On a corner lot in the Old West Side of Ann Arbor is this charming home. Like most homes in the Water Hill neighborhood, this one too is full of nooks, crannies, and narrow hallways... perfect for hideaway games on rainy days. The house, originally built in 1907, had a renovation back in 1999 and again in 2006 to try and solve the complicated layout - to no avail. Please follow our progress to see the major changes that will take place in this lovely Water Hill home.

May 11, 2016

Our clients approached Rochman Design Build with a request for a complete renovation of the first floor: kitchen, pantry and powder room as well as an addition of a laundry room on the second floor. The total addition will increase the square footage of the house on both the 1st and 2nd floors.

The new addition will be constructed within this existing recessed area of the home.

A view of the existing kitchen will be completely removed/demolished.

May 17, 2016 

Sometimes it's easier to understand changes through a modeling.
This model shows a bird’s eye view of the existing kitchen.

This model shows a bird’s eye view of the new kitchen, pantry, and powder room. 
Notice the different layout of the kitchen?

Here is a closer view of the new kitchen.

And again, from another angle.

And one final view of the new kitchen :-) 

May 23, 2016

Our job sign has been planted and we are underway!

Since our clients will remain in the house during construction, we go the extra step to make the disruption as minimal as possible. Not having a real kitchen and laundry room with young kids is intense, so we created this temporary kitchen and laundry area within the existing dining room. This is what our client said "I just wanted to tell you how incredible our temp kitchen is -- Brian and Zack really made a fantastic, highly functional space for us. We're so pleased!"     

Dust protection walls have been installed to protect furniture and belongings,
because, you know, you can never be over protective with dust...

Demolition of the kitchen, laundry, and powder rooms has begun.
This is, by far the most fun part :-) 

And yup! the new two story addition has been framed in already.

June 1, 2016

And the interior demolition work presses on! 

All of the drywall within the work area is removed in order to expose the homes existing structure.

This window and wall will be removed in order to create the new mudroom entry.

And the new two story addition is weather tight :-) .

June 13, 2016

Demolition work is complete and the new walls are starting to take form! 

These two ladders in the background are at the location of the future patio door.

This pictures shows framing for the new powder room and pantry room doors.

The yellow level in this photos marks the general location of the new kitchen sink window.

Now we’re on the second floor looking into the new laundry alcove.

June 27, 2016

All new walls have been framed and the installation of new insulation has begun.

This view shows the state of the new kitchen sink window.

A view of the new hallway leading to the family room.

Insulation shown within the floor of the new mudroom addition.

A much needed improvement…
New insulation added within the homes existing floor structure.
Drywall is next!!!

July 5, 2016

The drywall installation is well underway!
This view is from the kitchen space looking toward the pantry, powder room, and patio doors. 

This shows the new mudroom space and patio door. 
A built-in bench and coat hooks will be installed in this space.

A view of the new stair which connects the family room to the patio door and kitchen.

The exterior of the new addition is complete and blends seamlessly into the existing home.

  New flooring and cabinets are right around the corner.

July 18, 2016

The new maple flooring has been installed and ties perfectly into the existing.

This view shows the new hallway leading into the family room.

Floors installed and walls painted.  Cabinets will be installed within a few days. 
This view is looking toward the new kitchen sink window.

The new stairs leading to the family room are taking form. 
Dramatic changes are soon to come :-) 

July 25, 2016

The newly refinished maple floors have been thoroughly protected and cabinets have arrived!

The powder room vanity is staged for installation. 
When you check back the kitchen will start to take form.

August 4, 2016

The cabinet installation is underway. 
From left to right you can see the wall oven, dishwasher, kitchen sink, and cooktop locations.

The cooktop and exhaust hood will become a focal point of the kitchen.

This is a view of the new peninsula -
The perfect size for both entertaining guests and helping with homework :-) .
Notice that the new layout also creates a sight line out to the patio.

If a side by side refrigerator/freezer combo can be described as stunning then this is the one!

 We’ll be finishing the cabinets - countertops are next.

August 10, 2016

The cabinetry and appliance installation continues!!

The face panels have been installed at the peninsula.

The cabinetry surrounds the refrigerator perfectly (less than half an inch clearance).

Plenty of storage space within this refrigerator/freezer combo! 
Quartz counter tops and the tile backsplash are up next. 

August 23, 2016

The countertops and wall tile have been installed.

These handmade tiles by Pratt & Larson bring an air of sophistication to this kitchen.

The light fixtures and finishing touches are right around the corner!

September 1, 2016

And the finishing touches are under way.
Appliances, plumbing fixtures, and light fixtures have been installed. 

An under counter microwave and beautiful refrigerator/freezer combo.

Thoughtfully placed lighting brings life to the design.

No shortage of storage in this kitchen.  A chef’s dream!

And to top off the appliances - a double oven. 

September 16, 2016

Finishing touches before we say goodbye

Oh yes, we think they will enjoy this space... a lot!

But as always, our most important factor is our happy clients.

November 16, 2016

Our photos are finally done. Our clients are still elated :-)
We thought you'd like to see the finished space.
The reconfiguration of and the addition to the 1st floor included the kitchen, a new mudroom for the side entry, and a closing of the living room