A Historic Splash

An astute architect designs a fitting poolhouse and surrounds for a 1927 home


Photograph by Lynn Stinson



WHO: Kevin D. Hart, AIA, FRSA, left, developed his passion for architecture early. Growing up in southeast Michigan, the local works of Eero Saarinen, Minoru Yamasaki, and Wallace Frost provided him with valuable inspiration regarding the importance of placemaking, harmony, and subtle detail. He studied architecture at the University of Notre Dame, and earned his degree in architectural engineering in May of 1980. He became a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) in 1992 and was elected a fellow of Great Britain’s Royal Society for the Advancement of Arts & Sciences (RSA) in 2007. A four-year member of the City of Birmingham’s Board of Zoning Appeals, Hart also contributes time and efforts to his community. His Birmingham-based firm has garnered dozens of Detroit Home Design Awards.

INFO: 248-642-9427, kevinhartassociates.com

STAYING TRUE: Bloomfield Hills homeowners Brenda and Brian McKeen wanted an outdoor living area, shown above, that stayed to true to their home’s 1927 appeal. “We wanted to project the interior of the home out onto the natural features of the property,” says Hart, who worked with Jeff Hennig of Environmental Artists and interior designer Lucy Earl of Jones-Keena & Co. “The outdoor living area has a functional and aesthetic quality,” Hart says. “It was vital that the new structure flowed with the design themes of the main house.”

Lovebirds tile, $75, Pewabic Pottery, Detroit, pewabic.org

Governor pool house lantern, $350, Bevolo Gas & Electric Lighting, bevolo.com. Bevolo Gas & Electric Lighting, bevolo.com

“The main house is steeped in Detroit history. Pewabic tile was installed throughout the house during the Great Depression, and it was fitting that it (was) used in the new structure.”— Kevin Hart

Waves of Style

The editors’ picks for top poolhouse essentials  


Ventura six-piece sectional with Sunbrella cushions, $6,974, Crate & Barrel, Somerset Collection, Troy, crateandbarrel.com.  

James de Wulf outdoor billiards table, $14,995, Restoration Hardware, Somerset Collection, Troy, rh.com.













Nest Ocean Mist reed diffuser, $42,
Bluemercury, Birmingham, bluemercury.com.


James de Wulf outdoor billiards rack, $2,395, Restoration Hardware, Somerset Collection, Troy, rh.com.

Martha Stewart beach towel in spice, $40, metro-area Macy’s stores, macys.com


Large ceramic oyster, $110, Taylor Reese, Grosse Pointe Farms, taylorreeseshop.com


Wicker towel stand, $1,395, frontgate.com.                                            

Petula salad plate, $7.95, Crate & Barrel, Somerset Collection, Troy, crateandbarrel.com.


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