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Spacious Living on a Modest Footprint

Bold design marries the indoors and outdoors in a light filled home

Modern Home in Water Hill – 1100 Brooks St., Ann Arbor, MI 48103

This family of artists wanted to design and build a clean, modern home that fit the context of their Water Hill neighborhood. A unique, intentional design embraces three levels of living space, marrying the outdoors with the indoors and creating ample personal space in a compact floor plan. Decking surrounds the house while the back patio flows into the interior, using the second floor cantilever as a ceiling and extending the living room flooring to create the effect of an additional room off the back of the house.   

Inside and outside spaces graciously blend together with surrounding decks. The second floor cantilever supports a lovely master suite above, while simultaneously sheltering the back deck below. Tall cathedral ceilings open up European-inspired rooms, creating a feeling of spaciousness in a modest 1960 square-foot floor plan. Interior spaces billow with natural light thanks to expansive windows and skylights that illuminate nestled nooks perfect for reading and creative musings. White walls showcase artwork, while natural building materials such as white oak floors, slate tile, quartzite counters, and cedar siding add warmth and texture. Art and design has been integral to the homeowner’s relationship, and together they experience the world through their passion for design. Preferring family moments over material things, they embrace a minimalist aesthetic.

On the tour, you’ll see how use of muted natural materials, white walls with limited trim, and intentionally designed spaces promote a sense of calm and creativity. The entire third floor, infused with natural light, is an open studio space to work and to nurture the creative spirit within their children. This inspiring home was reinvented from the very foundation up, transforming a dated and constrained footprint into a bold, modern, and spacious family sanctuary. Join us to view this one-of-a-kind home. 

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Home Tour – Fall 2019
Saturday and Sunday, 21-22 September 11am – 5pm
1100 Brooks Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48103

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Giraffe Design Build Reach your dream of an inspired living space. We are client centric, design driven and believe the built environment profoundly impacts the quality of people’s lives. Together with our clients, our collaborative team of designers and craftsmen transform existing spaces into healthy, joyful sanctuaries where families celebrate daily life.