Friday, September 17, 2021

Tubs vs. Showers: Pros and Cons

Trying to decide between a tub or a shower for your bathroom remodel? 

A big deciding factor that will impact the overall look and layout of your bathroom (and your budget) is the choice between installing a tub or shower only. 

Having a hard time making the decision?

Both offer a variety of styles, both come in multiple materials, and both offer therapeutic water flow options. So how do you choose?

  1. Is budget a big factor? If so, tubs are often cheaper to install.
  2. Worried about space? A standard walk-in shower or stall takes up only nine square feet on average.
  3. Tubs are still a big part of resale value. 51% of homebuyers are opposed to a master bathroom with only a shower, according to the National Association of Home Builders.

Need more help deciding what to do? Read the full article on our website!

Bathrooms designed for lasting use and aesthetic delight

You begin your busy day and wind down at bedtime in this often-neglected room. A well-designed bathroom that is comfortable for users of many sizes and abilities can also be the loveliest bath on the block.

Whether you're dreaming of a luxurious, spa-inspired master bedroom retreat or a simple main-level powder room, our interior designers will take the same personal and thoughtful approach, considering functional needs and universal design as well as aesthetic appeal. Contact us today to get started!

Wednesday, September 1, 2021

Powder Room Upgrades

Looking to upgrade your first-floor powder room or guest bathroom?

Consider these changes that can be designed for both utility and aesthetics:

  1. Swap out the plain builder mirror for an upgraded one.
  2. Change up the paint color to something dramatic
  3. Update cabinet knobs or handles

Simple changes can make a big difference to the overall look and feel of your powder room.

Want a more dramatic change? Considering an entire remodel? We can help with that too!

Whether you're dreaming of a luxurious, spa-inspired master bedroom retreat or a simple main-level powder room, our interior designers will take the same personal and thoughtful approach, considering functional needs and universal design as well as aesthetic appeal. Contact us today to get started!

Monday, August 16, 2021

Undergoing a Basement Remodel? Here’s What to Expect…

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Is your basement little more than extra storage space?

Do you wish you could get more out of your home’s extra square footage? Now that we’re home more often, would your basement benefit from a remodel?

If you want to expand your living space and get the most of your square footage, your basement is a great place to start.

Basements Don’t Have to be Cluttered, Dark, and Chilly

Your basement can be refinished so it integrates with the rest of your home and becomes a beautiful, valuable addition to your property! Whether you want your basement for a family play area, an in-home movie theater, or just an area in your home for extra storage, Alpha Design + Build can help!

Ann Arbor-based Alpha Design + Build Starts Your Basement Remodeling Project with an Exceptional Design

Our professional designers are passionate about what they do. For clients, this translates into a thorough exploration of design possibilities, with multiple layout options whenever possible, and an offering of cutting-edge materials and furnishings for the adventurous client. (We do, however, know how to reign ourselves in). There is no cookie cutter in our design toolbox. Your Alpha designer will work closely with an estimator/project manager to ensure that the design is practical and fits your budget.

Our design team has the knowledge and expertise to help you bring your dream design to life, and our project managers, carpenters, and tradesmen have the skills to get the job done with the quality you expect. At Alpha Design + Build, we believe that a properly designed project is less expensive, completed more quickly, and has fewer cost overruns than a project done “on the fly.” Our process puts you first!

Contact us today to set up a consultation and start creating your dream home.

Sunday, August 1, 2021

How to Create a Multipurpose Basement

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Homes that have extra, unused basement space are great for multipurpose rooms, but it can be overwhelming figuring out where to start.

Finishing a basement to create extra space for your family can raise the value of your home and give you the much-needed dedicated work space or home gym you need.

Here are a few additional tips for maximum storage and functionality:

  1. Utilize multi-functional furnishings: Pieces that fold away neatly to free up floor space or double-duty pieces that can transform into something else entirely are key to making a room work for several activities. A fold-away desk or furniture that doubles as storage space are great ideas.
  2. Don’t overlook corners: The addition of L-shaped corner desks or corner shelving can improve space that might be otherwise overlooked or under-utilized. Added shelving can multiply a room’s storage space, freeing up floors and closets.
  3. Look up: Vertical expansion is key! Walls are valuable real estate for hanging chairs, and fold-up furniture. If you don’t have much wall space, you can also use the back of doors for hanging storage.
  4. Clear clutter: Creative storage options like walk-in closets with shallow cabinets, wall hooks, and a built-in shelving will help you keep a space clean and easier to transform depending on your needs. The key is having a dedicated storage spot for toys, craft supplies, and workout gear. When every item has its place, you can find what you need quickly.

Finished Basements Feel like a Breath of Fresh Air

Basements are no longer the dark, dingy collector of boxes and spiders they once were. Today's basements have transformed into spare bedrooms, entertainment hubs, bars, and man-caves, adding important living space and value to your home. Read more about basement finishing on our website!

Let our interior designers and craftsmen team up to create the perfect space for your needs! Contact us today to get started on your basement remodel!

Friday, July 16, 2021

Don’t Skimp on Your Kitchen Faucet!

When is the last time you seriously thought about your kitchen faucet? 

You likely use this fixture every day, but many of us use our faucets without giving them or their functionality much thought. 

A great kitchen sink and faucet can make a huge difference to the way your kitchen works, and this is yet another opportunity for surprising design! 


1) What goes on in your sink? You need a faucet that’s built to handle anything you throw at it. Are you using the sink for dishes nonstop? Are you using it primarily for food prep? Choose a handle, spout height, and sprayer that works the way you need them to.

2) What type of handle do you need? Between one handle faucets, two handle faucets, or hands-free faucets, you have a decision to make! The convenience of hands-free may be tempting if you’re particularly hands on in the kitchen. Traditional two-handle faucets may be more your style. 

3) How many holes are in your sink? Confused? You may have never noticed how many holes are in your sink counter, but it’s important to know before you buy! What looks like handles and spouts on the outside can turn out to be something else entirely under the sink. One-hole faucets offer a clean and simple look, but two- or three-hole sink counters are more common. (Ex: One hole for the spout, and another for a soap dispenser, or three holes – one for the spout, and a hole on each side, one for a cold water handle, and the other for a hot water handle)

Whatever faucet you choose, we can help! Read more about kitchen design on our website!

Whether your kitchen needs a new look, or you want to tear the walls down and start over, our interior designers can bring beauty and functionality into this key space. Maybe you’re looking for a low-maintenance flooring, upgraded countertops, or built-ins for added space. 

Many problems can be solved with the help of a new set of expert eyes. We’re great with tight spaces and can help you envision a place you’ll love and where memories are made. 

Contact us today to find out more!

Thursday, July 1, 2021

Create a Showroom Kitchen with Accent Light Fixtures

Looking for a way to make a splash with your kitchen design?

Not comfortable with a bold paint color, but still want to make your space have that “wow” factor?

Use an accent piece like a chandelier or other ultra-modern light fixture to make a statement. Lighting is one of the easiest ways to make one quick change that has lasting impact. 

Pendant lights, chandeliers, and other fixtures can be both practical and aesthetically pleasing! 

Some examples are:

  • Mini pendant lights – perfect for over kitchen islands or bar, mini pendants are smaller than the standard 8–10-inch lights that can sometimes overwhelm the “skyline” of your space. These smaller, often skinny lights are the perfect solution.
  • Industrial bulbs – This style can have a huge impact despite being minimalist. 
  • Brass lights – brass is back! This material is the perfect blend of classic and contemporary. 
  • Chandelier – Amp up the glam with a gorgeous crystal chandelier that will have a huge impact even if the rest of your kitchen has an understated style. 

Have more questions about kitchen lighting? Read more on our website!

We can help! We can help you pair the right lighting design with your home’s color scheme and finishes to create a seamless look. Contact us today to learn more!

Friday, June 18, 2021

Our Design Process: The Key to Your Successful Remodeling Project

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Are you considering remodeling your Ann Arbor home?

Do you feel overwhelmed by all the design options?

Do you want peace of mind knowing you have a design team that will bring your vision to life and get the job done right, on time, and on budget?

At Alpha Design + Build, we believe that a properly designed project is less expensive, completed more quickly, and has fewer cost overruns than a project done “on the fly.”

If you don’t know where to start, that’s where we come in!

Design-build contractors offer a model based on collaboration. The designer and builder are working together as a team to come up with a design that works functionally, aesthetically, and financially. It’s important in this case you find a company that’s honest, competent, and does great work.

You’ve probably heard horror stories about contractors that don’t do the job correctly, continually add unexpected costs pushing you over your budget, or don’t finish the job! Making sure your needs are met is our top priority.

Read more on our website!

Choose Alpha Design Build in Ann Arbor!

Whether it’s a kitchen, bath, basement, addition, or remodeling your entire house, we’ve built our 30+ year reputation on exacting design and workmanship. Our designers, project managers, craftsmen, and trades partners take immense pride in their work and in providing smiles from start to finish! Contact us today to get started.