Mortens Residence

LOCATION: Orchard Lake, MI
YEAR: 2007-2011

The client, a single father with three college-going sons, wanted a complete renovation of his existing 1,800-square-foot 1960s ranch-style home. The renovation was to transform the home into an empty nest, beautiful setting from the frat house it had become.

The house had not been updated since it was built in the 1960s. The owner had spent 15 years raising three sons in the house, so it felt like a worn fraternity house. The original layout had small baths and closets that no longer fit the client’s needs. In addition, the space had suffered from water damage which needed to be rectified.

We transformed the home into a warm, empty nest for the owner, who wanted to change the house for his new life phase, after children. We replaced all doors, windows, flooring, bathroom finishes, fixtures, lighting and furniture. Created a larger bathroom and a more functional walk-in closet in the master suite, for which all new cabinetry was custom designed and built, as well as for the kitchen, great room, the home office and the guest bath. The worn slate flooring in the master bath and entry was removed and replaced with new porcelain tile and wood. In order to keep within budget, all services remained in their existing locations. In addition to the new windows and doors, some exterior renovations were carried out, including the installation of new fiber-cement cladding and new lighting.