Friday, February 16, 2024

How to Choose the Right Hardware and Accessories for your Kitchen Remodel


Getting ready to redesign your kitchen?

There are so many options to choose from – paint colors, cabinet styles and colors, flooring, storage, and finishes.

From sleek and modern to classic and ornate, hardware can completely transform the look and feel of your kitchen.

  1. Matte black finishes – Stainless steel and chrome are a timeless look, but to really step up your kitchen design, consider matte black. Especially against white cabinetry, matte black offers a sleek, polished look.
  2. Latches rather than knobs – Many different varieties of pull bars are available, and some homeowners are forgoing square and tubular pulls altogether in favor of an ages or antique brass latch. It can provide a striking look, but they aren’t super practical – consider using a latch for a cabinet that has decorative items, for example.
  3. Mixing and matching knobs and pulls – If you can’t decide on a classic knob for your cabinets or a pull on a drawer, you can mix and match! It really depends on what is most practical for you and your family. Just know if you’re not replacing your cabinets, but just the hardware, you’re going to have to fill all the old holes and they may still be slightly visible afterwards.

Read more on our website!

Begin a Kitchen Remodel for Your Ann Arbor Home

Luxury is a treat that can be enjoyed at any scale! Whether you’re doing a full kitchen remodel for your Ann Arbor home or just upgrading your fixtures and appliances, you can create a kitchen that looks like it’s right off the pages of an architectural magazine.  

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!

Thursday, February 1, 2024

Maximizing Space with Your Kitchen Remodel

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Need more space for prep work or storage? Do you wish you had better lighting, and sleeker, more modern appliances?

Whether you’re doing a redesign or a full kitchen renovation, careful planning can help you create a kitchen that will be beautiful as well as functional. 

Even a large kitchen can go to waste with a design that doesn’t consider efficiency. Explore some ideas to get a feel for the ways you can use your kitchen space more effectively when you remodel. 

  • Make a list: what works and what doesn’t with your current layout? You might be tempted to skip this step; but writing it all out will help you make better design decisions. 
  • Use your vertical space: going vertical makes your kitchen larger and more functional. Floor-to-ceiling cabinets create a ton of storage space and keep your counters clear.  Also consider a hanging rack for pots and pans, storing items below cabinets with hooks, and installing magnetic strips for knife and spice storage. 

Read more on our website!

Begin a Kitchen Remodel for Your Ann Arbor Home

Luxury is a treat that can be enjoyed at any scale! Whether you’re doing a full kitchen remodel for your Ann Arbor home or just upgrading your fixtures and appliances, you can create a kitchen that looks like it’s right off the pages of an architectural magazine.  

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!

Monday, January 1, 2024

Create a Cozy, Welcoming Home in 2024


There are so many ways to make your home feel warm and inviting, and there’s never been a better time than in winter to make a change!

Even if you prefer a simplistic, modern style for your home, you can balance a clean and tidy space with cozy textures.

  1. A cozy, cushioned runner for the kitchen – Kitchens can feel sterile or boring, so make yours feel warmer and cozier with a cushioned rug! Choose one that’s machine washable for easy cleaning.
  2. Table lamps and warm lighting – Avoid using the ceiling light when you want to relax for an extra cozy feeling. Instead, add other light sources throughout your home like sconces, floor lamps, and table lamps for warm, subtle lighting.
  3. Warm wood tones – Include warm wood tones in your d├ęcor! Consider a white oak console table, or a light wood toned coffee table in the middle of the room to warm up your space.

More design ideas are on our website! 

Your custom design + build experts in Ann Arbor!

The hardest space to re-envision is usually the one you live in -- even for professional designers! Sometimes clients begin the design conversation by telling us, “I know there’s nothing you can do about this layout…” We prefer to begin with the assumption that there’s not much we can’t do. 

Our local know-how ensures a smooth process. Although Ann Arbor is our home, we’ve been working with building officials in jurisdictions from Jackson to Livonia since 1989. You can be confident that your project will be designed right the first time and will meet local requirements.

Contact us today for home renovation in Ann Arbor and the surrounding communities! We can help you breathe new life into your space.

Friday, December 15, 2023

Upgrade Your Basic Kitchen Cabinets

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Trying to make your kitchen bolder and trendier? Consider mixing up the colors on your upper and lower cabinets, or by adding cabinets to your island.

Other upgrades to consider when buying cabinets for the kitchen are:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Read more and see one of our kitchen remodeling before and after transformations on our website.

Need Help Designing Your Dream Kitchen?

There are so many design elements to decide on, if you need help, you should talk to the pros! 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.

If you’ve been putting off a kitchen and bath remodel in Ann Arbor, now is the time to finally make it happen. Contact us today to get started!

Friday, December 1, 2023

Kitchen Design Inspiration

Whether you’re doing a redesign or a full kitchen renovation, careful planning can help you create a kitchen that will be beautiful as well as functional.

Your kitchen is a multi-functional space used for cooking, cleaning, eating, entertaining, and even as a home-schooling room. You should love spending time in this space, and a thoughtful design can make that happen.

Looking for inspiration? We’ve got you covered!

  1. Be smart with organization! Think about how and where you typically use certain items. For example, keep your flatware near the dishwasher to ease the process of unloading clean dishes.
  2. Wide walkways are key. Make sure your floor plan includes enough room between the island (if it exists) and cabinets, and make sure aisles are wide enough. You want to be able to easily move through the space while you’re alone and when your family is also in the space.
  3. Consider traffic flow! For a kid-friendly kitchen design, make the refrigerator accessible to both people cooking and those who just want to sneak in for a snack. Also take care to keep the cooktop out of high traffic areas.
  4. Go for stainless steel accents. Besides appliances, consider other stainless accents like pendant lights, vent hoods, and drawer handles.

Read more and see one of our kitchen remodeling before and after transformations on our website.

Need Help Designing Your Dream Kitchen?

There are so many design elements to decide on, if you need help, you should talk to the pros! 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.

If you’ve been putting off a kitchen and bath remodel in Ann Arbor, now is the time to finally make it happen. Contact us today to get started!

Wednesday, November 15, 2023

How Does Construction with a Design-Build Firm Work?

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During construction, our clients have access to a designer and a project manager as well as the lead carpenter in charge of the project. We know that communication is absolutely key to our clients weathering the disruption of remodeling. We’ll do all we can to keep your project moving and reduce that disruption—and that starts with being available when you call.

Over the course of the project, your project manager will:

  • Be available to you for questions and concerns

Your lead carpenter will:

  • Do much of the construction and installation work
  • Supervise tradesmen as necessary
  • Answer your day-to-day questions

When your project is finished, we know you’ll be pleased you chose Alpha. Our goal is to hear from you the next time you’re ready to remodel or build. We want you to tell all of your friends and family about the good experience you had with us. That’s how we’ve built our 30+ years of success.

Our warranty guarantees our work for a year. Please ask any of our clients about our responsiveness when questions or issues arise—far beyond that one year. Once you’ve worked with us, you’re part of a family.

Read more on our website!

Choose Alpha Design Build for Kitchen and Bath Remodeling 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 on your kitchen and bath remodeling project in Ann Arbor.


Wednesday, November 1, 2023

A Design-Build Firm for Your Kitchen and Bath Remodeling Project

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When you hire Alpha Design + Build, you can be sure that all your design wants and needs will be considered during every phase of the project. You’ll also have peace of mind knowing that the same company is doing the work start to finish, so you won’t have to worry about communication errors or delays in your project.

How does it work?

It Starts with a Dream and our Design Center

We understand that most building and remodeling projects are a major investment for our clients, and they can be a nerve-wracking foray into the unknown. You may be worried that someone will take advantage of you. You may have heard some frightening first-hand accounts of remodeling nightmares. We’ve worked with many clients who say, “I sure wish we had hired you last time.”

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.

Read more about our process on our website!

Choose Alpha Design Build for Kitchen and Bath Remodeling 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 on your kitchen and bath remodeling project in Ann Arbor.