Click through the images below to see the amazing transformation of this East Side Ranch!
Mike Gojcaj | Senior Project Manager
Rick Clarke | Detroit Project Manager
TELL ME A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THIS RENOVATION!
I called this house the ‘East Side Ranch’. It was an all-brick 3-bedroom home that was built post WWII, similar to a lot of the homes in communities on the East side of Detroit. I have an appreciation for them because they remind me of a simpler time, before we started building huge houses and mansions. These are the homes that people started their families in.
When I first arrived, the home was in pretty rough shape. It had a non-functioning kitchen and bathroom, and the electrical was not up to code. The upstairs was pretty well neglected, with multiple layers of tile on the floor and walls with a really poor plaster condition. Despite all the issues, I could tell it had a good structure and good bones. I saw the potential in it and I loved these type of homes, so I was excited to get my hands on it.
WERE THERE ANY BIG CHALLENGES?
From the start, the electrical in the house was a disaster. We initially tried to save the furnace in the estimate phase, but it ended up going out on us on the third day of construction. We had to get HVAC out there asap because it’s cold in Michigan! The electrical mishaps that were grandfathered in the house were probably the biggest hurdle we had to overcome.
The garage was also in pretty rough shape – there was quite a bit of debris and a tree that was overgrowing and damaged. We had to reside the garage and put a new garage door in to bring it back to life.
WHAT WAS YOUR FAVORITE THING ABOUT COMPLETING THIS RENOVATION?
The before and after photos – especially of the kitchen – restoring it to a functional home again to get it ready for a family and bringing it back to life. Bringing functionality back to when it was first built.
ANY TIPS OR TRICKS TO SHARE?
Out in the field, be on the same page with your contractors. Make it a team effort. The project manager appreciates that and the vendors appreciate that also. When you do that, everyone can take pride in the final product and it gets the team excited to take on the next project.