Showcase Returns for 2021

October 14th, 2021

Ann Arbor’s festival of home tours is alive and virtual! Acheson Builders joins fifteen other home designers/builders/remodelers to show off their work.

Victorian Dream

Homeowners of 221 South Rogers sought the help of Acheson Builders 20 years ago. This year, they returned for a second whole-house remodel.

Jim Acheson will conduct tours of the home on Saturday, October 16th, 2021, as part of the Showcase of New & Remodeled Homes.

Tour Times – October 16th ONLY

10am, 10:30am, 11am, 11:30am, 12noon **


Individual 15-Minute Q&A Sessions with Jim Acheson

Jim Acheson will also offer 15-minute Question & Answer consultations to individuals, between 2pm and 4pm** on Sunday, October 167th, 2021, for interested parties who sign up in advance. Please use the button below to email your request from Acheson Builders.

2pm-4pm **, Sunday, October 17th ONLY

** (all times Eastern Daylight Time)

Showcase of New and Remodeled Homes - In Person and Live Virtual Tours

Find out more about the Showcase of New & Remodeled Homes from Builders and Remodelers of Greater Ann Arbor (BRAG).

The Showcase runs from October 15th through Sunday, October 17th. Contact Acheson Builders to book an appointment for a private Zoom meeting for Sunday between 2pm – 4pm. Space is limited, so get your request in early.

All Acheson Builders live virtual tours are free.

Showcase to feature bungalows, historic homes in Chelsea, Ann Arbor and beyond

October 14th, 2021

By Jordyn Pair | [email protected]

Source: MLive


This home, located at 617 Northside Avenue in Ann Arbor, will be available for an in-person tour during the showcase event.
This home, located at 617 Northside Avenue in Ann Arbor, will be available for an in-person tour during the showcase event.Provided by Siobhan Findlay

WASHTENAW COUNTY, MI — From bungalows to historic designs, Washtenaw County residents have no shortage in the variety of homes they can tour this weekend.

The BRAG Showcase of New & Remodeled Homes., from noon to 6 p.m. Oct. 15-17, allows participants to explore 10 homes in-person with one $10 ticket.

Homes available to tour include a Summit Street Folk Victorian home crafted by Riemco Design + Build. The house, an updated 140-year-old home, features hand-crafted cabinetry, built-in bookshelves and Brazilian Cherry flooring.

Other featured design companies include Alpha Design + Build, Pulte Homes and Forward Design Build Remodel.

Tickets are available at any of the homes open for in-person tours and are valid for all 10 homes throughout the three days of the event. COVID-19 mitigation policies differ for each home, but can include social distancing, temperature checks and capacity limits.

In addition to the 10 homes available for in-person visits, participants are also invited to join five virtual tours from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Oct. 16. The tours, which take place on Zoom, include designer presentations and the opportunity to ask questions. Participants are encouraged to pre-register.

Some remodelers are also offering private showings to discuss remodeling plans. The showings, which will are on Oct. 17, can be booked online.

The homes available for in-person tours are:

  • 124 West Summit Street, Chelsea: remodel by Riemco Design + Build
  • 411 Chandler Street, Chelsea: new home built by Riemco Design + Build
  • 4800 Chestnut Springs Drive, Genoa Township: new home built by Chestnut Home Builders
  • 1025 Spring Trail Court, Brighton: new home built by Pulte Homes
  • 617 Northside Avenue, Ann Arbor: remodel by Forward Design Build Remodel
  • 6445 Ford Road, Superior Township: remodel by Alpha Design + Build
  • 49420 Mapleton, Canton: new home built by Pulte Homes
  • 2952 Timber Glen Drive, Ann Arbor: new home built by Pulte Homes
  • 3229 Roslyn Drive, Pittsfield Township: new home built by Pulte Homes
  • 4244 Rolling Meadow Lane, Pittsfield Township: new home built by Arbor Farms Development LLC

The five homes available for virtual tours are:

  • A remodel and addition by Dexter Builders
  • A renovation in Ann Arbor by Giraffe Design Build
  • A renovation by MBK Constructors
  • A two-story addition and renovation by MBK Constructors

A virtual tour, without a live component, of an Ann Arbor home remodeled by D. A. Haig Construction also is available online.

Job Details: Acheson Builders’ Re-Remodeling of a Victorian Treasure

September 30th, 2021
Oval ornate mirror bracketed by fancy tulip-style lamp fixtures.

Introduction

The goal for this project was to fully update the home and add features for aesthetics and livability.  Twenty years earlier we had added to this home on two floors, and remodeled some of the rooms.  At that time, this couple was young and, with limited resources, needed to reduce the scope of work to meet their budget.  Now more established, they wanted to do some of the things they had set aside and upgrade other parts of the house that had been on the “hoped for” list for a long time.

The homeowners had ideas and inspiration photos. They employed an architect, Susan Haifleigh, of Diamonte Design, to help plan the functionality of the Kitchen and other areas. Interior designer Leah Raitt, of Leah Raitt Design, was consulted on style, materials, colors, and more. 

Jim Acheson of Acheson Builders Inc. was tasked with synthesizing the ideas into concrete buildable drawings with all the details and proportions, and then getting the work done.  Acheson Builders repaired, replaced, reconfigured, redecorated parts of every room and the house as a whole — from lowering a large section of the basement floor, to adding decorative cresting on the peaks of the roof.  Some rooms and parts of the home had a total makeover, including a completely gutted and remodeled kitchen.

ITEMS OF NOTE:

Contributors

  • Architect: Susan Haifleigh of Diamonte Design
  • Interior Design: Leah Raitt of Leah Raitt Design
  • Metal work: SmithShop of Detroit
  • Curtains: Karen Rea of Karen Rea Designs
  • Front walk: Michigan Hardscapes

Unique Hardware

  • Unlacquered Brass
  • special Forbes & Lomax switches from England
  • Classic Brass Chautaqua Collection
  • Merit Metal (92815) Forged cupboard turn 1 5/8″ X 2 5/16″
  • polished brass unlacquered box latches on sink base cabinet and refrigerator cabinet doors

Home Office, Laundry, Powder Room, and Mud Room Flooring

  • Rusticated Marble

Paint

  • Farrow and Ball paint (having unique colors) from England
  • Kitchen cabinets are Inchyra Blue
  • Grass cloth on Master Bedroom walls

Yoga Ladder

  • Built from clear black walnut

Roof

  • CertainTeed Grand Manor, and CertainTeed Carriage House shingles in Black Pearl color in pattern shown on drawing

Heating

  • Hot water heating in mudset tile floors (Office area, mudroom, powder room, laundry room)

Electrical

  • Forbes and Lomax unlacquered brass single pole dimmer switch

Victorian Treasure: How to Tour

September 30th, 2021

Here some of the details that you may need to take advantage of any of the five tours by Acheson Builders of the Victorian home that it has remodeled — twice!

Sign Up to Request a 15-Minute Meetup via Zoom – 2-4pm Sunday, Oct 17, 2021

September 30th, 2021

Sorry, it is too late to schedule any additional 15-minute mini-consultations with Jim Acheson during the 2021 Showcase of Homes event. Please contact Acheson Builders ([email protected]) to discuss your needs and proposals for building and remodeling. Many thanks! https://www.achesonbuilders.com/contact-us/

CASE STUDY: Addition with Kitchen and Bath Remodeling and Exterior Improvements

October 13th, 2020

exterior of house after remodeling

SPECIAL NOTE: Take the (Virtual) Tour:

Team Acheson will Zoom you through this property in a live virtual tour, where you will be able to ask questions and participate — as part of the BRAG Ann Arbor Builders Association “Showcase of Homes 2020”. Check this space for details.

 

Smart Remodeling

See what a difference a small addition can make for a modest ranch home that was just too cramped for a growing family – especially in the public spaces such as the front entrance, the kitchen, and the dining area. A four-foot-wide addition along one side of the home made a world of difference! exterior of house before remodeling

More Room, Please

Now there’s room for larger family gatherings in the dining room, multiple cooks in the expanded kitchen, and via a small bump-out at the front doorway along with the side addition, the foyer has room for receiving (or sending off) a whole family-full of excited children and grandchildren, instead of the one-at- a-time space by the front door as in the past.

 

 

What About That Porch?

exterior of house after remodeling

After remodeling: slender columns, sidelights, stonework, rails, and four-foot home extension on right side.

We dressed up the front porch with columns, sidelights at the front door, and beautiful stonework for the stoop and front steps. We also made it safer for coming and going with gentler steps, and an added custom hand rail all around. The new sidelights by the front door add interest as well as more light in the foyer.

 

 

 

Acheson Builders can remodel any home

AFTER: Kitchen remodeled, open to dining area.

 

Remodeling can transform your home, even on a modest budget

AFTER: Dining area leading to kitchen.

 

What About the Cost?

The entire project was done on a carefully controlled budget. We encouraged the client to carefully focus on keeping her selections for cabinets, counters, tile work etc. within budget, while still maintaining an upgraded style. She did that very successfully!

In Sum:

We maintained the original lines and architectural features such that the addition is indistinguishable from the original home. The changes look like there have been no changes — as if the house was always as it is now!

Acheson Builders’ ZOOM Virtual Tour of 2861 Dalton, Ann Arbor – 16, 17, 18 Oct 2020

October 13th, 2020

Details of Tours

This year’s “Showcase of Homes” Virtual Tours was organized and sponsored by BRAG Ann Arbor Builders Association

Schedule: 
1pm Friday, October 16, 2020
1pm Saturday, October 17, 2020
3pm Sunday, October 18, 2020

If you missed the live Virtual Tours, see YouTube replay below:

Schedule, Please

Here is a souvenir downloadable schedule of all home tours in the 2020 Showcase:

Schedule of live virtual guided home tours for 2020 Showcase of Homes

What if I Missed The Live Virtual Tours?

Watch it right here, right now!

Prefer to Lead Your Own Tour?

Explore the remodeled home with this self-guided walk through:

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