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High Above The Huron

This home has seen it's fair share of remodels and additions over the years, but for this most recent undertaking - our clients were looking for design solutions to tie all the "pieces" together in a cohesive package that made sense for how they live in the home currently. A major reconfiguration of their kitchen and adjoining spaces along with a 150FT2 screened-porch addition - checks all the boxes and brings in a fresh new take on the Arts and Crafts aesthetic of the home.

The Vision

The home had been remodeled at various times in our clients lives as their family's needs changed. The updates to the home had been done in a piecemeal fashion that made sense at the time, but now our clients were looking to tie all of the spaces together to make the main floor living area more cohesive and functional for their day-to-day living and for entertaining family and friends. Their vision was a modern and open kitchen space that easily flowed into the adjoining rooms. They were also looking for exterior spaces that would capture the beauty of the surrounding lot and create indoor/outdoor spaces that could be used for that morning cup of coffee on a warm spring morning or for entertaining fellow fans on football game days.

The Team

Lead Designer:  Jimmy Bevilacqua

Project Manager:  Meadowlark Project Management Team

Photography:  Sean Carter

DESIGN & ARCHITECTURE

Schematic Design

The home was currently broken up into segregated spaces that were closed off from one another. The kitchen was located in the center back of the home, but boxed in with walls and cabinetry cutting off the visual flow to the adjoining formal dining and main living areas. The layout was also awkward with limited storage and counter space. There was no place for family or friends to "chat with the cook" while pulling together a meal. 

Our clients wanted to have the kitchen opened up with an easy flow into the adjoining rooms along with an update in functionality and storage. They were thinking about the future and thus wanted to make sure that aging-in-place strategies were incorporated into the design.

They enjoyed gardening and had lovely outdoor spaces, but were looking for opportunities to allow them to enjoy the surrounding forested 2-acre lot and their beautifully kept gardens - without the bugs.

Main Project Goals:

  • Gut Kitchen remodel with better connection to adjoining rooms
  • Create eating area in kitchen with a place to engage with the chef during meal prep
  • More kitchen storage
  • Screened Porch with TV (for football viewing- of course!)
  • Update/repair existing deck area
  • Tie all existing main floor living areas together in a more cohesive fashion
  • Create opportunities for art display
  • Create additional opportunities to enjoy the beauty of the surrounding lot
  • Stay true to the original homes Arts and Crafts aesthetic
  • Utilize aging-in-place design strategies

Design Development

The main living area was the original single-story ranch home built in 1978. Our clients purchased the home in 1999 and began remodeling and adding on to the original 1200 FT2 structure as their family's needs evolved. The clients love of the home and the setting was clearly reflected in the quality of craftsmanship and attention to detail seen in the changes they had made through the years.

For this most recent project - the clients were looking for a way to tie all of the pieces together and create a space that would not only pay homage the home's architecture and to their unique collection of art and furnishings, but would also make more functional and connected spaces that made sense for how they were living in the home now.  

Our design team's goal was to create a flow through the main living areas that would pay tribute to the home's existing architectural arts and crafts aesthetic, but in a more modern, accessible and functional package.

The creation of a double-galley style kitchen with a large center island creates more storage, more counter space, an eat-in kitchen bar and opens up the space to the dining room and great room. The screened porch and updated deck also create the perfect outdoor spaces for taking in the views.

  • Floating kitchen wall with upper shelving is perfect for sculptures and vases and also creates a gallery wall for artwork display
  • Wolf Appliances (Induction cooktop, fridge, oven, microwave)
  • Cabinets: Meadowlark Custom - Mahogany and Rift White Oak with custom stains
  • Countertops: Perimeter - Florim Stone Porcelain in Cement Light Grey. Island: Blue Dunes polished granite
  • Backsplash Tile: Jeffrey Court Studio Gazette hue Stacked Glass in Mosaic
  • Flooring: Cortec Plus Premium LVP in Penmore Walnut
  • Deck and Screened Porch Flooring: Azek in Coastline

The Results

Our clients have lived in the home for many years and plan on staying for many more to come. Their love of the home and the setting was clearly evident as the home grew and was updated. For this most recent remodel and addition, they have tied together all the pieces of the past and created a stunning transformation of that pays homage to their previous efforts, but allows for the home to function better for how they live today.

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