Progression of Space

Just because this home is small, doesn’t mean it feels small once you are inside!


The Project

The homeowners wanted to improve their experience of driving up to and entering their home. A tiny side vestibule and stairs up to a galley kitchen congested the entry into the home. The rooflines in the back of the house were awkward, and there was no place to sit and enjoy the back yard. Meadowlark Builders created a design that yielded a larger light-filled kitchen, a spacious mudroom area with lots of storage and a seating bench, a full first floor master suite and a sitting porch at the back of the home.

Even with a substantial addition, the main floor of this home is just 896 square feet. To make it feel more spacious, we created a framed opening at the center of the house through the new kitchen addition, mudroom and even to the back porch. This open progression of spaces with framed spaces expands the view and makes the overall spaces feel much larger.

Energy efficiency upgrades – including new windows, upgraded insulation and more efficient appliances –make this home more comfortable and healthy to live in.

Project Size

First floor after: 896 sq ft


Exterior facelift, energy upgrades, kitchen redesign, new mudroom, full first-floor master suite, redesigned side and new back entryway, covered deck

Lead Designer

Brian Burkett

Project Manager

Joe Scanlon

Quartz countertops in this warm Ann Arbor kitchen by Meadowlark.
New breakfast bar in this remodel/addition by Meadowlark
Open progression of spaces with framed spaces visually lengthens one’s perspective and makes overall spaces feel much larger
Rendering of home addition and remodel by Meadowlark
Exterior HardiPlank siding after remodel by Meadowlark Builders
View towards new breakfast bar in this Ann Arbor home.
Bathroom in this first floor master suite enables aging in place


Item Material
Cabinetry Waypoint cherry cabinets in kitchen
Countertops Cambria quartz in kitchen, Corian in first-floor bath
Flooring/Time Refinished existing oak flooring on first floor, marmoleum in mudroom, entry and first-floor bath
Siding/Trim HardiPlank fiber cement siding
Insulation Spray foam insulation in basement crawl space and attic