Old-House Renovation

A Better Bungalow

Not content simply to refurbish, the owner of this 1928 Craftsman-style house wanted to build, from its shell, a classic bungalow. Architect Michael Klement and contractor Bruce Curtis didn't disappoint, creating what one judge called "a total environment" that embodies authentic period style in every detail.

The new, beautifully proportioned front porch features clustered and cross-tied rectangular columns atop boxed column bases. New Arts-and-Crafts-style windows and roof brackets add to the authentic feel.

Inside, inexpensive, surface-applied, oak-veneered, 1/4-inch plywood and 1-by trim boards effectively re-create traditional three-quarter-height solid-wood paneling. A glass-paned front door and period-style fixtures and wallpaper add to the historical feel.

Stanley Livingston

Category: Old-house renovation, under $150,000

Location: Ann Arbor, Mich.

Contractor: Bruce Curtis, Washtenaw Woodwrights, Ann Arbor

Designer: Michael Klement, Architectural Resource, Ann Arbor

REMODELING Design Awards 2003