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...]

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...]

Hanover: Farmer’s Almanac: Planning for Winter

So have you seen everyone starting to repost the Farmer’s Almanac reports on facebook lately? Apparently “The Old Farmer's Almanac predicts it will be super cold with a slew of snow for much of the country, even in places that don't usually see too much of it,” Now I know it’s been in the Ninety’s here in the Boston Area recently. Believe me I know. Our amazing crews have been out working … [Read more...]

Progress Payment Schedules

Many years ago thru an educational training for contractors we were introduced to the system of using a Progress Payment Schedule (or Milestone Payments) instead of the more commonly know 1/3, 1/3 and 1/3 method. So for almost the last 30 years on 90% of our projects that is how Almar has built our payment schedules. At first the idea of seeing something out of “the norm” (or what they think … [Read more...]

Hanson: What I Learned from the Blizzard of 2015

As I sit here one week after the Blizzard for 2015, watching more snow fall and looking at the forecast for the next few days. I’m praying that the flickering lights don’t go out completely, I’m now regretting a few things. Do you remember the tale of the Cobbler’s Children? The cobbler would work all day making and fixing shoes for other people. So by the end of the day he was too tired to … [Read more...]