Fielding H. Yost House Addition

Client: Jeff and C.J. Hauptman
Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan
Size: 4,300 sf renovation; 2,450 sf addition


Originally built in 1929 for Fielding Yost, legendary University of Michigan football coach, and his wife Eunice, the Colonial Revival house and a half-acre lot was purchased in 2004. Needing to balance the lifestyle of a young, busy family with a respect for the home’s history and architecture, the new homeowners wanted to ensure the renovations would have minimal, visual impact.


Key to the renovation was a large addition for entertaining, including hosting University of Michigan booster events. With a directive that the addition should not be visible from the original historic home or from any of the primary views on the site, the only option was to build down. Extending one-story below the original house and underneath the main drive, the addition seamlessly ties into the terraced backyard landscape and the historic site wall detailing.


Renovation of the existing home included widening the garage, flipping the kitchen and dining rooms and major reconfiguration of the second-floor bedrooms. The majority of the floor and wall finishes and all detailing was preserved and/or restored on the first floor.




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