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Buying the Right Lawn Mower
aking good care of your lawn requires the right equipment – and that includes the right lawn mower. But with so many options available, how do you know which lawn mower is right for you? KNOW YOUR YARD Spend a few minutes assessing your yard. How big is it? Is it flat and smooth, or does it slope? Do you have trees and garden beds to mow around? All of these will factor into the kind of lawn mower you choose. Size • If your yard is smaller than half an acre, a walk-behind mower will work just fine for you. For yards larger than that, you may want to consider a riding mower. Topography • If your yard has uneven terrain, a self-propelled mower will make cutting up hill much quicker and easier. Obstacles • For mowing around trees and landscape beds, pay attention to the mower’s maneuverability and ease-of-use when making tight turns. For example, John Deere X310 Select Series riding mowers have power steering, which makes trimming around tight areas much easier.
Additional yard tasks • If your list of seasonal chores includes collecting fall leaves, fertilizing your lawn or removing snow, look for a lawn tractor with attachment options that can help keep your yard in good shape year round. SAFETY FEATURES Operating any piece of power equipment requires taking safety precautions. Before you buy a mower, make sure you know what safety features come standard. For example, the blades on John Deere riding lawn mowers will automatically shut off if the operator leaves the seat while the blades are in motion. And, be sure to familiarize yourself with the operator’s manual so you understand all of the features on your equipment. AFTER-SALE SERVICE For long-term savings, look for a mower brand that provides reliable after-sale support and maintenance. Local equipment dealers not only help you make the right purchase, but can offer on-site maintenance and even at-home service like John Deere’s Mobile Maintenance program, that brings a factory-trained technician to your home.
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Thrills from the Grill flavor from around the globe
he next time you fire up the grill, give your taste buds a thrill with recipes that are inspired by some of the best cuisines from around the world. These recipes from Omaha Steaks will take you on a culinary adventure right in your own backyard. Sweet and spicy Korean, zesty South American and bold Mediterranean flavors make perfectly grilled steak even better. You can find more adventurous recipes at www.OmahaSteaks.com.
10 TIPS FOR PERFECT GRILLING To help you get the perfect steaks every time, follow these simple tips from the experts at Omaha Steaks: 1. Clean and preheat grill on high. 2. Lightly oil everything before putting it on the grill. This helps the searing process and prevents sticking. 3. Season food before grilling. 4. Sear the outside of steaks when grilling. This helps with the flavor and juiciness. 5. Use tongs or a spatula to turn meat on the grill. Using a fork can damage the meat. 6. Cover grill as much as possible during the grilling process. This helps to lock in the grilled flavor and will help prevent flare-ups. 7. Keep a spray bottle with water handy to douse any unexpected flare-ups. 8. Use the 60/40 grilling method. Grill for 60 percent of the time on the first side, then grill 40 percent of the time after turning over the food. This will make sure your food is evenly cooked. 9. Place cooked food on a clean plate. Never place cooked food on the plate you used to transport the raw food to the grill without thoroughly washing it first. 10. Allow foods to “rest” for 5 minutes between cooking and eating. This will help them retain moisture when you cut into them. 12 | spring 2013
To get your grill time just right, download SteakTime, Omaha Steaks’ free app with an innovative grill timer, at www.itunes.com/appstore. GRILLED RIBEYE STEAK WITH CHIMICHURRI SALSA Serves 4 4 Omaha Steaks Ribeye Steaks Sea salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste 1 cup Chimichurri Salsa (see recipe) 4 cilantro sprigs Begin by thawing steaks. Then season and grill to desired doneness. Top each steak generously with Chimichurri Salsa. Garnish each steak with one cilantro sprig. CHIMICHURRI SALSA Makes 1 cup 1/2 cup green onions, minced 2 teaspoon fresh oregano, minced 1/4 cup red bell pepper, minced 1/4 cup cilantro, minced 1 tablespoon jalapeño, minced 2 teaspoons fresh garlic, minced 1/2 teaspoon sea salt 1/4 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar 1/2 lime, juiced Combine all ingredients and mix well.
STIR-FRIED BOK CHOY 1 tablespoon canola oil 1 pound bok choy, chopped 1/3 cup Korean barbecue sauce 1 tablespoon sesame oil Sea salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste In a wok, briefly heat canola oil. Add bok choy and cook for 2 to 3 minutes. Add Korean barbecue sauce and sesame oil to wok and mix well. Serve while hot.
KOREAN BARBECUE BEEF TENDERLOIN WITH STIR-FRIED BOK CHOY Serves 6 to 8 1 3-pound Omaha Steaks Tenderloin Roast 2 cups Korean Barbecue Marinade (see recipe) 1/4 cup Omaha Steaks Private Reserve American Steak Rub 1 pound Stir-Fried Bok Choy (see recipe) 1 14-ounce bottle Korean barbecue sauce 6 to 8 cilantro sprigs 1 teaspoon black sesame seeds 1 teaspoon toasted sesame seeds
MEDITERRANEAN SIRLOIN SKEWERS Begin by completely thawing tenderloin. It will Serves 4 to 6 2 pounds Omaha Steaks Sirloin Tips take 2 days in refrigerator or 1 hour in a sink full 1 cup Mediterranean Steak Marinade of cold water. 4 to 6 skewers Thaw sirloin tips. Remove tenderloin from plastic, and place in a large resealable bag with Korean Barbecue Prepare Mediterranean Steak Marinade. Marinade. Marinate overnight in refrigerator. Drain sirloin tips and place in a resealable bag Remove tenderloin from marinade, and season with marinade. Marinate sirloin tips in refrigerawith steak rub. Sear tenderloin on all sides on a tor for at least 8 hours or overnight. Agitate bag pre-heated grill. Place in a 250째F oven for 1 hour periodically to ensure marinade is well combined and 15 minutes, or until the internal temperature with the sirloin tips. is 125째F for medium rare. Preheat grill on high. Thread sirloin tips onto With 15 minutes remaining, prepare the bok choy skewers. Grill for 4 to 5 minutes on each side. Serve over couscous, pasta, salad or rice. and heat Korean barbecue sauce. Remove tenderloin from oven, let rest 15 minutes. Slice and serve. Garnish with cilantro and a mix- MEDITERRANEAN STEAK MARINADE Makes 1 cup ture of sesame seeds. 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil 2 teaspoons sea salt KOREAN BARBECUE MARINADE 1 teaspoon ground black pepper Makes 2 cups 1/4 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice 1 tablespoon sesame oil 2 tablespoons fresh garlic cloves, chopped 2 tablespoons garlic, finely chopped 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary, chopped 2 tablespoons fresh ginger, minced 1 tablespoon fresh oregano, chopped 1 cup canned pear juice 1/4 cup California chardonnay wine 1/2 cup soy sauce Combine all ingredients and mix well.b 2 tablespoons brown sugar 1 tablespoon crushed red pepper Place sesame oil in a thick bottom pot and add garlic and ginger. Place pot on a medium burner and add the rest of ingredients and slowly bring to a boil. Bring heat down to a simmer and cook while stirring for approximately 5 minutes. Remove sauce from heat and refrigerate for up to one week. Cosmopolitan Home Grand Rapids | 13
IN THE CITY TEXT BY SARAH PUPEL PHOTOGRAPHY BY ASHELY AVILA MEGAN TERVEEN,VISBEEN ARCHITECTS
owntown Grand Rapids has a unique energy all its own â€” a dynamic city that offers the finest in everything from wining and dining to fabulous art exhibitions and shows. And now, with residential developments like River House, the finest in living accommodations is also a part of this bustling cityâ€™s life. This issue, Cosmopolitan Home steps inside a sophisticated River House penthouse â€” showcasing immaculate modern design with all the energy of a booming metropolis as its backdrop. Enticing views and luxurious amenities are just the icing on the cake as we glide through this penthouse in the city.
PREVIOUS PAGE: The living room is monochromatic with charcoal and white furnishings, a sculptural end table, and a cozy shag rug to warm up the polished concrete floors. The fireplace was designed to work with an existing structural column. It is a frameless glass box cantilevered by a stainless steel support. THIS PAGE ABOVE: Connecting the entertaining area to the more casual “family” wing is the bar — a long and narrow space that is ideal. It features the same finishes as the kitchen to tie the spaces together, but it also includes a full mirrored backsplash to reflect the windows on the opposite wall. This way, guests can enjoy the city view regardless of where they sit. BELOW: The asymmetrical design of the living room provides a creative place for the TV. And, rather than block the view with a wall, it is suspended on a steel post. Artwork is displayed on the back side of the TV to create the look of an invisible wall.
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Several factors led penthouse owners Rebecca Tyke and Chuck Gallagher to make their home at River House. Chuck is a realtor specializing in downtown Grand Rapids urban living, and is involved with the sales at River House. Rebecca wanted a space that could act as a gallery to showcase her father’s art line, 3StepArt. It is a modern line of dimensional paintings that may be customized to fit an environment. They both have a love of modern design, and both fell in love with River House’s penthouse views. It was a natural fit to build there. Falcon Custom Homes has done other projects at River House, giving the homeowners a familiarity with their work and appreciation for the quality level they provide. Falcon is committed to the details and has the perfectionist hand needed to pull off the owners’ sleek style. With over 15 years of experience creating award-winning, custom homes of all styles, the choice of what builder to use was made easy.
The wow-factor of this home starts when the front door opens to an incredible view of Downtown, especially during one of West Michigan s brilliant sunsets. When creating a modern space, it is essential to have a team that understands that modern may look simple but takes meticulous attention to detail in order to create that clean and intentional design. “When you have a contemporary type of look, it’s typically much more simplistic looking. It takes a lot more forethought,” said Nate Abbott of Falcon Custom Homes. The homeowners then recruited Visbeen Architects to create a space that functioned well as both a living space and a gallery. They had seen the firm’s highly-creative work over the years and had witnessed Visbeen’s amazing ability to quick sketch his out-of-the-box thoughts. For two homeowners that love to peruse imagery for inspiration, this kind of visual communication was key. There were several structural challenges with the space but, for Visbeen, challenge means the opportunity to do something cool. He had to work around the existing placement of plumbing and structural supports, but he basically could design from a blank slate with white walls, concrete floors, and a spectacular view. The end result was a smart layout where the bar and entertaining space is the hub to two separate wings — the sophisticated owners wing and the more casual wing for the kids’ bedroom suites. This allows for privacy where needed and an open flow when entertaining.
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The homeowners spent many date nights researching the popular design websites to develop the style of the space. They spent studious time defining how they wanted the space to feel. With so many ways to visually describe what they wanted, Rebecca and Chuck were able to have a major role in the finished space. Many finishes and design elements are carried throughout the home to create a minimalist feel. For example, floating cabinets are used in all of the bathrooms with accent lighting underneath. Also, much of the cabinetry is finished in a charcoal stain juxtaposed by lacquered white accents in the furnishings. Custom concrete countertops in the bathrooms add an industrial flair but are also very practical with integrated sinks. Ceiling treatments were used throughout the home as a critical element to creating intimacy in large, open areas. Accent lighting is also a key element in every room, and the incredible floor-to-ceiling windows cover every exterior wall. The interior walls are primarily white, creating a blank slate for both the view and the artwork.
From LaughFest to Art Prize, the homeowners have immersed themselves into downtown living, enjoying all downtown Grand Rapids has to offer. The wow-factor of this home starts when the front door opens to an incredible view of Downtown, especially during one of West Michiganâ€™s brilliant sunsets. The entertaining space encompasses the kitchen, dining area, and living room in one large, open area. The living room is monochromatic with charcoal and white furnishings, a sculptural end table, and a cozy shag rug to warm up the polished concrete floors. But the real architectural feature here is the fireplace. Designed to work with an existing structural column, the fireplace is a frameless glass box that is cantilevered from the support column by a stainless steel support. The asymmetry of the design provides the perfect place for the TV, but rather than block the view with a wall, it is suspended on a steel post. Artwork is displayed on the back side of the TV to create the look of an invisible wall. The fireplace burns bioethanol, as traditional wood and gas options were not acceptable. The living room also provides access to a spectacular outdoor patio. Summer in the city just got more fabulous. The dining space sits along a wall of windows with a custom lacquered buffet and more art18 | spring 2013
The living room provides access to a spectacular outdoor patio. Because it’s the penthouse, the views are soaring and because it’s River House, luxurious amenities abound. Summer in the city couldn’t be more fabulous.
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work to anchor the space. The ceiling has a recessed niche for the stunning lighting design, a set of modern pendants with spun metallic strands. This illuminates the lacquered sheen of the long dining table, surrounded by white chairs. The shag rug underfoot offers warmth. The kitchen continues the flowing, openness of the home. Dual dishwashers, a must-have for Rebecca, is essential in keeping the area’s clean lines clutter free. A wall of simplistic yet beautiful cabinetry, floor to ceiling, hide the refrigerator and pantry necessities. The oven has a panel that flips
When creating a modern space, it is essential to have a team that understands the meticulous attention to detail it takes in order to create that clean and intentional design. to hide the controls and provide a clean stainless look. The base cabinets have an organic feel with the repeating dark charcoal stain and a light grey marbled concrete countertop that waterfalls down the sides of the island, custom made locally by Hard Topix. There is a minimal use of upper cabinets that are finished in a contrasting glossy white acrylic. A bulkhead over the island was designed with recessed lighting to add to the ambiance when entertaining and define the kitchen area. The owners’ suite lies at this end of the condo. It is a direct contrast to the stark white entertaining space with its moody red walls and deep charcoal carpeting. Along the wall of windows sits a chaise, one of Rebecca’s favorite spots to unwind. Another place to relax is the freestanding tub along this same wall. It is located in the bedroom to solve a space issue in the owners’ bathroom, but it also makes a design statement while allowing a city view when relaxing in the bath. This space also features a fireplace and TV for total luxury. Visbeen designed a raised platform with an organic curve to define the space for the tub, as well as the the floating fireplace and TV.
The dining area sits along a wall of windows with a custom lacquered buffet and more artwork to anchor the space. The ceiling has a recessed niche for the stunning lighting design, a set of modern pendants with spun metallic strands. THIS PAGE: The entertaining space encompasses the kitchen, dining area, and living room in one large, open area. The kitchen with cabinetry by Woodways Custom Cabinetry features base cabinets in a dark charcoal stain and upper cabinets in a contrasting glossy white acrylic. A light grey marbled concrete countertop that waterfalls down the sides of the island was custom made locally by Hard Topix.
The owners’ bath is a modern spa experience. It features a full steam shower and a double vanity with crisp white countertops and integrated sinks. The floating charcoal cabinets are also accented with lighting to keep the space feeling open. The master closet leaves nothing to be desired with room for plenty of the latest fashions. Connecting the entertaining space to the more casual “family” wing is the bar. “The bar is the segue, it’s the transition, it’s the hub, it’s the linchpin of the space. And basically, it is a transition from the family entertaining area to the enterCosmopolitan Home Grand Rapids | 21
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tainment room, so you have this bar that works for both,â€? said Visbeen.
The homeowners spent many date nights perusing popular design websites to develop the style of the space. They spent studious time defining how they
The ownersâ€™ suite is a direct contrast to the stark white entertaining space with its moody red walls and deep charcoal carpeting from DeGraaf Interiors. This space also features a fireplace and TV for total luxury. A freestanding tub, from Genzink Plumbing, located in the bedroom makes a design statement while allowing a city view when relaxing in the bath. Visbeen designed a raised platform with an organic curve to define the space for the tub,
wanted the space to feel. The space is long and narrow, making it the perfect location for a bar. The bar has the same finishes as the kitchen to tie the spaces together, but it also features a full mirrored backsplash to reflect the windows on the opposite wall. This way, guests can enjoy the view regardless of where they sit. Floating shelves mounted on the mirrored backsplash are also used in a small recessed niche â€” perfect for wine storage and glassware. The theater room welcomes you into the rest of the home. The casual, contemporary upholstery provides a great spot to watch movies, while a custom desk area in the corner provides a place to do a little work. The desk wall is accented with stainless steel channels and floating upper cabinets, an architectural element that adds interest. Cosmopolitan Home Grand Rapids | 23
The plush carpeting is carried throughout this wing to add a casual comfort. The custom ceiling in this room consists of four recessed lighting niches for ambiance. The boy’s bedroom suite is next in line. This bedroom is vibrant with an orange accent wall, white furnishings, and white artwork. This room also has a view as well as a unique shape. But the end result houses a great spot for a built in desk and an area for gaming.
The owners both have a love of modern design, and both fell in love with River House’s penthouse views. It was a natural fit to build here. The bathroom is designed in neutral grey tones, reflective of the rest of the home. A frosted glass partition separates and provides privacy, and concrete countertops sit atop the charcoal stained cabinetry seen throughout the home. The girl’s bedroom has a great bold color scheme to feature large-scale art. The built-in dresser is a great way to solve the issue of the support column in this room. The bathroom is cozy yet monochromatic with custom black concrete countertops with an integrated sink, charcoal stained cabinetry, and a deep charcoal floor. The laundry room is small but efficient. Rebecca loves the color orange, so this became an opportunity to have something happy in an otherwise utilitarian space. Glossy tangerine acrylic cabinets surround crisp appliances, making this space more fun than it should be.
TOP: The theater room welcomes you into the rest of the home. The casual, contemporary upholstery provides a great spot to watch movies, while a custom desk area in the corner provides a place to do a little work. The desk wall is accented with stainless steel channels and floating upper cabinets, an architectural element that adds interest. The boy’s bedroom is vibrant with orange accents, white and black furnishings, and white artwork. This room also has a view as well as a unique shape. But the end result houses a great spot for a built-in desk and an area for gaming.
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From LaughFest to Art Prize, the homeowners have immersed themselves into downtown living, enjoying all downtown Grand Rapids has to offer. They have had many successful events and plan to have many more to promote both publicity for 3StepArt and the urban lifestyle. b
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The architectural design process was led by Wayne Visbeen of Visbeen Architects. Visbeen has been designing one-of-a-kind custom spaces from traditional to ultra modern since the early ’90s. His ability to sketch on the go allowed him to spend time on the property and find the perfect site and design a home that frames the ideal views. Visbeen’s awardwinning talents are seen in every structural detail — the exterior alone could be considered a sculptural piece of modern art. Visbeen started this design by understanding the functional needs of the homeowners. As is the growing trend, these homeowners wanted to build a home that would allow them to age gracefully. Being barrier free is essential with this type of design concept, but Visbeen takes it a step further and creates spaces that can transition with the needs of the homeowners.
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The kitchen features a large island that can be used for gathering at the custom concrete bar, preparation of large meals, and serving at parties. Visbeen honed in on the homeowners’ need for space and light, while interior designer Mary George selected finishes that not only appeal to modern design but function effortlessly. The custom cabinetry, built by IS-2 Inc. from Holland, Mich., is constructed out of walnut with a warm, brown stain, a finish that is seen throughout the home. It is a timeless way to add an organic feel to the contemporary space.
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“We’re designing rooms that I call ‘swing’ rooms, rooms that have multiple functions so that you’re not necessarily building more house than you need. Because, even though the house is gracious, it’s right-sized,” said Visbeen. Although the home has a lower level that has plans for future use (with two additional bedroom suites and a family room), all the current living space on the main floor has everything the homeowners need. The design of the home started with the kitchen, as the homeowners love to cook and casually entertain family and friends. It features a large island that can be used for gathering at the custom concrete bar, preparation of large meals, and serving at parties. Visbeen honed in on the homeowners’ need for space and light, while interior designer Mary George selected finishes that not only appeal to modern design but function effortlessly.
“It had to be a working kitchen, so I wanted it to be something I didn’t butler’s pantry with plenty of open shelving so everything is accessible have to be careful with,” said the homeowner. The use of stainless steel and within view. The shelving is all built with laminate backs for easy countertops allowed for an integrated prep sink in the island and a large cleaning. This area also serves as a secondary prep space with an addiscale without seams. The main kitchen sink is also integrated seamless- tional oven and work surface, as well as a walkway to the home office. ly, along with the backThe office is tucked away in a splash. It gives a very “We’re designing rooms that I call ‘swing’ rooms, rooms corner of the house to offer clean look, as well as a privacy and a good use of reflective quality that that have multiple functions so that you’re not necessarily what could have ended up bounces light around the dead space. Since it is in a space. It has an etched finish, which makes everyday building more house than you need. Because, even corner between the butler’s pantry and the laundry room, scratches less noticeable. this space makes great use of The custom cabinetry, though the house is gracious, it’s right-sized,” pocket doors to keep the built by IS-2, is constructspace open. It features a wined out of walnut with a warm brown stain, a finish that is seen throughout the home. It is a dow for natural light and custom cabinets to neatly house all the timeless way to add an organic feel to the contemporary space. Natural household files. light floods areas along both sides of the kitchen, giving a view of the beautiful patio. The breakfast nook sits below one of the windows and The laundry room packs a lot of function in a small space. It continfeatures the same concrete as the bar. The custom upholstered benches ues the modern style of the home with vinyl-wrapped cabinets in a are a great spot for morning coffee. The kitchen extends to a spacious stainless steel look. The cabinetry has been customized to house a giftCosmopolitan Home Grand Rapids | 29
The modern exterior uses the same stone as the interior walls that house the homeâ€™s fireplaces, giving continuity and an organic feel inside and out. The back view showcases an inviting patio, designed by Landscape Design Services. Although it is very spacious, it is appropriately scaled to the home and surrounding landscape.
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Also at this end is the mechanic’s shop and fitness area. These areas are adjoined with an interior window between them to allow the natural light from the windows in each room to filter through the entire space. The shop has space for the homeowner’s tools as well as a garage door to get vehicles in and out. The fitness center has a nice view of the back yard, and since this area of the home is considered garage space, it provides a cooler place to work out.
Visbeen’s award-winning talents are seen in every structural detail — the exterior alone could be considered a sculptural piece of modern art. The fitness room leads to a full bathroom, also accessible from the back hallway. It has modern style with a slight industrial feel with the custom steel vanity and concrete countertops with an integrated sink. The home features several entertaining hubs and one of the favorites is the screened porch. This area has a heated floor to extend the seasons, as well as a wood burning fireplace. The ceiling treatment, which is repeated in other areas of the home, makes use of large MDF squares for geometric interest. The fireplace is clad in the same stone used to detail the exterior, creating a seamless look through the windows to the exterior. Comfortable seating allows for cozy conversation. The dining room is another great entertaining space. It is open to both the kitchen and the living room, and is the first thing you see upon entering the front of the home. Although it virtually has no walls, it is defined with modern pendant lighting and a show-stopping table. This custom dining table was constructed with a walnut base and has stainless steel channeling to tie in the kitchen finishes, but it is topped Cosmopolitan Home Grand Rapids | 31
with a massive one-of-a-kind slab of granite that has incredible stones and marbling throughout. This organic piece was actually constructed with two slabs to achieve its great length but the seam is perfectly masked by the natural pattern of the stone. It is a piece of art surrounded by modern black chairs, simple yet architectural. An inviting patio beckons through the window, designed by Landscape Designs, it is very spacious, but appropriately scaled to the home. But, perhaps the living room has the best view in the house. It features a two-story wall of windows showcasing the back property, a spectacular view of nature. This room has a very neutral palette and simple design to allow the view to take over the space. The cabinetry is custom painted the same color as the wall, but with a lacquered finish for texture. The fireplace is similar to the screened porch in design, utilizing the same stone as the exterior for continuity. Two Eames lounge chairs and a large modern sectional finish the space, with only a few other accents. There is also a nook for the baby grand piano near the front entry. The last wing of the home houses two bedroom suites. The homeowners do not require much guest space, but with this being their last home, the planning process drew them to reconsider. “What I recall in the design process when we were working with Wayne is that we said we didn’t need a guest room. On his suggestion, as we age here, if one of us needs a hospital bed or we need live-in help, that we would have this. I give Wayne great credit for that,” said the homeowner. This space doubles as a study for them now, featuring a pull-out sofa and floating walnut cabinetry surrounding a TV. The transom windows and RIGHT: The living room features a two-story wall of windows showcasing the back property, a spectacular view of nature that contrasts the room’s neutral palette and simple design. Custom cabinetry shares the wall color but has a lacquered finish for texture. Two Eames lounge chairs and a large modern sectional finish the space. BELOW: The screened porch fireplace is similar in design to the living room’s, utilizing the same stone as the exterior for continuity.
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lofty 10-foot ceilings, a feature throughout this wing, create an open and som windows. The nightstands look as though they are floating but are bright space. They incorporated a large, deep closet that currently hous- integrated into the extended headboard. The floating bookcase under es a crib for the grandchildren. the TV on the opposite wall is also Travel memorabilia serve as textur- With a strong belief that a home should be built walnut. Another large window al art on the walls. showcases the view of the back yard a landscaped vignette right outaround a clientâ€™s lifestyle, Bouwkamp was able with The guest bath features white lacside the window. quered cabinets that float on either side of the sculptural wall-mounted to lead the client through the entire process, The owners' bath has a unique sink and faucet, showcased by a twist, literally. There is an organic modern vanity mirror with inte- even starting with the property purchase. curve to the vanity and walkway, grated lighting. The shower carries functionally creating more space the floor tile up the walls with a mosaic band for added detail. It has but visually creating a soft curve. This is mimicked in the curve of the everything a guest would need with the feel of a spa. freestanding tub and the wall concealing the commode. The vanity features an entire back wall of floor-to-ceiling mosaic tile layered with floatThe owners' suite is quite a tranquil space. The bedroom features a cus- ing walnut cabinetry, and oval vessel sinks. This leads to the niche for tom low-profile walnut bed, made to fit perfectly under a bank of tran- the freestanding bath tub, simple yet stately with two large picture winCosmopolitan Home Grand Rapids | 33
The owners' bath has a unique twist, literally. There is an organic curve to the vanity and walkway, functionally creating more space but visually creating a soft curve. The vanity features an entire back wall of floor-to-ceiling mosaic tile, from Michigan Tile, layered with floating walnut cabinetry, from IS-2 Inc., and oval vessel sinks from BJW Berghorst. 34 | spring 2013
dows and an artistic modern chandelier above. The shower is spacious and carries the floor tile up the wall, making it feel even more open. One of the luxuries is the steam shower feature. The closet is very spacious with a mix of walnut cabinets and open shelving. It has a transom window for natural light and mirrored cabinetry on either end, creating a very open feel. One of the unique features in this closet is the custom shoe storage concealed behind a large cabinet door, a must-have to eliminate shoe clutter.
The homeowners now cherish a quality home that will allow them to "age in place," ensuring they will be able to stay in their home comfortably and safely for as long as they want. This home is stunning now, and will be many years from now. The use of high quality, durable finishes will look great and function well for uncountable years ahead. Although the style is very modern and minimalistic, it is very organic and natural, which will allow it to stand the test of time and always look fresh. It is a home they can enjoy fully now, and it is a home they will enjoy as their family grows and ages. This home is a true testament to what careful planning and a strong team of professionals can achieve. b
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Retirement Preparations Strategies for Decision Making
etirement is one of the most emotional and stressful life changes a person can face. The events that may come with retirement – selling your home and re-locating, managing health issues and living on a fixed income – can produce behaviors that defy logic. But as you near retirement, making a snap decision is the last thing you want to do. Here are a few strategies to help you prepare for retirement in the midst of a fluctuating economy: Think long-term about your retirement. It’s hard to resist being influenced by economic news and events, but the key is to let rational thinking rule your decision making when it comes to money. For example, if you experience a bad day at the office and you're eligible to retire, you may decide to retire early. But taking a deep breath or sleeping on it will help you better think about the big picture and usually leads to a better solution. Thinking through each financial decision carefully, and getting objective advice from someone you trust, will empower you to make the best decision for your future. Don’t become engrossed in day-to-day market activity. This one thing is certain: markets rise and markets fall. If you are planning to retire, or are in retirement, now is not the time to try and beat the market at its own game. To minimize the impact financial swings might have on your retirement, determine your appropriate risk tolerance and stick to it. You can always readjust you’re your portfolio, but try not to react in a panic at the sight of a market downturn. Consider working with a financial advisor who can help you identify investments that are appropriate for your risk tolerance level to help you keep your financial goals and plans on track despite economic swings. Consider contingency plans. It may be counter-intuitive to think about the negative what-if scenarios, but examining a possible future without your spouse or thinking about how you would manage a lifethreatening health issue is especially important as you enter retirement. Along with these scenarios, consider how a major economic event like a recession or high inflation may impact your retirement savings. Then create a plan to protect your financial security as much as possible in these circumstances. By doing a bit of contingency planning now, you can make the best retirement decisions for you and your family members. Anticipate what retirement looks like for you. Write down your thoughts about what will happen during an average week in your life as a retiree. Having a solid idea of what you picture your retirement to be like can lead you to maintain a calm mindset when you’re worried about your short-term finances. Working towards a few specific retirement lifestyle goals may help you stay focused on the long-term and avoid making emotional decisions with your money. To help with this, think about some goals you have for your retirement that don’t come with a large expense like volunteering or spending more time with your grandkids. 38 | spring 2013
Don’t let your emotions push logic aside when planning and saving for retirement. Minimize highly emotional decisions by communicating frequently with your spouse or other trusted confidante and consider working with a financial professional who can help you maintain a long-term vision of your current financial situation and goals for the future. b
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