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...]

Windows: Comparing Vinyl and Fiberglass Options

By: Nicole Patri When making window selections you may be wondering if you should choose vinyl or fiberglass windows. Vinyl and fiberglass are two of the most popular materials used in windows today replacing wood. Wood isn't used as often because the material doesn't last as long and requires more maintenance. Both vinyl and fiberglass offer different advantages and are up to you to … [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...]

Winter Renovations: How to Prepare your Home for the Holidays

By: Nicole Patri Winter renovations are great if your goals are for your home to be ready for Summer. Winter renovations can also be hard because remodeling is happening during the holidays. As we are quickly heading into the holidays, I wanted to share my best tips on how to prepare your home for the holidays. Remodeling during the holidays doesn't have to be stressful if you prepare … [Read more...]

How Perspective Can Change Your View

By: Nicole Patri When remodeling we always mention the Remodeling Emotional Rollercoaster. This diagram explains the many different emotions that will come up when remodeling. We want you to know that we understand this rollercoaster. We are prepared to support you and are empathetic to the emotions that come with remodeling. Huge changes are always jarring, but your perspective could help … [Read more...]

How to Pick the Right Caulking

By: Nicole Patri I know that during your kitchen remodel there may seem to be a million different things to pay attention to. We find that sometimes caulking is one of those things that might slip through the cracks (literally). Recently, A homeowner called us concerned about their caulk cracking where their backsplash met the wall. We went and looked at it and found that they had used … [Read more...]

7 Steps to Planning a Remodeling Project

By: Nicole Patri The task of taking on a remodeling project can feel daunting. Breaking up the planning process into steps is something you can do to save a lot of time and energy. Figure out what you want your remodeled space to look like.Something that we love to recommend is to have a rough idea of what the finished project will look like. Sometimes browsing Houzz or creating a Pinterest … [Read more...]

Which Countertop Edging Should I Choose?

By: Nicole Patri When choosing countertops there are so many great options. One part of choosing countertops is choosing the edging you want for the slab you pick. Edging comes in a lot of different forms and the choice is very personal. Depending on how you use your kitchen, your lifestyle, or even just your preference, you will choose the best edging for you. This seemingly small detail … [Read more...]