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Alpha Design + Build: born & raised in Ann Arbor

A combination of great service and great clients has kept Alpha growing and creating jobs since 1989. Thank you to all our dedicated staff and all the people who welcomed us into their homes for projects large and small.


1989 Allan Lutes, a young real estate professional, starts Alpha Contracting and Management Services to fill a void in the Ann Arbor area for a full-service maintenance company.

1992 Alpha opens its first office in a two-bedroom resident manager’s apartment on Huron Street. In an ironic twist, providing repairs to the many fraternity houses proves to be great training for disaster reconstruction.

1993 Alpha grows to a staff of six and builds a reputation as an expert provider of emergency response and insurance restoration services. The company simplifies the brand to Alpha Contracting, Inc.

1994 Alpha’s continued growth prompts a move to 920 N. Main Street. The 3000 square foot building is refurbished and becomes Alpha’s home for the next eight years. The staff of craftsmen grows and revenues top $1 million for the first time as Alpha enters the custom remodeling field..

1995 Alpha’s skill and expertise expands. Alpha adds its first full-time designer.

1996 Alpha opens its selection center on the first floor of the Main Street building and begins displaying cabinetry, countertops, and floor.

1998 Alpha’s revenues top $2 million, and it now employs 16 people. Alpha earns industry recognition and Allan is elected Chairman of the Washtenaw Remodelers Council, marking the beginning of a long history of leadership.

1999 Alpha launches exterior remodeling focus with added services in siding, windows, and roofs. Alpha also received the “Big 50” Award from Remodeling magazine.

2001 With 20 employees, Alpha outgrows its home and breaks ground on its new building on Jackson Road. Allan serves as President of the Home Builders Association. Alpha’s staff had grown to over 20 employees.

2002 Alpha updates its name to Alpha Remodeling to more closely describe the custom-remodeling work that then makes up the majority of its revenue. In May, Alpha dedicated its new 10,000 square foot facility on Jackson Road.

2003 Continued growth requires adding one more designer to the Alpha team. Alpha is named in the Professional Builder and Professional Remodeler’s list of 101 Best Companies to Work For.

2006 Ann Arbor Kitchens & Baths becomes part of the Alpha team.

2013 Alpha Remodeling becomes Alpha Design + Build to better convey the full range of services provided.