All Publications 2019 – Renovate Home of the Year

East Grand Rapids Tudor
East Grand Rapids, Michigan

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       McColl conducted extensive research to create authentic design and applied this to his own Tudor home which eventually housed his office. Today, McColl’s personal home stands as an immaculate beauty, updated to today’s standards without losing its historical authenticity. Fortunately, McColl’s grandson was in possession of the original hand=drawn blueprints which proved invaluable as a frame of reference. It was an immensely thoughtful renovation and painstaking restoration, resulting in the title: “2019 Renovation of the Year.”

       Having drawn several historic architectural restoration projects, including other McColl homes, Rob Sears explained the difference in this type of work. “We really looked at the design intent of the original architect and builder. We referenced the original drawings to understand the inspiration behind the trim detail of the soffits and the eaves; for example: when putting in new windows, what are the mutton patterns or the size of the windows? To me, a renovation is considered ‘fixing,’ whereas restoration is a deeper appreciation and understanding of the historical context and architectural value of the house.”

       A house of that era would normally have a detached garage so that was the intent behind the redesigned connecting breezeway and carriage house garage. Sears focused on duplicating the rich palette of textures and materials from the main house including the distinctive Tudor stucco and angled wood slat attributes and original specifications which included shake siding. The entire team reviewed much of the exterior timber detailing until everyone felt they achieved the right combination.

       Wherever possible, unique original elements were restored and the foyer is the perfect example of those efforts. The original front door was stained darker and glazed versus sanding which would have removed much of the wood’s character. They kept the original leaded glass windows and had the crumbling original ceiling light fixture restored by Bridge Street Electric. Wall sconces with shades casting a warm glow were used here and set the lighting tone over glass or recessed cans throughout the rest of the home.