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...]

Hingham: Bathroom Remodel Planning Tips

Nothing dates a house more quickly than a bathroom that time has forgotten. Yet drab or outdated bathrooms can be dramatically revitalized. Bath products abound that can give you as lavish a bathroom as you could possibly want. Many homeowners’ want their bathrooms to be totally utilitarian, but others want rooms in which to pamper themselves.     How about you? Your answer, … [Read more...]

Hanover: Finding a Contractor

By: Jamie Madden It seems like there is a contractor on every corner, but when it comes time to find a professional many homeowners find that they have a difficult time finding someone who is a good fit. There are a number of different ways to find a contractor. You can find one by a referral from a friend, Angie’s List, YELP!, NARI and other networking sites and groups. When looking for … [Read more...]

Whitman: Mark Celebrates 25 years with Almar

In Remodeling the survival rate is tough. 40% of contractors will fail the first year; 70% by the fifth year, and only 6% survive to reach their 10th anniversary. So to be able to mark an occasion where a single employee reaches a major milestone with a small business is important. This month Almar Building and Remodeling is proud to announce and celebrate Mark Caruso’s 25th Anniversary with … [Read more...]

Hanson: Craig Guido Wins Pro Remodeler 40 Under 40 award

It's a big day here at Almar. One our of own is being recognized for all his hard work. Remodeling is such a human business, everything is custom and special because no two remodeling projects are a like. No two homes are alike, no two yards are a like, no two homeowners, pricing is constantly changing. Unlike new home building everything is subjective from estimating, to finish choices, to how … [Read more...]

Stoughton: Blue Tooth Shower Head Speaker.

We have had a few clients recently upgrade their standard shower head to a Kohler Moxi Shower Head, so I thought this was a good time to share some information about this fun and functional upgrade to a utilitarian bath fixture. With the Moxie showerhead + wireless speaker, by Kohler you can listen for up to 7 hours of music, news and more by pairing wirelessly with your Bluetooth … [Read more...]

Hanover: Featured Project – Bathroom Renovation

This bathroom renovation in Hanover was the first home improvement project these new homeowners has ever undertaken. Even before they closed on their new house Mr. & Mrs. L decided that they wanted to make a few changes so they sought a contractor in the area and luckily they choose Almar.   The goal of the project was to take a useless hallway which lead to a large walk in closet … [Read more...]