Cramer Built-Ins

A long time friend of mine happens to be a very promising architect in the area. He and I have collaborated on many of each others projects. Keith Phillips, of The Think Shop, is a name you will most definitely be seeing often on this site, and in many other design media. Keith and his wife are friends with a couple that bought a big beautiful old home in Detroit's Indian Village.

The Cramer's have done a huge amount of work to update their home. When it came time to update the heating and cooling system, they were left with a bunch of empty cavities, where the old radiators used to be, under pretty much every window in the house. They asked Keith if he knew anybody that could fill the now empty old casework with some new built-ins, that would look as if they had always have been there. Without hesitation my name was given and the planning began.

The custom, one off, design features from the time this home was built meant that each new piece was one of a kind, from the beautiful octagonal bay, which became a window seat with storage below, to the oddly shaped niche that became a writing desk below their beautiful leaded glass windows.

I used quarter sawn, white oak, also known as tiger oak, as the primary material for all of the built-ins, that numbered 5 on the main floor.

To compliment the new furniture I installed a 3 piece crown, picture hanging molding in the 2 large front rooms.

This is one home in which I was truly honored to be able to exercise my craft. I very much look forward to working with the Cramer's on their second and third floors.

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