Qualified Remodeler Magazine

MAY 2018

Qualified Remodeler helps independent remodeling firms to survive, become more professional and more profitable by providing must-have business information, namely best business practices, new product information and timely design ideas.

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he landscape surrounding a contempo- rary home in Dexter, Michigan, features a pond and several mature trees, but a dark and uninviting living room obscured the scene. Seeking to create better sightlines, the owners contracted PLY Architecture to design a two-story addition that opens up the first floor. PLY partnered with Meadowlark Design+Build in Ann Arbor to execute the plan. "It was kind of like a baseball hat that was pulled low over your eyes. A good share of the view was cut off be- cause the gable of the home came down to some fairly low windows," says Doug Selby, CEO of Meadowlark. "[e living room] is their preferred area to sit in the house—it overlooks the forest and the pond. e concept was to sort of lift the brow of that hat, so that you could [see] all the way to the top of the trees." A reconfigured front entry now flows into the expansive living room, which incorporates floor-to-ceiling windows and a custom acute-angle corner extension to provide dramatic looks. e bigger windows, combined with the angular addition and a refreshed roofline, produce a unique exterior façade that supplies necessary weight to balance the proportions of the 1970s residence. T MASTER DESIGN AWARDS 2017 | GOLD ADDITION LESS THAN $250,000 REMODELER INFORMATION Meadowlark Design+Build Ann Arbor, Mich. meadowlarkbuilders.com Architect: PLY Architecture PROJECT INFORMATION Project name: A Secluded Retreat Project location: Dexter, Mich. Square footage before: 3,456 Square footage after: 3,531 Project cost: $217,000 PRODUCT INFORMATION Cabinetry: Meadowlark custom Entry door: Curries Slab Steel Door with Emtek deadbolt Fireplace: ICC-RSF Focus 320 Paint: Benjamin Moore Windows: Marvin Aluminum Clad Ultimate Double Hung – Next Generation Corner window: Marvin custom Fireplace surround: Custom concrete Ceiling: Shiplap cedar to match existing Main room flooring: Red oak hardwood Entryway flooring: Owner-supplied terra cotta tile Ceiling lighting: Juno 4-in. retrofit Addition exterior walls/roof: Insulspan Structural Insulated Panels BEFORE BEFORE Photos: Adam Smith QualifiedRemodeler.com QR May 2018 25

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