New Home Exterior
Gasping radiators, cobbled wiring, and a raw, spooky basement convinced Lisa Schrenk Bouchard that her 1930s rambler in Birmingham, Michigan, no longer was conducive to raising two small boys. The challenges she faced as a newly single mom were enough without old-house aches and breaks heaping on more stress. Her pragmatic solution? Move, and re-craft the new house to make it even better for her young family’s needs.
“I had the ‘if you build it they will come’ mentality,” recalls the licensed CPA and former owner of an accounting, financial, and IT contract-staffing firm. Lisa, now a full-time mom, wears her optimism like an amulet against turning hard-bitten. “I had always harbored the dream of having my home full of people I love, laughing and talking while I serve up big plates of their favorite foods,” she says. Her recently constructed home, left partially unfinished by its previous owners, was a chance to bring that dream to life.
Lisa replaced columns of mixed style with one consistent favorite on the exterior of her Detroit-area home. All-new landscaping completes the exterior’s warm and inviting good looks.
Photography: Gordon Beall
Produced by Sandra L. Mohlmann
Interior design: Ann Heath, Duncan-Fuller Interiors, 748 Forest Ave., Birmingham, MI 48009; 248/647-3133
Contractor/builder: Steve Templeton, Templeton Building Company, 2513 Leach Rd., Rochester Hills, MI 48309; 248/853-5709