A Plan for the Ages

Deep green LEED Platinum ranch

Though it looks like a traditional ‘70s-era ranch, this home incorporates advanced green construction techniques and long-life, loose-fit design sensibilities.

Custom Meadowlark cherry cabinetry in kitchen of this ranch-style custom home.

The Project

The homeowners wanted to build an energy-efficient, future-resilient home near downtown Ann Arbor that would enable them to age in place. They ended up demolishing an existing ranch home in the Water Hill neighborhood and building a new, tightly-insulated structure on the existing foundation.

With advanced framing, reclaimed building materials and geothermal heating and cooling, this LEED-certified Platinum home demonstrates that energy efficiency can be built into any architectural style.

Project Size

After: 2104 square feet


Original home was demolished. New 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath custom home was constructed using the existing foundation.

Lead Designer

Architectural Resource

Project Manager

Kirk Brandon

Open living room with Motawi tile fireplace surround in Ann Arbor
Entryway to this LEED Platinum certified ranch style home by Meadowlark Builders
Open concept living and kitchen area in this ranch style home in Ann Arbor


Item Material
Cabinetry Custom Meadowlark cabinetry in kitchen
Flooring/Tile Motawi tile fireplace/mantel surround
Siding/Trim Hardiplank fiber cement siding
Insulation Spray foam insulation for interior walls and roof deck, rigid foam insulation for exterior wall.
Other Geothermal HVAC system, ERV (Energy Recovery Ventilator), water conservation features include low-flow bathroom fixtures, a PEX manifold delivery system, outdoor rain barrels, rain gardens and a permeable site plan.