Quicken Loans is excited to be part of HGTV’s Urban Oasis® 2016, especially with the grand-prize house located right in our home state of Michigan! This year’s Craftsman retreat is nestled in downtown Ann Arbor, and HGTV.com is providing a cash prize of $50,000 for a total grand-prize package valued at over $700,000. HGTV.com now through November 22 at 5:00 p.m. ET for a chance to win.
We had an opportunity to get the perspective of interior designer Brian Patrick Flynn on the design process and some of the interesting details found throughout the house. Here’s what he had to say:
Tell us about the elements in the house that are inspired by the city of Ann Arbor or the state of Michigan.
Michigan is a super green and lively state with gorgeous weather in the warmer months, and overall my biggest pull from Michigan is the use of greens and blues in and outside of the house. Ann Arbor is fresh, fun and super educated and therefore the interior skews a bit younger with more laid back furnishings and mid-century modern lines.
What designs, textures or colors helped set the tone for the style and furnishings throughout the house?
The cues for most stylistic choices were taken from the Craftsman architecture. From the deep earthy greens and browns of the exteriors that are historically accurate to the handmade artisanal materials like the concrete countertop and the fireplace tile.
You renovated just about every inch of this 1925 bungalow. What were some of the challenges you encountered?
Adding the second floor was challenging because of the cold winter months and the wetness of snow and rain. That was really the only stressful part of getting the house completely redone.
You were able to salvage some interesting pieces from the original house and garage. How did you determine which ones to keep?
I liked the idea of adding personality with pieces that were found inside. I used old school textbooks as sculpture in the rear entry and mudroom and then I also kept an old record player console that still works and used it in the covered porch for parties.
What was your favorite part of turning this house and landscape into an urban oasis?
The entire property is meant for use inside and out, and because the neighborhood is so social, it was easy to furnish all exterior and interior spaces for entertaining so that whoever wins the house can take in all the football games and the college-based activities and visit with neighbors.
What are some of the technological features included in the home?
The fridge has a camera to let you know what you are missing from your current grocery list. It also plays music, plus we’ve got awesome diffusers in each room to keep it scented beautifully.
What aspects of the home do you hope the new homeowners will love?
I hope they appreciate how classic the house is and how it’s meant for modern day living but the house really looks and feels like it’s been there for 100 years.
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