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About

With over 45 years assisting clients realize their goals, we have learned what it takes to create homes or renovations with that special one-of-a kind- sense of enduring appeal.

We have evolved principally as Design-Build-Renovators, steadily improving our capabilities and earned a reputation for more than you expect from a builder.  We are encouraged by many awards for both remodeling and new construction projects along the way.  From time to time, we have had the opportunity to create one of a kind developments featuring custom designed homes.

We offer a complete design and build service that sacrifices nothing in the execution of the design, but saves our clients time and money. Our designers work with each client to create a design that meets their intent within their budget and timeframe. Project staff is fully engaged from concept to move-in, ensuring execution of the design as intended. 

Recently our work has focused on in-fill development of vacant land, tear-down/rebuild, and major renovations of homes ranging from in-town homes on 50 foot lots to estate homes on acreage. 

 

OUR PROCESS

The benefits of our Design-Build approach are many. Our clients appreciate our "single point of responsibility". For clients building their dream house, the ability to work with one team of professionals through our Design-Build process is very desirable. Design-Build allows for better control of budgets which saves money; streamlined construction which saves time, and a single point of responsibility which makes for better communication. Design-Build can result in a more enjoyable construction process - we eliminate the inevitable adversarial relationship between the builder and architect, and put everyone on the same team.

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AWARDS

BUILDER MAGAZINE - GRAND AWARD

The first of several houses built by Jensen in collaboration with legendary architect Robert A.M. Stern, New York, NY.The house was selected as the 1989 Detroit Symphony Designer Showcase House

 

 

PROFESSIONAL BUILDER AND REMODELERS - MERIT AWARD

Our award-winning bathroom was a part of a major second floor addition that transformed a 70s built ranch into a master’s retreat and took advantage of the views of Pine Lake.

The project included a new master bedroom, bathroom and partner’s library shared by two busy Doctors raising four young children. 

 

 

AIA AWARD 2001

Awarded each year by American Institute of Architects, our community Westwood Common was distinguished as “The Best Place to Live” in Metropolitan Detroit Area

 

JENSEN DEVELOPMENTS

CEDAR RIDGE - TROY, MI

 

(c. 1980) A collection of 20 traditional suburban family homes.

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QUARTON VILLAGE - BLOOMFIELD HILLS, MI

(c. 1985) 9 homes.  All with first floor master suites aimed at empty nesters.

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WOODLYNNE - BINGHAM FARMS, MI

(c. 1990) 14 Estate lots for custom high-end homes. One of them, the “Detroit Symphony Designers Showhouse,” developed in cooperation with architect Robert A.M. Stern of New York, NY, won Builder Magazine’s House of the Year.

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WESTWOOD COMMON, BEVERLY HILLS, MI

(c. 1997) Robert Gibbs planned Westwood Common as a conservation-oriented community on just five acres out of 17 acres total. 

20 neo-traditional style homes established the first neo-traditional community in southeast Michigan and was awarded the “Best Place to Live” in metro Detroit by the American Institute of Architects.

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Westwood Site Plan

Westwood Site Plan

Blending the Elements: Westwood Common in Beverly Hills, MI; is a little gem designed by Robert Gibbs, who artfully blended hamlet design principles and broader conservation objectives. Of particular note is the hamlet green, abutted on two sides by house lots without any street between them and the green. Also significant is the large natural area down by the Rouge River, perfect for informal recreation and wildlife.
— Randall Arendt - Author
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RIVERSIDE COMMON, HARRISON TOWNSHIP, MI

(c.2000) Harrison Township on the Clinton River. A riverside community of 25 lots providing a mix of home styles.

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THE MANORS, TROY, MI

(c.2005) An enclave of 4 French Country style manor homes in an estate setting.