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  Island Residence, Page 48Island Residence
Clifford N. Wright Associates
6905 Telegraph, #350, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48301

Grosse Ile, Michigan
Total Square Feet: 19,237
Construction Period: July 1997 to Mar 2001

Construction Team
Construction Manager / Cost Estimator: D.J. Maltese Co. Inc. - 1360 Porter Street, #200, Dearborn, MI 48124

In July of 1997, D.J. Maltese Co. Inc. was awarded a construction management contract to build a Hampton style upscale home on one of Michigan's island lots. D.J. Maltese Co., Inc. is a construction management firm specializing in upscale commercial and residential projects.

The Island Residence is a two-story home with a finished basement area totaling 17,000 square feet of living area. This residence is one of many very large upscale homes completed by D.J. Maltese Co. Inc. over the past several years. 

This project started with a six acre site and an older home built in the 1950's. The old 6,000-square-foot home was torn down and the site readied for a much larger newer home. The home was designed and included many amenities such as a 4,000-square-foot master suite, a home theater, an English pub, a heated gazebo, and a five-story lighthouse. In addition, there is a covered boat dock for a 75-foot boat, a tennis court and tennis court house, a vanishing water line swimming pool, a large rock pond and a motor court to name a few.

The home was designed in a Hampton style with a hand split wood shake roof, copper flashing and gutters, wood shingle siding with stone accents, large two story wood columns set on porches of slate.

The garage has two 18-foot by 10-foot commercial grade doors with commercial operators. The back side of the garage has glass french doors that face a brick paved motor court. The floor of the garage is quarry tile and includes a kitchenette. The owners had a custom made canopy to cover the motor court that attaches to the garage for parties and events. The garage is used as a prep and serving area with tables set in the motor court.

Other exterior amenities include a master suite wrap-around covered balcony, two second floor private balconies, a view of the pond from the basement English pub and a rear elevator with lots of glass facing the riverfront. 

Interior features include a veneer plastered ceiling, wood and marble flooring (ceramic tile in the furnace rooms and storage rooms), lacquer finished woodwork, imported cabinet work, three staircases, elevator (ADA lift), large kitchen with sitting room and cut stone fireplace, large great room with sunken bar, two story library, a powder room with a handmade marble toilet and three additional bedroom suites, a master bedroom suite with two large walk-in closets with built in cabinets, a master bath that includes his and hers toilet rooms and vanities, and a 8-foot by 6-foot shower with glass tile. The vanities are very unique, with marble counters and glass bowls that are lit from below. Also, the vanity mirrors have been edged out for the hidden televisions behind the mirrors.

Other special features include twenty flat screen TV's, a one hundred disc CD movie unit, security cameras and a 50KW back-up power generator. The tennis house has a complete kitchenette and bathroom/shower area.

During construction the owners stopped the project for about 8 months to complete major design changes. Changes included deleting the lighthouse, adding a heated gazebo and other interior layout changes. Working with the Owners, Architect and Interior Designer there were more than 150 Contract Impacts (changes in scope of work) that were incorporated in the project. At the conclusion of the project, the cost savings generated by the Construction Management allowed the project to come in close to the original cost estimate. 

DIV 08: Exterior Entry Door: Heritage Door Company; Aluminum Clad Wood Windows: Marvin; Doorwalls: Zulick Window Company; Door Hardware: Baldwin.
DIV 09: Interior Ceilings: USG Interiors.
DIV 11: Appliances: Sub-Zero, Decor.

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