SATURDAY, JAN. 30, 1954
THE ANN ARBOR NEWS, ANN ARBOR, MICH.
Local Home Is Designed For Present Needs And Future Changes
Ranch Style Utilizes Steep Slope In Rear For Extra Living Area
When Mr. and Mrs. H. N. Barnard decided to build their new home, they cast aside the usual stock plans in favor of a design that would fit their particular lives.
Their ideas, put to blueprints by architect Richard Robinson of Colvin, Robinson & Associates, incorporated facilities of comfort and convenience which characterize today's living. They also present a view into the future.
Located at 410 Sunset Rd., overlooking both the city and University, the Barnards’ home is on one level in the front, but by taking advantage of a steep hill at the rear, it actually contains two floors.
Looking toward the future years, the family constructed the lower level so that it can be easily converted into two efficiency apartments with bathroom, kitchen and private entrance at the rear. But now it is used strictly as a recreation room.
This lower floor may be reached from the front entrance by descending a flight of stairs. Also from the front door, the main living section is reached by walking straight in through a small entryway with a flagstone floor.
The living-dining area is large and includes a brick fireplace with raised hearth and large picture windows overlooking the steep slope and the city in the distance.
From the front door, a passage to the right goes to two bedrooms and bathroom. The living room is to the left. The kitchen is convenient to both the dining area and a terrace-like balcony overlooking the back yard.
By utilizing the sloping landscape, plenty of storage space is also achieved. For example, there is a large storage room underneath the garage off the recreation room. It covers the same area as the garage.
With all living facilities on one level, and a recreation room with full bathroom and laundry room which can be converted into a kitchen in the event of changing to two apartments, on another level, the Barnard family has skillfully combined features which make for comfortable living both now and in the future.
John Johnson was the contractor.
The H. N. Barnard home at 410 Sunset Rd. takes advantage of the hill (above) to obtain two levels, although both are at ground level. The living-dining area (below) Is spacious and includes brick fireplace with raised hearth. The door at the far end leads to a balcony overlooking the city, while the kitchen is at the far right beyond the open shelves.