Open for Emergencies

April 5th, 2020

We at Acheson Builders wish to convey to our customers, workers and staff, new and old, our sincere wish for a safe and speedy recovery from the ravages of the COVID-19 pandemic crisis. We are abiding by business shuttering and safer-at-home policies and trust that all of you are doing so as well.

photo of fallen tree having smashed roof of exterior of enclosed porch prior to restoration by Acheson BuildersHere to Help

During this ordeal, Acheson Builders is closed, except for emergencies needing the help of a builder — tree fall or lightning strike to your home requiring immediate repair, that sort of thing. 

Please contact us as soon as disaster strikes and we will develop a plan of action. 

Meanwhile, we wish you all well, and look forward to a return to normalcy for this region and the world.

Be safe and be well!

 

Home, Garden & Lifestyle Show CANCELLED for 2020

February 4th, 2020

2020 Home, Garden & Lifestyle Show

CANCELLED for 2020**

** Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this event is cancelled for 2020. See: Builders & Remodelers Association of Greater Ann Arbor for more information.

This event typically draws over 8,000 visitors from Greater Ann Arbor — including Chelsea, Dexter, Grass Lake, Manchester, Milan, Saline, Ypsilanti and beyond. It features examples of local remodeling and home & garden resources — plus a chance to meet remodelers in person.

Get your questions ready and stop by the Acheson Builders booth at the next Home, Garden & Lifestyle Show — currently scheduled for March 20-21, 2021!

montage of photos of Acheson Builders home show booth showing visitors, Jim Acheson, staff and examples of custom cabinetry

photo of picnic table style dining table with view of trees

Dining room’s recessed indirect lighting and many windows reveal Acheson Builders’ attention to detail in wall, ceiling, and floor finishes.

 

 

photo of custom kitchen cabinets and Island by Acheson Builders

Custom Kitchen Cabinets and Island by Acheson Builders — photo: Detroit Free Press

 

photo of fully deployed crane ready to lift materials onto fire damaged house being restored by Acheson Builders

Construction crane being positioned by Acheson Builders crew for framing and roofing phase of restoration.

 

photo of kitchen wall cabinets four corners pulls

photo: Detroit Free Press

photo of beautiful foyer with wrap around stairway to second floor

 

Come to the Home, Garden & Lifestyle Show FREE March 16-17 2019

January 12th, 2019

montage of photos of Acheson Builders home show booth showing visitors, Jim Acheson, staff and examples of custom cabinetryGet Free Tickets to the Home Show

Come visit us at the upcoming Home, Garden and Lifestyle Show March 16-17, 2019. The show is sponsored by Builders & Remodelers Association of Greater Ann Arbor (BRAG)(click for more info).

This event typically draws over 8,000 visitors from Greater Ann Arbor — including Chelsea, Dexter, Grass Lake, Manchester, Milan, Saline, Ypsilanti and beyond. It features many examples of local remodeling and home & garden resources.

Admission is $5, with kids 12 and under free. As always, Acheson Builders is pleased to offer you gratis admission coupons — get into the show free! All we ask is that you stop by the Acheson Builders booth and introduce yourself. (You’ll find us in the main building, right side. We’ll be the ones with the custom cabinetry and wall panel of featured projects! )   Download this PDF for printing — and we’ll be seeing you at the event!

photo of picnic table style dining table with view of trees

Dining room’s recessed indirect lighting and many windows reveal Acheson Builders’ attention to detail in wall, ceiling, and floor finishes.

 

 

photo of custom kitchen cabinets and Island by Acheson Builders

Custom Kitchen Cabinets and Island by Acheson Builders — photo: Detroit Free Press

 

photo of fully deployed crane ready to lift materials onto fire damaged house being restored by Acheson Builders

Construction crane being positioned by Acheson Builders crew for framing and roofing phase of restoration.

 

photo of kitchen wall cabinets four corners pulls

photo: Detroit Free Press

photo of beautiful foyer with wrap around stairway to second floor

 

Builder of the Year + Three Best Rated 2019

January 9th, 2019

Something to BRAG About

logo for BRAG - Builders & Remodelers Association of Greater Ann ArborAcheson Builders is honored to have been named Builder of the Year by the Builders & Remodelers Association of Greater Ann Arbor, Michigan. The award was presented in a celebration on November 7, 2018.

 

 

 


 

Third Year for Three Best Rated . . . !

illustrated badge award art and text Three Best Rated 2018 best business of 2019 And, as if the BRAG award was not praise enough, Acheson Builders has also been named a Best Business of 2019, one of Three Best Rated — third year in a row. 

Out of the Embers: Home Rebuild Complete!

September 5th, 2018

UPDATE: See the rebuild/remodeled home here.

 

photo of fire engines and fire fighters standing together at scene of house fire that was later rebuilt by Acheson Builders

Fire engines and fire fighters on scene at this home in Dexter, Michigan prior to second outbreak.

 

Fire!

Fire is supposed to confine itself to the fireplace, but in this home in Dexter, only one year old, flames reached out of a defective fireplace to engulf the middle section of this home. The owners escaped unharmed, and the fire was extinguished, only to reignite less than 24 hours later (again without injuries).

photo of severely fire-damaged living room wall with fireplace open to adjoining sun room showing large burned and broken windows on either side

Where it started: the burned out fireplace after fire spread to entire center portion of house.

photo of fireplace open to adjoining sun room showing glassed view through fireplace and large windows on either side

Rebuilt fireplace and living room.

Acheson Builders came to the rescue (after the Fire Department of course) and planned out and conducted a campaign of removal, clean-up, and reconstruction of only the damaged portion, carefully following insurance company-provided inspectors’ professional Structural Engineering Report. 

Beyond replacing damaged structural elements such as roof joists and rebuilding the whole middle section — with a new fireplace — the entire house required new interior finishes. 

 

Work Completed

The new trusses are in, the walls put back together, paint and custom finish work throughout completed so now the owners can once again, shuck off their outdoor duds in the new four-cubby mudroom and gather around the indoor-outdoor fireplace to once again enjoy their beautiful home. 

Come See It – 2018 Remodelers Tour (Sept 29 & 30)

See for yourself the quality of Acheson Builders’ work by touring the home at Remodelers Home Tour 2018, one of nine homes being shown by Builders and Remodelers Association of Greater Ann Arbor (BRAG Ann Arbor). 

Don’t forget to check out the newly remodeled basement, which became a secondary portion of this project.

Here is a preview of the Tour:

Jim Acheson’s Welcoming Front Porch

March 23rd, 2018

Jim Acheson at the drafting table in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

A Builder is Born

Jim Acheson grew up in Michigan and developed a keen interest in craftsmanship from his jeweler father. This may explain how Jim developed his talent for meticulous attention to detail, while also learning first-hand what it takes to run an independent family business. As a kid, he wasn’t especially sure that he wanted to work as hard as he saw his family working — but of course no one would accuse the adult Jim of being anything less than the hardest-working builder/remodeler in town.
 
In Jim’s own words:

My passion for architecture started as a young child sitting on the porch of our family’s historic country home. I loved the intricacy of design and latticework on the porch filigree.

As I grew up, I’d frequently be found doodling architectural ideas on scraps of paper. I later went on to study architecture at the University of Michigan and worked summers for a local builder. After 3 ½ years of college, I had to break from school in order to earn more money to keep going. The builder I worked for taught me carpentry skills, but also was impressed by my eye for design. When that builder saw a commercial opportunity he wanted to pursue, he turned over his customer base in residential work to me, and I started my own company from there (way back in 1973!) I love bringing beautiful architecture and building to the Ann Arbor area.
— Jim Acheson

 

group portrait photo of family of five on porch

Jim and Marilyn Acheson (center) and children (l-r) Harvey, Kathryn, and Ross visiting Jim’s family home in 1999.

45 years later, Acheson Builders is still family-run, still making homeowners happy with its highly personalized approach to house building and remodeling. While contractors and builders in general have a sometimes shoddy reputation for leaving customers feeling underserved, Jim Acheson’s insistence on listening well, assigning an interior designer and lead carpenter to every job, and offering meaningful follow-through has helped make Acheson Builders a true standout in the field.

 


About Acheson Builders

Services Provided

Basement Remodeling, Bathroom Remodeling, Custom Home Bars, Custom Homes, Deck Building, Energy-Efficient Homes, Garage Building, Green Building, Home Additions, Home Extensions, Home Remodeling, Kitchen Remodeling, New Home Construction, Roof Replacement, Siding Installation, Structural Engineering, Sustainable Design, Custom Cabinets, Remodeling, Residential Home Builds . . .

 

Certifications and Awards

photo of James Acheson holding 2014 Keppler Award for Remodeling Achievement

Jim Acheson has been honored with the 2014 Keppler Award for Remodeling Achievement

Certified Graduate Builder, Certified Graduate Remodeler, Certified Aging in Place Specialist; Keppler Award for Remodeling Achievement 2014; Member of the Better Business Bureau: A+ rated.

badge award art and text Three Best Rated 2018 best business of 2018
Acheson Builders has been rated The Top 3 Home Builders in Ann Arbor by ThreeBest Rated two years running.

 

 

Michigan Areas Served

Ann Arbor, Barton Hills, Bridgewater, Dexter, Saline, Ypsilanti, Brighton, Gregory, Hamburg, Howell, Pinkney, Chelsea, Salem, Manchester, Plymouth, Northville, Whitmore Lake, Willis, Whittaker, Belleville, Canton, Dixboro.

Who Wants A Long-Lasting Trouble-Free Home?

February 26th, 2018

Jim Acheson, president, and Laurén McCabe, interior designer, discuss aspects of Acheson Builders’ unique approach to ensuring customer satisfaction — as well as their personal experience designing, building, and remodeling homes in the greater Ann Arbor area. Among the topics are these:

• Who Wants a Long-Lasting Trouble-Free Home? ( WE DO! )
• Favorite Aspect of Customers?
• In Remodeling, How Do You Know Where to Start?
• Design vs. Function

 

Come to Home, Garden & Lifestyle Show 2018 – Free

February 24th, 2018

montage of photos of Acheson Builders home show booth showing visitors, Jim Acheson, staff and examples of custom cabinetryFree Tickets to the Home Show

Come visit us at the upcoming Home, Garden and Lifestyle Show March 17-18, 2018. The show is sponsored by Builders & Remodelers Association of Greater Ann Arbor (BRAG)(click for more info).

This event typically draws over 7,000 visitors from Ann Arbor, Chelsea, Dexter, Grass Lake, Manchester, Milan, Saline, Ypsilanti and beyond. It features many examples of local remodeling and home & garden resources.

As in years past, Acheson Builders is pleased to offer you gratis admission coupons — get into the show free! All we ask is that you stop by the Acheson Builders booth and introduce yourself. (You’ll find us in the main building, right side. We’ll be the ones with the custom cabinetry and wall panel of featured projects! )  Just CLICK HERE to open a printable image for tickets OR download this PDF for printing — and we’ll be seeing you at the event!

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Custom Cabinets with Alder Veneer —
photo: Detroit Free Press

photo of custom kitchen cabinets and Island by Acheson Builders

Custom Kitchen Cabinets and Island by Acheson Builders — photo: Detroit Free Press

 

photo of Jim Acheson with Guest at Acheson Builders booth of the Home, Garden, and Lifestyle Show in Ann Arbor 2015

Jim offers a homeowner remodeling ideas.

photo of custom-made blonde wood credenza with large end cabinet doors and three central drawers plus marble top

Custom cabinetry on display at Acheson Builders’ Home Show booth.

photo of custom wood four-sided kiosk showing use cases and step-by-step methods of Acheson Builders

Whether building a new home or considering remodeling your existing abode, Acheson Builders has a time-tested design & build process for you to take advantage of. Come to the Home Show to see case study examples from the many homeowners we have helped!

 

Certificate of Excellence

February 3rd, 2018

award certificate from ThreeBestRated for excellence 01-01-2018 Acheson Builders

 

Acheson Builders is proud to receive this certificate of excellence from ThreeBestRated®. Chosen one of three best home builders in the greater Ann Arbor area — for the second year in a row. 

Criterion for the selection and more information can be found here. Or look us up on the ThreeBestRated® website

What can we do to make your home building or remodeling project an excellent reality? Contact Acheson Builders today

Three Best Rated – Again!

February 2nd, 2018

Acheson Builders has also been honored to be chosen as one of the three best rated home builders in Ann Arbor, for two years in a row by ThreeBestRated®.

Best Home Builders in Ann Arbor, MI

These are the handpicked Top 3 Home Builders in Ann Arbor, MI. How does ThreeBestRated® find the most highly rated home builder? Its 50-Point Inspection includes everything from checking reputation, history, complaints, local reviews, nearness, satisfaction, trust and cost to the general excellence. That’s not all . . .  businesses do not pay ThreeBestRated® to list them. ThreeBestRated® believes that customers deserve only the best!

Acheson Builders gets high marks from me. They were well organized and respectful of my home. Every few days I was given an update of who would be working and what they were doing. If there would be a change in plans Jason, the project manager would call to update me. Their attention to detail in this bathroom project was outstanding – from the first planning visit by Laurén to the final inspection by Jason. They will definitely be the team for my next project.

— another satisfied Acheson Builders customer

Source: ThreeBestRated®

Also see our Certificate of Excellence from ThreeBestRated.

What can we do to make your home building or remodeling project an excellent reality? Contact Acheson Builders today