We are always happy when our clients' friends want to work with us, and that is doubly so when our clients' parents want to as well...  Having recently purchased a home on Devonshire in Ann Arbor Hills to be closer to their kids, our clients want to update their brick ranch kitchen while respecting the mid-century feel of the interior. Please visit this current project work blog often to see the progress and transformation.

March 22, 2018

This is the current kitchen.

The floor plan              and             the kitchen interior elevation

The roof line will also be slightly different.           And the demo plan :-) 

March 23, 2018

Before demolition can begin we build temporary walls between the construction area and the existing living space to keep the dust contained and add privacy for the homeowners.  

The decorative screen between the living room and the library is protected from dust.  

Demolition in the kitchen has begun, upper and lower cabinets have been removed.  

Additional cabinets flanking the kitchen and breakfast area are being disassembled. 

March 28, 2018

Breakfast room cabinets have been removed and drywall in the kitchen is starting to come down. 

All of the kitchen cabinets are gone.  Next the drywall on all of the walls and ceiling will be removed along with the half wall between the kitchen and the breakfast room.  

The demolition recycle trailer has been moved into the driveway where discarded material will be removed through the garage and disposed of.  

Appliances that were in the kitchen have been donated and/ or recycled. For now the floor tile will remain in place to keep the demolition debris from falling into the finished basement. 

Tile in the breakfast area has been removed and the floor will soon be framed up to the same level as the kitchen, eliminating the step.  

April 5, 2018

The configuration of the kitchen and breakfast room walls is changing to one straight wall at the garage to allow for kitchen cabinets and a cleaner overall look.  The wood drop beam will be removed and replaced with a steel beam pushed up into the ceiling allowing for one continuous ceiling height.  

All of the drywall has been removed in the existing kitchen and the ceiling is lined with plastic to keep the blown in insulation from falling from the attic into the work space.  

The existing pocket door between the kitchen and Foyer will be moved and enlarged. 

The next step is to shore up the existing ceiling so load bearing walls and beams can be removed to clear space for re-positioned beams and walls to open up the space. 

April 12, 2018

This photos shows the wall between the garage and existing kitchen/dining.  Plaster on both sides has been removed and a footing has been dug for the new steel post and beam location. This will allow the kitchen  ceiling height to all be the same.     

A new wall is being constructed in the garage so the kitchen and dining area can be increased.  Once the new wall has been constructed the old wall can be removed.  

The existing rafters have been notched (also known as a birds mouth) to receive the new steel beam. 

Mike and Brian lift the new steel beam into place.  

The beam has been lifted and placed to support the existing rafters in a new location. There is still fine tuning of the beams location to slowly engage the beam fully with the existing rafters to carry all the load. Once the weather improved we can remove the flat roof ant the existing dining area.