Award-winning MainStreet Design Build Transforms with the Power of Curb Appeal
Birmingham, MI – May 1st, 2015 – MainStreet Design Build recently completed exterior renovations of two 1950’s ‘colonial’ ranch homes (Verona Circle and Alden Place), transforming each from mundane to well-appointed urbane. Located in Royal Oak, Michigan (a quiet suburb just north of Detroit), both homes were long overdue for a facelift. This SE Michigan-based, design/build firm approached each project with the same thoughtful attention and dedication as they have done for over two decades. Transforming each exterior with the highest level of care and meticulous attention to detail. Working hand-in-hand with each of the homeowners, MainStreet’s creative solutions took both homes from a state of dated (dare we say drab?) to timeless and fab! The nuanced results below speak for themselves.
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Unlike its namesake, the Verona Circle home lacked the depth of character and visual dimension that defines curb appeal and consummate good taste. Undeterred, the MainStreet team breathed much-needed new life into this outdated brick bungalow.
MainStreet’s exterior enhancements included the redesign of the front porch and garage façade – complete with carriage garage doors and coach lighting to act as both a visual ‘bridge’ element, adding renewed and consistent interest.
The newly covered entryway created a portico, complete with custom columns and a copper roof, elegantly defining the entryway and creating an intuitive transition between the inside and out. To create further dimension and detail, MainStreet bumped out the existing bay window, and added a copper roof to that section as well. To refine and complete the overall visual theme they also added copper gutters.
Then, there was the addition of the ‘gate,’ again intended to connect the disparate garage to the house. What was once dated and somewhat unwelcoming, the old, unassuming wooden gate was transformed into an elegant centerpiece for the home. With a custom stone knee wall to grace this new gate feature, the effect is a stunning entryway, conversation piece and segue between the public and private space into the yard.
Arden Place Home
Arden Place was a fairly typical 1950’s ‘colonial ranch,’ complete with hodgepodge brick and dated siding. MainStreet’s smart and inventive enhancements literally brought this house back to life.
By accentuating and extending the two-tiered roofline, the house was given greater dimension and visual complexity. This allowed MainStreet to cover the front porch and add a new design feature, the distinctive columns. The effect gave a strong architectural presence and hierarchy to the front door, creating more unified lines and views.
Replacing the outdated sandstone below the bay window was a MainStreet priority. With new flagstone and a well-appointed pergola over the breezeway, the new front porch was seamlessly integrated.
Lastly, the addition of raised-panel shutters on the front gable and garage were well complimented with cedar shake siding.
To complete this much-needed exterior renovation, MainStreet also added a large, covered porch in the back, mimicking some of the most essential details in the front of the home. Verona is now literally transformed – fresh, welcoming, distinctive and lovely in both appearance and function.
“Never underestimate the power of curb appeal, “says Steven Ramaekers, President of MainStreet Design Build. “While our clients understand the tangible benefits of an updated exterior, many are surprised by all the intangibles. An exterior face-lift not only adds value to the house, it also makes it an inviting place to come home to.”
Dedicated to providing every client with the very best in turnkey, design/build services, MainStreet ensures that every luxurious detail is well considered and every aspect of each select project is done correctly. The quality of the work, the craftsmanship, numerous awards, and above all, the satisfied, returning clients, virtually speak for MainStreet Design Build!
About MainStreet Design Build
MainStreet Design Build is a full-service, luxury design/build firm catering to homeowners in Oakland County, Michigan who value a trusted partner and proven process in their home remodeling projects. MainStreet means that it gets done RIGHT— budget, lifestyle, quality and comfort in every architectural detail of the home. For over two decades now, MainStreet has been creating award-winning home additions, kitchens and residential bathrooms in the communities of Birmingham, Bloomfield, Royal Oak, Pleasant Ridge, Troy and other select neighborhoods of metro Detroit. From the in-house design team to the breadth of finish carpenters, MainStreet is proud to employ a deep bench of skilled Michigan tradesmen and women. MainStreet Design Build offers homeowners the personal care, accountability, timeless design and exacting attention to every detail that transforms dreams into remodeling ideas that become treasured living spaces. For more information, visit www.mainstreetdesignbuild.com.
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Just a note to commend you on a job well done. We now have our dream kitchen! Your crew was great to work with. They were professional, trustworthy and hard working.
Thank you to the entire team for making our home ‘fit’ us! From the first consultation, you understood this wasn’t about trying to make a small house huge. We needed it to suit our lives better, and that is what you gave us.
MainStreet was honest and upfront about the cost of our addition. There were no surprises – they did not low ball up front to add on at the end. The quality and professionalism of the entire team was outstanding. You truly get what you pay for with MainStreet.
We love our kitchen, and MainStreet made that happen! With the help of Steve, Christine and their talented staff, we were able to add a lot more creativity and attractiveness to the design of our kitchen.
Our experience was very positive, we found MainStreet to be very professional, and considerate of our ideas. The job finished very close to the time estimated, which can be rare in that business!
MainStreet’s quality of work was excellent and its employees were very knowledgeable, courteous, and professional.
We love where we live – but we needed to add more space for our growing family. We were impressed with Steve’s design suggestions for better use of space and enhancements to our plans. They really do focus on quality and integrity in every aspect of their work.
They did an excellent job of design. Some very creative design features. They did a great job.
We love our new Kitchen and Mudroom. We appreciate the effort, commitment and quality provided by the entire team at Main Street. Thank you! Kyle and Main Street Team were a pleasure to work with through the build process. The timeline including trades was on target. Co-Construct was an effective way to manage communication and any changes that were delivered throughout the project. The design and deliverables were as expected.
I can’t think of a way that they fell short. I was satisfied with the assistance that I received with regards to picking out the various pieces.
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