Who Lives Here: Suzanne and Rob
Location: Kalamazoo, Michigan
Tell Us About Your Home: "Rob is a craftsman and I am a hair designer, and we recently turned our home into a work/live situation and we are loving it. Our house and lot total 2,300 square feet. We have managed to make it peaceful and welcoming, all the while doing what we can to reuse materials and keep the integrity of the home."
"We packed a lot into a small space using many reclaimed materials. We purchased doors, light fixtures, hardware, and furniture from our local salvage store, The Heritage Company. Rob used reclaimed material to recreate a period door and window trim, and took hardwood floors out of houses that were being torn down to reuse the material in our kitchen and his woodworking studio. He built his studio doors out of reclaimed barn wood given to us by a friend, and took the existing kitchen cabinets and made them look like a expensive cabinets by retro fitting them and putting crown molding along the top. He even found original hardware from the 1950's at an old hardware store.
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1 "Gives you an idea of the period of the home. Original windows throughout were restored including the porch windows which all open out. We believe in not replacing your windows but rather repairing the original windows, getting custom storm windows, and an energy efficient furnace along with proper insulation. We did this, and saved over $150 last winter on our heating bill."
2 "We repaired this 1950's tile, fixed the plaster on the walls, and got a new low-flow toilet. The vintage light fixture from our local salvage shop, The Heritage Company. All of the art work throughout our house is from local artist."
3 "My salon is in what was our dining room ( we sit at a table on the front porch to eat). The white door to the right is one of two doors that were purchased at The Heritage Co. along with the hardware. (It might have been from an old school or office?) Rob finished and fitted both doors and chose chipped glass to allow the light to come through from the kitchen. It is also nice because it keeps the kitchen private from clients. The hair cutting chairs and shampoo bowls were purchased used in Chicago and the white couch in the sitting area was purchased from Apartment Therapy's Chicago classified section. The mirror frames were made from cherry wood given to us by one of my clients. The drawer stand next to the chair was made by Rob along with the coffee table and side table in the living room/client waiting room."
4 "Rob's studio space view from the backyard. The brick pavers came from here in Kalamazoo Rob made the doors out of reclaimed barn wood given to us by a friend. Rob did all the landscaping and most of the plants came from our friend Bill who is starting a plant nursery. The small windows you see were moved from the opposite side of the what was the garage. The floor in the studio came from a house that was being torn down. The "garage doors" into the studio were made by Rob with the same reclaimed barn wood given to us by a friend."
(Images: Brian Bankston, used with permission)