cozy craftsman

Posted on by on May 8th, 2013 | Comments Off on cozy craftsman

We’re well on our way to completing the framing for this cozy craftsman with the trusses being set tomorrow. Love the lot- close to town, gorgeous mature trees, lot elevation change and plenty of privacy! Enjoy perusing:

family home: exterior

Posted on by on April 25th, 2013 | Comments Off on family home: exterior

The exterior of the family home is almost a wrap up! keep your eyes on our featured project for final pictures within the next month or so.

april showers bring may flowers

Posted on by on April 19th, 2013 | Comments Off on april showers bring may flowers

Michigan weather at it’s finest!

interesting houses

Posted on by on April 17th, 2013 | Comments Off on interesting houses

Angelina and I spent two weeks in Winnipeg, Manitoba last fall.  If you don’t know where that is, find Fargo, North Dakota, on the map and go straight north!  Angelina is originally from Winnipeg, so we had a great time visiting family there.

Of course, we can’t travel anywhere without being attracted to new homes!  It’s in the blood, I guess.  There is TONS of new construction happening in Winnipeg, so we wandered through a few beautiful subdivisions one chilly morning.  Here are a few of our favorites:

Aren’t these colors gorgeous?  I love how the dry stack stone complements that rich chocolate siding.  The deep colors just make the white trims pop!

This is the first of several uber-contemporary homes that we fell in love with.  I’m not crazy about the overall look, but I love the stainless front doors and the rust patina on the steel plate siding.

This home is quite a bit more traditional.  Again, the deep, rich colors make it come alive.  This home does windows really well-notice the transoms and the grids in only the top half of the windows.  I especially like the window in the garage (second from left).  Very classy!  This is proof that traditional does not equal boring.

As much as I love the contemporary homes, this mountain/chalet inspired home is definitely my favorite.  The colors are rich and earthy, suiting the simple, elegant lines of the home.  Even though I don’t really like shutters, they suit this elevation perfectly!

This home is another favorite.  I love how there are 5 colors (at least) on the front elevation-white trim, creme stone, two shades of gray stucco, and blue stucco.  Very nicely done.

Here’s another neat place under construction.

This house is traditional with classy, contemporary details making it Angelina’s favorite! The front doors, transoms over the garage, cedar columns, stone and that address post!

Unfortunately, that big tree prevented us from getting a good picture of this beautiful home!  More vibrant colors in the red  siding and multi-colored stone.  Probably my favorite part is that curved roof and corresponding window in the middle of the house!

Yet another favorite.  The copper colored steel roof really suits the home, and I love the roof lines.

This place was spectacular.  Very Tuscan.  And those garage doors?  Out. of. this. world.

Hope you enjoyed this virtual home tour!

Thanks for Coming!

Posted on by on March 27th, 2013 | Comments Off on Thanks for Coming!

Many thanks to all who attended the Home Garden and Lifestyle Show in Saline, and the Home Expo in Jackson! We were inspired by the “shoji doors” from one of our recent projects, and made these special “shoji columns” for the shows. These can be used indoors or outdoors, and emit a soft glow for a classy, but cozy feel; Steve loves to design and build unique custom features for our new homes! We enjoyed the opportunity to see old friends and customers, and to meet some new ones. We hope you enjoyed the shows, and were able to get some great new ideas for your new home, or home improvement project.

March Home Shows!

Posted on by on March 14th, 2013 | Comments Off on March Home Shows!

Kingston Builders is slotted to be at 2 great home shows in the coming weeks!

Home, Garden & Lifestyle Show in Ann Arbor / Saline – March 15th – March 17th and
Home Expo in Jackson – March 22nd -24th.

Call or email us for FREE tickets!
517-787-0899 or

a great way to store ideas!

Posted on by on January 15th, 2013 | Comments Off on a great way to store ideas!

One of the most challenging aspects of building or renovating a home is researching new products, options and ideas. A great a new tool that can help in this is Pinterest.

Essentially, Pinterest is an online pinboard that allows you to save photos as you encounter them around the internet. You can categorize them in boards, share them with others and repin images from other people.

We’ve all seen great ideas and then forgotten where we saw them. With Pinterest this problem is solved!

For example, you can pin images of that perfect glass tile, your favorite bath tub, or that cozy library. Even better, you can save a variety of images and pick your favorite later.

Happy Pinning!


setting trusses on the family home

Posted on by on November 27th, 2012 | Comments Off on setting trusses on the family home

We are so behind on posting on the family home! I’ve dug back through our photo galleries and come up with some pictures of the trusses being set. It was back in September and the crisp, blue sky was the perfect backdrop for photos.

Ann Arbor Remodelers Home Tour 2012

Posted on by on September 21st, 2012 | Comments Off on Ann Arbor Remodelers Home Tour 2012

We are excited to announce that this year we will be a part of this exciting tour. This is a collection of the best of remodeling in the city of Ann Arbor. This exclusive event showcases 15 unique projects by a variety of contractors.

The show runs from September 28-30, 2012. For more information on the tour click here and to see the description of “The Contemporary Home” click here. We look forward to seeing you there!

Steve Shutt

radio spot for the contemporary home

Posted on by on September 20th, 2012 | Comments Off on radio spot for the contemporary home

Tune in to Steve Shutt of Kingston Builders on the Lucy Ann Lance Show, 1290am Ann Arbor MI, Saturday, Sept. 22 at 9:48am or listen to it online at They will be discussing “The Contemporary Home” (under our Featured Projects link) and its upcoming appearance in the exclusive Ann Arbor Remodelers Home Tour!

The homeowner is also being interviewed by Lucy Ann Lance and the Architect, Damian Farrell, on the “Damian on Design” segment. This is playing on the same station and date at 11am or you can listen online here.