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contents

Grand Rapids Cosmopolitan Home EARLY SPRING

2015

departments

features

7 GARDEN CALENDAR Garden tasks all season long

12 At Home in Cielo Customization to a tee by Insignia Homes

8 DECORTAINING Sprinkle Some Joy Celebrating a new baby and mom

24 Simplicity. Beauty. Naturalism. An escape to serenity by Nugent Builders

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MONEY MATTERS Enjoy Spring Break Tips to enjoy a getaway without breaking the bank

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

THE FLIP SIDE The 2015 Product Source Guide The idea book for your home

Pictured here: The stunning side exterior by Nugent Builders. See article on page 24.


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STYLECOACHSTUDIO

cover photo by Ashley Avila

interior design decortaining

WENDY FINCH

Volume XXVII Issue 1 No. 140

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APRIL

MARCH

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Assess tools: Clean, sharpen, fix. Bring tools to be sharpened by pros now, to avoid long waits during busy season.

Inspect the bark and branches of large shade and ornamental broad leaf trees. Look for broken branches, large cracks in the bark, scars from previous cracks, weak unions such as Vshaped tree forks, decay, cankers and poor tree architecture. If any of these defects are found, your tree may be at risk from storm damage, as well as pest and disease, so call a certified arborist.

spring GARDEN CALENDAR

Resist urge to break ice off branches. This could do more damage by breaking limbs.

Start seed sowing indoors. Order plants now for later delivery.

If you stored bulbs and tubers during the winter, check them for rot or soft spots.

Encourage good foliage on Amaryllis bulbs after flowering by fertilizing lightly. Water only enough so they don’t dry out.

Prune broad leaf trees and shrubs before the trees break dormancy. Most summer- and fall-blooming vines are also best pruned in the late dormant season. Consult a book on pruning for the timing of individual trees, shrubs and plants.

Look for the conifer pests, Zimmerman pine moth and white pine weevil. Zimmerman pine moths are detected by sap flow from wounds in the warm days of early spring. White pine weevil lay eggs at tips of growth. Contact the county extension agent if you suspect either of these pests in your landscape.

Prune late flowering shrubs such as buddleia and hydrangea paniculata. Cut back ornamental grasses a couple inches from crown.

Don’t be eager to till, dig, or mess around with the soil at this time of year. Compaction and poor tilth will result.

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decortaining

BY WENDY FINCH PHOTOS BY ASHLEY AVILA

SPRINKLE Some Joy Celebrating Life’s Moments

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ecently I hosted a Sprinkle Baby Shower for a dear friend of mine. What a pleasure it is to take time to celebrate one of life's greatest accomplishments! Some of you may have hosted or attended a baby shower for “not-thefirst” family baby not realizing there is an actual category for this event. Sprinkle Baby Showers are geared toward the veteran Mom versus the first timer. The guest of honor is the little one, making his or her debut to Mom's closest friends and family. What a great idea — no wonder these gatherings are on the rise. Strollers, pacifiers, and boppies are not the standard fair at the gift table. In fact, registering for gifts may not even be part of the scenario. Luxuries for mom or something uniquely special for baby add to the fun of gift time. This go 'round is completely BS (baby specific) and offers Mom time to relax and sip a glass of well-deserved Champagne while baby meets

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Mom’s favorite people. Each guest has the chance to hold the baby and bond with the newest addition to the family. So what are the steps to take for hosting such an event? I'm glad you asked. Attention, intention, and quality over quantity to start. Great food, beautiful decor, fresh flowers, and tasty sippers are all you need. Part of the fun of hosting the event is knowing the gender of the baby. No guessing or blurring the lines between pink and blue, or saving receipts to make returns for items that may not "fit" the little guy. It is also a time to personalize things in a way that looks and feels dissimilar to previous showers given in honor of baby's big brother or sister. This time around I wanted to focus on the trends that are current this season for any age, while still keeping a boyish vibe. Black, brass, navy and white with punches of intense yellow, green and red support the eclectic feel. A few vintage inspired pieces like smoked glass stemware and wood serving platters reinforce the blending of old and new, or should I say tried and true..


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The table-scape decor included oversized, mat black Jacks and stuffed geometric pillows from The Home Studio. Layered in were found items from Hunt & Gather, and Eastown Antiques, as well as a few accoutrements from Ikea. One of my favorite personal touches are the hand stamped napkins. I enjoyed selecting stamp decor and adding important information such as birth date, time, height and weight. Don't stop at baby's names, add fun facts or little known stats regarding delivery day. How clever that something offers function, information and decoration! River House in Ada provided the food and beverage. Tasty individual servings of tomato bisque with white truffle grilled cheese garnish in mini soup tureens tasted especially good with a cold crisp Chardonnay. Jumbo crab cakes and mini pork tacos rounded out the spread. All of which disappeared by evenings end. Decadent melt-inyour-mouth brownies and individual baked apple crisps accompanied with pink Champagne kept us company while we enjoyed watching Mom open her gifts. A wonderful day was enjoyed by all. Great photo's cemented the event in our hearts, minds, and iPhones. Above all, don't let an opportunity to celebrate and make memories fall through the cracks. Whether you are having your second baby, second job, or second marriage — every moment counts! b

Wendy Finch is the sole proprietor of StyleCoach Studio Interior Design which she launched in 2008. She is a graduate of Michigan State University and has had many featured homes, including her own home, in Cosmopolitan Home magazine. She has been a decorator for the GR Symphony Showhouse and in 2011 was a participant in “19 Windows.” Recently, Wendy has added the American School of Protocol to her repertoire, an ideal accompaniment to her design-for-yourlifestyle philosophy. Cosmopolitan Home Grand Rapids | 9


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EARLY RETIREMENT? Five Questions to Consider First

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hile many retirees have to stop working earlier than they’d planned due to health or employer issues, an early retirement continues to be a longstanding dream for many people. The upside of early retirement is easy to understand – more time to pursue your interests, and to do so while you are still in good health. The downside risk centers on whether it will create a financial strain over time and the emotional impact of changing your routine. Keep in mind that given today’s life expectancies, anybody who retires prior to age 65 or 66 could easily spend two-to-three decades or more in retirement. Given this reality, here are five key questions you should answer before you decide to retire early:

1) DO YOU HAVE A REALISTIC PLAN TO GENERATE INCOME FOR DECADES? Accounting for all potential sources of revenue and making realistic projections about how much income you can draw from it over a lifetime really matters. Keep in mind that living costs will likely increase over time, requiring you to withdraw more from your nest egg in the future. To meet this financial challenge, you need to have saved diligently for years and invested wisely. You also should account for other sources of retirement income – Social Security, access to a pension from your workplace and inheritance you have received or can count on receiving. 2) DO YOU HAVE OUTSTANDING DEBTS TO PAY? If you continue to carry a home mortgage, automobile loan, credit card debt or home equity loan into retirement, ongoing payments need to be accounted for in your monthly budget. The ideal situation is to have little or no debt when you head into retirement so you can be more efficient in the use of your available financial resources. 3) ARE YOU GOING TO CLAIM SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFITS EARLY? Most people are first eligible to claim Social Security benefits when they reach age 62. However, the monthly benefit is reduced if you begin collecting Social Security before your full retirement age (which varies between 65 and 67, depending on your year of birth). As you develop your income strategy for early retirement, you either need to substitute for Social Security benefits in earlier years or be prepared to accept smaller Social Security payments throughout your life.

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4) WHAT IS YOUR PLAN FOR HEALTH CARE? One of the costliest aspects of early retirement is paying for health insurance and related expenses. You aren’t eligible to enroll in Medicare until age 65 so you’ll need to find another form of insurance coverage in the meantime. Explore your options on health care exchanges and through private insurers. You may be fortunate enough to be covered under a former employer’s plan for retirees. Keep in mind that those in their 50s and 60s may be paying the highest premiums for health insurance, so it will likely represent a significant expense. 5) ARE YOU EMOTIONALLY PREPARED FOR A DRAMATIC CHANGE IN YOUR LIFE? Leaving the workforce and the day-to-day routine you’ve been living for decades can require a significant adjustment in your mindset. Before you retire, try to envision what you want your life to be like after leaving the workforce. Have a plan to stay active and connected to people. Make sure you have outlets available that will provide the kind of stimulation you became accustomed to while you worked. But be sure to put some thought into this in advance. Early retirement is likely to work out best for those who plan ahead. Answering these five questions in an honest and comprehensive way is a good starting point. 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. © 2012 Ameriprise Financial, Inc. All rights reserved.


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Set on the peak of a wooded hill at the end of a winding road, this elegant, shingle-style cottage reflects the name of the development, Cielo, which means sky or heaven in Italian. After discovering this ideal lot, the homeowners then assembled a team who worked in collaboration to produce this little slice of heaven ...


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at home in

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A little slice of heaven by Insignia Homes, Sears Architects, Christine DiMaria Design

TEXT BY LYNN BAKEMAN PHOTOS BY ASHLEY AVILA

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heir dream team included Insignia Homes, Sears Architects, Christine DiMaria Design, and Rooks Landscaping. “The homeowners built a team they trusted right from the start,” noted builder David Morren of Insignia Homes. “When there’s a collaborative team from the moment the design is being formulated, everyone’s values mirror the plan and there’s a smooth design-build process all the way along. Starting with owners who have a clear idea of what they want, it’s easier to create a highend design and build with budgets that are affordable and appropriate.” The white shingle home features exterior detailing that is both authentic and timeless. Curving exterior walls add eye-catching interest. Dave explains “That’s the beauty of cedar shakes which allow you to veneer a curve like that. It’s very difficult to engineer and requires real craftsmen to pull off.” Dave is rightfully proud of his building crew. “In over 20 years of building high-end homes, I’ve developed a great team who I trust to back up the process. We do our best to ‘over-deliver and under-promise’ to make each project a success.” The owner had a specific feature he wanted in the home design, and it starts with the distinctive barrel vault ceiling over the front porch. Stepping through the mahogany front door with its arched transom, the graceful arc continues inside courtesy of the creative design team at Sears Architects. Rob Sears pointed out that his team used that design element as the genesis for the entire home. “When you walk in the front door, you can look straight through the house. We developed the entire home off this arched axis and all other spaces are relative to this point,” he said. Although the three-bedroom home is just under 7,000-square-feet, it was designed with empty-nesters in mind who love to entertain. The rooms projecting off the main foyer are large and open, and artfully defined by formal pillars and coffered ceilings. Christina DiMaria of Christine DiMaria Design remained friends with the owners after helping them build another home 15 years ago. She pointed out that the owners had great ideas for their home and were very involved in the design process. This comfortable relationship translates into a home that has many fun, eclectic elements while still honoring the traditional feel of a cottage home. There is a noticeable interplay of dark, earthy tones and light, airy elements that work so well together in this “cielo” home. Hand-scraped


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The rooms projecting off the main foyer are large and open, and artfully defined by formal pillars and coffered ceilings as seen above with the formal dining area.

The living room is anchored by a large gas fireplace with a limestone mantle surrounded by material that replicates the look of Carrara marble.

A wet bar is also situated in the main living area so the homeowners can unwind after work with a beverage while watching the news on the large screen TV. The owners wanted to integrate the rooms of their home so they would all be used. The bar is an attractive gathering spot with bar stool seating, lots of counter space, a beer tap, and a lit, floor-to-ceiling, temperature-controlled wine storage and display area. 14 | early spring 2015


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maple floors throughout the main level have been darkened with a coffee stain which serves as a handsome foil for the natural light from the many windows and the mostly taupe wall color with white trim. In contrast to the horizontal arc of the foyer, a striking vertical presence is the gorgeous stairway featuring the same contrast of dark and light elements. The stairway is such an important element of the home that it is clearly visible from outside. Off the foyer and before entering the kitchen is a large butler’s pantry with a mirrored back and quartz countertop. It serves double-duty for displaying serving dishes behind glass doors and as a serviceable area to prep for parties. Across from this space and behind a pocket-door is a large pantry with an extra refrigerator and open maple shelving for kitchen appliances. Just off the kitchen is a small office perfect for home management tasks.

“When there’s a collaborative team from the moment the design is being formulated, everyone’s values mirror the plan and there’s a smooth design-build process all the way along.” Christine commented that the kitchen got a lot of attention during the Parade of Homes. It is very crisp, open, and light with custom-built, inset cabinetry and stainless steel appliances. Above the range is a hooded fan that was fabricated locally with unique nailhead studs. The kitchen island is Quartzite which combines the grey veining of a marble with the durability of granite. The rest of the hard surfaces are quartz surrounded by a brilliant white subway tile backsplash. Family meals are enjoyed beneath a large bay window overlooking the deck and forested backyard in a custom-designed and upholstered banquette. Distinguished from the open area by pillars, the formal dining area features a long buffet also crafted by the Insignia team. Just off the kitchen is a large screened-in porch for grilling and outdoor dining. The living room is anchored by a large gas fireplace with a limestone mantle surrounded by material that replicates the look of Carrara marble but is actually the same Quartzite used on the kitchen island. An on-trend feature is the armless

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chaise lounge situated to mirror the sofa so someone sitting on it can interact with folks at the bar or those sitting in the living room. To fulfill one of the owner’s wishes, a wet bar is also situated in the main living area so he can unwind after work enjoying a beverage and watching the news on the large screen TV. In their former home, they had a large bar in the basement, but it was seldom used. “The owners intentionally wanted to integrate the rooms of their home so they would all be lived in,” added DiMaria. Since the bar is such an attractive gathering space, there’s bar stool seating, lots of counter space, a beer tap, and a lit, floor-to-ceiling, temperature-controlled wine storage and display area. Framing both sides of the fireplace, French doors access some of the home’s 1,500-squarefeet of outdoor decking — about half of which is covered. A towering-stone, wood-burning fireplace occupies one of the covered outdoor decks for warming up on cool evenings. The decks are finished with dark synthetic planks for easy maintenance. Clear-stained cedar is used in the ceilings of the deck and porch areas and also on a large pergola built over part of one deck. Echoing the fine craftsmanship and

The formal dining area features a long buffet crafted by the Insignia team, and is a short walk to the kitchen for ease when entertaining.

The kitchen, from Tru Kitchens, is open and light with custom-built, inset cabinetry and stainless steel appliances. Above the range is a hooded fan that was fabricated locally with unique nailhead studs. The island is Quartzite from Great Lakes Granite Works and combines the grey veining of marble with the durability of granite. The perimeter hard surfaces are quartz surrounded by a brilliant white subway tile backsplash. Cosmopolitan Home Grand Rapids | 17


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design sensibilities inside, the decks and front porch are supported by stately columns. Tom Rooks of Rooks Landscaping spoke about the importance of collaboration from the outset of the building process. “Insignia Homes is great about spending as much time as it takes to make sure the home is properly sited — not just its location on the land, but the elevation. Dave always calls me in at the very beginning along with the architects and excavators. It’s amazing how many builders don’t do that and we’re often left trying to fix a problem. Dave respects that critical element to developing the site, and I appreciate being a part of that kind of project. “I was involved with which trees had to be cleared, and that was tricky given the lot’s topography. Once we selected which trees were going to be lost, we were required to submit a plan to the developer for their replacement. The height and elevation presented significant challenges with this project that were actually turned into advantages. There’s a lot of living space in the bottom floor of the home and despite the subterranean view, it was important to make it feel open and bright. By integrating the forest and ecosystem, we made it an interesting visual asset with a design including large boulders and plantings, plus stone slab steps that lead the eye upwards.”

The kitchen got a lot of attention during the Parade of Homes. It is very crisp, open, and light and includes a large butler’s pantry and additional second pantry that houses more appliances including a second refrigerator. Family meals are enjoyed beneath a large bay window overlooking the deck and surrounding beauty in a custom-designed and upholstered banquette.


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Offering a striking vertical presence in the home is a gorgeous stairway that features a beautiful contrast of dark and light elements and is clearly visible from outside.

The second floor features a loft-style home office that was carefully designed for the home owner. There’s no television, but a full library with distinctive cabinet doors inset with wire mesh, and a long leather sofa facing a linear gas fireplace. Andersen Windows on all sides, from Zeeland Lumber, provide a birds-eye view of the surrounding forest.

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Additional challenges were losing cover due to drainage field requirements and screening a nearby house from view which was solved using large white pines that created a soft, natural backdrop. Rooks designers didn’t want to hide the front of the home from the road, so they created a screen of river birch. They also focused on preserving the natural aspects of the land by incorporating subtle forest edges, native plants, and low maintenance perennials.

A spiral staircase leads from the owners' suite down to the lower level which features an exercise room, steam shower, cedar-trimmed sauna, and a dressing room that accesses the back yard and a future hot tub. Ten-foot ceilings, a large family room, snack bar, and home theater complete this luxury level.

The powder room off the great room is a space where DiMaria was able to have some fun with the design. She discovered a great dropglass pendant fixture and added a furniture piece for the vanity topped with reflective Caesarstone quartz and finished with custom-crafted metal legs. The next axis off the great room area leads to the owners' bedroom suite. DiMaria and the owner spent the better part of an afternoon designing the spacious owners' bedroom closet. An ingenious addition to the spacious master bedroom closet is a laundry shoot that feeds into a wheeled bin. Open a sliding door around the corner, and the bin can be wheeled directly through the mud room into the adjacent laundry room. Cosmopolitan Home Grand Rapids | 21


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Fifteen hundred-square-feet of outdoor decking — about half of which is covered — wraps the home. A toweringstone, wood-burning fireplace occupies one of the covered outdoor decks for warming up on cool evenings.The decks are finished with dark synthetic planks for easy maintenance. Clear-stained cedar is used in the ceilings of the deck and porch areas and also on a large pergola. Echoing the fine craftsmanship and design sensibilities inside, the decks and front porch are supported by stately columns. The masterfully-designed landscaping, by Rooks Landscaping, utilizes the natural aspects of the land by incorporating subtle forest edges, native plants, and low maintenance perennials.

The owners' suite features custom built-in cabinets throughout the bedroom, bathroom, and dressing room. The large walk-in shower features porcelain tile walls with marble inlays and a heated towel warmer waiting outside. All the bathrooms have radiant heat for comfort. Sears Architects also warmed the area by allowing natural light into the interior space of the shower. A spiral staircase leads from the owners' suite down to the lower level and a mirrored exercise room. To ease sore muscles, there’s a steam shower, a cedar-lined sauna, and a teak-trimmed dressing room that leads to the backyard, where a hot tub will be installed. The lower level, which features 10-foot ceilings, also includes a large family room, snack bar, and home theater with a 90-inch television and surround-sound system. The remaining two bedroom suites share a spacious “Jack and Jill” bathroom with quartz counters and a walk-in shower. The second floor is a loft-style home office that was carefully designed for the home owner. There’s no television, but a full library with distinctive cabinet doors inset with wire mesh, and a long leather sofa facing a linear gas fireplace. Windows on all sides provide a birds-eye view of the surrounding forest.

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Every detail of this beautifully crafted home speaks to the success of Insignia’s building philosophy. They respect the professionals chosen for the project, understand what each contributes, and they’re really good at keeping that collaborative effort at the front of the designbuild process. As Dave Morren stated, “This was a fun project with everyone working together. A great collaborative process between all parties is when the great projects happen.” b

RESOURCE INDEX BUILDER Insignia Homes ARCHITECT Sears Architects INTERIOR DESIGN Christine DiMaria Design BUILDING SUPPLY Zeeland Lumber CABINETRY Tru Kitchens COUNTERTOPS Great Lakes Granite Works FLOOR COVERINGS Sparta Town & Country GARAGE DOORS Overhead Door MILLWORK Phillip Elenbaas Millwork LANDSCAPING Rooks Landscaping LIGHTING Kendall Lighting WINDOWS Andersen from Zeeland Lumber


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SIMPLICITY. BEAUTY. NATURALISM.

A Forest Bath by Nugent Builders TEXT BY LYNN BAKEMAN PHOTOS BY ASHLEY AVILA


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estled in the pine trees at the end of a gently curving drive stands a home with clean, modern lines

softened by the warmth of natural wood and ledge stone. A fusion of nature and architecture, the home is contemporary and open, with elements of the Japanese aesthetic: simplicity, beauty, and naturalism.


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The homeowners had carefully considered what appealed to them in a home for several years. They had previously built two homes and a cottage, but had never worked with an architect since they simply selected standard designs without a lot of engineering. With both kids out of the home and establishing their own lives, it was time to build the home they felt they both wanted and needed: a peaceful retreat where they can unplug from technology and recharge after a tough day. In Japan, many citizens schedule time for a leisurely visit to the forest as researchers proclaim that nature can lower blood pressure, fight off depression, reduce stress — and even prevent cancer. With the help of a talented team led by Nugent Builders, this Rockford couple created their own forest bath without the long commute to Japan. 26 | early spring 2015


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Knockadoon in Rockford, a new development by Nugent Builders, offered the natural beauty and serenity the couple desired. Before the roads were in, they donned boots and walked the land discovering a site that seemed to capture their fond memories of vacations to British Columbia and Colorado … a forest bath. Brent Dykstra, senior architect at AMDG Architects, Inc. validated that the lot was perfect for a southern exposure and would capture the assets of the topography: the subtle crest of the hill, a stand of pines, and a very peaceful environment with an infinite view into the woods. For Dykstra, the design process involved walking the site and taking a lot of photos, conceptual drawings on paper that flow into organizational

diagrams, then moving quickly into three-dimensional digital modeling, then a combination of hand-sketching and digital modeling. The design presented engineering challenges that were a blend of commercial and residential construction. As Dykstra explained, “AMDG Architects are able to draw on a body of work and knowledge that allows us to be a little less out-ofthe-box residential. Matt McCambridge, president and project manager of Nugent Builders was able to execute all aspects to a high level.”

The open great room, with its soaring 17-foot ceilings, draws attention to the fact that there are no support beams but a steel infrastructure.

The majority of the main floor features 17- by 23inch porcelain tile offering a modern, spare aesthetic. Radiant heating warms the floors to keep them cozy.

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The kitchen, from The Williams Studio, features a waterfall quartz island — one of the only materials that is capable of a mitered corner. The quartz is translated up to the ceiling while the cabinets balance the scale . The rich Prosecco finish on the cabinetry brings warmth to the contemporary space. The powder room features an exquisitely tiled wall that showcases the trust the home owners had in interior designer Ashley Cole.

just nine months. I think we had close to 10 feet of snow on that project. The fact that the foundation walls and ledges have 20 different elevation changes and the wood walls and ceilings have numerous different elevations also presented interesting challenges with this home.” McCambridge pointed out the beauty of the clear, vertical-grain cedar siding and rift-cut walnut trim. The interlocking shiplap pieces were milled in a flush expression with reveals in the joints between the boards to accentuate the horizontal nature of the home. All the siding corners are mitered so there’s no trim. The house features wood overhang details, with custom-designed gutters. Residential construction windows were made to look more commercial by bringing them out to the corners and wrapping them with aluminum. “Working with these premium materials is great for our carpenters,” said McCambridge. “Concrete tiles and real stone products — it is really exciting to work with the latest in quality products and see the finished result. It is definitely a home Nugent Builders is proud of.” “There’s a reactive component to what people like, and for this homeowner natural light was

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always part of the conversation. We sought to capture the idea that natural light doesn’t have to be limited to interior spaces,” Dykstra noted. Glass garage doors are a distinctive feature of this house and that same concept of light with privacy was carried into a screen built to shield the convenient side entrance. Staggered basalt pillars stand sentry by the entrance and provide an interesting vertical foil to the horizontal lines of the home. A bright orange door provides a warm welcome to guests. One of the most arresting features stands just inside and serves as a visual division between the main entrance and the dining room. The homeowners hosted artist Nathan Craven for three weeks during the 2012 ArtPrize competition.

“I WAS ALLOWED FREEDOM TO CREATE A VERY CUSTOM SPACE THAT NOT ONLY FUNCTIONS BEAUTIFULLY, BUT IS VISUALLY STUNNING AS WELL.” Although he typically does commercial installations, they wanted to incorporate his work in their home and gave Nathan his first residential commission. He constructs porous walls from extruded ceramic bricks and the owner sent him pictures of the surrounding pine trees as inspiration plus samples of their color palette. He surprised them by spelling their name in one of the bricks. Each brick was placed by hand within the frame and stacked, not glued. Only one side of the work is glazed presenting a different look when viewed from each side. As these exciting elements began to take shape, the homeowner shared that her normally reticent husband scooped her up and proclaimed, “This house is gonna rock!!” An impressive level of enthusiasm after 30 years of marriage. It is quickly apparent in the open great room with its soaring 17-foot ceilings, that there are no support beams. The staircase appears to float gracefully downward from the balcony. There is a fair amount of steel infrastructure to accomplish this feat and even a slender steel offset from the corners of the home to maximize the glass meeting in the corners. Dykstra explained that this room is an example of letting the details serve the design. In most homes, there are typically material divisions of inside and outside elements. “Design elements can be reinforced by material expression, so it’s Cosmopolitan Home Grand Rapids | 29


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logical to continue to reinforce the design ideas with a detail.” As seen through the corner windows, the outer ledge stone continues in a straight line to become an inside wall. With interior volumes pushed up to the ceiling, there needed to be a deliberate level of coordination of distributing mechanicals, lighting, and insulation within that narrow cavity of the roof structure. Brent is quick to credit Keith Ritsema of JDH Engineering for his role in these engineering feats. The majority of the main floor features 17- by 23-inch porcelain tile offering a modern, spare aesthetic. Radiant heating warms the floors to keep them cozy without rugs that would break up the flow of the open space.

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Ashley Cole met her future clients at a modernstyle Parade Home she designed. They immediately clicked and she was brought in to help with custom built-in design, finish, color, and fixture selections. “Both of the owners have great taste and were open to some really fun choices,” she shared. “My most important role is to bring out the client's personal style and pull it together in a cohesive and seamless way. I get into their heads, look at examples of what they like and make them a reality. I am also there to suggest things they may not have thought of, the details that make all the difference in the final product.”

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UNWINDING EVERY TIME I COME HOME.” “Ashley had the creative vision and design sensibility to pull that interior space together and make it sing,” said Dykstra. “She also had the administrative capability to sweat the smallest detail and accurately transmit the information to subs — that’s where the rubber meets the road to make that design vision happen.” Ashley sketched the very Zen-like face of the fireplace which was crafted from 50-pound Paloform tiles. The clean geometry of the large tiles is perfectly balanced in such a large format. One of her favorite spaces is the owners' bathroom. The homeowner marveled at Ashley’s ability to create warmth in such a large space. Ashley selected distinctive plumbing and lighting fixtures and “I was allowed freedom to create a very custom space that not only functions

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The open staircase with walnut treads appears to float gracefully downward from the balcony. There is a fair amount of steel infrastructure to accomplish this feat. Glass garage doors are a distinctive feature of this home and introduces the home’s design concept of maximizing natural light with privacy by using screens. Artprize artist Nathan Craven was commissioned to construct a porous wall from extruded ceramic bricks to serve as a visual divider separating the home’s main entrance and the dining room. Each brick was placed by hand within the frame and stacked, not glued. Only one side of the work is glazed presenting a different look when viewed from each side. The result is one of the most arresting features in the home.

beautifully, but is visually stunning as well. Nugent Builders knocked it out of the park with their millwork skills. Matthew Vanderberg took my designs and executed them perfectly,” she said. The homeowner stated emphatically that all of Nugent’s subs take great pride in their work and are the best at what they do whether it is tile work, drywall, paint, or finish work. As an example, she pointed out how the grain of the natural walnut in the drawers and cabinets matched flawlessly. White, root-cut oak floors in the owners’ bedroom offer warmth in contrast to the tile found elsewhere. When the house was staked out, the owners celebrated Sweetest Day by carving their initials into the nearest tree within view of their master bedroom windows. Master carpenter Matthew Vanderberg again showed his skills on the floating staircase with rift-cut walnut treads which are perfectly cut to meet shape of the ledge stone wall. Ensuite bedrooms were built upstairs for the owners’ two collegeage kids who visit infrequently, but may bring guests. Their son is a fan of the “Twilight” movie and thinks their new home looks like the glass mountain house in the film. The balcony ends in another of Ashley’s favorite designs, the home office. She created an open office space with a unique floating glass desk that offers an unobstructed view outside and again teamed with Matthew who crafted walnut cabinets and open shelving.


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Matt pointed out that “this home offered unique challenges for our guys. Due to a slight pitch in the roof, the ceiling elevations cause almost every wall to be a different height, and the studs are cut a different length. Spare detailing means flaws can’t be hidden with trim, transoms and windows had to line up perfectly. I’m going to miss those challenges!” The kitchen island features a waterfall of quartz — one of the only materials that could make a mitered corner. It is rare to see the countertop product translated up to the ceiling, but Ashley was influential is balancing the scales of the space with the kitchen cabinets. The cabinets have a warm finish called Prosecco which brings warmth to the contemporary space. A smaller TV room sits off the kitchen as that is not a focus for the couple. The welcoming space has a bright splash of poppy color on one wall and access to outdoors for easy entertaining.

“NUGENT BUILDERS KNOCKED IT OUT OF THE PARK WITH THEIR MILLWORK SKILLS. THEY TOOK MY DESIGNS AND EXECUTED THEM PERFECTLY.” The patio fireplace is also designed out of durable concrete Paloform and features a linear flame that starts with the flick of a switch. Unlike a deck which serves to hold you apart from the outdoors, this open patio has a brise-soleil to screen sunlight but otherwise gives you a sense of being tucked into the woods. Many of the interior doors in the home including closets and the kitchen pantry feature the same frosted glass to let in natural light. Windows have been added to every room — even the half bath and mud room to honor that connection between the interior and nature. Angie Rummler of River Ridge Landscaping continued the clean esthetics outdoors. Crushed stone meets the line of the roof gutter and pine needles reach a border of tufted fescue and decorative grasses for care-free maintenance. “From the smell of the pines and the sounds of the wind in the pines to the chirps of crickets and croaks of frogs in the wetlands, I’m able to rejuvenate when I leave the city or a stressful environment. I feel like I’m unwinding every time I come home,” said the home owner. “We let others use their gifts and our forest bath was created.” 32 | early spring 2015


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The balcony ends with the home office. Ashley Cole created an open office space with a unique floating glass desk that offers an unobstructed view outside. White, root-cut oak floors, by Rockford Flooring, on this level offer warmth in contrast to the tile found elsewhere. A smaller TV room sits off the kitchen. The welcoming space has a bright splash of poppy color and access to the outdoors for easy entertaining. The owners' bathroom reveals the team’s ability to create warmth in a large space. The impeccable craftsmanship in the cabinetry showcases the grain of the natural walnut and is matched up flawlessly in the drawers and cabinets. Distinctive plumbing and lighting fixtures enforce the superior design.

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NUGENT BUILDERS: Exceeding Expectations FOUNDED IN 1978 by Rick and Carol Nugent, Nugent Builders has stood the test of time and then some. What started in a small, home office has grown into a new, 7,800 square-foot, modern facility in Rockford, Mich., that incorporates both offices and workshop and employs 35 industry professionals. The company has successfully completed thousands of quality construction projects throughout the decades, earning an impeccable reputation and numerous prestigious awards (including the Builder Achievement Award and the H.A.P. Award).

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RESOURCE INDEX BUILDER Nugent Builders ARCHITECT AMDG Architects INTERIOR DESIGN Ashley Cole CABINETRY The Williams Studio CLOSETS Closet Concepts DECORATIVE HARDWARE Modern Hardware FLOOR COVERINGS Rockford Floor Coverings LANDSCAPING River Ridge Landscaping LIGHTING Kendall & Grand Rapids Lighting PLUMBING FIXTURES Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery STONE Belden Brick & Stone 34 | early spring 2015


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DISCOVER THE BEAUTY WITHIN With a reputation for exceeding expectations in home design and construction, NUGENT BUILDERS brings over 35 years of experience and integrity to every building project, client, subcontractor and supplier. With a team of full time estimators, accounting professionals, project managers and experienced carpenters, Nugent Builders truly provides a complete package for every new home project.

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

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

REDJET CAFE, Red Jet Cafe focuses specialty coffee service, fresh fruit smoothies, woodfired pizzas, and Grand Rapids' most authentic crepe selection. Breakfast is served from open to close and features a diverse menu, including Crepes, Deluxe French Toast, Scrambles and more. The Crepes are phenomenal, with both savory and sweet selections. Red Jet resides inside what used to be the Creston Library, creating a vintage interior complemented by a more modern decor. The wood-fired pizza selection is vast and the menu also features a nice offering of entrees, craft beers and wine. Enjoy our street-side patio during the warmer months. 1431 Plainfield Ave. NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49505 616.719.5500 • www.thegilmorecollection.com

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

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What makes for a dining experience? Is it an expertly prepared meal or the delicious, hand crafted micro-brew that washes it down? Gilly’s makes the answer easy — you get both in spades. Not only will the beer lover in you be indulged, (Gilly’s offers a variety of Brewmaster John’s brews) but the foodie in you will be satiated as well. Each dish on Gilly’s menu exudes a flair for both big flavors and culinary creativity. The menu provides a diverse set of options, from vegetarian delights to seafood specialties. Our Fresh Oyster selection and Crab Legs come highly recommended. 20 Monroe Ave. NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 616.356.2000 • www.thegilmorecollection.com

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

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

GRAND RAPIDS BREWING COMPANY Reimagined, reinvented and reopened as the Midwest's only USDA-certified organic brewery. From our re-purposed wood tables to our retro art, we like reusing where it makes good sense. But, in reopening GRBC as the Midwest's only organic brewery, we knew we were taking a new step in the right direction. One sip and you'll know, too. Know what goes great with organic beer? Our hand-crafted food. From award winning chili and house-made sausages to our brewhouse burger, everything on our menu was made to be enjoyed with our beers. Grab anything off our pub friendly menu to go with your pint and you'll see what we mean. Grand Rapids Brewing Company. Organic never tasted so good. 1 Ionia St. SW Grand Rapids MI 49503 616.458.7000 • grbrewingcompany.com Cosmopolitan Home Grand Rapids | 39


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

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

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

BOSTWICK LAKE INN Established in 1910, Bostwick Lake Inn feels like the old family summer home on the lake. Enjoy wonderful views of the water and our beautiful deck with a bar, seating and live music in season. Inside, there's a cozy, casual feeling of friendship and neighborhood gathering for food, fun and fellowship. The menu is casual, eclectic, and creative — with a focus on traditional and "new" American favorites. We've revamped the space with a new bar, decor, and staff, while staying true to the historic roots that have make Bostwick Lake Inn a West Michigan favorite for over a century. 8521 Belding Rd. NE, Rockford, MI 49341 616.874.7290 • www.thegilmorecollection.com

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