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New Ensuite Bathroom Recreates the Island Spa Experience

new ensuite bathroom

Sometimes, reentry into everyday life can be a bit of a letdown when returning from a beautiful vacation experience. Southeast Michigan enjoys less sun, and the everyday grind can be hard to shake loose at the end of the day.

For Katie and Matt, their spa island holiday was the inspiration for a home renovation. The couple so enjoyed their vacation resort that they dreamed of recreating the luxury spa experience in their own home. They wanted a bathroom that captured the luxury hotel experience, with the feeling of being on vacation all the time. 

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Building Your Dream Home Near a River

Huron River in Ann Arbor | Building on a floodplain

One of the timeless appeals to building a new home in the Ann Arbor area is the scenic vistas afforded by the many streams and rivers in Washtenaw and Jackson Counties. The Huron River and its tributaries provide rich landscapes and a lush natural environment that create a kind of oasis from city life. Here, homeowners find a retreat they can come home to every day.

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What to Expect Before Renovating an Old Home in Ann Arbor

renovating an old home in Ann Arbor

Renovating an older home can be a more involved endeavor than remodeling a new house. While a relatively new home can be a fairly straightforward project, there are unique elements to a design-build project on an old home. 

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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Accessory Dwelling Units Provide New Opportunities to Ann Arbor Homes

accessory dwellng unit and garage

Many families need to bring someone into their home—either to care for a relative or to rent a room. The loss of privacy and personal space can be difficult on family members, and the changes in lifestyle often add stress to the home.

Some recent developments in Ann Arbor’s zoning laws may provide a welcome relief for homeowners who open their house to new tenants.

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Transforming a Tired Ranch into a Refreshing Retreat

exterior of renovated Ann Arbor home

When these homeowners moved to Ann Arbor, they bought a modest little 1950s atomic ranch as their starter home. Situated on nearly an acre of land, the house was convenient to natural areas and close to Ann Arbor’s downtown. Yet, the quaint house featured tiny rooms and small windows that had a “cramped brick fortress” quality. 

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How Long Will Your Design-Build Project Take?

new home construction in progress

If you’ve never undertaken a home renovation or home building project, you may be surprised by the length of the project. Any kind of home construction requires a commitment to thoughtful design, attention to detail, and a purposeful process that doesn’t take shortcuts.

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Should You Build or Renovate Your Ann Arbor Home?

When your current home no longer meets your lifestyle needs or fits your design aesthetic, it can be difficult to decide between remodeling your home or building a new one. A house is more than an economic asset—it’s a sacred space for your family to live, love, grow, and create lasting memories. We are connected to our homes in ways that are difficult to express, and the decision to build a new home or to renovate your existing home is no small matter.

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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…)