Tessmer Rd Primary Suite Addition Brief Video


Lead Architectural Designer: Giraffe Design Build

Consulting Architectural Designer: Mandi Wise

Lead Interior Designer: Mandi Wise

Consulting Interior Designer: Kerry Rodriguez

Lead Carpenters: Ron Kallak and Jeff Clark

Photographer: Scottie Davidson

Location: Ann Arbor MI

Completion Date: Fall 2021


Peacefully situated on 4 acres outside Ann Arbor city limits, this timeless, primary suite addition is a sanctuary for two young parents with small children and a busy lifestyle. The challenge in this project was to preserve the essence of the home’s original farmhouse style while creating a modern and private bedroom retreat.

We complemented the original architecture with classic elements in a way that respects the existing aesthetics of the home by using warm wood floors, crisp white walls and large windows that frame the views of their lush landscape. The windows provide light and ventilation, while the outside landscape creates an intimate backdrop. In addition to the windows, skylights were incorporated into the design of the walk-in closet and wet room to bring in as much natural light as possible while still maintaining privacy.

“It feels like a refuge or sanctuary from the chaos on the other side of the door, and it truly is. We love it.” – Homeowner