Merit Award: New Model Remodel

Creative design meets sustainable building in this LEED-Platinum whole-house remodel.

This Ann Arbor project, designed by architect Michael Klement and constructed by remodeler Doug Selby, was born of a need to fix a leaky roof but became Michigan's second U.S. Green Building Council LEED Platinum level whole-house remodel.

The owner wanted the home to be a harbinger of innovative green design and construction. Although the designer did not add much to the footprint, he radically changed the home from its colonial-style beginnings. Flexible spaces make the small home appear larger.

One of the first things guests see as they approach from the gravel drive is an articulated awning that is both functional and a work of moveable art. (This awning won a 2010 Remodeling Design Awards Merit award in the Detail category.)

The 1,000-gallon CorGal steel tank collects and stores rainwater. Below it is an outdoor shower. The home uses a geothermal system for heating and cooling and for hot water.

Kitchen cabinets had their front faces stripped and then refinished with encaustic medium and used as a canvas for the homeowner's artistic expression.

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