Strong Showing in Remodelers Home Tour 2023!


On October 28th and 29th, 2023, Acheson Builders had an open house for 527 guests. The house was 306 Mark Hannah Place, Ann Arbor, and the guests were taking the annual Remodelers Home Tour. Many thanks to the property owners, clients of Acheson Builders, for generously sharing their home!

Two story house painted in dark olive and brown with sign post in front yard marking it as one home in the 2023 remodelers home tour, acheson builders.
Jim Acheson standing in new kitchen he created during remodeling of 306 mark hannah place, ann arbor michigan.
Jim Acheson

The 2023 Remodelers Home Tour at 306 Mark Hannah Place was a roaring success. 527 visitors came to see Acheson Builders’ latest marvelous home remodel for themselves. The original classic 1950s two-story home was greatly expanded and upgraded during the rebuild. The result was a modern, open plan home with luxury improvements and amenities. Jim Acheson was there to give details on project and offer insights into the process of remodeling the home.

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With so many visitors, it was a good thing that four important members of Acheson Builders’ team — Kevin, Amber, Craig, and Dustin — were also on hand to field guests’ questions. Which part is original? Which part is new? What materials were used and what brands?

Kevin, amber, and craig stand together beside newly remodeled kitchen.
Kevin (office manager, bookkeeper), Amber (interior designer), Craig (job coordinator).

With an average of four questions from each visiting couple — everything from paint, to pavers, to plumbing, to color palettes — the team provided at least 1,054 answers! Go team!

Craig and dustin standing together next to snack bar island of kitchen.
Craig (job coordinator), and Dustin (estimator and project manager).

Before and After: From Scheme . . . to Dream

Both the lower and the upper floors of the home were extended at the back of the home with a two-story addition (see exterior view, below). This provided space for a much larger open kitchen below and a master suite with full ensuite bathroom above.  The before and after plans of the home show the extent of the addition to the home and the changes to the existing structure.

Expanding the existing footprint of the home involved creating a new foundation, eliminating some walls and moving others, The result for the first floor was a new spacious kitchen with adjoining family room that flows into the dining area. A new mudroom occupies what was once part of the old small kitchen. Bespoke shelving provides a separate area with plenty of room for storage.

Architectural drawings of lower level of home with before- and after-remodeling photos of kitchen.
Architectural drawings of upper level of home with before- and after-remodeling photos of bathroom.

On the second floor, a gorgeous new master bedroom suite was created for the owners. They now enjoy a large, light-filled bedroom with a southern exposure, a private bathroom that’s a luxurious blue oasis, and a closet roomy enough to accommodate all their clothes and accessories.

Backside of house showing new two-story extension addition plus backyard patio pavers.

The exterior of the new extension melds seamlessly with the original home both visually and architecturally. A patio door opens out from the kitchen onto a recreated, expanded patio and barbecue area for easy indoor/outdoor entertaining. Pavers from the original, much smaller landing were taken up to make room for the two-story addition, then repurposed with additional new pavers to create a lovely curving space covering the width of the house plus the side walkway between the house and the garage.

The annual Remodelers Home Tour is an exciting and well-received event in Ann Arbor, enjoyed by homeowners and prospective buyers alike. It’s a lot of work to prepare for and host the onslaught of interested visitors each year, but Acheson Builders is always excited to have the opportunity to showcase its work alongside the best of Greater Ann Arbor builders and contractors. Our thanks go to the Builders and Remodelers Association of Greater Ann Arbor (BRAG) for organizing and publicizing the event.