architecture::design in Hingham Mass. As part of a multi-phase renovation to this Hingham house the owners wanted to tear down the existing garage and add a large space with more modern amenities to fit the lifestyle with three small children.   The first step was to … [Read more...]

Hanover: The Almar Advantage

Our company differs from ordinary remodeling companies in these important ways:   Dedication: We’ve dedicated our business to helping you and other consumers understand remodeling design and construction. That’s why I publish my free reports, and host free seminars. Carpenters: Over 40 years’ experience. Highly skilled, conscientious technicians – with years of experience. Budget … [Read more...]