2016: Metamorphosis of a Mancave
Although set on 51 pristine acres of land minutes from downtown Ann Arbor, the previous 1981 “barn-esque” home had few redeeming qualities. Low-slung at the edges with lots of brown siding and shingles, the gambrel roof created a drafty interior filtering through fiberglass insulation and paneled ceilings. Upon purchasing this home, the owners came to Meadowlark longing for a sleeker, more modern home style that would accommodate their needs for years to come. A bit of “up North” right here in Ann Arbor, they also wanted to take full advantage of the property’s southern vistas and let the outdoors in. With backgrounds in computer technology and solar contracting, the owners also wanted a comfortable and resource-efficient home that was also healthy and durable.
To achieve these goals, Meadowlark designed a new contemporary home using Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs) for both wall and roof structures, while re-using the existing foundation and floor framing. The new house soars up at the edges, capturing the beautiful views that encompass the home and allowing daylight to spill deeply into the living spaces. This home is built with technology in mind for now and for the future. The owners have invested in a high-quality structure and long-lasting finishes as well as quality mechanical systems and building infrastructure. In the future, addition of a ground-mounted solar array will help the home get closer to being net-zero energy.