Is HGTV Reality? A Contractors Opinion…

By: Allison Guido & Nicole Patri We hear all the time from our homeowners; “I saw this great tile on HGTV!” or “Well, on HGTV they get it done SO much faster.” HGTV’s viewership has grown more quickly than most other cable TV channels since it first aired in 1994 and now has almost as many viewers as ESPN. As a General Contractor, is it great for business that homeowners have become … [Read more...]

Selection Allowances: What They Are & Why We Use Them

By: Nicole Patri What is a 'selection'? This refers to the choices we need you to make like cabinetry, plumbing fixtures, tiles, etc. These are all outlined in your signed contract. It is important that these choices are made as early in the project as possible to avoid any delays. For example, if your tile of choice is 4 weeks out, we need to order it as soon as possible. Selections are … [Read more...]

Team Member Spotlight: Annabell Rojas

By: Nicole Patri Annabell is our Bookkeeper and Office Coordinator, she is one of the people who answers your call whenever you contact the office! She is an integral part of our office, and we are grateful for all that she does. March 6th-12th is Women in Construction week so we thought we'd highlight one of our own. Annabell is a dedicated mother of three and wife. She says her kids … [Read more...]

What Almar is Looking Forward to in the New Year

By: Nicole Patri Almar is looking to have another great year and we're so excited to share some amazing improvements with you all. In 2021 and so far in 2022, we've seen supply chain delays and price increases. These increases and delays do not look like they're improving. The good news is, we've put in place better systems to inform you about these delays and increases. We're aware of what … [Read more...]

Hanover Home Show 2022

By: Nicole Patri This past weekend we set up our booth at the Hanover Home Show. We were happy to meet so many of you and can't wait to start talking to you about your future projects. Answering your questions and connecting with you is why we love participating in the Home Show. Setting up our booth is usually a big undertaking for our team- but we enjoy working together to make it happen. … [Read more...]

Planning Your Remodel in the New Year

By: Nicole Patri Set a Budget ( & Contingency) Your first step to planning a remodel is to come up with a rough estimate of how much you can spend on your remodel. To understand industry trends and to see if your budget is realistic, we recommend getting estimates from a few different contractors. Check out this blog where we explain how to pick a general contractor. When … [Read more...]

I Filled out the Request for an Estimate Now What?

By: Craig Guido We are so glad that you are checking out our website, and even more glad that you are thinking about filling out our form. This form will give us information so we can contact you about the remodel you're considering for your home. We know selecting a contractor can feel stressful and we want to help you and give you the tools necessary for a successful renovation. Your home … [Read more...]

Who Does What During my Remodeling Project?

By: Nicole Patri So, you've decided to choose Almar Building & Remodeling for your home renovation... what now? There are many moving pieces that come together to see your project through from design to completion. Our admin team will receive your contract and send out more resources on what to expect next, including tutorials on how to use BuilderTrend! BuilderTrend is a great resource … [Read more...]

Best Places to Add Task Lighting into Your Kitchen

By: Nicole Patri When you flip through home magazines, you may be captivated by how bright and open the rooms feel. Maybe when you bought your home, you noted how much natural light the rooms had. Maybe better lighting is something you're looking for in your kitchen remodel. One of the best ways to optimize your space is by making sure task lighting is included. Deciding what type of … [Read more...]

Best Kitchen Features for Thanksgiving Dinner

By: Nicole Patri When remodeling a kitchen, you want to consider day-to-day functionality. As well as hosting events like Thanksgiving and family gatherings. You want your kitchen to be able to fit the whole family and cook an amazing meal. There are many features that can be included and some things to think about when remodeling and expanding your kitchen. Space There is a lot you … [Read more...]