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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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.

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.


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.



  • 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


  • 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


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


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


  • 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!

Out of the Embers: Home Rebuild Complete!

September 5th, 2018

UPDATE: See the rebuild/remodeled home here.


photo of fire engines and fire fighters standing together at scene of house fire that was later rebuilt by Acheson Builders

Fire engines and fire fighters on scene at this home in Dexter, Michigan prior to second outbreak.



Fire is supposed to confine itself to the fireplace, but in this home in Dexter, only one year old, flames reached out of a defective fireplace to engulf the middle section of this home. The owners escaped unharmed, and the fire was extinguished, only to reignite less than 24 hours later (again without injuries).

photo of severely fire-damaged living room wall with fireplace open to adjoining sun room showing large burned and broken windows on either side

Where it started: the burned out fireplace after fire spread to entire center portion of house.

photo of fireplace open to adjoining sun room showing glassed view through fireplace and large windows on either side

Rebuilt fireplace and living room.

Acheson Builders came to the rescue (after the Fire Department of course) and planned out and conducted a campaign of removal, clean-up, and reconstruction of only the damaged portion, carefully following insurance company-provided inspectors’ professional Structural Engineering Report. 

Beyond replacing damaged structural elements such as roof joists and rebuilding the whole middle section — with a new fireplace — the entire house required new interior finishes. 


Work Completed

The new trusses are in, the walls put back together, paint and custom finish work throughout completed so now the owners can once again, shuck off their outdoor duds in the new four-cubby mudroom and gather around the indoor-outdoor fireplace to once again enjoy their beautiful home. 

Come See It – 2018 Remodelers Tour (Sept 29 & 30)

See for yourself the quality of Acheson Builders’ work by touring the home at Remodelers Home Tour 2018, one of nine homes being shown by Builders and Remodelers Association of Greater Ann Arbor (BRAG Ann Arbor). 

Don’t forget to check out the newly remodeled basement, which became a secondary portion of this project.

Here is a preview of the Tour:

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Windstorm Damaged Porch Restoration

December 8th, 2017

photo of fallen tree having smashed roof of exterior of enclosed porch prior to restoration by Acheson Builders

This was a calamitous event that our client experienced from a windstorm last March . . .  a tree fell on their beloved screened porch!

photo of exterior of enclosed porch

Acheson Builders’ team was called in: we rebuilt and rescued this wonderful space. Our client was happily able to enjoy the three-season porch again for most of the summer and fall. (Now closed up for the winter.)

photo of interior of enclosed porch rebuilt by Acheson Builders

This is the interior of our client’s fully rebuilt and restored (by Acheson Builders) three-season screened porch. You can see why they love being in this room often, throughout the spring, summer and fall.