2017 Year in Review

Intern Dylan with 5/8ths partners Grant and Bradley outside of Voyager restaurant in Ferndale, MI

Intern Dylan with 5/8ths partners Grant and Bradley outside of Voyager restaurant in Ferndale, MI

In March 2017, Voyager opened its door to the public. The last time we posted, it wasn't much more than a storage shed. Now, it is enjoying great success, recently the recipient of Eater Detroit's Reader's Choice Restaurant of the Year award. If you haven't been there yet, stop by during happy hour from 4:00-6:00 for $1 oysters. 


These gorgeous photos were taken by our clients at Zara Creative who we just finished building an office/studio for right across the street from Voyager on E. 9 Mile. The best part about doing a design/build project for a photo/video studio is the documentation they put together. Throughout the course of construction, Zara took time-lapse photography. Here is one of their videos:

Zara Creative is moving into 5500 square feet of custom office and studio space in fabulous Ferndale. Here’s our second sneak peek of the new digs. Cinematographers: Eric Kuzma, Chris Peralta, Ricky Orbain & Mark Hurrish Editor: Eric Kuzma Music: PremiumBeat.com Design + Construction: five/eighths architecture www.zaracreative.com

More photos of the finished Zara offices will be coming soon , so be sure to check back to the projects portion of our website. Their team moved in this week, and while they get acclimated, a few final details will be completed.  

The other big construction project for 2017 is the next restaurant venture from Eli Boyer (of Voyager). It will be located in the newly constructed 28 Grand Loft Building in Detroit's Capitol Park. The fast-casual restaurant will be called Lovers Only and primarily feature burgers and sandwiches, among other items (including boozy milkshakes). The construction is well underway and should be completed by mid-February. Below are some preview shots of some of the fun details:

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If the burgers are half as good as the wallpaper, I am sold.

Other notable design projects from 2017 include Weiss Distilling Co., Drifter Coffee, Rebel Boxing Gym, Iron Ridge Event Space, an Attic Renovation in Woodbridge, and a Pre-Fab Housing project. Be sure to check out the project pages to see them develop.

In order to keep up with all of the new projects this year, we hired one full-time employee, Isabelle Leysens, and a handful of part-time employees including Dylan Masko, Jarrett Fishman, Kayla Jeffries (Grant's wife) and Leah Siewert (Bradley's partner). 

This summer, Bradley and Leah welcomed their daughter Luna into the world. 

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In other news, our Instagram page reached 1,000 followers. Bradley posts daily construction updates which is an awesome way to follow along with all of our projects. Instagram alone has accounted for many new client opportunities, and recently a sponsorship by Truewerk clothing.

What's Ahead for 2018

We have 3 exciting construction projects on the horizon, including Color | Ink Studio in Hazel Park, K West Spa in Ann Arbor, and an addition to our subcontractor Paradigm Plumbing's building (which will be the future home of 5/8ths Architecture)

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Thank you for your continued interest and support! 

With love,

Kayla, and the 5/8ths team