THE TWENTY TWELVE
A WARDS OFE
SPACE TO P L AY
BY TIM SCHOLLAART BUILDER, LLC
Grand Rapids Cosmopolitan Home LATE SUMMER 2012
features 10 Rustically Modern A timeless home with a classic quality by Platinum Custom Homes 20 Space to Play Family-owned land offers the perfect site for a custom home by Tim Schollaart Builder 43 The 2012 Awards of Excellence
Winners from this year’s Spring Parade of Homes
departments 5 GARDEN CALENDAR Garden tasks all year long 6 CUISINE A Grilliant Summer Simple steps for grilling brilliantly 8 IN THE GARDEN Bye Bye Pests Tips for a less susceptible home and landscape 34 MONEY MATTERS Don t Let Divorce Derail Your Financial Security Steps to claim and protect what’s yours 36 TRAVEL Adventure Time The baby boomer generation is on the move 38 HEALTHWISE Snack Sense Satisfy cravings and still eat right 39 CHOICE PROPERTIES From Cottages to Castles A look at a unique homes on the market 54 ALWAYS GREENER A Naturally Clean Home A less harsh way to make your home sparkle
Pictured: Space to Play
A home with abundant space inside and out, by Tim Schollaart Builder and designed by Wayne Visbeen, offers a calming color palette as seen here in the owners’ suite bath. See feature on page 20 Cosmopolitan Home Grand Rapids | 3
cover photo by Ashley Avila
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august Order spring flowering bulbs
Plant potted roses, shrubs, trees, vines and perrenial and biennial herbs and flowers
Plant cool season vegetables for autumn harvest
Keep the garden free of weeds
Remove faded flowers
Shear low-growing plants
Harvest herb seeds and leaves
Remove buds on roses and other flowering plants for larger blooms
Sow seeds outdoors for succession plantings
Plant autumn flowering bulbs
Train and prune vines as needed
Pinch annuals and perennials until mid-month
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Cut flowers for fresh use or drying
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Grecian Top Loin Steaks and Mushroom
A GRILLIANT summer Simple steps for grilling brilliantly hether cooking on a gas or charcoal grill, at home, at a park or at a W tailgate, grilling provides an unmistakable aroma, a sizzling sound and maximum flavor. And research shows that when it comes to grilling, nearly three out of four Americans choose beef as the meat they grill the most often; but nearly 30 percent are still looking for more information on how to harness the power of the grill. For guaranteed, delicious results when grilling beef, try following these three easy steps: 1. CHOOSE YOUR CUT Some of the best cuts for grilling include naturally tender ribeye, top loin (aka strip) and ground beef. Flank steak is also an excellent choice after a dip in a tenderizing marinade. Tip: Rubs and marinades are easy ways to add flavor and tenderize. 6 | late summer 2012
2. PREPARE YOUR BEEF Prepare grill (gas or charcoal) according to manufacturer’s directions for medium heat. Remove beef from refrigerator and season with herbs and spices, as desired. Tip: Wait to salt until after cooking so you don’t draw out the natural, flavorful juices from the meat. 3. GRILL Place beef on grates and grill, covered, turning occasionally. Test doneness with meat thermometer: Cook burgers to 160°F and steaks to 145°F for medium rare or 160°F for medium. Tip: Turn steaks with long handled tongs instead of a fork. Do not press down on steaks or burgers as flavorful juices will be lost. Tip: For detailed grilling time by cut, visit BeefItsWhatsForDinner.com and type in “grilling.”
GRECIAN TOP LOIN STEAKS AND MUSHROOM KABOBS Total Recipe Time: 30 minutes Makes 4 servings Lemon Pepper Rub: 3 large cloves garlic, minced 2 1/2 teaspoons lemon pepper 1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano Steak and Kabobs: 1 pound medium mushrooms 1 medium red onion, cut into wedges 2 tablespoons olive oil 6 lemon wedges 2 boneless beef top loin steaks, cut 1 inch thick (about 1 1/4 pounds) 1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese (optional) Combine rub ingredients. Combine mushrooms, onion, oil and 2 teaspoons rub in medium bowl; toss. Alternately thread mushrooms and onion onto six 12-inch metal skewers. Finish with a lemon wedge. Press remaining rub onto beef steaks. Place steaks and kabobs on grid over medium, ash-covered coals. Grill steaks, covered, 11 to 14 minutes (over medium heat on preheated gas grill, 11 to 15 minutes) for medium rare (145°F) to medium (160°F) doneness, turning occasionally. Grill kabobs 6 to 8 minutes or until mushrooms are tender, turning occasionally. Remove vegetables from skewers; toss with cheese, if desired. Carve steaks. Season beef and vegetables with salt. Courtesy of The Beef Checkoff Press remaining rub onto beef steaks.
Place steaks and kabobs on grid over medium, ash-covered coals. FIRECRACKER BURGERS WITH COOLING LIME SAUCE Total Recipe Time: 35 minutes Makes 6 servings 1 1/2 pounds ground beef 6 sesame seed sandwich rolls, split, toasted 1 cup watercress or mixed spring greens Seasoning: 1 tablespoon curry powder 1 tablespoon Caribbean jerk seasoning 1 teaspoon salt Sauce: 1/2 cup reduced-fat mayonnaise 1/4 cup low-fat plain yogurt 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice 2 teaspoons grated lime peel 1/4 teaspoon salt Combine ground beef and seasoning ingredients in large bowl, mixing lightly but thoroughly. Shape into six 1/2-inch-thick patties. Place patties on grid over medium, ash-covered coals. Grill, covered, 8 to 10 minutes (over medium heat on preheated gas grill, 7 to 9 minutes) until instant-read thermometer inserted horizontally into center registers 160°F, turning occasionally. Meanwhile, combine sauce ingredients in small bowl; set aside. Spread sauce on cut sides of rolls. Place one burger on bottom half of each roll; top evenly with watercress. Close sandwiches. Courtesy of The Beef Checkoff MORE WAYS TO MASTER YOUR “GRILLIANCE” • Temperature is critical when grilling. Don’t grill over high heat — this may cause charring on the outside before the inside has reached desired doneness, which is why it’s best to grill over medium heat. If using a charcoal grill, make sure the coals are white, ash-covered. • Trim visible fat before grilling to prevent flare-ups.• Less tender cuts, like flank steak, benefit from a tenderizing marinade. Think acidic ingredients like lime juice or vinaigrette.• Keep raw meat separate from other foods. Use clean plates and utensils for cooked food.
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Bye-Bye PESTS A Less Susceptible Home & Landscape
n essential aspect of landscape maintenance is insect control. Problem insects can affect the vigor of plants and landscapes, either through disease, insect feeding or other destructive activities. Insects can also invade the interior of a home in search of food, water and shelter, becoming a general nuisance. With the recent mild winter across the U.S., insect activity is occurring even earlier this year. This means there is a greater chance that homes and landscapes will be infested by pests this summer. Here are some tips to make your home and landscape less of a target for infestation: Choose plants wisely: Many insect and disease issues can be prevented by selecting plants that are less prone to insect problems. For example, native plants are less inviting to pests when planted where sun and soil are right for them. Combat insects with essential nutrients: One of the best defenses from problem pests is a strong, actively growing, well-maintained plant. Proper fertilization is essential to maintaining landscape beauty and plant development, helping sustain optimum plant growth and resistance to insects, diseases and environmental stresses. When fertilized properly, plants are supplied with the essential nutrients (i.e. nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium) they need for strength and growth. Know the symptoms: Often, the evaluation of plant symptoms can provide an effective indication of the insect type. There are three common types of problem insects: Sucking insects and mites cause damage by removing a plantâ€™s life-sustaining sap from plant tissues. Symptoms include: the wilting of plant tissues; the stunting, curling or distortion of new plant growth; a rust coloration of the upper leaf surface; or a sticky substance followed by a black sooty appearance on the upper leaf surface. Chewing insects consume plant tissue, such as leaves, stems and roots, or burrow into plant tissue. Symptoms include: silvering of leaf tissues; complete removal of leaf tissues; and holes in and around plant leaves, stems, branches and trunks.
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Boring insects target the trunks, stems, bark, buds and roots of woody ornamental shrubs and trees. These insects damage plants through their tunneling activities. Symptoms include: holes in the bark; tunneling activity in leaf tissue; dead terminal growth on a plant; or the complete removal of strips of bark. Create a line of defense: Use a bait formulation, such as Amdro Ant Block Home Perimeter Ant Bait, to create a barrier around your home. The bait kills a range of ant species outside so they are unable to infest interior areas. Foraging (worker) ants bring the granules back to their mound, resulting in the entire colony, including the queen, being destroyed. Clean up debris: Along with applying bait, you should also remove loose debris from around the home and at the foundation of plants. This includes fallen leaves or dropped fruit. Pests often use these types of debris for nesting and feeding. Protect beneficial species: Within every landscape and garden, there are pest predators that are beneficial to the health of plantsâ€”either by feeding on problem pests or by helping with soil aeration and drainage. Examples include: earthworms, spiders, ladybugs and praying mantises. Attract beneficial insects to your landscape with plants that provide nectar, pollen and other food sources.
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he Parade of Homes continually features some great examples of craftsmanship and style, but this Cosmopolitan feature really stands out in both aspects. The location and property were the important components for the base of it all. On a bluff overlooking the Thornapple River, the home exudes a rustic, timeless quality. â€œWe felt the property was the start of the show,â€? said Mark Allen, homeowner. He and his wife Laura spent two years searching for the right place and their search paid off in a big way.
The exterior has a unique mix of materials that blends the old with the new. The stonework from Ophoff Masonry matches the stonework at each post and plays nicely with the blue stone walkway to the front entry. The front entry is highlighted by a beautiful door from RJ Raven. The landscape by Rook’s Landscaping continues the use of stone throughout all the walkways and a stairway, with beautiful, “live” retaining walls to make it appear as if it has always been there naturally.
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Next it was time to assemble the team to build and design, which led them to a rustic, modern getaway custom fit for them. The team consisted of architectural planning by Jeff Visser, cabinetry by Todd Wiley of Tru Kitchens, interior design by Rock Kauffman, and construction by Platinum Custom Homes. The elite team was able to visualize what the client desired and needed and add a style unique to the site. The design started with Visser’s meticulous architectural planning, always keeping the landscape in mind. Soon Kauffman was designing the furnishings and finishes around the architecture. “I really just wanted to follow Jeff ’s lead on it because it was so architecturally beautiful,” said Kauffman.
The landscape continues the use of stone throughout all the walkways and a stairway with beautiful, “live” retaining walls to make it appear as if they have always been there naturally. Todd Wiley handled all cabinetry design, and flawlessly executed the transition from space to space. Even the homeowners had a part in the home’s fruition by working with Dimension Veneer through their career contacts to supply all of the veneers throughout the entire home. Platinum Custom Homes did a phenomenal job bringing it all to a reality with masterful finishing and attention to detail. It really is a special culmination of talents. The exterior has a unique mix of materials that blends the old with the new. The existing unattached garage was spruced up with paint, new doors, and a roof to match the house, but the unique siding was maintained to give an organic feel to the whole structure. The home also has an attached garage with matching doors to keep the look consistent. The stonework on the exterior matches the stonework at each post and plays nicely with the blue stone walkway to the front entry. Around back, the landscape continues the use of stone throughout all the walkways and the stairway, with beautiful, live retaining walls to make it appear as if the landscaping has always been here naturally. The abundant use of windows in the back of the home takes advantage of the view of the stonework, water and green as far as the eye can see. The front entry embraces you into the home with quite a view — the living room. With a beautiful mix of wide-plank flooring and mod-
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Todd Wiley of Tru Kitchens handled all cabinetry design, and flawlessly executed the transition from space to space.The galley style kitchen features slab front cabinetry with a custom island and bar. The cabinets are rift white oak, drawing the natural surroundings further into the home. To keep the modern lines clean and minimal, a solid slab of Caesarstone quartz is used as a backsplash, which complements the granite countertops throughout.
ern furnishings, this space truly defines the rustic yet modern style. The fireplace continues the stonework from the outside and echoes the floor-to-ceiling look of the windows throughout the space. The TV also has a home in this stone display, but all of the components hide in the built-in across the room.
The elite team was able to visualize what the client desired and needed and add a style unique to the site. The home exudes a unique, timeless quality, inside and out. An open dining space that features two walls of windows and a custom buffet built to mimic the unique waterfall edges of the island top. With the
home’s open floor plan, the living and dining room flow seamlessly into a phenomenal modern kitchen. The galley style kitchen features slab front cabinetry with a custom island and bar. The cabinets are rift white oak, drawing the natural surroundings further into the home. To keep the modern lines clean and minimal, a solid slab of Caesarstone quartz is used as a backsplash, which complements the granite countertops throughout. One of the best visual features of the kitchen is the architectural use of windows. “Jeff really wanted the cabinetry to fade into the background and not really look like a typical kitchen,” said Wiley of the design. The kitchen lacks no function for it, and the natural light makes it feel airy. The lighting over the island brings the rustic side out with various glass pendant lights and Edison bulbs for a unique, industrial light. The bar is also visually stunning with its wenge wood surface with waterfall edges to resemble a simple parsons table, providing a great spot to sit and Cosmopolitan Home Grand Rapids | 15
The beautiful sunroom steps right out from the kitchen. It has a fireplace with matching stonework to the living room keeping cohesiveness. The views are spectacular, and the floor-to-ceiling windows draw the eye up to the unique custom panels on the ceiling. The neutral color palette lets the natural palette of the season take over. chat with the chef. There is also a generous amount of extra perks such as a flip-front drawer in the sink cabinet, roll-out shelving in the pantry, and rollout trash. All Viking and Wolf appliances provide nothing but the best for the cooks in this space. The beautiful sunroom steps right out from the kitchen. It has a fireplace with matching stonework to the living room to keep cohesive. The views are spectacular, and the floor-to-ceiling windows draw the eye up to the unique custom panels on the ceiling. The neutral color palette lets the natural palette of the season take over. This will be the perfect place to cozy up with a fire in the fall but also perfect for that lazy Sunday in summer with a cool glass of lemonade. 16 | late summer 2012
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The ownersâ€™ suite is located at the other end of the living area and is a true getaway experience. Once inside, you are surrounded by an alcove of windows framing the picturesque setting. The ceiling has a painted tongue-and-groove feature that incorporates the consistent style seen throughout the home. It also features a modern platform bed and carries on the neutral color palette. The ownersâ€™ bath continues the retreat experience with its large windows surrounding the tub deck and serene color palette of grays and white. The floor tile, a large scale stone gray porcelain, continues into the shower, making one seemingly seamless space. The vanity is done in a dark walnut finish with white quartz countertops to blend with the top of the bathtub. The frameless mirror goes all the way up to the vaulted ceiling, creating
Almost every room has a view of the natural landscape. This, combined with the contrasting modern touches, complete the design and together inspire a new style that will never get old. light and depth in this space. Even the water closet is dressed up with built-in open shelving for display and extra storage. Complete with a walkin closet custom designed for the homeowners, this space has everything the homeowner wanted. The mudroom is a great display of modern form meeting function. The locker doors are all large to conceal all the storage and line the entire back hallway. The back entry features a great drop station for keys, phone chargers, and mail. The laun-
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dry room is clean and simple, just as it should be. It has painted cabinetry to conceal any clutter, dark countertops to conceal dirt, and a frontloading washer and dryer. From there is the main floor powder room. This hip space has a spacious vanity cabinet with a dark quartz top, and a vanity light with linen shades. Some of the best decorative elements are in the stairway of this home. The custom railing is as organic as the land the home sits on, with sinewy metal connecting every which way to look like branches. The walls are paneled to match the kitchen and living room cabinetry and have builtin niches for display. The steps down to the lower level are really fantastic as they give the appearance of floating beams. From the lower level, you can see through the steps to the exercise room and all its natural light that comes from the windows on the other side. The views are just as spectacular on the lower level as they are on the upper, with more floor-to-ceiling windows. “There is not a bad space in the place,” said Allen. The lower level family room and bar area are an open space with an abundance of light. The built-in bar and entertainment center mix a neutral paint finish with the same wood paneling found throughout the rest of the home and obviously tie the two levels together. Three guest bedrooms in the lower level, one that rivals in size with the owners’ bedroom and two that are a Jack-and-Jill suite. Each has a closet with built-in storage systems and bookshelves, perfect for guests. These rooms also have great views of the landscape with large windows in each. The plush carpet and neutral color scheme make these spaces welcoming and serene. The lower level bathrooms mimic the powder room upstairs, keeping the style consistent throughout the entire home.
With a beautiful mix of wide-plank flooring and modern furnishings, the living room truly defines the rustic yet modern style. The open space features two walls of windows taking full advantage of the river view. In fact, almost every room has a view that brings the outside in. The abundant use of windows at the back of the home is the perfect example of this — where stonework, water and trees can be seen as far as the eye can see.
At the end of the day, this home is clearly about one thing — the view (inside and out). Almost every room has a view of the beautiful landscape and throughout the space there are modern touches that together inspire a new style that will never get old. “We tried to keep the continuity, so in twenty years this house will look perfect,” said Kauffman. This will be a place for the Allens to escape every day, every night seeing a different sunset and every season having a new view.
BUILDER Platinum Custom Homes ARCHITECT Jeff Visser INTERIOR DESIGN CONTRIBUTIONS Rock Kauffman APPLIANCES Bekins; CABINETRY Tru Kitchens; CUSTOM SHELVING West Michigan Shelf; DECORATIVE HARDWARE US10B; EXTERIOR DOOR RJ Raven; LANDSCAPING RJ Raven; MASONRY Ophoff Masonry
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SPACE T O
P L A Y
A PARCEL OF LAND, more than 50 acres in Caledonia, is where this family’s dream began. “My wife and I were ready to move out of a neighborhood setting to a place where we had more room for the kids to play, to walk the dog, and to enjoy our toys,” explains the homeowner. Okay, but why so many acres? “This land was family owned,” says the homeowner, “so it made perfect sense for us to build here.” So far, so good.
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“WE LOVE THE BARREL CEILING IN THE ENTRY,” SAY THE HOMEOWNERS. THE DETAILING CARRIES THROUGH INTO THE GREAT ROOM, WITH A PAINTED WOOD CEILING THAT GIVES THE HOME A COTTAGE-LIKE APPEAL. THE CENTERPIECE OF THE ROOM IS A STONE (SURROUND) FIREPLACE INSTALLED BY THE FLAME CENTER. “THE HOME’S NEUTRAL COLOR PALETTE IS BALANCED WITH TEXTURED PIECES TO CREATE INTEREST WITHOUT SACRIFICING PRACTICALITY OR ELEGANCE.” AS SUCH, THE TWO-STORY HOME’S MAIN FLOOR IS DONE IN HAND-SCRAPED HICKORY FLOORING, BEAUTIFULLY INSTALLED AND FINISHED BY WESTON FLOOR CARE. SAYS DAVIDSON, “THE HICKORY IS SUCH A MODERN LOOK AND YET SO FORGIVING WHEN YOU HAVE YOUNG CHILDREN.” (NOT TO MENTION A DOG.)
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...AND THEY WILL COME
Not at all incidental to the home’s design is the large screened porch off the kitchen that overlooks the family’s expansive property. The young couple has many friends whom they enjoy hosting, and this casually comfortable area is the perfect place to gather. “The porch is really where the design started. We had a screened porch in our previous home and used it all the time,” explains the homeowner. “This is a larger, improved version of what we had before.” The homeowner now has a specially designed space to store wood as well as built-ins which flank the fireplace and provide storage.
Connectivity is played out in the design of the entire home so that despite the expansiveness, there is always closeness. A soaring, wood ceiling gives the screened porch the feel of an enclosed room, but the screens provide the al fresco environment. If needed, transparent panels can be lowered to provide wind resistance and protection. A wood burning fireplace offers warmth on chilly summer nights while a TV offers the option of enjoying the ball game. A beautiful yet practical bluestone floor completes the area and contributes to the room’s rustic, outdoorsy feel. Future expansion plans include a landscaped pool area which will flow seamlessly from the screened porch. Instrumental to the design and the inspiration behind this gorgeous outdoor space was Wayne Visbeen, of Visbeen Associates. Cosmopolitan Home Grand Rapids | 23
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INSTRUMENTAL TO THE DESIGN AND THE INSPIRATION BEHIND THE OUTDOOR SPACE WAS WAYNE VISBEEN, OF VISBEEN ASSOCIATES. “I MET WITH WAYNE TO TALK ABOUT WHAT I HAD IN MIND AND HE TOOK IT FROM THERE. WAYNE IMMEDIATELY STARTED SKETCHING WHILE I TALKED, AND HE EVENTUALLY CAME UP WITH THIS DESIGN. HE IS TRULY AN ARTIST.”
“I met with Wayne to talk about what I had in mind and he took it from there,” said the homeowner. “He immediately started sketching while I talked, and eventually came up with this design. He is truly an artist.” Explains Paul Fikse, Vice President of Visbeen Associates, “Wayne had a clear vision of the how the family wanted to live in this home after talking to them. The corner of the home where the screened porch is located was going to get a lot of use and, ultimately, the open concept design flowed from that starting point.” As always, form follows function. Since the homeowners have young children, the second story is centrally located providing easy access to
the master suite, located on the main level. Says Fikse, “The connectivity was very deliberate. Though the kids are on a different level, they are always within earshot.” That connectivity is played out in the design of the entire home so that despite the expansiveness, there is always closeness. NEXT? FIND A BUILDER.
Enter Tim Schollaart. “Tim was highly recommended by a friend,” explains the homeowner. “My buddy is a perfectionist so I knew that Tim must have done an outstanding job. After interviewing Tim, I knew he was the right person to build our home.” The homeowner was impressed with Schollaart’s attention to detail and prompt response to any changes that he and his wife wanted to make during the Cosmopolitan Home Grand Rapids | 25
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THE CALM THEME IS CARRIED THROUGH IN THE OWNERS’ SUITE WHICH INCLUDES A STUNNING BATH COMPLETE WITH WALK-IN SHOWER, SOAKING TUB, ALL FROM ETNA SUPPLY. MARBLE COUNTERTOPS, AND PLENTY OF STORAGE ROUND OUT THE SPACE. “THE MASTER SUITE IS A REAL GETAWAY FOR THIS BUSY MOM,” EXPLAINS THE HOME’S INTERIOR DESIGNER LAURA DAVIDSON.
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THE HOME’S LOWER LEVEL INCLUDES A THEATER ROOM, GUEST BEDROOM WITH BATH, BAR AREA, AND A BASKETBALL COURT WITH FLOORING SUPPLIED BY WESTON FLOOR CARE. A COZY SITTING AREA OVERLOOKS THE COURT SO THAT ADULTS CAN GATHER AND STILL BE IN SUPERVISING DISTANCE OF THE YOUNG CHILDREN. building process. “Tim was never phased by any of our requests,” says the homeowner, “and he finished the house when he said he would. That was huge since we had sold our home and were living in a rental.” Schollaart has been in the building business for about 15 years and loves what he does. “Making a family’s dream become reality is very satisfying,” says Schollaart. “It’s hard work but worth the effort when you see the result.” Schollaart got involved in the business as a middle schooler and has never looked back. “I can’t imagine doing anything else,” says Schollaart. Schollaart and Visbeen worked together on the architectural details that make the home unique, with Visbeen providing the design and Schollaart lending the carpentry skills. “We love the barrel ceiling in the entry,” say the homeowners. The detailing carries through into the great room, with a painted, wood ceiling that gives the home a cottage-like appeal.
wife loved her taste and style so that’s who we decided to work with.” Says Davidson, “We selected neutral colors for the home, using a very quiet and peaceful palette. There are two toddlers in the house and a baby on the way so creating a calm environment was a priority.” The theme is carried through in the master suite which includes a stunning bath complete with walk-in shower, soaking tub, marble countertops, and plenty of storage. “The master suite is a real getaway for this busy mom,” explains Davidson.
Light fixtures, hardware, and accessories in stainless steel and chrome bring a simple elegance to the home. “The home’s neutral color palette is balanced with textured pieces to create interest without sacrificing practicality or elegance.” As such, the two-story home’s main floor is done in hand-scraped hickory flooring. Says Davidson, “The hickory is such a modern look and yet so forgiving when you have young children.” Not to mention a dog.
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BUILDER Tim Schollaart Builder ARCHITECT Visbeen Associates INTERIOR DESIGN Dwellings BRICK & STONE Belden; BUILDING MATERIALS Fox Bros.; CARPET Columbos; DECORATIVE HARDWARE Modern Hardware; FIREPLACES Flame Center; LANDSCAPING DJs; LIGHTING Lighting Corner; LUMBER West Michigan Lumber; PLUMBING FIXTURES Etna; PRE-CAST CONCRETE Kerkstra Precast; WOOD FLOORING Weston Floor Care
Your Home. Your Style. Begins Here
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, but also with-in a budget. We know that with the changing economy it changes the desires and demands of our clients. So it is very important to build a good quality home, but for an affordable price. We are thankful each and every day to have the opportunity to do what we love!
315 Jackson St. Grandville, MI 49418 Phone (616) 890-1381 Fax (616) 635-2679 www.TS-Builder.com
Don’t Let Divorce Derail Your Financial Security
ivorce is rarely a life event that one plans for, but while many couples live happily ever after, some will undoubtedly go their separate ways. A divorce can be emotionally devastating, but it doesn’t have to derail your long-term financial security. If you’re facing a divorce, consider these steps to protect and claim what’s yours. UNDERSTAND YOUR ASSETS. A divorce can be expensive, especially if you fail to spend the appropriate amount of time reviewing and discussing your finances as you go through the process. Educate yourself by examining investment and bank statements, qualified plan and pension information, tax returns, mortgage information and insurance policies. Before you can begin to split the assets you’ve accumulated as a couple, you should know your total net worth so that you’ll be able to assess how the divorce will impact your financial goals. CONSIDER THE BIG PICTURE. When deciding how to split the nest egg, it helps to look into the future and think about how your lives will look post-divorce. Will you have short-term needs – like buying a home and furniture, new or continued childcare costs or paying a lawyer – that require immediate funding? Will you be able to replenish your retirement assets if you must use them to pay for these unexpected expenses? Develop a detailed written financial plan as a soon-to-be single so that you may act in your best interest when deciding which assets will best fit your needs. THINK ABOUT TAX CONSEQUENCES. Most retirement plans are made up of pre-tax dollars, meaning your contributions won’t be taxed until you withdraw them. This can be beneficial if you believe your income and tax rate will be lower in retirement – but it also means the amount of cash you’ll be able to use to meet your day-to-day expenses will be less than what you actually withdraw. Be sure you’re aware of how taxes may affect your retirement income as you divide assets with your former spouse. Trusted financial, tax and legal advisors are especially valuable as you make such important decisions. FOLLOW THE RULES. If you decide that it makes sense to divide funds from you and your former spouse’s 401(k) plans and IRAs, it’s important to carefully follow state and local guidelines. This process is complicated so be sure that your divorce settlement states specifically how assets are to be divided and transferred. Dividing a pension or 401(k) plan may require a Qualified Domestic Relations Order (QDRO), which allows funds to be withdrawn without penalty and deposited into a separate retirement account. Make sure that you discuss preparation of such an instrument with your attorney. UPDATE YOUR FINANCIAL ACCOUNTS. Once your divorce is final, revise the beneficiaries on your checking and savings accounts, investments, retirement plans and life insurance. Also reevaluate your insurance policies and confirm that you still have ade-
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quate coverage for you and any dependents. Nothing can undermine your financial security faster than an uninsured accident or illness. Once the dust has settled on your divorce, create a new will or update the existing document to reflect your new marital status. SEEK EXPERT ADVICE. It’s no doubt that your attorney will play an essential role in your divorce proceedings, but don’t assume that he or she is a financial expert. Consider working with a financial advisor who can help you with all aspects of your financial life before, during and after your divorce. Let’s face it…there’s no sure thing when it comes to marriage. But even if you end up going at it alone, it doesn’t have to mean the end of your financial security. With the help of trusted professionals and determination, you can face the new financial situation that your single life will bring.
Lisa Cargill, ChFC®, CLU®,CRPC®, CDFA™ is a Financial Advisor (and CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER practitioner ™) 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.
• Retractable Door Screens • Retractable Window Screen • Large Enclosure Screens • Retractable Glass Walls • Automated Interior Shades Retractable 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.
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ADVENTURE Time Women are on the move —
especially women of the Baby Boomer generation.
f you’ve felt the urge to see different places and experience a new adventure, you’re not alone. The Travel Industry Association estimates that 32 million single American women traveled at least once last year — and a lot of them were Boomers. “I’m in my early sixties, and in the last year, I traveled thousands of miles — with my husband and children, with girlfriends and alone,” says Harriet Lewis, Vice Chairman of Grand Circle Corporation. The company specializes in international travel and adventure for Americans aged 50 or older. Lewis says that travel can make a difference in our lives as individuals, and in the lives of those we come in contact with. “During a recent trip to Egypt, I climbed Mount Sinai late at night in order to see the sunrise. The experience changed my life,” says Lewis. “The Middle East was an area of the world I had explored before, but not in such depth, and spending time with people in Syria, Jordan, Israel and the Sudan in the past year has shifted my worldview. Travel changes us. It makes us more curious, more thoughtful, more tuned in to our world.” Lewis advises other women who are considering traveling to ask themselves some questions as part of their preparation: • What do you want to gain from your travel experience: Adventure? Culture? Relaxation? Inspiration? • Which destinations, countries or regions interest you most? Make a list, put them in order, and outline the steps you need to take to make your “bucket list” a reality. Do you need to schedule vacation time or start saving?
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• Do you want to travel with friends, family, or go it alone? Do want to make your own travel plans or go with a tour operator that will handle the planning for you? • If you choose a tour operator, consider the size of the groups (the smaller the better), your cost per day and what you are getting for your dollar. Are the guides local, knowledgeable, and able to connect you with local homes, schools and communities so that you get a real taste of local life? • If you are traveling with a tour as a solo traveler (popular among women these days regardless of marital status), ask what the company offers solo travelers in terms of making them feel comfortable. Will they help match you with a roommate of the same gender? How will they break the ice? What do they do when it comes to meal times to ensure that solos have partners or friends to eat with? • How can you get the best value for your dollar? Compare what a tour operator can offer you vs. what you can find on your own. Can you use your airline miles to save costs? If you choose a tour, are the single supplement fees free or reasonable? Are there certain times of the year where costs are lower based on seasonality?
Lewis believes that taking the time to ask these key questions will ultimately give you a much more fulfilling experience. “Travel is the best way I know to enhance your life,” she says. “I really believe what Mary Anne Radmacher said about travel is true for women: ‘I am not the same having seen the moon shine on the other side of the world.’” DREAM DESTINATIONS The style of travel you choose is just as important as your destination. —River and small ship cruises currently top many travelers’ wish lists. They allow you to unpack once and enjoy a leisurely pace, while your small ship can access ports that larger ships cannot, opening up small cities, towns, and villages for you to explore. Most popular for 2012 are river cruises in Europe and Russia, and small ship Mediterranean cruises. —Meeting local people and experiencing local cultures are very important to travelers, especially women. Connecting with people in their homes, schools and communities is much easier to do when traveling in small groups, which is why small group adventures are another extremely popular way for women to travel today. Top destinations include Burma, Botswana, India, Turkey, Kenya, Tanzania, Peru and Costa Rica. To learn more and start planning, please visit www.oattravel.com. TIPS FOR THE SAVVY FEMALE TRAVELER Lewis has compiled a host of travel tips gleaned from her lifetime of travel and from the many women who have taken trips with Grand Circle over the years. “Women with a passion for travel are resourceful — I’m always amazed by their expertise and ingenuity.” To share this wealth of knowledge, she put together the book “101 Tips for Women Travelers,” which is full of practical advice on making the most of your journey. Here are five key tips: • Prepare two essential lists — for packing and for medical emergencies. Make an itemized list of everything in your checked luggage. Carry it in your purse. If your luggage gets lost, you can quickly reconstruct the information for the airline and insurance company. The other list should cite all your medications, what they’re for, the name and phone number of your doctor, and prescription numbers. • Minimize what you pack. A good rule of thumb is to pack one outfit for every three days of travel. If you’re not planning on wearing something at least three times, leave it out. • Stay healthy with sleep and hydration. You can bring an inflatable or down pillow to give you added comfort for sleeping. If tap water is unsafe, try a portable water filter or a collapsible water bottle that can be refilled from a clean source.
• Bring gear that serves more than one function. Dental floss can be used to repair jewelry or hang laundry. Duct tape holds suitcases together, repairs eyeglasses or cameras, and can serve as a bandage in an emergency. Wrap duct tape around a pencil to a one quarter inch diameter, so you don’t have to bring a whole roll. • Carry a purse, not a satchel. Some museums have size restrictions on purses allowed, so make sure yours is no larger than 8 x 11 inches.
To get your free copy of “101 Tips for Women Travelers,” call 1-800-248-3737, or visit www.gct.com/tips Top: Visiting iconic sites like the Sydney Opera House is on many travelers’ bucket lists. Make a list of the places you’d like to go. Bottom: Traveling in small groups allows you to take center stage, like at this community dance in Nepal.
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SnackSense Satisfy Cravings and Still Eat Right
hen was the last time you ate three meals in a day? What was the last snack you had? If you can answer the snack question faster than you can answer the meals question, it’s not surprising. Today’s on-the-go, 24/7 lifestyle has created a nation of snackers. In fact, about half the nation eats fewer than three meals in a day, according to a survey for Emerald® Breakfast on the go!™ Blends. Instead, people average two meals and three snacks in a 24-hour period. And no matter how health-conscious people are, more than two-thirds (69 percent) of people are snacking on what they want vs. foods with the nutrients they need. The good news is, that if you do it right, snacking can help you satisfy your cravings and give your body what it needs.
SNACK ATTACKS Snacks can help boost your energy in between meals and keep you from eating too much when you do sit down for those meals. But not everyone is snacking wisely. Nearly half (48 percent) of those surveyed said they would be more embarrassed to tell people what they snacked on during the last week than reveal how much they weigh. Banishing enjoyable snacks altogether, however, may just increase your cravings. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics says it’s ok to give in to cravings when looking at the total diet or overall pattern of food eaten. The organization says all foods can fit into a healthy eating pattern if consumed in moderation with appropriate portion size and regular physical activity. Making some smart substitutions and indulging in the occasional treat can go a long way toward helping you stick to your healthy eating goals. (See sidebar, “What are you hungry for?” for substitution tips.) BECOME A FAN OF FRUIT The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics says that reaching for fruit can help satisfy a sweet tooth at the same time it gives you nutrients like vitamins A and C, folate, potassium, fiber and phytonutrients. Here are some delicious fruit snack ideas: • Fruit pops: Freeze pureed fruit or juice in ice cube trays or paper cups with wooden sticks. Try mango, papaya, apricots or orange juice. • Fruit mix: Mix dried fruits in a zip-top bag: apple slices, apricots, blueberries, cherries, cranberries, pear slices and raisins. • Frozen chips: Slice bananas, seedless grapes, and/or berries into thin rounds and spread them flat on a baking pan and cover. Freeze and serve frozen as a fun snack. • Frugurt: Slice favorite fruits to top low-fat yogurt. MIX THINGS UP Combining the craving food with a wholesome one is a great solution says the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. For example, if you crave sweets, a banana dipped in chocolate sauce or almonds mixed with chocolate chips are good options. As a beneficial bonus, you’ll satisfy a craving and get positive nutrients from those good-for-you foods. If you’re a chocolate lover, try Emerald Breakfast on the go! S’mores Nut Blend. Cocoa roasted almonds, honey roasted peanuts and granola give you some energy, protein and fiber while you also enjoy the sweetness of chocolate, marshmallows and coconut. 38 | late summer 2012
46% of people wouldn’t be able to live without their favorite TV show. 54% couldn’t live without their favorite snack. SIZE MATTERS It’s easy to get carried away with the size of your snacks. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics says that 100 to 200 calorie, nutrient-dense snacks can satisfy hunger, keep you on your weight control plan, and make your mouth happy. Here are some great tasting, portion-controlled snacks that will help keep you on track: • 1 cup sliced bananas and fresh raspberries • 2 cups of carrots • 3 1/2 cups air-popped popcorn • 5 Melba toast crackers, rye or pumpernickel • 2 tablespoons of peanuts • 2 domino-sized slices of low-fat Colby or cheddar cheese • 1 fat-free chocolate pudding cup • Emerald Breakfast on the go! Oatmeal and Nut Blends You really can enjoy eating healthier — all it takes is a little snack sense. For more information and money-saving coupons, visit www.emeraldbreakfastonthego.com. WHAT ARE YOU HUNGRY FOR? The next time you find yourself craving some chips or a few cookies, try one of these better choices for your snack: • SWEET – Instead of cookies or ice cream, try creamy low-fat Greek yogurt sweetened with honey. • SALTY – If you want chips and dip, try dipping veggies into a mixture of Greek yogurt and onion soup mix. • CHOCOLATE — Buy some bite-sized candy bars, or sugar free chocolates. Limit yourself to one. Also, sip some low fat cocoa made with skim milk. • CREAMY — Dip carrots or whole grain pita bites into guacamole. • STARCHY — Try a baked sweet potato. It’s full of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. • CRUNCHY — Crunch on Emerald Breakfast on the go! Berry Nut Blend, with nuts, fruit and granola clusters. • MEATY — Enjoy chicken or turkey on whole grain bread. Survey Says ... The Emerald Breakfast on the go! survey revealed some interesting insight into Americans’ snacking habits: • Most snacking happens in the late morning (43 percent) and late afternoon (41 percent). • Only 17 percent said that mom would approve of all their snack choices. • A lot of people are like kids in a candy store when it comes to choosing snacks. Thirty-one percent said they buy whatever snack catches their eye.
COSMOPOLITAN Home presents
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Watermark Country Club The views are incredible from this spectacular location: 3rd Hole, 4th Tee. Corner lot creates ultimate privacy for golf course living. Beautifully landscaped with pool and spa. The near all-brick home was constructed by well-respected, Insignia Home Builders, Joel Peterson. The floor plan lives like a very spacious walk-out executive ranch. There is however, a private bedroom retreat, perfect for guest or in-law suite on second level with private staircase. All large rooms, soaring ceilings, many built-in cabinets throughout. The kitchen, opens to large dining area & sun-drenched three-season screen patio offers cherry cabinetry, granite counters and all highquality appliances, which all look upon gorgeous & serene golf course & pool view. The entire house has an open “feel” flow, making it an exceptional entertaining home. Pay close attention to the diversity in landscape that creates year around enjoyment. Triple zone heat & endless storage. Neutral pallet is open for your own personal decorating selections. Nothing short of all the best Watermark Country Club has to offer & simply a wonderful place to call home!
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Hidden in Ada When you awake and realize ... it is not a dream, you will own this masterpiece. Now available â€” call for pricing.
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From Cottages to Castles Homes for any Lifestyle 616.575.1800
Call Tim Brasseur for details and private tours. TIM BRASSEUR Realtor tmbhomes.com 616.856.7474
Nantucket-Like Charm Plymouth/Burton — near Immaculate Heart. Perfection in every detail. It’s a rare gem — $161,500
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THE TWENTY TWELVE
A WARDS OFE
THE HOME BUILDERS ASSOCIATION OF GREATER GRAND RAPIDS (HBAGGR) is pleased to announce the Awards of Excellence winners in this yearâ€™s Spring Parade of Homes. The new and improved Awards of Excellence program, sponsored by Cosmopolitan Home Magazine, offered each new home in the Parade the opportunity to win awards for Best Kitchen, Best Floor Plan, Best Curb Appeal, and Best Interior Elements for their price range; and the Remodeled homes the opportunity to win either the Best Single Space Remodel or Best Full Home Renovation. Additionally, there is an award for the Best Affordable Home for homes in the up to $150,000 price range. Judged by a panel of a dozen industry experts, the Awards of Excellence are sought after by the Parade of Homes participants, and is a great way for builders to receive recognition for their expertise in design and craftsmanship.
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WINNERS ARE ... $200,001 - $250,000 Best Interior Elements - #54, Curt Moran Builders, Inc. Best Floor Plan - #46, Aukeman Development, Co. Best Curb Appeal - #26, Eastbrook Homes, Inc.
UP TO $150,000 Best Affordable Home - # 24, Eastbrook Homes, Inc. $150,001 -$200,000 Best Interior Elements - #10, Raymar Homes Best Kitchen - #10, Raymar Homes Best Floor Plan - #10, Raymar Homes Best Curb Appeal - #47, Jim Tibbe Homes, LLC
Eastbrook Homes AT A GLANCE Since 1967 • 1188 E. Paris SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546 •616.455.0200 • email@example.com • www.eastbrookhomes.com
COMPANY PROFILE Eastbrook Homes has been building in West Michigan since 1967. Every homeowner deserves to live within an exceptional neighborhood in a home of incomparable value. Eastbrook works everyday, in everything we do, to delight our customers and build each home as if it were our own.
UP TO $150,000 Best Affordable Home - # 24, Eastbrook Homes, Inc. COOK’S COBBLESTONE: The “Alcott “ at the Cottages of Cooks Crossing, was designed from the ground up, with great function, emotional appeal, and value in one package. It starts outside, with the “double “ front porch and continues inside with the light and airy living area, and 3 spacious bedrooms up.
Kilgore Builders Inc. AT A GLANCE 33 years in business • 4 Generations of builders • 2790 64th Street SW, Byron Center • 616.538.3399 • Sarah@kilgorebuilders.com • www.kilgorebuilders.com
$250,001 - $300,000 Best Interior Elements -#30, Kilgore Builders, Inc. Best Floor Plan - #30, Kilgore Builders, Inc. OUR “HOMEMADE” ENTRY was designed and built using several ideas and special features. Our signature site-built cabinets, archways and bookcases are seen throughout along with many unique built-ins that are one-of-a-kind. The balance of space and textiles including granite counters, ceramic flooring and much more gave our house a warm appeal. The flow of the floor plan suggests a home full of living space and very functional to our everyday lives. The private master suite awaits the owners with a quiet porch/exercise room, enormous closet, and elegant bathroom
COMPANY PROFILE Each home is built as uniquely as its owner; no cookie cutters or reproductions. Our family run business puts our multiple personalities and talents to work for each customer, successfully for over 33 years!
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$200,001 - $250,000 Best Curb Appeal #26, Eastbrook Homes, Inc. THE â€œMAYFAIRâ€? at Carlisle Crossing was planned and designed to fit perfectly into this recently re-crafted community. Special care was taken to combine the right architecture and exterior elements of the homeâ€™s exterior, as well as to incorporate the right landscape features to enhance the beautiful community and setting.
Eastbrook Homes AT A GLANCE Since 1967 â€˘ 1188 E. Paris SE, Grand Rapids, MI â€˘ 616.455.0200 â€˘ firstname.lastname@example.org â€˘ www.eastbrookhomes.com
COMPANY PROFILE Eastbrook Homes has been building in West Michigan since 1967. Every homeowner deserves to live within an exceptional neighborhood in a home of incomparable value. Eastbrook works everyday, in everything we do, to delight our customers and build each home as if it were our own.
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WINNERS CONTINUED ...
$250,001 - $300,000 Best Interior Elements - #30, Kilgore Builders, Inc. Best Kitchen - #52, Brent DeYoung Builder, Inc. Best Kitchen - #38, Wagner Builders, Inc. Best Floor Plan - #30, Kilgore Builders, Inc. Best Curb Appeal - #38, Wagner Builders, Inc.
$300,001 - $400,000 Best Interior Elements - #31, Synergy Custom Homes, LLC Best Kitchen - #28, Dan Vis Builders, LLC Best Floor Plan - #42, Celebrity Builders, LLC Best Curb Appeal - #28, Dan Vis Builders, LLC
Brent De Young Builder AT A GLANCE Since 1990 • 2431 Cedar West Drive, Jenison • cell: 616.669.7419 • office: 616.292.7659 • email@example.com • www.brentdeyoungbuilder.com COMPANY PROFILE We are a custom home builder who builds homes in West Michigan and surrounding areas. We have built 13 Parade homes over the years. We focus on building a quality home for a fair price.We also love to build a home with great use of space and square foot that fits your particular needs.
$250,001 - $300,000 Best Kitchen - #52, Brent DeYoung Builder, Inc. A HOME BUILT for our family (and yours). We knew we wanted a large island ( 9 X 4) for entertaining and everyday living. The rest of the kitchen evolved around the island as the focal point. We wanted a kitchen that would be stylish and up to date, but yet could be very functional and livable on a daily basis. From comments made at the parade of homes, it met the mark.
Dan Vis Builders AT A GLANCE Since 2008 • 7203 Limerick Lane, Byron Center • 616.293.3597 • firstname.lastname@example.org COMPANY PROFILE
$300,001 - $400,000 Best Kitchen - #28, Dan Vis Builders, LLC Best Curb Appeal - #28, Dan Vis Builders, LLC KITCHEN: Custom-built gray cabinets are enhanced with a brown glaze and give a stunning contrast to the white island. Topped with granite, the island also contrasts the quartz perimeter countertop, and carrara marble back splash. Hand-scraped heava wood flooring and stainless steal appliances add both a natural yet modern sleekness to the space.
Dan Vis Builders stands out with exceptional attention to detail and quality craftsmanship.With a personal experience, we’ll build a superior home that is tailored to your specific needs. My goal is to provide a straightforward, honest and enjoyable building experience.
CURB APPEAL: The all natural front exterior features cedar brackets; 8-foot, solid-wood front door; and dressed fieldstone. Cosmopolitan Home Grand Rapids | 47
WINNERS CONTINUED ... $500,001-$750,000 Best Interior Elements - #13, Epique Homes, Inc. Best Kitchen - #13, Epique Homes, Inc. Best Floor Plan - #13, Epique Homes, Inc. Best Curb Appeal - #11, Insignia Homes
$400,001 - $500,000 Best Interior Elements - #56, DeHaan Builders, Inc. Best Kitchen - #56, DeHaan Builders, Inc. Best Floor Plan - #33, Tim Schollaart Builder, LLC Best Curb Appeal - #56, DeHaan Builders, Inc.
Celebrity Builders, LLC AT 2003 A GLANCE Since Celebrity Builders LLC • 5341 16th Ave., Hudsonville • 616.896.1593 • email@example.com • firstname.lastname@example.org • www.celebritybuildersllc.com COMPANY PROFILE Celebrity Builders is committed to providing you with high quality custom homes and renovations that fit your lifestyle and meet your needs. Through persistent attention to detail, unmatched craftsmanship, and dedication to customer care, we will exceed your expectations. Our desire is to make your custom home building experience fun and enjoyable.
$300,001 - $400,000 Best Floor Plan - #42, Celebrity Builders, LLC THIS HOME is strategically nestled on a wooded hillside with panoramic views of Georgetown Shores and evening sunsets. Each room and window was specifically placed to take advantage of this beautiful setting. The home is designed to meet the needs of a busy, young family or "empty nesters.” The main floor features a spacious back entry with a walk in closet, laundry room, formal half bath, lockers and a message center. This leads you to the kitchen starring an island that measures six foot by six foot. Enjoy the views from the large windows in the great room as you make your way to the master suite which features a six foot by six foot tile shower and a massive walk in closet. A stairway off the back entry leads you to a bonus room above the garage which includes a loft, bedroom, full bathroom, and a walk in closet. The basement features two bedrooms, a full bathroom, family room, game room and an office.
(interior design) in collaboration with DeHaan Builders, Inc. AT A GLANCE Since 2002• 3730 44TH GRANDVILLE MI 49418 • 616.532.7897 • Laura@dwellings.net • www.dwellings.net
$400,001 - $500,000 Best Interior Elements - #56, DeHaan Builders, Inc. Best Kitchen - #56, DeHaan Builders, Inc. OUR FIRST PARTNERSHIP WITH DEHAAN BUILDERS utilizes a plan that fits beautifully on a narrow lot overlooking Spring Lake. The red windows, rich dark siding and cedar accents on the deep front porch make the first impression. A gorgeous screen porch on the back of the house invites you to enjoy the views. The open kitchen and informal dining room allow for large family gatherings. A large walk-in pantry features a custom leaded transom and dark pocket doors. The adjoining dining room is the great room, with a natural stone face and a hand hewn mantle. The sitting area is generous with deep sofas and a large leather ottoman. A main floor office and a fabulous laundry room utilizes a barn door from the original house on the lot. Hickory flooring and slate tile grounds the areas and allows for easy care. The owners retreat has entry to the porch and a eye-catching raised ceiling. The master bath features a hammered copper tub and separate vanities.
COMPANY PROFILE Dwellings is capable of everything from a totally new home design to simply helping you select a few accessories and everything in between Laura and her team will use their expertise to help make your house the warm and inviting space that is the best reflection of you.
2790 64th Street SW Byron Center, MI 49315 Ph/Fax (616) 538-3399 Sarah@KilgoreBuilders.com
Constructing Homes, Building Relationships
Celebrity Builders Quality Custom Home Builders in Grand Rapids, Michigan
Celebrity Builders is committed to providing you with high quality custom homes and unmatched craftsmanship, and dedication to customer care, we will exceed your expectations.
Serving Byron Center, Grandville,Hudsonville, and many areas in and around Grand Rapids
Our desire is to make your custom home building experience fun and enjoyable.
renovations that fit your lifestyle and meet your needs. Through persistent attention to detail,
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It is our heartfelt desire to create and construct a quality home specifically tailored to our clientâ€™s needs
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315 Jackson St Grandville, MI 49418 Phone: (616) 890-1381 Fax: (616) 635-2679 www.TS-Builder.com
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Tim Schollaart Builder, LLC in collaboration with Visbeen Associates AT A GLANCE Tim Schollaart Builder, LLC • Since 2002 • Grandville, MI • 616.890.1381 • TimSchollaart@gmail.com • TS-Builder.com • www.facebook.com/TSBuilder Visbeen Associates, Inc. • Since 1992 • 4139 Embassy Drive SE, Grand Rapids and 2251 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago • 616-285-9901 • email@example.com • www.visbeen.biz photography by Megan TerVeen, Visbeen Associates, Inc.
COMPANY PROFILES Tim Schollaart Builder, LLC 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 & dedication to quality is one of the many elements that make our custom designs stand from the rest. We are thankful each and every day to do what we love! Visbeen Associates is a national, award-winning firm offering individuals and builders personalized attention and outstanding full-service architectural and interior design services. Whether custom-designed homes or entire neighborhoods, design your waterfront dream home with VAI.
$400,001 - $500,000 Best Floor Plan - #33, Tim Schollaart Builder, LLC “PINE VALLEY” is not your ordinary lake cabin. This craftsman-inspired design offers everything you love about summer vacation within the comfort of a beautiful year-round home. Metal roofing and custom wood trim accent the shake and stone exterior, while a cupola and flower boxes add quaintness to sophistication. The main level offers an open floor plan, with multiple porches and sitting areas overlooking the water. The master suite is located on the upper level, along with two additional guest rooms. A custom-designed craft room sits just a few steps down from the upstairs study. Billiards, a bar and kitchenette, a sitting room and game table combine to make the walkout lower level all about entertainment. In keeping with the rest of the home, this floor opens to lake views and outdoor living areas.
Epique Homes, Inc. AT A GLANCE Epique Homes • Since 2008 • 616.437.1767 www.epiquehomes.com
$500,001 - $750,000 Best Interior Elements - #13, Best Kitchen - #13, Best Floor Plan #13, Epique Homes, Inc. OUR TEAM HAS OVER 60 YEARS of combined experience in new home construction. We know how important every decision is, and how important it is for our customers to follow every aspect of the building process. That's why we offer secure, online access to your very own webpage with all the details of your new home! You will be able to track photos of the construction progress, view the build schedule, view and approve change orders and selections, as well as access important documents. Our customers can easily communicate with our team no matter if they are at home, work or even on vacation! These things, along with our desire to help customers design homes that fit their lifestyle and homes that offer exceptional core quality, set us apart in our industry.
Epique Homes has surpassed their customer’s expectations throughout every phase of the building process it s their passion. This is done with a great team that focuses on core quality, exceptional communication & unique plan & interior design. Their process helps their customers obtain their true desires while enjoying each stage of building their home.
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WINNERS CONTINUED ...
BEST SINGLE SPACE REMODEL Remodel F - P.A. DeHaan, LLC BEST FULL HOME RENOVATION Remodel B - Creekside Custom Homes & Renovations
Visbeen Associates in collaboration with Insignia Homes AT A GLANCE Visbeen Associates, Inc. • Since 1992 • 4139 Embassy Drive SE, Grand Rapids and 2251 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago • 616-285-9901 • firstname.lastname@example.org • www.visbeen.biz
COMPANY PROFILE Visbeen Associates is a national, award-winning firm offering individuals and builders personalized attention and outstanding full-service architectural and interior design services. Whether customdesigned homes or entire neighborhoods, design your waterfront dream home with VAI.
photography by Megan TerVeen, Visbeen Associates, Inc.
$500,001 - $750,000 Best Curb Appeal - #11, Insignia Homes BUILDING A NEW HOME in an old neighborhood can present many challenges for an architect. The “design” is a beautiful example of an exterior which blends with the surrounding structures, while the floor plan takes advantage of the available space. A traditional façade, combining brick, shakes, and wood trim enables the design to fit well in any early 20th century borough. Copper accents and antiqueinspired lanterns solidify the home’s vintage appeal. Despite the exterior throwback, the interior of the home offers the latest in amenities and layout. Spacious dining, kitchen and hearth areas open to a comfortable back patio on the main level, while the upstairs offers a luxurious master suite and three guests bedrooms.
P.A. DeHaan, LLC AT A GLANCE Since 1997 • 1027 Oaklawn NE, Grand Rapids • 616.299.1329 • email@example.com • www.padehaan.com
BEST SINGLE SPACE REMODEL Remodel F, P.A. DeHaan A LARGER KITCHEN is what this client desired. They wanted it more comfortable for entertaining friends and family. After looking at all the options, DeHaan decided to remove a couple of walls and totally rework the existing space. Opening up the kitchen and incorporating it into the great room, accomplished all the needs and desires of this family. The overall look and feel was just what this family wanted!
Paula DeHaan is an active member in the Home and Building Association of Greater Grand Rapids devoting her time and talents to various committees and community outreach programs. Paula s approach to this industry sets her apart from most. She is a hands-on builder devoted to meeting the needs of her clients in every step of their building adventure. Since becoming a licensed builder in the state of Michigan, Paula DeHaan has earned several honors and awards for design and construction. However, what she values most, is her clients satisfaction with a job well done. At p.a. dehaan, it is our heartfelt desire to create and construct a quality home specifically tailored to our clients needs.
AND, CONTINUED. Creekside Custom Homes & Renovations AT A GLANCE Since 2005 • 3672 Chicago Dr., Hudsonville • 616.669.7673 • firstname.lastname@example.org • www.creeksidecompanies.com
COMPANY PROFILES Creekside Custom Homes & Renovations specializes in high quality carpentry and exceptional service. We have been in business for 17 years and have acquired numerous awards for our talents in the custom home and renovation business. Most of our projects have been located either waterfront or on special sites where location is irreplaceable. Custom is what we do and enjoy the challenges that come with it. I think our attention to detail and our reputation for service are probably why we have done several ranch-to-two story conversions, complete rehab of older homes interior and exterior, built Lake Michigan retirement homes, and have provided multiple new or renovated homes for clients to relax on over 9 different lakes in and around West Michigan.
BEST FULL HOME RENOVATION Remodel B - Creekside Custom Homes & Renovations This project was in the making for over 9 years. I met with the client when he first purchased this lake home and wasn’t sure he was ready for a complete rehab. But, in 2010, he called me back to discuss plans for a major overhaul. We worked through design “tweaking” the interior to better match the clients’ wishes and how he and his wife were going to use the home. A National Award Winner due to the many fine details found throughout including acacia floors, mahogany exterior treatments, bamboo cabinets, stainless steel countertops, clear pine ceiling details, complete home automation and security, motorized screens, windows and skylights, custom patios and walks, two exterior fireplaces/pits, custom bunk room beds including a custom murphy bed for added sleepovers, master suite that is casual and private but has too many features to list, a custom cigar humidor in the bar area, and a special wine cellar built out of extra storage. We spent considerable time researching new products and also efficiency items. Solar water heat, foam insulation, airto-air heat pumps, high efficiency windows, strategically placed venting skylights, and LED lighting all play a major role in the monthly cost management of this home. *Creekside also won the HBA’s People’s Choice Award for Whole Home Renovation.
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A Naturally Clean House
t’s time to tackle the annual home cleaning. But just because you’re thoroughly washing, scrubbing and disinfecting your home, doesn’t mean you need to turn to cleansers with harsh ingredients and chemicals. In fact, you can easily clean using inexpensive products already in your kitchen, such as vinegar, baking soda and lemon juice. Use these tips to clean your home naturally. Start seeing clearly: After months of winter weather, windows are often coated with a layer of grime. A solution of 2 teaspoons of white vinegar and 1 liter of warm water can be used to gently remove dust or dirt from all glass surfaces including windows and mirrors. Freshen up the fridge: In addition to food spills, your refrigerator takes on odors from all the different foods stored throughout the year. Discard old items and be sure you are regularly cleaning out the fridge. Help reduce odors year-round by keeping a box of ARM & HAMMER Baking Soda in the fridge at all times, replacing it every 30 days for best results. Reawaken your wardrobe: Start the season feeling good in clothes that smell fresh. Even when carefully stored, clothing can still be exposed to dust, and may require a good washing before wearing. Add 1 cup of baking soda to your next wash to naturally boost the power of your detergent. The combination will help balance PH levels to leave clothing 54 | late summer 2012
cleaner and fresher. You can also freshen non-washable items like gym shoes, bags and sports equipment by sprinkling baking soda inside. Renew the everyday rooms: Avoid the fumes of harsh kitchen and bathroom cleaners by naturally cleaning surfaces with baking soda. A sprinkle of baking soda on a damp sponge will clean counters, stainless steel sinks, microwaves, ovens and much more without scratching. For tough grease, mix vinegar and lemon juice to leave your surfaces like new. Bet on a BBQ: After the inside of your home is looking spic and span, prepare for warmer weather and outdoor entertaining. Get your grill ready to prevent bad tasting hot dogs and hamburgers from ruining your next BBQ. Sprinkle baking soda on a damp brush, then scrub away any residue and rinse clean. For really difficult stains, make a paste with 3 parts baking soda to 1 part warm water and use a wire-bristled brush to work away at grime and grease stains.
Find more non-toxic cleaning solutions to get your home warm weather ready at www.armandhammer.com.
Published on Aug 9, 2012
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