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Ann Arbor | Detroit, MI


Double Dwell

The Double Dwell transformed a 3,000 SF former boarding house into a refreshed two unit apartment. The original structure, from 1910, had been modified several times over the years. Upon arrival to document the recent design updates, the team discovered a suspicious event with several clues left behind.

To maximize the potential of the existing building without triggering municipal upgrades, the renovation targets flexibility within changing market demands, for both long and short term rental options. Synecdoche achieved this by separating the building into two units and compliance with Michigan Residential Code. Unit One includes 2 bedrooms, a large living space, kitchen, and access to a spacious front porch. Unit Two spans the 2nd and 3rd levels, offering renters a 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom unit filled with natural light. Acoustic insulation between floors and rooms helps achieve privacy between and within each unit.

Both units are designed to be neutral, giving individuals an opportunity to make the space their home; however, small moments of color at the kitchen millwork and with the bathroom tiles bring unexpected personality to typically bland spaces. 

The renovation required a complete overhaul of the MEP systems. Working closely with Greenpath Design on systems engineering and Mercer Construction, Synecdoche worked to make necessary modifications associated with renovating an existing old building. 

The owner also owns the adjacent property immediately to the northwest, allowing for a shared outdoor space in the setback area. This shared outdoor space creates an opportunity for a community between renters. 

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Status: Built
Location: Ann Arbor, MI, US
Firm Role: Architect