Page 1

SPRING 18

5/15/18

1:14 PM

Page 1

Home COSMOPOLITAN

Grand Rapids

2018 SPRING

PARADE OF HOMES

SUCH GREAT HEIGHTS BY PARADISE BUILDERS & FUCHSIA DESIGN

SPRING 2018 $3.00

05

05

a NEW VIEW publication


SPRING 18

5/15/18

1:15 PM

Page 2


SPRING 18

5/15/18

1:15 PM

Page 3


SPRING 18

5/15/18

1:15 PM

Page 4


SPRING 18

5/15/18

1:15 PM

Page 5

contents

Grand Rapids Cosmopolitan Home SPRING 2018

departments 7 UP FRONT News and notes of interest 8 #FIELDNOTES Where It All Starts Dispatches from the world of design from designer Joseph Szymczak 10 CUISINE Dads and Steak Fire up the grill for Dad’s favorite meal with helpful tips from the pros 12 MONEY MATTERS The New Tax Law Five ways it could impact you 15 MOVING UP Verbena:A New Community Blooms A healthier lifestyle is made easier at this new neighborhood in Ada 77 THE LIST The professional resource for the home

features 18 Such Great Heights A multi-level dune build on Lake Michigan’s coast by Paradise Builders and Fuchsia Design 36 Inside Out Outside In A wooded, Holland neighborhood gains a modern beauty by Bouwkamp Builders 53 Fresh Air: An Outdoor Living Guide A special advertising section to help get your outdoor spaces Michigan-summer-ready 61 The 2018 Spring Parade of Homes Take the tour and check out our Editor’s Picks 72 Bank on It: Lender Guide A special advertising section to help navigate the best options for your next loan

Cosmopolitan Home Grand Rapids | 5


SPRING 18

5/15/18

1:16 PM

Page 6

cover photo by Ashley Avila

Volume XXX Issue 2 No. 156 PUBLISHER

David J. Koning

EDITOR

The Stoker Latch by Hardware Renaissance

prohdw@sbcglobal.net by appointment only P: 616.607.7373 F: 844.417.1450

Jennifer Vander Vliet

CONTRIBUTING WRITERS

NEW LOCATION:

Lisa Cargill

1140 Jackson Ave, Suite B Grand Haven, MI 49417

Sarah Pupel Joseph Szymczak Lynn Bakeman Jennifer Koning

CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS

Ashley Avila

GRAPHIC DESIGN

Jennifer Koning

ADVERTISING SALES

David J. Koning

Unsolicited manuscripts accepted. Send to Editor, 6660 Old 28th SE. Ste. 106, Grand Rapids, MI 49546. ©2018 Summit Media. Grand Rapids Cosmopolitan Home is published by Summit Media Inc., 6660 Old 28th SE. Ste. 106, Grand Rapids, MI 49546. Subscription Rate: 1 year, $18.00; single rate, $3.00 (includes third class postage). Postmaster: send changes to 6660 Old 28th SE. Ste. 106, Grand Rapids, MI 49546. 616.828.6016 www.cosmogr.com No portion of this magazine may be reproduced in whole or in part without the expressed written consent of the publisher.

6 | spring 2018


SPRING 18

5/15/18

1:16 PM

Page 7

upfront

business expands LOCAL WINDOW & DOOR COMPANY OPENS STATE-OF-ART DESIGN CENTER BELMONT, Mich. — A Grand Rapids-based window, door and hardware company has expanded into a renovated facility at 5617 West River Dr. NE in Belmont on April 16. Architectural Openings & Access has been in business for more than 15 years, based out of their original building located at 2050 Turner Ave NE in Grand Rapids.The company’s commercial division and residential division have continued to grow and so to embrace this growth, and encourage future growth, a restructuring of the company was necessary. In restructuring, it was decided to split the commercial from the residential portion of this business. In doing so, Architectural Openings & Access moved its residential portion to a new home — the AOA Design Center. This retail storefront building will act as West Michigan’s premier residential window and door showroom. But it is much more than that. Not only will this building serve as a great resource for homeowners to view window and door products, it will also be an advantageous resource to builders, designers, architects and other trade professionals. The new state-of-the-art design center will feature all different models, sizes, styles, and finishes of the trusted window and door companies they offer. Those lines include Marvin Windows and Doors, Integrity Windows and Doors, Infinity Windows and Doors, Thermatru Doors, as well as a newly added product line, Windsor Windows and Doors. Guests will be able to walk through the design center, feel, touch, and experience a wide variety of window and door options. Their knowledgeable sales staff will help educate homeowners on product offerings, while also demonstrating the many features of each window and door manufacturer. The design center is managed by Bob Spoelstra, who has been working in the home improvement industry for over 25 years now and has been with AOA for the last two years. Spoelstra’s diverse

knowledge of all aspects of the window and door industry make him the ideal candidate to manage the design center. “The design center will give West Michigan homeowners the opportunity to see and feel a vast array of window and door products, said Spoelstra. “Rather than having the products in generic displays, we’ve installed them in openings with high-end interior and exterior building materials. This gives homeowners an opportunity to experience what it’s like to operate each unit, rather than see it in a booklet or view a small hand sample.” Trade professionals will have the ease of meeting with their clients at the facility to find the perfect window and/or door solution for their project. They will have access to comfortable meeting spaces with large TV screens to view their prints, product specifications, or anything else that may assist in finding the right window or door solution for their client’s project. “The design center will also be a great tool for builders, architects, and designers,” said Spoelstra. “Our new space has convenient meeting spaces with large TV’s for trade professionals to meet and view prints with their clients. There they can meet with our staff to find the right window or door product for their specific need.” AOA has always maintained a consultative approach to residential window and door sales. Their goal is to educate homeowners on products available to them. Their team walks homeowners through the entire process to help them make a decision based on their preferences and the specific needs of their home. This consultative approach is an example of AOA’s continued effort of providing superior customer service. For more information visit: www.aoaccess.com

SUMMER M U S T - H A V E

SNAPSPORTS OF MICHIGAN, BY ULTIMATE SPORTS SYSTEMS, is a certified builder of indoor and outdoor game courts for your home. Scott DeWitt, owner of Ultimate Sports Systems in Holland, has installed indoor and outdoor courts of all shapes and sizes for families across Michigan. There’s no limit to what a Multi-Court can be used for. Courts are engineered to easily convert for basketball, tennis, volleyball, hockey, soccer, badminton, paddle tennis, hopscotch, shuffleboard, four square, kickball, dances, and more. MultiCourts are a great place to jump rope, teach kids to ride bikes and have parties. No other modular sports flooring system delivers this level of quality, durability, safety, and performance. Visit ultimatesportssystems.com or call 616-318-6193 to learn more.


SPRING 18

5/15/18

1:16 PM

#fieldnotes

Page 8

DISPATCHES FROM THE WORLD OF DESIGN

Where It All Starts With the spring thaw comes ground breaking and re-newel and so it goes in design, an industry that fuels it’s passion for inspiration by attending global expos and conferences catering to those sectors which builders, architects, and designers serve. Between January and May, the home construction and interiors furnishing cosmos is spinning with frenetic energy. Crisscrossing the globe to attend the overlapping myriad of international design expositions is a feat of strategy and endurance. Speaking from experience, having made these multi-continental pilgrimages many times, it’s well worth the effort if not only for the exposure to beautiful design products but also comradery of mixing with the best and the brightest influencers while enjoying the sites in foreign countries.

Kicking off the designer social season, so to speak, is the grande dame of them all, Maison & Objet in Paris of course! ‘Maison’ bubbles with French style like pink champagne. International designers are lured by it’s reputation as being among the 3 most important European events focused on design and lifestyle. The unique flair of M & O comes from a chic assemblage of avant-garde and the classic. Textile, porcelain, parfumers, and furniture houses still in operation having served aristocrats and royalty for over 100 years in many cases, display elbow to elbow with Europe’s newest and most innovative artists and designers. As if that weren’t enough, Paris Design Week coincides with M & O presenting a tour-de-force of promenades, cocktails, and exhibitions celebrating art and design Parisian style. Hanover, Germany hosts HEIMTEX, an internationally attended trade fair for home and commercial textiles which includes carpets as well. This is an industry focused expo attended mainly by larger importers and exporters. Much of the fabrics that end up as drapery or upholstery are sourced there. Then it’s a quick trans-Atlantic jump to Las Vegas, NV for the International Builder Show or IBS produced by the

8 | spring 2018

National Home Builders Association. Everyone embarking on a design build project must consider attending this one-stop-shop event to see everything home construction related. It’s a showand-tell extravaganza that reaches 200,000-plus attendees with global manufacturers and dealers spread out over nearly 2 million square feet under one roof at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Exterior and interior products and so much more are on full display with the added benefits of demonstrations, lectures and workshops for industry professionals. It’s the mother ship to builders and kitchen designers with KBIS right next door. The Kitchen and Bath Industry Show and Conference, is considered the leading expo focused exclusively on kitchen and bath products. After a very short break it’s time to get to NYC for the Architectural Digest Show. ADS is widely attended by interior designers looking for trendy new resources. This curated event is open to the trade as well as VIP attendees. The Architectural Digest Design Show is also home to DIFFA’s DINING BY DESIGN New York edition revealed at the same time. It features a spectacular display of cuisine, creativity, and glamour with one-of-akind dining vignettes conceived by New York’s prominent interior design firms — all in financial support for the Design Industry Foundation Fighting Aids fund. DBD culminates with a black tie fundraising gala open to the public. If you miss DIFFA New York you still have a chance to attend DIFFA Chicago in June.


SPRING 18

5/15/18

1:16 PM

Page 9

Most recently, as of this writing, we were in Milan, Italy for the Salone del Mobile, dare I say an Italian version of M & O. Like the flipside of a coin, it boasts similar offerings and events but in the distinctive Italian manner. It runs in parallel with Euroluce, the largest lighting exposition in Europe. Finally, back in the States to High Point, North Carolina, an otherwise restful city but a bustling hub of the furniture industry that hosts the bi-annual monster of an expo known to the trade as High Point Market. Like Grand Rapids of yesteryear, High Point is a port-side location for manufactures supplying furniture and interiors products to the world. Its population swells by nearly 100,000 or more, for a jam-packed, 5-day marathon. Retail buyers, architects, and interior designers from around the word attend to get a glimpse of the new and next ideas in home

furnishings and enjoy some Southern hospitality to boot! In between all this I try to get to New Delhi for the Handicrafts Fair. India has a long and rich heritage for craftsmanship of metals and glasswares as well as certain styles of hand woven textiles and furniture and remains the last culture to preserve the art of hand embroidery. Much of the worlds woven items such as carpets and fabrics originate from India. The expos season has subsided for now until autumn. With global markets shrinking and resourcing incredibly more efficient, builders, designers and home owners have access to infinite possible choices for crafting dream homes inside and out beyond our wildest dreams.

JOSEPH SZYMCZAK opened the doors to his namesake interior design company in Grand Rapids, Michigan and has collaborated with many of the city’s custom home building professionals. Career and projects led him around the world and full circle to Chicago where he currently resides. His projects have been published in the international editions of Architectural Digest, Harpers Bazaar, Gulf Interiors and Cosmopolitan Home. He was an invited keynote speaker at INDEX Dubai 2014 introducing interior design trends. Travel, decorative history, and foreign cultures continue to inform his design vocabulary and inspirations. His current off-shoot project is Studio Slate, a modern lifestyle turn-key design service.

@SLATEDESIGNDELIVERED.COM

Cosmopolitan Home Grand Rapids | 9


SPRING 18

5/15/18

1:16 PM

CUISINE

Page 10

THE TASTE OF HOME

Dads and Steak A Father’s Day Feast

Dads typically love steak, so this Father’s Day, go ahead and shower him with some love straight off the grill.You can make the day even more memorable by sharing the grilling experience together. In fact, it may be the perfect chance to teach your old man a thing or two with these tips from Omaha Steaks Executive Chef Grant Hon. CHOOSE YOUR PROTEIN Selecting quality protein is the starting place for an exceptional grilled meal. For example, the ribeye is the most well-marbled steak, meaning it’s super juicy, it has a rich, beefy flavor and is an excellent choice for grilling. Dad would certainly love this choice for his special-day meal.

10 | spring 2018

PREPARE THE GRILL Start with clean grill grates. Heat your gas grill to high or start your charcoal 10-15 minutes before you grill. Dip a paper towel in oil using tongs and oil your grill grates before adding steaks for a great sear. PREPARE THE MEAT Pat steaks dry with a clean paper towel and season them before they hit the grill. You can’t go wrong with simple sea salt and cracked pepper, but creative recipes like this Dukkah Rub can add a special twist. SEAR AND CRUST Cook steaks directly over the heat source to get a crunchy sear on the outside of the steak.This is where the best flavor comes from,and it offers a delicious contrast to the rich, juicy inside of the cut.


SPRING 18

5/15/18

1:16 PM

Page 11

CONTROL YOUR COOK Keep the grill cover closed as much as possible to maintain a temperature of around 450 F. This helps lock in flavor and prevent flareups. Remember the marbling on a ribeye means more fat, which melts during cooking. This is a good thing, but you may experience more dripping or flare-ups if you’re used to grilling leaner steaks. To minimize the need to open the grill cover, determine the amount of time you’ll need to reach your desired doneness then use the 6040 grilling method. Grill 60 percent on the first side then 40 percent after you turn the steak over for an even cook. LET IT REST A resting time of at least 5 minutes allows steak juices to redistribute for the best eating experience. A foil tent can help regulate temperature during the resting period. GARNISH AND FLAVOR Whether you’re grilling vegetables, sauteing onions or adding a different kind of sweet or savory topping, just before you serve is the right time to garnish your steak. Find more expert tips for summer grilling and the perfect Father’s Day gift at www.omahasteaks.com Dukkah Rub Prep time: 5 minutes Active time: 5 minutes Serves: 12 1/3 cup sliced almonds, roasted with no salt 1/4 teaspoon fennel seeds 2 tablespoons Omaha Steaks Private Reserve Rub 2 teaspoons sesame seeds On cutting board, chop almonds to rough texture and add fennel seeds, chopping until mixture is fine. Place almond and fennel mix in bowl and add rub and sesame seeds. TASTY TOPPERS Once you pull a juicy steak away from the flame, there’s only one way to make it better: toppings that create a true taste explosion. When they’re prepared with fresh, premium ingredients, your friends and family may not be able to get enough of these sweet and savory additions. Simply mix them up while your meat is on the grill, or skip a step and rely on Omaha Steaks Toppers to capture the same delicious flavors without the prep work. Cr ispy Onions and Jala penos: Savor a one-two punch of crispy onions combined with spicy jalapenos for some crunch with a kick. Dijon Mustard Aioli: Blend Dijon and whole-grain mustard with creamy Greek yogurt, garlic, tarragon and white pepper for a rich, tangy topping. Mushrooms and Blue Cheese: Mix hearty mushrooms and fullflavored blue cheese with your favorite savory spices and a splash of sherry wine. Smoky Bacon Jam: Start with the finest cuts of bacon browned to crispy perfection then add caramelized onion and an accent like brown sugar or balsamic vinegar. Sweet Bourbon Onions: Warm things up with a medley of natural honey, bourbon whiskey and sherry wine offset by zesty red onions and balsamic vinegar. b Cosmopolitan Home Grand Rapids | 11


SPRING 18

5/15/18

1:16 PM

Page 12

moneymatters

CONSIDERATIONS FOR YOUR FINANCIAL FUTURE

The New Tax Law Five Ways It Could Impact You

The ability to deduct interest on home mortgage remains, but the $1,000,000 debt limit under previous law is generally reduced to a $750,000 debt limit for home mortgages created after December 15, 2017. Also, deductions on interest paid on home equity loans (whether new or existing loans) is no longer allowed. This may make home equity loans less attractive as a borrowing option. Miscellaneous itemized deductions, such as investment expenses and tax preparation fees, are no longer allowed.

The most sweeping tax reform

legislation in decades was enacted into law at the end of 2017. If you pay federal income taxes, you are likely to see an impact this year. As you plan your 2018 tax strategy, here are five key changes to know about the tax reform law: TAX RATES AND BRACKETS HAVE CHANGED Federal income tax rates progressively increase as your income rises. These are known as tax brackets. The new tax code reduces most of the ordinary tax rates and adjusts the tax brackets, applicable from 2018 to 2025. However, the number of brackets for individual tax filers and married couples filing jointly remains at seven. For instance, in 2018 the first $19,050 of taxable income for a married couple filing a joint return is subject to a 10 percent federal income tax. For income the couple earns between $19,050 and $77,400, the ordinary tax rate for 2018 is 12 percent, lower than the 15 percent seen under the previous law. The highest ordinary income tax rate, which was previously 39.6 percent, was reduced to 37 percent and starts at $600,000 of taxable income for couples who file jointly. Visit IRS.gov to see the full list of tax rates and brackets. STANDARD DEDUCTION IS NEARLY DOUBLED When you prepare your tax return, you have a choice of either a standard deduction, or itemizing deductions such as mortgage interest, charitable gifts, or state, local and property taxes. Under the new law, more people will use the standard deduction. (Itemized deductions are changing as well – see item number three.) The standard deduction stood at $6,350 for a single taxpayer and $12,700 for a married couple filing a joint return in 2017. Under the new law, the standard deduction has increased to $12,000 for a single taxpayer and $24,000 for a married couple filing a joint return. These changes are effective from 2018 through 2025, unless Congress acts to extend them. CHANGES IN ITEMIZED DEDUCTIONS For those who itemize deductions in 2018 (and through 2025), there are some significant changes, even considering the increased standard deduction. Among the most notable: The deduction for state and local taxes, including property taxes, is generally limited to a maximum of $10,000 per year. Under previous law, no maximum limit applied.

12 | spring 2018

PERSONAL EXEMPTIONS ARE SUSPENDED AND CHILD TAX CREDIT IS INCREASED Under long-standing tax law prior to the new legislation, individuals could also claim personal exemptions for themselves and their dependents when filing their tax return. That exempted a portion of income from taxes. In 2017, the personal exemption was $4,050 per person. Under the new law, effective in 2018 through 2025, the personal exemptions no longer apply. If you have children, you may qualify to claim a $2,000 tax credit per qualifying child beginning in 2018 (and through 2025), double what was allowed in prior law. That is a dollar-for-dollar reduction of the taxes owed. It’s expected that more people will be able to take the credits because income limitations have been raised. Another credit of $500 is now allowed for dependents you may claim who are not qualifying children. EXPANDED USE OF 529 PLANS To this point, 529 plans have provided a tax-advantaged way to save money for qualified higher education expenses, such as tuition, room and board, and fees. The new law allows you to withdraw up to $10,000 tax-free per year per child from a 529 plan to help cover the K-12 tuition at a public, private or religious school. These are only some of the changes that may affect individual taxpayers. Consult with your tax advisor to understand how the new legislation may affect your circumstances. Keep in mind that many of the tax provisions have an expiration date, unless Congress acts to extend them. b

Lisa Cargill, ChFC®, CLU®,CRPC®, CDFA™ is a Financial Advisor with Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc. She specializes in fee-based financial planning and asset management strategies. Ameriprise Financial and its representatives do not provide tax or legal advice. Consult your tax advisor or attorney regarding specific tax issues. Brokerage, investment and financial advisory services are made available through Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc. Member FINRA and SIPC. Some products and services may not be available in all jurisdictions or to all clients. © 2017 Ameriprise Financial, Inc. All rights reserved.


SPRING 18

5/15/18

1:16 PM

Page 13

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

Accepting New Patients

Cosmopolitan Home Grand Rapids | 13


SPRING 18

5/15/18

1:16 PM

Page 14


SPRING 18

5/15/18

1:17 PM

Page 15

AT THE HEART OF COMMUNITY

movingup

Verbena: A New Community Blooms Standing at one of the highest points in Cannon Township, the sunrise through the just-budding trees is glorious. Nature calls out from all angles as birds sing the songs of spring. A herd of deer, too many to count, enjoy the early-season sprouts of the surrounding field. Welcome to Verbena, a new community neighborhood offering the best of the great outdoors. A star gazer's paradise, the absence of street lights will allow its residents to take full advantage of starry nights and silver moons from its high elevation all while fire flies provide a light show to the picturesque landscape all around. As you might guess, verbena flowers will be blooming in abundance at Verbena, located at 6101 Four Mile Road (near Egypt Valley Road) in Ada. This community will feature 57 home sites on 130 acres of gently rolling hills providing natural privacy throughout. And, when the time comes, 21,000 flower seeds will be scattered around Verbena's perimeter. In all its many forms and colors, the verbena plant rewards gardeners with countless cluster blooms all season long. It’s natural vigor and abundant blooms are unaffected by

intense heat. They're ideal for edging a walk, filling a window box, or reviving a tired border, and are valued for their attractiveness to hummingbirds and butterflies. Nature abounds at Verbena, where the fertile land has hosted several agricultural enterprises. The site was once a sunflower farm, and an apple orchard and a cherry grove. In fact, two acres of cherry trees will remain within Verbena, allowing it's community to enjoy the beauty and fragrance of the tree's blossoms and the sweet taste of their fruit.“An annual cherry festival within the community has even crossed the planning committee's agenda,” said Analise Jansma, marketing director for MB&T Partners LLC. “It's just one of many special attributes this family-friendly development has the potential to offer.” Wildlife in this pristine environment is abundant — catching glimpses of wild turkey, deer and fox will delight homeowners as they discover the immense natural beauty all around. Surrounded by unpaved walking trails, which will be maintained by the Verbena homeowners’ association and will be available for nature

Cosmopolitan Home Grand Rapids | 15


SPRING 18

5/15/18

1:17 PM

Page 16

strolls and bike rides during warmer months, and ideal for snow shoeing or cross-country skiing when the snow falls, Verbena calls you to be outside. And, with thousands of acres of state game area close by, mountain bikers will relish in what will seem like endless possibilities for shredding. If that's not enough, nearby Cannonsburg ski area and all it has to offer will have residents enjoying various forms of recreation and entertainment all year long. A healthy lifestyle will be easy to maintain at Verbena with the Blok Orchard and Farm Market within walking distance. The freshest and ripest fruits and veggies are on hand — it's like having a neighborhood garden right next door. Since 1965 the Blok family has been growing a variety of fruits and vegetables, providing its customers with the freshest farm-to-table offerings. They even offer “youpick” cherries and blueberries in season. Much is being done to the infrastructure in preparation of home building, while preserving and enhancing its natural beauty. As the area is prepared for siting, the excavating of the soil revealed a rock approximately 6-feet high by 5-feet wide. Instead of hauling it away, developers chose to place the rock at the neighborhood's entrance and engrave the name “Verbena” in it. Framed by twenty autumn cherry trees, the boulder now serves as natural signage — an icon that stands as an introduction to the special place that residents will call home. As the excavation continues, more substantial boulders are sure to be discovered and talk of a meditation garden and/or a neighborhood fire pit has been in consideration. Evening gatherings around a bonfire with marshmallow roasts will keep residents enjoying the great outdoors from season to season. Although Verbena, in all its natural glory, sounds as if it is miles from civilization, it is, in fact, only minutes. Residents can easily drive to Knapp’s Corner, downtown Ada, or 16 | spring 2018

downtown Rockford for groceries and other shopping. Cannonsburg and Egypt Valley Country Club are also neighboring destinations of interest. Parents who take school districts into account when buying a home will be pleased to know that Verbena offers 19 lots in the Forest Hills school district and 38 lots in the Rockford district. The 57 home sites will range from one-half to three-quarter acres in size. Designed to appeal to families, purchasers are free to select their own builder.“Although we aren’t requiring that a specific look or type of home be built, we do have some restrictions to maintain the integrity of the neighborhood's cohesive appeal,” noted Jansma.

Lots range from $139,000 to $169,000. Purchasers who plan to build can anticipate spending roughly $475,000 to $750,000 for lot and home. The minimum size requirement for a one-story home is 1,650 square feet, and a minimum two-story home minimum requirement is 2,000 square feet with no less than 1,100 square feet on first floor. At present, seven lots have been reserved, and Jansma anticipates Verbena will be sold out within three years. b To learn more about Verbena and see a site map, visit their website: www.verbenacommunity.com


SPRING 18

5/24/18

2:11 PM

Page 17

more than a neighborhood … it’s a lifestyle WELCOME TO VERBENA HEALTHIER LIVING RIGHT OUTSIDE YOUR DOOR

6101 FOUR MILE RD. ADA, MI 49301 57 HOME SITES FOR SALE BRING YOUR OWN BUILDER SITES RANGE FROM $139,900 - $169,900 TAKING RESERVATIONS NOW. Contact Tol Companies, Inc.

616.458.7015 Facebook at Verbena GR Instagram and Twitter @Verbena_GR www.verbenacommunity.com


SPRING 18

5/15/18

1:26 PM

Page 18


SPRING 18

5/15/18

1:26 PM

Page 19

SUCH GREAT

Heights

Viewed from the water, you’ll see a single-story home just peeking over a massive dune. Approached by winding through the trees down the 1.2 mile driveway, however, the “wow!” factor of this more than 15,700square-foot beauty becomes apparent.

Nestled against the dune, this dream home towers 60 feet in the air and spans almost 260 feet promising to make hide-and-seek for this young, active, family of 5 a marathon event; the kids will come out when they get hungry. A home like this is years in the making and the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and Department of Natural Resources (DNR) permitting processes alone took three years. The building plans passed through many hands before being executed over two years by the talented team of Gary Phillips, Paradise Builders, and Autumn Fuchs of Fuchsia Design. Both Gary and Autumn had an excellent rapport with the homeowner’s extended family and they were selected to get the project moving in the right direction.

TEXT BY LYNN BAKEMAN • PHOTOS BY ASHLEY AVILA


SPRING 18

5/15/18

1:26 PM

Page 20

Situating the home in its present location to protect the sensitive environmental assets wasn’t the biggest challenge. As Gary states, “The home is essentially situated by the DEQ. You give them an idea where you’d like it to go and they tell you where you’re going to put it.” Gary describes himself as a working owner ... a getting-dirty working owner: shoveling dirt, digging footings, and pounding nails during the day; and handling the book work at night. This allows him to pay attention to details and quality very, very closely. “I’m not sitting in an office relying on a foreman. I’m on site putting it together and watching all aspects to make sure that every nail is in place.” An unusual aspect of this home was its height which presented several challenges. “Lots of steel beams were required to stabilize the frame and the first challenge was staging the material in such tight restraints and down that long driveway,” Gary explained. “I also had to make sure everyone was safe working at that height and still doing quality work that high in the air.” The first and second floors were designed to be tall enough to boost the third floor up over the 20 | spring 2018

On the third floor, the family has a birds-eye view of their peaceful surroundings. Engineered oak floors were selected because they offer a great deal of dimensional stability for a Michigan lakeside home where the humidity levels vary so much.


SPRING 18

5/15/18

1:27 PM

Page 21

top of the dune to offer breathtaking views of Lake Michigan which the owner finds soothing and mesmerizing. The surrounding woods help the husband, who is an avid hunter, get back in touch with nature. Autumn had to deal with the same height challenges indoors. Once she received the basic floor plans from the architect, Fuchsia Design’s fullservice interior design firm honed in on details where scale was critical to complement the grandeur of the interior architecture. “We had to be continually conscious of scale to make sure we incorporated details appropriate to fill vertical spaces. Beams and brackets, tall baseboards, custom trim work, crown molding, distinctive tile work, and eventually furniture were used to create more intimate spaces within spaces.

The open and accessible kitchen is designed to serve a busy, active family while offering the cook gorgeous views and natural light. Easycare quartz countertops beautifully complement the handmade, glazed porcelain backsplash. The center island’s blackglazed red oak cabinetry is echoed in the wet bar area which is then finished with an antique mirrored backsplash.

“One of the best compliments I heard that says a lot about the appropriateness of the scale and architecture is that despite the grandness, as soon as they walk in the door, they immediately feel a sense of being comfortably at home,” Autumn shared. Nowhere is this more apparent than the engineering feat that created the stunning centerpiece of the home: a staircase that is nearly 60-feet tall from top to bottom and surrounded by windows on three sides. Autumn and her team designed a free-floating stair layout with a cohesive design that could structurally withstand three flights without connecting to any walls. Cosmopolitan Home Grand Rapids | 21


SPRING 18

5/15/18

1:27 PM

Page 22

The homeowners also have very different styles which presented an additional test of Autumn’s skills and she was able to marry the two in the main portion of the home with lighter, brighter touches like marble and pops of color anchored by natural elements with rustic flair like oak floors and knotty alder ceilings. “This home is filled with delightful compromises of our differing styles,” commented the homeowner. “It incorporates everything we pictured but has more than what we had imagined as Autumn pushed us out of our comfort zone, especially when it came to adding character in the details and with the tile patterns.”

The open floor plan on the third level keeps the family in touch with guests either in the great room or dining room areas. The spaces are visually connected with the vibrant pops of color and soaring ceiling braces while the knotty alder ceilings, walls, and doors add warmth and scale throughout. Beautiful selections of artwork from MercuryHead Gallery punctuate the rooms and add interest.

With Autumn’s educational background in interior design and construction management combined with her team’s expertise in interior architecture, they were able to incorporate the owners' end goals into early framing diagrams, electrical plans, and plumbing layouts. Fuchsia Design uses 3D renderings as a great tool to help the client visualize the space with unique tile patterns and design features in place. She finds clients enjoy the building process and are able to make faster, more informed decisions. Explained Autumn, “I knew this could be different from the average West Michigan home and realistic renderings helped the homeowner feel

22 | spring 2018


SPRING 18

5/15/18

1:27 PM

Page 23

comfortable with that direction. Although there’s been a big industry trend for tone-ontone color, I’m very inspired by color especially when a single color can look and feel completely different in different spaces. I enjoy using pops of color in smart ways so it works cohesively with the amazing views and weaves its way through the home.”

“This home is filled with delightful compromises of our differing styles,”

From either the garage or the stacked stone entry off the driveway, the family can access the home through a welcoming mudroom with porcelain tile arranged in a striped pattern and built-in storage for each member. This floor level also has a media room and like a box of brilliant crayons, Cosmopolitan Home Grand Rapids | 23


SPRING 18

5/15/18

24 | spring 2018

1:27 PM

Page 24


SPRING 18

5/15/18

1:27 PM

Page 25


SPRING 18

5/15/18

1:28 PM

Page 26

it invites kid-friendly hangouts. Durable FLOR carpet tiles can be swapped out in case of accidental spills. The main entry of the home opens up to its second story with an exposed brick wall, prism crystal chandelier, and the peerless staircase inviting exploration. This floor also has a craft room with multi-function built-ins, fuchsia Silestone countertops, and chevron tile backsplash in polished thassos and shell. Each child’s bedroom captures the essence of their personality and when it’s time to focus, there’s a dedicated study area with gray and white striped shiplap walls.

The first and second floors were designed to be tall enough to boost the third floor up over the top of the dune to offer breathtaking views of Lake Michigan which the owner finds soothing and mesmerizing. The surrounding woods help the husband, who is an avid hunter, get back in touch with nature.

“Lots of steel beams were required to stabilize the frame ... I also had to make sure everyone was safe working at that height ... “ From this floor, a bridge with a graphic plaid pattern of 18- by 18-inch porcelain tiles leads to a 3,000-square-foot sanctuary affectionately dubbed “the barn;” a space coveted by any male as his own personal retreat from the hectic pace of life. Here, the homeowner has a home office,

26 | spring 2018


SPRING 18

5/15/18

1:28 PM

Page 27

bar, and more rustic finishes like concrete countertops with stone columns from Onaway and Manistique quarries, knotty walnut cabinets, slate floors, and walnut trim. On the third floor, the family has a birds-eye view of their peaceful surroundings. Engineered oak floors were selected because they offer a great deal of dimensional stability for a Michigan lakeside home where the humidity levels vary so much. Knotty alder ceilings, walls, and doors add warmth and scale to each room where they’re used such as the dining room, hallways, and homeowners’ suite. The open and accessible kitchen is designed to serve a busy, active family while offering the cook gorgeous views and natural light. Live edge maple slabs blend into easy-care quartz countertops with a reflective handmade glazed porcelain backsplash. The center island’s black glazed red oak cabinetry is echoed in the wet bar area which is then finished with an antique mirrored backsplash.

Nestled against the dune, this dream home towers 60 feet in the air and spans almost 260 feet. Building a home of this magnitude takes years in the making — the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and Department of Natural Resources (DNR) permitting processes alone took three years.

Cosmopolitan Home Grand Rapids | 27


SPRING 18

5/15/18

1:28 PM

Page 28

This smoothly flowing open floor plan keeps the family in touch with guests either in the great room or dining room areas which are visually connected with soaring ceiling braces. “Designing a home isn’t about me or my design style, but rather the reflection of who my clients are. No two projects are the same, and I spend a lot of time getting to know my clients ... how they live, what a typical day looks like, what inspires them, and how their home should feel,” explained Autumn. This is apparent in the melding of styles seen in the homeowners’ suite. Subtle feminine touches pair beautifully with a fireplace of iron mountain stone hewn from Onaway and Alpena quarries.

The second level has a craft room with multi-function built-ins, fuchsia Silestone countertops, and chevron tile backsplash in polished thassos and shell.

“My husband and I are very thankful for the opportunity to have been able to work with a team of this caliber,” declared the owner. “We’ve seen Gary’s work for other family members over the years and we trust him wholeheartedly. Paradise Builders’ crew was absolutely amazing and a pleasure to work with. “Fuchsia Design’s dedication to making our dream home a reality was undeniably what I loved most about working with them. Their quick response rate, attention to detail, professionalism, and personality made them all a joy to work with.” “To execute a home of this magnitude, I need to say up front that Gary Phillips did not build

28 | spring 2018


SPRING 18

5/15/18

1:28 PM

Page 29

A dedicated study area on the second level offers a quiet space for the kids to focus. Gray and white striped shiplap walls provide a fun backdrop for bright furniture pieces and cushions.

Cosmopolitan Home Grand Rapids | 29


SPRING 18

5/15/18

1:29 PM

Page 30

The home’s first level may be accessed from either the garage or the stacked stone entry off the driveway. This level includes a kid-friendly media room featuring colorful Durable FLOR carpet tiles that can be swapped out if needed. The colorful palette continues in the daughter’s bedroom which maintains the bright, happy appeal of the entire home.

30 | spring 2018


SPRING 18

5/15/18

1:29 PM

Page 31

RESOURCE INDEX BUILDER Paradise Builders INTERIOR DESIGN Fuchsia Design A 3,000-square-foot sanctuary affectionately dubbed “the barn;” a space coveted by any male as his own personal retreat from the hectic pace of life. Here, the homeowner has a home office, bar, and more rustic finishes like concrete countertops with stone columns from Onaway and Manistique quarries, knotty walnut cabinets, slate floors, and walnut trim.

that,” said Gary. It’s a huge team effort and everyone deserves credit from the excavator to electricians, painters, to the finish guy. Yes, I have a huge role with a lot of responsibility, but I can’t do my job without these guys, many who have worked for me for more than 20 years. Everyone has to communicate and talk or it’s chaos and that costs money. I didn’t build the reputation of Paradise Builders like that. Everyone works together and when we’re all done, each can smile at their part of it.” b

ANDERSEN WINDOWS Standard Lumber APPLIANCES Bekins ART GALLERY Mercury Head STONE Belden Brick & Supply PLUMBING & FIXTURES Ferguson

Cosmopolitan Home Grand Rapids | 31


SPRING 18

5/15/18

1:30 PM

Page 32

AUTOMATED LIGHTING CONTROL featured by Bekins

ANDERSEN A SERIES WINDOWS featured by Standard Lumber

Windows and doors that were designed with authentic architectural style in mind. Every sash, piece of hardware and accessory comes together to allow homeowners or architects to create the style they are after. ASeries trim is made of Fibrex® material, a proprietary wood fiber and vinyl composite that never needs painting and won’t flake, rot, blister, peel, pit or corrode. 616.243.0057 www.standardlumber.com

When a home is built with three floors, automated lighting controls save time and energy. Lutron’s HomeWorks® lets you set different scenes with the touch of a button or even light up the home before you get out of the car. When it’s time to go to bed, you don’t have to check every room, just hit the “Goodnight” button. Talk to the internationally-acclaimed, CEDIA-Certified System Designers at Bekins about how to integrate Lutron’s HomeWorks® into your home for full control of lighting, shading, and climate. Grand Haven | Coopersville | Grand Rapids 616.842.4010 www.bekins.us

FLOR CARPET TILES

featured by Fuchsia Design With kids, pets, and everyday wear and tear, why stress about your flooring? FLOR offers a line of commercially rated carpet tiles in a wide variety of colors, patterns, and styles. Use them as a rug in a high traffic area, under your dining room table, or as a wall-to-wall carpet installation. Mix and match different patterns in the same rug for a custom look tailored to your space. Got a stubborn stain? Simply lift one tile up and put a new one down! www.flor.com

ProductSpotlight

PRODUCT NAME

STONESCAPE RETREAT

featured by Belden Brick & Supply

COLORFUL SILESTONE

featured by Hard Topix From Traditional to Modern, Hard Topix precast concrete offers customized design solutions for home, business or retail space. The concrete trough sink features a drop down face and an integral sink. Shown here in “Iron Mountain” with a light grind finish, this vanity defies cookie cutter design. Hard Topix lightweight high performance concrete weighs less than most other hard surfaces and resists fracturing and staining. 616.662.9800 www.hardtopix.com

Create the perfect getaway at home with the beauty of natural stone. What was designed as an accent becomes an appeal to the space, longing to enjoy during any season. Visit our showroom to view our gorgeous assortment of natural stone such as Black River Ashlar from The Stone Mill, featured in this photo. 620 Leonard Street NW, Grand Rapids 616.459.8367 www.beldenbrickandsupply.com

Not every home needs to be neutral. If you’re looking for a fun way to introduce a pop of color into your space, Silestone offers a wide range of naturally stain-resistant, vibrant color options. Shown here in “Magenta Energy,” they are also available in “Orange Cool,” “Green Fun,” and over 90 more styles! You can even get them in a polished, suede, or volcano finish. These vibrant countertops offer a durable splash of color for an adventurous laundry room, mudroom, craft room, or kids’ bathroom! www.silestoneusa.com

32 | spring 2018

featured by Fuchsia Design


SPRING 18

5/15/18

1:30 PM

Page 33

CLEAR STREAM title FAST, FRIENDLY & FLEXIBLE CLOSING SERVICES • ON STAFF ATTORNEY • WEEKEND & EVENING APPOINTMENTS • MOBILE CLOSINGS • ONLINE ORDERING • MEMBER

OF

GRAND RAPIDS AREA CHAMBER

OF

COMMERCE

616.285.9300 2618 EAST PARIS AVE. SE GRAND RAPIDS, MI 49546

Cosmopolitan Home Grand Rapids | 33


SPRING 18

5/15/18

34 | spring 2018

1:30 PM

Page 34


SPRING 18

5/15/18

1:30 PM

Page 35


SPRING 18

5/15/18

1:40 PM

Page 36

INSIDE

OUT OUTSIDE IN TEXT BY SARAH PUPEL • PHOTOS BY ASHLEY AVILA

A

A DISTINCTIVE, NEW DEVELOPMENT LOCATED ON A BEAUTIFULLY WOODED

PARCEL

IN

DESIRABLE

HOLLAND, MICHIGAN HAS CLAIMED ANOTHER EXQUISITE HOME. BUILT BY BOUWKAMP BUILDERS AND DESIGNED BY VISBEEN ARCHITECTS, THIS MODERN YET COMFORTABLE HOME IS A STANDOUT.


SPRING 18

5/15/18

1:40 PM

Page 37


SPRING 18

5/15/18

1:40 PM

Page 38


SPRING 18

5/15/18

1:41 PM

Page 39

With only six custom home sites, the Lakeshore Crossing development is a small community that allows its residents the benefit of large, wooded yards combined with the pleasantries of a neighborhood atmosphere. Bouwkamp has a unique eye for home placement, which often provides creative solutions for developing property. While every home in Lakeshore Crossing is uniquely different, there is a cohesive feel — a continuity of quality as each one was designed and executed by the aforementioned. The neighborhood is close to many township amenities including a prized state park, miles of bike paths, public Lake Michigan access and much more, allowing its residents to enjoy the best of Lake Michigan living.

A narrow front elevation (designed as the true front of the home) features a central covered entry and galvanized tower to the right. The tower allows for multiple windows that take full advantage of natural lighting. The “alternate” front exterior features immaculate landscaping by Landscape Design Services of Holland and includes levels of terraces set up with a fire pit, an outdoor dining area, and a relaxation spot to sit and enjoy a quiet moment. For over two decades, both Bouwkamp and Visbeen have been exceeding their clients' expectations with their dedication to their craft and the superior quality of their work. This home is no exception. The home's modern style features crisp, horizontal lines that playfully offset the wooded surroundings. Lap siding in a deep charcoal color wraps Cosmopolitan Home Grand Rapids | 39


SPRING 18

5/15/18

1:41 PM

Page 40

the home's perimeter with brief interruptions of horizontal windows and natural wood. A narrow front elevation (designed as the true front of the home) features a central covered entry and galvanized tower to the right. The tower allows for multiple windows that add to the home's modern appeal and take full advantage of natural lighting. The front door is defined by simple, clean columns but it is the windows that wrap the corner of the tower that instill curiosity as to what is around the turn. Serving as an alternate front facade, “around the turn” is where all of the outdoor magic happens, featuring levels of terraces set up with a fire pit, an outdoor dining area, and an intimate spot to sit and enjoy a quiet moment. This unique idea of having the outdoor living spaces in what could be considered the front of the home (since the driveway and garage entrance is also found on this side) allows the homeowners to enjoy optimal wooded views from the home's more private places. It's like having the ultimate front porch, only it's not a porch and it's not truly the home's front. It's the best of both worlds.

... THERE IS NEVER A SENSE OF ONE ROOM BEING OUT OF SYNC WITH THE HOUSE AS A WHOLE.

“It was fun to collaborate with the homeowner, architect, and landscape designer to create not only a great space to enjoy the outdoors, but a space that invites the guest in, even before entering the home,” said Randy Bouwkamp. The front entry opens immediately into the main living space along with a view from one end of the home to the other. This open and airy feeling bursts through the entire home with its 12-foot ceilings, windows at every turn, and a cable railing system to the lower level. There is a mix of materials that is neutral but seamlessly connects the interior with its natural setting. “There is an ensemble of natural wood used throughout the house that helps define each room as its own unique space; yet, there is never a sense of one room being out of sync with the house as a whole,” said Visbeen Architects. A minimalist approach to the decor can sometimes create a challenge of maintaining purposeful spaces that still feel inviting. “We played with different textures and shapes to make the home feel more unique and collected,” said interior designer Kaci Brander, owner of Refined Design. “I think you can see the vision come through as you walk through the space. From the furniture to the art and smallest accessory, it all has a purpose and a place and creates a story.” 40 | spring 2018


SPRING 18

5/15/18

1:41 PM

Page 41

The living room, with its vertical windows that encase a simple yet stately fireplace, is open and flows into the dining space that adjoins the kitchen. This airy feeling is carried through the entire home with its 12-foot ceilings and windows at every turn. French doors maintain the home's open ambiance as well as draw the eye outside to the various inviting patios.


SPRING 18

5/15/18

1:41 PM

Page 42


SPRING 18

5/15/18

1:42 PM

Page 43

The office lies to the left of the front entry. It offers a quiet spot to work or focus on a project, yet its windows allow the feeling of openness, almost like you're working outside. A full wall of custom cabinetry takes organization to the next level without overwhelming the room. Dual glass track doors allow the natural light to pass into the space while still providing privacy when needed. The living room is likely to be the most visited spot in the home because of its welcoming appeal. Vertical windows encase a simple yet stately fireplace surrounded with comfortable seating. The living room flows into the open dining space that adjoins the kitchen. The rich tones of the furnishings ground and define the area, but the clustered glass chandelier and glass French doors maintain the home's open ambiance as well as draw the eye outside to the various inviting patios. “The living room as a whole is my favorite,” said Brander. The fireplace wall flanked by windows made it easy to bring nature in. “ The kitchen continues the aesthetic with its darkstained cabinetry covered in crisp white counter-

The kitchen’s dark-stained cabinetry beautifully contrasts the crisp white countertops that bounce light to every corner. The central island and dining space feature sleek glass light fixtures from The Lighting Corner that maintain the home's open ambiance. The pantry is conveniently tucked behind the kitchen and is filled with light from a long bank of windows that spans the length of the space. Cosmopolitan Home Grand Rapids | 43


SPRING 18

5/15/18

1:42 PM

Page 44


SPRING 18

5/15/18

1:43 PM

Page 45

tops that bounce light to every corner. The island has seating that wraps two sides, allowing one to take advantage of the peaceful view of the trees outside or the enticing view of dinner's preparation. The pantry is conveniently tucked behind the kitchen, filled with light from a long bank of windows that spans the length of the room. The pantry also hides the laundry room, a great way to keep life's essential messes hidden yet still convenient with a second entry from the main hall. The powder room is simple and clean with a floating vanity and large window to enhance the naturally airy feel. Down the hall, the mudroom is conveniently tucked at the back of the home — a great landing spot from the garage. It also secludes the owner suite from the main living spaces. The owner suite offers a unique and functional use of space. A light and bright vestibule showcases custom cabinets for each of the homeowners. The light cabinetry creates a feeling similar to entering a spa. Upon entering the suite, there is a spacious walk-in closet featuring a window seat that offers additional storage. The spaces on either side have been customized to each of the homeowners’ needs. The suite then branches off into the bedroom area and then onto the luxurious owner bathroom. The owner bedroom itself features windows that wrap one end and yet are left bare due to the private wooded setting. The plush carpet and warm neutral palette makes for a very cozy spot to rest and renew.

The office offers a quiet spot to focus yet its tall windows provide a feeling of openness. A full wall of custom cabinetry keeps the space organized. Dual glass track doors allow the natural light to pass into the space while still providing privacy when needed. A cable railing system frames the stairway to the lower level while maintaining the open aesthetic.

Cosmopolitan Home Grand Rapids | 45


SPRING 18

5/15/18

1:59 PM

Page 46

The owner bath has a spacious double vanity in the same rich tones found throughout the home. Natural textures make this bath feel like a modern getaway to nature. The lower level family room provides a spacious living area for watching movies as well as a wet bar with all the bells and whistles to throw a great party. A 12-foot-wide rolling door, made to look like a beautifully paneled wall, slides to conceal another sitting area that doubles as a cozy guest bedroom. There are two additional guest bedrooms on this level as well, perfect for entertaining guests for longer stays. Although the guest bath is one of the only rooms without a window, it still feels light with its modern, white cabinetry. The zebrano detail in the countertops adds natural interest. “It was an enjoyable project right from the beginning,” said Bouwkamp. “The homeowners were fun to work with, had great ideas, were always up for a laugh, and regularly verbalized their gratitude and appreciation for the entire team.”

46 | spring 2018

The guest bath feels light with its modern, white cabinetry while the zebrano detail in the countertops adds natural interest. The owner bath has a spacious double vanity in the same rich tones found throughout the home. Natural textures make this bath feel like a modern getaway to nature.


SPRING 18

5/15/18

2:00 PM

Page 47


SPRING 18

5/15/18

2:00 PM

Page 48

The home's modern style features crisp, horizontal lines that playfully offset the wooded surroundings. A a deep charcoal color wraps the home's perimeter in beautiful contrast to the trees and landscaping. Although all parcels are sold in the Lakeshore Crossing development, Lakeshore Signature Properties (Bouwkamp Builder’s real estate entity) has an inventory of properties available for custom-designed, upscale homes.

48 | spring 2018

All in all, the home is a customized delight from top to bottom, inside and out. Everyone involved exceeded at interpreting the clients wants and needs in the most well-designed and pleasing way. As always, the homeowners need to be an integral part of the building process and both Bouwkamp Builders and Visbeen Associates adhere to this unconditionally. The team works together symbiotically creating custom homes that fit the needs of the homeowners both now and in the future. b

RESOURCE INDEX BUILDER Bouwkamp Builders ARCHITECT Visbeen Architects INTERIOR DESIGN Kaci Brander, Refined Design CLOSETS & GLASS Sligh Closets & Glass LANDSCAPING Landscape Design Services LIGHTING Lighting Corner TILE Michigan Tile


SPRING 18

5/15/18

2:00 PM

Page 49

Window Treatments

Family owned and operated since 1948 CARPET•LAMINATE •HARDWOOD•VINYL•TILE •BLINDS•COUNTERTOPS Proudly living in & serving the Saugatuck and surrounding lakeshore areas.

Personalized design service with professional, licensed installation. HOURS Mon- Fri: 9am to 5pm Saturday: 9am to 3pm (June - Aug: 9am - noon) EVENINGS BY APPOINTMENT

616.392.6919 13 West 16th Street, Holland, MI 49423 www.michigantile.com

Cosmopolitan Home Grand Rapids | 49


SPRING 18

5/15/18

2:00 PM

Page 50

Kaci Brander | 616.706.7645 | Brander.Kaci@gmail.com

50 | spring 2018


SPRING 18

5/15/18

2:01 PM

Page 51


SPRING 18

5/15/18

2:14 PM

Page 52

ROOKS LANDSCAPING Design • Installation • Maintenance

9244 36th St., S.E., Ada, MI 49301 (616) 897-4287 F (616) 897-5121

52 | spring 2018


SPRING 18

5/15/18

2:14 PM

Page 53

OUTDOOR LIVING SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION

Fresh

AIR

Ready for some great, great outdoor time? If you’re a resident of Michigan and it’s May, the answer is most likely an emphatic “Yes!” With precious warm-weather months finally in our midst, it’s time to make sure our outdoor living spaces make the most of Michigan’s pleasant-weather months. These ideas and more will help your yards soar!

I want a putting green!

I love stargazing by the fire.


SPRING 18

5/15/18

2:15 PM

Page 54

PUTTER’S PARADISE The family golfer(s) won’t have to go far to get their practice in for the day. Imagine a putting green and all the fun and friendly competition— it’s a fantastic way of bringing together friends and family to enjoy the outdoors. Here are some design considerations from the experts: You’ll use it a lot more if it’s close to a patio or other entertaining areas (but not too close to windows or potentially parked cars). Make it challenging, a one-hole putting green will get boring fast. Although you’ll want to choose a flat area for your green, use a few undulations, mounds, a sand pit and about three holes to keep it interesting. Artificial turf is best because interesting terrain may be hard to irrigate and mow effectively if you use living turfgrass. Artificial turf also has an even surface ideal for putting and it’s virtually maintenance free, it’s able to withstand hot or cold temperatures as well as wet conditions. Incorporate landscape lighting into your green to extend the number of hours each day that you may use it. The help of a landscape professional will ensure it’s done right and blends seamlessly into your landscape.

FIRE-PIT-PALOOZA Now that warmer weather is gracing our days, it seems we don’t want those days to end. Perhaps that’s why fire pits are popping up in yards and neighborhoods everywhere. There’s nothing quite like ending the day around the glow of a fire with friends and family. It’s a great time to talk and relax and enjoy the great outdoors. From small table pits that you can buy at most home supply stores to the big, custom designed beauties that your favorite landscape designer can create for you, a fire pit is the must-have item of spring, summer and fall in Michigan. Don’t forget the marshmallows! Dessert just got a lot easier.

FLOWER FRENZY Flowers have been used for centuries to decorate gardens and courtyards and it’s easy to see why. For many, the more the merrier! Spring and summer blooms evoke a happy feeling with their beauty, color and aroma. But the art of a flowered landscape is not to be taken lightly. Certain flowers attract certain insects and wildlife (some wanted and some not). Necessary maintenance and color variety also add to the “where do I begin” confusion. A professional landscaper will will have your ultimate flower garden in and blooming in no time allowing you to spend more time enjoying and less time getting dirty.

OUTDOOR LIVING SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION 54 | spring 2018


SPRING 18

5/15/18

2:15 PM

Page 55

CUSTOM GARAGE ORGANIZATION

KAYU®-BATU ™

OUTDOOR BAR

featured by Closet & Room Solutions

featured by Eikenhout

featured by Landscape Design Services

Is it more work to get your lawn mower out of the garage than to cut your grass? Closet & Room Solutions can make it easy for you to find, store, and clean your garage by using shelves and wall hangers to organize your tools and equipment. Make your yard work less work with garage organizing solutions. www.closetandroomsolutions.com 3731 Northridge Dr. NW, Grand Rapids 616.785.1021

“KAYU®-Batu™ is a Red Balau hardwood species. It is as versatile as it is uniquely beautiful; darker reddish-brown in color and skillfully selected; the result of over 30 years of extensive worldwide importing of hardwoods for the U.S. and Canadian markets. Find yours at your local Eikenhout! www.eikenhout.com 616.459.4523

An outdoor bar invites intimate conversations amid expansive spaces. This installation features Granite elegance, installed by Duca Tile, paired with rustic-yet-refined Yorkstone paver slabs accented by burgundy Copthorne Soldier Brick from Unilock. Covered by a Trex pergola, the bar is part of a full kitchen. The space is one of several outdoor “rooms” in this oasis, developed by Landscape Design Services in Holland. www.landscapeds.com 616.399.1734

ProductSpotlight

BELVEDERE FIRE PIT

BASKETBALL SURFACING

ADJUSTABLE HOOP SYSTEM

Rosetta products anchor this All-American hardscape installation. Grand Flagstone pavers surround the Belvedere fire pit, seat wall, and pillars. The column caps bring a touch of elegance to the otherwise rustic environment. Unilock Basalt Copthorne accent pavers encircle the hardscape — making the expansive space more intimate — as well as accentuating the fire pit when intermingled with weathered decorative stone. Strands of ornamental grasses, boxwood hedges, and other colorful plantings complete the oasis. www.landscapeds.com 616.399.1734

Play like the pros on SnapSports indoor and outdoor basketball courts. We offer courts for every sized yard and budget. Our basketball courts are fully customizable and available in a multitude of colors so you can create the perfect court for your home. Be the envy of your neighbors with a sports floor by SnapSports. www.ultimatesportssystems.com 616.318.6193

Keep your hoop game at NBA regulation height or lower it to give kids a good shot. Our hoop system can be adjusted by any member of the family using the easily accessed handle! The hot dipped galvanized 7-gauge steel pole and stainless-steel hardware make it the ultimate corrosion-free hoop for any environment. www.ultimatesportssystems.com 616.318.6193

featured by Landscape Design Services

featured by SnapSports

featured by SnapSports

Cosmopolitan Home Grand Rapids | 55


SPRING 18

5/15/18

2:15 PM

Page 56


SPRING 18

5/15/18

2:15 PM

Page 57

ON THE OUTSIDE Scholten Landscape

started out over 35 years ago as a one man and truck mowing service and has flourished into a full service Lawn, Landscape and Snow Removal company providing top of the line service at the upmost professional level.

Scholten Landscapes team is full of highly-educated individuals with countless years of combined experience in the green industry. They are confident in being able to correctly capture your biggest landscaping ideas and visions and bring them to reality to enjoy for many years to come!

AT A GLANCE

Scholten Landscapes leadership is always looking at ways to better themselves as professionals in the industry from educating their staff to updating their equipment to meet the needs of an always-growing industry.

SCHOLTEN LANDSCAPE Serving West Michigan for 38 years 35 full time employees

Scholten Landscape is well rounded in the industry and can provide services of all needs to any level of client from large commercial customers to small residential and anything in between — they have you covered!

OFFERING: Landscape installation, Design, Fertilization, Lawn & Landscape maintenance, Snow removal & Salting services, Core Aeration, Tree service, Pest Control.

Scholten Landscape is a landscaping company with a proven track record of designing and maintaining beautiful, functional landscapes for all types of properties.

www.scholtenlandscape.com

PLAN FOR SUCCESS! When working with Scholten Landscape you will first meet with one of their landscape professionals who will carefully listen to what’s most important to you and evaluate the current condition of your landscape. They will then prepare your “Plan for Success!”

616.897.2038 www.facebook.com/ scholtenLandscapeMaintenance


SPRING 18

5/15/18

2:15 PM

Page 58

Mike Rozzano • miker@CreatedControl.com cell: 616.808.1389 • office: 616.356.2660

CALL FOR AN APPOINTMENT OR VISIT US ONLINE 616.608.6265 hellogainstore.com

58 | spring 2018


SPRING 18

5/15/18

2:15 PM

Page 59

AT A GLANCE FAMILY OWNED AND OPERATED SINCE 2001 SHOWROOM HOURS: Monday – Thursday: 8 am to 5 pm Friday: 8 am to 4:30 pm EMAIL: office@topoftheworldgranite.com https://www.facebook.com/topoftheworldgranite/

616.791.7444• Topoftheworldgranite.com At Top of the World Granite we focus on quality and customer satisfaction. From the beginning to the very end we work to make your dream countertop come to life. Our showroom staff has extensive knowledge on color and countertop design. We pride ourselves on having stock granite and quartz colors at price points that are affordable and can connect with any design or style that meets your needs. Looking to do a small remodel? No problem! We have a large selection of unique granite and quartz remnant pieces.

We fabricate granite, quartz, and solid surface materials; we do kitchens, bathrooms, bars, outdoor grills and fire place surrounds. You can customize your counters to fit your needs with sinks, edge profiles and finishes. Our state-ofthe-art fabrication equipment cuts and polishes your countertops with top notch quality. Every job is complete with the quality and satisfaction we would want in our own homes.

3311 3 Mile Rd. NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49534

Your dream kitchen and bathroom ... only better!


SPRING 18

5/15/18

2:25 PM

Page 61

2018 SPRING

PARADE of Homes

HOME 14, BY INSIGNIA HOMES THE SPRING PARADE OF HOMES, the eventful way to see the latest design innovations and ideas for your home, is here once again. If you’re looking to build, to buy, or, just searching for inspiration, the Parade is a fun way to check out the talent of West Michigan. You’ll view the finest architecture, interior design and landscape designs all while discovering the latest trends, must-haves and smart solutions for your home. Presented by the Home & Building Association of Greater Grand Rapids, the Spring Parade of Homes is a tradition not to be missed. Keep in mind, it’s difficult to tour all the homes but, if you want to see the best of the best, take a look at our “Editor’s Picks.” The following pages represent the homes you have to see on this year’s Parade. You’ll be inspired by the wealth of refreshing ideas, innovative products and flawless, custom work on display. When May 25- June 9 Event hours Memorial Day, Fridays & Saturdays: 1-9 p.m. Wednesdays: 5-9 p.m. Ticket prices General Ticket: $12 at homes, $10 at Lake Michigan Credit Union locations or online at myGRHome.com. Children 12 and under: Free Tickets and free maps are available at all the Parade Homes. Virtual Tours paradeofhomes.mygrhome.com

editor’s PICK


SPRING 18

5/15/18

2:25 PM

Page 62

editor’s PICK COSMOPOLITAN HOME

HOME 60 GRAND HAVEN LAKESHORE 11555 Lakeshore Dr. Grand Haven, MI 49417

INCLUDES Square Feet: 6,341 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 4 Full, 1 Half Price Range: Contact builder for pricing OVERVIEW You will not want to miss this home! Incredible location on the dunes of Lake Michigan. This Brad Douglas designed home takes advantage of its location nestled into the dune with multiple decks and entertaining areas to enjoy every sunset. Francesca Owings Interior Design has created a warm and inviting home meant to entertain family and friends for years to come.

DIRECTIONS M45 west to Lakeshore Drive North to home

INSIGNIA HOMES, West Michigan’s premier custom home builders and renovation specialist, has been creating dream homes since 1996. From beginning design to move-in day our team is with you every step. Our innovative process ensures you are kept up to date with all the creative details that are unique to building a custom home.

David Morren dmorren@insigniahomesmi.com 616.940.1703 insigniahomesmi.com

FEATURED SUPPLIERS

616.957.2333 www.bekins.us 616.682.2792 www.us10b@sbcglobal.net

616.957.1969 www.trukitchens.com

616.785.3088 www.greatlakesgranite.com

616.459.8367 www.beldenbrickandsupply.com


SPRING 18

5/15/18

2:25 PM

Page 63

editor’s PICK COSMOPOLITAN HOME

V4 VIRTUAL TOUR THE RAVINES

INCLUDES Square Feet: 3,758 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 2 full, 1 half Price Range: Contact builder for pricing OVERVIEW Enjoy your tour through this lovely home and experience what 25 consecutive years in the Parade of Homes looks like! Tim VerStrate and his team of craftsmen provide: Virtual tour may be viewed online at: www.paradeofhomes.mygrhome.com/ homes/spring-2018-V4

• Exceptional design, decorating, craftsmanship, cabinetry, tile work and finishes. • Careful attention to site planning, resulting in a perfect marriage of the home and building site. • Building materials and products are selected to provide a comfortable, beautiful, energy-efficient, low maintenance environment indoors and out.

TIM VERSTRATE CUSTOM HOMES • Quality and attention to detail, honed by more than 30 years of experience, are provided for each and every Tim VerStrate Custom Homes customer and their home. Contact Tim today and take the next step toward making your dream home a reality.

is dedicated to doing exceptional work with integrity, honesty and innovative building ideas.

Tim VerStrate tvshomes@michwave.com 616.677.6062 timverstratecustomhomes.com

FEATURED SUPPLIERS

616.530.8200 www.standalelumber.com

616.459.8367 www.beldenbrickandsupply.com

616.791.7444 www.topoftheworldgranite.com

616.866.1700 www.rivertownlandscapes.com

616.532.7897 www.dwellingsinc.net

616.791.1616 www.elenbaasmillwork.com

616.607.7373 www.prohdw@sbcglobal.net


SPRING 18

5/15/18

2:25 PM

Page 64

editor’s PICK COSMOPOLITAN HOME

HOME 13 GRAND RAPIDS 2135 Romence St. NE Grand Rapids, MI 49503

INCLUDES Square Feet: 2,400 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 2 Full, 1 Half Price Range: Contact builder for pricing

DIRECTIONS I-196 to Fuller South, left on Michigan Ave., right on Lakeside, left on Romence Street

OVERVIEW Bespoke Homes and Mathison|Mathison Architects welcome you to this light-filled home designed with warm, modernist values on a modest lot in an established mid-century neighborhood. The architect created a smart floor plan and lot layout that makes the home feel larger that its 2,400 square-foot footprint. Strategic window placement, outdoor living spaces, high ceilings and six skylights help to open this home to the outdoors while maintaining privacy. • Clear separation between public and private spaces • Private outdoor courtyard

BESPOKE HOMES LLC specializes in creating living spaces designed to accommodate each client’s specific needs and desires. This effort begins with the core belief that every client deserves to have a great building experience. Bespoke Homes is led by an owner-operator who is readily available, builds to please, and has the experience and trade resources required to efficiently navigate the building process.

• Vertical slat feature wall at entry • Detached garage with covered connection • Wood ceiling and soffit • Super-insulated, achieving almost double the energy code

MATHISON|MATHISON ARCHITECTS LLC is an architecture, interiors and planning firm that believes in the transformative power of design. MMA employs a collaborative approach to find unique and creative spatial solutions that connect people to place through elegant form and a focus on space, light and materials.

Matthew Reinsma matt@builtbybespoke.com 616.901.6229 builtbybespoke.com

FEATURED SUPPLIERS

616.785.3088 www.greatlakesgranite.com 616.813.8872 www.spcustomwoodworking.com

616.866.1700 www.rivertownlandscapes.com

616.791.1616 www.elenbaasmillwork.com

616.356.1198 www.ferguson.com

616.682.2792 www.us10b@sbcglobal.net


SPRING 18

5/15/18

2:25 PM

Page 65

editor’s PICK COSMOPOLITAN HOME

HOME 29 GRANDVILLE SUMMERSET SOUTH 5610 Stonebridge Dr. Grandville, MI 49418

INCLUDES Square Feet: 2,612 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 2 full, 1 half Contact builder for pricing OVERVIEW • Two-story transitional home with board and batten siding, stone and warm grey-blue tones. • Classic styles abound with wide plank flooring throughout, a shiplap fireplace surround, and an apron front sink. • Comfortable family living is made convenient with attached laundry room and master, a flex room that doubles as an office and playroom, and an easy, open layout.

DIRECTIONS From Westbound I-196, take exit 67 at 44th Street.Turn right on 44th Street. In a half mile, turn left on Regal Dr. SW. From Regal, turn right on Stonehenge Dr. and then left onto Stonebridge Dr.

• Clean lines, chrome finishes, and a calming color palette all create a bright and fresh interior. • Fun surprises like patterned floor coverings, sea salt green cabinets, and custom features bring delight at every turn. • The custom cabinets, island and barn beam mantle are just a few of the features that you can expect from a custom built home by Tim Schollaart Builder. We welcome you to check out this home and discover the attention to detail that could be part of your next building experience.

Tim Schollaart Tim@tsbuilder.com 616.890.1381 tsbuilder.com

At TIM SCHOLLAART BUILDER we believe that good business practices are based on deep rooted values, integrity, professionalism, knowledge and hard work. These core values are reflected in our staffed team, ensuring every project is well taken care of. We have an excellent, well-planned process, surrounded with dedication to the quality and details of each project. Creating an ease of building for our clients, we proudly strive to daily produce our best and seek methods of improvement. We are thankful everyday for our abilities which allow us to service our clients

FEATURED SUPPLIERS

616.281.6684 www.westmichiganlumber.com

616.241.2655 www.modernhardware.com

616.281.5522 www.westmichiganlumber.com

616.662.4400 www.flamecenter.com

616.459.8367 www.beldenbrickandsupply.com


SPRING 18

5/15/18

2:26 PM

Page 66

editor’sPICK

COSMOPOLITAN HOME

HOME 45 PLAINWELL PINELAKE Plainwell, MI 49080

INCLUDES Square Feet: 3,507 Bedrooms: 5 Bathrooms: 4 Full, 1 Half Contact builder for pricing DIRECTIONS US 131 South towards Kalamazoo to Exit 50 at 106th Ave., turn left on 106th Ave/Marsh Road, continue to 109th Ave turn right.Turn left on Doster Road/County Hwy-623.Take first right onto Merlau. Parking for home is at 12485 Merlau.Take shuttle to home.

At TIM SCHOLLAART BUILDER we believe that good business practices are based on deep rooted values, integrity, professionalism, knowledge and hard work. These core values are reflected in our staffed team, ensuring every project is well taken care of. We have an excellent, well-planned process, surrounded with dedication to the quality and details of each project. Creating an ease of building for our clients, we proudly strive to daily produce our best and seek methods of improvement. We are thankful everyday for our abilities which allow us to service our clients.

OVERVIEW • This lakeside, cottage-style home is designed to capture a relaxed, beach lifestyle with fashionable, family-friendly furnishings, shiplap walls and a flowing, open floor plan. • A fully furnished, natural blue stone paved veranda with roll down screens, kitchenette and stone fireplace coupled with a beach bath and separate deck with fire pit welcomes outdoor entertaining. • Exterior is blanketed in natural Michigan stone, warm colors, board and batten siding and custom brackets. • Sea glass, cottage blues and a navy-hued island bring cool comfort to warm wood tones throughout. • The loft on the second level becomes a hangout hub for the four large bedrooms/bunk rooms with personal baths on the second level. • The custom kitchen with v-grooved ceiling overlooks framed lake views from the lake and dining rooms.

Tim Schollaart Tim@tsbuilder.com 616.890.1381 tsbuilder.com

FEATURED SUPPLIERS

616.281.6684 www.westmichiganlumber.com

616.459.8367 www.beldenbrickandsupply.com

616.241.2655 www.modernhardware.com

616.281.5522 www.westmichiganlumber.com

616.662.4400 www.flamecenter.com


SPRING 18

5/24/18

2:14 PM

Page 67

editor’s PICK COSMOPOLITAN HOME

HOME 48 ZEELAND AIRPARK ESTATES 2770 Airpark Dr. Grand Rapids, MI 49534

INCLUDES Square Feet: 5,109 Bedrooms: 5 Bathrooms: 5 full Contact builder for pricing OVERVIEW This stunning entry by award winning Dan Vis Builders has so much more to offer than first meets the eye! There is something for all ages to enjoy in this gorgeous, custom family home that neighbors the Ottawa Executive Airport and includes its own runway.

DIRECTIONS I-96 West to Hudsonville exit 62. Turn left heading south on 32nd Ave and then to Byron Road heading west to Airpark Drive.

In addition to the beautiful custom-built trim details and cabinetry that are signature to a Dan Vis home, you will enjoy many other unique offerings including an eye-catching spiral staircase in the living room that leads to a large lower level wine cellar and wine tasting room, an attached airplane hanger with an indoor rock-climbing wall, and an expansive indoor pool and private sauna. These features and many more will make your drive our to this quiet country setting worthwhile! Be sure to like us on Facebook and visit us at www.danvisbuilders.com

DAN VIS BUILDERS When choosing a Grand Rapids custom homebuilder, quality craftsmanship, precise attention to detail and excellent customer service should rank at the top of your wish list. These same attributes continue to set Dan Vis Builders apart from other custom homebuilders in Michigan.

Dan Vis danjvis@gmail.com 616.293.3597 danvisbuilders.com

FEATURED SUPPLIERS

616.281.6684 www.westmichiganlumber.com

616.785.3088 www.greatlakesgranite.com

616.281.5522 www.westmichiganlumber.com

616.241.2655 www.modernhardware.com

616.459.8367 www.beldenbrickandsupply.com


SPRING 18

5/15/18

2:31 PM

Page 72


SPRING 18

5/15/18

2:31 PM

Page 73

I felt like all my questions were important.

BANK ON IT

Shopping for a lender can be stressful and time consuming. No one wants to feel like they’re not getting the best treatment. When considering the various types of loans offered and the qualifying guidelines for each, “overwhelmed” may be an understatement for some. The following pages will get you started on what you should expect and reveal a close-to-home look at some great options for your significant loan.

Best decision I could’ve made!

I’d recommend them to everyone.

FINANCIAL LENDER SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION


SPRING 18

5/15/18

2:31 PM

Page 74

It always helps to do your homework. Going in blind only adds to the “overwhelmed” feeling. The following topics are a great place to start:. TYPE OF LOAN Since there are many different types of loans, it’s important to know which type the lender can offer you. Don’t be afraid to ask them to take the time to explain each one specifying their pros and cons. Make sure that the lender is recommending specific loans only after finding out about your particular needs and qualifications, and not just pushing their own agenda. Ask why they think a specific loan would work best for you. INTEREST RATE & APR The interest rate is going to be based on the size of the loan and on your credit. Interest accrues over the life of your loan and over a 15-30 year span, can add up considerably. If the interest rate is adjustable (as in an Adjustable Rate Mortgage or ARM), ask how long the rate will remain fixed, and about the maximum annual adjustment, highest rate (cap), index and margin. The APR includes both the interest rate and all other lender fees, divided by the loan’s term. MONTHLY PAYMENT As you’re trying to develop a budget after your purchase, you’re going to need to know what your monthly expenses are going to look like. Make sure you include taxes and insurance in their calculations. Remember that your monthly payment shouldn’t be so large that you can’t also budget for unexpected expenses and a retirement fund. DEPOSIT This is important. Interest rates, and therefore monthly payments, vary considerably depending on the size of your down payment. This also factors into whether you’ll be required to pay insurance. Usually, companies will waive PMI (Private Mortgage Insurance) if your down payment is 20% or more of the purchase price.. Although it’s certainly possible to obtain a conventional loan with less than 20% down, the interest rates will almost certainly be higher. The good news is that,

once your equity reaches 20% or more, you can renegotiate with your lender and see if they’ll waive the insurance fee. PREPAYMENT PENALTIES If you think your economic situation might change in the future, or you’re saving up to make some extra mortgage payments, it’s important to make sure your lender won’t charge you for paying off your loan early. Some lenders charge an additional processing fee for each overpayment, while others ask for six months of unearned interest. Others only charge a penalty if you pay off your loan before the first two to five years. Verify if your monthly payments will adjust in line with any additional payments you make, and if the penalty applies if you decide to refinance later. FEES AND COSTS Every lender will charge differently for this, and you’re entitled to know. Costs generally include an appraisal, credit report, title policy, pest inspection, escrow if applicable, recording fees, and taxes. Some companies also require you to pay points (1% of the total loan) or origination fees. You can ask if you can waive paying those points in exchange for a higher interest rate. In any case, all costs and fees should all come itemized in a Good Faith Estimate (GFE), which must be provided to you within three days of your application, as required by law. While you’re at it, ask whether the lender will guarantee your GFE. Though not required, you can pressure your lender to stick by the quote. Make sure to get it in writing. LOAN RATE LOCKS Loan rates change every day, sometimes every hour. If you feel there is an upwards trend you might want to lock in your rate at whatever it currently is, before it rises more. Some companies will charge you zero to one point for the lock. Before you finalize the rate and ask your lender to lock it in, take into account that most

FINANCIAL LENDER SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION 74 | spring 2018

locks last between a few weeks to 60 days, and if the loan doesn’t process during that time, you lose the rate. To help you determine when to lock in the rate, ask your lender how long their processing period generally takes, and try to get them to lock in the rate for as long as possible. Usually, you should try to get as long a lock-in period as possible, but sometimes that will result in a higher rate than if it were shorter. CLOSING TIME While this varies from lender to lender, a toprated company should be able to close between 30 to 45 days from application. In order to expedite this process, it’s a good idea to have all the necessary documentation ready beforehand, and stay in constant contact with your lender, getting them the relevant paperwork as soon as possible. If your mortgage isn’t closed in time, your locked-in rate won’t apply, you may have to pay your movers more for rescheduling, and lose your current living space if your lease is up. LOAN SELLING Many lenders sell their loans forward in order to gain more capital and be able to make new loans. The Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA) requires lenders by law to inform you of this within three days of your application, in a document usually called a Servicing Disclosure Statement. It should clearly explain whether the lender will: • Keep the loan, so all servicing fees go to your original lender • Sell the loan before the first payment is due, so all servicing will come through another company • Sell the loan at some future period What’s important for you to know is that the terms of your loan cannot change, and that you must be informed 15 effective days before the transfer. Additionally, RESPA protects you from late fees during the first 60 days after said transfer.


SPRING 18

5/15/18

2:31 PM

Page 75


SPRING 18

5/15/18

2:31 PM

Page 76

FAMILY LAW • Divorce Proceedings • Collaborative Resolution of Marital & Custody Disputes • Paternity, Child Custody & Parenting Time Issues • Post-Judgment Review, Enforcement & Modification

ESTATE PLANNING AND PROBATE • Wills & Trusts • Preparation of Power of Attorney & Healthcare Documents • Trust & Probate Litigation 6701 Old 28th Street SE Grand Rapids, MI 49546

616.834.8209 Elena Hansen

76 | spring 2018


SPRING 18

5/15/18

2:31 PM

Page 77

THE LIST APPLIANCES, EQUIPMENT AND HARDWARE Bekins Audio/Video & Appliances (616) 957-2333 Decker & Sons (616) 456-5121 Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery (616) 248-0605 Gerrit's Appliance, Inc. (616) 532-3626 www.gerritsappliances.com ARCHITECTS & DESIGNERS 42 North - Architecture + Design (616) 340-8047 David C. Bos Construction Co. (616) 842-2248 x116 DeHaan Homes (616) 896-8300 www.dehaanhomes.com Fitzpatrick Custom Design (616) 532-2000 J. Visser Design (616) 954-2509 Lucid Architecture, Inc (616) 741-0044 Mathison Mathison Architects (616) 920-0545 Visbeen Architects, Inc. (616) 285-9901 x2 AUDIO-VIDEO RETAILER Created Control (616) 356-2660 Decker & Sons (616) 456-5121 Streamline Systems (616)457-5460 www.streamlinesystemsmi.com AWNINGS Action Awning LLC (616) 874-7400 www.actionawning.com www.facebook.com/pages/ActionAwning-LLC/479665515420452 BRICK, STONE & MASONRY Belden Brick & Supply Co. (616) 459-8367 Bultema Bros. Builders Supply, Inc. (616) 245-1125 BUILDER Ashby Builders (616) 893-6284 Aukeman Development Co. (616) 669-4363 B.D.D. Construction Co. LLC (616) 696-1226 BDR Custom Homes, Inc. (616) 458-8505 Berghuis Construction LLC (616) 217-6565 Celebrity Builders LLC (616) 291-1808

An Interactive Directory for the Home

Christin Homes (616) 874-2694 www.christinhomes.com chad@christinhomes.com Colonial Builders LLC (616) 534-2030 Curt Moran Builders, Inc. (616) 293-0660 Daeco Builders, Inc. (616) 682-2422 Dan Vis Builders LLC (616) 293-3597 Dan Vos Construction Co., Inc. (616) 676-9169 Dave Dusendang Custom Homes, Inc. (616) 874-7085 www.dusendanghomes.com Dave Visser Builder LLC (616) 791-8899 David C. Bos Construction Co. (616) 842-2248 x116 DBC Custom Homes (616) 878-5400 www.dbccustomhomes.com www.facebook.com/DBCcustomhomes/ www.instagram.com/dbccustomhomes DeHaan Homes (616) 896-8300 www.dehaanhomes.com Diephuis Builders, Inc. (616) 956-7441 Eastbrook Homes, Inc. (616) 988-1324 Epique Homes, Inc. (616) 437-1767 Falcon Custom Homes, Inc. (616) 682-1700 Forest Hills Homes LLC (616) 940-9015 Habitat For Humanity of Kent County (616) 588-5220 Infiniti Custom Homes, Inc. (616) 322-3005 Insignia Homes (616) 940-1703 Interra Homes (616) 862-1292 J & J Concepts LLC (616) 540-3560 J. Peterson Homes LLC (616) 291-1816 Jim Tibbe Homes (616) 916-8895 John L. Koetje Builder, Inc. (616) 538-4241 Kenowa Associates, Inc. (616) 531-0069 KLH Custom Homes LLC (269) 823-8041 Koetje Builders, Inc. (616) 457-3450

LeBlanc Custom Homes (616) 723-1467 www.leblanccustomhome.com www.facebook.com/LeBlanc-Custom-Homes1546652642282852/ Drew@leblanccustomhome.com Let Us, Inc. (616) 893-2341 Lown Homes LLC (616) 366-3436 Makuski Builders, Inc. (616) 299-1725 Maplewood Homes (616) 499-5054 www.maplewoodhomes.com Mike Schaap Builders, Inc. (616) 399-9925 www.mikeschaapbuilders.com Mosaic Properties & Homes (616) 235-0711 x201 Muston Construction, Inc. (616) 887-9088 www.mustonconstruction.com www.facebook.com/mustonconstruction www.houzz.com/pro/muston/__public office@mustonconstruction.com New Urban Home Builders LLC (616) 401-5669 Nugent Builders, Inc. (616) 866-7663 P.A. DeHaan LLC (616) 299-1329 Raymar Homes (616) 299-7664 Schultz Builders LLC (616) 405-9316 Scott Christopher Homes (616) 784-4500 Scott Lamaire Custom Homes (616) 802-8850 Sherwood Custom Homes LLC (616) 891-1865 www.sherwoodcustomhomes.com jeff@sherwoodcustomhomes.com Snellink Builders (616) 437-4527 Snowden Builders LLC (616) 299-8455 Solomon Homes LLC (616) 437-1179 Sytsma Construction LLC (616) 437-4966 www.sytsmaconstruction.com sytsmaconstllc@gmail.com Tim Schollaart Builder LLC (616) 890-1381 Tim VerStrate Custom Homes, Inc. (616) 677-6062 www.timverstratecustomhomes.com

Tom Montsma Builders, Inc. (616) 662-0229 V.H. Construction, Inc. (616) 723-4243 Viersen Properties LLC (616) 299-6846 Whitmore Homes LLC (616) 446-3482 Woods Builders Homes, Inc. (616) 272-3468

Closet Design (616) 772-1119 Michigan Shelf West, Inc. (616) 863-6481 Sligh Closet & Glass (616) 422-4321 www.slighdesign.com www.facebook.com/SlighDesign/ www.houzz.com/pro/slighclosetandglass/sligh-closetand-glass

BUILDING MATERIALS Eikenhout Building Supplies (616)-459-4523 Foundation Building Materials (616) 534-4903

FLOOR COVERING Century (616) 988-4524

CABINETRY Benchmark Wood Studio (616)994-7374 benchmark-studios.com

Certified Tile & Stone Installers (616) 437-3520 www.certifiedtilewm.com www.certifiedtilewm.com/backsplashes/ www.certifiedtilewm.com/tile-flooring/

Closet & Room Solutions (616) 785-1021 www.closetandroomsolutions.com Rivershores Building Products, Inc. (616) 738-8440

DeGraaf Interiors (616) 669-1621 Johnson Carpet One (616) 531-3100 Klingman's Furniture (616) 942-7300

Rivershores Hardwood Flooring & Cabinetry Company (616) 243-7000 -EGR (616) 738-8440 - Holland www.facebook.com/RivershoresHardwoodFlo oringCompany/ www.houzz.com/pro/rivershoreshardwoodflooring/rivershores-hardwood-flooring sales@rivershores.com

Rivershores Hardwood Flooring & Cabinetry Company (616) 243-7000 -EGR (616) 738-8440 - Holland www.facebook.com/RivershoresHardwoodFloori ngCompany/ www.houzz.com/pro/rivershoreshardwoodflooring/rivershores-hardwood-flooring sales@rivershores.com

Standale Interiors (616) 453-8201 www.standaleinteriors.com www.facebook.com/standaleinteriors www.houzz.com/pro/standaleinteriors www.pinterest.com/standaleint

Standale Interiors (616) 453-8201 www.standaleinteriors.com www.facebook.com/standaleinteriors www.houzz.com/pro/standaleinteriors www.pinterest.com/standaleint

Starlite Kitchens (616) 583-9304 www.StarliteKitchens.com www.facebook.com/StarliteKitchensandBaths www.houzz.com/pro/rbronsink/starlite-

GARAGE DOORS Overhead Door Co. of Grand Rapids (616) 261-0300 www.overheaddoorgr.com

Tru Kitchens (616) 957-1969

Zylstra Door, Inc. (616) 698-7242

The Williams Studio (616) 771-0530 www.thewilliamsstudio.com www.facebook.com/TheWilliamsStudio www.houzz.com/pro/williamsstudio1/willia ms-studio#8

GARAGE ORGANIZERS Closet & Room Solutions (616) 785-1021 www.closetandroomsolutions.com

CLOSET ORGANIZERS Closet & Room Solutions (616) 785-1021 www.closetandroomsolutions.com Closet Concepts, Inc. (616) 913-9148 www.closetconceptsofgr.com info@closetconceptsofgr.com

Closet Concepts, Inc. (616) 913-9148 www.closetconceptsofgr.com info@closetconceptsofgr.com Glass Concepts Inc. (616) 994-7050 www.glassconceptsinc.com www.glassconceptsinc.com/gallery


SPRING 18

5/15/18

2:31 PM

THE LIST Sligh Closet & Glass (616) 422-4321 www.slighdesign.com www.facebook.com/SlighDesign/ www.houzz.com/pro/slighclosetandglass/sligh-closet-and-glass sarahc@slighdesign.com GLASS & MIRROR PRODUCTS Closet Design (616) 772-1119 Glass Concepts Inc. (616) 994-7050 www.glassconceptsinc.com www.glassconceptsinc.com/gallery Norbert's Glass & Mirror Co. (616) 531-1110 www.norbertsglassandmirror.com Sligh Closet & Glass (616) 422-4321 www.slighdesign.com www.facebook.com/SlighDesign/ www.houzz.com/pro/slighclosetandglass/sligh-closet-and-glass sarahc@slighdesign.com HOME AUTOMATION Created Control (616) 356-2660 Streamline Systems (616)457-5460 www.streamlinesystemsmi.com HOME ELECTRONICS INSTALLATION Bekins Audio/Video & Appliances (616) 957-2333 Bekins Audio/Video & Appliances (616) 957-2333 Created Control (616) 356-2660 Streamline Systems (616)457-5460 www.streamlinesystemsmi.com HOME ORGANIZATION Closet Concepts, Inc. (616) 913-9148 Closet & Room Solutions (616) 785-1021 www.closetandroomsolutions.com Sligh Closet & Glass (616) 422-4321 Systematic (616) 350-9597 INTERIOR DESIGN 42 North - Architecture + Design (616) 340-8047 Dwellings, Inc. (616) 532-7897

Page 78

An Interactive Directory for the Home

Great American Spaces (877) 553-9945 www.greatamericanspaces.com Rock Kauffman Design (616) 956-3008 Klingman's Furniture (616) 942-7300 Standale Interiors (616) 453-8201 www.standaleinteriors.com Joseph Szymczak www.studioatslate.com KITCHEN & BATH DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen of Greater Grand Rapids (616) 632-2284 www.dreammakergr.com Granite Transformations (616) 726-1388 Great Lakes Granite Works (616) 785-3088 www.greatlakesgranite.com www.facebook.com/Great-Lakes-Granite-Works109217255792578/ www.houzz.com/pro/greatlakesgraniteworks/gre at-lakes-granite-works www.instagram.com/great_lakes_granite_works DBurgess@greatlakesgranite.com Infusion Showrooms by Etna Supply (616) 514-5177 www.infusionshowrooms.com www.facebook.com/infusion.showrooms www.instagram.com/infusionkitchenbathshowrooms/?hl=en

Tru Kitchens (616) 957-1969

SECURITY EPS Security/Engineered Protection Systems The Williams Studio (616) 459-0281 (616) 771-0530 www.facebook.com/EpsSecurity www.thewilliamsstudio.com https://twitter.com/EPS_Security www.facebook.com/TheWilliamsStudio www.linkedin.com/company/eps-security-inc-/ www.houzz.com/pro/williamsstudio1/williams- www.youtube.com/channel/UCPNhObLZqFHqhuYOD studio#8 hVTo9O/ www.houzz.com/pro/epssecurity/eps-security-systems LANDSCAPE DESIGN Alfresco Landcapes LLC SHOWER & TUB ENCLOSURES (616) 453-2530 Closet Design www.alfresco-landscapes.com (616) 772-1119 Landscape Design Services, Inc Godwin Hardware & Plumbing, Inc. (616) 243-3131 (616) 399-1734 www.landscapeds.com Norbert's Glass & Mirror Co. (616) 531-1110 Rivertown Landscapes LLC www.norbertsglassandmirror.com (616) 866-1700 www.rivertownlandscapes.com Re-Bath of Grand Rapids LANDSCAPING & LAWN (616) 949-8827 SPRINKLING www.Rebathgr.com Alfresco Landcapes LLC www.facebook.com/Re-Bath-of-Grand-Rapids399202116792753/ (616) 453-2530 info@rebathgr.com www.alfresco-landscapes.com Landscape Design Services, Inc (616) 399-1734 www.landscapeds.com Rivertown Landscapes LLC (616) 866-1700 www.rivertownlandscapes.com Scholten Landscape Maintenance (616) 755-2479 LIGHTING FIXTURES The Lighting Corner (616) 534-8560 (616) 842-1650 (G. Haven) www.thelightingcorner.com www.facebook.com/thelightingcorner/?fref=ts www.pinterest.com/TLC_1984

Mont Granite (616) 647-0700 www.montsurfaces.com www.facebook.com/montgranite www.pinterest.com/montgranite/ www.youtube.com/channel/UCphAqTXwVEvQ9CD MORTGAGE SERVICES L1xiJ2iQ Adventure Credit Union (616) 243-0125 xx1207 Premier Granite & Stone www.adventurecu.org (616) 647-5538 www.premiergranitetops.com Chemical Bank (616) 588-7438 Richards Kitchen & Bath Showroom www.chemicalbankmi.com (616) 247-0965 Re-Bath of Grand Rapids (616) 949-8827 www.Rebathgr.com www.facebook.com/Re-Bath-of-GrandRapids-399202116792753/ info@rebathgr.com Standale Interiors (616) 453-8201 www.standaleinteriors.com Starlite Kitchens (616) 583-9304 www.StarliteKitchens.com www.facebook.com/StarliteKitchensandBaths www.houzz.com/pro/rbronsink/starlite-

Sligh Closet & Glass (616) 422-4321 www.slighdesign.com www.facebook.com/SlighDesign/ www.houzz.com/pro/slighclosetandglass/sligh-closet-and-glass SIDING & ROOFING Eikenhout, Inc. (616) 459-4523 Standale Lumber & Supply (616) 530-8200 www.standalelumber.com www.facebook.com/standalelumber SOLAR SCREENS Action Awning LLC (616) 874-7400 http://actionawning.com https://www.facebook.com/pages/Action-AwningLLC/479665515420452

Independent Bank (800) 285-3111

SOLID SURFACE, GRANITE, FABRICATION/ INSTALLATION Great Lakes Granite Works (616) 785-3088 www.greatlakesgranite.com www.facebook.com/Great-Lakes-Granite-Works109217255792578/ www.houzz.com/pro/greatlakesgraniteworks/greatlakes-granite-works www.instagram.com/great_lakes_granite_works DBurgess@greatlakesgranite.com

Old National Bank (616) 802-3921 www.oldnational.com

Premier Granite & Stone (616) 647-5538 www.premiergranitetops.com

First United Credit Union (616) 532-9067 www.firstunitedcu.org

Starlite Kitchens (616) 583-9304 www.StarliteKitchens.com www.facebook.com/StarliteKitchensandBaths www.houzz.com/pro/rbronsink/starlite-

Top of the World Granite, Inc. (616) 791-7444 Williams Kitchen & Bath (616) 771-0505 STONE & TILE Certified Tile and Stone Installers (616) 437-3520 Genesee Ceramic Tile Dist (616) 243-5811 Great Lakes Granite Works (616) 785-3088 www.greatlakesgranite.com www.facebook.com/Great-Lakes-GraniteWorks-109217255792578/ www.houzz.com/pro/greatlakesgraniteworks/g reat-lakes-granite-works www.instagram.com/great_lakes_granite_work s DBurgess@greatlakesgranite.com Mont Granite (616) 647-0700 www.montsurfaces.com www.facebook.com/montgranite www.pinterest.com/montgranite/ www.youtube.com/channel/UCphAqTXwVEvQ9CD L1xiJ2iQ Premier Granite & Stone (616) 647-5538 www.premiergranitetops.com Top of the World Granite, Inc. (616) 791-7444 STORAGE Closet & Room Solutions (616) 785-1021 www.closetandroomsolutions.com Sligh Closet & Glass (616) 422-4321 WINDOW COVERINGS Klingman's Furniture (616) 942-7300 Standale Interiors (616) 453-8201 www.standaleinteriors.com www.facebook.com/standaleinteriors www.houzz.com/pro/standaleinteriors www.pinterest.com/standaleint/ WINDOWS & DOORS Eikenhout, Inc. (616) 459-4523 Pella Windows & Doors by HORNE (616) 889-5857 www.pellawestmichigan.com www.facebook.com/pellawindowsanddoors R J Raven Corporation (616) 245-5684 Standale Lumber & Supply (616) 530-8200 www.standalelumber.com


SPRING 18

5/15/18

2:31 PM

Page 79

2410 28th St. SW 616.532.3626

www.gerritsappliances.com

3850 29th St. SE 616.532.4131


SPRING 18

5/15/18

2:31 PM

Page 80

2018 SPRING COSMOPOLITAN HOME  

Explore a multi-level home of "Such Great Heights," and tour a unique home that brings the "Inside Out" and the "Outside In."

2018 SPRING COSMOPOLITAN HOME  

Explore a multi-level home of "Such Great Heights," and tour a unique home that brings the "Inside Out" and the "Outside In."