Pushing the Envelope

LEED ® Platinum Certified Craftsman-style home

Our clients wanted a super green, water-conserving and energy-efficient home that would carry them throughout their lives.

Adjacent away space and study that can later double as a master bedroom
Custom staircase with reclaimed hardwood stair treads in this Craftsman style home

The Project

Both scientists, our clients were interested in pushing the envelope with new technologies and getting as close to a carbon-neutral lifestyle as possible. They also wanted their new home to reflect their design aesthetics and fit in seamlessly with their neighborhood.

This house is future ready, which means it’s able to produce energy and recycle water and waste, while achieving close to Net Zero energy standards. The gabled roof form is designed to capture as much south-facing solar energy as possible. The south-facing roof incorporates DOW POWERHOUSE solar shingles to generate building-integrated renewable energy.

The home’s design reflects the Not So Big® design philosophy to maximize the utility and efficiency of every square inch of space. The main level of the home was also designed with Aging in Place strategies, including an away space/den that could be modified to serve as our clients’ main-floor bedroom. The adjacent bath was designed with clearances and maneuvering space to allow for all levels of accessibility.

Photos – John Carlson of Carlson Productions LLC

Project Size

1888 square feet

4 bedrooms, 3 baths


Gutted existing home, added on new structure to create this Craftsman style home with a detached garage.

Lead Designer

Architectural Resource

Project Manager

Kirk Brandon

Master bath dual vanities in this Craftsman style home
Custom staircase and upper floor of Craftsman style home in Ann Arbor


Item Material
Cabinetry All cabinets are Berlioni supplied via client.
Countertops Granite throughout home
Flooring/Time Locally sourced quarter sawn white oak and CIOT French limestone honed tile. Stair treads are reclaimed hardwood.
Siding/Trim HardiPlank smooth lap siding
Foundation Existing home foundation was used. Superior walls with spray foam were used in the new crawl space foundation of the new addition.
Insulation BioPCM phase change material in west facing walls and ceiling deck under solar shingles. A combination of spray foam and rock wool was used everywhere else.
Other DOW Solar Solutions shingles, earth tubes to pre-heat or pre-cool incoming air, advanced ducting and energy management systems. Unique wall mounted Duravit toilet in master bath