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Be Our Guest

Begin the Fall Remodeler’s Home Tour with Giraffe Design Build, September 21st & 22nd.

We invite you to be our guest, with complimentary tickets from Giraffe, to see this home and the rest of the tour.

This family of artists reinvented their home from the very foundation up, transforming a dated and constrained footprint into a bold, modern, and spacious family home that fits the context of their Water Hill neighborhood.
The unique, dramatic design embraces three levels of living space to provide ample personal space within a modest footprint.

Tickets are limited, so please reserve your tickets now.

1100 Brooks St., Ann Arbor 48103

We look forward to seeing you there.
The Giraffe Team

Design Build, Projects /

A Spare Room Becomes an Office and Personal Oasis

Spare Room into an Office and Personal Oasis

Jessa and Tony blend careers, family, and personal growth—all with a dash of grace. But their living space wasn’t conducive to that balance. With living areas that created barriers instead of inviting flow, they experienced conflict between how they wanted to live, and what their environment could provide.

“We have a nice house, but it didn’t come with a formal office,” Jessa explained. “We’re both physicians, and we can do admin duties from home, but we didn’t have a good base to do that work.” Instead, they were operating out of a spare bedroom. (more…)

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Transforming a Drab Basement into a Warm Sanctuary

basement hallway and stairs leading to first floor

For many homeowners in Southeast Michigan, a basement is an afterthought—a spare area for storage, laundry, and utilities. For others, it’s a fun space for play or entertainment. But for Ann Arbor homeowners Paula and Allen, the basement is the emotional touchstone of the entry into their home. And it was setting the wrong tone.

Paula and Allen’s home is built into a hill, and the garage enters into the basement. For them, the lower level serves as their foyer. It’s the space that welcomes them home after a long day of work. But the greeting wasn’t the warm sanctuary they longed for. (more…)

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Designing Your Home Build Journey: Take Time to Dream

The dream you have for your home is the genesis towards realizing a living space that’s custom-made specifically for you. Your vision for your home puts the whole manifestation into motion. It’s the first step in a journey that ends with a home you will delight in for years to come. During the dream phase of the journey, it is paramount to capture, document, and share a clear vision that will serve as the North Star of your project. A documented vision will guide you and your build-design team and keep you pointing True North in the midst of budget questions and the inevitable bumps in the road. (more…)
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Traditional Kitchen Reimagined with Organic Inspiration

Gilman kitchen

Chris and Bob are homeowners who had recently moved to Ann Arbor from Boston. Their beautiful Colonial house has a classic charm that is evident from the street. The house incorporates several unique features that you don’t see in houses anymore, including a true butler’s pantry and a dumbwaiter. The kitchen opens out to a second-story deck that overlooks a spacious yard, and well-placed windows invite natural lighting throughout the house. (more…)