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26030 Pontiac Trail South Lyon, MI 48178 248-446-1960

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1st Place For Traditional Home Architecture

The TK Design team is proud to share that we were honored with a 1st place award (Traditional Architecture up to 4000 Sq.Ft.) by Detroit Home Magazine at the Detroit Home Design awards event on March 29th!!!!!!

1st – TK Design & Associates Inc.
The master bedroom offers a breathtaking view both day and night, and has an adjacent workout room. The master bath contains an expansive shower with two shower heads on opposite ends, and a rain-head in the center. The kitchen is open to the great room and dining area, which is also wide open to the porch. This house is important because it represents the emergence of a new American architectural style, Dollhouse™, a whimsical play on traditional form, scale, and proportion utilizing purposeful romanticism.

 
26030 Pontiac Trail South Lyon, MI 48178 248-446-1960

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Making the Case for Framing Sheets

There’s A Document Missing From Your Workflow, And It’s costing you more than you think

Over the past 30 years or so I’ve noticed that some home builders (and architects who design homes) don’t see a value in developing framing sheets for house plan sets.  Instead, the home builder will have the lumber company provide header and beam sizes with their material take-off. The reason for this is simple—cost.  It appears to be a less expensive alternative to having an architect or engineer design the structural system. Unfortunately, this is a flawed approach to cutting cost, or as my dad would say, “penny-wise and pound foolish”  Read More

 

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2800 Sq.Ft Stunner!!

 

This 2,800-Square-Foot Stunner Makes Them Slam On The Brakes!

26030 Pontiac Trail South Lyon, MI 48178 248-446-1960

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Infill with a twist

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Infill With A Twist

 

 

   

 

 

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.

 

 

 

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Custom Infill with a Lean Twist

Custom Infill With A Lean Twist

 

 

 

Collaboration is far and away one of my favorite aspects of the building industry. In fact the practice of Lean Design demands collaboration between the architect or designer and the building team to eliminate waste and maximize appeal. This week we are exploring a Lean Design that was created for an urban infill lot. Mike Miller of Mike Miller Building Company in Northville, Michigan and I designed the home in collaboration. We worked together to maximize the space and efficiency of the plan while implementing some of today’s hotter trends.  Let’s take a closer look:

A.    The vestibule area creates a strong sense of entry and offers myriad design possibilities to make the home feel warm.
B.    The kitchen is designed to relate directly with the great room providing plenty of space for circulation around the island. This is a perfect setup for entertaining with plenty of elbow room.
C.    A home management center has been established allowing for an area for paying bills, phone charging, and general day to day activities.
D.    The family entry is near the rear of the home for access from a nearby detached garage.
E.    The dining area is well defined and out of the way of general traffic circulation. This space becomes filled with light and has a cozy feel to it.
F.     A covered lanai integrates indoor living with the outdoors.
G.    The stairway is a very special component to this plan. The stair wraps around a central core which is open on the second level and down through to the lower level creating a connection between the three spaces.
H.    The laundry is accessible from the hall as well as his master closet.
I.      The secondary “buddy” bath is very generous and the privacy component allows two functions to happen simultaneously.
J.      The owner’s bath is very simple with a Rock Star shower setup. No tub (freestanding or otherwise) was desired with this layout.
This home is simple to build, very cost effective, and is designed with a multitude of planning surprises to enjoy.

  

 

 

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3 Major Distinctions Between Good And Great Design

 

3 Major Distinctions Between Good And Great Design

In my travels working with builders all over the country, I have the opportunity to see a lot of home designs. I see good, bad, fair, and occasionally great plans and elevations. I am able to walk a lot of models each year and see in the flesh what is working and what is not. I have come to realize that there are three major distinctions between good and great design.  Read More

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traditional Neighborhood homes

Think "Leave it to Beaver." Homes designed for traditional neighborhoods should have the following characteristics:

  • Design that encourages a sense of community.
  • Designed to minimize the impact of the automobile.
  • A sense of historical correctness to the massing and fenestration.
  • Historically correct detailing.

To encourage a sense of community, many TND-styled homes will have large porches. This outdoor space (which is typically near the sidewalk) allows homeowners to give a shout out to their neighbors as they pass by. TND neighborhoods encourage pedestrian activity and, as a result, the need for an automobile is diminished. Typically the garage will either be entered from the rear of the home through a carriage lane or minimally set back from the front facade. TND-styled homes also place emphasis on historical architectural correctness relating to the detailing, fenestration, and massing of the home. The Sage is a home designed for a TND community.

 

 

A. Kitchen: Large island with no sink acts as a serving area and has enough seating for five.

B. Kitchen: The kitchen is wide open to the great room and dining area. This is the perfect setup for entertaining guests and casual family living.

C. Den: The study has access to a full bath that allows the space to flex and become a bedroom in the event of a guest visiting the home.

D. Family entrance: Generous space that’s designed for a growing family. Lockers help to keep the space free of clutter.

E. Patio: Integrated outdoor living blends the interior and exterior.

F. Porch: Designed for a corner lot. The massive covered porch creates additional outdoor rooms and a panoramic view.

G. Built-ins: Low built-ins adjacent to the fireplace create a custom look.

H. Bonus: A bonus space adjacent to the owner’s suite is an imaginative space that opens up a lot of interesting possibilities; it can be used as an exercise room, storage room, private study, or home theater space. The opportunities are numerous

26030 Pontiac Trail South Lyon, MI 48178 248-446-1960

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Windemere

 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

26030 Pontiac Trail South Lyon, MI 48178 248-446-1960

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transformer Plans — More Than Meets The Eye!

 

This is a transformer-type plan that offers “plug and play” options without too much of a fuss for the builder. A very popular option as of late is the multigenerational offering.  Having the ability to take a space and convert it to appeal to a family with an aging parent is priceless. This design allows for that type of conversion. It also provides an opportunity to convert the second-floor bonus room into an apartment, office, or fitness area—separate and private from the rest of the house. Let’s take a closer look:

26030 Pontiac Trail South Lyon, MI 48178 248-446-1960

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