Attracted to the idea of The Not-So-Big®House from Sarah Susanka’s, the homeowners wanted to make a "jewelbox” from this small neglected original farmhouse in the Water Hill neighborhood of Ann Arbor. While the footprint remained the same, a master suite addition was needed on the second floor to support a growing family in this small old farmhouse.
Design & Architecture: Doug Selby
Project Manager: Doug Selby
Before any true remodeling began, all the layers added over 175 years needed to be peeled away, revealing the inner core of the home. Portions of the home required complete re-building, and most parts of the home were recycled back into the home or would be made into furniture. Careful planning and building followed to realize the full beauty and utility of this 1576 square foot home. At 3 bedrooms and 2.5 baths, every square inch of this home is utilized.
This small old farmhouse lives large into the future. In many hands this home would have been destined for the wrecking ball. Instead, it lives into the future as a model of green renovation. Hand craftsmanship and small delights can be found throughout the home.