five/eighths architecture: year in review

It's been a long time since we wrote a blog; we figured now would be a good time to update everyone on what we've been up to lately as July 23rd marked the official one year anniversary of the firm.

We sold the Mapleleaf Residence back in April, and even though it took a little longer than we expected, we couldn't be happier with the results. Final photos can be seen on the Mapleleaf project page.


Grant quit his job at G.H. Forbes at the end of January and began working full-time at 5/8ths on Feb 1st. From then until mid-June, we were operating 5/8ths out of Grant's dining room (much to the chagrin of Kayla). However, in April we found an industrial office/shop space less than a half mile from Grant's house and begin working on it to make it more suitable to our needs.

The first thing we did was paint everything white. We needed it to be bright inside as there aren't many windows currently. As you can see, the space has a very industrial look with masonry walls, exposed ceiling structure, and a concrete floor. We hung new fluorescent lights at angles to break up the rectilinear nature of the structure.

temporary desk situation.

temporary desk situation.

It's still a work in progress, we are going to build a conference table and a more permanent set of desks, but our other projects are keeping us pretty busy at the moment so we only have time to do a little at a time.

framing out the new entry door.

framing out the new entry door.

building a pin-up wall / storage unit. 

building a pin-up wall / storage unit. 

We'll post more photos once we get closer to completion. We started working from the office about a month ago. 


Earlier in the year, we were hired by a local digital advertising firm to produce some drawings for their new office in Dublin, Ireland. Unfortunately, there were no site visits in the scope, but they did send us some nice photos of the new, modern glass demising walls we laid out in the ancient building:

More photos can be seen at the project page.


We've been designing an addition/renovation to a brick colonial house in Grosse Pointe, and construction started this month. They started by removing the brick from the back of the house and excavating for the new foundations:

And have already poured the new footings and are getting ready to build the new foundation walls:

Again, we'll keep you updated as construction progresses.


Perhaps our most exciting project right now is a new seafood restaurant we are designing in Ferndale. We'll begin construction soon, but in the meantime, check out the links to the articles written about the restaurant on our homepage


We've got a couple of other project going on as well, but more on those later. Now that we've got several projects moving to the construction phase, expect more frequent blog posts. A big thank you to our friends and family that have supported us throughout Year One of five/eighths architecture! We're excited for Year Two.