Interior Remodel: Burns Park
Completed November 2016

For the love of books! 
Among canopies of trees, surrounding one of the oldest parks in Ann Arbor, is the Burns Park neighborhood of Ann Arbor. History abounds in these homes as each home tells its own story of past times and special memories. It is fitting then, that our clients - serious lovers of books, art, and all things that nourish the soul, reached out to our team at Rochman Design Build, to help them create a beautiful space in their charming brick home.
Please visit this current work "blog" often, to see the changes as they happen.

August 15, 2016

The interior remodeling of this space will focus mostly on this library. French doors open into the current Library space. Notice the arched doorway on the left - beautiful. 

Storage for music and A/V equipment must be accommodated in the new space.

Books and display areas are an important feature in this Library remodel project.

August 22, 2016

Here, a bird’s eye view of the space with our 3D program, Sketchup.

A peek inside the new pocket doors helps relay the design intent.

Maximum shelving and efficient storage is planned for the new Library.

September 1, 2016

Dust walls go up and floor protection goes down.

Plaster from one side of the wall is removed and the pocket door frame is built inside the space. 

This little machine is an air scrubber, it has three filters and helps with dust control in the house during demolition.

September 8, 2016

In order to add some lighting, we’ve put a few holes in the plaster ceiling.

The rough electrical is complete and we are ready for plaster.

September 20, 2016

The brown coat on the wall is the first layer under the new plaster. Our carpenter,
Mike Sokol, looks on as the plaster patching begins where the door was removed. 

This is the other side of the wall, where the closet was removed, and the door opening has been filled.

This is the finished wall, with slightly coved ceilings, ready for paint and cabinetry.

September 27, 2016

The tile backsplash has been demolished, ready for new countertops and a new tile backsplash.  
The countertops will come out at the last minute, keeping this kitchen as functional as possible during the project.

New appliances as well as a new sink and faucet will be installed.
The window sill will match the countertop material.

Our electrician brings the room up to code. Here, he is using a laser lever to align the outlets for the proposed tile layout. These are the attention to details that makes our designer very happy.

October 4, 2016

This is an update to the ‘Miracle Door’ of the early 1900’s. Ours has a thicker center panel, but maintains the wide step moldings that mimic the style of existing doors in the home. The maple has been stained and varnished to match the cherry woodwork in the house.

To learn more about miracle doors, check out this article shared by Materials Unlimited: 

The cherry bookcase cabinets are being installed.
The thickened wall at this arch creates a pocket for the new doors.

The small spot light in the background is new.
It will highlight the wall for display of photos or art.

October 13, 2016

Countertops are in and the tile installers work on the layout before setting any tile.

Tile goes on the backsplash. The red bits are spacers to keep an even grout joint.
A quartz spice shelf that matches the counter is set in the backsplash. 

Our ever happy carpenter, Zack, cleans up the work space at the end of the day.

November 1, 2016

The floor protection has been removed and after the remaining shelves are installed, the cabinets will be ready for books.

The tile is grouted and new appliances have been installed.
Once the floor is refinished, our project will be complete.

November 10, 2016

A view of the pocket doors from outside the Library.
Solid doors provide privacy so the space can double as a guest room.