This house is remarkably sensitive to all of the important things: the home’s heritage, the homeowners and the way we live today, and the great responsibility of balancing preservation with modern practices for durability.
Ann Arbor, MI (PRWEB) July 01, 2014
Dubbed “Addition by Subtraction,” the award-winning project was a sensitive “reduction” to a charming 1920s Bungalow home in Plymouth, Mich., where the home’s square footage was actually reduced by 43 square feet.
In a Not So Big® inspired design approach, the original home’s 1,876 square feet was right-sized to 1,833 square feet by removing an unfortunate sunroom ‘aberration’ addition tacked on to the home in the mid-1970s. In addition to that correction, the design solution also significantly improved the home’s layout, completely reconfiguring the main living areas of the home including the kitchen, dining area, family gathering space, daily entry, and stairway to the basement. The redesign also introduced a new cozy, private rear sitting porch. All was conceived from an historically sensitive fashion seamlessly integrating the home’s Bungalow style into new, updated, contemporary functionality. In the words of the homeowners, “Architectural Resource put everything back the way it was meant to be, only better.”
“Architectural Resource was again recognized in our Annual Issue on HOUSES with our Best Traditional Home award in 2014," said Brian Pontolilo, editor, Fine Homebuilding Magazine. "Just like I remembered from the first Architectural Resource project I covered, this house is remarkably sensitive to all of the important things: the home’s heritage, the homeowners and the way we live today, and the great responsibility of balancing preservation with modern practices for durability, energy-efficiency and healthy living. Michael Klement and Architectural Resource excel in these areas. Every architectural style has its hallmark materials. One of the things that Michael does so well is integrate today’s modern materials into historically sensitive projects. In this Arts-and-Crafts home, the predominant material is the wood used for all of the wonderful built-ins, trim, and wainscot; but the accents are no less important. From the double-hung windows to the custom pendant lights, Architectural Resource got it right again.”
About the HOUSES Awards
Fine Homebuilding Magazine’s annual HOUSES Awards celebrate the most well-designed and well-built homes in North America. Every year, hundreds of homes are considered for recognition in only six award categories including: Best New Home, Best Remodel, Best Small Home, Best Traditional Home, Best Energy Smart Home, and Editors Choice. Together, they offer a snapshot of the most progressive design ideas and construction techniques being executed by today’s top architects and builders. The winners of the coveted HOUSES Awards are featured in the pages of the annual HOUSES Awards issue, the industry’s premier design resource.
About Fine Homebuilding
Founded in 1981, Fine Homebuilding Magazine is the nation’s premier home construction magazine focused on residential design, building, and remodeling. It is a publication of the Taunton Press published in the United States. Fine Homebuilding is the largest and most trusted residential construction magazine and website in the world.
About Architectural Resource
Architectural Resource, LLC, headed by Michael Klement A.I.A., N.C.A.R.B., is a full-service, Ann Arbor-based architectural design firm specializing exclusively in distinctive residential design of new homes, cottages, additions, remodels and renovations with an emphasis on smart sustainable design. The award-winning project can be viewed at Architectural Resource’s featured project website: http://www.arcrestour.com