Thursday 11/7 at Paragon Site and Sound there is an event any entertainment technology enthusiast can’t miss: A Night of Fine Sounds, from 6 to 10 pm…

Renovating a Kitchen on a Budget

A kitchen renovation can be time consuming and costly. It is important that your final vision is reached and that you have a mutual understanding with the contractor of what that is. Crunch the numbers beforehand and create a budget that both you and your contractor can agree on. There are many ways of making sure you go down the right path when doing a renovation. Brainstorm first and then follow the tips below!

7 Remodeling Tips on an Affordable Budget:

1.       Get opinions and assessments – Allow professionals to come over and give their opinions. Get bids on doing individual projects like countertops or cabinets. Eventually you’ll start to get a feel for what is necessary and you will know what you can or can’t afford.

2.       Find a creative contractor – Find a contractor with good estimates, creative solutions, and someone who is easy to work with. The more creative a contractor is, the more likely they can save you money.

3.       Take your time in the planning stage – Spend time going through websites and magazines for inspirations and draw up sketches for your contractor to see. A visual outline is important for both you and the contractor to understand what the end result should be.

4.       Do the prep work yourself – Sanding, priming, and painting your own kitchen can help save on labor cost. These are simple tasks that can be achieved with a little elbow grease.

5.       Don’t be afraid to speak up – It’s your kitchen and your ideas matter. After all, you are paying a professional to create your vision.

6.       Work with what you have – Keep plumping and electric costs to a minimum and avoid replacing tile unless it’s necessary. Stick to the basic remodels such as cabinets, countertops, and appliances.

7.       Don’t pay up until the job is finished – Do not make any final payments until the job is completely finished and meets up to your expectations. There could be a small tile that needs to be moved, or a cabinet handle that wasn’t tightened. Every little detail matters and it is important to make sure that your kitchen is worth the cost.

Let’s Get Started

Do you have an idea for your kitchen or bathroom remodel? At Michigan Building Specialties, we look forward to making your dreams a reality. Give us a call at 866-464-2534 or contact us online to get started today!


Tour 12 Beautifully Remodeled Homes 
Click a company name or image for details


2320 Baseview Dr., Pinckney
Lake House Rebuilt 



10014 Huron Creek Dr., Dexter
Classic Kitchen with Custom Cabinetry,
Exotic Materials, Custom Ironwork & Fixtures



523 Sunset, Ann Arbor
2-Story Addition to a 1920s-Era Home
with New Kitchen, Bath, & Mudroom


487 Dunnington Dr., Ann Arbor
Major Kitchen Renovation: Opening Up
Spaces and Changing Configuration


1517 Pauline, Ann Arbor
Kitchen and Bath Remodel


1620 Mershon, Ann Arbor
First Floor Remodel: Kitchen, Bath,
and Laundry Room


1305 King George Blvd., Ann Arbor
Expanded Kitchen with Bar and Buffet Area,
Open Design Flowing into Formal Dining Room



2025 Seneca Ave., Ann Arbor
Kitchen, Bath, Laundry, Great Room
and Master Bedroom Renovation



2972 Gale RD., Ann Arbor
A Shapely Contemporary Kitchen




685 Deer ST., Plymouth
Total Revamp of Upper Level Duplex:
Every Room Updated With Modern Aesthetic



1087 William St., Plymouth
A Not So Big® Inspired Craftsman Bungalow:
An Elegant, Livable “Addition by Subtraction”




466 Blunk St., Plymouth
Whole House Remodel: Addition Including
Kitchen, Family Room, Master Bedroom & Bath


More info at


We are looking for an experienced Account Manager who can scope and sell remodeling projects. We need someone knowledgeable and friendly who will hold themselves to a very high standard of professionalism. 

If you or someone you know fits that bill, Meadowlark can offer a fun work atmosphere with great team spirit, field crews who make us look good, and above-average compensation in the industry. This is a great opportunity with lots of upside potential for the right person. 

Please let us know if you know someone who would be a fit for this description, or encourage them to apply via the link below. 




~ Team Meadowlark

Preview this year’s exciting remodeled homes that will on our 24th annual REMODELERS HOME TOUR - September 28th & 29th!


Download a Preview of the 2013 Tour
Photos, remodelers, addresses and a map

See the interactive Google Map of the 12 locations on the Tour here.

Here’s a sneak peek at the next BRAG Ann Arbor event publication & ad image for the 2013 Remodelers Home Tour. 
The project shown here is from the 2012 Tour, entered by Custom Design Build and the photographer is Steve Kuzma.(actual number of homes is yet to be determined)
More details will be posted in the coming months at

Here’s a sneak peek at the next BRAG Ann Arbor event publication & ad image for the 2013 Remodelers Home Tour

The project shown here is from the 2012 Tour, entered by Custom Design Build and the photographer is Steve Kuzma.(actual number of homes is yet to be determined)

More details will be posted in the coming months at

Old West Side Home for Sale!
402 Koch, Ann Arbor, MI 48104


Full details at:

The Parade of Homes begins in two days!

Browse through the homes with photos, details and more!

Realtors and BRAG Ann Arbor members get 1/2 off tickets, during the pre-sale until noon on Thursday.

Free “Living in a Smarter Home” Seminars: June 8th and July 15

10:30 - 12 noon at the Meadowlark Energy office, 3250 W. Liberty, Ann Arbor

Your home should be comfortable year-round, keep you supplied with high-quality air, and waste as little energy and water as possible. Attend this free, fun, and informative seminar to discover how just how well your home is currently performing, and what you can do to make it even smarter. You’ll learn:

  • Common home performance deficiencies and how they can contribute to your discomfort, high energy bills, and poor health
  • Smart building techniques – what people right here in Ann Arbor are doing to build smarter homes
  • Smart home upgrades – practical approaches to making your home smarter, safer, and more comfortable

Register Online or call 734-619-9024.