Transformation in Stages

Deep green Craftsman-style home remodel

Much like Ann Arbor’s thriving local community, this resource-efficient home will continue its evolution now and into the future.

Custom bronze and ginkgo leaf stair railing and reclaimed maple flooring

The Project

When the homeowners purchased this home in 2003, it had fallen into a state of severe disrepair. Reclaiming this historic structure was one of Meadowlark Builders’ first projects. The homeowners wanted to modernize the home and make it structurally sound and energy efficient. They also wanted to reclaim as many components of the home as possible throughout the remodeling process.

Master planning and building in stages were key to realizing the full beauty and utility of this 1600 square foot home. Not-So-Big® House design principles were used to create a home that feels more spacious and has all the amenities of a larger home.

Project Size

Before: 1200 sq ft

After: 1576 sq ft

3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths


Complete gut remodel of an 1830’s farmhouse, one of the oldest homes in Ann Arbor. The initial remodel phase was completed in 2004, the second in 2013.

Lead Designer

Meadowlark Design Team

Project Manager

Doug Selby/Kirk Brandon

Book matched curly cherry Meadowlark cabinetry with farmhouse sink
Custom bronze and ginkgo leaf stair railing by metal artisan Drew Kyte in Ann Arbor
Before photo 1830's farmhouse whole home remodel
Copper hammered insets on front porch columns of this Ann Arbor home


Item Material
Cabinetry Single-tree, book matched curly-cherry Meadowlark custom cabinetry
Flooring/Time Reclaimed oak and maple flooring in first floor and upstairs
Siding/Trim HardiBoard siding
Insulation Spray foam and cellulose
Other Custom bronze and iron ginko leaf stair railing done by local metal artisan Drew Kyte. Custom copper hammered insets on front porch columns.

Green features: New & Improved Duct Work, UltimateAir® Energy Recovery Ventilator (ERV) with Whole-House Ducting, Re-circulating Eternal® On-Demand Hot Water System, Attic FRESH START® Insulation Package, Low Flow Water Fixtures, Carrier 98% Efficient Furnace with Air-Source Heat Pump , LED Lighting, NEST Learning Thermostat, Electric Car Charging Station