Our clients vision was to build two resource-efficient homes. The first — a sustainable home that would assure them comfort, function and a connection to other family in the neighborhood. For the second home — the primary goal was an executive rental property that would help to provide financial security through their retirement years.
For their personal home they envisioned spaces that would highlight unique wood species from their family-owned mill in Michigan. Custom cabinetry, design details and custom furniture pieces were all part of this vision.
For the rental property their primary goal was to create a desirable higher-end family rental property that paid tribute to the original home on the lot and respected the aesthetic of the of the surrounding Water Hill neighborhood.
The two adjoining lots our clients found were the perfect location for them. Only a block over from their extended family and within walking distance of downtown Ann Arbor. The problem was that the lot lines were awkward and were not conducive to building two separate homes.
Working with Meadowlark, they were able to get a variance to combine the two lots into one - creating a truly unique setting.
The existing home on the street was to be re-created from the foundation up, while maintaining the original Craftsman aesthetic.
The client's home was to be nestled back into the center of the block and designed to maximize privacy and green space. They had dreamed of an Asian-style aesthetic that utilized natural materials whenever possible.
Clients' key design elements:
The rental property was built on the site of the existing foundation to protect tree roots and to fit into the neighborhood perfectly.
The clients' home was located towards the rear of the lot and skillfully designed to take advantage of elevation changes to provide privacy from the surrounding neighbors and also to maximize green space and optimize sunlight.
Design and structure elements included:
This uniquely formed lot was the perfect spot to bring the clients vision to life. Collaborating closely with Meadowlark’s Design team, the resultant two homes on this site will not only stay true to the neighborhood aesthetic, but will allow our client’s to age in place comfortably close to their extended family in a beloved Ann Arbor neighborhood.