Out of the Embers – Remodeling After Fire

July 17th, 2017
photo of fire trucks at scene of daytime house fire in Dexter, Michigan 2017 - post fire rebuilding to be undertaken by Acheson Builders

Dexter Fire Department at scene of house fire. Damage was mainly confined to the home’s interior.

Fire-Damaged New Home to be Made New Again

Tragedy struck the owner of a new 3000 sq ft home in Dexter, Michigan earlier this year: a chimney fire forced him and his family to flee and damaged much of the house interior before being brought under control by local firefighters.

architectural line drawing of floor plan of home dagaged by fire in Dexter, Michigan 2017

Fire began in chimney of fireplace.

After the smoke cleared and insurance company assessments were completed, the homeowner chose Acheson Builders to come to the rescue. Work has already begun to completely renovate the great room and other parts of the house.

photo of fire-damaged Interior fireplace of Dexter Michigan house - fire began in fireplace chimney

Fire, smoke, and water-damaged walls and floor around fireplace chimney where fire began

 

Laborious Prep Work

Acheson Builders’ skilled carpenters and workers don’t often don hazmat jumpsuits but are doing so now in order to prepare the site for new construction. Among the first tasks has been to deal with fire- and water-damaged walls. A fire-damage specialist company had stripped out drywall material that had become waterlogged by firefighting efforts. This left wall studs exposed. Ordinarily this would provide a clean slate for installing new drywall, but thousands of drywall fasteners remained, jutting out from every stud where they had held the original drywall in place. Acheson Builders team members are having to remove all of these fasteners by hand, one by one.

Better Than New

After months of traumatic waiting following the fire, the beleaguered homeowner has told Acheson Builders how grateful he is to have his rebuild/remodel job in such good hands and that Acheson Builders had been singularly recommended as “the best remodeler in town.”

photo of new multi-level home prior to 2017 fire

How it should look — and will again after Achesons Builders’ post-fire remodeling.

One of “Three Best Rated” Home Builders

February 14th, 2017

Handpicked Best

Acheson Builders is one of the three best-rated home builders in Ann Arbor, Michigan according to the rating service, Three Best Rated . . . ! Three Best Rated wants consumers to find the most worthy resources, so therefore, what are you waiting for? You should probably contact Acheson Builders right now.   Read more on the Three Best Rated page.highlighted page from Three Best Rated web page

Acheson Builders in the News

September 29th, 2015

Michigan House Envy: Ann Arbor-area homes transformed

Judy Rose, Special to the Detroit Free Press
10:19 p.m. EDT September 26, 2015

(excerpt – click here to read entire Detroit Free Press article)

Download this: Case Study of the Parkridge Residence described in this article (PDF, 2.4MB), and see Case Study: Update Kitchen – Maintain Simple Elegance for more photos and description of the project.

Mid-Century Modern

This single-story, glass-walled house in Ann Arbor is a celebration of Mid-Century Modern architecture, so when the worn-out kitchen had to be restored, the pressure was on to not mess it up.

The original kitchen had been built on-site with fine cabinet-making details. Now, 50 years later, “The cabinets were basically falling apart and delaminating,” said owner Bonnie Greenspoon.

Greenspoon and her husband, Martin Schwartz, are architects, each with connections to the esteemed late architect David Osler, who designed this house in 1962. The couple has owned the home for 17 years.

Standard cabinets could not re-create Osler’s work. So Greenspan designed new cabinets and counters almost exactly like the originals, and a fine-furniture cabinet maker built them.

Their kitchen is one of 12 stops on the Ann Arbor Remodelers’ Home Tour.

What visitors will see is the classic Modernist kitchen, with clean lines and fine details. Pull-closed doors or drawers and the edges display a dense 13-ply plywood — furniture grade — faced with alder veneer.

They’ll see a wall of cabinets where the grain in the alder lines up from floor to ceiling, making the doors nearly undetectable.

The counter tops remain white, their beat-up laminate replaced with white quartz. As Osler specified, the counters do not jut out in typical fashion, but line up straight with the cabinets’ face. Between each counter top and the cabinet below, there’s a slight indent or “reveal” — all picky details, but important to the architects.

Acheson Builders, which put the project together, used its custom resources to create the special materials. For example, that 13-ply wood with its alder veneer did not exist, Jim Acheson said. “It was custom laid up for us on the West Coast.”

The context is a beautifully closed house where glass doors let you walk outside from almost every room.

“The house is wonderful because it’s so simple,” Greenspoon said. “You’re not bogged down with frivolous details. You just appreciate the space.”

Ann Arbor Remodelers’ Home Tour

The 2015 tour runs two days next weekend. On the schedule are 11 remodeled houses in Ann Arbor and South Lyon, including these two. They include a whole-house remodel with a finished walkout lower level, two first-floor remodels, several kitchen projects, several master suite projects, a basement renovation and a second-story addition.

The annual tour is sponsored by the Builders and Remodelers Association of Greater Ann Arbor.

When: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 3 and noon-6 p.m. Oct. 4.

Where: Start and pick up a map at any of the houses. For addresses, a photo and a thumbnail description of each project, go to bragannarbor.com

Cost: $10; free for children 16 and younger

Full article: http://www.freep.com/story/money/real-estate/michigan-house-envy/2015/09/26/house-envy-ann-arbor-remodelers-tour-realtors-metro-detroit-for-sale-judy-rose-university-of-michigan/72672794/

Right at Home: HGL Show 2015

March 24th, 2015

25th Annual Home, Garden & Lifestyle Show Draws Near-Record Crowds

advertising art for 25th Annual Home Garden & Lifestyle Show 2015 Ann Arbor Michigan

 


Successful show! Sunshine and no rain, plus an enthused crowd, brought a great number of visitors this year. We were informed that the turnout was about 50% higher than last year. The check-in / ticket sales booth at the entrance to the show ran out of the bags that they were giving away for the first two days, for people to be able to carry literature in. Maureen Sloan, CEO of Builders and Remodelers Association of Greater Ann Arbor, said that we were having numbers like we haven’t seen since 2005!

Photo of Keith Patton meeting with Guests at HGL 2015

Keith Patton offers guests a range of ideas for their homeowner remodeling project.

At the Acheson Builders booth, people were very engaged and interested. Many stopped and talked with us, and a good number filled out forms stating they wanted to be contacted about their project, to set up appointments.

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

Jim offers ideas to a guest.

To all of you who stopped by our booth, thank you so much for visiting. It was a real pleasure meeting you. We are excited to have been able to talk with you and look forward to helping get started realizing your remodeling and home building projects!

 

Home, Garden and Lifestyle Show 2015

February 22nd, 2015

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 20-22, 2015. The show is sponsored by Builders & Remodelers Association of Greater Ann Arbor (BRAG)(click for more info).

This event typically draws over 5,000 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.

To encourage you to come, Acheson Builders is pleased to offer you gratis admission coupons — tickets to 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 closed a printable image for tickets OR download this PDF for printing — and we’ll be seeing you at the event!

photo of triangular wooden plant stand built by Acheson Builders

Acheson Builders custom craftmanship example: triangular plant stand

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

Come to the Home Show and bring your questions for Acheson Builders. We’re eager to meet you!

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!

 

Contractor Tips: Top 10 Home Remodeling Don’ts

February 13th, 2015

Source: Houzz.com


Related: AB in the Houzz: The architecture & home improvement website, Houzz, has featured Acheson Builders!


What’s Houzz . . . ?

[Source: See Wikipedia’s entry for Houzz . . . ]  Houzz is a web site and online community about architecture, interior design and decorating, landscape design and home improvement. The Houzz platform and mobile apps feature interior and exterior home photos, articles written by architects, interior designers and home design experts, product recommendations, and a user forum. The company was founded in 2009 and is based in Palo Alto, California.

Read the full Wikipedia article here . . .

 

AB in the Houzz

January 6th, 2015

The architecture & home improvement website, Houzz, has featured Acheson Builders!

Remodeling and Home Design

Acheson Builders (click for full article)

One of Ann Arbor’s finest and most experienced full service Design-Build firms – since 1973 – building superior custom homes and home renovations. With personal attention to YOUR needs & dreams, and fine design skills, Jim Acheson and his team focus on building a relationship with you – earning your trust – meeting your building or remodeling goals with the BEST possible design, service, and performance.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


What’s Houzz . . . ?

[Source: Wikipedia]  Houzz is a web site and online community about architecture, interior design and decorating, landscape design and home improvement. The Houzz platform and mobile apps feature interior and exterior home photos, articles written by architects, interior designers and home design experts, product recommendations, and a user forum. The company was founded in 2009 and is based in Palo Alto, California.

Read the full Wikipedia article here.

Jim Acheson Wins Keppler Award for Remodeling Achievement 2014

November 9th, 2014

Washtenaw Remodelers Council 2014 Keppler Award for Remodeling Achievement

photo of James Acheson holding 2014 Keppler Award for Remodeling Achievement

Jim Acheson has been honored with the 2014 Keppler Award for Remodeling Achievement — Photo: Peter Nowakowski, Marketing & Communications Director BRAG Ann Arbor

The annual Builders Association Banquet was the setting for the presentation of the Keppler Award for Remodeling Achievement. This year, the award went to Jim Acheson!

Jim Acheson Wins Keppler Award for Remodeling Achievement

Here is the full text of the presentation:

It is an honor to present the Keppler Award for Remodeling Achievement, which was established in 1992 in commemoration of Steve Keppler, an outstanding professional and remarkable person who made an indelible mark on our Association, our community, and the lives of everyone who knew him. Like its namesake, the purpose of this award is multi-faceted. The award recognizes an individual with extraordinary remodeling skills and business accomplishments who has also enriched our Association and lifted us all to a higher level. In addition, this Award celebrates a generous person, devoted to improving the lives of others, and the very fabric of our community through giving and volunteerism.

photo of the 2014 Keppler Award for Remodeling Achievement

2014 Keppler Award for Remodeling Achievement

As we pondered these qualities, one such person emerged as a clear fit of this distinguished profile. With unanimous admiration we decided the 2014 Keppler Award belongs to Jim Acheson.

Some 25 years ago, Jim brought us the vision of creating a special event which came to be known as the Remodelers Home Tour. His idea took off, and grew into a vital marketing tool for our members. This year an average of 650 people came through each home on the Tour.

All these years later, it speaks volumes to see Acheson Builders’ very own work featured among these premier remodeled homes. I’m sure many of their clients would share our enthusiasm for the phenomenal work of Jim and his team. In every one of their projects, you can see that the details really matter.

photo of James Acheson holding 2014 Keppler Award for Remodeling Achievement as BRAG Ann Arbor CEO Maureen Sloan and her colleague look on

BRAG Ann Arbor CEO Maureen Sloan (right) and her colleague (left) present Jim Acheson (center) with the 2014 Keppler Award at Builders Association Banquet November 4, 2014

In Jim’s personal life, you can see that, too. He’s proactive when it comes to engaging with local governments, striving to improve the way our community operates. He leads by example as a frequent volunteer serving meals at The Hope Clinic to those who can use a helping hand, a hand that he is willing to lend. All the while, Jim has always been there for his family and friends with all of his heart.

We thank you, Jim, for all you’ve done to help build BRAG Ann Arbor* into what it is today, and for so much more. Ladies and gentlemen, I present the 2014 Keppler Award to our esteemed colleague, Jim Acheson. Congratulations Jim!

Remodelers Home Tour 2014

October 3rd, 2014

Here is the 1910 home that we are displaying in the 2014 Remodelers Home Tour, starting tomorrow October 4 for just two days. The homeowners, along with Acheson Builders, have worked hard to present the home, which was beautifully renovated to maintain it’s original style, while updating the spaces, layout and livability for a growing young family.
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Home, Garden & Lifestyle show, 2014

March 14th, 2014
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Marilyn at the 2010 Home,Garden & Lifestyle Show

 It seems we get busier all the time, and my blog posts   have been few and far between.

But occasionally it is more important than other  times to share with you some news you can use!

We are showing again this year, for the fifth year in a row, a booth at the Home, Garden, and Lifestyle show that is sponsored by the Builders & Remodelers of Greater Ann Arbor.

Here is a link for you to be able to get free tickets! http://bit.ly/1iBXAne  

Jim Acheson, talking with a visitor at the 2010 HGL show

Jim Acheson, talking with a visitor at the 2010 HGL show

 

 

 

We count it a privilege to be part of this show, as we get to see new faces and share our expertise with more people in these shows.  If you have a building or remodeling question, come ask Jim Acheson!  He will be at the show most of the closed hours, which run from 2 – 8 pm today, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. tomorrow, and on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.  We would love to meet you!

Each year we put out  photos of new projects, and show you some before and after photos that will amaze you!   Come and see!