There is no cookie-cutter in our design toolbox
The Design phase includes clarifying goals, understanding existing conditions, keeping an eye on the budget, and then, well, working some magic! A typical Design phase lasts three to six weeks and closes once the Construction Agreement is signed. The Agreement references the drawings, specifications, and estimate that we produced together in the Design phase.
A Design Center at your disposal
We’ll welcome you into our Design Center several times over the course of the Design phase, asking you to consider options that we hope will surprise and delight you. We love the classics but are constantly seeking new and exciting materials. When you make a design decision, we want you to feel sure you’ve explored enough. So often we hear, “Oh, I would NEVER have thought of that! I love it”! Those are some of the most satisfying moments in the process. Seeing finish samples and products in person helps ensure your space will come together as expected.
In addition, Alpha’s design library has begun to colonize nearly every other room of our building! For clients, this translates into a thorough exploration of design possibilities, with multiple layout options whenever possible, and an offering of cutting-edge materials and furnishings for the adventurous client (we do, however, know how to reign ourselves in).
We'll walk through your remodeled space virtually
Many clients express the difficulty they have in visualizing the remodeled space in their minds. Computer-aided design programs allow us to put design ideas in front of you in 3D, first, to ensure we’ve realized your vision before moving to construction.
The design must meet your budget and timeline
A great design is only useful if meets your budget and timeline. Your Alpha designer will work closely with an estimator/project manager to ensure that the design is practical and fits your budget. Estimating is a key part of the Design phase. As a result of careful design documentation, our estimates are detailed and specific, allowing you to rely on us to bring the project to completion for that price. In addition, the team member who writes your estimate will also be your project manager, providing consistency through each phase.
Our Design + Build process gives you time to build confidence in us at the beginning of our relationship because you work with us in our capacity as designers before you make the larger financial commitment to go into construction. By the time we furnish design clients with a hard estimate, they have spent some time with us, and the estimate proves that we aim to meet our clients’ budget. This detailed estimate shows that we have taken all the important specifics of the project into account.
Contact Ann Arbor-based Alpha Design+Build to begin the design process for your home remodeling project today!
Our design team has the knowledge and expertise to help you, and our project managers, carpenters, and tradesmen have the skills to get the job done. At Alpha Design + Build, we believe that a properly designed project is less expensive, completed more quickly, and has fewer cost overruns than a project done “on the fly”. Our process puts you first!
Contact us today to set up a consultation, and start creating your dream home.
All smiles from start to finish!
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.