In Keeping With Tradition

Traditional architectural design melds with modern finishes in a stunning new home. Step inside one of Meadowlark Design+Build’s newest custom homes in Ann Arbor. Situated in a unique neighborhood that requires traditional Tudor architecture, our clients embraced the aesthetic and created a home that is not only beautiful, but also addresses their needs both now and in the future as they gracefully age in place.

The Vision

First floor living was a “must have” for the design process. Easy access to all the features they need to carry out their day-to-day living was key, but also being able to entertain large gatherings of family and friends came in as a close second. Spaces with specialized functions include an upstairs retreat for the grandkids, a lower level room for watching their favorite sports teams, a serene screened porch to take in the quiet beauty of their back yard, and the perfect quilter’s craft room that can double as an extra bedroom!

The Team

Architecture:  Brian Burkett, AIA

Interior Design:  Melanie Grabarkiewicz

Project Manager: Tony Roperti

Photography: Joshua Caldwell

Design & Architecture

Schematic Design

Knowing this was going to be their “forever” home – our clients wanted to create spaces on the main floor that were easily accessible for them, regardless of mobility issues. One-story living was primary in their design focus, but they utilized other levels of the home for accommodating visits from kids and grandkids, entertaining friends and for managing their hobbies. They also yearned for open-concept accessible spaces in the main level to ensure that everyone can be together when eating, cooking, watching TV or just entertaining each other. Aging in place design strategies along with a focus on energy efficiency, healthy indoor air quality and ease of maintenance were all factored into the design of this home.

  • Superior walls basement foundation
  • Marvin Ultimate Series doors
  • Energy efficient upgrades throughout
  • 5″ Hickory stained flooring throughout (where not carpeted)
  • Windsor windows, Windsor egress windows in lower level
  • Boral Truexterior Trim on outside of home
  • In-floor heating throughout lower level

Design Development

Although the exterior design needed to stay true to traditional Tudor-style architecture, our designers collaborated with the clients to come up with modern twists on traditional design to create light, open and airy spaces. A custom coffered ceiling design in the great room and kitchen areas are the perfect example of this, where the beautiful carpentry adds a traditional feel to the space and also helps to delineate the spaces in the large open-concept area. Furniture placement in the great room clearly delineates spaces by function, but keeps the spaces cohesive and harmonious. He could be cooking dinner, while she is knitting and catching up on her favorite Netflix series.

  • Cambria Quartz kitchen countertops
  • Fireplace upgrades with textured limestone tiling
  • Custom Meadowlark cabinetry in the kitchen
  • Benjamin Moore paint featured in all areas of home
  • Crafts room built with a custom Murphy bed that doubles as a quilt planner when not being used as a bed
  • A full kitchen in the lower level great room for entertaining during the fall football season (and other seasons as well!)

The Results

One giant dream became reality when our clients decided that they were ready for a new chapter — and that they didn’t have to travel far. With plans to host family gatherings, settle in for a cozy night in their screened porch, or find solitude in their own home, our clients hit the jackpot.