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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glass there, and they didn't want to be losing heat out of the roof as well." Meadowlark cut into the existing structure and, just a couple of days later, buttoned up the house after installing the panels. e company had to engineer some solutions on site, however, so that the panels fit into the strange geometric form. A rugged terrain also forced Selby and his team to employ a block-and-tackle pulley system to move the panels and guide them into the proper spot. "You can see all the trees there. It was not easy to get those panels into place," Selby says. "We were also dealing with a fairly steep hill, and the pond is right beyond that. Getting those panels into place meant a lot of muscle power and little … I'd hate to even call them cranes because they weren't. [We were] just using Egyptian techniques—more or less—to get the panels into place." EGYPTIAN TECHNIQUES By the time Meadowlark joined the project, PLY and the clients had established the framework for a remodeling solution. ey sought to lift the roofline with an addi- tion that could extend the corner of the living room and heighten the wall facing the forested area. e additional wall space would allow them to install as many windows as possible and help improve the sightlines. "Of course, the exact parameters were not known yet, but that was definitely the objective," says Selby, who pairs one of his in-house designers with the architect when he receives a project from an outside firm. "Even when we work with architects, we [use] the design/build format. We work with them to develop the project and research materials—and throw our own ideas into the mix." e design/build process enabled Meadowlark to trou- bleshoot potential issues as the clients, who lived in the house during construction, considered appropriate finish- es. Selby and his team opted to build the 75-square-foot addition with structural insulated panels to make the new living space more comfortable, but they had to remove the existing roof before securing the panels into place. "We were opening up the heart of their home to the elements, and there's not a time in Michigan when the threat of a rainstorm or worse is not right around the corner, so we wanted to get [the roof back] on fast," Selby explains. "And we wanted the new living space to be energy-efficient because there's a lot of The biggest thing in [these] cases is [to] price early and price often. Doug Selby, CEO A reconfigured front entryway flows into the expanded living room, allowing visual access from deep within the first floor. The acute-angle corner window creates the feeling of floating out into the forest. PROJECTS: Design Solutions 26 May 2018 QR QualifiedRemodeler.com

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