Monday, May 16, 2022

Kitchen Cabinet Upgrades


Trying to make your kitchen trendier? 

Besides bold colors, consider these other upgrades when buying cabinets for the kitchen:

  1. Roll-Out Shelving – Custom kitchens have lots of built-in features to add functionality and adding shelving to your cabinets can be done on a budget! Consider a roll-out shelf for bottom cabinets to make it easier to store pots and pans.
  2. Flat-front cabinets – Also called slab doors, flat-front doors are solid with no panels or any other framing. This simple, minimalist look works really well for modern kitchens.
  3. Soft close cabinets – Consider this type of hinge for your cabinets to reduce noise in your kitchen. Drawers and doors suffer damage over the years of being slammed close, so this is a great way to preserve your cabinets.

Whether your kitchen simply needs a new look, or you want to tear the walls down and start over, our team can bring beauty and functionality into this key space. Maybe you're looking for 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.

More color and kitchen design recommendations are on our website!

Trust Your Kitchen Design in Ann Arbor to the Experts

Although there is a lot to think about when designing a new kitchen, just browsing some trends and ideas can help you decide what you like and what’s most important to you. Start a conversation about your kitchen design with experts and give us a call today! We’re ready to work with you to design and build the perfect space.

Sunday, May 1, 2022

Refresh Your Kitchen with Colorful Cabinets


Looking for a way to brighten up your kitchen? 

No matter what size space you have, a bright, bold color for your kitchen cabinets could be the key to making your space feel light and airy. 

  1. Go Green – Embrace nature with green cabinets! Green cabinets range from fresh mint to earthy sage, to deep foliage green. Green can be a soothing shade and looks great in modern or traditional kitchens.
  2. Sunshine Yellow – Bolder, brighter, and warmer shades are a growing trend. Use sunset yellows or oranges on simple cabinet styles like slab or Shaker rather than traditional cabinets and use a paler shade in a smaller room. Keep in mind – while yellows are easier to keep clean than whites, they won’t be as grime-concealing as dark cabinets.

More color and design recommendations are on our website!

Trust Your Kitchen Design in Ann Arbor to the Experts

Although there is a lot to think about when designing a new kitchen, just browsing some trends and ideas can help you decide what you like and what’s most important to you. Start a conversation about your kitchen design with experts and give us a call today! We’re ready to work with you to design and build the perfect space.

Saturday, April 16, 2022

Functional Mudroom Storage and Layout

Layout, Location, and Organization

There are many layout, location, and organization options for a mudroom. Ask your home remodeling team about the following:

  • One-wall organizers: If you only have one wall, think creatively and design a system that incorporates lots of needs – baskets, hooks, cubbies, and drawers. A bench or a wall unit or shelving and cabinetry work perfect in small spaces.
  • Closet systems: With a well-thought-out system inside, a closet can be a good spot to corral all the shoes, jackets, umbrellas, dog leashes and backpacks that get shuffled about. Small decorative touches make a big impact here once you incorporate shelving, hooks, and easily accessible storage.
  • Utility and Storage: Often outfitted with a washer and dryer, maybe even a sink, this is a space that can take advantage of storage, with loads of shelving, cabinetry, and countertops to consider.

 Read more about how Alpha Design+Build can create your perfect mudroom on our website!

Choose a Professional Home Remodeling Company for an Easy, Beautiful Mudroom

We’ve designed beautiful, organized mudrooms for many clients, and love helping our clients find new functionality in their homes.

The Design Build method, built on collaboration and communication, unifies the designer and builder as a single entity. Our team includes professional designers, project managers and master carpenters working together to provide beautiful custom living spaces and ensuring our clients have a smile on their face from start to finish!

Friday, April 1, 2022

Add a Mudroom for Extra Space in Your Home


A mudroom is something that you may have not realized that you needed until your family has grown or until you bring home that pet that comes in and out multiple times a day. 

Maybe you need extra space for backpacks, shoes, and outdoor gear. Whatever your needs are, the right home remodeling team can make it happen.  

Plan your Mudroom to Cut Clutter 

Mudrooms can be a key space that make your home more attractive and productive. When designed properly, mudrooms give you a user-friendly space for storage for everything from items for your daily commute to hobbies and pets or sports. 

From a simple bench with hooks above to a large room with extras like a charging station, think about all the options and how they fit into your budget and lifestyle.

Cut clutter by creating different zones in your mudroom like a “go-to zone” by the exterior door for keys, coats, and shoes, and a “laundry zone” around the washer and dryer. You can also create a “pet zone” for storage of food and supplies.

Read more about how Alpha Design+Build can create your perfect mudroom on our website!

Choose a Professional Home Remodeling Company for an Easy, Beautiful Mudroom 

We’ve designed beautiful, organized mudrooms for many clients, and love helping our clients find new functionality in their homes.

The Design Build method, built on collaboration and communication, unifies the designer and builder as a single entity. Our team includes professional designers, project managers and master carpenters working together to provide beautiful custom living spaces and ensuring our clients have a smile on their face from start to finish!


Thursday, March 17, 2022

Tips for Organizing Your Bathroom


Most of us don’t have endless space in our homes to devote to the bathroom. 

That means we end up needing to get a lot out of a smaller space. As a result, one thing we often hear from our clients who are considering a bath remodel is adding more functionality to their space.

Our recommendations for adding function to your bathroom design and remodel:

  • Durable Materials: increase the function of your bathroom by choosing materials that are easy to take care of and hold up to moisture. Check out wood-look ceramic tiles instead of hardwood flooring.
  • Built-Ins: get some storage out of your wall space without sacrificing floor space when you build shelving and cabinetry into the wall. Recessed medicine cabinets and open shelves create space to make it easier to keep your bathroom tidy and have an expensive, custom look.
  • Lighting: although we use the bathroom for grooming, makeup, and generally checking ourselves out, it’s often the worst lit room in the house! Bring more light into your space with wall sconces, recessed lighting, more windows, or a lighted vanity mirror. If you like using your bathroom as a relaxation zone, consider making at least one of your lighting upgrades dimmable to set the mood.
  • More Storage: adding storage is an essential design element for increased function. In your bathroom you can get the most of your storage by choosing floor to ceiling cabinetry instead of more traditional small cabinets. If you have the space, you can also place a chest or wardrobe in the room for added storage and design flare.  

Read more of our kitchen and bath design tips on our website!

As design specialists with nearly three decades of experience, the team at Alpha Design + Build knows exactly how to bring more function to your bathroom. 

A great design begins with a great plan, and we have the knowledge and access to bring a world of exciting materials and fixtures to your door while helping you stick to a budget.

Contact us today to get started!

Thursday, March 3, 2022

Cabinet Storage Solutions for Your Kitchen


Is your kitchen less than organized? 

Do you have small appliances, cookbooks, extra utensils, and other clutter lining your countertops? 

Your kitchen is one of the most used rooms in your home. The kitchen is truly the heart of your home, and you can turn it into your favorite room with some storage solutions to help get your clutter under control.

Every inch of counter space is prime real estate! Keep everything organized with these tips:

  1. Install a slide-out prep station: If you’re short on counter space, you can get a butcher block board installed inside a drawer. If you want to be extra efficient, cut a hole in the board and keep a slim garbage can underneath for peels and pits.
  2. Double up on shelves: Using wire shelf risers, you can increase your vertical storage space, giving you more room for mugs, dishes, and bowls.
  3. Supermarket pantry: Give your pantry a makeover and follow the “first in, first out” rule. Put the newest boxes and containers behind what’s already open, and keep things organized with labeled containers.
  4. Ensure your storage is working in the best way possible: If you’re not making the most of your shelves and drawers, you could be wasting a whole lot of kitchen space. Consider moving around the shelves every so often as you reorganize. Most of us leave the layout of our kitchens the way it was when we moved in, but you can add up to 50% more storage space simply by changing the layout to make it more efficient.

Read more of our tips for kitchen and bath design on our website!

Great Kitchens are Built on Great Design

Whether your kitchen simply needs a new look, or you want to tear the walls down and start over, our designers will bring beauty and functionality into this key space. Maybe you're looking for 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 will help you envision a place you'll love and where memories are made.

A great kitchen begins with a great plan, and we have the knowledge and access to bring a world of exciting materials and fixtures to your door while helping you stick to a budget.

Contact us today to get started!

Wednesday, February 16, 2022

2022 Kitchen Design Trends


Want to freshen up your kitchen this year?

Have you always wanted to redesign your space, but you’re not sure where to start? There are so many kitchen design elements to decide on!

Your kitchen can be functional and beautiful, and our designers have the skills to make it happen. Before you start planning your remodel, consider some of the top design trends sure to be a big hit in 2022:

  1. Updated appliances, especially the oven: Experts say induction ovens are going to be big in 2022. As an alternative to typical gas ranges, induction cooking is seen to be a safer, more eco-friendly option.
  2. High-tech appliances: According to Houzz, more than one-third of homeowners say they splurged on a kitchen appliance with high-tech features. Appliances with wireless and smartphone controls are popular, as are using apps to see what’s inside your fridge without even opening the door.

Read more of our tips for kitchen design on our website!

Need Help Designing Your Dream Kitchen?


Alpha Design + Build has been helping families in Washtenaw and the surrounding counties create their dream kitchens for years and is ready to help you too.

Our design team has the vision to bring your dream to life, and our experienced contractors have the know-how to make it happen on time and on budget. Contact us today to get started!