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Creative Reuse

Specialists

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Stewards of the

Built Environment

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Helping Detroiters

Take Pride

Uniquely Detroit Redevelopment Services

Empowering Detroiters to be good stewards of their homes and businesses

When Building Hugger was founded in 2012, our goal was to explore how best to be good stewards of Detroit’s rich architectural heritage. Although our mission has remained the same, our services have evolved to best empower Detroiters to be good stewards of their homes and businesses.

 

  • We highly recommend the [DIY Assist] program to all!

    Chad & Corinne
    Chad & Corinne, Hubbard Farms
  • Professional, efficient and responsive. Building Hugger did an excellent job repairing some of my 85-year-old windows.

    Bill
    Bill, Palmer Woods

MEET OUR TEAM

Restoring Buildings, Restoring Pride

Amy Nicole Swift

Principal

Amy is an architectural designer with a passion for historic architecture and working with her hands. In 2012 she formed Building Hugger to resurrect preservation trades and find creative ways to reuse buildings and materials. As a Professor of Practice at Lawrence Technological University, fieldwork informs her developing academic theories. She holds a BS in Interior Architecture from LTU and an MS in Historic Preservation from Columbia University.

Darren Shelton

Field Specialist

Darren is a carpenter, builder and artist with more than 10 years of experience working on foreclosed and vacant homes. While working side-by-side with his family to restore residential and commercial structures in his youth, he found a passion for building, preservation, and creating unique and functional design solutions through craft. As Field Specialist, Darren works to ensure the crew delivers high quality work on an efficient timeline.

2015 PRESERVATION STATS

Windows Restored

Projects Assisted

Boards Removed

Renovations Designed

Services

CUSTOMIZED TO MEET ANY CHALLENGE

DESIGN

CREATIVE REUSE SPECIALISTS

We offer a variety of traditional design services with a focus on creative reuse and innovative urban strategies. We believe the life of materials is cyclical and there is beauty in the imperfections of salvaged materials.

Through thoughtful work, we seek to embrace and celebrate these marks of time and use. No nonsense, practical and functional designs that enliven unused, unloved buildings is our specialty.

  • - Building Design Services
  • - Interior Design Services
  • - Urban Master Planning
  • - Community Development
  • - Public Art
  • - Creative Reuse
  • - Custom Carpentry
  • - As-Built Drawings

BUILD

STEWARDS OF THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT

Authentic, attentively maintained and restored buildings are the backbone of any great community and should be accessible to people on any budget. We have cultivated a skilled crew to efficiently execute projects of any scale with a focus on craftsmanship.

Our scalable services and competitive pricing are catered to Detroit’s market of investors, entrepreneurs and homeowners. We’re rolling up our sleeves and working hard to restore Detroit’s beautiful architecture - one building at a time.

  • - Window Restoration
  • - Plaster Repair & Restoration
  • - Masonry Repair & Maintenance
  • - Carpentry & Woodwork
  • - Tile Work & Tub Resurfacing
  • - Salvage Installations
  • - Creative Material Sourcing
  • - Renovation Services

ASSIST

HELPING DETROITERS TAKE PRIDE

Redevelopment is no small task, but it’s something we do everyday so we’re familiar with the process and want to help others succeed. Whether we’re helping an investor navigate city processes or a homeowner tackle improvements to their home, we’re here to help every step of the way.

  • - Owners Rep Services: Helping investors navigate city processes and acting on the owner’s behalf in city offices to facilitate development.
  • - DIY Assist: One-on-one in-home training with a pro to empower homeowners to improve their homes.
  • - Renovation Counseling: Helping homeowners assess and prioritize renovations to their homes, and connecting them to resources that will get them there.

 

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