Our design goal in working with the client was to stay true to the Queen Anne vernacular, but make it work for a modern-day family who frequently entertains. Our clients envisioned details such as glossy (English-style) black lacquer paint for the doors and trim among other period details. Traditional with a formal feel, it was designed to be comfortable for an active family and to accommodate large gatherings when necessary.
Our clients added to the list of University dignitaries who called this historic Queen Anne on "University Row" in Ann Arbor their home. They were able to see past the rundown condition of the home (which was full of piecemeal updates and renovations that were done poorly or incorrectly), and envision a stately home that paid tribute to the home's historic past. They also wanted to bring the home into the 21st Century and make it work for their family.
Focusing on using 19th-Century traditional architectural and design elements while updating the home structurally and mechanically, our design team was ready to accept the challenge.
Our Client's Wishlist:
This home was in pretty dire shape. A laundry list of poorly done additions and renovations over the 120+ years since it was originally built had created a home that structurally was not safe. In addition, the home was built using balloon framing which was no longer up to code and had to be remedied - no small task on a 3-story home! The home had to be completely gutted to remediate the major structural issues and bring it up to current-day code requirements.
Our designers reworked the spaces and added onto the back of the home to create a casual great room that included a stunning kitchen with a casual eating area, a family room, a butler's pantry and an efficient desk area/drop zone.
With a collaborative effort driven by our clients vision - this 1890's historic home has been brought into the current century. With a focus on staying true the original Queen Anne Victorian architectural aesthetic, the results are a stunning family home that now pays tribute to its past and provides a warm, welcoming environment for all who cross her threshold.