We’ve seen plenty of solid renovations in Detroit. But when the owner goes above and beyond to add smart and quirky details, we take note. That’s exactly the case with this Art Center duplex on East Kirby Street.
The owner bought the duplex in 2000, did the renovations over the next year and a half, and has lived in the upper unit ever since. And the renovations were extensive—he says there were hardly any walls or floors when he bought it. He also changed the roof line from a four-sided hipped roof to a two-sided gable with three end windows.
That change made the attic space more livable. It’s beautifully finished and filled with yellow pine floors and molding. That wood also lines a little jacuzzi nook that’s one of the more unique features we’ve seen in a house of late.
Both kitchens have similar layouts and finishes. There’s tiled countertops, wood cabinets, exposed brick, and a passthrough that leads to the dining and living rooms. The owner also pointed out that he intentionally left a gap between the molding and the hallway ceiling, which he painted black, to give the impression that it was floating.
The duplex has three stacked porches in the rear of the house that look out onto the tree-filled backyard, giving them an almost treehouse feel.
There’s all kinds of neat features like that. Take a look at the photos to see for yourself.