Tranquil Legacy

This is the second modern home built on this site by two generations of the same family. Overlooking South Pond at the confluence of Ann Arbor’s Mallets and Swift Run Creeks, this tranquil natural area is home to over 100 bird species and is the focal point for the amazing views in this home designed and built by Meadowlark Custom Homes.

The Vision

The previous home on the lot, built in 1958, was the site of many treasured childhood and adult memories. The previous home had not been updated since being built and several components were failing. The building methods employed in the 50’s were not as conducive to building a comfortable or efficient home as modern methods. The decision was made to deconstruct this home and build a new one in its place. Designed to capture the serene views of the Huron River, this new home is as aesthetically beautiful as it is resource-efficient.

Design & Architecture

Schematic Design

The South Pond views, especially during sunset on summer evenings, was to be the focal point of the homes’ views. Built into a small hill, the ground floor was designed to blend the interior and exterior living areas with transparency.

  • Repair the existing exterior siding, windows, mechanical systems, roof, all interior finishes and some structure
  • Build a new structure using the old foundation and accept the limitations of materials and placement of the home.
  • Build a new structure on a new foundation to allow the appropriate proportion of spaces for modern use

Design Development

Maximize the views and interior/exterior fluidity, re-create significant details from the original house, and refine the flow between spaces and the mechanical systems.

The Results

The home has many one-of-a kind features – stair railings and treads, custom cabinetry, and the use of reclaimed wood from the property for the live edge accents. Features like a Structural Insulated Panel construction, radiant in-floor heating, low-flow water fixtures and advanced framing techniques all help ensure that this home will be easy to maintain, energy-efficient and durable.