Our clients in the Burns Park neighborhood of Ann Arbor love their home but the tight kitchen and entry way are cramping their style... This renovation will enlarge their space into an open and inviting area that their growing family can love.

July 18, 2017

This drawing shows the new layout for the Kitchen. A big island is planned, with seating for the family.

Some color renderings help visualize the final product before construction begins.

July 21, 2017

Our crew is on site, but there is always some prep work that has to happen. Our electrician is going to relocate the main electrical feed and replace the panel inside.

Careful and selective demolition is underway.

The machinery is on-site and ready to dig.

July 25, 2017

The new electrical service will be buried. 

It works its way from the utility pole at the rear property line, between the garages, 

…and through the backyard. 

July 27, 2017

The old kitchen cabinets are being removed.

The refrigerator will be located within the space at the new kitchen, instead of at the rear entry. 

Protecting the remainder of the house from dust is one of our biggest challenges. Here, a large opening is protected with plastic and a temporary door.

July 31, 2017

Demolition continues. 

This photo shows the layers of flooring that have accumulated over the years. Glued down flooring is difficult to remove easily.

Zack takes on the grueling task.
He is carefully removing this decorative tile accent.

Hard work and perseverance have their rewards.

August 9, 2017

What is Zack up to now?

Mixing mortar.

He is filling in the basement window with concrete block.

August 14, 2017

Zack preps exterior wall framing for new window and door header.

Mike inspects the installed window and door header. 

August 22, 2017

The steel beam has arrived and is ready to be lifted into place.

Now that the steel beam is in and can carry the floor loads above the new kitchen can be much larger.

August 30, 2017

The old wood double hung windows are removed and new replacement windows are installed.

Rough electrical has begun.

Our lead carpenter Mike, builds a soffit around the beam and is spraying foam insulation at the ceiling. The Tyvek suit didn’t fit and he improvises with a black plastic garbage bag.

The insulation is dry and shaved off for a flush finish. Furring at the ceiling helps create an even surface in an old home.

September 7, 2017

Drywall happened fast! Taped, mudded, and sanded. This is a view from the Kitchen to the front of the house.

This is a view from the front toward to the Kitchen. Our painter has put on a first coat, and new oak flooring will be toothed into the existing for a seamless finish.

September 14, 2017

A new structural post, called a PSL (parallel strand lumber) post, transfers weight from above to a new footing in the basement.

A stone cap is placed on the low height brick wall. Siding will finish the wall above.

Stone sills are replaced at the windows, to match.

New footings are dug and poured with concrete for the deck.

September 20, 2017

The oak floors are sanded, stained and finished.

Our carpenters use this time, and some nice fall weather, to begin work on the deck.

They set girder beams on the concrete footings

and the joist are framed on top.