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Wool Insulation Protects Your Home and the Planet

If this is your first new home construction or renovation project, you may be wondering what to expect from your…


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What to Expect from Your Interior Designer

If this is your first new home construction or renovation project, you may be wondering what to expect from your…


What to Expect During a Home Design Process

If this is your first home construction or renovation project, you may be wondering what to expect from your designer.…


10 Home Design Trends in 2020 That We’re Excited About

Discover the top home design trends of 2020 that will stick around for many years. Giraffe Design Build can help you…


Should Your Design-Build Firm Prioritize Design or Build?

Will your design-build company prioritize design or construction when building or renovating your home? Giraffe Design…


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New Ensuite Bathroom Recreates the Island Spa Experience

Giraffe Design Build took the elements of an island spa resort and brought it into an Ann Arbor home setting. Discover…


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Building Your Dream Home Near a River

Constructing a new home or building an addition near a body of water in southeast Michigan usually means building on a…


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Creating Large Spaces in Small Rooms

Giraffe’s designers apply innovative problem-solving approaches to create open spaces in small rooms. We can renovate…


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FAQs: Can You Build an Ann Arbor House in Winter?

For residents in the Ann Arbor area, winter weather raises questions about the home construction process. Can you build…


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Designing a Sustainable Vacation-Style Home

This couple wanted to age in place in a sustainable house that would feel like a vacation home. Find out how they…


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What to Expect Before Renovating an Old Home in Ann Arbor

What should you expect when you renovate an older home in Ann Arbor? Here are a few considerations to keep in mind.


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The Home Stretch: Surviving the Final Phase of Building a Home

If you’re about to begin a home construction project, it can be helpful to know what to expect during that last month…


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How Will Your Contractor Handle Unexpected Renovation Problems?

A home renovation can have unexpected problems that require expensive repairs. Be prepared for them ahead of time: know…


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How Does the Design of Your Home Affect Your Wellbeing?

The design of your home affects your emotional and mental wellbeing. This intersection of design and emotional…


Do You Need a Rain Garden for Your Ann Arbor Home?

Every home building or renovation project that adds 200 square feet of impervious surface will need to have a water…


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The Rare Intersection of Excellent Craftsmanship and Inspired Design

At Giraffe Design Build, we believe that every home renovation project deserves to embody inspired design and excellent…


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Accessory Dwelling Units Provide New Opportunities to Ann Arbor Homes

The City of Ann Arbor recently lifted some of the zoning restrictions on accessory dwelling units (ADUs). These changes…


Will Your Renovation Project Increase the Sale of Your Home?

Not every home renovation increases the resale value of your house. Ann Arbor realtor Alex Milshteyn gives these tips…