A Little House by the Big House

A New Life
A Turn of the Century Home is Reimagined and Reborn

A past entry into the Remodeler’s Home Tour features a green remodel and addition to this turn-of-the-century house. This house was moved to this location from the grounds of the Michigan Stadium in the late 1920’s. Saved from demolition once, it begins life again as an energy and space efficient home adapted to modern living. Designed by Architectural Resource and constructed by Meadowlark Builders, this home combines state of the art building technology with a flexible “loose-fit, long life” design made for a growing family.

Custom Bath

A well-made bathroom is an oasis. While expensive relative to the square footage, baths and kitchens contribute immeasurably to quality of life for the occupants.

Hot Roof

Polyurethane foam is applied directly to the roof deck to complete an airtight building shell. The attic stays cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter while lowering energy bills by 20% or more.

Improved Existing Shell

Polyurethane foam was used to fill the empty cavities of the existing house. This type of insulation makes an extremely airtight shell reducing noise, saving energy, and keeping interior air quality higher.

Delineation of Spaces

The “not-so-big house” keeps spaces open to one another while differentiating rooms visually. This makes a house feel larger and increases utility of areas.

Built in Cabinets

Several areas of the house feature built-in cabinets. Custom made by Meadowlark Builders, our cabinets bring warmth and character to a home while offering far more space utility. Each quality piece is built into place, and can be made to accommodate any space constraints or functionality requirements.

Structural Insulate Panel (SIPs)

These foam-sandwich exterior walls offer better structural integrity and a far more comfortable and energy efficient exterior wall.

Custom Kitchen

Our custom crafted cabinetry is designed and computer modeled in detailed 3-D images. Virtual walk-through capability allows our clients to feel the space before it is built.

PEX Water Delivery System

Cross-linked polyethylene (PEX) tubing saves a lot of embodied energy and installation labor as compared to copper tubing. It is inert, quiet, and inexpensive. A manifold system like the one installed here delivers hot water much faster, saving about 15,000 gallons of water per year for a typical family of four!

Energy Recovery Ventilator

ERV’s recover the heat and moisture content of stale interior air to condition incoming fresh air. Large amounts of energy are saved by this exchange, while HEPA filtration further optimizes interior air quality.

Insulated Concrete Form (ICFs)

Although you cannot see ICF blocks under the finished surfaces, these concrete forms save about 30% of a typical house’s energy use.
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