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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

How to determine your Remodeling Budget

How to determine what your budget should be for a remodeling project is always a tricky subject. I’m always curious how as to how people come up with there initial budget when they call us to talk about their remodeling project. Sometimes people’s numbers are realistic and sometimes people are so far off the mark I couldn’t buy the materials for what they think the whole project should cost. So … [Read more...]

Norwell: What goes into building a deck

Believe it or not there are many different parts and components that go into to building a safe and secure deck. Most homeowners understand the basics of what decks are made of: footings, framing, deck boards and railings. But there are so many more little details that can really make or literally break your deck. It is estimated that there are approximately 40 million decks in the United … [Read more...]