John and Anne Knott wanted a home with a rural, quiet setting. This 2,200 square foot 1-1/2 story residence has only one bedroom proper, but has other spaces capable of accommodating visiting children and grandchildren. This rustic house employs simple massing, broad overhangs with decorative rafter ends, and intricately detailed doors and windows. An Arts and Crafts design motif echoes throughout the house from the divided lite doors to the ceramic tile floors. Natural materials were used -wood, tile, stone, and concrete. The south-facing site with its magnificent stand of red pines played a key role in the design. The architect and the Knotts wanted to bring the pines "into" the house in some way. This was accomplished by opening a portion of the living room ceiling with skylights so that a view of an entire tree from base to top could be captured. Other trees were milled for heavy timbers, wood flooring, ceilings, cabinets, and wainscoting. -Excerpt from the Huron Valley Chapter/AIA and the Michigan Architectural Foundation tour brochure.
Knott Residence
An Arts and Crafts-Inspired Design
ABOVE Red pines with their bark intact were used as decorative columns at the front entry. (Photograph by Paul Darling)
BELOW Steeply pitched gable roofs are juxtaposed to create a feeling of a central house with surrounding outbuildings reminiscent of a farmhouse.
ABOVE The stone-faced Rumford fireplace in the living room has a buff-colored ocncrete mantle and hearth with impressions of leaves obtained from Anne's high school leaf collection.
Owner: John and Anne Knott
Architect: Rueter Associates Architects
Builder: David Wall Associates