Residential Specialty

Architectural Resource, Ann Arbor, Mich.
Blue Sky Construction
Project cost: $11,850

A simple facelift can make all the difference on some homes. For this residential specialty award winner, Architectural Resource in Ann Arbor, Mich., was able to give this home a whole new life by adding nothing more than a portico.

The goal of this project was to add a new front portico that added the functional protection desired, but do it in a stylistically sensitive manner with a little flourish. Keying off of existing roof forms, period styling, materials and design cues from the home, a sympathetic solution emerged. The special touch was with the introduction of the barrel vault and the development of the carefully worked out finish details.

A now functional portico was added to the daily experience of coming and going at the main door of the home. Far from appearing like an addition the stylistically sympathetic, yet engaging, design seems to complement the home’s facade; as if it was always supposed to be there.

“Beautifully detailed and executed,” remarked one of the judges. “It’s a nice addition that really brings the home to life.”

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Honorable mention:
Rockland Builders, Inc.
Newport, Del.