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We’ve been meeting and exceeding our clients’ expectations for over 45 years. Here are just a few of the many glowing testimonials we have received.

(Some clients’ names have been abbreviated by request to protect their privacy.)

  • Great Builder!

    Thank you for being a Great Builder.
     — C.R. (Ann Arbor, MI)

  • Very Pleased

    Acheson Builders recently completed a major kitchen remodeling project for us. They work very hard to avoid surprises (some surprises are inevitable when remodeling an older house) and to stay within budget. The quality of the design and the work itself are exceptional. We are very pleased with the results.

    Jim and Marilyn Acheson are great people to work with and the men who worked on our project, Kevin and Ben, are terrific people whom we would welcome into our house any time.

    This most recent project is the third time (over a period of about thirty years in three different houses) that we have worked with Jim on a kitchen remodeling project. We have never been less than satisfied.
    — TR & CM (Ann Arbor, MI)

  • A Pleasure

    Thanks again for the service that your company provided. It is a pleasure to work with professionals!
    — S.C. (Northville, MI)

  • Quality and Value

    Nice video with accurate representation of the work Acheson does. The quality and value of Jim’s team’s work is the best anywhere, and you will not find a fairer company to deal with.
    — M.S. (Belleville, MI)

  • Appreciate the Fine Job

    Thank you very much for your help. I appreciate the fine job and the great promptness.
    — A.T. (Ann Arbor, MI)

  • Such Efficiency!

    You did an excellent job and I appreciate you taking care of it with such efficiency.
    — M.D. (Ann Arbor, MI)

  • Excellent Workmanship and Indefatigable Attention to Detail

    I would like to tell you how much we enjoy the addition. Your excellent workmanship and indefatigable attention to detail has been a great blessing to us; not only in the building, but in your example. Your patience, constant courtesy, and goodwill have been greatly appreciated, and I hope not sorely tested. Many thanks to you for all your fine effort. We appreciate it daily, if not hourly.
    –K (Ann Arbor, MI)

  • So Enjoying It!

    Thanks so much for the fine job on the deck! We are all enjoying it very much!
    — C.D. (Ann Arbor, MI)

  • Love Our New, Improved House

    Thanks for doing such a great job on our remodeling project. I especially loved (Steve’s) cheerful personality and I always enjoyed hearing (him) laugh. We really love our new, improved house and thank you for all your hard work.
    — C.K. (Ann Arbor, MI)

  • Impressed

    Your integrity as a businessman has impressed us.
    — V.E. (Ann Arbor, MI)

  • Did An Excellent Job

    If I had another renovation project, I would call Acheson Builders. They did an excellent job renovating my cantilevered balcony.
    — D.H.T. (Ann Arbor, MI)

  • Received So Many Compliments!

    Thank you for beautifying our home! We have received so many compliments!
    — K (Ann Arbor, MI)

  • You Do Great Work!

    Thank you for sending us the photo and the calendar. It’s an honor to be included among the other beautiful photos. You do great work!
    — F.S. (Ann Arbor, MI)

  • Couldn’t Be Happier!

    Hi Marilyn and Jim,

    I want to say that I can’t be happier with the house.  I still drive slowly up the street so I can look at it as I am coming home at night.  It is a joy to me that the changes look so good; and it is not just about how it looks.  The upstairs is brighter and cooler with the new windows and when we have had the air conditioner on, with the ceiling fans running upstairs, the whole house was more comfortable thanks to the new roof and insulation.

    photo of house with Acheson Builders' dormer additions in plain sloping roof and restored front porch, snow on roof and ground

    This winter will be the first one in a lot of years now that I will not worry about snow on the roof or heat escaping through it.

    My heartfelt thanks to both of you, to Rob, Keith, and especially Robert and Charlie and the other workers who I don’t know their names.  I can’t tell you how much I appreciate everyone’s work, taking the time to not just listen, but talk to me about the work and how and why things were done and making sure the job was done right.  When we left to spend Christmas last year with my sister in Virginia, I did not think twice about having Robert and Charlie there working.  I knew the house was in good hands.

    You know I can go on and on.  I love the house!

    Thank you all a thousand times.

    — Pat V. (Ann Arbor, MI)
    Also see testimonial by Pat V.’s sister.

  • Adding to sister Pat’s Testimony

    Hi Marilyn and Jim and the rest of the crew,

    I just want to add to Pat’s response as well. [See Pat V’s testimonial.] The construct was an experience I really wasn’t looking forward to (even though I was excited to get the renovations done), I have heard way too many horror  stories about the process.

    I really thought that it was going to be a trial of endurance and patience.  Charlie and Robert were a pleasure to work with as well as all the others who, like Pat, I don’t know the names of.  The process was very easy to endure. They were all friendly and great to work with. They answered all my millions of questions and gave helpful advise as we progressed through the process.

    I do have to add that we were very pleasantly surprised at how they kept everything as cleaned up as possible in the work zone, and common areas that everyone tramped through, that was greatly appreciated.

    photo of house with Acheson Builders' dormer additions in plain sloping roof and restored front porch in summertime

    I can’t say THANK YOU enough.  I LOVE our rooms and still admire the work and the roominess and light we get from the new space.  I too like to just look at the house from the outside and admire the new roof and dormers.  The air flow is just great and I really like being able to look out the front window.  It was always too hot in the summer with the sun coming in that back corner of my room, but had no problems this summer with that.  I am looking forward to the winter and not worrying about how cold it gets.

    It was a very good experience!


    — Sally V. (Ann Arbor, MI)

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  • Five Stars for Three Projects

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    Acheson Builders completed 3 projects for us over the last 3 years. The first two projects included replacing windows, exterior siding, and interior window trim. The third project included troubleshooting a moisture problem related to two bathroom exhaust fans, replacing those fans, and solving the problem.

    During the design phase Jim met with us to thoroughly understand our needs. Jim made recommendations regarding the best choice of material taking into consideration our budget. He then prepared a very professional proposal detailing exactly what would be done.

    Jim’s entire crew was professional and polite. They treated our property as if it were their own.

    I can’t say enough good things about Jim’s project manager Keith who returned emails and texts in a very timely manner (oftentimes in the evening) to address even the smallest concern, question, or change of mind that we might have had.

    We frequently get compliments on the molding/trim placement that Jim designed and Ben installed for our living room windows. The project turned out to be much more time-consuming than anticipated because of issues from when our house was first built. Even so Jim completed the work within his quoted price.

    If you are looking for a builder who is honest, listens to your concerns, and strives to do the best possible job, then look no more. You have found that builder in Acheson Builders.

    — T. Hutter

    May 19, 2015

    Source: Reviews for Acheson Builders

  • We Love It! — Video Testimonial – Oxford Street Remodel

    — Angela & Pat, Oxford Street (Ann Arbor, MI)

  • The Results Have Definitely Met Our Hopes

    In August 2019, we found we had a long-standing water leak from the plumbing in the upstairs bathroom. This eventually involved gutting the bathroom to ensure that all rotted subfloor was replaced, replacing drywall in the first-floor kitchen and building two kitchen cabinets to match the existing ones, plus replacing drywall in the wall and ceiling in the room on the other side, and new flooring in two downstairs rooms.

    We selected Acheson Builders because we have known Jim since the mid-1970s and knew his ethics and the quality of his work and of those he selects as subcontractors. We knew going in that as the house was merely unsightly rather than unlivable, we could not expect him to bump all existing customers in the queue to work on it.

    When they began work in January, they arranged for a POD and helped move our furniture out. We normally had workmen there most days, sometimes affected by sudden demands at his other projects that tied up a specialty worker, but until COVID hit, we were clicking along. The last details were finished to our delight as soon as they were allowed back in.

    All the workmen were honest, skilled, and careful. Most were also friendly and unbothered by my watching them and learning as much as I could from what they were doing.

    The results have definitely met our hopes, and exceeded them in some cases (such as when Jim noticed a major pipe that is usually buried in the wall that would have rusted through soon, and replaced it).

    All inspections succeeded the first time. This was the second project we had Jim work on here and we already have a list of things out for Jim to quote for next summer’s outdoor work season.

    — Martha Krieg (Ann Arbor, MI)

  • Highly recommend Acheson Builders with Confidence and Trust

    We have counted on Acheson Builders for all our home improvements and remodels over the past 25 years! It gives my husband and me peace of mind, knowing things will be done right with Jim Acheson in charge.. There is great creative input and attention to detail with Acheson Builders.

    Our last project was an update of our family room, especially a new high efficiency gas stove installed, with the old, rusty wood burning one removed. It looks fabulous and now it’s everyone’s favorite place in our house!

    We can Highly recommend Acheson Builders with confidence and trust in their workmanship and professionalism.

    — Suzanne Leger

  • A Master Craftsman . . . Beautiful Job

    Thanks for doing such a wonderful job on our remodeling project. Even the building inspector commented on what a beautiful job you had done. We are enjoying our new rooms so much. Thank you for making our dreams come true! You are really a master craftsman and we love the beautiful things you built for us. Thanks a million.
    — C.K. (Ann Arbor, MI)

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  • Mike & Sandie Schwarz

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  • Anne Rapp

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"Thank You for being a Great Builder"

-- C.R., Ann Arbor, MI