Fit for a Queen

Originally built in 1894, this Queen Anne Victorian in Ann Arbor has a long list of university dignitaries who have called it home. The home had not been updated in decades and had been used as a rental in the interim. It was in need of a total overhaul. With an intensive design+build process, Meadowlark brought this home into the 21stcentury while keeping true to its architectural heritage.

The Vision

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. The team envisioned details such as glossy (English-style) painting for the doors and trim among other period details. Traditional with a formal feel, it was designed to be comfortable and easy to use for a growing family.

The Team

Design & Architecture: Melissa Kennedy

Project Manager: Joe Scanlon

Design & Architecture

Schematic Design

  • Honed marble on kitchen island countertops
  • Honed granite in master bath, butler’s pantry, and second floor bath
  • Locally sourced white oak flooring on first and second floors
  • Carrara marble in master bath
  • Mosaic travertine tile in hall and second floor bath

Design Development

  • Superior Wall foundation system used in new crawl space
  • Spray foam insulation added throughout the home
  • Installed ductless air conditioning and an ERV (Energy Recovery Ventilator)
  • Original doors and bronze hardware were refinished and reused

The Results

This home now pays tribute to its past and provides a warm, welcoming environment for all who cross her threshold.