Few people can boast a full-size English greenhouse in the middle of their living room, but Derek Smiertka and Chad Ackley can. The couple, partners in life and in business, live and work in a Detroit space that’s just as unconventional as their greenhouse.
Every inch of Monique and Russ Springborn’s Howell home is laid out on a grand scale, from the hilly 48 acres it sits upon to the theater room with the same cushy seats and swanky lighting found in real movie houses.
Flower lover: Liz Andre-Stotz of the 11-year-old Parsonage Events, which she co-owns with her mother, Susan Andre. It’s nestled in a 110-year-old house in downtown Clarkston and is known for full-event floral design.
Coming full circle, after a career in automotive engineering and life in a small condo, Webster has returned to the living style of his youth: a ranch — although it's less sprawling than his childhood home.
It’s one of Detroit’s fabulous architectural gems from the 1920s, yet the slender building with its distinctive gilded, witch-hat crown, is barely noticed by the Jefferson Avenue commuters who whiz past.
The sprawling, two-story, 6,000-square-foot manse in Bay Harbor’s Preserve, situated on a wooded lot among dazzling views of turquoise water, was built in 1997 as someone’s dream home on Little Traverse Bay.