You may have driven on this beautiful curving street in the Ann Arbor Hills neighborhood on your way home.
You may have used Devonshire Road as a short cut between Washtenaw and Geddes, or to get to the Racquet Club. You will have noticed that each home has a distinct personality and architectural style; some modern, some traditional, some hidden, some with a welcoming garden lovingly tended over many years. We are so happy to be back for our second project with our wonderful clients and their delightful family. Our team, at Rochman Design Build, has some fun work ahead. Please check in regularly to see the changes happening in this home on this current work blog. 

December 2, 2016

The 2nd floor will be expanded and will include the remodeling of the two bathrooms,
an addition of a new laundry room, and the reworking of the bedroom layout. 
The 1st floor remodel will include the 'opening up' of the existing kitchen,
the expansion of the mudroom, and addition of a three season room.

Here is a view of the front of the home.  The second floor above the garage will be expanded.

This is a view of the back of the home.  The existing deck will be replaced with a three season room. The master bathroom will undergo a complete transformation and expansion. The ‘girls’ existing bathroom will also be rebuilt within a new location.

December 13, 2016

3D design model:  Shows a bird’s eye view of the ‘girls’ new shower and toilet area.

3D design model: The ‘girls’ shower with the new laundry room nearby.

3D design model: The master bathroom shower equipped with both a wall shower and ceiling rain shower head.

3D design model: A bird’s eye view within the new three season room.  

December 21, 2016

Here we go!  Demolition Day!

The dust walls have been installed and floors have been protected.

Drywall is stripped from the existing stud walls.

January 4, 2017

The existing exterior wall is being removed in order to make room for the new second floor addition.

A portion of the existing garage roof has been removed.

And new floor joists are installed for the second floor expansion.
Please check back in often to watch our progress.

January 12, 2017

The new second floor expansion has been framed and closed in.

During a home remodel it is not uncommon to find the need for new support columns and footings below the new work.

The existing fireplace hearth has been removed in order to extend the wood flooring.

January 20, 2017

The addition to the 2nd floor will provide more space to the new master bathroom.

Here we see a new ‘reading nook’ which has been added to one of the existing bedrooms.

And this is a view of the new master bathroom walk-in shower. 
The back wall will have a full width recessed niche. 

January 31, 2017

Welcome Back! The new framework has begun. This fireplace will be closed off in order to improve the rooms TV location and furniture layout.

The second floor open loft space is being converted into a bedroom. 

February 10, 2017

A view of the new master bathroom.
The vanity will be on the right and the toilet on the left.

Another view of the master bathroom. This time facing the walk-in shower. 

This is a view of the ‘girls’ bathroom. A wall and pocket door will separate the tub and toilet space from the vanity space.

February 17, 2017

Here is a sneak peek at the plumbing and light fixtures selected for this project.

March 7, 2017

The framing is complete and walls are being insulated.  

The interior walls are insulated in order to cut back on sound transmission between rooms.
Check back soon - The new drywall work is soon to follow!

March 23, 2017

Welcome back! The project is progressing that the new drywall work is well underway. 

This is a view of the new second floor bedroom.

Here we have the new master bathroom.  The short wall to the left is the toilet screen wall.

The new tile work is following close behind the drywall so please check back for the new updates.

March 30, 2017

This picture shows the tying of the new into the old.

The floor is being prepared to receive a new finish.

And a view of the freshly sanded kitchen and living room floor.

April 6, 2017

Meanwhile up on the second floor we have tile work taking place in the girls' bathroom.

April 13, 2017

The existing kitchen layout needed improvement, so we added new cabinet components. Our custom cabinet maker does an incredible job of matching style and finish.

The shower walls and niche are tiled and will be grouted soon.

  Custom cabinets have been installed in the bathroom.  

April 19, 2017

Cabinets are being installed in many rooms.
Here, some cubbies are installed to collect gear at the back door.

Vanity cabinets are set, and the countertops are measured and fabricated and will be placed soon.

Hey! That’s Mike. He’s wiping the last bit of film from the grout off the glass tile.

A few pieces of blue tape warn that the tile is not ready to be walked on.

April 26, 2017

The new pendant lights are installed over the peninsula at the sit-to counter space.

A new chandelier is installed at the Entry. Each wire had to be specially cut to accommodate the sloped ceiling, and give the cascading effect.

May 2, 2017

Clearly we’re not the only ones loving these ribbon lights by Quoizel, our clients do too.

This totally fun and way cool chandelier comes in different sizes and colors such as Western Bronze, Crystal Chrome, White, Satin Copper or Millenia… 

This shower is ready for finish plumbing: the valve trim and two showerheads,
one from the wall and one from the ceiling.

At the top of the stairs, we’ve installed new lighting. Carpet will be here soon.
We take extra precautions to protect corners at high traffic areas from damage.

May 9, 2017

This view is from the kitchen to the Family Room.
New pendants add some light and interest at the peninsula counter.

Everyone gathers in the Kitchen, and now, they can be a part of the Family Room as well.
This open area will likely be a well-used space.

The wood floors have a matte finish. We are ready for countertops and then paint.

May 16, 2017

Flat steel bars are let into the half wall and cabinet bracing, and create an added support
for the countertop overhang.

The new counters are in, and Zack makes sure the fit is right against the cabinet. 

May 23, 2017

After the counters were set at the Master Bath vanity, faucets were mounted at the sinks, and tile backsplash is being installed. The outlets were laid horizontally to emulate the lines of the tile.

The other bathroom is getting its own finishes.
The shower door is in and this room is almost ready.

May 30, 2017

Just as soon as a space gets straightened up, we come around again and make a mess.
Painters tape, floor protection and plastic protects everything we’ve completed so far.

The time it takes to mask off the finishes is a big time saver while the painters work.

This looks fun. I would rather be the one holding the ladder than the one at the top.

June 12, 2017

Things are wrapping up inside the house, and the weather is nice, so we’ve focused our attention to the outside of the house. Demolition of the old deck is almost finished. Improper flashing at the house has resulted in rotten wood. 

Luckily, we are getting rid of it all and doing it correctly.
This will be the location of a three season room.

Mike and Zack may be smiling, but they found rocks at every hole they dug for the footings. 

Glen is multi-tasking. Posts are set and ready for inspection with the city, and when they verify everything is correct, the construction will continue.

June 21, 2017

Our carpenters make quick work of framing the 3-Seasons room.

With the window openings framed, windows and screens can be measured and fabricated to fit.

The black material is soffit vent, it will run the entire length of this wall. It allows air, but not bugs and water, to circulate inside the roof cavities. By removing the warm moist air, the risk of mold is reduced. Venting is required at both the bottom and top of the roof framing.

June 28, 2017

The addition gets a new roof, and the sheathing at the window openings is in the process of being cut out.

The openness of the 3-season room is starting to shine.

Tall windows frame the beautiful, natural views in the back yard.

July 5, 2017

Check out the light from the sun tube!  A mirrored tube reaches the center of the house from the roof, and provides natural light with no electrical cost.

Zack has made the window jambs for each opening and is installing them.

Siding has been installed at the exterior of the 3 season room, and will be painted to match the house. 

July 18, 2017

Tongue and groove cedar is installed on the walls…

…and ceiling.

Tongue and groove vertical grain fir is installed on the floor.