Scroll to see our team's progress on this transformative interior and exterior remodel!  And make sure to check back soon - we make regular updates here.

Or join us for the Guts to Glory Pre-Drywall Tour, featuring the Lutz Whole House Remodel December 16, 2017.



The existing foundation of this home was beyond repair and needed replacing - badly. This was a major catalyst in the redesign of the home. One of the benefits of replacing a foundation is the ability to make it deeper, which provides more headroom in the basement space.

One of the unique challenges of this site is the hill; we had to essentially trench out a road to get access to the basement! The new addition gets a brand new foundation as well, focusing on a crawlspace foundation type - a concrete block over a spread concrete footing. 

Insulation will be added soon to keep this home as energy-efficient as possible.  A temporary steel beam support system has been utilized to keep the house in place during the removal and replacement of the existing concrete block walls.


There really is something beautiful about walking through a house that is stripped to the studs... the regimented geometry and beauty of the old worn wood.  Several aspects of this will obviously change but we will be reusing as much as we can.


Our clients desired to mix the traditional exterior of their home with a modern interior approach, balancing traditional details in an open floor plan. Bringing all of these ideas together and delivering the right mix to express our client's style is one of our favorite aspects of this work!

Below are some of the 'selections boards' that our designers have put together for the clients.


What do you find in an old house? A lot of plaster and lath, and a lot of dust.  Gutting the house is an essential aspect to a deep dive remodel, allowing all new electrical, mechanical and most importantly, all new insulation to take over.  The guts of this house will be all new!

SNEAK PEEK: Before Pics & After Renderings

Client Remodeling Goals

Our clients had been looking a home in the Eberwhite neighborhood of Ann Arbor for years! When this house became available, they jumped at the chance to own it; at the same time, they understood that it would take work to make this a livable home.  Our primary goal for this project was to turn this small house into a more comfortable home that serves the family for years to come.

Our Design Solutions

To begin, the existing house suffered from a failing foundation. Our new design replaced and deepened the foundation for a larger basement.

By adding a two-story 'side addition,' we are able to create a four-bedroom home, including a full master suite. The first floor has been opened up to create a larger front living room with visually connected dining room and kitchen.

Architectural detailing aids the transition between spaces with a visual layering effect.

The rear of the home now features a large family entry with a connected laundry room, and a new front office spills out onto a large front entry porch.


After - Rendering