Case Study: Update Kitchen - Maintain Simple Elegance

photo of exterior of Parkridge residence showing glass wall panels and orange door with large glass panel
David Osler designed home – kitchen side of exterior.

Parkridge Residence: Glass-Walls and Alder Veneer Custom Cabinets

AT ACHESON BUILDERS, we do not have to be the star in every show. We listen to our clients’ wants and needs, and sometimes that means NOT doing our own design.

In this 1960s home, we built on the beautiful minimalist ideas of the original architect, David Osler, as extended through the current homeowners sense of taste (both architects themselves) in order to provide a beautifully UPDATED kitchen that retains the unique lines, neutral colors, elegance and simplicity of style, while improving functionality and comfort.

What Acheson Builders brought to the Project:

  • Design input for feasibility and function
  • Project planning & problem solving
  • Superior quality craftsmanship
  • Tailoring to meet budgetary constraints
  • Experience to deal with technical difficulties that inevitably arise
  • Satisfied clients!
before-remodeling photo of Parkridge House - peeling veneer on kitchen cabinets and island with sink
Kitchen before remodeling.
Parkridge Custom Kitchen Cabinets and Island plus glass walls and glass door
Updated kitchen interior – orange door, lots of glass, same simple lines

Updated Kitchen Includes:

  • Custom built cabinetry: plain sliced clear alder, continuous vertical veneer, on Baltic Birch plywood
  • Soft close hinges, full extension drawer slides, better sized storage spaces
  • Quartz countertops and glass tile backsplash to replace worn and dated Formica
  • All new, better fitting, modern appliances and vent hood vs. less functional versions
  • Muted gray floor tile and subtle cabinet knobs, to accentuate wood cabinets
Parkridge custom kitchen cabinets and Island.
Kitchen island drawer edge shows 13-ply alder veneer construction.
photo: Detroit Free Press
Custom cabinets finished with alder veneer.
photo: Detroit Free Press
Kitchen table with glass walls and full-panel glass door.
photo: Detroit Free Press
photo of kitchen wall cabinets four corners pulls
photo: Detroit Free Press


. . . is a custom designer/builder serving Ann Arbor and surrounding communities for over 45 years.

Our integrity, design skills, and smooth processes help our clients feel worry-free as they entrust us to improve their home and their lifestyle

photo of Jim Acheson and an Acheson Builders staff member at drafting table

Our Core Mission

. . . is to artfully and carefully solve the needs and build on the dreams you have: caring for the beauty and function of your home, while protecting and respecting your budget

Marty Freedland
  • We’ll make every effort to find a cost effective solution, while meeting your primary goals
  • We’ll use our experience and expertise to advise you about priorities in caring for your home
  • We’ll offer our inspired and thoughtful design assistance, to make your project as beautiful and classy as it can be
  • We’ll give you the best long term value and craftsmanship available anywhere; We love building beautifully, efficiently and for lasting appeal and usefulness
  • We have a passion for what we do, a passion for excellence

Our Core Philosophy…

  • People matter! We do our best as a company to treat everyone we deal with – our clients, employees, and trade partners – with courtesy, dignity, respect, & integrity
  • Customer service is our top priority! We love serving you with personalized service
  • We’ll give you a fair and honest price
  • We treat our clients with the care and respect we would show our own family; we strive to build lasting relationships, and to provide service over many years
  • We endeavor to deliver a superior building experience for you, such that you will not only like us and our work, but will become raving fans, and feel compelled to share about us with others!
  • We reward our workers with competitive wages and benefits because we care about their needs and their families
Jim Acheson