Why your Arc Fault Breakers Keep Tripping

The electrical code in Mass changed now requires that when remodeling or changing electrical outlets in a home we now need to install what are called “Arc Fault Circuit Interrupter” circuit breakers in the electrical panel or circuits we are touching. How can you tell if this is what you have? First, check the circuit breaker that’s tripping. Does it have a “TEST” button and the letters AFCI … [Read more...]

Introducing Build Clean

Build Clean Dust Control Remodeling can be an invasive and uncomfortable process to go through, but the finished product is always worth the aggravation. We find that dust is a major pain for any remodeling project and no matter how much you plastic and “dust protect” the reality is that 100% of dust cannot be contained. In an effort to provide an even more comfortable experience Almar is now … [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...]

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...]

Weymouth: Scott Walsh earns Certified Remodeling Project Manager Designation

I am pleased to share that our lead carpenter Scott Walsh recently earned his Certified Remodeling Project Manager Designation (CRPM) thru the National Association of the Remodeling Industry. Scott joined the Almar team after a decade of running his own business so he could have more time to spend with his wife and four children. NARI Certified Remodeling Project Managers (CRPMs) are the … [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...]