Jim Acheson Named Honorary Member, BRAG A2 Board of Directors

March 16th, 2022

After serving diligently on the Board of Directors of Builders and Remodelers Association of Greater Ann Arbor (BRAG AA), Jim Acheson has been named, in effect, director for life.

Jim Acheson.
In Recognition of Ten Years of Service on the Brag Ann Arbor Board of Directors — Local Life Director award presented to Jim Acheson of Acheson Builders, November 3, 2021.

In a ceremony held November 3, 2021, attended by the full board of directors, award plaques were presented to Jim and four colleagues marking 10+ years of loyal service to this organization.

Group photo of the board of directors of Builders and Remodelers Association of Greater Ann Arbor.
Jim Acheson, center, with entire BRAG Ann Arbor Board of Directors on November 3, 2021.

For nearly 45 years, Jim Acheson and his company, Acheson Builders, has provided first-rate building and remodeling service to the greater Ann Arbor area. For 40 of those years, Acheson Builders has been a member of BRAG, encouraged by its mission to grow and market the best in the trade for the benefit of all.

Jim Acheson explains the value of his association with BRAG Ann Arbor (video link requires Facebook account to view):
https://www.facebook.com/profile/100000876147090/search/?q=Acheson

Jim has much to BRAG about!

Returning Home (and Garden, and Lifestyle)! Home, Garden & Lifestyle Show FREE March 19-20 2022

February 11th, 2022

Get Free Tickets to the Home Show

The Show was cancelled in 2020 and again in 2021, but now it’s back!

Jim Acheson welcomes visitors at Acheson Builders booth, Home, Garden and Lifestyle Show 2022.

Come visit Acheson Builders at the upcoming Home, Garden and Lifestyle Show March 19-20, 2022. The show is sponsored by Builders & Remodelers Association of Greater Ann Arbor (BRAG)(opens in new window), which has hosted the event in Ann Arbor for over 30 years.

This event typically draws over 10,000 visitors from Greater Ann Arbor — including Chelsea, Dexter, Grass Lake, Manchester, Milan, Saline, Ypsilanti and beyond. The show is a unique opportunity to discover local remodeling and home & garden resources. Bring your questions and meet contractors and service owners personally to help advance your home and garden dreams. Builders, landscapers, garden suppliers and lifestyle enhancement providers await you.

Interior designer Laurén and Acheson Builders' owner Jim Acheson speak with booth visitors at Home, Garden, and Lifestyle show in Ann Arbor, Michigan, in 2018.

Admission is $5 at the door for attendees who do not have a free ticket or admission pass. 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! )

Bring the PDF free Admission Coupon — and we’ll be seeing you at the event!

Google map showing 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Road location of Home, Garden and Lifestyle Show 2022
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Location

Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds is at 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd., Ann Arbor, MI 48103 —
Directions/Map (opens in new window) — Located between Ellsworth and Textile Rd. about 2.5 miles southwest of I-94.

Around the Home, with Jim Acheson

February 11th, 2022
Lucy Ann Lance interviewing Jim Acheson.

Around the Home with Jim Acheson

Jim was interviewed by Lucy Ann Lance (on the Lucy Ann Lance Show), on Thursday September 30, 2021, on local Ann Arbor AM station, 1290 WLBY.

Listen to this episode of “Around the Home” here:

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: