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! 

Consider:

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.

Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Why Choose a Design Build Company?

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Are you redesigning your home or remodeling a few rooms?

Are you moving into a new home and want to get work completed before you move in completely?

Home remodeling work can be overwhelming, and when you hire professionals, you want to be sure you’re choosing a company that truly understands your vision and helps you achieve the perfect design.

That’s where we come in! Alpha is a design build company in Ann Arbor, and we work with you to make your remodeling dreams come true. 

Read more on our website!

Other companies go in with a low price and then add extra costs along the way. As a result, you may go over budget. We work hard to present a realistic cost up front and do work at the beginning to select products and finishes to minimize variances in your final cost.

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!

Monday, May 17, 2021

The Importance of Design


From the moment we step inside your home, our work is about YOU! First of all, we’ll be wearing masks and shoe coverings. Then we’ll spend some time getting to know you and getting your thoughts for your remodeled space. We’ll explore your design possibilities and gather ideas for flooring, hardware, counter tops and more. 

Once you’ve signed a design agreement, we begin our work getting measurements and photos of your site. We’ll talk about space planning and products so we can present a preliminary 3D design and rough estimate. The 3D design helps you visualize what your new kitchen, bathroom, or basement will look like once it is completed. That allows us to make any necessary modifications and create a final design based on your final selections and feedback. We believe there should be no surprises in your remodeling experience (except good ones). A detailed, comprehensive design also allows for accurate product ordering, an easy permit process, and floor plans that can be expertly built by our craftsmen.  

The Design Must Meet your Budget and Timeline

A great design is only useful if it meets your budget and timeline. You’ve probably heard horror stories about contractors that continually add unexpected costs pushing you over your budget. Estimating is a key part of the Design phase. As a result of careful design documentation, our estimates are detailed and specific, allowing you to rely on us to bring the project to completion for that price. In addition, the team member who writes your estimate will also be your project manager, providing consistency through each phase. 

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.

Saturday, May 1, 2021

How our 3-D Process Brings Your Design to Life


Remodeling your home?

Wouldn’t it be great if you could see your remodel before the work is actually completed?

We know how exciting – and overwhelming – it is to start a new home improvement project! To make sure you’re happy with the final product, we show it to you at the beginning. We use 3-D drawings to show you our design ideas, get your feedback, and ensure we’ve realized your vision before moving to construction.

We love the classics, but are constantly seeking new and exciting materials. When you make a design decision, we want you to feel sure you’ve explored enough. So often we hear, “Oh, I would NEVER have thought of that! I love it”! Those are some of the most satisfying moments in the process. Seeing finish samples and products in person helps ensure your space will come together as expected.

The Design Must Meet your Budget and Timeline

A great design is only useful if it meets your budget and timeline. Estimating is a key part of the Design phase. As a result of careful design documentation, our estimates are detailed and specific, allowing you to rely on us to bring the project to completion for that price. In addition, the team member who writes your estimate will also be your project manager, providing consistency through each phase.

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.