Gold Winner: Team Entry: Architectural Resource, Ann Arbor, Mich. & Home Renewal, Inc., Manchester, Mich.
Project location: Dexter, Mich.
Sq. ft. after: 969
The proud owners of this landmark 1860s era Italianate home in Dexter, Mich., desired to greatly improve their daily ingress and egress experience. With a growing young family, the lack of a proper entry area and attached garage was something that had to be addressed. They also wanted a guest suite to accommodate frequent out-of-town family and friend visitors. But in the homeowner’s own words, “he didn’t want to be known as the guy who ‘screwed up’ this beautiful old home.” Clearly, he understood the concept of stewardship and sensitivity to the historical character of the home
The design challenge for Architectural Resource and Home Renewal, Inc. was to provide the needed space of a significant addition, but do it in a manner that would respect the historic home. The team also needed to be sure that pragmatic and functional issues were addressed. This could not merely be beautiful; it had to provide function and utility. The design solution lay in providing a “hyphen”: a functional daily entry/mud room breezeway connector linking the main house with a new garage and in-law suite above.
The scale, massing and proportion of the new work was carefully studied to complement and support the existing home, particularly in the curbside view from the street. Detailing in trim, ornament and form was gleaned from the existing home and faithfully incorporated into the new addition. The “hyphen” breezeway daily entry/mud room provided a plethora of organized storage, pleasantly out of sight and tastefully woven into the character and ambience of the elegant home.
Bath Fixtures: Kohler
Lighting Fixtures: Halo, Juno
Structural Materials: Georgia Pacific
Trim Work: Cedar
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