ANN ARBOR (WWJ) — The green design, building and remodeling company Meadowlark Builders will conduct tours of a new custom home under construction in Ann Arbor Saturday and Sunday, April 12 and 13.

For the next installment of Meadowlark’s “Behind The Drywall Tour” series, a home on Harvard Place in Ann Arbor will be opened up for viewing. Attendees will be able to get a rare glimpse of the technology and building techniques that go into constructing a resource-efficient home on a difficult, hillside lot — before the drywall is placed on the walls.

“This home is situated in a serene setting in the midst of the campus hustle and bustle in Ann Arbor,” said Meadowlark co-founder and president Doug Selby. “It will be an oasis when it is finished, but this small, narrow lot on a steep hill has presented many design and construction challenges. The design process was very lengthy and extremely collaborative among architect Hopkins Burns, builder and homeowner. Our clients had a vision — the challenge was to take their vision and come up with something that would be feasible given the restraints dictated by the lot. I think that we have achieved our goal.”

The lot was the site of a home designed by renowned Ann Arbor architect George Brigham. Unfortunately, the home had fallen into disrepair and had been torn down by the previous owners. The new owners had the foresight to salvage many building materials from the demolition that will be recycled back into the new home. The combination of resource-efficient design and construction methods, combined with state-of-the-art technology, is resulting in a home that will be as green as its stunning surroundings.

Attendees will be taken through the home via a guided tour that lasts about an hour. The event is free; however, pre-registration is required by visiting or by calling (734) 332-1500.

The Behind The Drywall Tour series was started in 2007 to provide the public with a hands-on chance to visit and view the latest in green building techniques and design behind the drywall of homes. Most people don’t get a chance to see these features because the majority of the green technology is put in place before the drywall is placed on the walls and ceiling. This popular tour series has been selling out since its inception.

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