Arboretum House

Mid-century modern meets Arts and Crafts home

Our clients envisioned a home that embraces nature and brings the outdoors in.  They wanted a Michigan mid-century modern home, or as they said: “a cross between Frank Lloyd Wright and Neutra with overtones of Usonian and a pinch of Arts and Crafts!”

Open living and dining room in this mid-century modern custom home by Meadowlark

The Project

As active empty nesters, the clients wanted a home that would enable them to age in place. Sustainability, low maintenance, natural materials and a modern design aesthetic were also important qualities for their new home. The clients chose their home site because of its location adjoining Ann Arbor’s famous Arboretum and the stunning natural views it afforded. The architectural team created a design that embraced the challenging site to take advantage of the views in virtually all directions while affording privacy.

The site’s original mid-century modern house, designed by acclaimed Ann Arbor architect George Brigham, had already been demolished. Much of the home’s irreplaceable fir boards were salvaged and repurposed as key design elements of the new house. In addition to the salvaged fir boards, lumber from a cherry tree that was felled on the property was incorporated into the interior.

Photos – John Carlson of Carlson Productions LLC

Project Size

4537 square feet, 3 bedrooms, 3 baths


New custom home

Lead Designer

HopkinsBurns Architects

Project Manager

Greg Brown

Three story staircase with glass and metal railing and reclaimed elm treads
Open kitchen in this mid century modern custom home features Scavolini cabinetry by Cucina Moda
Master bath featuring Scavolini cabinetry and a soaking tub in this Ann Arbor home
Open living area with cultured stone hearth and reclaimed cedar in this Ann Arbor home


Item Material
Cabinetry Scavolini cabinetry from Cucina Moda in kitchen and bathrooms, Meadowlark custom cabinetry in study and living room
Countertops Quartz/granite
Flooring/Tile Cherry, carpet and tile. Radiant heat in basement and bathroom floors
Siding/Trim Salvaged cedar and Douglas fir, Rheinzink, Silbonit panels
Foundation Cement
Insulation Rigid foam on exterior, spray foam and mineral wool on the interior
Other Geothermal heating and cooling, two green roofs