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Grand Rapids Cosmopolitan Home EARLY WINTER

2012

features 14 The “Cottage” in the City A home by Eastmark Construction that features all the beauty of lakeside living with the amenities of a city close by 28 A Beach House in Wau-Ke-Na Cottage Home Builders creates the ultimate beach get-away; ready to move in and enjoy 45 The Fall Parade of Homes Awards of Excellence The best of the best from this year’s Fall Parade

departments 9 GARDEN CALENDAR Garden tasks all year long 10 BUSINESS PROFILE Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery A new showroom in West Michigan offers the finest selection and expertise 12 CUISINE A Grape Idea Festive fare for the holidays 40 MONEY MATTERS Diversification with Retirement Security A brutal market makes investors weary 42 TRAVEL Ultimate Family Getaways Vacations to remember for the whole family 44 ALWAYS GREENER Green Your Skincare Routine For naturally beautiful skin and no chemicals

Pictured here: The owners’ bath from the feature home by Eastmark Construction. See The “Cottage” in the City on page 14.


cover photo by Ashley Avila

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winter BY LYNN MARWOOD

The first month of the New Year and the new gardening season. January is a quiet time — time to take stock, time to rest from garden chores, and time to dream. Gardening catalogues and magazine subscription offers will start arriving and will continue through late spring. Some are worthwhile, some are excellent, some would be better off going through a recycling process. With that in mind, many have fantastic websites that are filled with everything you need to browse for your ultimate lawn and garden. Here are some of the good ones and why; special features notwithstanding, this is what you can expect in every issue and how information is conveyed. American Gardener Layout: Q&A, Letters to the Editor, Featured Plant, Book Reviews, Editorials, Regional Events, Plant Discussions and Topics, Hardiness Zone Map, Pronunciations. It is put out by the American Horticulture Society so there are by-lines by and for members. I took the title a little too seriously thinking it might be geared to the wonderful plants we have natively; however it doesn’t actually say anywhere in their mission statement that they are promoting strictly indigenous plants. I also notice the creeping in of “using tropical plants to add color to your garden.” The magazine is very keen on keeping the reader up to date on restoration projects, native plants coming in to commerce, and wise land use. Fine Gardening - Taunton Press Layout: Q&A, Letters to the Editor, Featured Plant, Book Reviews, Editorials, Regional Events, Plant Discussions and Topics. They have an index to past articles as well but it is not as clear to follow. You have to be apprised of the number of the issue you’re holding in your hand. Previous indexes are numerically grouped and are listed in the current magazine. For instance, the index to issues 76-81 are found in 82. Confusing? Yeah. What if you don’t remember what issue you saw an article in? It is not ordered by author or subject, but rather is ordered alphabetically. Also gives page numbers. Very good on the “how-tos” and is replete with good photos.

Garden Design Layout: Q&A. Plant Discussions and Topics. They’ve actually got a lot of cute headings. This is a splashy garden design magazine. No letters to the editor (they don’t care?), book reviews or gardening events around the country. They do a good job of combining art and gardening. Near to my heart, the whole inside/out thing is enhanced in truly enigmatic ways. Burpee Layout: Lots of pictures and good cultural information on the plants. Offers genus and species, which I find handy. Definitely more than you thought you could know about how many vegetables you can have in your garden. Very reliable germination. Shepherd’s Seeds Layout: Still the beautiful hand-drawn pictures and the one catalogue I go to for herb garden seeds. There is plenty to read about with each and every type of plant: history, specific culinary info, and proper taxonomy. The latter is often missing in general catalogues. Reliable germination.

JANUARY CHECKLIST Check periodically for damage to shrubs and trees by animals such as deer, rodents, rabbits. Fence, wrap, or apply tree guards as necessary. Unless snow is very heavy, resist the temptation to take a broom and brush it off; this could break brittle branches. Support the branches if snow removal is absolutely necessary. Prune any damages caused by winds or heavy snow. Make clean cuts. Take copious notes on what your garden looks like: does it tell a story without blooming plants? Is there line, shape, and form? Plan, make drawings, peruse Websites. This is the time to order, while quantities are high.



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businessprofile Expect More at

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obody expects more from us than we do” is more than just a tagline to the associates of Ferguson Enterprises. At the Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery it’s a cultural belief that we demonstrate every day. Our product experts use their industry knowledge to combine exceptional customer service with our vast manufacturer offering. Ferguson has been delivering on this promise for almost 60 years and has earned a strong reputation amongst contractors, architects and designers across the country. Locally, the company recently opened a 9,000 square foot showroom in the West Michigan market. The new location is located at 725 Ionia Ave SW in Grand Rapids (1st stoplight E of US-131 from the Franklin St exit). The showroom offers the finest selection in plumbing, appliance and lighting products from today’s most recognized manufacturers. product categories. The additional display space at this location makes us confident that we can accommodate any taste or budget.” In addition to our strong representation in the plumbing category, the showroom now has a dedicated lighting area that features well known brands like Hinkley, Kichler, Minka, Progress and Murray Feiss. The fixture offering includes chandeliers, pendants, wall sconces, under cabinet lighting and more. This showroom is also displaying a diverse selection of appliances from top manufacturers like Sub-Zero / Wolf, Bosch / Thermador, GE and the Whirlpool family of brands. The appliances are displayed beautifully within kitchen vignettes so our homeowners can assess the design, size and function before making their purchase.

The layout of the showroom was designed to inspire. Customers can browse exquisitely designed bathroom displays and complete kitchens. They can also explore numerous vignettes ranging in styles from classic elegance to bold contemporary. “With the addition of some operational display products, our customers can view the various styles and finishes and in some cases can also test the functionality,” said Showroom Manager Donovan Shephard. “We can now offer a variety of both luxurious and competitive options in all three 10 | early winter 2012

“Ferguson is becoming a one-stop shop for homeowners and builders,” said Donovan. “We understand that people are busy and that they may not want to take the time to visit a different showroom for each product category. It’s been a real advantage to offer the option of selecting multiple products in one location and we hope that it’s making the building process more efficient.” Dedicated team of experts Professional contractors enjoy working with Ferguson because the company serves as an extension of their business. A dedicated team of experts help each homeowner with design, product selection and budgeting and stay involved throughout the entire building or remodeling process.


They work to ensure that projects are streamlined and that our products are delivered when they’re needed. Collectively, our showroom staff has many years of industry experience and takes pride in being extremely knowledgeable about the products Ferguson carries. They will evaluate the blueprints for a home when necessary and make product suggestions based on building specifications and budget. Our customers rely on our product experts recommendations and they become a trusted source of information for their projects. “Our main customer service priorities are making sure the right products are chosen for the application and that they’re delivered on time,” said Donovan. “Our distribution network gives us easy access to many of our most popular brands and our product experts share a passion for providing superior service and follow up.”

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Dependable delivery Ferguson manages their branch inventories based on local market needs and are supported by strategically placed distribution centers. This combination offers the best of both worlds for our customers regardless of the size of their business. The just-in-time delivery of products to satisfy our customers’ requirements is an everyday event. The fast and easy accessibility to products that may not be readily available in the local market is a true advantage for our customers. Our 11 distribution centers with more than 5.5 million square feet and $3 billion of inventory investment provide unparalleled fill rates for the industry. Ferguson stocks thousands of products from major manufacturers in our branches and distribution centers, so inventory is always available. The company’s buying power and vendor relationships ensure that if a customer needs something, Ferguson can get it quickly. The Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery is located at 725 Ionia Ave SW. Walk-in customers are always welcome, but appointments are preferred so we can plan ahead for your visit. Standard showroom hours are M – F (9 – 5 pm) and Saturday (10 – 2 pm). For more information, call (616) 356-1198 or visit our website at www.ferguson.com.



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A Grape Idea

Festive Fare for the Holidays

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uffets are a great way to provide party fare for a festive holiday gathering. These beautiful and enticing self-serve recipes get fresh flavor and color with grapes from California. Green, red and black grapes from California are still in-season during the holidays, so fresh grapes can be your “go-to” ingredient as an everyday treat, or in party foods like these. Smoked Salmon Appetizers with Grapes — These elegant, open-faced sandwiches show how grapes complement the flavors of smoked fish and cream cheese with their refreshing tang — a balance of sweetness and acidity that is key to the grape’s versatility. The chopped grape garnish provides another color accent to these beautiful bites.

Pickled Grapes — Currently all the rage on “little plates” in fine and casual restaurants, they can provide that “wow” moment at your table, too. These easy-to-make accompaniments are perfect with bread, crackers, cheeses and sliced meats. Grape Rosemary Martini — To create made-to-order craft cocktails like this, you may need to employ a barkeep of some sort. Whether that’s one of the hosts, a volunteer among the guests or someone you hire, you’ll be pleased with the green-hued, aromatic and spirited results. The drink works equally well without vodka, too. Grape Salad with Feta and Olives — A green salad is always welcome at a holiday feast. The inclusion of grapes in this Greek-inspired salad balances the peppery arugula and salty olives, while also enhancing the flavor of the mint. Smoked Salmon Appetizers with Grapes Makes 16 appetizers 1 cup finely diced red and green seedless grapes 1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill 2 teaspoons rice vinegar 1 teaspoon sugar Pinch salt 4 tablespoons low fat cream cheese 4 slices Danish-style rye bread, each cut crosswise into 4 pieces 2 ounces thinly sliced smoked salmon In small bowl, combine grapes, dill, vinegar, sugar and salt. Spread cream cheese on bread slices and top with pieces of salmon. Drizzle with the grape relish and serve. Nutritional analysis per appetizer: Calories 37; Protein 1.6 g; Carbohydrate 6 g; Fat 1 g; 23% Calories from Fat; Cholesterol 3 mg; Sodium 105 mg; Fiber 0.5 g Pickled Grapes Makes 3 pints 1 pound grapes, cut into medium size clusters on stem, rinsed 1 cup unseasoned rice vinegar 1 cup sugar 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt 1 teaspoon whole black peppercorns 1/2 teaspoon whole cloves Large pinch red pepper flakes Accompaniments Wedge of Manchego or sharp cheddar cheese Multigrain crackers or toasted baguette slices

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For pickled grape clusters: Place grapes in several large clusters into large bowl. Combine the vinegar, sugar, salt, peppercorns, cloves and pepper flakes in a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Stir just until the sugar has dissolved and pour over the grapes. Cover and refrigerate at least 1 hour. Place into serving dish of choice, and serve with the cheese and crackers or bread. For more intense flavor: Remove grapes from stems. With a sharp paring knife, cut an X in the stem end of each grape. Divide between 3 pint-size canning jars. Make pickling sauce according to directions, then pour over the grapes in each jar. Cover and refrigerate at least one hour. Nutritional analysis per 1/3 cup serving: Calories 40; Protein 0.2 g; Carbohydrate 10.2 g; Fat 0.06 g; 1.2% Calories from Fat; Cholesterol 0 mg; Sodium 28 mg; Fiber 0.3 g

Grape Salad with Feta and Olives Makes 6 servings 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil 1 tablespoon dried mint*Coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper 2 cups halved green seedless grapes 2 cups halved red seedless grapes 6 cups arugula (about 5 ounces) 1 cup crumbled feta cheese 1 cup pitted Kalamata olives In small bowl, combine red wine vinegar, Dijon, olive oil, mint and salt and pepper to taste. Blend well. In large bowl combine remaining ingredients. Pour dressing over mixture; season with salt and pepper, toss and serve. *If you can’t find peppermint in the herb section of your grocery store, just buy bulk peppermint tea. Nutritional analysis per serving: Calories 269; Protein 5.2 g; Carbohydrate 22 g; Fat 19 g; 61% Calories from Fat; Cholesterol 22 mg; Sodium 650 mg; Fiber 1.5 g



Grape Rosemary Martini Makes 1 cocktail 2 ounces vodka 1 small sprig rosemary, plus additional for garnish 1 ounce freshly made green grape juice* Ice Green grapes for garnish Combine vodka, rosemary, fresh grape juice and ice in a cocktail shaker and shake hard. Strain into a martini glass. Thread 1 grape on a rosemary sprig and place in glass. Serve. *To make fresh grape juice, puree 1 cup seedless green California grapes in a food processor or blender and strain through a fine sieve. It will make about 1/3 cup. Nutritional analysis per serving: Calories 160; Protein 0.3 g; Carbohydrate 8 g; Fat 0.2 g; 1% Calories from Fat; Cholesterol 0 mg; Sodium 3 mg; Fiber 0.5 g Cosmopolitan Home Grand Rapids | 13


the ” “COTTAGE in the City T

he joy of lakeside living never gets old and when all the amenities of a city are close by, it's as good as it gets. It's like living in a beautiful cottage, right in the city. But, as with all lake homes, restrictions and terrain can present obstacles and this home was no exception. The lot was a challenging one for building, but aesthetically it has it all: views of the lake, airy glimpses through the trees, and access to the water for the homeowner’s love of fishing. The home was designed meticulously by Rob Sears of Sears Architects and fits the site ideally. From its split level floor plan designed to mold to its surroundings to its unique architectural interior, the home is comfortable, functional and beautiful. “One of the overriding design principles was to have a house that was comfortable for two people to live in, yet would accommodate the things, the stuff, the lifestyle, when those occasions arise and the place fills up — it can handle that too. But for 99 percent of the time, there are two people here and the house never feels cavernous,“ says Eric Darooge, owner of Eastmark Construction, the builder on the project.

TEXT BY SARAH PUPEL PHOTOS BY ASHLEY AVILA

The exterior of this home was designed to feel like a timeless cottage. The idea was to have a Nantucket-meets-Michigan lake house look and feel to it but, still be city enough, that it doesn’t look out of place. The design team nailed it with its East Coast inspired trim details, natural cedar shakes, and crisp, heavy eaves along with a subtle color scheme that complements its surroundings.


Upon entering the foyer, the stage is set for the entire home with its consistent color scheme and open views of the beautiful landscape. The rustic light fixture and custom archway into the living space showcases the attention to detail in this home. Amy Darooge of Villa Décor explains, “The intent for the home's decor was to create or design a space that had a light and airy feeling and complements the outside view, which is the lake.” The soft blues, creamy whites, and natural finishes all contribute to a unified and relaxed setting.

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The main level features an open concept living area with the living room flowing in to the dining room and then into the kitchen. Each space has definition through the use of window placement and unique ceiling details. The living room features a beautiful fireplace and a coffered ceiling, while the dining area features more of the beautiful views, a serving bar to separate the dining and kitchen area, and custom columns and crown moulding. The kitchen is definitely the heart of this home. It features a row of skylights that run the length of the entire area, bringing lots of natural light in

This took a team that all had the same end goal, and they became partners in design to create something that looks like it has been here for years, yet has a modern floor plan and amenities. while still leaving wall space for well-appointed cabinetry. The rich white cabinets help keep the space feeling light, along with the large island with creamy quartz countertop. The island also features a wood-topped eating area for two, perfect for when they are not entertaining family. The ceiling brings in the beachy cottage feel with its tongue and groove detail. The watery blues are also featured in this kitchen to tie it in with the rest of the living space. There is even a small desk in the kitchen for the homeowner to sit and work while still taking advantage of the lake views. The laundry room is at the end of the home. This space is separated by a custom pocket gate to keep pets at bay when necessary. Definitely a functional room with its roll-out laundry baskets and hanging drawer, but it also has so many features that give it style. A beadboard tray ceiling was built to accommodate the homeowners’ vintage chandelier, while chalkboard panels on some of the cabinets entertain the grandchildren. The farmhouse sink and glass knobs complete the look. Who says laundry can’t look appealing? An adorable powder room, styled after the laun-

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The main level features an open-concept living area with wood flooring from Rivershores Hardwood Flooring. Each space has definition through the use of window placement and unique ceiling details. The living room features a coffered ceiling, while the dining area features a serving bar to separate it from the kitchen area with custom columns and crown moulding from Phillip Elenbaas Millwork. Cosmopolitan Home Grand Rapids | 17


The kitchen features a row of skylights that run the length of the entire area, bringing plenty of natural light in while still leaving wall space for well-appointed cabinetry from Woodways Custom Cabinetry. The rich, white cabinets and high-end appliances from Bekins Appliance, along with the large island, with cream quartz countertop, help keep the space bright. dry room, serves as part of a functional mud room area complete with a shoe closet, and a heated, three-stall garage. Above the garage is the exercise facility and a unique fly-tying room. The lead carpenter does river tours and is a fishing guide, so he and the homeowner sat down and planned the room with a workbench for

Aesthetically it has it all: views of the lake, airy glimpses through the trees, and access to the water for the homeowner s love of fishing. tying flies, custom tubes for rods, and a display area for his antique gear. This space was designed with an organic feel like the rest of the home but it has a much more masculine feel with wood planking and wood floors surrounding the wood workbench. It’s very organic and simple, yet organized and functional. The sun room is also on the main level, and it is not to be overlooked. It’s a great spot to sit and take in the scenery, and It is surrounded by the


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view of the lake through the canopy trees, something the team took great measures to keep. Tom Rooks of Rooks Landscaping explains that the homeowners were very interested in preserving as many trees as possible, so a lot of care and consideration was taken to avoid disturbing root zones and create a floor plan that worked with the natural slope and location of the lot. Rob Sears created things like the loggia, an architectural element of an outdoor corridor under the second floor. This allowed them to build in what would have otherwise been considered questionable building area. This lot has incredible views of the lake and a beautiful ravine, but these perks are also challenges. “At the end of the day, this is why they’re here, “ says Darooge of the homeowners. Rooks enhanced the property by using as many native plants as possible. He says that it not only makes the landscape more visually interesting, it is also better for the wildlife and the environment. He utilized blue stone to create a meandering path down the ravine along with field stone for the walls. He used plants like Juneberry, hemlock, white cedar, and various sumac to create a landscape that appears to have always been there. Rooks also took great care to

One of the overriding design principles was to have a house that was comfortable for two people to live in, yet would accommodate ... when those occasions arise and the place fills up it can handle that too. be sure that the landscape has an all-season look by coordinating bark color, berries, greenery, and pots. “It was a very careful, methodical process with the teams working on this particular lot because there was not room to have more than one crew working at a time,” said Rooks.

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Venturing back inside the home, you will find a bedroom suite on each floor. The owners' suite is on the main floor, and it features a sitting area complete with soft upholstered chairs and a wall of built-ins for family memorabilia. The bedroom features a built-in niche for the TV that looks like wainscoting and a built-in window seat to soften the space. Views of the lake are showcased on one wall that leads out to the balcony. The beautiful space is finished off by the owners' bathroom. The soaking tub and hisand-hers vanities are finished off with a tile “rug” mosaic. The sand and caramel colors are the perfect complement to the blues throughout the


The sun room is also on the main level, and it is not to be overlooked. It’s a great spot to sit and take in the scenery, and is surrounded by the view of the lake through the canopy trees, something the team took great measures to keep. Upon entering the foyer, the stage is set for the entire home with its consistent color scheme and open views of the beautiful landscape by Rooks Landscaping. The custom archway into the living space showcases the attention to detail in this home. A small study serves as a quiet get-away-room, a great spot to read a book while still enjoying the view of the lake.

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The owners' suite is on the main floor, and it features a sitting area complete with soft upholstered chairs and a wall of built-ins for family memorabilia. home. All-inset cabinetry completes the clean look of this space. The second level features another bedroom suite and the office and den. The office sits nested in the trees, and has a natural feel throughout the entire space. A mix of woods and finishes was carefully selected by Amy Darooge to highlight a

The idea was to have a Nantucket-meets-Michigan lake house look and feel to it but, still be city enough, that it doesn t look out of place.

The second level includes the office and den. The office sits nested in the trees, and has a natural feel throughout the entire space. The den features a great sitting area that has a more masculine feel. Arched entries mimic the foyer and give the space a timeless feel. 22 | early winter 2012

spectacular live-edge desk. “This is what the whole space revolved around — all the colors and finishes, everything was thought about with this always being in here. I feel like it is an art piece, and we designed everything to not overpower it, so it stands on its own,� said Amy. The den features a great sitting area that has a more masculine feel and leads to a bathroom with a unique arched doorway and custom glass panels. The last level is the lower level, but it certainly is not the least. This space is packed with useful space that is great to have when the family visits but is also a haven when just the two homeown-


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ers are there. There is a bedroom suite for the grandkids, complete with two full-size beds and one full-size view of the lake. On the interior wall, there is also a bank of transom windows to help transfuse the natural light to the otherwise dark hallways. It’s the perfect solution for dark lower levels spaces, but this concept is utilized to add light to several other areas in the home. In this bedroom there is also a little nook tucked away for playing. The bathroom features two white pedestals and a built-in hamper with a playful checkerboard pattern on the floor. This space is definitely kid friendly, but it also has a use of finishes that suggests the same level of sophistication and comfort as the rest of the home. There is also a family room with lots of windows and comfortable seating. This room features a walk-in closet for toy storage. There is also a separate washer and dryer on this level, an additional mud room, and a workshop area that opens to the loggia. The frosted glass entry door keeps the view of the gardening station under wraps while still allowing the natural light to fill the space. This took a team that all had the same end goal, and they became partners in design to create something that looks like it has been here for years, yet has a modern floor plan and amenities. It began with the vision of the homeowners and was brought to fruition through the meticulous and unique plan from Sears Architects, the impeccable interior design by Villa Décor, and the careful execution by Eastmark Construction and Rooks Landscaping. This just goes to show how a skilled and cohesive crew can overcome the greatest challenges. This home is definitely a jewel in the city.



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The exterior was designed by Rob Sears of Sears Architects to feel like a timeless cottage. The idea was to have a Nantucket-meets-Michigan lake house look and feel to it, but still be city enough that it doesn’t look out of place. Cedar shake and crisp, heavy eaves along with a subtle color scheme that complements the surroundings achieve the desired look flawlessly. Rooks’ landscape incorporates blue stone to create a meandering path down the ravine along with field stone for the walls. 24 | early winter 2012


The lower level is packed with useful space that is great to have when the family visits. There is a family room featuring comfortable seating and a small wet bar; a bedroom suite for the grandkids, complete with two full-size beds and one full-size view of the lake; and a bathroom that features two white pedestal sinks and a built-in hamper with a playful checkerboard pattern on the floor. Cosmopolitan Home Grand Rapids | 25


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t’s no secret what a treasure we have in Lake Michigan. Just one glimpse from the shore of this massive body

of water is awing; a fresh water ocean with sandy beaches, captivating sunsets and the gorgeous natural wonderland of Michigan embracing its eastern side. William Erby Smith knew this treasure, so much so, that whenever the opportunity arose to purchase Lake Michigan property, he did. After his passing five years ago, he bequeathed his land, which includes forests, fields, streams, ponds and beaches, making Wau-Ke-Na (“forest by the water”), William Erby Smith’s preserve, the largest of Southwest Michigan Land Conservancy’s preserves.


Wau•Ke•Na Twelve acres of Smith’s land included an existing home which he left to his siblings. However, over time, the responsibility of maintaining the property became too time consuming with their already busy schedules. Brian Bosgraaf, President of Cottage Home, knew Smith and respected his passion for land conservancy. So, when the twelve acres went on the market, Bosgraaf had the right idea to preserve as much of the land as possible while still creating two properties as beach home sites. “After Bill passed away his brother and sister grew tired of the tremendous responsibility of the property and put it on the market with a big price tag,” said Bosgraaf. “A realtor had an idea to buy it and split it into 5 parcels — I knew Bill would be turning in his grave if this happened. So, after some negotiating, I was able to acquire the land and respectfully create two properties while preserving as much of the nature conservancy as possible.” The result would make even Thoreau proud. After carefully removing the existing house, a long, curving driveway now leads you slowly through a thick forest of beautiful trees and untouched nature until a splendid beach house enters your view. The sight of the great lake beyond captivates the scenery ahead.


A cedar shake shingle exterior introduces the home’s upscale yet casual feel and is the ideal choice for a Lake Michigan site. The entry porch, one of the home’s many porches (Bosgraaf feels you can never have too many porches with a Lake Michigan home), is covered with a beautiful tongue and groove wood ceiling and features a porch swing for taking in the beauty of WauKe-Na. The trickling sound of water can be heard as an artistic extension to the home’s eave above showcases the flow of water as it dances down ornate copper cups — just one of the special touches found throughout the property. The casual feel continues as you step inside, a comfortable, inviting aura surrounds you. It’s easy to imagine your life unfold here. Imagery of your friends and family throughout the home is developed without effort.

“What’s great about the house is its zoned layout. The spaces dictate how the home is used, depending on who is there.” “The whole idea of the design was to create a consistent, non-intimidating home where guests feel immediately comfortable,” said Cottage Home interior designer Vicki Zylstra. “We tried to achieve the right balance of lakeshore living and the traditional home.” It’s clear to see the Cottage Home team got it right. Nautical nuances are seen throughout and blend into the décor as the beauty of Lake Michigan can be seen from nearly every room of the home. And, a porch, for really taking in the view, is always close by. White oak hardwood flooring graces the main level. The bright open kitchen showcases creamcolored custom cabinetry that contrasts the rubbed bronze finish hardware. The large island features a solid granite top (no seam here, one massive piece covers the entire base. A bone-

OPPOSITE PAGE: White oak hardwood flooring from ProSource Flooring was used throughout the main level which includes a dining area; a fireplace with comfy furniture from Three Chairs Co., ideal for TV time or taking in the view of the lake; and the kitchen which features granite courntertops from Great Lakes Granite Works and unique pendant lighting overhead from Kendall Lighting. Cosmopolitan Home Grand Rapids | 31


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The three-season porch features a blue stone floor and is “cozied-up” with another fireplace with a surrounding seating area. The full space of the room is uniquely utilized with another dining table. Ideally located aside the kitchen, the area is perfect for sharing meals in a casual atmosphere. Custom awning windows open with a pulley rope system allowing natural light into the kitchen and, perhaps, the easy transfer of dishes to and from the table. A tongue and groove barrel ceiling overhead gives this porch a more furnished feel.

color, brick-style, tile backsplash creates a clean contrast in texture while the granite countertops offer contrast in color. Above the island, thick glass light fixtures bring bell jars to mind while

“We tried to achieve the right balance of lakeshore living and the traditional home.”

Edison’s invention is clearly displayed within as clear glass bulbs expose the wire’s flow of electricity. Sliding barn doors open to a pantry that Cosmopolitan Home Grand Rapids | 33


The owners’ suite features another tongue and groove ceiling that gives the space a casual yet luxurious feel. The room’s location allows for views of the lake to be the first thing the owner will see when waking in the morning. The attached owners’ bath features CesarStone countertops and a large, walk-in shower with multiple shower heads from Genzink Plumbing. Pocket doors allow the bath to be cut off when privacy is needed.

houses small appliances. A glass tile wall keeps the pantry bright, making items easy to find. Easily a home for the wine connoisseur, the kitchen includes a small beverage refrigerator, perfect for storing wine in easy reach. However, a nifty little cellar on the lower level allows ideal storage for a collector’s prize finds or, when cases of a favorite label are purchased.

It’s easy to imagine your life unfold here. Imagery of your friends and family throughout the home is developed without effort. A large dining table shares the main level’s living space and again makes it easy to envision friends and family enjoying the home. The large area also includes a cozy family space. Comfy sofas and a TV center this area while a glass fireplace with stacked-stone surround and built-in shelving extend the comfortable feel.


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Nautical nuances are seen throughout and blend into the décor as the beauty of Lake Michigan can be seen from nearly every room of the home. Sliding doors on the west wall open to a covered lake porch that extends the length of the main room, attached owners’ suite and attached threeseason porch. Blue stone underfoot and an immaculate view ahead make this porch a favorite for many reasons. Bringing the outside in, a three-season porch also features a blue stone floor and is “cozied-up” with another fireplace with a surrounding seating area —- making “three season” more like 36 | early winter 2012

four. However, the full space of the room is uniquely utilized with another dining table. Ideally located aside the kitchen, the area is perfect for sharing meals in a casual atmosphere. Custom awning windows open with a pulley rope system (more nautical ambience) allowing natural light into the kitchen and, perhaps, the easy transfer of dishes to and from the table. A tongue and groove barrel ceiling overhead gives this porch more of a furnished feel.


The home’s main upper level is another area that makes the zoned layout ideal when numerous visitors stay for an extended period. This level features multiple bedrooms and full bathrooms. Each space is done in a fun, colorful palette and continues the lake living décor.

Colder lake nights call for the home’s back patio to be in use when outside is still where everyone wants to be. A small fire pit, surrounded by Adirondack chairs, make this space ideal for roasting marshmallows while the sound of the lakes waves roll to shore. The home’s west side also features a lawn large enough to play yard games with beautiful Lake Michigan as the back drop. There are also steps and a paved path (making the beach wheelchair accessible) that provide access to the sandy beach below. The paved path is ideal for big coolers with wheels in the summer or a sledding run in the winter. A custom shower off the back garage features tempered water making sand removal from little ones (or adults) who were on the beach an ease.

The owners’ suite is off the main living space and features access to the west covered lake porch. Another tongue and groove ceiling gives the space a casual yet luxurious feel. The room’s loca-

With this much space, it’s again hard not to imagine a large gathering of friends. tion allows for views of the lake to be the first thing the owner will see when waking in the morning. The attached owners’ bath features CesarStone countertops and a large, walk-in

shower with multiple shower heads. Pocket doors allow the bath to be cut off when privacy is needed. An oversized sailboat painting on the landing of the stairwell to the home’s main second level is a colorful introduction to what’s above. This upper level features multiple bedrooms and full bathrooms. Each space is done in a fun, colorful palette and continues the lake living décor. Beyond the kitchen is a spacious mud room area. A small powder room and access to the garage are also found in this “behind-the-scene” space. But, what is really exceptional here is a back stairway that leads to a second upper level —- an enormous room that offers more sleeping, TV-watching and game playing. The space features a beautiful, McClure shuffle board table and unique furniture that can be folded out to create multiple beds. A full bathroom and home office (that Cosmopolitan Home Grand Rapids | 37


Beyond the kitchen is a spacious mud room area that includes a powder room, access to the garage, access to the three season porch and access to the back patio. But, what is really exceptional here, is a back stairway that leads to a second upper level — an enormous space that offers more sleeping, TV-watching and game playing. The main room features a beautiful, McClure shuffle board table and unique furniture that can be folded out to create multiple beds. could be used as another bedroom) with attached upper deck overlooking the lake and patio below finish off this bonus second upper level. With this much space, it’s again hard not to imagine a large gathering of friends and family enjoying Lake Michigan for a long weekend or more. “What’s great about the house is its zoned layout,” said Zylstra. “The spaces dictate how the home is used, depending on who is there.”

“The whole idea of the design was to create a consistent, non-intimidating home where guests feel immediately comfortable,” The main living area includes everything a couple would need for day to day living --- the entire home does not need to be heated, cooled, etc. Yet, when overnight visitors stay, other area’s of the home may be utilized. A home this livable, this comfortable should come as is. And it does. The home is currently on the market and comes with everything in the house. Every detail was thought out, every detail is included. Enjoying Lake Michigan’s coastline has never been so easy.



BUILDER Cottage Home ARCHITECT Cottage Home INTERIOR DESIGN Vicki Zylstra, Cottage Home BUILDING MATERIALS Zeeland Lumber; COUNTERTOPS Great Lakes Granite Works; EXTERIOR DOORS RJ Raven; FLOORING Pro-Source; FURNITURE Three Chairs Co.; INTERIOR TRIM Phillip Elenbaas Millwork; LANDSCAPING Essex Outdoor Design; LIGHTING Kendall Lighting; PLUMBING FIXTURES Genzink Plumbing

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Balancing the Desire for Diversification with Retirement Security

wo severe bear markets during the past decade have made many investors wary about how much of their portfolio should be devoted to stocks. This is particularly true of retirees who need to depend on their savings for income. Caution is understandable, but most investors are likely unable to generate sufficient income for retirement without including stocks in their portfolio. The long-term growth potential of stocks remains an important ingredient to long-term financial security, even in retirement. How can one balance the need for stocks while protecting against the risk of down markets? Understanding Sequence Risk An important but little talked about issue that retirees should to consider is sequence risk. This concept relates to the timing of stock market returns and how it can affect a portfolio.

As the numbers show, even though Bill was taking money out of the account each year, the value of his savings grew in the first two years. As returns deteriorated, the value of the account declined more significantly. Still, he ended the five years with considerably more money in the account than Betty. The negative returns Betty experienced in the first two years, combined with her taking money out of the account for income, greatly reduced the value of her account. A Solution – Split Your Nest Egg One way to overcome sequence risk is to split retirement savings into different “buckets”:

The sequence of returns has little effect on a portfolio that is held over an extended period of time with the goal of accumulating wealth rather than generating income. For example, consider what happens with Bill and Betty, two individual investors, who experience exactly the opposite returns in a portfolio over two hypothetical five year periods. Bill’s returns for five consecutive years were: +20% in year one, +6% in year two, 0% in year three, -6% in year four and -20% in year five. Betty’s investment experience was exactly the opposite: -20% in year one, -6% in year two, 0% in year three, +6% in year four and 20% in year five.

Bucket #1 – put enough money aside in cash-equivalent investments where principal is secure to pay one to two years of current expenses. Bucket #2 – set aside enough money in investments subject to little or no volatility to meet income needs for the subsequent two to three years. Bucket #3 – allocate remaining money in a diversified portfolio that can include stocks (as well as bonds and other types of assets). This money can be allowed to grow with no immediate withdrawals required.

If both invested $100,000 at the outset of this five-year period and let the money continue to grow throughout the period without additional investments or any withdrawals, both would end up with $95,654 at the end of five years. While this isn’t likely the return they’d hoped for, the sequence of returns had no impact on their end result.

Growing portfolio value is important to help a retiree maintain an income level over time that can keep pace with increases in the cost of living. There is no easy fix for unpredictable market volatility, but an individual with savings split in this way may be better protected from the potential impact of sequence risk. Consider working with a financial advisor who can help you determine how to balance your portfolio in the most effective way that works for you – whether you’re already retired or still accumulating savings.

Unfortunate Timing Can Take a Toll The concern is magnified for those taking withdrawals from an equity portfolio. Weak market returns occurring at the wrong time could more quickly deplete their nest egg. When withdrawals are made at the same time investments are losing value, the decline in portfolio value can be dramatic, which could jeopardize long-term financial security. Let’s consider what happens to Bill and Betty, two investors who retire during two completely different market cycles and experience returns exactly the opposite of each other. For Bill, returns were strong early on, but in later years, performance declined. For Betty, returns were poor in the early years, but improved over time. In this case, each withdrew $5,000 per year in income from their $100,000 portfolio. Here is how their portfolios performed combining the different sequence of returns with steady withdrawals: YEAR

1 2 3 4 5

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BILL’S PORTFOLIO RETURNED

+20% + 6% 0% - 6% - 20%



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.

VALUE AT YEAR END

BETTY’S PORTFOLIO RETURNED

VALUE AT YEAR END

$114,000 $115,540 $110,540 $ 99,208 $ 75,366

- 20% - 6% 0% + 6% +20%

$ $ $ $ $

76,000 66,740 61,740 60,144 66,173


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Ultimate Family Getaways Vacations to remember for the whole family

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When choosing a cruise, make sure you look for ports of call and excursion options that fit your family, too. Alaskan cruises are great for families who enjoy the outdoors. You can go fishing for salmon, hiking on a glacier, take railroad and helicopter tours, and ride with sled dogs. If warm, golden beaches are more your family’s style, a cruise to the Caribbean will let you lounge, swim and snorkel in azure waters, or shop in exotic marketplaces.

Once you know your family’s vacation personality, you can plan the vacation of a lifetime. Here are a few exciting ideas to get you started on your ultimate family getaway.

With most cruises, all your meals and most onboard entertainment and activities are included in your stateroom price. The value of cruising over a traditional land vacation is unbeatable. And with many convenient U.S. ports to sail from, such as Galveston, Texas and Miami, Fla., getting to your ship is simple.

here are so many options for a great family vacation that it can be hard to decide on where to go. One thing that will help you decide on a destination is to think about your family’s vacation personality. Is your family laid back, or adventurous? Do you enjoy exploring on land or experiences at sea?

FAMILY CRUISE If fantasy, fun and the magic of the sea appeal to your family, then a cruise is for you. Twenty-five percent of cruisers sail with children, according to the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA). And today’s ships offer a wide array of onboard features and programs for all ages — not to mention exciting ports of call along the way. When choosing a family cruise, you want to make sure that everyone, from grandparents down to the toddlers, has something they can enjoy. For example, Disney Cruise Lines’ cabins are designed with families in mind, with extra storage space and split bath design. There are plenty of family-centered shows and activities available, ranging from lively deck parties and Broadway-style stage spectaculars to water-based fun on deck with pools, waterslides and splash zones. But you don’t have to do everything together: • Younger kids will love having their own elaborately themed play areas and activities and getting to meet Disney characters. • Teens and tweens have their own private clubs, and activities geared just for them. • And adults don’t have to miss out on the fun — there is an adults-only pool and spa along with activities like cooking demonstrations, wine tastings, or a champagne brunch. 42 | early winter 2012

FAMILY ADVENTURES If your family is always looking for new places to explore, a family adventure vacation is just the thing.With guided adventures, you can explore and experience places and cultures you’ve only dreamed about — and you have the benefit of experts to make it enriching and easy. When choosing a family adventure, make sure the itinerary will satisfy the energy levels and curiosity of the different age groups in your family. For example, on a trip to Peru with Adventures by Disney, you can enjoy an Andean feast, go river rafting, explore ancient ruins, and take a privately guided tour of Machu Picchu. On their trip to Greece, you can go sea kayaking and swimming, explore a volcano, enjoy wine tasting, and visit the Acropolis and Olympic Stadium where the kids can participate in their own mini marathon. Or, you can explore the American West in Wyoming by whitewater rafting down the Snake River, touring Yellowstone National Park, going horseback riding, and staying on a dude ranch. Family adventure trips mean you can enjoy an adventure without many of the hassles of pulling it off by yourself. Guided tours such as these can also provide special access to places and experiences you can’t get on your own.


RESORTS If your family enjoys gorgeous beaches and a laid-back atmosphere, a destination resort should be in your vacation plans. Many families love the advantages of all-inclusive resort packages. You get to enjoy a wide variety of activities without worrying about expenses you weren’t counting on. You can find family-friendly resorts that feature variety of water sport activities, resort amenities such as spas and lounges, and sandy beaches perfect for relaxing with a good book. Tour desks often offer excursions for an additional charge. Popular excursions include swimming with dolphins, catamaran snorkel cruises or visits to local museums or galleries. There are plenty of options for everyone. All-inclusive resorts are convenient, but before you book, make sure you know exactly what is included and what is available for an additional cost. To find out more about taking your ultimate family vacation and to receive a free planning DVD, visit www.adventuresbydisney.com.

FAMILY VACATION APPS To help you plan your ultimate family trip — and make the most of it while you’re there — here are some apps you should consider: • Cruise Finder: Has itineraries for all major cruise lines, lets you search for deals, and includes photos, deck plans and more. Free. • Frommer’s Travel Tools: Has a currency-exchange calculator, metric system converter, a packing list function, flashlight, travel trivia and more. Free. • Weather Channel: When you visit a different location each day, it’s helpful to keep an eye on the weather. Free. • Pack & Go Delux: Helps you keep track of everything you need to take on your adventure. $1.99. • GateGuru: Has information about terminals in more than 100 airports. Lets you find hotspots, ATMs, coffee shops and more. Free. • Simply Postcards: Choose a photo and recipient, and this app will print, stamp and mail your real postcard the next day. The app and first postcard are free, then prices range from $1.99 each to $30 for 30.



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etractable Solutions, Inc. uses a select vendor base to create custom solutions that affect how clients interact with their outdoors; effectively, “Blending the Boundaries Between Indoors and Out.” RSI installs phantom retractable screens for doors, windows, and porches. We also install insulated operable glass walls. • Retractable Door Screens • Retractable Window Screen • Large Enclosure Screens • Retractable Glass Walls • Automated Interior Shades

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Green Your Skincare Routine for naturally beautiful skin

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our skin is delicate, so why would you use harsh chemicals to pamper it? According to the Environmental Working Group (EWG), the average woman applies 200 chemicals to her skin each day. But no matter what skincare issues you may have, you can turn to natural remedies and products to help revive the look of your skin, without damaging it with harmful substances. Inspired by her grandmother’s natural approach to skincare, Lexie Masterson, former actress, model and sister of Mary Stuart Masterson, founded Clairvoyant Beauty, an all-natural and vegan line of aromatherapeutic products based on the skin-soothing recipes her grandmother cooked up in the kitchen. Masterson has built upon her grandmother’s knowledge, updating her products to incorporate new discoveries in skincare science. “I wanted to provide women with a more natural alternative to taking care of their skin, without using harsh chemicals,” Masterson explains. With this in mind, Masterson shares the following tips for dealing with common skincare issues, naturally: Dry Skin For dry skin, Masterson turns to rich avocado. “The unsaturated fatty acids soften your skin, while stimulating natural oil production. Apply to clean skin for 15 minutes before rinsing with warm water,” explains Masterson. It’s important to treat your skin with a moisture-rich product daily. Look for one that contains essential fatty acids (EFAs), like those in avocado, such as the Clairvoyant Beauty Balancing Rosehip Oil & Hibiscus Facial Serum. Rosehip Oil is a rich source of omega-3, omega-6 and Vitamin F, and its Vitamin C is high in gamma linoleic acid (GLA). Hibiscus, with its natural astringent and antioxidant properties, blends perfectly with the rosehip oil, creating a synergistic combination for all skin types, even the most sensitive. Oily Skin To reduce oil production, Masterson recommends whipping up a mask using strawberries, an egg white and honey. “The strawberries – rich in salicyclic acid – are great for treating acne and the honey hydrates the skin, while delivering antibacterial properties,” explains Masterson. To make, add 1/2 cup of fresh strawberries, one egg white and 2 teaspoons of honey to a blender and mix. Apply to your face and neck for 20 minutes, then rinse with cold water. For deep cleansing that doesn’t strip the skin, try Clairvoyant Beauty Detoxifying Clay Cleanser with DMAE, a natural anti-aging nutrient derived from fish oil that extends the life of cells and inhibits cross-linking of proteins, giving the skin a toned and firm appearance.

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Irritated Skin “For red, puffy skin, turn to cucumbers, which are mildly astringent, and yogurt, which delivers key nutrients such as protein, calcium and vitamins to soften your skin,” suggests Masterson. To alleviate irritation, Masterson mixes 1/2 cup plain, organic yogurt and 1/2 cup grated cucumbers in a blender. Apply the mixture to your face for 15 minutes before rinsing with cool water. For a daily dose of skin benefits, try Refreshing Cucumber Facial Toner by Clairvoyant Beauty. The natural salt, enzymes and vitamins in cucumber stimulate cell growth and strengthen connective tissues. This toner is completely natural – made from the juice of real cucumbers – so the skin drinks in the veggie’s long list of healthy benefits with just a few spritzes daily. To learn more about the all-natural and vegan products and skincare regimens from Clairvoyant Beauty, visit www.clairvoyantbeauty.com, where five percent of your purchase will be donated to the Rainforest Alliance.




Pictured here: Multiple category winner Scott Christopher Homes

THE 2012 FALL PARADE OF HOMES

Awards of Excellence The Home Builders Association of Greater Grand Rapids (HBAGGR) is pleased to announce the Awards of Excellence & People’s Choice winners in this year’s Fall Parade of Homes. The Awards of Excellence program is sponsored by Cosmopolitan Home magazine.

AWARD WINNERS $150,001 - $200,000

$500,001 - $750,000

Best Interior Elements - #5 Eastbrook Homes Best Kitchen - #5 Eastbrook Homes Best Floor Plan - #5 Eastbrook Homes Best Curb Appeal - #4 Eastbrook Homes

Best Interior Elements - #27, Falcon Custom Homes Best Kitchen - #27, Falcon Custom Homes Best Floor Plan - #27, Falcon Custom Homes *Best Curb Appeal - #11, Engelsma Homes

$200,001 - $300,000

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Best Interior Elements - #25, Jim Tibbe Homes Best Kitchen - #25, Jim Tibbe Homes Best Floor Plan - #25, Jim Tibbe Homes #26, Curt Moran Builders Best Curb Appeal - #25, Jim Tibbe Homes

*Best Interior Elements - #7, Scott Christopher Homes *Best Kitchen - #7, Scott Christopher Homes *Best Floor Plan - #7, Scott Christopher Homes *Best Curb Appeal - #7, Scott Christopher Homes

$300,001 - $400,000

Best Single Space Remodel

*Best Interior Elements - #23 Tim Schollaart Builders *Best Kitchen - #23 Tim Schollaart Builders *Best Floor Plan - #22, J & J Concepts - #23 Tim Schollaart Builders *Best Curb Appeal - #14 Ashby Builders

People’s Choice Awards

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Up to $200,00 - CBH Building & Development $200,001 - $500,000 - Homes by Gary Byker *$500,001 and Up - Scott Christopher Homes

$400,001 - $500,000 Best Interior Elements - #20 Homes by Gary Byker *Best Kitchen - #6 Solomon Homes Best Floor Plan - #5 #20 Homes by Gary Byker *Best Curb Appeal - #6 Solomon Homes

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Tim Schollaart Builders BEST INTERIOR ELEMENTS BEST FLOOR PLAN A

AT A GLANCE Tim Schollaart Builder LLC 10 years in Business Grandville, MI 616.890.1381 TimSchollaart@gmail.com, www.TS-Builder.com Facebook: www.facebook.com/TSBuilder

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AT A GLANCE Starlite Kitchens & Baths 12 years in business 365 84th St. SW, Byron Center, MI 49315 616-583-9304 rog@starlitekitchens.com www.starlitekitchens.com

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At Tim Schollaart Builder we believe that good business practices are based on deep rooted values, integrity, honesty, and good hard work. We pride ourselves in being a hands-on builder with the knowledge and commitment to achieve the desires of our clients, while still maintaining budgeted goals. Our attention to detail and dedication to quality are elements that make our custom designs stand out from the rest.We are thankful each and every day to do what we love!

Starlite’s design team has over 100 years of combined experience and has designed over 3,000 kitchens in West Michigan. Starlite has five cabinetry lines that will fulfill the needs of almost any home from a $100,000 starter to a $1,000,000 dream home. Starlite also offers laminate, solid surface, quartz and granite countertops. Starlite’s countertop installation team offers the highest level of service you will find. A

ABOUT THE HOME “We were so excited to be able to showcase this budge-friendly home in the Fall Parade. We love how this floor plan has “family friendly” written all over it! Both levels are open and spacious, making it great for both entertaining and the ins and outs of daily life. Custom trimmed details highlight our signature design. While choosing the interior elements, our goal was make sure this home had a warm atmosphere, while still maintaining a contemporary design.

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AT A GLANCE J & J Concepts 12 years in business 7497 Valhalla, Hudsonville, MI 49426 616-540-3560 jerry@jandjconcepts.com, www.jandjconcepts.com C

COMPANY PROFILE Our mission is to create unique custom comes for clients who seek truly one-of-a-kind design and exceptional craftsmanship.Owners of truly special homes measure their value by livability. Our distinctive yet timeless designs are incorporated into every aspect of the building process.

ABOUT THE HOME This floor plan was custom designed by our staff residential designer to meet the specific needs of the home owners as they become empty nesters. Our staff interior decorator also helped incorporate the homeowners new furnishings and existing "treasured keepsakes" into the decor of the project to make it feel like a "home."

ABOUT THE HOME The designers at Starlite pride themselves for their attention to detail — this kitchen is a perfect example. From the symmetrical placement of the island and range hood to the warm inviting feel of the space, the design of this kitchen exceeded expectations of everyone. The use of mixed cabinetry finishes and sparkling hardware and lighting grab your attention at every corner. Unlimited storage and display ensures being able to accommodate every day use items as well as seasonal dinnerware and entertaining needs.

Ashby Builders BEST CURB APPEAL

AT A GLANCE Ashby Builders 13 years in business 1554 Ponstein Dr. Hudsonville, MI 49426 616.893.6284 ashbybuilders@comcast.net

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Ashby Builders is a small company that is committed to building top quality, unique custom homes for clients. Andy and his crew specialize in finish carpentry and Andy’s eye for detail is always noted by everyone who sees an Ashby home. The goal is always to create a better home than what the clients envision. Only top-quality subcontractors are used, guaranteeing the same level of quality and longevity in every home. We love challenges and really enjoy building homes that include elements that require creativity and vision to complete.

ABOUT THE HOME This home was built for a young couple from India. Many religious constraints were presented that pertained to the location of rooms and items in the home. However, we designed a home that not only has an open-feel floor plan with excellent use of space, but also a beautiful and inviting exterior. Originally, my clients envisioned the home to have an earth-tone color for the siding. It wasn’t until we found the forest green color shown that we came up with the siding and stone combination that makes the white trim stand out. Cosmopolitan Home Grand Rapids | 47


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AT A GLANCE Solomon Homes 14 years in business 52 South Main, Rockford, 49341 616-437-1179 chris@solomonbuildinggroup.com www.solomonbuildinggroup.com

$400,001- $500,000 A

COMPANY PROFILE I am a design-driven, custom home builder that can, but doesn’t always, translate into great size. A more moderately designed home can be as exciting as a large home where square footage is abundant. Both have wonderful rewards if done well. I am also a process-driven builder. I discovered this in college art classes where I would immerse myself in sculpture or drawing projects losing all sense of time and place. Even now, although I hire out most of the work, I will still find myself making a set of barn doors or large, rustic, dining table and loving it.

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Awards of Excellence $500,001 - $750,000 Engelsma Homes BEST CURB APPEAL

AT A GLANCE Engelsma Homes In business since 2002 O-237 Steele St NW; Ste B, Grand Rapids, MI 49534 616-453-3212 Jason@engelsmahomes.com Newhomesgr.com

PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD

ABOUT THE HOME

COMPANY PROFILE The Engelsma Homes Team is absolutely key to the satisfaction of our clients and the success of our business. The dedication and abilities of our team combine to provide exceptional results from planning and design through completion of your new home.

This award-winning home is located on a wooded lot and features 4 bedrooms and 31/2 baths. It is perfect for daily living and entertaining with its contemporary style, full kitchen with island, and large great room. It also features an abundance of built-ins throughout the home, making the most of the home’s ample space.

For over 25 years Scott Christopher Homes and sister company Surpass Renovations, have been recognized as West Michigan’s leading high end home builder. Their diverse resume, extensive experience, and established team have once again created a home like no other. See page 50 for all Scott Christopher Homes’ Awards


WINNER NEW CONSTRUCTION • REMODELING

315 Jackson St Grandville, MI 49418 Phone: (616) 890-1381 Fax: (616) 635-2679 www.TS-Builder.com

1554 Ponstein Dr. Hudsonville, MI 49426 P: 616.893.6284 F: 616.457.3160 e: ashbybuilders@comcast.net

“We are committed to making the construction process a stress-free and enjoyable experience for you and your family.”

ashbybuilders.com or ashbycustomhomes.com

Welcome Home

2012 Awards of Excellence Winner $400,001 - $500,000 BEST KITCHEN BEST CURB APPEAL

52 South Main, Rockford, 49341 • 616-437-1179 chris@solomonbuildinggroup.com • www.solomonbuildinggroup.com Cosmopolitan Home Grand Rapids | 49


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INTERIOR ELEMENTS KITCHEN FLOOR PLAN CURB APPEAL

Awards of Excellence

This luxurious home offers nearly

$750,000 +

stunning lake views, but also features

7,000 square feet of living space and

practical solutions for everyday living. There are two laundry rooms, a

AT A GLANCE

screened-in porch with retractable

Scott Christopher Homes In business over 27 years

screens and heated floors, and a pet room with a dog-washing station just

620 Three Mile Rd. NW Suite A, Grand Rapids , MI 49544

to list a few of the smart amenities.

616-784-4500 scott@scottchristopherhomes.com www.scottchristopherhomes.com

COMPANY PROFILE Scott Christopher Homes specializes in wellappointed, new-home construction and renovation projects for clients who demand accurate proposals, expert service and a high level of professionalism. Twenty seven years of experience, a passionate staff and a servant attitude has allowed Scott Christopher Homes to travel throughout Michigan and beyond creating oneof-a-kind, high-quality homes for clients who expect the best. Our team is made up of highly skilled people — true craftsmen and business professionals — who work well together including a talented team at an in-house cabinet shop, and a Leed AP and civil engineer. Their leadership skills, construction talents and teamwork combine to result in construction excellence, project efficiencies and time lines that are consistently the best in our industry. Our building expertise is demonstrated in all styles and sizes of homes. From sprawling estates to well-appointed homes and cottages, the SCH team exceeds your expectations and gives you a rewarding, stress-free and enjoyable experience.

ABOUT THE HOME Every so often a house comes along that defies description yet appeals to everyone. Scott Christopher Homes has created that home. Designed and built to meet the immediate and future needs of a young professional couple, this efficient and unique design has it all. Expansive entertaining areas are balanced by the right mix of family and personal space leaving room for growth while maintaining a comfortable feel. 50 | early winter 2012

FEATURES INCLUDE: • Stunning lake views • Unique architecture • Centrally located custom kitchen, radius pantry, high end appliances • Varied ceiling heights from 8’ to 14’ • Highly exclusive “H” brand windows with corner glazings • Dog wash and boarding room • Double sided fireplace with floating hearth • Plaster pool with “swim out” platform and infinity hot tub • Advanced HVAC systems including heated driveway and porch areas • Exercise room • Screened-in porch with fireplace, retractable screens • Master suite with sitting room and 225 square foot closet • 2 laundry rooms • Children’s “Flex” area • Lifetime design/handicapped accessible

AMENITIES INCLUDE: • Contemporary Style – clean lines, modern flair • Luxurious main floor living with open foyer, large living room, custom kitchen, and master suite • Custom kitchen with ash cabinetry • Master suite with a private sitting room, sleeping area, custom closet and bath • Furnished lower level includes kitchen, custom bar, gathering and theater room, exercise room, and guest suite • Screened-in porch with retractable screens and heated floors that leads to extensive outdoor patios , pool and hot tub area and outdoor fire pit • Stunning corner windows that do not obstruct lake views • Bleached walnut floors • 4 fireplaces featuring unique materials • Suspended stairway • Modern exterior with three-stall garage • Elegant landscape


Knowing that every single inch of your home is exactly what you wanted.

Where the only surprises are pleasant ones.

620 Three Mile Road, Suite A, Grand Rapids, MI 49544 616.784.4500 | www.scottchristopherhomes.com


Building the Perfect Remember that magical feeling of building a snowman? How it felt to roll a simple snowball around your yard until it became as big as you? The joy of placing the carrot nose smack dab in the middle of his face?

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t seems that no winter is complete without at least one snowman. Fortunately, West Michigan is the perfect place to build the perfect snowman, as snow — every snowman’s essential ingredient — is (usually) in natural abundance many months of the year. Besides snow, all that is required for building a snowman is a little imagination and a few common household items. Sand castle tools, like buckets and rakes, as well as funnels, car window scrapers, tubes, pickle buckets and different sized mixing bowls are among the main tools recommended. To begin the fun, decide what kind of snowman you want, and look for the shape you want in common household items. You can be real creative, you don’t need to stick to the standard three-ball design. You can do any shape or form you want. Besides the three-ball prototype, the snowman’s foundation can be in the shape of a cone or bucket. Use all buckets to create a nutcracker, or a combination of forms for a unique shape. To easily shape snow, pack it into a container of the desired shape and add a small amount of water. Since snow is partly trapped air, mixing it with water will make it denser and stronger. The snow will solidify in the container quickly in cold temperatures and should pop out easily. Complete the foundation by shaving and shaping the snowman’s features with the sand rake or window scraper and adding the arms. While stick arms are always an option, arms can also be made of ice and snow. Since snow doesn’t have stability, snow arms can’t stick straight out, but they can still be connected to the body. In the area where the arms will be, draw the arms and make indentations


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MAN between where the body and arm is so that the arm will protrude away from the rest of the snowman.

buttons. Red suspenders will give his middle stripes, and top him off with a Statue of Liberty crown.

They should be sticking out from the body only a little. You want to have just a little bit of definition between the body and the arms — like arms folded in front.

A trendy snowman can easily be attired with a tie-dye kerchief or hat, peace signs for belly buttons and a crocheted vest. The environmentally conscious might want to try a recycled snowman, using several old mittens and gloves sewn together for a scarf, various sizes of tin can lids for buttons and facial features, and a patch quilt hat from fabric scraps or old newspapers.

The hat can also be made of snow. Just think how much more fun Frosty might have had if his hat was solidly molded to his head instead of tumbling away each time the wind blew. Even though snow is white, snowmen don’t have to be. A snowman can be painted with a mixture of food coloring and water in a spray bottle. Simply adjust the spray nozzle to either a fine mist to shade larger areas or to a fine stream for more detailed work. Since the food coloring absorbs into the snow, a couple coats will be necessary. Once the foundation is finished, it’s time to decorate. Do some research first, either by looking through the internet for ideas on decorating a trendy snowman or by planning a theme. Remember: there is no right or wrong way to decorate a snowman. It’s everybody’s own imagination, they’re own creativity or memory. Some recommendations include: a New Year’s snowman complete with party hat and noisemaker in his mouth, and a festive banner over his shoulder wishing onlookers a “Happy New Year” would be fun; a patriotic snowman with Styrofoam star eyes and mouth and a flag nose. Color the snowman red, white and blue with food coloring, and use peace signs for the

If snowman items aren’t readily available at home, visit a thrift store. You can find things to tear apart or sew together with other items. You could buy a bunch of odds and ends and have a million dollar snowman for under $10 if you are creative. If only one snowman in the yard seems lonely, make it a family affair. Have family and friends work independently and create a snow scene. A team effort could include a snowman and a sled, a snow family, snow castles, sports figures, animals or a set of carolers. Each person has his own little project that will flow together into one piece. So this year, make winter memories. Ice skate on a frozen pond until your toes tingle. Sled breathlessly down the biggest hill you’ve ever seen. Drink a mug of hot chocolate swimming with tiny marshmallows. And, of course, build the perfect snowman. 

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