Right at Home: HGL Show 2015

March 24th, 2015

25th Annual Home, Garden & Lifestyle Show Draws Near-Record Crowds

advertising art for 25th Annual Home Garden & Lifestyle Show 2015 Ann Arbor Michigan


Successful show! Sunshine and no rain, plus an enthused crowd, brought a great number of visitors this year. We were informed that the turnout was about 50% higher than last year. The check-in / ticket sales booth at the entrance to the show ran out of the bags that they were giving away for the first two days, for people to be able to carry literature in. Maureen Sloan, CEO of Builders and Remodelers Association of Greater Ann Arbor, said that we were having numbers like we haven’t seen since 2005!

Photo of Keith Patton meeting with Guests at HGL 2015

Keith Patton offers guests a range of ideas for their homeowner remodeling project.

At the Acheson Builders booth, people were very engaged and interested. Many stopped and talked with us, and a good number filled out forms stating they wanted to be contacted about their project, to set up appointments.

photo of Jim Acheson with Guest at Acheson Builders booth of the Home, Garden, and Lifestyle Show in Ann Arbor 2015

Jim offers ideas to a guest.

To all of you who stopped by our booth, thank you so much for visiting. It was a real pleasure meeting you. We are excited to have been able to talk with you and look forward to helping get started realizing your remodeling and home building projects!


Home, Garden and Lifestyle Show 2015

February 22nd, 2015

montage of photos of Acheson Builders home show booth showing visitors, Jim Acheson, staff and examples of custom cabinetryFree Tickets to the Home Show

Come visit us at the upcoming Home, Garden and Lifestyle Show March 20-22, 2015. The show is sponsored by Builders & Remodelers Association of Greater Ann Arbor (BRAG)(click for more info).

This event typically draws over 5,000 visitors from Ann Arbor, Chelsea, Dexter, Grass Lake, Manchester, Milan, Saline, Ypsilanti and beyond. It features many examples of local remodeling and home & garden resources.

To encourage you to come, Acheson Builders is pleased to offer you gratis admission coupons — tickets to 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! )  Just CLICK HERE to closed a printable image for tickets OR download this PDF for printing — and we’ll be seeing you at the event!

photo of triangular wooden plant stand built by Acheson Builders

Acheson Builders custom craftmanship example: triangular plant stand

montage of photos of Acheson Builders home show booth showing visitors, Jim Acheson, staff and examples of custom cabinetry

Come to the Home Show and bring your questions for Acheson Builders. We’re eager to meet you!

photo of custom-made blonde wood credenza with large end cabinet doors and three central drawers plus marble top

Custom cabinetry on display at Acheson Builders’ Home Show booth.

photo of custom wood four-sided kiosk showing use cases and step-by-step methods of Acheson Builders

Whether building a new home or considering remodeling your existing abode, Acheson Builders has a time-tested design & build process for you to take advantage of. Come to the Home Show to see case study examples from the many homeowners we have helped!


Contractor Tips: Top 10 Home Remodeling Don’ts

February 13th, 2015

Source: Houzz.com

Related: AB in the Houzz: The architecture & home improvement website, Houzz, has featured Acheson Builders!

What’s Houzz . . . ?

[Source: See Wikipedia’s entry for Houzz . . . ]  Houzz is a web site and online community about architecture, interior design and decorating, landscape design and home improvement. The Houzz platform and mobile apps feature interior and exterior home photos, articles written by architects, interior designers and home design experts, product recommendations, and a user forum. The company was founded in 2009 and is based in Palo Alto, California.

Read the full Wikipedia article here . . .


COMING RIGHT UP! Remodelers Home Tour 2013

September 22nd, 2013

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

Bright color in Tray Ceiling adds pizazz to this dining space

FREE TICKETS – Home and Garden Show

February 16th, 2010

We are proud to be presenting our company in the upcoming HOME GARDEN & LIFESTYLE SHOW, sponsored by the Builders and Remodelers Association of Greater Ann Arbor.  This will be held on Friday through Sunday, March 19 – 21, 2010, at the Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds.

Acheson Builders will be in the first building, in a booth on your right, soon after the entrance and ticket table.  Stop by to see us!

There will also be lots of other vendors, including lots of landscape companies that always present really beautiful gardens and displays.  It’s a fun way to get your spring gardening and home improvement ideas in gear!

I have one hundred free tickets to give away.  They will be selling for $5.00 each at the door, but I’D LOVE TO GIVE YOU SOME FREE TICKETS! Just email me or call with your name and address, and we will mail these out to you.

Email [email protected] to let me know how many tickets you would like.

We’ll see you at the show!

Kitchen Products: Rotisserie

December 1st, 2009

I just saw this on e-build, an online resource for building products.
Wouldn’t it be fun to have a rotisserie in your own kitchen! What a healthful, fun way to cook!

Check out this link: Rotisserie pic



November 16th, 2009

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Acheson Builders logo new 1-09


For those of you who are new to Acheson Builders, here is a further description of  the various sections of the online project management system we’ve adopted. We hope you will enjoy it!

See also our blog post “Smoother Sailing“.

There is a job “Summary” page which will keep you updated on the running total for your project (with any authorized changes or upgrades/credits.)  This page shows local weather, as well.

There is a section for “Documents” (such as proposal, specifications, and invoices) where we will upload all documents for your project as they are developed.

Through “Messages” we can send and receive email to each other, and have a record of correspondence regarding your project all in one place. Unless you find this unpleasant (please let us know if that is the case), we would like you to correspond with us through this program when sending email. (Phone calls are always fine, as well!) Besides keeping messages for your project all together, you will be able to see when your messages were received and read.  (You will be notified through your regular email when a new message is available for you, and there will be a link to click on for you to easily reply through the program.)

Photos” will include your before photos, and we may add some as the project goes along. You may feel free to upload your own “in process” or “after” photos in this section.  It’s easy to share those photos with friends through the software, if you wish to.

In the section for “Changes” (if there should be any) we will upload a document describing the change and the cost or credit for the change, which you will then be able to authorize or reject. Once a change is authorized, the cost will automatically be added to (or subtracted from) your running total.

We use the section titled “Options” to confirm your selections for items that are not specified fully in the proposal and that still need to be selected, such as Allowance items. You will have to click on each room location to find the selection descriptions, and you can authorize them electronically.

There is a “Calendar” which will help keep you and our workers informed of dates when different stages of the job are expected to be done. One caveat:  When we provide a schedule, as in this program, we want you to know that things can change rapidly and we cannot always follow the schedule precisely nor update it as often as we’d like.  You can plan on us NOT following it in every detail, but generally getting to the same ending point at about the same time – barring additional work, weather, or other unforeseen glitches.

When you log out, you will be redirected to our website. Feel free to look around at new articles or information there (more posted regularly), or you can just close out of that.

We are happy to be able to serve you!  We hope to exceed your expectations, and make the project happen as smoothly, efficiently, and beautifully as possible.

Please let us know how you like this program, or if you have any questions or concerns.

Best regards,

Marilyn Acheson


November 16th, 2009

Here it is, a cool morning, and my husband and I start a beautiful day here in Michigan. We started our business, Acheson Builders, back in 1973, over 36 years ago! Our vision was to focus on our craftsmanship and attention to detail. After all, we are trusted with the pleasure of working on people’s homes – the place where our clients’ family lives and spends the majority of their time. Their peace and haven.

Acheson, over the years, has developed a reputation and a saying that we adopted from our clients and feel is very appropriate for how we go about our craft:

“An Artist’s Eye, A Craftsman’s Touch.”

What’s Important to YOU?

With our name on the business and right there for everyone in our community to see, our name is everything to us. This isn’t just a business, it is our life and passion. Our desire is your desire: to have an honest relationship, build with the true skill of a craftsman, assess your needs and deliver to your family what you deserve – An experience that will make you proud to be part of our family of clients.

Choosing what is right for your home

When we meet with a family that is interested in having their home enhanced, redesigned or wanting and needing remodeling, we realize that everything we mentioned above is important. Since 90% of our family of clients are referred to us or are previous clients calling us for more work, we focus all of our efforts on doing what is right, communicating effectively, working diligently and keep the true priorities in mind everyday:

Your home, your family and our name.


October 8th, 2009
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Detail of buildings on Main St. Ann Arbor

Isn’t Ann Arbor a wonderful town!  We love being part of this beautiful community.  We are proud to read this morning that our downtown is one of the finest in the whole nation!  (Of course we already knew that – but it’s nice to be recognized.  In AnnArbor.com news this morning, I read that Ann Arbor’s Main Street was chosen by the American Planning Association as one of the TOP 10 in the nation in it’s  “2009 Great Places in America: Streets contest”  They cited not only the unique businesses and the great community gathering activity, but also the planning and development that is being done to move the city toward a lower carbon footprint: better public transportation, denser housing development, and preserving of historic storefronts and buildings in the area.  Ann Arbor has a unique character that is wonderful to have recognized nationwide.

Value(able) Links!

October 5th, 2009

There are some very helpful reports on the Remodeling Magazine website. These can give you an idea of how much you could likely get back from your remodeling investment, if you were to sell your home in the future after a remodeling project.  These are grouped by types of project, and show averages.  Of course the return on investment can vary greatly with individual projects, by how much you invest, how well your level of luxury fits with others in  your neighborhood, and how much later you might be selling.

Here are some links you might want to view:

Link to cost of remodeling survey:  Remodeling Magazine Cost vs. Value Report 2007

A second link is to a more updated survey – the new Cost vs. Value Report for 2008 – 2009

The above link is for the National survey.  Below is one more link – more tailored to our region of the country (“East-North-Central”), which includes MI, OH, IN, IL, WI:

Cost vs. Value 2008-2009 (regional)

It is interesting to compare the differences between the 2007 survey and the more recent one (2008 – 2009).