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Home COSMOPOLITAN

Grand Rapids

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LAKE MICHIGAN LIVING BY BOUWKAMP BUILDERS

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Grand Rapids Cosmopolitan Home summer 2016

features 14 On the Harbor A multi-level masterpiece with a harbor site and Lake Michigan views by Bouwkamp Builders 28 Sweeping Vistas A fresh, coastal attitude meets the Lake Michigan shoreline with this charming home by Sytsma Construction, LLC 44 The Brick House: Separating Fact from Fable Why brick remains a superior choice for today’s homes

departments 7 GARDEN CALENDAR Garden tasks all season long 8

IN THE GARDEN Ban the Bugs Tips to prevent pest-related problems

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MONEY MATTERS The Next Chapter Five steps to a securer financial future

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CUISINE Peanut Possibilities Adding fun and flavor to your cookout

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LOCAL FLAVOR Recommendations for Area Dining Great food and ambience are a must when dining out

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THE LIST

Pictured here: A compass, hand-cut into the cement driveway of this Lake Michigan home, is just one of the special details by Sytsma Construction, LLC. See article on page 28.


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Volume XXVIII Issue 3 No. 147

• NEW CONSTRUCTION BUILDS • HOME REMODELING

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• WOOD • CABINETRY

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gardencalendar

august Order spring flowering bulbs

Plant potted roses, shrubs, trees, vines and perrenial and biennial herbs and flowers

Plant cool season vegetables for autumn harvest

Keep the garden free of weeds

Remove faded flowers

Shear low-growing plants

Harvest herb seeds and leaves

Remove buds on roses and other flowering plants for larger blooms

Sow seeds outdoors for succession plantings

Plant autumn flowering bulbs

Train and prune vines as needed

Pinch annuals and perennials until mid-month

september Remove runners from strawberries

Fertilize plants as needed for the last time until dormancy

Cut flowers for fresh use or drying

Harvest vegetables when ripe

Sow vegetable seeds outdoors for succession plantings

Pinch leggy plants

Sow hardy and halfhardy annual seeds indoors or outdoors


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Ban the Bugs

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Prevent pest-related problems

ith temperatures rising and homeowners heading outdoors for picnics, parties and gatherings, insect-induced risks are fully in-season. With disease-carrying bugs buzzing around, it's time to take the proper steps in protecting your lawn so that you can enjoy living life outside to the fullest and get the most out of your backyard this summer.

• Screen windows, doors and other openings with fine mesh and keep doors and windows shut to prevent entry.

Warm-weather bugs, such as fleas and ticks, offer risks that include irritating bites and Lyme disease, which is transmitted by deer ticks and is typically accompanied by fever, headache, fatigue and a skin rash. If left untreated, Lyme disease can cause nervous system damage. Ticks can often be found in heavily wooded regions and naturalized areas with tall, unmowed grass and other plants. Pets and families should be aware of tick problems in these areas if left untreated.

• When outdoors, use an insect repellent containing DEET, picaridin or oil of lemon-eucalyptus on exposed skin.

• Have pets treated for flea and tick control and keep them on a regular regimen.

Concerned homeowners should also consider contacting an outdoor pest control professional who can help reduce exposure to fleas, ticks and other pests, decreasing the risks for pest-borne illnesses. For examb ple, the TruShield Lawn Pest Control Plan available through TruGreen includes an inspection of your lawn and treatment of any problem areas. Fleas are also a problem for pets if left undetected. Fleas thrive in warm, The service also includes a broad application to significantly reduce the dry periods of summer and can be difficult to control. Other lawn pests population of any other active lawn pests, and additional applications including chiggers, ants and spiders can be an irritation for families play- every four to six weeks for lasting control and ongoing protection. ing in their yard. "Using a professional to help control lawn pests should be part of a Taking proper preventive measures can help protect your family and your well-rounded, comprehensive defense program," said Bob Mangan, yard from these and other nuisance pests. The National Pest Management TruGreen director of technical services. "Because ticks and other nuiAssociation and the Centers for Disease Control recommend the follow- sance pests can congregate in backyards, it is especially important to ing tips: help protect yourself and your family so that you can fully enjoy your outdoor time." • Clear tall grass and brush. Learn more about how to reduce your exposure to dangerous pests and help • Mow frequently and keep leaves raked. defend your home and family from unwanted lawn visitors at TruGreen.com. • Remove vegetation or trash from around any source of standing water that cannot be changed, dumped or removed. 8 | summer 2016


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Treat Your Trees

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Steps to ensure their health

ature trees increase property value by as much as 10 percent, according to the U.S. Forest Service. But a tree can shift from asset to liability when branches, trunks or roots suffer an injury and threaten to cause property or personal damage. Insects and disease are also potential threats to valuable trees. There are several steps you can take to ensure that your established trees will thrive for years to come. Use this five-step checklist from Lance Walheim, lawn and garden care expert for Bayer Advanced, to help achieve optimal tree health: 1. Renew Mulch. Mulching is one of the best things you can do for your trees - and one of the easier garden chores to tackle. Two-tothree inches of organic mulch conserves water, reduces compaction and helps control weeds. It's best placed in a ring that extends outward from the trunk at least 3-6 feet.

4. Prune. Because pruning permanently changes a tree's structure and appearance, you want to prune intentionally. Light pruning of small trees can improve structure and appearance, but be mindful of branch diameters to help guide your cuts. For more information on how to prune trees without damaging them, visit BayerAdvanced.com. 5. Protect and Feed. Now is a good time to treat trees and shrubs susceptible to damage from insects such as borers, aphids, scale insects, whiteflies and others, and taking this opportunity to provide a nourishing slow-release fertilizer is also a good idea. Using an all-in-solution that doesn't require spraying, such as Bayer Advanced 12 Month Tree & Shrub Protect & Feed liquid or granules, is an easy and convenient way to care for your trees.

As your yard thrives this summer, applying these tree care best practices 2. Be Cautious with Water. Make sure you don't overwater. Unless can help keep your trees healthy and happy for many years to come.b there have been prolonged dry spells or exceptionally warm weather, most established trees may not need water until mid-to-late spring. Overwatering in spring can weaken trees and promote disease. 3. Protect Trunks. Make sure lawn mowers and weed eaters do not damage tree trunks by wrapping them with trunk protectors (sold in nurseries and garden centers) or surrounding the tree with a grassfree, mulched area. Cosmopolitan Home Grand Rapids | 11


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The Next Chapter Five Steps to Security

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ne challenge of living a good life is learning how to balance the realities of today with what lies ahead. In other words, it’s important to live in the present, yet wise to also plan for the future. Change is always around the corner, whether of our own making or due to the course of time. You owe it to your future self to consider what you’d like the next chapter of your life to be. Here are five ways to constructively think ahead.

especially important to periodically review your coverage levels. Homeowner’s, auto and even health insurance are required by law, but don’t stop there. Disability and life insurance policies, as well as annuities designed to provide a reliable income stream, may give you peace of mind that you and your loved ones can have financial security if the unexpected occurs. A will and health directives are also helpful documents that can make life easier under difficult circumstances.

1. Be intentional. Take time to articulate what you hope to experience in the next phase of your life. Whether you envision your future to include starting your own business, moving to a new job or new career, dedicating more time to volunteer work or entering into a secure retirement—it’s all good. The more detailed you can be, the better. There’s something empowering and motivating about naming your goals and claiming them for yourself. You only have one life, so give yourself the opportunity to reach for the experiences that will be most meaningful to you and bring you a sense of fulfillment that money can’t buy.

4. Establish a solid plan. Change can be scary, but it also is what keeps life interesting and exciting. You can give yourself a better chance of succeeding in the next phase of life by establishing financial guardrails. With a well-defined path to help guide saving and investing, you will have a clear framework for your financial life that also reflects your personal mission. Work with a qualified financial advisor to create a savings and retirement plan designed to help you reach your goals at all of the stages of life. Once your plan is in place, revisit it on a regular basis with your advisor to ensure it takes your changing life circumstances 2. Make saving an ongoing priority. When change comes along, it’s easi- and needs into account. b er to take a leap of faith with a financial safety net in place. Regular contributions to savings in various forms—bank accounts, Certificates of Lisa Cargill, ChFC®, CLU®,CRPC®, CDFA™ is a Deposit, IRAs and employer-sponsored retirement plans, mutual funds, Financial Advisor with Ameriprise Financial Services, stocks and bonds—all can help you weather potential financial hiccups or Inc. She specializes in fee-based financial planning and storms that may arise, not to mention their importance for the day your asset management strategies. Ameriprise Financial and its working and earning life comes to a close. Make saving a regular activity representatives do not provide tax or legal advice. Consult and turn it into muscle memory that you’ll be more likely to flex in the your tax advisor or attorney regarding specific tax issues. event of a windfall. Brokerage, investment and financial advisory services are made available through Ameriprise Financial Services, 3. Stay covered. Insurance is a product we all should have, yet hope we Inc. Member FINRA and SIPC. Some products and services may not be never have to use. Your insurance needs will change over time, making it available in all jurisdictions or to all clients. © 2012 Ameriprise Financial, Inc. All rights reserved. Cosmopolitan Home Grand Rapids | 13


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HARBOR TEXT BY JENNIFER KONING PHOTOS BY ASHLEY AVILA

WHEN YOUR HOME SITE INCLUDES A 45-FOOT BOAT SLIP and your back yard is the New Buffalo Harbor with Lake Michigan as the scenic back drop, you probably live for the water. For the avid Michigan boater, this scenario might sound too good to be true but, for these homeowners, this scenario is an everyday paradise — not only because of the water playground around them, but because of the impeccable, multi-level home that overlooks it all.


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Built by Bouwkamp Builders, the home is a structural masterpiece. The unique site required pilings and a special engineered foundation with extreme amounts of rebar. Sitting at the end point of twelve home sites at The Peninsula development in New Buffalo, this home is a standout. “This home site is a landmark property, and a home that we're proud of,” said Randy Bouwkamp. “We very much enjoyed the opportunity to work with the homeowners, and building their home was a privilege.” Since 1985 Bouwkamp Builders has been building custom homes with the goal of presenting a home beyond the owners' expectations. The entire process is met with an uncompromising level of service and precise execution. The end result is a custom home with superior quality and a unique character that reflects the owners' personalities. This home is a clear example of Bouwkamp's dedication and expertise in all areas of the building process. “The special features of this site provided unique challenges,” said Bouwkamp. “We have built several high-end custom homes with varying aesthetic detail, and have enjoyed building along the lakeshore for many years.”

The home's state-of-the-art kitchen includes harbor views from the third floor. An abundance of streamlined cabinetry creates a sophisticated look that's complemented by the quartz countertops and stainless steel appliances. Opposite page: A viewing area off the kitchen provides the ideal space for morning coffee. This third floor view includes the Lake Michigan horizon and nearby beaches.

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FOR ALL YOUR FIREPLACE NEEDS Whether your fireplace requirements are new construction, remodel, or service on an existing fireplace, please contact us. With over eighty-five years combined experience, we are the pro fireplace store for your project. Proud to handle all the fireplace needs for Bouwkamp Builders.

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porary appeal, yet is mindful to the natural surroundings with the use of stone and wood. Clear stipulations for the harbor development were the starting point for the design. “When designing a home from scratch, the code creates the parameter of the building,” said Craig. “This code had a very clear set of guidelines for the footprint and height.” The sometimes harsh elements of the site's surroundings were a huge factor to the design as well. As the end home on a peninsula land mass surrounded by water and adjoining Lake Michigan, the wind and storm values were the most serious of considerations. An extreme amount of time and budget went into the infrastructure of the home, making sure it will withstand the severest of coastal conditions.

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“The home is engineered to sustain extreme wind capacity,” said Craig. “The materials used were made to withstand year-long harsh conditions offering long-term, maintenancefree living.”


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The home features four floors including a rooftop deck complete with fireplace and fantastic views at every angle. Glass railings from Straightline Fence ensure the view is not obstructed even while seated. The third-floor family room provides a comfortable atmosphere to take in the surrounding views. A sleek fireplace from Flame Center and walnut flooring with a cashmere charcoal finish lend to the home’s contemporary feel. An adjoining dining table rounds out the space.

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The owners' suite is a retreat to luxury. With impeccable water views that extend out to Lake Michigan, the space is bright and flooded with natural light. The en suite bathroom with high-end fixtures from Genzink Plumbing has an elite spa feel covered in gorgeous tile. A built-in tub maximizes on the harbor view while a large, walk-in shower blends seamlessly with the continuous tile work.

Maximizing the extensive views was also a priority. The home features four floors including a rooftop deck complete with fireplace and fantastic views at every angle. Glass railings ensure the view is not obstructed even when seated. The home's state-of-the-art kitchen includes harbor views from the third floor. An abundance of streamlined cabinetry creates a sophisticated look that's complemented by the quartz countertops and stainless steel appliances. Walnut flooring with a cashmere charcoal finish lends to the contemporary feel. A nearby family room with fireplace creates a comfortable atmosphere to take in the surrounding views. An adjoining dining table rounds out the space while an informal table offers convenient dining within the kitchen. The second floor features the home’s three bedrooms. The owners' suite is a retreat to luxury. With impeccable water views that extend out to Lake Michigan, the space is bright and flooded with natural light. The en suite bathroom has an elite spa feel covered in gorgeous tile. A built-in tub maximizes on the harbor view while a large, walk-in shower blends seamlessly with the continuous tile work. Laundry appliances are conve-

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“This home site is a landmark property, and a home that we're proud of. We very much enjoyed the opportunity to work with the homeowners, and building their home was a privilege.”


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A waterside deck was given considerable attention as to comply with the harbor's ordinances. The result is a fantastic outdoor space that includes both a spa and fire pit. A trickling fountain sculpture at the home's front entrance area can be heard from the deck, completing the waterfront atmosphere.

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niently tucked behind the beautiful Sapele wood doors with a custom panel design. Stained a deep espresso tone, the doors are a showpiece complement to the interior spaces. The ground level includes the garage, a first floor family room, a small kitchen and a bedroom. A waterside deck at this level was given considerable attention as to comply with the harbor's ordinances, and the result is a fantastic outdoor space that includes both a spa and fire pit. A trickling fountain sculpture at the home's front entrance area can be heard from the deck, completing the waterfront atmosphere. Pristine landscaping frames the home beautifully amongst the extraordinary vistas of Lake Michigan and the harbor. The Peninsula development features a gated entrance that creates a private community in the heart of Harbor Country. A heated waterfront pool, bathhouse and large, manicured greensward are all included in the development. The home's four floors may be reached via stairs or by glass elevator. A convenience for friends and family, the elevator also allows the homeowners to age in place. “The glass elevator is perfect for the home,” said Bouwkamp. “While you are taken up to the various levels, you can enjoy the fantastic views the home allows.” “This home with this setting was such a fun and exciting project to be a part of,” said Cyndy Schurman of Bouwkamp Builders. “Embracing

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The home's four floors may be reached via stairs or by a glass elevator from Visilift which allows for optimal viewing while ascending the home’s different levels. A convenience for friends and family, the elevator also allows the homeowners to age in place.


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the unique features and challenges that were presented was a rewarding experience — it's such a great environment, it was really cool to see it all come together so beautifully.” “Our focus is on solid design both in beauty and structural integrity,” said Bouwkamp. “We will never compromise when it comes to quality construction and the longevity of our clients' investment.” This home, surrounded by water on Michigan's fabulous coast, is a testament to this. A unique site with challenging circumstances now features a landmark home that will surely stand the test of time surrounded by a boater's paradise. b

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vistas TEXT BY LYNN BAKEMAN PHOTOS BY ASHLEY AVILA


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t the apex of the circular drive, a compass has been hand-cut into the cement with a sand-blasted finish. Like an artist signing his work, Brian Sytsma of Sytsma Construction LLC, often leaves this for the owner as a symbol that they’ve found their way home. It is also an indication of the level of care and detail Brian puts into each home he builds. This home has dramatic curb appeal with its fresh coastal attitude. Brian chose 5-inch rather than the typical 7inch exposure of shake siding to bring the scale down and add more texture. The soffits are fully vented beadboard with crown molding; a simple approach that adds rich detail. He also eschewed concrete in favor of PVC deck finishes to honor the home’s nautical ambience. Following the trend for all-season lakeshore living, Brian sought materials offering both zero maintenance and superior wear to withstand punishing Lake Michigan winters. Heavy-duty vinyl, extra foam insulation, and custom, aluminum-wrapped, high-wind rated windows will keep this home ship-shape in any storm. An outdated cottage sat on the lot previously and although a renovation was considered, it proved too extensive and limiting for the space. Kerry Fitzpatrick of Standale Lumber nailed a design that took full advantage of the waterscape, and Brian began the permitting process. “Lakeshore homes are a different animal altogether with regard to all the different dynamics and overlapping jurisdictional requirements of the township, county, and state,” Brian explained. “Our team worked intimately with the consulting firm to prepare the engineered drawings to create a building envelope that maximized expansion possibilities and the views.


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The home’s curb appeal includes 5-inch shake siding to bring the scale down and add more texture. The soffits are fully vented beadboard with crown molding; a simple approach that adds rich detail. Opposite page: The circular drive features a compass from Custom Concrete that has been hand-cut into the cement with a sand-blasted finish.

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“Most builders and architects feel orienting the home in a straight line across the western exposure affords the best views and exposure, but the direct opposite occurs as you limit your ability to see north and south,” Brian explained. The home naturally frames its biggest asset, but each wing of the home is bumped out and framed with windows to keep its residents visually in touch with the pier to the south and the sights to the north as well.

the project vision. Brian’s team approach is the essence of his ability to effectively communicate his professional requirements and his client’s desires while providing the oversight required for each project.

In establishing the new design, Brian and his team took some of the original cottage features and updated ceiling heights, front elevation, and room sizes to open up and increase the functionality and flow of the rooms. This is a home for people who love to entertain and the inviting open great room and kitchen reflect that passion.

“Lakeshore homes are a different animal altogether with regard to all the different dynamics and overlapping jurisdictional requirements of the township, county, and state.”

Brian accumulated almost 30 years of experience working through the trades in everything from framing to high-end interior finishes, developing a keen eye for the fit, form, and function of design. He formed his company 14 years ago and tapped the best contractors and tradesmen, and works collaboratively at a very high level of detail, leading to quality workmanship early in the project lifecycle.

“This is a very important aspect of my company,” added Brian. “You get to work with me up front, through the build, and at the end. The job is never handed off to a construction manager. I work on-site, side-by-side with my client. We personally inspect what we expect.”

It’s unique to find a builder who is the face of his company and also the main contact. Brian develops a relationship with his clients so they share

Picture finding a piece of driftwood along the Lake Michigan shore and you’ll have an idea of the palette of subtle and timeless, but rich colors


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The inviting great room is centrally located for family gatherings with 11-foot ceilings and 10-foot windows from Andersen Windows displaying the lake. A stone fireplace Kett’s Hearth & Home features a solid, one-piece limestone hearth and is flanked with custom built-ins.

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The owner’s wing was designed to be selfsufficient from the rest of the house and includes the laundry room, and an extra layer of security for peace of mind. The bedroom features a square soffit ceiling with crown below and above providing an elegant detail. The spacious bathroom features a stone and tile shower and luxury vinyl floors from DeGraaf Interiors for less maintenance and a warmer feel.

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to be found inside this stunning home once you step through the custom-built, 8-foot mahogany front door. Brian’s team selected interior materials and finishes that like the exterior, serve to let the owners spend less time on upkeep and more time with their toes in the sand. Cork-backed engineered wood plank floors cover the main floor with distinctive resawn character marks. Admirers during the Parade commented that their next lakeshore home will incorporate a similar choice to shake off the elements; especially humidity, sunlight, and sandy feet. The inviting great room is centrally located for family gatherings with 11-foot ceilings, and 10foot windows displaying the lake. A stone fireplace features a solid one-piece limestone hearth and is flanked with custom built-ins. The kitchen is a showcase for Brian’s high-end finishes and the custom cabinetry is more like furniture with with inset doors, arched feet, and clean-cove crown molding offering detail without the extra ornamentation which can date a home. Just off the kitchen is an elevator to service the large lower level. The kitchen island is a handcrafted showpiece with louvered doors for a coastal feel, a double

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Cork-backed engineered wood plank floors from DeGraaf Interiors cover the main floor with distinctive resawn character marks — a perfect choice for the coastal humidity, sunlight, and sandy feet. The home’s color palette features subtle and timeless hues inspired from walks on the beach.

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work sink, and plenty of seating for guests. A professional DCS by Fisher Paykel gas range, is a centerpiece of the kitchen. Another calling card of Brian’s is a double-deep appliance garage with multiple outlets, so daily conveniences stay plugged in and accessible, yet out of view. A deep pantry with wine storage and many built-ins sits just off the kitchen.

He works in tandem with his clients and his team, seeks creative solutions to problems, and exhibits a willingness to do everything it takes to exceed his client’s expectations. There’s a beautiful architectural symmetry to the heart of this home which was carefully thought out and perfectly placed by Brian and his team.

“Sometimes builders put way too many things into a home and they don’t have an architectural presence, just a detail presence. Details can be overdone, and sometimes less is more,” states Brian. A good example is using the same base color off the island on a V-groove ceiling that runs perpendicular to the beams spanning the length of the room. All the casing details are similar to something you’d see in a turn-of-the-century home including the windowscapes and arched openings. The adjacent dining room is pushed out from the horizontal line of the home to afford unobstructed views of the pier and lake.

The kitchen is a showcase of high-end finishes and appliances from Northgate Appliance as well as custom cabinetry with with inset doors, arched feet, and clean-cove crown molding. The island features louvered doors for a coastal feel, a double work sink from Richards Plumbing, and plenty of seating for guests.

The owner’s wing was designed to be self-sufficient from the rest of the house. It includes the laundry room, and an extra layer of security for peace of mind. The bedroom was designed to project out from the home, so the homeowner has amazing views of the Grand Haven pier and sweeping Lake Michigan vistas. From bed, the owner can view a mid-summer sunset, passing boaters, an impending storm or even the incredible winter icebergs. The bedroom features a clean Cosmopolitan Home Grand Rapids | 37


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With a thoughtful, environmental approach, grades and elevations protect the home’s exterior from the shoreline elements. A natural barrier that includes 30,000 plugs of dune grass, a silt fence, and an irrigation system all help to slow down the seasonal blowing sand.

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square soffit ceiling with crown below and above providing detail that’s elegant not overdone. The owner’s spacious bathroom and closet area feature basketweave tile, quartz counters, and a stone and tile shower, with luxury vinyl floors for less maintenance and a warmer feel. Brian builds his homes for future preferences, so the floors are prepped for radiant heat, plumbed for a garden tub in what is now a sitting area, and fully wired for audiovisual and surround sound in multiple rooms. The laundry room reflects seaside calm with blue-green tiles, quartz counters, beadboard doors, and built-in drying racks. Brian used a custom-made, wide beadboard panels throughout the home specifically designed to resist seasonal humidity extremes. He included conveniences in the mudroom like built-in lockers, open shoe cubbies, and a bench all with his furniture-grade finishes.

The home naturally frames its biggest asset but, each wing of the home is bumped out and framed with windows to keep its residents visually in touch with the pier to the south and the sights to the north as well. New clients only: 20% off cut and color and complimentary conditioning treatment with blowout.

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The garage is fully insulated and heated for the owner who likes to tinker year-round. It’s sized appropriately so you can open the liftgate of a large SUV with the garage door closed. A handy side entrance allows ATV access right from the beach. There are three additional bedrooms in the guest wing of the home each with a differently feel and personality, and offering spacious privacy. The front bedroom has 11 foot ceilings with a dune preserve view and a private vanity. It flows into a shared jack and jill bathroom with the next bedroom that has a more nautical decor, lake views, and its own private vanity. The third guest bedroom enjoys lake and pier views and a private full bath. Enter any of these bedroom suites and you will feel like you've landed at a fine bed and breakfast. This wing of the home has access to a large sunroom where guests can gather, take in sweeping views, and use the wet bar to make morning coffee or evening cocktails apart from the main house.


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Warm, natural finishes make the sunroom a welcoming space with an 11-foot Michigan white knotty pine ceiling. Lake views here are sweeping and extend to both the north and south.

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An antique phone booth weighing 600 pounds is visible from the kitchen. Originally from a Chicago train station, it has moved from 3 homes. It is fully functional and now features new LED lighting

Warm natural finishes make the sunroom a welcoming space with 11-foot Michigan white knotty pine ceilings, knotty alder cabinets with distressing and a light chalk glazing, quartz counters, and a reflective glass and stone backsplash. Lakeshore homeowners can have an annual battle with shifting and blowing sand. Brian carefully set grades and elevations to protect the exterior and resolved any future issues with a thoughtful environmental approach. He established a natural barrier with 30,000 plugs of dune grass, built a silt fence, and created an irrigation system to slow down the seasonal blowing sand.

“The job is never handed off to a construction manager. I work on-site, side-by-side with my client. We personally inspect what we expect.”

This is a great example of what makes Brian a natural selection for any home project. He works in tandem with his clients and his team, seeks creative solutions to problems, and exhibits a willingness to do everything it takes to exceed his client’s expectations.b

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BRICK HOUSE

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When the Michigan winds begin to howl and threaten to huff and puff and blow your house down, a brick home feels like the best place to be. Not only does it lend a stately, timeless presence to many architectural styles – from colonial to modern farmhouse – it offers the strongest dwelling possible to withstand the elements.


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Todd Belden of family-owned Belden Brick & Supply Company has noticed an interesting trend in residential homes. “People realize they’re building a home that they plan on living in for quite some time. In the boom years, people built quickly and were gone in five years. Now we’re seeing selections of brick and masonry for permanence.” Nowhere is this more evident than in the familycentered Midwest. People are building legacy homes with designs that accommodate a growing family and see them into their retirement. What material will not only weather the test of time, but offer zero maintenance, sustainability, and energy efficiency? The answer to all these hotbutton topics in home building is brick. Picture how a home is built. The foundation is poured and the structural elements are studs, exterior sheathing, 2 by 4 or 2 by 6 with plywood, a water barrier, fabric, then the chosen siding is nailed up. This is the framework of a typical house that someone armed with a sledgehammer could break through in 15 minutes. “Separated by an air cavity and sometimes insulation, brick becomes an exoskeleton that surrounds and protects your 2 by 6 structure,” Todd explains. There’s a reason it’s been so popular in commercial applications for more than 5,000 years; many of those structures are still standing centuries later. The Belden family has been in the brick business since 1885, with a Grand Rapids presence since 1965. As the fifth generation of the Belden family legacy, Todd, like his father before him, learned the business literally from the ground floor. “There’s no better way than to do the jobs your colleagues do to learn the business,” said Todd. “After school and on weekends I worked in the brickyard, made deliveries, and learned about the products.” Visiting Belden’s state-of-the-art showroom is also the best way to gather facts if you’re interested in building your dream home. As in everything, you need to advocate for yourself. Meet with your architect who can direct you to a builder who works with talented masons. They can provide an accurate quote. Even though brick is inarguably a premium option, there are many short- and long-term benefits that start to even the scale making it a minimal up charge. If you’re ready for maintenance-free home ownership offering lasting value, brick is the clear winner. It looks better for far longer since it doesn't rot, fade, dent, need to be painted or sealed, and it can’t be eaten or burrowed into. It is non-combustible and fire-resistant. Brick is such a strong, durable building material that insurance companies offer a discount on home insurance costs.

Brick is naturally energy-efficient with exceptional thermal mass properties. This means that during the hot summer months your brick home stays cool, and in winter, brick stores your home's heat and radiates it back inside.

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It doesn't rot, fade, dent, need to be painted or sealed, and it can’t be eaten or burrowed into. Brick is such a strong, durable building material that insurance companies offer a discount on home insurance costs.

abundant, natural materials on earth. It also has an environmentally friendly manufacturing process as most kilns are fired with natural gas, and numerous plants use fuels of bio-based materials from other industrial applications and waste products. Todd added “Anytime you’re building using cement boards, paints, and vinyls, you have a lot of chemicals going into your home. The beauty of brick is you can make and fire a brick, and if it isn’t used, it can be crushed into roads, recycled, put back into the earth, and it’s inert. It’s a completely natural and chemical-free product.” Brick is naturally energy-efficient with exceptional thermal mass properties. Thermal mass is the ability of a dense material to store heat and then slowly release it. This means that during the hot summer months your brick home stays cool, and in winter, brick stores your home's heat and radiates it back inside. It is also great barrier to any water or mold issues. The clay content absorbs moisture which drips down into the air cavity, and weeps out. Air also flows through the space to continually dry the cavity preventing mold. As someone who has lived in brick homes for most of his life, Todd quickly realized another

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benefit during a rainstorm in a sided home. “I lay in bed and wondered how people sleep when the rain was so loud against the house! Brick has superior sound insulation and it’s amazing how much quieter it is.” There’s a misconception that brick is red and comes in one size. Belden has a showroom gallery that will quickly dispel any notion that brick is boring. A lot of brick is handmade with varying characteristics, textures, and sizes; and clay brick has thousands of color and shade options. There’s brick in any earth tone, fitting almost all design styles. Belden Brick & Supply Company has earned a rock-solid reputation for representing the finest masonry products in the industry. “Bricklayers are truly artists and there’s so much they can do to with striking patterns or combining textures and colors,” Todd added. Before making any interior or exterior material selections for your future home, it makes sense to explore your options with Belden’s knowledgeable and creative staff. When the wind starts to howl, brick could be a solid investment in your future.


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Dr. Michel Marie Wicksall Family & Cosmetic Dentistry

Dr. Michel Marie Wicksall, 1996 University of Michigan Dental School graduate; Michele Chatman, Dental Assistant; Mary Blodgett, Office Manager; Deb Koperski, Hygienist

4500 Cascade Road SE Grand Rapids, MI 49546

616.975.9700 Member of ADA, MDA, WMDDS, KCDS & CDS

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cuisine

Peanut Possibilities

Adding fun and flavor to your cookout If you're looking for a fresh way to pack more nutritious protein into this summer's family cookouts, consider cooking with a plant-based protein such as peanuts or peanut butter. You may think of peanuts as a tasty and convenient snack food - and that they are - especially in a trail mix to refuel after some fun in the sun, but peanuts and peanut butter are actually part of the protein food group. In fact, peanuts and peanut butter have more protein than any other nut and are rich in healthy oils, fiber, many important vitamins, minerals and phyto-nutrients. The latest Dietary Guidelines for Americans suggest eating at least two servings of peanuts a week as part of a healthy diet. Getting your weekly servings is easy when you explore the variety of ways you can cook with peanuts and peanut butter. The unique flavor of peanuts and peanut butter adds depth and fulfillment, in addition to quality nutrients. The whole family can enjoy these cookout-friendly dishes showcasing how simple it is to create delicious meals using peanuts in everything from sides to main dishes to desserts. Find more recipes featuring protein-rich peanuts and peanut butter at gapeanuts.com.

ASIAN PEANUT SLAW 1 can (11 ounces) mandarin oranges 1/4 cup Asian sesame dressing 2 tablespoons creamy peanut butter 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper 1/2 cup coarsely chopped dry roasted peanuts 1 bag (16 ounces) three-color deli slaw mix chow mein noodles Drain juice from mandarin oranges into mixing bowl and reserve oranges. Add dressing, peanut butter and red pepper, and whisk until well-blended. Add peanuts, oranges and coleslaw mix, and toss until thoroughly coated. Garnish with chow mein noodles before serving.

PEACH PEANUT SALSA 1 pound ripe firm peaches, pitted and cut into 1/2-inch pieces 2 medium plum tomatoes, seeded and chopped 3 ounces lightly salted dry roasted peanuts 1/3 cup chopped white onion 1/2 jalapeno pepper, seeded and finely chopped 2 tablespoons lime juice 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro 1/4 teaspoon salt In bowl, combine peaches, tomatoes, peanuts, onion, jalapeno, lime juice, cilantro and salt. Mix well and let stand at least 30 minutes before serving.

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BEEF KABOBS WITH PEANUT SAUCE 2 teaspoons curry powder 2 teaspoons dark sesame oil 1 tablespoon lime juice 1 tablespoon light brown sugar, plus 2 teaspoons 1 teaspoon chili powder, divided 1 1/2 tablespoons soy sauce, divided 1 pound beef fillet, cut into 1-inch cubes 1/2 small onion, grated 1 cup coconut milk 8 tablespoons crunchy peanut butter 8 skewers assorted vegetables (optional) In bowl, mix curry powder, sesame oil, lime juice, 1 tablespoon brown sugar, 1/2 teaspoon chili powder and 1 tablespoon soy sauce. Add in beef cubes and toss to evenly coat. Cover and leave in fridge to marinate at least 30 minutes, or as long as overnight. Soak skewers in water. Heat broiler or grill to medium-high heat. Before cooking beef, mix remaining chili powder, remaining soy sauce, 2 teaspoons brown sugar, onion, coconut milk and peanut butter in saucepan. Stir sauce frequently over medium heat until simmering. Cover and remove from heat, but keep warm. Thread beef cubes on skewers. Add your favorite vegetables to skewers prior to cooking, if desired. Broil or grill kabobs. Set broiler pan so surface of beef is 3-4 inches from heat. Broil 7-9 minutes on high heat, turning once, for medium rare to rare. If grilling, heat grill to mediumhigh heat and grill about 7-10 minutes. Serve with warm peanut dipping sauce. NO BAKE PEANUT BUTTER PIE 4 ounces cream cheese 1 cup confectioners' sugar, sifted 1 cup crunchy peanut butter 1/2 cup milk 8 ounces frozen whipped topping, thawed 1 prepared deep-dish graham cracker pie crust (9 inches) whipped topping (optional) chocolate syrup (optional) chopped peanuts (optional) candy bar, chopped up (optional) In large bowl, beat together cream cheese and confectioners' sugar. Mix in peanut butter and milk. Beat until smooth. Fold in whipped topping. Spoon into pie shell; cover and freeze until firm. If desired, pipe extra whipped topping on top of pie then drizzle with chocolate syrup and top with chopped peanuts and candy bar pieces. Peanut Power: * Peanuts are nutrient-dense and have the most protein of any nut. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, an ounce of roasted peanuts provides about 8 grams of heart-healthy, cholesterol-free, plant-based protein. * New research from Harvard shows eating peanuts daily is associated with living longer. This study showed that men and women who ate an ounce of peanuts every day reduced their risk of death from all causes by up to 20 percent. * Research also suggests that eating peanuts and peanut butter at least twice per week could help reduce the risk of breast disease in young women. * Peanuts and peanut butter contain bioactives, including flavonoids, phenolic acids, phytosterols and resveratrol, which are plant substances that may offer health benefits beyond vitamins and minerals. b 50 | summer 2016


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local flavor Our Recommendations for Area Dining

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local flavor RIVERHOUSE ADA While the new master plan for Ada Village places focus on its future, RiverHouse Ada memorializes Ada's historic past, celebrating the towns vital history. Chef Ryan Bolhuis creates mouthwatering Regional American fare with a heavy focus on locally grown products. Daily happy hour from 2-6pm. "No Whining Wednesdays" with half off all bottles of wine under $100. "Tantalizing Thursdays" with $7 fish tacos all day. Dine al fresco during the warmer months on our gorgeous deck overlooking the garden and lawn area. Open lunch and dinner Mon-Fri. Saturday, dinner only starting at 2pm. 445 Ada Dr SE Ada, MI 49301 616.432.3345 • www.riverhouseada.com Photo courtesy of Ada Historical Society

THE GREEN WELL GASTRO PUB, an Essence Restaurant Group establishment Honest Fayre. Local Flair. Our innovative, neighborhood gastro pub blends a relaxed atmosphere with creative food featuring a global range of eclectic flavors prepared with many local ingredients. Over 20 rotating taps focus on Michigan brews and a vast bottle selection includes local and American craft plus traditional European styles. We also offer classic cocktails and wine flights. Our LEED®-certified building is environmentally safe, ultra efficient and leaves behind the smallest possible carbon footprint. Our greenness also spills over to guests who benefit from affordable prices and outstanding service by a fun, welcoming staff. Serving lunch and dinner daily. 924 Cherry Street • 616.808.3566 • www.thegreenwell.com

BOSTWICK LAKE INN Established in 1910, Bostwick Lake Inn feels like the family cottage on the lake. Windows provide wonderful views of the water and wrap around the side, where they overlook a deck with a bar, seating and live music in season. Inside there’s a cozy, casual feeling of friendship and neighborhood gathering for food, fun and fellowship. The menu is casual, creative and boasts great variety. “New” American is the focus, along with an ample selection of gluten free options. Chef Wes crafts his menus using the same sustainable, organic and healthy ingredients you would use in your own home. 8521 Belding Rd. NE, Rockford, MI 49341 616.874.7290 • www.thegilmorecollection.com/bostwick.php

CITYVu BISTRO A distinctive rooftop dining experience offering fantastic views of downtown Holland. Fryers and frozen foods are out; fresh gourmet flatbreads and an array of seasonal entrees are in. Located on the fifth floor of CityFlatsHotel, the restaurant’s contemporary yet casual atmosphere, full bar, and unique menus make it the ideal spot for lunch, dinner, and Sunday Brunch. Happy Hour is available weekdays from 4-7pm and handcrafted sushi and live music on Thursday nights. Dine al fresco on the rooftop patio which is open seasonally. 61 E 7th Street, Downtown Holland. 616.796.2114 • Cityflatshotel.com/holland

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Mangiamo! is housed in a beloved 19th century mansion just east of downtown Grand Rapids, which The Gilmore Collection has transformed into one of West Michigan's most favored spots for fantastic Italian-inspired dining. Mangiamo is perfect for family dining, large groups, or diners looking to grab a pizza and a beer . Mangiamo! is the perfect venue to host your special event or wedding reception with our signature gated lawn and a variety of unique private rooms. 20 Monroe Ave. NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 616.742.0600 • www.thegilmorecollection.com/mangiamo.php

STELLA’S LOUNGE Stella's has the best burger in town, the longest whiskey list in the state and cool video games that take you back to your miss spent time in the 80s. Ballah on a budget? Grab a beer that you swear you stole from your old man's fridge, pop a quarter in Mortal Kombat, and while the night away. Feeling spendy? Spring for a fine spirit, sip superiorly, and people watch to your heart's content. Either way, you win! Named best burger in Grand Rapids - Grand Rapids Magazine January 2014 Named one of the top 5 burgers in Michigan - MLive 2013 Named the best burger in the United States - GQ magazine July 2012 We're Stella's, come check us out. Stella's Lounge: 53 Commerce Grand Rapids MI 49503 616.742.4442 • www.stellasgr.com

GROVE, an Essence Restaurant Group establishment Earth to Table Dining: Artfully Crafted Cuisine Grove is our tribute to the bounty of earth’s harvest and how we bring that to the table with impeccable service, natural ingredients and innovative cuisine. We responsibly source as many ingredients as available from local, family and sustainable farms and we prepare them to demonstrate our respect for how these farmers raise and grow their products. We carefully pair daily menus with the best modern wines, also offering top-shelf and housemade infused spirits, craft beers, pour-over coffee and espresso. Serving Dinner Tuesday – Sunday. 919 Cherry St. • 616.454.1000 • groverestaurant.com

GRAND RAPIDS BREWING COMPANY Reimagined, reinvented and reopened as the Midwest's only USDA-certified organic brewery. From our re-purposed wood tables to our retro art, we like reusing where it makes good sense. But, in reopening GRBC as the Midwest's only organic brewery, we knew we were taking a new step in the right direction. One sip and you'll know, too. Know what goes great with organic beer? Our hand-crafted food. From award winning chili and house-made sausages to our brewhouse burger, everything on our menu was made to be enjoyed with our beers. Grab anything off our pub friendly menu to go with your pint and you'll see what we mean. Grand Rapids Brewing Company. Organic never tasted so good. 1 Ionia St. SW Grand Rapids MI 49503 616.458.7000 • grbrewingcompany.com Cosmopolitan Home Grand Rapids | 53


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local flavor BISTRO BELLA VITA, an Essence Restaurant Group establishment Fresh. Natural. Local. Mediterranean Countryside Cuisine. We go above and beyond to deliver the ultimate dining experience with top-notch service, whether it’s a simple pizza and beer or an elegant chef ’s table meal. Guests enjoy our unique downtown atmosphere and creative cuisine made from ingredients purchased daily from local farmers in season. Our culinary team creates authentic, scratch-made recipes that blend the delicious flavors of the Mediterranean countryside with a perfectly paired beverage offering served by a devoted staff whose passion is to ensure your complete satisfaction. Serving Lunch and Dinner Monday – Friday; Dinner Saturday and Sunday. 44 Grandville Ave • 616.222.4600 • bistrobellavita.com

MANNA CAFE At Manna Café, we serve goodness from God’s creation. Our warm, inviting atmosphere and friendly, attentive service brings back old-time hospitality. We specialize in lunch and breakfast, where an innovative menu offers heavenly breads from our bakery, and features a variety of French toasts, pancakes and waffles, house seasoned and smoked bacon and sausage, outstanding egg creations, delicious sandwiches made with our house smoked meats, and fresh salads and soups. Our pastry and bakery selections already have gathered quite a loyal following. Come see what the buzz is all about! Located at 820 Forest Hill Avenue, one block off Cascade Road. Mon-Sat, 7 am-3 pm; Sun, 9 am-4pm. 616.956.9000 • mannacafes.com

CITYSeN LOUNGE in the CityFlatsHotel CitySen Lounge, located in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids, is a hip bar with a big city feel. The focus is on fresh ingredients, seasonally changing ‘New American’ menus, and a full bar with local brews, wine, and creative cocktails. The lounge hosts a daily Happy Hour from 4-7pm featuring specials on drinks and small plates as well as half-off bottles of wine every Wednesday night. CitySen Lounge offers lunch and dinner every day and breakfast Saturday and Sunday mornings. The patio onto Monroe Center is open seasonally. 83 Monroe Center St NW. 616.608.1720 • cityflatshotel.com/grandrapids

BLUE WATER GRILL Blue Water Grill is a breath of fresh air with unique Frank Lloyd Wright inspired architecture, a stunning fireplace, and some of the best water views in West Michigan. This is all made possible with large glass walls, inspired design and on of the most beautiful decks in Grand Rapids. Blue Water Grill continues The Gilmore Collection tradition of inspired food with a collection of satisfying influences including Italian, Mediterranean and classic American. The menu and surroundings are perfect for the most intimate or social of dining experiences. 5180 Northland Drive NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525 616.363.5900 • www.thegilmorecollection.com/mangiamo.php 54 | summer 2016


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