You know you need to make some changes in your home but the thought of all the planning, the construction process, the overwhelming decisions, not to mention the cost just seems too much to bear. Well fear not! Let Master Planning help you navigate your way through the journey of making your home the perfect place for you and your family.
Rather than describe in words what Master Planning means, we thought it would be much better to give you an example of a 3-phase project we completed for a family in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Our clients purchased this ’80s built home in 2009 and loved the quiet neighborhood and the wonderful wooded lot. They knew there were changes necessary when they moved in, but rather than dive right into renovations they decided to live in the home a while to get a feel for what was working for them and what wasn’t.
Also, like most of us – they didn’t have an infinite budget so they wanted to be sure that when the time was right to make the investment they would be getting the best results for their needs and wants.
Working with our designers the clients came up with three key goals for their long-term investment into the home:
Since our clients were planning on staying in this home for many years their first priority was to make the home more comfortable to live in, easier to maintain and more energy-efficient. To this end – new attic and basement bond insulation was installed along with a geothermal heating/cooling system and an energy recovery ventilator. Additional upgrades to the thermal envelope of the home (exterior insulation and siding, new windows/doors, new roof) would be addressed in future phases.
A boxy floor plan, a brown and beige color scheme and inefficient use of space made this home dark and chaotic for the family. There was loads of space – but none of it was very inviting so everyone and everything gravitated to the kitchen creating an overwhelming mess.
Phase 2 was all about opening up sight lines, lightening up the finishes and addressing the day-to-day needs of a growing family of four. Utilizing the existing footprint – our designers reconfigured the kitchen, laundry/mudroom and office areas of the home to better meet the needs of the family. New and larger energy efficient windows replaced the old. Light and airy finish selections replaced the brown and beige.
The resulting first floor spaces are clean, organized and full of natural daylight.
Our clients really wanted to update the exterior of this home and make it work better for their needs and wants. Obviously the dark brown exterior was in need of a facelift. With an eye on energy efficiency and low maintenance the existing siding was removed and 2″ of rigid exterior insulation was installed and covered with Hardiboard lap and panel siding. The front porch was extended to balance the front of the home and a new larger patio was added onto the rear of the home allowing the family to enjoy the beautiful forested lot.
Updating the ’80s beige bathrooms is on our clients radar screen. When the timing is right they will take the plunge. Stay tuned!