Thursday, December 1, 2022

Get More Use Out of Your Basement!

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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 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.

Here’s 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 the 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 here 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.


Read more creative ideas for a multi-functional home remodel on our website!

Making your space work best for your family can be done efficiently, and with a new remodel, you can get a custom design that includes the best storage options you need. 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

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

Thursday, November 17, 2022

Convenience without Sacrificing Style with Bathroom Tech

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Do you dream of a spa-like bathroom in your home where you can unwind after a long day?

When you picture it, does your ideal bathroom also include tech features like heated floors, motion-sensor faucets, and a defogging mirror?

According to Houzz, some people add tech features to their space to improve the overall safety and usability of their bathrooms. Here are some safety features that can be implemented during your bathroom remodel:

  • Smart water sensors for under the sink, bath, and shower that can detect leaks before they become problematic, potentially saving you hundreds on repair work
  • Reduced tap flow and digital temperature control settings, conserving money and water
  • Programmable features like a timed shower setting or a tooth brushing option at the faucet that runs for an allotted time-frame, conserving water
  • Ambient lighting under the toilet as low-level lighting, and motion sensor lighting so you don’t forget to turn the light off when you leave the room, and reduce the risk of injury if you need to get up in the middle of the night

Want to make your life easier and shave five minutes off your morning routine? Here are some popular tech features to get your morning started with ease:

  • Demisting mirrors to save time after a hot shower
  • Refrigerated bathroom cabinets that can keep medicines and skin-care products cool
  • Digital showers that preheat the water to your preferred temperature

Read the full article about bathroom remodeling on our website!

Ready to Begin Your Bathroom Remodeling Project?

If any of these tech ideas have the wheels spinning in your mind for your next bathroom remodel, we can help!

We work with materials from the indulgent to the budget-conscious to create baths our clients will love for years. We'll identify current trends that will enhance your lifestyle and also consider your long-term needs and resale value. Our experience and attention to detail will ensure your bathroom will be a calming and organized oasis.

Friday, November 4, 2022

Better Hygiene with Smart Bathroom Tech

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Have a kid who doesn’t always remember how long to brush their teeth? What about a germaphobe in the family? There are so many timer-based and touchless technology options available for you to choose from:

  1. Smart toilets that don’t require hands or toilet paper, reducing cross-contamination and saving paper waste. Some already in use in Asia also include temperature-controlled water, spritzing wands, and automatic dryers
  2. Timer functions for the sink that include a tooth brushing setting to make sure everyone has sparkly, clean teeth
  3. Self-cleaning toilets and antimicrobial seats
  4. Touchless technology at the faucet

Read more about bathroom remodeling on our website!

Ready to Begin Your Bathroom Remodeling Project?

If any of these tech ideas have the wheels spinning in your mind for your next bathroom remodel, we can help!

We work with materials from the indulgent to the budget-conscious to create baths our clients will love for years. We'll identify current trends that will enhance your lifestyle and also consider your long-term needs and resale value. Our experience and attention to detail will ensure your bathroom will be a calming and organized oasis.

Monday, October 17, 2022

Create Ways to Promote Wellness in Home Design


Have you been paying more attention to your physical and mental health this year?

Did you know home design can affect your mental health?

Designing for wellness at home means creating spaces that promote good physical and mental health. Incorporating everything from improved air quality to using textures, materials, colors, shapes, and even furniture layouts can ease anxiety and make you feel more relaxed and productive.

Experts at Houzz recommend the following small, doable adjustments:

  •  Get rid of tripping hazards: Especially as we age, eliminating fall hazards while undergoing the kitchen and bath remodeling process is crucial! Some of the biggest tripping hazards are rugs, cords, and items that get left out like bags and shoes. Consider a design that has a place to store everything, and choose materials that minimize the chances of an at-home injury, especially in the bathrooms. 
  • Set up the kitchen for healthy meal prep: Design your kitchen to promote preparation of healthy foods! An uncluttered and hygienic space that functions well for meal prep is essential. Make everything in the pantry easy to access, and consider open shelves rather than closed cabinets so you can easily see ingredients.

Read more about custom kitchen and bath remodeling on our website!

If you want to make your home feel like a more productive and nurturing space, we can help! Talk to us about kitchen and bath remodeling today.

Thursday, October 6, 2022

Building a Natural Connection through Home Design


Whether we’re at home or at the spa, we all want a better connection to nature! Using natural elements in your home design and architecture can help you feel more grounded and anxiety-free.

The major focus in designing wellness spaces is creating a place that’s aesthetically pleasing to the eye and the body!

Consider these design elements:

  • Add plants (even fake ones) for a lush, calming feeling
  • Use wood elements like cabinets, or wood finishes
  • Bring the outside in by using deep greens and blues in your color schemes

Read more about custom kitchen and bath remodeling on our website!

If you want to make your home feel like a more productive and nurturing space, we can help! Talk to us about kitchen and bath remodeling today.

Friday, September 16, 2022

How to Make the Most of an Under-Utilized Basement

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Is your basement the one unfinished item on your home remodeling to-do list?

Do you have a hard time envisioning the right design for the size and functionality of your space?

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.

Whether you want your basement to be a family play area, an in-home movie theater, or just an area in your home for extra storage, you should hire reliable basement finishing contractors to help you get the job done!

Read the full article on our website!

What Makes Alpha Design + Build Different from the Competition?

Alpha’s process has been honed over 30 years in the industry. We rely heavily on your input as you communicate with your designer, project manager, and craftsmen to bring your vision of your home to life.

We’ll start with a no-cost, in-home consultation to see your space, get to know you, and talk about ideas and budget. Once your design agreement is signed, we get to work taking pictures and measurements of your site, which we’ll use to present a preliminary 3-D design and an estimate.

Thursday, September 1, 2022

Choose Design-Build Basement Finishing Contractors

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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 to find such 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 that push you over your budget, or don’t finish the job at all! Making sure your needs are met is our top priority.

Wouldn’t it be great if you could see what your project will look like before work begins? You’ll be able to see your vision come to life right before your eyes.

Basement finishing contractors can help you fully or partially finish your basement to bring your home new warmth, style, and comfort.

Read more about basement finishing on our website!

Why choose us? 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 work to select products and finishes to minimize variances in your final cost.

Whether it’s a kitchen, bath, basement, or additions, 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!