Judy Rose Special to the Detroit Free Press
Published 7:00 AM EDT Jun 1, 2019
This free-standing building in the heart of Ann Arbor has just been converted to a whole-house loft.
It has two floors of sophisticated space — almost 3,000 square feet — plus its own rooftop terrace. The building is more than 100 years old, and its original elevator goes to all three levels.
The interior is showroom chic and the location is Ann Arbor prime — where the west edge of Kerrytown meets the north side of downtown. The couple who renovated the building had limited their search to this small section.
They also needed room for their family, three kids ages 6 through 14. “We knew it was going to be hard in Ann Arbor to find three bedrooms plus an office,” said Tiffany Cleaver.
Cleaver and her husband Dave Kolodziejski had built three houses before this one, she said, so they had strong opinions on style and good sources for getting it.
The main floor is wide open. Command Center would be the big, bright kitchen with white quartz counters and Jenn-Air Pro series appliances.
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A corner is built in for computer work and storage. The sink is a Kohler trophy model —stainless steel, 44 inches long with accessories like a cutting board and drying racks.
One wall here is an eye-catching wine “cellar,” for 300-400 bottles, where stainless steel racks hold wine behind glass doors.
From the kitchen, the view is the open dining area then the large living room and ground-floor windows. It’s accented with a sleek, five-foot linear gas fireplace.
There’s a powder room also on the main floor as well as the “office,” though at the moment it looks like a playroom. A separate mudroom has large closets and locker space.
A striking staircase of suspended oak slabs leads to the second floor. This has three bedrooms with two full baths, a walk-in closet and the laundry room. Twisting spiral stairs lead up to the roof and its terrace.
The elevator also goes to all three floors, which is handy, Cleaver said, for carrying food or drinks to the roof. A small structure on the terrace houses the top of the elevator and spiral stairs. Among the rooftop furnishings are a built-in gas fire pit and built-in gas grill. It’s wired for cable and TV.
The attached garage holds three cars, with one forward, tandem style.
The renovation kept some brick walls in most rooms, though that took some restoration, Cleaver said.
In the many areas where materials are new the couple picked top brands. Assets includes windows and screens by Andersen, tankless water heaters, Schlage door hardware, Grohe plumbing hardware, hickory hardwood floors. The big hot tub on the roof is Jacuzzi’s North American Ski Edition.
In 1901, this was the office for a large meat-packing plant. It still shares one back wall with that building, which has been converted into condos. This house and all its systems are independent of the condos. But owners pay $115 a month to condo management for exterior needs like trash removal, landscape care, snow and ice removal.
A job is making this family move to California, Cleaver said, though they moved in here less than a year ago. “I wish I could just take Ann Arbor and this house.”
Ann Arbor whole-house loft
Where: 111 W. Kingsley, Ann Arbor
How much: $1,599,000
Baths: 2 full 1 half
Square feet: 2,964
Key features: Whole-house loft renovation created a rare central Ann Arbor home with three bedrooms, an office and large rooftop space. High-end materials, sleek styles.
Contact: Suzanne Arndt, Howard Hanna, 734-476-1309.
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