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Designer Pick for June


The designer's pick for this month is an eye catching first floor Master that is only 2291 square feet.  It is a narrow plan that does not look that way from the street. This home showcases a few of the top trends for 2016 such as the family entrance with built-ins and separate laundry area, an extra large shower in the Master suite, and the built-in Wine station.  Notice that the Master suite closet connects with the Laundry area as well!!  



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Design Corner


The Designer's pick of the week is a beautiful in-fill family home.   It incorporates many of the latest trends in design like the home management center/Mom's office off the kitchen, a large walk-through shower in the master bathroom, and a large family entry complete with a dog wash area.  

Infill with a twist


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Infill With A Twist

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February 03, 2016

The lure of a walkable downtown, public parks, and vibrant city life is driving buyers to seek out urban infill properties. When designed properly, new homes will revitalize a downtown area by aligning today’s architecture with the contextual cues of the existing city fabric. The vast majority of city infill lots are very tight. This forces the home design to be narrow and deep. Often the home will either have a garage dominant façade or a detached two car garage in the rear of the lot. If the garage is detached, the driveway will be on the side of the lot occupying precious real estate and forcing the home to become even narrower. To find property that will accommodate a wider home in this setting is truly a rarity. A wide lot allows for multiple architectural opportunities including effective auto management, stronger street presence, and preferable room arrangements.

The featured home is designed for beautiful downtown Plymouth, Michigan. The design was conceived in a collaborative setting between TK Design and Associates, Bruce Holder Building, and the future owners. The strength of that collaboration is evident in the well thought out design. Let’s take a closer look:

  1. A two-story turret housing a flying staircase anchors the home and creates interest on the street side.
  2. Generous lot width allows the plan to breathe, avoiding stacked boxlike room placement.
  3. A power pantry allows for plenty of storage including an extra freezer.
  4. The porte cochere creates a private entrance to the garage enabling a pedestrian friendly street presence.
  5. The generous laundry area is flooded with light from a large front facing window.
  6. Owner’s tub is eliminated in lieu of an oversized shower.
  7. Bonus space provides an excellent retreat with a balcony overlooking the neighborhood.

The charming Coastal exterior is in perfect harmony with the surrounding homes while the structure’s massing provides a unique character to the urban streetscape. This 3,800 square foot home provides a great twist on traditional infill design with a charm that is unforgettable.



Todd Hallett Presentation at the Great Lakes Builders' Show





February 3, 2016 – Todd Hallett, known as the ‘Muddy Shoes’ residential home architect, will be speaking about new home design ideas during the Great Lakes Builders’ show in Novi, MI on Wednesday, February 17th from 11- 11:50am. 

“Latest trends, strategies to capture home buyers attention and common home design errors will be covered during my presentation,” said Todd Hallett, president of Tk Design & Asssociates, Inc. in South Lyon, MI.  “Tips will be provided on how to incorporate lean design and lean building practices for more efficient home construction.” 

TK Design provides home design services in the United States and Canada for single family residences, custom homes, production builders, multi-family homes and remodeling that includes home renderings and construction documents.  They are nationally renowned for their lean design approach that is based on creating home designs that maximize marketability and profit while reducing construction waste. 

Todd’s background in building enables him to see things from the builder’s perspective. His designs are not only hot and marketable but they are also lean. Todd’s lean-designed plans have been saving builders thousands per house throughout the nation. Lean design has helped some of the most successful builders in the country greatly improve their margins. Learn how to apply lean to your existing plans.

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Eastern Seaboard living in Michigan!!


 Eastern Seaboard living in Michigan!!  



 Designer's pick -- The "Windemere"... a family house that can fit most any lot. Traditional layout that is still open for flow and entertaining, this modern plan really maximizes space and function on all floors. Plenty of room for everyone to spread out. Have a great week! smile emoticon

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