Qualified Remodeler Magazine

APR 2019

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THE original home by David Osler Associ- ates, built in 1963, got a lot of things right. With glass box forms that project along the rear of the home and fr ame a spectacular view of a hill and woods, it somehow fits perfectly into the landscape. Pronounced window boxes around all of the windows allow occupants an opportunity to displace themselves from the interior volume. The original outdoor deck, however, suffered from a lack of appeal as an exterior living space and did not create an interior connection to the outdoors. In addition, the area underneath the deck had a brick wall in front, which created a dark cave un- derneath that was prone to moisture and mildew. The entire area was tired and uninviting. The vision for this project was to create and expand a comfortable and useful exterior space with a light and transparent structure, while keep- ing the natural debris and elements at bay so the space would be more inviting year-round, inside and out. There was also a strong desire to balance the unique exterior forms of the home. To realize these loƁy goals required a thoughtful design fi- nesse to ensure that all was in keeping with the aesthetic of this classic midcentury modern home. The clients were interested in a minimalist structure that allowed a visual connection to the surrounding trees, in the spirit of the home itself, with materials that were exposed in their useful form—glass, steel, and light wood decking. In order to provide this relationship, the design used a steel frame to maximize spans and open space below and above the deck. Sustainability and beauty of materials were an important goal of the client. Extending the structure into the yard works with the original design of the home and projects the outdoor space into the beautiful forested lot. Using a cantilevered design and minimal structur- al elements provides a well-ventilated structure that seems to float into the backyard and has just enough visual weight to create a balance between the two major exterior forms. The steel beams were leƁ exposed for ongoing maintenance and to heighten contrast, and they create a counterweight Balancing the Landscape The harmonization of cutting-edge materials and an elegant design that complements the original exterior of an architecturally significant home results in a compelling outdoor space. by Doug Selby with Craig Borum, FAIA MASTER DESIGN AWARDS 2018 | OUTDOOR LIVING | GOLD COMPANY INFORMATION Meadowlark Design+Build Ann Arbor, Mich. meadowlarkbuilders.com PLY Architecture Ann Arbor, Mich. plyplus.com PROJECT INFORMATION Project name: Techno Meets Midcentury Modern Project location: Ann Arbor, Mich. Square footage before: 175 Square footage after: 350 Project cost: $172,000 PRODUCT INFORMATION Folding door: NanaWall Systems Decking: Accoya Deck Surface Glass roof: Situmbra Steel structure: Supplied by Camp- bell and Shaw Steel Photos: Sean Carter DESIGNER'S NOTEBOOK 34 April 2019 QualifiedRemodeler.com

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