Tuesday, December 1, 2020

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


Is your basement nothing more than extra storage space?

Do you wish you could get more out of your home’s extra square footage? Now that we’re all 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 are notorious for being one of the trickiest spots to design. Basements can be sprawling in some homes, or tiny in others. They’re often oddly-shaped, sometimes with low ceilings, and it’s easy to feel stuck when trying to think through the design possibilities.

Read more about considerations for your basement remodel on our website!

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.

Monday, November 16, 2020

Baths Designed for Lasting Use and Aesthetic Delight


According to the National Association of Home Builders, personalized spas as part of a main bathroom experience is one of the top remodeling projects most homeowners have on their to-do lists. Homeowners identified these spa elements as high on their list of priorities:

  1. In-shower LED lighting
  2. Roomy showers with benches or seats
  3. Steam showers
  4. Comfort-height toilet seats
  5. Radiant heat flooring
  6. Lounge chairs or chaise lounge seating

How Expensive Are Spa Add-ons?

The word “spa” can mean different things to different homeowners. It can mean having a jacuzzi tub or steam room installed, or even a sauna. It can also include a lounge chair, and a large shower with high-tech additions like LED lights and music capabilities.

A typical small bath remodel could cost $20,000 or more. Depending on the cost of your fixtures, cabinets, demolition, complexity of plumbing/electrical/layout, etc… a more advanced, spa-like remodel could cost twice or even three times that.

Visit our website to learn more!

Our experience and attention to detail will ensure your bathroom will be a calming and organized oasis. You begin your busy day and wind down at bedtime in this often-neglected room. Let us inspire you to create your dream space! Contact us today!

Sunday, November 1, 2020

How Expensive Are Spa Add-Ons?


Do you want to redo your main or first floor bathroom?

Do you want to upgrade your fixtures and create a spa-like oasis?

A luxurious bathroom with the most up-to-date technologies and fixtures is within your reach!
 

The word “spa” can mean different things to different homeowners. It can mean having a jacuzzi tub or steam room installed, or even a sauna. It can also include a lounge chair, and a large shower with high-tech additions like LED lights and music capabilities.

A typical small bath remodel could cost $20,000 or more. Depending on the cost of your fixtures, cabinets, demolition, complexity of plumbing/electrical/layout, etc… a more advanced, spa-like remodel could cost twice or even three times that. However, the 2020 Cost vs Value Report indicates an upscale bathroom remodel in Ann Arbor typically recoups over 37% of its cost making it one of the better remodeling investments.

To read more about the cost of a spa-like bathroom remodel vs. a traditional remodel, visit our website!

Baths Designed for Lasting Use and Aesthetic Delight

A well-designed bath that is comfortable for users of many sizes and abilities can also be the loveliest bath on the block. We work with materials from the indulgent to the budget-conscious to create baths our clients will love for years.

We'll work together to identify current trends that will enhance your lifestyle and resale value, and also your long-term needs. Floating vanities and toilets are not only trending and gorgeous, but much easier for cleaning around and under. Walk-in showers are chic, but also great as we age. Will you require the timeless and classic look of marble or the durability of quartz and porcelain?

Our experience and attention to detail will ensure your bathroom will be a calming and organized oasis. You begin your busy day and wind down at bedtime in this often-neglected room. Let us inspire you to create your dream space! Contact us today!

Saturday, October 17, 2020

Basements Don't Have to be Dark and Dingy


Are you working from home this fall? What about the kids? Are they online schooling?

If you’ve been home since mid-March, you’ve probably noticed that you need to put the space in your home to better use to suit everyone’s needs. Whether it’s a quiet space for homework or Zoom meetings, or a makeshift gym space, your basement could be the solution you’ve been looking for.

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. We’ll use multiple ceiling planes, conceal pipes and ducts, add French doors or semi-custom cabinets to give you elegance while creating a prime entertaining space.

Visit our website to see our gallery of finished basements.

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!

Now until October 31, 2020, get a $500 credit toward your flooring choice when you sign a design agreement!

Thursday, October 1, 2020

Make Your Basement a Multifunctional Space


Do you have a hard time figuring out how to find space for home schooling, working from home, or working out?

Do you think your basement would be a good place to fit all of these needs, but you’re not sure how to make it happen?

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.

Visit our website to see tips for storage and functionality!

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.

Let our interior designers and craftsman team up to create the perfect space for your needs! Contact us today to get started on your basement remodel! Now until October 31, 2020, get a $500 credit toward your flooring choice when you sign a design agreement!

Friday, September 18, 2020

Keep Your Kitchen Organized and Clean


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.

Read our full list of kitchen storage tips on our website!

De-clutter One Drawer at a Time

Remember – you don’t have to rearrange and clean out your entire kitchen all at once! Start with one drawer, one cabinet, or one shelf. It can make a huge difference, and tackling one small project at a time will keep you from getting too overwhelmed.

Contact us today to get started!

 

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Storage Ideas for Your Kitchen


Is your kitchen less than organized? 

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

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. 

Let’s face it: we all have a junk drawer and a couple large utensils that we don’t know what to do with. Especially in these times when we’re all home and cooking more than usual, it’s important to keep the kitchen neat and tidy. 

Visit our website for our top storage tips!

Great kitchens are built on a great design

Whether your kitchen simply needs a new look, or you want to tear the walls down and start over, our designers can bring beauty and functionality into this key space. Maybe you're looking for low-maintenance flooring, upgraded counter tops, 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.