A 1900’s Cape Cod with a Modern Master Suite

Master Suite and Basement Additions

  • A view of the back of the house


  • Detail of top of column


  • Master Suite Addition


About this project:

Located on the edge of Rochester, Michigan in the surrounding rural countryside, this Cape Cod style home was built in the early 1900’s. With a growing family, the owners wanted to add a master bedroom suite with a basement below for a home office and additional space. The challenge was to work with a high water table while ensuring the addition preserved the original historical house style.

Through careful planning and design, the client’s requests were brought to life. Because of the minimal depth for a basement, Ekocite Architecture worked closely with the owners and builder to slightly raise the master suite above the ground. This allowed for the height needed in the basement while avoiding the high water table not far below. When complete, only three steps were needed to enter the new room from the outside French doors.

Included in the project:

Master suite:

  • Main level master suite seamlessly integrated with the historical structure.
  • Barrel vaulted ceiling with coffered indirect lighting.
  • French doors to the outside.
  • Walk-in closet with a vaulted ceiling and wood floor.
  • Windows in the closet for outside natural light.
  • Built-in island dresser for the walk-in closet.
  • Master bath with his and her sinks, and space for a spate make-up table.


  • Home office with large egress windows for natural light.
  • Craft room, plus additional space for a pool table.

Are you considering a new master suite? Let us know. We’d love to speak with you about it.


Rochester, Michigan

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