Kalamazoo Post and Beam Restoration

Kalamazoo, Michigan
Architect
  • Norman F. Carver, Jr.
Photographer
Location
  • Kalamazoo, Michigan
  • Structure
  • House (Single Residence)
  • Type
  • Midcentury
  • Year
  • 1960
  • Square Feet
  • 2800
  • Lot Size
  • 1.41 acres
  • Bedrooms
  • 4
  • Full Baths
  • 2
  • Partial Baths
  • 0
  • 1960 Japanese-inspired post and beam designed by Kalamazoo architect Norman F. Carver, Jr. One of 3 homes designed and built concurrently for a group of Western Michigan University faculty on neighboring lots using the same contractor. Three other homes designed by Carver were later built on the remaining lots on the street, creating a cohesive Japanese village style grouping.

    Our house was the ugly duckling as the previous owner had added a pitched roof totally not in keeping with the house and neighboring homes (all have flat roofs). Other modifications done by the previous owners included covering up beautiful ceiling beams with drywall and removing architectural features such as Frank Lloyd Wright style trellises. Beginning in Spring of this year, we started to reverse these changes, removing the drywall ceilings thus exposing the beams. Then, faced with extortionate quotes for roof restoration from roofing companies (70k), we decided to tackle the project ourselves. Working with two helpers I removed the shingles, decking and trusses of the pitched roof. We discovered 2 layers of old flat roof underneath, one rubber with fiberglass insulation and the original tar and gravel roof below that. These were both removed. Numerous additional posts that were added to support the weight of the pitched roof were also removed. All in all we filled 3x 30yd dumpsters with material removed from our roof. We installed a new TPO single white membrane roof over tapered insulation, rebuilding overhangs and the trellises mentioned before. The roof restoration allowed previously blocked clerestory windows to be uncovered and the light from them is spectacular.

    Our house is no longer the ugly duckling on our street and the neighborhood looks cohesive once more. At 89 years old, the architect has been very interested and helpful in the restoration and is very happy we restored the house to its original form. Before photos at bottom. Follow Trystcraft on Instagram for more photos from our restoration.

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    Modern home with Exterior, House, Mid-Century Building Type, Concrete Siding Material, and Flat RoofLine. Streetview Photo  of Kalamazoo Post and Beam Restoration

    Streetview

    Modern home with Exterior, House, Mid-Century Building Type, Concrete Siding Material, and Flat RoofLine. Entry Photo 2 of Kalamazoo Post and Beam Restoration

    Entry

    Modern home with Exterior, Mid-Century Building Type, House, Concrete Siding Material, and Flat RoofLine. Carport Photo 3 of Kalamazoo Post and Beam Restoration

    Carport

    Modern home with Exterior, Mid-Century Building Type, House, Concrete Siding Material, and Flat RoofLine. Windchime at Entry Photo 4 of Kalamazoo Post and Beam Restoration

    Windchime at Entry

    Modern home with Outdoor, Front Yard, Trees, Gardens, Concrete Fences, Wall, Horizontal Fences, Wall, Vertical Fences, Wall, and Retaining Fences, Wall. Fall colors streetside Photo 5 of Kalamazoo Post and Beam Restoration

    Fall colors streetside

    Modern home with Exterior, Mid-Century Building Type, House, Wood Siding Material, Concrete Siding Material, and Flat RoofLine. Exterior Photo 6 of Kalamazoo Post and Beam Restoration

    Exterior

    Modern home with Outdoor, Trees, Shrubs, Gardens, Side Yard, and Stone Patio, Porch, Deck. Another maple in our side patio turns red Photo 7 of Kalamazoo Post and Beam Restoration

    Another maple in our side patio turns red

    Modern home with Living Room, Sofa, Bench, Chair, Coffee Tables, Pendant Lighting, Recessed Lighting, and Carpet Floor. Living Photo 8 of Kalamazoo Post and Beam Restoration

    Living

    Modern home with Exterior, House, Mid-Century Building Type, Concrete Siding Material, Wood Siding Material, and Flat RoofLine. Front maple just turned. Photo 9 of Kalamazoo Post and Beam Restoration

    Front maple just turned.

    Modern home with Living Room, Chair, Bench, Sofa, Bookcase, Coffee Tables, Recessed Lighting, Carpet Floor, and Standard Layout Fireplace. Living room Photo 10 of Kalamazoo Post and Beam Restoration

    Living room

    Modern home with Dining Room, Chair, Table, Lamps, Pendant Lighting, Recessed Lighting, and Cork Floor. Dining/kitchen Photo 11 of Kalamazoo Post and Beam Restoration

    Dining/kitchen

    Modern home with Exterior, House, Mid-Century Building Type, Flat RoofLine, and Concrete Siding Material. New flat roof Photo 12 of Kalamazoo Post and Beam Restoration

    New flat roof

    Modern home with Exterior, Mid-Century Building Type, House, and Flat RoofLine. New flat roof Photo 13 of Kalamazoo Post and Beam Restoration

    New flat roof

    Modern home with Exterior. Before exterior Photo 14 of Kalamazoo Post and Beam Restoration

    Before exterior

    Modern home with Exterior. Before Exterior Photo 15 of Kalamazoo Post and Beam Restoration

    Before Exterior

    Modern home with Living Room. Before Living Photo 16 of Kalamazoo Post and Beam Restoration

    Before Living

    Modern home with Living Room. Before Living Photo 17 of Kalamazoo Post and Beam Restoration

    Before Living

    Modern home with Exterior. Before entry Photo 18 of Kalamazoo Post and Beam Restoration

    Before entry

    Modern home with Exterior. Before exterior Photo 19 of Kalamazoo Post and Beam Restoration

    Before exterior

    Modern home with Outdoor. Before screened porch Photo 20 of Kalamazoo Post and Beam Restoration

    Before screened porch

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