Celebrating 60 Years

HAPPY NEW YEAR – Thank you to all the wonderful clients and trade partners who we were lucky enough to work with last year. We are looking forward to another great year of building our relationship with you all. How quickly another year has come a close and what a year it has been. We’ve had chances to celebrate together and tried to take a break and spend time with family and friends over … [Read more...]

Milton: How much to be considering when creating a Renovation Budget.

Remodeling can be a large undertaking. There are a lot of decisions and money that goes into your project. Our team will only recommend material that we know will give reliable service. Please know, we will never recommend poor quality materials simply to get your business. Our highly trained and supervised crews deliver the craftsmanship you expect. In remodeling, prices can vary greatly on a … [Read more...]

Hanover Second Story Project Spot Light

You love your town, you love the schools, the neighborhood, the street, but not necessarily your actual house. It wasn’t too bad when it was just the two of you, but your family has grown, and is growing up. So, what do you do? Renovate or Sell and move? This is a decision many of our clients’ face. We often work with potential clients on renovation budget ranges and then they need some time to … [Read more...]

Project Spotlight: Hanover Dormer Project

With a second baby on its way this client in Hanover called the Almar team in to help reconfigure his existing Cape style home. The goal was to transform a long single bedroom on the second floor into two separate bedrooms, so that mom & dad could be on the same sleeping level as big sister and the new baby. Because both existing bedrooms had slanted ceilings, we designed a dormer addition … [Read more...]

Hanover: Questions to Ask a Contractor Before You Consider Doing Business

Earlier this week a friend reached out to me to ask my opinion on quote she got from a contractor for her kitchen renovation. She lives here in Massachusetts but not in Almar’s territory. She was concerned that the price seemed awfully high. But after looking at the scope of work involved I told her it was right in line with the budget range we would have given her. And encouraged her to check out … [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...]

Hanover: What is a HERS rating?

Recently Almar was adding a second level to a ranch style house. During the framing in section the Building Inspector told us that before signing off on the final inspection he wanted the home to have a HERS rating inspection done. So what is a HERS rating? HERS stands for Home Energy Rating System. According to the Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET) HERS is defined as, “The Home … [Read more...]

Hanson: Wireless Thermostats

by: Craig H Guido, CS “Smart homes” utilizing more technology and apps on our smart phones are quickly becoming reality in many homes.  What used to cost people thousands of dollars to automate their home can now be done for just a few hundred dollars. Like me, one of the first places homeowner start to look at automation is a smart thermostat.   Over the past few years the … [Read more...]

Pembroke: Spa-Like Accessible Bathrooms

By Jamie Madden Aging isn’t always a graceful process, as our lifestyle changes our needs also change. When we have small children at home our needs can be significantly different from when we start to get a little older. People want to be able to stay in their homes if possible, but many bathrooms (especially in older homes) are not designed well to make it safe for us as we age. An … [Read more...]

Project Spotlight: Quincy Bathroom Renovation

Bathrooms are a great space to make improvements to, because they are used so often. According to Remodeling Magazine 2016 Cost versus Value Report homeowners in the Boston area could recoup as much as 67% of the project cost when they go to sell the home. Almar recently finished a bathroom renovation in Quincy Ma. The homeowners found our team while doing research online. The Almar website is … [Read more...]