The Greenest Remodel in Ann Arbor

Deep green LEED Platinum traditional home remodel

This home combines compact, Not So Big® design principles with advanced building systems to create a ground breaking remodel in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

The Project

The homeowners wanted to achieve the highest level of energy and resource efficiency and make spaces more efficient and functional. They also wanted to stay true to the original architectural period on the exterior of this home.

Meadowlark Builders and Architectural Resource worked as a team with the homeowners to explore the most cost-effective and space efficient ways to remodel a home without compromising any goals. This home is Michigan’s first LEED-certified Platinum Remodel.

Project Size

After: 1859 square feet


Gut rehab of existing home built in 1830’s, plus new addition. The project also included a partial demolition of an older (1920’s) addition to the home.

Lead Designer

Architectural Resource

Project Manager

Kirk Brandon

The greenest remodel in Ann Arbor


Item Material
Flooring/Tile Reuse and recycling of existing materials were also key goals for this project, and very little landfill waste was generated in the course of construction. Reclaimed wood flooring was used in addition to reclaimed stair treads for the floating staircase. The beautiful old-growth lumber salvaged from the original framing has a rustic color and character that blends seamlessly with the modern aesthetic of this home.
Siding/Trim Fiber cement board
Foundation ICF (insulated Concrete Form) foundation on new addition
Insulation Spray foam and rigid insulation
Other Geothermal HVAC system. ERV (Energy Recovery Ventilator). Water conservation features include ultra low-flow fixtures in the bathrooms, a tankless (on –demand) water heater, outdoor rain barrels, rain gardens and a permeable site plan. Custom iron stair railings by Metal LLC.The master bath features a stainless steel Japanese ofuro soaking tub that is filled from a faucet mounted in the ceiling.