December 1, 2011
This project is a tear-down and rebuild. The old house
was in bad condition including the foundation, and it
was best to tear it down and build a new custom home.
December 2, 2011
This was the original house, a poorly built ranch house
on a beautiful lot in Ann Arbor.
The new design drawing shows a Tudor styled home, brick and
stucco. More stately and a better fit for the neighborhood.
December 7, 2011
Demolition has begun.
Step 1: Put the garage in the dumpster.
Step 2: Demolish the rest of the house.
Step 3: Clean up the mess.
December 23, 2011
The foundation has now been completely removed. The concrete
walls were broken-up on-site and used as a base for the new driveway.
After digging we found a very high water table
on the property. Here we are excavating into the
street to tap into the main storm drain line.
January 4, 2012
The new storm drain is run into the property,
under the water main.
The drain tile is bedded in peastone, and a perforated
drain tile is set alongside at the bottom of the trench,
all to help drain the water away from the house.
January 12, 2012
Further excavation in the basement. Poor soil conditions
were found under the basement– evidence of an
ancient swamp/small lakebed in this area– we found
gray ‘marl’ type soils with small shells in it.
We are undercutting the basement footings here, digging
down to soil that can bear the house’s weight and
then backfilling with stone, some areas as much as 6 feet.
January 16, 2012
Finally the bottom of the basement is being set– a level grade of stone.
Loading the final layer of crushed limestone,
compacting the stone every 12 inches.
February 1, 2012
Concrete footings have been poured. Insulating blankets have been
removed with the temperatures hitting 50 degrees yesterday and
today. Formwork for the basement walls are ready to be unloaded.
February 4, 2012
Form work for the basement walls being set up.
Nine foot tall basement walls are planned.
Foundation walls are all set. The perimeter drain tile is
set at the outside of the footing, to drain away any
water that collects on the basement walls
February 10, 2012
The wood frame is a block-out for a basement egress
window. The step-down at the top of the wall
is a ledge for the exterior brick to bear on.
Now the waterproofing membrane is
seen on the outside of the foundation walls.
February 28, 2012
After the foundations were finished, framing of the first
floor began. Engineered “I” joists were used.
At this view, we’re looking at the rear of the house.
The window openings are in the sunroom and dining room.
Wall construction continues working its way
around the house. These windows on the east
side of the house will look out from the living room.
March 6, 2012
In the dining room, looking toward the living room.
Standing at the back of the kitchen, with the sunroom beyond.
Second floor construction has started.
Looking at the garage with the guest bedroom upstairs.
March 15, 2012
A time lapse video showing the last few weeks of framing.
March 23, 2012
The attic trusses are being lifted into place.
Up inside the attic.
Looking down into the elevator shaft.
Roof sheathing is going up, and the roofs are taking shape.
April 1, 2012
Roof framing continues on the backside of the home.
Inside the living room. There will be a small vault
in this area when the project is finished.
The current front elevation.
April 26, 2012
We’re installing the roofing, most of which
will be an architectural asphalt shingle.
The prominent roof at the front will be
a metal roof as a strong accent piece.
May 9, 2012
Window are being installed throughout the house.
Some windows are a bit harder to reach than others.
Inside the dining room, looking toward the living room windows.
May 21, 2012
Metal roof installation.
The wood fireplace in the dining room. A second gas
fireplace was also installed in the family room.
May 28, 2012
A time lapse showing roof framing, sheathing, and shingles
June 13, 2012
We dug this large trench to run the new
sewer & water lines to the house.
Rough plumbing is being installed inside.
Mahogany front door, with sidelites and transom.
Side door near the living room.
June 22, 2012
The brick and stone is going up around the house.
All the outside corners are getting rough stone details.
A close-up of the brick and stone together.
June 30, 2012
A time lapse showing brick installation.
July 2, 2012
Interior arches have been built. This view is from
inside the kitchen, looking toward the hall and sunroom.
Looking from the living room, toward the dining room.
July 15, 2012
Brick is finished and the timbers have gone up. Next up is the stucco.
The rear elevation. The timbers will be
painted a dark brown like the windows.
July 28, 2012
Exterior insulation has been installed in all the walls.
Work on the guts of the house is finished. Drywall will go
up next, followed by paint, trim, flooring and cabinetry.
August 24, 2012
Now to focus one the exterior of the house:
Stucco is going up between the timbers.
On this elevation, the stucco has already been installed.
Here you can see the texture of the stucco. The trim boards will be
painted dark brown, creating good contrast with the stucco
September 19, 2012
The timbers are being painted on the front elevation.
They are finished on the rear.
The side elevation, looking at the kitchen.
October 8, 2012
In preparation for the driveway, we graded the
area and installed a base of gravel.
Then we laid down a standard asphalt driveway.
October 16, 2012
Exterior nearing completion with landscaping and patio going in.
November 30, 2012
It’s been a year but the project is finished, both
inside and out. Our clients are moving into their new
home, just in time for the holidays.