Custom Walk-in Wine Cellar and Cigar Room

Located in Clinton Township, this project brings back the client’s heritage in fully custom walk-in wine cellar and cigar room. From the main floor, a custom stone spiral staircase leads you down into this historic-feeling cellar finished with fond du lac stone on the walls and hardwood plank floors. Once inside the wine cellar, you are met with six fully custom French doors, four of which reveal stacked wine bottles behind them. One of the other custom French doors opens up into a walk-in humidor that stores many high-quality cigars. A historic cellar feel can be experienced not only by the stone on the walls, but also by the use of roma brick on the barrel vaulted ceiling. This vaulted ceiling is featured in each of the French door cavities and is supported by alder wood beams. This space also features a wet bar, large TV, poker table, and lounge chairs, making this wine cellar and cigar room the ultimate man cave! More pictures will be posted throughout the construction process. Stay tuned!
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What not to do: Construction Mishaps

To note up front, these pictures are not of our projects or taken by us, but boy do they contain some head-scratchers. The construction industry is a tough gig; you have to maintain immaculate precision, understand engineering and architectural documents, coordinate crews of tradesman, and work on a strict timeline. Inevitably then, mistakes are bound to happen. These pictures below depict some of those oversights and miscommunications on the construction site. The Huffington Post puts it this way: Did no one ever think during the long, arduous construction period, “Maybe this staircase shouldn’t run right into a wall?” Or, “This faucet doesn’t belong directly over this electrical socket?” While it’s bad news for the home owner it’s definitely good news for those of us looking for a laugh.
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Construction Update: Bloomfield Hills Residence

A few months ago, we featured an addition/renovation project located in Bloomfield Hills. This project features a full master suite renovation, kitchen, nook, and family room renovation, and a mud room, living room, and recreation addition. An outdoor kitchen was also added to the patio area that prominently features a 2-way fireplace and grill. For the kids, a 38′ long recreation room was designed to provide a great space to play and hang out. The recreation room has massive French doors that open out to a paved motor court to allow more area to play.
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Project Update: Bloomfield Hills

The third update for this project shows significant progress! Back in August, we featured this Bloomfield Hills project with a “construction update.” Since then more exterior walls, roof, windows, brick, and stone have been added to keep the project on track. The rear of the house has an outdoor terrace yet to be constructed, but look at the view to the backyard! French doors and windows are featured on the rear of the house to allow light into the spaces but to also allow a view to the outside, wherever you are in the home!
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What should your dream house look like?

“What should your house look like?” Up until relatively recent times, this question would not have entered people’s minds; that’s because for most, there weren’t many options. Throughout history, the average person’s house was built to provide basic protection from the elements using readily available materials and construction methods. How a house looked, or its “style”, was not necessarily a choice, but instead a result of essential materials, features, arrangements and local building customs.
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Bloomfield Hills Update: Kitchen Concept

When we featured this project over a month ago, it was in the preliminary construction stages. Now, we are planning for interior finishes and conceptualizing what those spaces will look like fully furnished. The first space we are showing you is the main kitchen. This kitchen features fully custom cabinets and a one-of-a-kind range and hood. Stone countertops and hardwood floors can be seen throughout, spanning into the adjacent family room.
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The Client’s Role for a Successful Residential Project

One of the most important ingredients for a successful design process and construction project is YOU, the client. Once the team of talented Architects and designers is assembled, many aspects of the project will ultimately reflect the client’s vision. These include aesthetics, function, budget and schedule. A client should come prepared to stay the course and provide feedback in a timely manner. A lack of preparation, focus and timely response will result in squandered time and fees, and could even lead to inappropriate solutions.
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We were featured on Houzz!

We were hand-picked by one of the Houzz writers to be featured in an editorial ideabook on the homepage of Houzz. The featured project is located in Franklin, MI and is of a powder bathroom in the newly renovated basement. This room is a part of a larger renovation that has taken place over the past ten years. The full project description and pictures can be seen here.
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How to choose an Architect for your project

Licensed architects are specialists. Part of becoming one is to understand a multitude of details, products, and technologies within a specific field of design. This only happens with years of experience and continuing education. In order to find the right residential architect you’ve got to ask the right questions. Here are a few… Brought to you by CRAN, the custom residential architects network. A knowledge community of the American Institute of Architects.