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 for modern homes were not conducive to a comfortable or efficient home. The decision was made to deconstruct this home and build a new one in it’s place. Designed to capture the serene views of the Huron River, this new home is as aesthetically beautiful as it is resource-efficient.




The South Pond views, especially the sunset on summer afternoons, were to be the focal point of the home’s views. Built into a small hill, the ground floor is the lowest level and was designed to be a transparent and fluid blending of interior and exterior living areas.

– 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

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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.

Tranquil Legacy Solution

The Results

The home has many one-of-a kind features – stair railings and treads, custom cabinetry, and 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.

Tranquil Legacy results