This 1920s home in the Burns Park neighborhood of Ann Arbor possessed a lot of charm but was choppy to navigate. Our clients and their young family needed a space that flowed more easily and reflected the way they live; open, gracious, welcoming... This project involved complete renovation of the first floor with primary focus on a new kitchen.

May 21, 2012

The existing floor plan is on the left, with the proposed on the right. Note currently how far away the kitchen is from the center of the house, specifically to the dining. We will be building an addition, allowing the kitchen to be centrally located. We’re also working in a new mudroom.

May 29, 2012

An existing second floor deck is demo’d to make room for the new kitchen addition.

With the deck out of the way, excavation begins for trench footings.

Inside, Alex begins demolition of the existing kitchen cabinets.

June 6, 2012

Brick is removed because these walls will become part of the interior.

The kitchen demolition is complete. We’ve also stripped
much of the drywall off the walls and ceiling.

Standing in the dining room. This wall will open up,
giving a view of the kitchen when the project is finished.

June 13, 2012

Block foundation is up. Brian is laying out floor joists.

The first external wall has been removed. When finished, this view will be looking into the kitchen.

This doorway will be infilled with brick we removed from the
other side of the house. On the other side will be mudroom cabinets.

This framing will become the mudroom walls and a closet.

June 20, 2012

The wall here is temporary. It supports the second floor while installing the new beam.

Brian and Alex installing the large LVL beams.

With the second floor successfully supported, the temporary wall is removed leaving the space is open.

Standing in the future family room, looking toward where the kitchen will be when the project is finished.

June 27, 2012

The wall for the kitchen is in place.

Alex works on installing roof rafters and ceiling joists.

The view from outside, with the house wrap on.

July 4, 2012

While we’ve been working upstairs, our clients have been
using this temporary kitchen in the basement.

We built a soffit to hide the beam, along with some plumbing, electrical, and HVAC.
The hood and cooktop will be centered below this soffit.

The kitchen sink window is installed.

July 13, 2012

The drywall has been hung. This view is from the back door,
looking toward the kitchen and the center of the house.

View from the dining room opening toward the kitchen.

Standing at the island, looking at the family room.

August 4, 2012

New hardwood floor has been installed; old hardwood sanded
back to bare wood. The entire floor is ready for staining.

The finished floor.

New layout allows for views from living room in the front of the
house all the way through to the family room at the back.

August 7, 2012

Cabinets and appliances have been delivered.

Brian is hard at work installing the kitchen cabinetry.

September 4, 2012

The trim work is being installed. We’re doing a mix of brand
and old.  All of it will be stained dark.

The hood has been installed. The blank wood areas will be
filled with tile to compliment the tile backsplash.

September 18, 2012

Cabinet installation is finished, waiting for countertops.

A view from the new family room.

Pantry cabinets.

October 1, 2012

The new mudroom cabinets, with one cubby for each member of the family.

Turning the corner, there is a small bench and a tall storage cabinet.

Upstairs, we installed new wood shake siding.
It will be painted a gray to match the existing.

October 10, 2012

Kitchen countertops at the sink are being installed.

Island countertop has been installed too.

October 20, 2012

The  tile backsplash has been installed.

As has the tile detail on the hood.

The full kitchen.

October 25, 2012

On the outside, we built a small roof to cover the side entrance.

We included an energy efficient LED light, along with a photocell sensor so it turns on at dusk.

October 30, 2012

Our happy clients in their new kitchen.

October 31, 2012

Off the side door, new mudroom cubbies have room for everyone in the family.

The dining room, open to the new kitchen location.

The new kitchen, with its beautiful island.

Standing back from the kitchen, as it opens into the family room.