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Budget Busters

Nobody wants to write a blank check for their remodel

Everyone understands quality and service have a price, but nobody wants to write a blank check for their remodel. We pride ourselves on open communication and fair, transparent estimates. Removing a wall or soffit, changing appliance or outlet locations, or custom cabinet sizing all add costs that many homeowners forget to budget for. And while material costs are somewhat easy for homeowners to predict, it’s often the labor required in remodeling that is underestimated. Here are a few other “Budget Busters” that can challenge your budget.

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  • Upgrade Choices: Maybe you found a dazzling tile you can’t live without. Or you absolutely HAVE to have quartz or the pot filler faucet. Maybe you want smart home connectivity. Definitely create your dream space, but keep in mind your costs will increase.
  • Hidden Problems: As hard as we try, we still can’t see through walls or under floors. We’ve run into unexpected water damage, termites, faulty wiring, mold, and outdated plumbing.
  • Code Issues: It’s likely building codes have changed from the last time work was done on your home, including new requirements for energy efficiency and sustainability. Changes may be needed to bring your house “up to code.”
  • Changing Your Mind: Believe it or not, this is often the biggest hidden cost of remodeling and can add as much as 10% to your budget. Long manufacturing lead times and shipping means your materials may have been ordered, even though you haven’t seen them at your house yet. Changes or canceled orders often result in additional costs.

Be sure you understand where your carefully crafted budget has the potential to bust

Spend the time you need in the Design phase. Talk openly and often with our professional designers until you have the best plan possible, and then stick to your plan. You may even want to consider a 20% contingency budget in case of unforeseen issues or changes you’d like to make.

We’ll be right there with you, each step of the way, ensuring you have a smile on your face from start to finish!

All smiles from start to finish!


We quickly picked up on Ron and Melissa's easy-going approach to a potentially stressful project.

Tim & Dianna, Ypsilanti, MI

I felt confident you would meet my needs at an affordable price.

Josh, Saline, MI

We came to love our team! Frank became part of the family. Every day the house was cleaned and organized. And Mary had great design ideas and listened to our passions to create the best spa experience.

Todd and Trisha, Commerce Twp., MI

I am very pleased with the work completed by Alpha Design+Build. Ken is the nicest person and treated me like family. They took on a difficult project and made it beautiful.

Luerenda, Ypsilanti, MI

Ron and Melissa are amazing and Cy became part of our family. Our home looks amazing because of Alpha!

Daryl & Amy, Ann Arbor, MI

The whole team was approachable and responsive to my emails and questions. I would recommend this company for any project, big or small.

Louise, Ann Arbor, MI

The deciding factor in choosing to work with Alpha was their confidence in the project and completion time line. They have done other renovations for us and it was a positive experience once again.

Debbie, Chelsea, MI

We felt very comfortable when we initially visited Alpha. We felt the staff was open, honest, and wouldn't mislead us.

Jeffrey & Kim, Ypsilanti, MI

Alpha Design's priorities are happy customers!

Hugh, Ann Arbor, MI

Cy was a fabulous construction manager. Always communicated with me about any issues, arrival time, etc... So polite and kind. Mary was also so great. She's so creative!

Karen & Dave, Ann Arbor, MI

We appreciate the quality of the work by everyone who came to our house. Dan Mattes was very patient and helpful and answered all of our questions. Our new bathrooms are great!

Steve and Melissa, Ann Arbor, MI

The entire Alpha team was so nice to work with. Every person we dealt with knew their craft and the final product is an example of that.

Jonathan and Amanda, Ann Arbor, MI

We liked the people. Good working relationship. Design fit our vision. Materials and workmanship were high quality. We would definitely use you again on a future project.

Brian and Joey, Ann Arbor, MI

Ken, Mary, and Phil made the renovation process for our bathroom-laundry room pretty painless. They kept us in the loop, cleaned up at the end of the day, and always demonstrated a high level of professionalism (early/on-time, respectful, reliable, etc.) which made them stand out compared to all the other contractors we contacted.

Adrianne and Chris, Ann Arbor, MI

The new bathroom is great. It was a very positive experience from beginning to end. The quality of the people working for 
Alpha is a real credit to the company.

Chris and Pam, Ann Arbor, MI

When it comes to design, cost management and construction, the team at Alpha made me feel confident and reassured that my project would be completed on time and on budget.

Jeff and Mary, Ann Arbor, MI

I have nothing but good things to say about Alpha and what they did for us and our house. What Alpha says they will do, they do. Everyone I talked to had a horror story about contractors. Alpha is the anti-horror story. Alpha is that rarest of commodities – a genuinely reliable contractor.

Tony and Lisa, Ann Arbor, MI

I would highly recommend Alpha to others. The company workers are courteous, show respect and concern for the customer and demonstrate careful and fine workmanship.

Sara, Ann Arbor, MI

In our initial meeting, Alpha was very informative giving us a step-by-step on how and when things happen through the remodel process. Alpha took what seemed to us an overwhelming job and made it a very clear, step-by-step process ending in a great new kitchen!

George and Barb, Pinckney, MI

I absolutely love my house now. It looks brand new, and I have received many compliments from my neighbors (some of whom I have never spoken to before).

Kathy, Saline, MI

To the Alpha team who helped our kitchen be such a wonderful place for us to hang out, cook, and simply enjoy. If we had it to do over again, we wouldn’t change a single thing. We were most impressed with the professionalism you people displayed while working with us. Thank you.

Fred and Barbara, Ann Arbor, MI

We had Alpha build a two-story addition on our 1927 Dutch Colonial house. The design team at Alpha did such a good job of matching the style of the house that people who see it now believe it was all part of the original house.

Mark, Ypsilanti, MI