Case Study 4: Basement Beauty

A lower-level renovation turns out a space that’s as inviting as the homeowners’ main living areas | Photographs by Beth Singer

Ann Arbor Basement

Case Studies: Problems & Fixes

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WHO: Meadowlark Design + Build, Ann Arbor


How to make a basement in an Ann Arbor home feel like the main-level living area, for entertaining and extra living space.


Create hand-crafted wood cabinets and shelving, using the same curved features and natural, live-wood finishes as the main-floor furnishings. Slatted-wood wall and ceiling coverings make for a unique, warm, and gorgeous space (including a kitchenette) without walls.

Ann Arbor Basement remodelTHE PROBLEM

Incorporating safety features to make the basement and attached patio totally livable.


An under-deck gutter system directs the patio’s water flow. Stairway rails and zero-threshold passageways eliminate tripping hazards, and maximize the space’s safety and efficiency.

Ann Arbor BasementTHE PROBLEM

Adapting the couple’s chosen electronics seamlessly into the remodel.


“Design-around” custom cabinetry accommodates wiring and electronics for the homeowners’ media equipment.


Designers/builders, Meadowlark Design + Build, Ann Arbor, Cabinetry, Meadowlark Custom. Appliances, GE, Countertops, Cambria, luxury series, Brittanicca Gold Matte, Area rug, FLOR Creative Rug Design, Kitchenette sinks, Blanco, Faucets, Delta, Flooring (main area), Natural Stone, Marone Dark Marble Luxury Vinyl. Ceiling paint, Atrium White, Benjamin Moore, Wall paint, Heron Plume, Sherwin-Williams, Ceiling fans, Timber Tech Dry Space Ceiling Fans, Matthews Fan Co., Exterior sliding doors, Andersen 400 Series, Kitchenette bar counter, live-edge walnut, Recycle Ann Arbor, Lighting, Gross Electric, Ann Arbor, French-hinged patio doors, Andersen 400 Series, Michigan Window & Door, Whitmore Lake

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