Restoring Homes the Right Way with Building Hugger

Original article by Robin Runyan, Curbed Detroit

Photo credit: Curbed Detroit

If you’ve worked on a historic restoration in Detroit, you’ve likely heard of or met Amy Swift, who started Building Hugger just a few years ago. They’re working to be stewards of the built environment in Detroit.

Swift, who has a master’s degree in Historic Preservation, began renovating her own house in southwest Detroit in 2012, and started Building Hugger after finding that there was a real need for tradespeople in the city.

The group mainly does window restoration and some storm windows. They’re venturing into door restoration and they get a few calls for plaster. They mainly work in residential homes, but have a few bigger projects (like the Henry Ford Fair Lane Estate and Michigan State Capitol Dome).

They don’t believe in product fixes, instead going with a more traditional approach…

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