On the Drawing Board – Dutch Colonial Remodel in Ann Arbor, Michigan
Posted January 15, 2017 at 11:54 am

The owners of this existing Dutch Colonial style home locate in the Burns park neighborhood of Ann Arbor, Michigan came to us with a list of updates they desired with the purchase of their new home. The original 1920s floor plan was gracious in many respects but with many homes from this era it lacked kitchen space and an en-suite master bathroom. Additional, the floor plan on the first and second floors needed adjustments.

Let’s start with the exterior. We have proposed a modification to the front entry to provide a more monumental and graceful architectural porch which is more approproate with this style of home. In addition, minor adjustments to existing finishes, such as new shutters, siding colors, cedar-plank soffits, and a decorative iron rail above the sun room, enhance the appearace of this classic home without wandering too far from Dutch Colonial typology.

In the interior of the home, the owners expressed their desire for a larger kitchen. A very common topic of conversation for owners of older homes. Kitchens are more of a social space than they were 100 years ago when they were largely considered a utilitarian space. We removed a wall which will better integrate the kitchen with the adjacent dining room. We also introduced a new en-suite master bath and walk-in closet on the second floor. Luxuries which weren’t common place at the the time the home was built.

Proposed Exterior

Existing Exterior

Proposed Master Bath

Proposed Second Floor

Existing Second Floor

Proposed First Floor

Existing First Floor

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