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APR 2019

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relationship to the original home. The stairs are the only physical connection between the living space and the yard below. The sense of floating in the trees that it affords cannot be captured entirely in photographs. An existing sliding door from the living room to the existing deck was replaced with a folding NanaWall door system that opens com- pletely to allow a seamless transition from interior to exterior space, providing much-needed natural light in what was formerly a darkened corner of the existing home. Modernizing a midcentury modern architectur- al gem is risky business. Form and function must be balanced perfectly, and challenges imposed by a Michigan climate must be factored into the de- sign equation. Overlooking a magnificent natural view, this new cantilevered steel and glass structure has created a comfortable and compelling outdoor space that balances the existing exterior forms of the home. Cutting-edge materials and an elegant design complete this one-of-a-kind transformation of an architecturally significant home. effect, the light has a quality that enhances the mood of a transitional seating area. Likewise, a glass railing surrounds the deck, completing the transparent effect. The light- colored decking also works with the beige and minimalist interior of the home. The material bal- ances the dark steel and does not heat up in the summertime. Needing almost zero maintenance, the Accoya material will last for decades without significant changes. Working perfectly to update and balance the rear exterior of the home, the new modern deck canti- levers into the backyard, creating a synchronous Doug Selby is a building science expert and CEO of Meadowlark, a design/build company based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, with an emphasis on sustainable construction. A graduate of Michigan State University's chemistry department, Selby worked as a pharmaceu- tical chemist and cancer researcher before leaving the laboratory to become a builder, eventually co-founding Meadowlark in 2004. Today, the company employs 59 people, ranging from architects, designers, cabinet-mak- ers, project managers, and carpenters to support staff. Craig Borum, FAIA, established PLY Architecture in Ann Arbor, Michigan, in 1999 as a collabo- rative design studio. His work at PLY has received numerous AIA Honor Awards as well as an Architect Magazine R+D Award; an American Architecture Award from the Chicago Athenaeum; and most recently a citation from Architect Magazine 59th Annual P/A Awards Program. In 2007, Ply was named one of "101 of the World's Most Exciting New Architects" by Wallpaper* Magazine. Borum was a recipient of the Architectural League of New York Young Architects Forum Award in 2006. His work has been published in numerous journals and monographs, including Architecture Magazine, Architectural Record, Metropolis and many more. Borum is from Portsmouth, Virginia, and received his architectural training from the University of Virginia. He is a professor at the University of Michigan, where he served as Director of the Master of Architecture Program from 2010-2012. Besides the upper deck achieving the sense of floating amongst the trees, the space also develops an indoor/ outdoor connection with light-colored decking that echoes the mimalist interior, and a folding door system. DESIGNER'S NOTEBOOK 36 April 2019 QualifiedRemodeler.com

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