This lovely center-stair Colonial home in Ann Arbor Hills was originally built in 1931. A previous addition and remodel in 2003 enlarged the home and added a large garage. Our clients recently purchased this home and want to do extensive renovations and redecorating before moving in. Renovations are planned on all 3 levels of the home, plus the finished basement, plus the 2 story garage. Major items include reconfiguring the central staircase to help circulation patterns on all levels, a new master suite, a new 3rd floor art studio, a new garage loft writing studio, and updated bathrooms. Please visit this current project work blog often to see the progress and transformation.

May 11, 2018

The front of the house, ‘Before’.

We begin inside by protecting the hardwood and tile floors that will remain.

May 18, 2018

Basement room to become exercise room

First we strip the ceiling and strip the wood paneling.

Then we strip the face brick and look to remove the fireplace.

May 25, 2018

This basement room will become the media room; but first it needs a better ceiling height. 

Removing the drywall ceiling exposes a dropped steel beam and plumbing lines to move out of the way.

The structural load is shored up on the upper levels, and we raise up the steel beam in its place.  A careful process when the beam weighs about 800lbs.

The beam is raised up, the drain line is moved.  Full ceiling height accomplished!

June 1, 2018

Bathroom demolition is well underway

A trash chute was built out of the front hall bath.

A trash trailer awaits in the front yard.

June 11, 2018

The existing family room has a big hump in the floor, causing tripping.  It is located over an old bearing wall and is likely due to settlement or misalignment of the floor joists.

We removed the hardwood flooring, and then the subfloor to expose the structure below.

High spots are planed down, low spots are shimmed up.  New plywood subfloor is laid over it.  This is all fixed, except for the new hardwood flooring.

Floor protection immediately placed over it, so main work can continue.

June 27, 2018

Brain takes a rest in the old bathtub - the calm before the storm ;-)

Demolition of the old tile and walls.
The master bath and closet will expand into the adjacent bedroom space.

A few surprises were left for us within the floor structure :-( 
Numerous pipes and wires were routed through the structure in an improper way.

Zack working on getting mechanicals and wiring out of the way.

The floor structure is reinforced to be back at full strength
and new plywood subfloor is installed.

July 11, 2018

Old wallpaper uncovered several layers behind the drywall…. 
Should we keep it, with hopes that this style will come back?

Patching back hardwood flooring in the kitchen/family room space.

We bring in bigger equipment for the demo and enlargement of the 3rd floor

3rd floor:  before

3rd floor: demo-land!

July 19, 2018

The roof framing has been stripped from one side of the house.
Floor material was also removed from the third floor attic space.

We are opening the floor framing from the second floor to the third floor, and rebuilding the stairs.

The new exterior knee wall and roof framing is in, braced temporarily.
New skylights will allow natural light to filter through the stair well.

This structural beam will hold the old and new roof framing.
The temporary bracing will come out once everything is secured.

The new stairs are roughed in, work continues throughout the house.

July 26, 2018

Demolition is happening in many areas of this home.

Jackhammers, sledgehammers and shovels…oh my!

Careful and selective demolition occurs in this area of the basement.

August 2, 2018

Shingles are being installed at the new third-story dormer and roof.

An amazing amount of natural light fills the stairwell.

A view from the street.

The new skylights are installed and flashed.

Gary and Glen want to check the work at the skylights,

and they get a bird’s eye view from our company drone.

August 9, 2018

This side of the garage is being framed with sleepers on the floor, in order to install framing.

This allows us to insulate the floor, providing greater comfort.

The attic space of the garage will be claimed, and a stair will fill this opening.

This is a before picture of the garage attic.
Remember it well :-)

August 16, 2018

The walls of the future bathroom are framed at the top of the stairs.

The walls on the first floor are also roughed-in.

August 23, 2018

This backyard space will be transformed; but first, it will be disrupted more.

Interior walls at the master bathroom have complicated framing and finished details. The long horizontal areas will be niche spaces at the future sink and tub locations.

August 29, 2018

A few weeks ago, we showed you the work in the basement to reroute plumbing lines located under the concrete floor.  Here, a vapor barrier goes down on the dirt.

Concrete is shoveled, formed and troweled.

We removed the window and sent the concrete through a chute right where we needed it.

The concrete will cure and we will start building walls.

September 5, 2018

Inside the house, we prepare for a connection between the house and the detached garage. It’s a cramped space, so a shovel and a bucket is the mode of operation.

Careful digging is performed next to the house, also with a shovel, until the perimeter drain is cleared.

Then we dig in with the machines.

We’ve created a trench between the house and the garage.

PVC conduits are run in the trench for utilities to safely connect between spaces.

This is the other end of the trench. He must be in charge of small hand-dug spaces.

September 20, 2018

Rough plumbing is underway.

An electrical walk through happens before any new wiring is run. Lead carpenter, Mike has marked the locations of all the light fixtures and outlets.

Rough electrical has begun.

September 26, 2018

Parts and pieces are lined up waiting to be installed.

Shiny new ductwork for the HVAC system.

October 3, 2018

Rough plumbing at the master bathroom vanity.

Plumbing, electrical and mechanicals are happening simultaneously.
It is a busy jobsite.

And sweet new copper roofs are installed at the garage.

October 10, 2018

This door opening will be filled in, now that ductwork is completed.

The gas meter will be covered and this will become a small wine room.

Walls in this lower level room have been insulated.

We are ready for drywall and plaster.

October 17, 2018

We are finishing up some excavation work before it gets cold.

Footings are dug for a new porch, and brick is ready to go into the old garage door opening.

October 24, 2018

This is the furnace for the upper levels of the house.

Spray foam insulation has begun. Cooler weather is probably a welcome change if you wear a Tyvek suit every day.

November 1, 2018

Aluminum siding has been removed to make way for new exterior finish material.

Double-hung windows were replaced previously. The old sash weights and pockets remained inside the wall cavity.

They were also big, open spaces that let cold air blow into the house.