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


Certificate of Excellence

February 3rd, 2018

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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

Best Customer Service in the Houzz – Again!

February 2nd, 2018

ACHESON BUILDERS Awarded “Best of Houzz” 2018 for Customer Service

Houzz Rules: Over 40 Million Monthly Unique Users Nominated Best Home Building,
Remodeling and Design Professionals in North America and Around the World.

Acheson Builders of Ann Arbor, Michigan has won “Best of Customer Service” on Houzz®, the leading platform  for home remodeling and design. The 45-year old Design and Build firm was chosen by the more than 40 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community from among more than one million active home building, remodeling and design industry professionals.

The Best of Houzz is awarded annually in three categories: Design, Customer Service and Photography. Design award winners’ work was the most popular among the more than 40 million monthly users on Houzz. Customer Service honors are based on several factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2017. Architecture and interior design photographers whose images were most popular are recognized with the Photography award. A “Best Of Houzz 2018” badge will appear on winners’ profiles, as a sign of their commitment to excellence. These badges help homeowners identify popular and top-rated home professionals in every metro area on Houzz.

“We are honored to be chosen once again for 2018, as one of the Best of Houzz winners, just as we were in 2017. We work hard to achieve the highest level of integrity, customer service, and outstanding designs for our clients”, stated Marilyn Acheson, Vice president of Acheson Builders.

“The Houzz community selected a phenomenal group of Best of Houzz 2018 award winners, so this year’s recipients should be very proud,” said Liza Hausman, Vice President of Industry Marketing at Houzz. “Best of Houzz winners represent some of the most talented and customer-focused professionals in our industry, and we are extremely pleased to give them both this recognition and a platform on which to showcase their expertise.”

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Besides winning the Best of Houzz, two years in a row, Acheson Builders has also been honored to be chosen as one of the three best rated builders in Ann Arbor, for two years in a row by ThreeBestRated®. Celebrating 45 years as a renowned, yet small, family-run business, they have highly acclaimed designers, creative problem solvers, and remarkably talented project managers and craftsman who help bring great ideas to reality. They have focused not just on great buildings, but on building great relationships with their clients, their team, and their community, and this has been the reason for their success.

About Houzz

Houzz is the leading platform for home remodeling and design, providing people with everything they need to improve their homes from start to finish – online or from a mobile device. From decorating a small room to building a custom home and everything in between, Houzz connects millions of homeowners, home design enthusiasts and home improvement professionals across the country and around the world. With the largest residential design database in the world and a vibrant community empowered by technology, Houzz is the easiest way for people to find inspiration, get advice, buy products and hire the professionals they need to help turn their ideas into reality. Headquartered in Palo Alto, CA, Houzz also has international offices in London, Berlin, Sydney, Moscow, Tel Aviv and Tokyo.

Houzz and the Houzz logo are registered trademarks of Houzz Inc. worldwide. For more information, visit houzz.com.

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Jim Acheson Wins Keppler Award for Remodeling Achievement 2014

November 9th, 2014

Washtenaw Remodelers Council 2014 Keppler Award for Remodeling Achievement

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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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Two for One Price Tickets – Remodeler’s Home Tour

October 15th, 2011

We’re excited to be showing a wonderful remodel project that we completed, at 1081 Arlington in Ann Arbor, in the Remodeler’s Home Tour, coming up in just one week!  We are especially proud of this project, because it took some careful planning and creative problem solving to be able make the changes that were needed.   You will be amazed when you  see the before and after pictures!  In person, it looks even more wonderful.

If you would like to see the show for half price, you can buy tickets online this coming Monday Oct. 17th.  You can buy two tickets for the price of one, with a REAL DEAL through AnnArbor.com!   The 2-for-1 tickets will be available on Monday, Oct. 17th ONLY, and there will also be a link on the BRAGAnnArbor.com site that day as well. Please share this with our friends! Here is a link, below.
http://therealdeal.annarbor.com/deal/ann-arbor/101711-brag (This link location will only allow tickets to be purchased on the 17th).  After that date, you may purchase regular price tickets ($10 each) online at www.bragannarbor.com or at any of the Show locations, including ours on 1081 Arlington.

We are looking forward to a great show!  See you there!

A look at Acheson Builders’ legacy

March 28th, 2010

You’ll enjoy viewing  our new Slide Show, prepared for the Home, Garden and Lifestyle exhibit. Click here: Acheson Builders

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February 17th, 2010

InsideOutsideWe are pleased to announce that we are partnering with a radio show called The Inside Outside Guys, which airs on WMUZ 103.5 FM on Saturday mornings (8 -11 am), and soon to be Sundays as well.  It is hosted by two very experienced professionals in the construction field, who are sharing their knowledge on the radio, to help homeowners with advice on anything to do with your home, both inside and outside.  Ken and Chuck are not only knowledgeable, they are also fun to listen to, very funny, yet honest and trustworthy as well.  Check them out on WMUZ! This coming Saturday, 2/20/2010, they will be introducing our company on air as a company that they recommend and refer people to in the Ann Arbor area.  We are excited to have their endorsement.  We are also glad to recommend them to our clients to listen to and learn about many home care and maintenance issues.  We hope you will enjoy the show!