This new 1,400 square foot house built in Ann Arbor, was designed to fit in among the mature trees on this 0.3 acre lot. The house was designed for a couple and included a master suite and artist studio that houses a Murphy bed that folds out of a wall to double as a guest room. The objective was a low maintenance, inexpensive, sustainable house with high efficiency radiant heat, passive solar techniques, rock-face masonry, standing seam metal roofing and white washed wood structure and ceilings. This innovative house was built for only $165,000 in 1997 and subsequently a $40,000 media room was added in 2002 and a $15,000 screen porch in 2010. The project won an AIA Huron Valley Honor Award.
Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan
Owner: Nat Ehrlich
Project Cost: $220,000 ($165,000 original)
Project Size/Scope: 1,600 sf
Project Awards: AIA Huron Valley Honor Award