Ann Arbor-based design/build custom home builder and remodeler Meadowlark Builders, and architecture firm Architectural Resource, will showcase a future-ready home for the Builders and Remodelers Association of Greater (BRAG) Ann Arbor’s Remodelers Home Tour on October 4 and 5, 2014. This home will be one of several homes on tour and will be open from 11:00 am – 6:00 pm on Saturday and Noon – 6:00 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $10.00 for adults and can be purchased at the homes.
This project, built by Meadowlark and designed by Architectural Resource, has been named the “Pushing-the-envelope” because “not only did we use new green technologies and design strategies, but we also designed for future technology and building code advances – all with an eye on the changing lifestyles of the clients as they age,” explains Michael Klement, AIA, principal at Architectural Resource. “We also wanted this home to nestle into the neighborhood both in terms of scale and architectural design. This home looks like it has always been in this neighborhood and although the home stretches deep into the property to provide the needed functionality and solar exposure, the street façade is modest and creates a good ‘neighbor’ feel to the home,” adds Klement.
The homeowners wanted to create a special home that would carry them throughout the balance of their days. For them, that meant Aging in Place® design strategies, super energy-efficient construction and mechanical design and the capability to generate power – all so they won’t have to worry about mobility issues and the inevitable increase in energy prices once they get into the fixed-income stage of their life.
According to Doug Selby, Meadowlark Builders President and co-founder, “Our client’s goal was to get as close to a carbon-neutral lifestyle as possible and, because they are both scientists, they wanted to push the envelope with new technologies.” Along with future-ready components this home has a unique thermal envelope using phase-change materials (PCM), earth-tube and geothermal heating and cooling, and DOW POWERHOUSE™ Solar Shingles. “This home performs at a level that other framed houses cannot achieve,” Selby adds.
Tickets will be available at all of the homes during tour hours.
Source: Meadowlark Builders