I hope many of you will come visit us at 487 Dunnington, Ann Arbor (48103) where we will be showing a Kitchen we remodeled (discussed in a post yesterday.) Here is a link to the Builders Association where you can find a map and more information. http://www.bragannarbor.com/se_remodelers.cfm
Another year has flown by and we are preparing for the Remodelers Home Tour in Ann Arbor again, to be held next weekend, September 28 and 29. We are showing a wonderful kitchen remodel project, which involved not only the kitchen, but reconfiguring the living room and dining room spaces as well. Some design challenges involved where to run the ducts and the wires, when moving walls. Jim Acheson, problem solver par excellence, came up with a solution that also added a wonderful design dimension – hiding some of these wires and heat ducts within a tray ceiling in the dining room. Adding color to the tray ceiling sparked up the space even more, for a dramatic and dynamic effect.
Come visit the show – we would love to see you there. For more information, go to bragannarbor.com
Jim Acheson was featured on The Lucy Ann Lance Show, “Around the Home” program, on September 20, 2013.
Here is a quote from her website:
“September 20, 2013: Around the Home: Changing the Configuration of Your Home – Pete Nowakowski, Marketing & Communications Director, BRAG Ann Arbor; Jim Acheson, President, Acheson Builders, Inc. – If you like your neighborhood and the overall structure of your home but you would like to shift around your living spaces, a remodel might be the answer for you. Project #4 on the Remodelers Home Tour is the creation of Acheson Builders. It’s an example of how a too tight kitchen and underused spaces can be transformed into a great living space that addresses how a family actually lives.”
If you go to the following link, you can click and listen to the interview recording.
Jim Acheson is honored to be invited to discuss Architectural Design: this is one of his favorite subjects! Jim is known for his great design work, in remodeling and new homes.
Right now, on WAAM Radio 1600 AM, you can tune in and listen to Ed Hoffman interviewing Jim, from 6 to 7 today!
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!
Acheson Builders displayed a booth for the first time this past weekend, in the Home Garden and Lifestyle trade show at the Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, sponsored by the Builders & Remodelers Association of Greater Ann Arbor . Over 5000 people attended, and Jim Acheson and I (Marilyn Acheson) thoroughly enjoyed meeting many new friends, as well as greeting some of our loyal past clients and associates who came to visit our booth. It really was fun and exciting – and I loved showing off Jim’s handiwork and design ability.
Jim Acheson designed and created (with the help of our fine craftsmen) a beautiful maple and walnut paneled wall to display photo enlargements from some of our projects. In addition, we designed and built a custom desk with granite top, attaching to a short paneled wall to match the tall one. We also built some beautiful triangular matching wood flower stands. All of this was custom designed by Jim Acheson, with special curved molding, both concave and convex, and unique accents of walnut wood, finished with a clear water-based acrylic to allow the light and dark colors of the wood to shine through.
We also displayed a kiosk with 4 panels, pictorially telling the stories of two before and after case studies, one passive solar home, as well as our unique design-build process. Many people were impressed by our process laid out so clearly in this format.
We’re looking forward to working with some new clients and showing how we are a great choice for their remodeling projects: our owner, Jim Acheson, with 37 years of experience, personally oversees and is involved from start to finish in making sure our clients have a remarkable experience in working with us, and we promise to stay on schedule and on budget to the very best of our ability. Just listen to audio testimonials of prior clients – and you will see!
I love puzzles.
They always teach me good life lessons.
Like this one, a Van Gogh Starry Night painting, that I got from my son for Christmas. (That I am still working on!!!)
I am learning all kinds of things with this one.
Like perseverance, diligence, self control. (I have to limit myself to a couple of pieces a day. That means I’ll be done with all 1000 pieces by the end of 2010.) (Well – the self control isn’t working that well. Occasionally I get 4 or 5 pieces in a day.)
But I am learning. One thing I have learned is that there can easily be a piece or two out of place, and it can look like it works just fine. I’m an artist – I could have painted it that way. However, I am not Van Gogh, Van Gogh was thinking differently than me. So many times, I find I have put two or more pieces in the wrong place. In this puzzle, there are very few variations in shape, so many can “fit” in the wrong place. You find out down the road that the rest of pieces aren’t going together that well. Two pieces out of place can make a big difference.
It’s like life: if there are a few pieces out of place, you don’t always find out until down the road a bit. Like eating and exercise: if you don’t have those pieces in the right place in your life, you may find yourself getting unhealthy and overweight. Or like buying and charging things on credit cards: you may find down the road that you really can’t afford to pay for all those things you purchased. Scripture reading and prayer are two very important pieces in life – if you don’t have those in place, you will find your strength waning and your heart unfulfilled. You may even find yourself in the WRONG place at the end of this life.
It’s true for construction too. You want everything built on a solid foundation. You want every piece to fit together properly – not only to fit tightly and look good now, but also to be done totally correctly so they the pieces look good together and last longer and hold up beautifully over the long run. That’s why hiring a really good and really experienced builder is so important. For Acheson Builder experience is one of our great fortes. We specialize in putting it all together in the right way, to provide the best looking and best possible outcome for your home.
Like pieces of a beautiful puzzle masterpiece.
We build relationships! At Acheson Builders, it’s not just about quality of construction or great design, although those are certainly of high priority. It’s about building a relationship with you – earning your trust – getting to know you and your needs, so that we can meet them with the best possible service and performance. Our clients become part of our “family” and we treat them with respect and genuine personal concern. We build long term relationships with our clients, so we can take care of their needs, as they come up. It’s not surprising then, that many of our clients call us for subsequent home improvement projects over the years. We love our clients!
Thinking about Valentine’s Day, besides thinking about all the family that I love, I think about how much we love and appreciate our clients. I’d love to give each of you flowers!
Below I have posted the information for our region of the country (East-North-Central) for typical costs of various projects, and the potential recoup of your investment dollars when you sell – as well as the comparison of these with National Averages from 2008-2009.
I have posted both midrange prices as well as some upscale pricing. These give you a good idea of some of the investment required for various types of remodeling projects. Obviously, there can be a very wide variation in costs and investment, depending on many many factors.
The following excerpts are from Remodeling Magazine. For the full article and more information go to Cost vs.Value Report online. Also, with each type of project below, you’ll find a link to a description within the magazine article, that describes approximately the size and major assumptions for each.
REMODELING Magazine COST VS VALUE Report 2009 – 2010
East North Central Area…………………….2008-09 National Averages
Job Cost Resale $ % Recouped PROJECT TYPE……. .Job Cost Resale$ % Recouped
$51,226 $32,943 64.3%_Attic Bedroom (midrange)_ $48,398 $35,694 73.8%
$14,906 $ 7,158 48.0%_Backup Power Generator __$14,040 _$ 8,026 57.2%
$64,008 $37,851_59.1%_Basement Remodel (midrange) $61,011 _$44,467 72.9%
$40,178 $22,322 55.6%_Bathroom Addition (midrange) $38,078 $24,187 63.5%
$77,667 $44,865 57.8%_Bathroom Addition (upscale) _$74,325 $49,100_66.1%
$16,568 $10,656 64.3%_Bathroom Remodel (midrange) $15,899 _$11,857 74.6%
$53,345 $32,875 61.6%_Bathroom Remodel (upscale) _$51,455 $36,400 70.7%
$15,440 $ 9,910 64.2%_Deck (composite) (midrange) _$15,277 $11,857 74.6%
$37,893 $20,747 54.8%_Deck (composite) (upscale) __$37,498 _ $23,706 63.2%
$10,534 $ 7,263 68.9%_Deck (wood) (midrange) _____$10,601 $8,676 81.8%
$85,752 $49,641 57.9%_Family RoomAddition (midrange)$81,315 $53,608 65.9%
$60,018 $33,559 55.9%_Garage Addition (midrange) __$57,272 _ $38,161 66.6%
$89,732 $47,908 53.4%_Garage Addition (upscale) ____$85,844 $53,908 62.8%
$28,979 $13,224 45.6% _Home Office Remodel (midrange) $28,094 $15,329 54.6%
$21,758 $15,038 69.1%_Minor Kitchen Remodel (midrange)$21,246 $16,881 79.5%
$58,253 $38,726 66.5%_Major Kitchen Remodel (midrange)$56,611 $43,030 76.0%
$113,056 $70,703 62.5%_Major Kitchen Remodel (upscale)_$110,964 $78,398 _70.7%
$107,036 $62,377 58.3%_Master Suite Addition (midrange)$101,571 $67,037 66.0%
$231,714 $124,730 53.8%_Master Suite Addition (upscale) _$223,876 $136,764 61.1%
$20,227 $11,056 54.7%_Roofing Replacement (midrange) $18,825 $12,336 65.5%
$39,144 $20,594 52.6%_Roofing Replacement (upscale)_ $36,296 $22,861 63.0%
$11,076 $ 7,429 67.1%_Window Replcmnt (vinyl) (midrange)$10,537 $ 8,132 77.2%