RAYMAR HOMES LUCID ARCHITECTURE VIA DESIGN
contents Grand Rapids Cosmopolitan Home SPRING 2020
features 14 Lantern House An exceptional rebuild on the Thornapple River by Insignia Homes 32 Layers of Exposure A modern home with timeless design by Raymar Homes and Lucid Architecture 53 Flashback Fave: Labor of Love A look back at one of the Great Camps of the Adirondacks meticulously restored by Maple Island Log Homes
departments 8 MONEY MATTERS The Importance of an Emergency Fund The why and how in uncertain times 10 CUISINE Lip-Smacking Snacking Healthier treats your kiddos will make 61 THE LIST The interactive directory for the home
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Enjoy Your “Stay at Home” Custom Kitchens Bring the Outdoors In Summer Living
PICTURED HERE: Upper cabinetry in sleek white give this modern a kitchen a minimalist feel. See “Layers of Exposure’ on n page 32.
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CONSIDERATIONS FOR YOUR FINANCIAL FUTURE
The Importance of an Emergency Fund
NO ONE COULD HAVE PREDICTED WITH CERTAINTY how quickly the COVID-19 pandemic would change the lives of so many around the world. Fear of infection, stay-at-home orders and a rallying cry to help “flatten the curve” have drastically changed how people behave in their daily lives. In the face of so much uncertainty, the need to have an emergency fund – a tool that can help your family manage the financial fallout in the case of a job loss or other unwelcome impact – has come to the forefront. What constitutes an emergency fund and why is it so important to have one, particularly in times like this? Here’s a primer. Financial solvency matters. Financial experts generally encourage you to set aside three to six months’ worth of living expenses in an emergency fund. Without it, you are at risk of losing what you’ve worked hard to achieve if life throws a curve ball. A stash of funds can help you meet your monthly obligations, keep your credit report clean and preserve your way of life. Put your priorities in order. An emergency fund deserves to be at the top of your list of financial priorities. Emergency reserves are designed to provide a safety net to prevent financial disaster. Saving for your retirement comes next, to help protect your financial future. Even better if you can save for both priorities at the same time. If you're currently saving for your future, consider allocating a portion of monthly contributions to go toward an emergency fund. Once your emergency account is funded at a satisfactory level and you regularly contribute to a retirement account, you can start setting money aside for discretionary items such as new furniture, a vacation or a vehicle upgrade. Set a goal. Determine how much you would need to stay afloat for an extended period of income disruption. At a minimum, how much would you need on hand to pay your bills and buy groceries each month if your paychecks stopped coming? Then multiply this amount by six. Start where you can. If you don’t have a large chunk of money available to establish your emergency fund right now, don’t let it pre-
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vent you from starting an account and working toward your target. Any amount is a step in the right direction – even if that’s $50 or $500. If you don’t need your stimulus check to cover immediate cash expenses, use it to start or supplement your emergency fund. Your tax refund is another potential source of cash to grow an emergency fund. Revisit your current budget to see where you can trim expenses and put more into savings. Create and stick to your guidelines. Your emergency fund should be reserved for times of financial crisis. It’s not an account to pay for life’s extras, however tempting that may be. With guidelines in place, you can avoid dipping into these funds unless necessary. Keep emergency funds within safe reach.When uncertainty strikes, you may need money in a hurry. For this reason, emergency savings should be held in cash or easy-to-access investments like a money market fund. You also may want to open a dedicated interestbearing savings account, potentially in a bank separate from your other accounts, to keep your emergency funds at a safe distance if you’re one who may be tempted to spend it. Working with a knowledgeable financial advisor who understands your savings goals can help you prepare for unforeseen circumstances that can change your life and your family’s life in an instant. ❂
Lisa Cargill, ChFC®, CLU®,CRPC®, CDFA™ is a Financial Advisor with Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc. She specializes in fee-based financial planning and asset management strategies. Ameriprise Financial and its representatives do not provide tax or legal advice. Consult your tax advisor or attorney regarding specific tax issues. Brokerage, investment and financial advisory services are made available through Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc. Member FINRA and SIPC. Some products and services may not be available in all jurisdictions or to all clients. © 2017 Ameriprise Financial, Inc. All rights reserved.
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THE TASTE OF HOME
Lip-Smacking Snacking kids in the kitchen
RED, WHITE AND BLUE GREEK YOGURT BARK Prep time: 5 minutes Servings: 12 3 cups plain non-fat Greek yogurt 1/3 cup honey, plus additional for drizzling (optional) 1 teaspoon good vanilla extract 1/2 cup strawberries, sliced into rounds 1/2 cup blueberries 1/2 cup raspberries, halved In medium mixing bowl combine Greek yogurt, 1/3 cup honey and vanilla extract. On parchment paper-lined baking sheet, spread Greek yogurt mixture to 1/4-inch thickness. Press strawberries, blueberries and raspberries into yogurt. Freeze at least 3 hours. Break into pieces upon removing from freezer.
Snacks are a way of life for people of all ages, but especially children, who consume about 25 percent of their daily calories from snacks, according to research published in the "Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior." Providing nutritionally balanced snacks for your children at home can make for a happy and healthy day. Planning snacks that are as delicious as they are healthy is a winning solution, and snacks are a simple way to add more nutrition to your child's diet. For example, low-fat and fat-free dairy foods are essential to children's growth and overall wellness. They provide calcium and vitamin D, two nutrients kids don't get enough of, according to the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. The guidelines recommend 2-3 servings of low-fat and fat-free dairy foods every day, depending on the child's age. Giving kids a role in the preparation can give them added incentive to enjoy healthy treats, and these recipes are all easy enough that kids can make them on their own (or with minimal assistance). Giving your kids the ability to play a role in the kitchen and create is a gift that can last a lifetime. The culinary skills they develop early in life can give them the confidence and know-how to cook nutritious meals for themselves as teens and adults.
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â?‚ PEANUT BUTTER YOGURT DIP Prep time: 5 minutes Servings: 4 3/4 cup vanilla Greek yogurt 1/4 cup peanut butter 1 dash cinnamon apples, graham crackers or other dipper of choice In bowl, six Greek yogurt, peanut butter and cinnamon until smooth. Serve with apples, graham crackers or another dipper of choice.
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Cut each banana in half and carefully insert wooden ice pop stick in bottom of each, about one-third into banana. Place bananas on large baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Freeze bananas until partially frozen, about 30 minutes. Carefully dip each banana in tall pint glass of vanilla yogurt to coat, leaving 1/2-inch at bottom of banana uncoated. Return yogurt-coated bananas to parchment paper-lined baking sheet and freeze until completely firm, about 1 hour. Microwave peanut butter until smooth and creamy, about 30-45 seconds. Drizzle peanut butter evenly over bananas then place on baking sheet to freeze until peanut butter is firm, about 30 minutes. Serve immediately or wrap each banana in plastic wrap and store in freezer up to 3 months. ❂
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Enjoy Your “Stay at Home” Time Given for Improvements VIEW YOUR PROJECT AS AN ADDITION With all that has gone on lately there is a good reason to want to improve your stay at home. Remodeling your kitchen, a family room or other common areas have become popular home improvement projects. Adding a new patio or outdoor entertainment area has more appeal than ever before with more people working from home. Careful consideration of design and layout are paramount. TAKE ADVANTAGE OF YOUR SITE AND HOME What are the best views that are the most advantageous? What views do you want to block? Will the outdoor area block a desired view from inside your home? How can the area be positioned best to be inviting from inside your home? If you are building a new home you may want to consider an opening glass wall system to be used to ease the transition between the inside and outside? Are there grades that need to be considered in the design? USE A PROFESSIONAL At a glance, a well-designed outdoor entertainment area may look simple and easy to pull off, but there are so many different questions and issues involved in creating a great space. It is always best to hire a landscape architect or designer to create a plan and build the outdoor entertainment area of your dreams. Enjoy this spring and summer as we all Stay at Home more!
TIE IN BUILDING MATERIALS Are there any needs for terracing with retaining walls? If so, what do you want to use as materials for these walls? Is there a stone or brick on the home that can be used for the retaining walls? The use of brick or stone from the home’s exterior will help to extend the home’s space to the outside often resulting in free-flowing patio and garden areas. Do you want a pergola or any other covering from the sun over your new area? Will the color of the paving draw too much heat from the sun making the space uncomfortable in the summer? Do you want to be able to throw a party in this space? Is there an area to cook and serve food? Do you want to watch TV or work on a laptop? What about having a swimming pool, water or fire feature? These are all very important questions in the design of your home’s outdoor areas.
Mike Mlnarik has a passion for creating distinctive landscapes and has been bringing his award-winning designs to life since 1983. A former founding partner of Grand Rapids Landscape, Mike attended Michigan State University’s program in landscape horticulture and is a Certified Michigan Nurseryman, member of the Michigan Nursery and Landscape Association, and a certified Natural Shoreline Professional. A member of the Home and Builders’ Association of Greater Grand Rapids, Mike has won several awards from the MNLA, HBAGGR, and Association of Grand Rapids Landscape Professionals for landscape design.
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INSIGNIA HOMES • J VISSER DESIGN • CANNARSA STRUCTURE AND DESIGN
An Escape from the Ordinary on the Thornapple
TEXT BY LAUREN FAY CARLSON IMAGES BY ASHLEY AVILA
Sometimes history inspires a home. Other times, it’s the utility of the occupants. Even more nowadays, it is efficiency driving the design, determining factors like space, cost and materials. For the “Lantern House” in Ada, it was the lot itself that inspired a brand new home, replacing a formerly dilapidated farmhouse with a modern design in a stunning reorientation on Thornapple River. Though the property sat empty for years, hidden from site with overgrowth, this address now hosts a modern home that delights in its riverfront location, and still maintains the traditional flare of both the historic lot and the home's occupants. “Everybody in Ada must have known this farmhouse,” said John Cannarsa, owner of Cannarsa Structure and Design and interior designer for the project. Cannarsa noted that the home was previously shielded with trees and the turn-of-the-century farmhouse that then occupied the grounds would have required a complete tear-down. “It was a real challenge for them,” he said, referring to the homeowners’ grapple with the decision to renovate or rebuild. “But it simply could not provide.”
The kitchen features a modern, custom hood in antique iron. The steel provides a welcome contrast against the white cabinetry from TruKitchens. The same steel is used on the island legs to add detail. The large island is topped with beautiful quartz from Great Lakes Granite Works. Narrower-style cabinet doors are another modern touch as are the Sonneman lights in clear recycled glass over the island. 16 | spring 2020
And, so, instead of renovating, the couple made the decision to rebuild. “It was a cute old farmhouse, but it had undergone a lot of expansion that wasn’t in keeping with the Victorian style of the house,” said the owner. Due to the previous orientation of the home — sitting somewhat diagonal to the river and the road — “You just couldn’t see the potential,” she added. From the very beginning of the project, the owners worked hand-in-hand with builder Dave Morren of Insignia Homes, architectural designer Jeff Visser of J. Visser Design, and Cannarsa in crafting a vision for a contemporary design that held true to the couple’s traditional aesthetic. Morren, who has been building homes throughout Greater West Michigan for almost 25 years, said that the biggest challenge with this home was: “working on a relatively small site right on the Thornapple River in a tight neighborhood.” But through creative design and teamwork, Morren executed the design of a house that neatly fit in with nearby homes. “We wanted the house to not look brand new, and not look overly large ... in scale and keeping with the rest of the neighborhood,” said the owner. This desire drove the design. The result is a classic home with a somewhat unassuming presence when viewed from the street. But, it’s the riverfront view that showcases the home’s spacious and grand appeal.
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Two sets of glass-panel doors in the kitchen lead to very different spaces. One set opens to a cozy study. Here, a 360-degree bookcase with built-in desks and storage offer ample space for collections and other items of inspiration. The second set of doors leads to a butler’s pantry that is a true extension of the kitchen housing more appliances — keeping clutter from the main area at bay. The breakfast nook features a calming river view that is complemented by the carefully chosen wallpaper: Estrella by Galbraith and Paul in Marine. The color complements the waterside setting and offers a welcome contrast against the room’s white accents and built-in banquet window seat.
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“The goal was to make it feel like it belongs to that street,” said Visser. The street view of the home offers a view of the upper level only, with neat, classic landscaping and an inviting wraparound driveway. Much of the classic look from the street view was accented with the design and colors chosen by Cannarsa, who collaborated with the team on everything from shades of siding to a carefully selected mailbox. What resulted is a sleek yet humble mixture of grays that are subtly inviting. The roof is a moire black landmark shingle accented by a standing seam copper accent roof on the shed and over the garage windows. This subtle use of copper — found also in the mailbox and the chimney flue and cap, expresses the home’s combination of both modern and traditional elements.
“The harmony between the way it was constructed, the design, and the architecture ... the three groups that were integral to this place resulted in a very serene home ...“
Some of these warmer and more traditional touches are also achieved with the wood elements found on both the exterior and interior of the home. The three-panel, solid wood front door in walnut with a natural distress finish and the front porch ceiling in a walnut stain are beautiful examples on the exterior. And, inside, these warm elements are noticed in the expertly placed cupola in the home’s entry way. This unique feature — placed at the center of the home when viewed from the street — gives the home its nickname: Lantern House. Upon entering, the interior of the cupola offers a refreshing wash of light accented by an artistic Marchfield Chandelier in wrought iron and contemporary gold leaf. If visitors can tear their eyes away from this immersive feature, they’ll quickly find themselves in the main level of this open concept home that clearly celebrates its eating and dining spaces. “The best space in the house is the main kitchen, dining room and living room,” said Visser, noting the space and natural light afforded in the main level. And, this area of the home is where the melding of traditional and modern ideas takes center stage. Here, a bright, mostly white kitchen is accented by warm grays, like the custom architectural dormers bordering the main dining area.
The kitchen, dining and living room spaces showcase open concept design at its finest. Hardwood floors from Sparta Town & Country are a beautiful contrast to the bright, airy space. Custom architectural dormers frame the areas beautifully without compromising the natural light. The entire space is a grand melding of traditional and modern elements.
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When crafting his interior design work, Cannarsa said that the kitchen “drives the feel of the whole home,” so this is where he begins: where families start the day with a cup of coffee, and cap off the evening with a midnight snack. Here in the “Lantern House,” food preparation is done beneath a modern, custom hood in antique iron. The steel provides a welcome contrast against the white cabinetry. The same steel is used on the island legs to add detail. “You definitely see modern elements here,” said Cannarsa, noting the narrower-style cabinet doors and Sonneman lights in clear recycled glass over the kitchen island. “They’re higher than we would normally put over an island,” he said. “We gave particular attention to the shape and height because these also provide general lighting for the room.” Visitors can pause at the island for a welcome respite, or turn right for an immersive view of blues; here the carefully chosen wallpaper of the breakfast nook and the calm river waters meet. Seeking a burst of color in a home of understated neutrals, Cannarsa noted that “We really wanted to make that special and inviting.” The ethereal blue wallpaper, Estrella by Galbraith and Paul in Marine, complements the waterside setting, all while remaining dreamlike and offering a stark contrast against the room’s bright white accents and built-in custom banquet window seat. Casual breakfasts and quiet mornings are met with natural light from tall, wrap around windows and an unfettered view of the Thornapple River. 20 | spring 2020
The couple ﬁnds tranquility in the owner suite, where inviting Sherwin Williams Repose Grey walls and Invincible wood ﬂooring in Dark Lager offer a serene feel. The owner bathroom contains a “Soho” Freestanding tub by Wyndham, with classic marbled Vallelunga & Co Calcatta VI tile in various sizes on the ﬂoor and in the shower.
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Just beyond one of two glass-panel wooden doors lies one of the owner’s favorite elements: the study. “It’s just inspirational,” said the owner, of the room that contains a 360-degree bookcase and built-in desk and storage. “You go in there, and you just feel smart,” he adds. “It feels grand yet cozy.” The couple also finds tranquility in the owner suite, where three-panel walnut French doors open up to inviting Sherwin Williams Repose Grey walls and Invincible wood flooring in Dark Lager. The room’s sitting area is complete with a Kingsman fireplace with custom panelized wood wall in Sherwin Williams Guantlet Grey. The owner bedroom and bathroom, noted the owner, “are really the sanctuary for us and one of our most loved parts of the house.” And it’s easy to see why. The bathroom contains a “Soho” Freestanding tub by Wyndham, with classic marbled Vallelunga & Co Calcatta VI tile in various sizes on the floor and in the shower.
“We wanted the house to not look brand new, and ... in scale and keeping with the rest of the neighborhood.”
The main level houses much of the daily necessities of life, but the lower level is where the owners pursue their hobbies. Here, a black, baby grand piano sits neatly adjacent to the stairs near the couple’s pool table, and a specialized craft room can be found just beyond French doors that, when open, allow for a perfect view of the river. The lower level also contains a full bar complete with custom hanging shelves, a Perlick undercounter beverage refrigerator and beer dispenser. In addition to the home’s second living area, the lower level also contains two additional bedrooms and a custom photo wall of the owners and their children. “I always look for an opportunity to add an artistic family photo wall using black and white photos,” said Cannarsa. Though the home has plenty of square footage, “There isn’t a lot of extraneous space,” said the owner. “The flow is perfect.”
A unique cupola, placed at the center of the home when viewed from the street (see page 15), gives the home its nickname: The Lantern House. Inside, warm elements are noticed within and around the cupola that highlight the entryway and stairway. There is a refreshing wash of light accented by an artistic Marchﬁeld Chandelier in wrought iron and contemporary gold leaf. 22 | spring 2020
The lower level is home to a full bar complete with custom hanging shelves, a Perlick under-counter beverage refrigerator and beer dispenser. This level also includes additional bedrooms, bathrooms, a craft room and a built-in walkway that connects to the boathouse as well as access to the outdoor amenities and property along the Thornapple River.
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Squarely facing the Thornapple River, the lower level of the home expresses the efficient juxtaposition of indoor comfort and outdoor living. With an additional dining area, hot tub, and yard just steps away from the water, the backyard serves as the main focal point of the home’s exterior. The backyard is also where the home’s meticulous landscaping — completed by Tom Rooks of Rooks Landscaping — shines. “The property is not only for beautiful water views but also for nature,” said Rooks. Taking advantage of the home’s river setting, Tom worked to maintain existing wildlife, adding native plants while removing invasive species and creating lowimpact features like a foot path through the woods. He also took the unique ecosystem’s animal life into account.
“The property is not only for beautiful water views but also for nature.” “A river corridor is a very important wildlife habitat so we always try to plant things that animals love and that people love too,” said Rooks. Working hand-in-hand with the owners to choose plants that would complement the home and property all year long, Rooks was impressed with the end result. "From what that lot was, and what it is now, is one of the biggest transformations I have ever seen,” he said.
An important wildlife habitat, a river setting needs particular attention. Tom Rooks of Rooks Landscaping created the ideal, riverside back yard. By taking the unique ecosystem’s animal life into account, Rooks added native plants and removed invasive species and included low-impact features like a foot path through the woods.
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Combining traditional style with modern design and an innovative site layout, the team that completed the Lantern House — including its owners — saw potential in a property that could have easily remained empty and overgrown for years. “It’s a piece of property that everybody drives by because it’s right by the bridge in Ada,” said Visser. “Nobody really thought it was much of a lot.” But with determination and teamwork, the Lantern House transformed its environment while seamlessly fitting into its surroundings. “The harmony between the way it was constructed, the design, and the architecture ... the three groups that were integral to this place resulted in a very serene home ... and a very functional home,” said the owner. “We really had a lot of fun working on this project,” said Morren. And this delight in exploration showed through, not just in the main structure of the home, but in the extra, unique elements of the design and construction — like the boathouse which will soon contain an extra studio/office/living space and the built-in walkway between the house and the boathouse that the owners have since finished with a wine cellar. Described as “a more modern cottage look,” the Lantern House effortlessly combines history and style in a home that offers utility, peace and an escape from the ordinary. ❂
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Custom Kitchens for the Lakefront Home
LAKEFRONT LIVING LENDS ITSELF to a relaxed pace filled with sunshine, delicious meals, ice cold beverages and large gatherings of family and friends. There is something so winsome about lake houses themselves… they have a way of calming your spirit and beckoning you to stay a while. On their foundation memories are made, relived and cherished. Today, there is no “one-style-fits-all” when it comes to the look and feel of a lakefront home’s kitchen. However, the functionality considerations that are applied to these spaces are unique to the waterfront lifestyle.
their feet too. An open layout with plenty of seating keeps the conversation going while food is being prepared. Appliances with unique bells and whistles that make cooking easier or duplicate essential appliances bring truth to the mantra “many hands make light work.” A unique workstation called The Galley even allows the host to prep, cook, serve, entertain, and clean-up, all in one convenient place. A bar in or near the kitchen space moves the beverage traffic away from the main cooking area and allows guests to help themselves.
Make the Most of the Views In today’s culture, everyone ends up in the kitchen. No longer is food prepared and enjoyed in separate spaces; cooking is social. This rings especially true at a lake house. Accordingly, a lakefront home’s kitchen layout should make the most of the views as time is spent together in the space. Wash stations, prep areas, appliances, storage and seating should all exist beautifully alongside the windows and doors that frame the views. In some homes, this may mean minimizing the upper cabinets in favor of storage in a large pantry opposite of the windows. A sink placed under a large bank of windows looking out towards the water makes cleanup more enjoyable. Excellence in lakefront kitchen design offers a functional layout with emphasis on the sparkling water landscapes just beyond the walls. Embrace Indoor-Outdoor Living The constant opening and shutting of doors that drives every mom crazy is embraced at the lake. Guests are always welcome, food is plentiful and cold beverages are ready to be sipped. The most functional lakefront kitchen design extends the kitchen space into the outdoors. Methods to do this range in price, function and style. Pass-through kitchen windows to the outdoors create a walk-up bar. Swinging French doors pair nicely with traditional cottage homes. Sliding patio doors maximize views while minimizing the footprint needed for a swinging door. For a seamless indoor-outdoor transition, bi-fold moving glass walls, stacking glass walls or pocket glass walls are a modern way to open up entire rooms to the outdoors. Ease Entertaining Efforts There is always a reason to celebrate at the lake and in Michigan that celebration may simply be in honor of the sun shining. Custom kitchens in waterfront homes should lighten the load of the host so they can kick up
Outdoor Kitchens Outdoor kitchens are another way to provide kitchen functionality accessible outdoors and make entertaining easier. Many advances have been made to the products available for outdoor kitchens. Revolutionary weatherproof and fadeproof cabinets available in many different styles are manufactured by NatureKast. Their unique construction ensures that cabinets last in the elements with minimal maintenance. With their products, outdoor kitchen designs can feature everything from built-in grill stations and mini fridges to TV cabinets and range hoods. Durability is Key No one wants to spend time fussing over the wear and tear of their lakefront home. Finishes need to be able to stand up to water, sand and many hands. Luckily, there are many beautiful and durable kitchen design products available today. Flooring should be waterproof, scratchproof and able to hide a little mess here and there. Countertops need to be beautiful while standing up to heat, sand and constant use. Cabinets are available in a range of finishes designed to last. Custom cabinetmaker Grabill Cabinets uses an armored, UV protected topcoat that is designed to last. Eclipse Cabinetry by Shiloh offers extremely durable laminate finishes that suit a range of looks from real wood to modern high-gloss. At TruKitchens, we know the recipe for the perfect kitchen is the combination of beauty and function. Let us apply our expertise to your dream lakefront kitchen and create a space where memories will be made. It all starts with the initial consultation.
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RAYMAR HOMES • LUCID ARCHITECTURE • VIA DESIGN
MODERNiSM BEGAN iN THE LATE 1800S WiTH AN EMPHASiS ON SiMPLiCiTY AND FUNCTiON, OFFERiNG TiMELESS DESiGN WiTH STAYiNG POWER. USiNG NATURAL MATERiALS LiKE WOOD AND STONE, MODERNiST HOMES EMBRACE THE LANDSCAPE WiTH AN iDEA OF LiViNG THAT iS MUCH MORE FLUiD THAN A TRADiTiONAL, ENCLOSED HOME.
A self-made entrepreneur and adventure travel enthusiast, the homeowner initiated the architectural design process with an out-of-state custom prefab outfit, but became frustrated with the project’s pace. Builder Mark Pung of Raymar Homes was asked to bid on the design and knew that a local team who shared the homeowner’s vision was better suited to achieve the scope of this ambitious lakeside refuge. Mark attributed this instinct to his engineering background: by wanting to know what the end result is supposed to look like, he is able to orchestrate all the decisions required to propel a project toward a common goal. Introducing principal and architect Eric De Witt of Lucid Architecture to the homeowner was the catalyst needed to challenge the status quo of architectural ideas trending in Michigan.
“Lucid” means expressed clearly or suffused with light, both perfectly descriptive of the architectural language spoken by Eric’s high-performance residential specialists. The homeowner fit Lucid Architecture’s unique profile: a client trusting enough to take architectural risks fully welcoming work as intentional and functional as it is beautiful and provoking. The homeowner did his research and selected Via Design, Inc. for their skill and expertise in executing interior design details that cohesively integrate with exterior architecture. MODERN DESiGN SOLVES PROBLEMS iN A SiMPLE AND ELEGANT WAY
Emily VanderLaan, project manager/interior designer, and Matt Maher, product designer, complemented the team without a ripple and spearheaded so many of the home’s striking focal points.
The outdoor living areas are an example of Lucid Architecture’s “layers of exposure” design strategy for Michigan living. The outdoor ﬁre pit offers full exposure to an open sky; and in less inclement seasons of spring and fall, or for shade from the full summer sun, the big cantilevered roof creates a covered outdoor living area unencumbered by supports.
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Having an architect who can walk you through the design process from a blank sheet of paper to a finished project is invaluable. “Architects are responsible for more than just the exterior look,” explained Eric. “We work to ensure that the project is melding with the site perfectly, exceeding the client’s needs, is a high performance structure, all while making sure there are incredible moments and experiences within.
Edgy and minimalist, Crittall-style doors offer a sturdy, slim-proﬁle way to cleverly partition open areas, without compromising on light or space. A charred poplar wood ﬁnish surrounds the ovens and refrigerator offering an almost metallic look that nicely complements the tile ﬂoor and walnut cabinets. A custom-designed chandelier over the dining table utilizes handcrafted Hubberton Forge Lighting — an artistic complement to the sleek space.
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“On this project we balanced all of the inputs for an advantageous site orientation considering the driveway approach, roads, topography, privacy, and water views, all while factoring in the sun’s path to maximize solar panels exposure. “Our client was concerned with the environmental aspects of his home, and that is something we are sensitive to on all of our projects,” continued Eric. “We like to use environmental design strategies that don’t cost the client anything to implement or maintain. It doesn’t increase costs at all to capture proper site orientation to the sun, utilize natural ventilation and breezes, or be strategic with the size of overhangs to provide shading.” Due to the solar panels, the home needed a metal roof and that required Mark and his metal fabricator to engineer a custom, hidden gutter profile while keeping the solar panels parallel to the very low pitch roof for aesthetic reasons; just two examples of his ability to meet this project’s unique design challenges. A GREAT TEAM WORKS iN CONCERT
Via Design carried the exterior cedar wall into the home to seamlessly integrate the inside with the home’s exterior elements. Immediately, you appreciate the design team’s execution in home placement neatly capturing the lake view. Edgy and minimalist, Crittall-style doors offer a sturdy, slim-profile way to cleverly partition open areas, without compromising on light or space. The homeowner wanted to be able to close off the lower level from the upper which would separate the foyer from the main living space. Via Design imagined doors that hinge and rotate out resolving that function while adding visually to the space and used Elemental Artistry LLC, a Grand Rapids-based metal fabricator,to create the striking custom metal and glass door. Despite their on-trend, industrial appearance, Crittall made its first appearance in 1860 when Francis Henry Crittall, an ironmonger in Essex, used this method to create steel-framed windows.
“We work to eliminate extraneous detail providing very simple, elegant forms with a little bit of magic mixed in like this home’s large roof cantilevers.” – Eric De Witt, Lucid Architecture The powder room abuts the front entry so Via Design ran the same exterior cedar wall into the bathroom. The back wall tile is a version of the floor tile in a stacked format. “We were careful,” noted Emily. “We wanted to keep it simple while celebrating the natural materials.”
Similar to the ﬁreplace, the kitchen island features walnut and a raised concrete bar top supported by a metal work piece. Via Design’s detailed drawings of the cabinets came to life in the kitchen, laundry room, and powder room. The attention to detailing is reﬂected in the perfect veneer match-up and joinery. Integrated hardware from Progressive Hardware honored the craftsmanship allowing form to follow function.
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Rather than order expensive custom doors, Mark found rift cut white oak doors and his talented staff carpenters created horizontal cuts for a distinctive modern detail. Mark added, “One other thing that sets Raymar apart is that our carpenters are involved from start to finish. They get to know our clients and are very motivated and invested to do things right.” The walnut tread floating stairway, located off the entry, was quite an engineering feat. Usually supported by a solid metal tube — or stringer — running through the center, the homeowner preferred individual metal plates 12 inches apart. It took a collaborative effort from the entire team, but the end result reveals the skill and dedication of all involved.
The centerpiece of the open ﬂoor plan is the ﬁreplace that divides the main ﬂoor into separate zones. Essentially a big cantilever, the structure is supported with steel beams in the ﬂoor. Constructed of beautiful walnut, metal and visually seamless concrete, it is an impressive focal point. A speaker system frames the TV surrounded by rift cut oak cabinets in the lower level family room. The stacked stone wall echoes the exterior architecture. Streamlined and free of bulkheads, this level has turned ﬂoor trusses to hide the HVAC in the ﬂoor system. The powder room abuts the front entry and features the same cedar wall as the exterior. The back wall tile is a version of the ﬂoor tile in a stacked format. The space is simple and highlights natural materials. The walnut tread ﬂoating stairway, located off the entry, was an engineering feat as it is supported by individual metal plates 12 inches apart. 38 | spring 2020
The centerpiece of the open floor plan is the fireplace that divides the area into separate zones. Essentially a big cantilever, it took Mark’s engineering to support the structure with steel beams in the floor. Matt’s design specs really made it the focal point. He dictated everything from the walnut species, to the reveals between the boards, the metal fabrication, and the concrete’s appearance. “Matt didn’t want any joints in that concrete surround so we built that shape out of two pieces with additional work done on site to make the seams disappear,” explained Mark. Mark’s carpenters executed the architectural millwork details and cabinetry that house the homeowner’s world-class audio system. Although not visible to the eye, this home required state-of-the-art acoustical specifications to support an audiophile’s lifelong passion for high-fidelity
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sound reproduction. Attuned to the purest pitch and the slightest wayward vibration, the team was tasked with the additional acoustical challenge of installing high-performance materials. Guided by the homeowner’s knowledge, Raymar Homes isolated part of the floor from the rest of the house to limit unwanted vibration and several walls were treated with a soundabsorbing rubber membrane behind the drywall. A tile floor was used throughout the main floor because it doesn’t absorb any sound. Emily did quite a bit of research on that particular selection, and suggested 48- by 48-inch porcelain floor tiles; the oversized scale is a new trend emerging in tile. Matt worked on an exact layout of how the tiles should line up in the house aligning them with the front door. Mark’s tile setter was initially concerned having never worked with the product and specified when it should be installed to avoid having to cut around tight spaces.
“It was a good team effort and we each did our best at what we do best!”
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231.834.9576 Underfoot is a horizontal loop or geothermal system with radiant distribution on both floors. Also in line with the homeowner’s desire for energy efficiency, the 20 kilowatt solar array roof system creates an amazingly efficient home. In keeping with the minimalist design, oversized windows eschew any fussy window treatments in favor of integrated, motorized window screens for privacy. Similar to the exterior elements, this lets the eye travel outside to take in the views. The best team works in true collaboration and all worked hard to honor the architect’s design. Eric handled the architecture and drafted the interior; Emily and Matt fleshed out the cabinetry, millwork, interior finishes, and custom interior elements; and Mark’s team brought it to reality. No one had an ego at stake, and everyone was respectful of the expertise each brought to the project. “Lucid Architecture has a tight vision of how they design their homes, and we wanted to be sensitive to that to make sure that vision was cohesive through to the interior design,” added Matt. Located through an ofﬁce space and rotated so it feels like a separate wing of the main ﬂoor, the owner’s suite offers sweeping water views and was treated with the visual warmth of bamboo wood ﬂooring. The owner’s en suite bathroom provides a spa-like oasis. The Kohler rain overhead panel in the shower enclosed by Glass Concepts creates everything from a gentle summer rain to an invigorating deluge.
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Many of the same natural elements were continued into the adjoining kitchen. Similar to the fireplace, the island features walnut and a raised concrete bar supported by a metal work piece also fabricated by Elemental Artistry. The island has a cooktop so the chef can interact with guests while preparing meals with a down vent nestled in the concrete slab for subtle ventilation. Via Design’s detailed drawings of the cabinets in the kitchen, laundry room, and powder room were executed beautifully. The homeowner appreciated the attention to detailing reflected in the perfect veneer match-up and joinery. Integrated hardware honored the craftsmanship allowing form to follow function.
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A charred poplar wood finish surrounds the ovens and refrigerator offering an almost metallic look that nicely complements the tile floor and walnut cabinets. “We wanted it to look rich and real, while keeping it modern, fresh and clean,” noted Emily. “That's why we also chose white upper cabinets for a minimalist feel.”
“There’s nothing else you buy that has as much emotion as your home, but that’s also the beauty of being part of the process to create this for people; it wouldn’t be as rewarding if it wasn’t.” – Mark Pung, Raymar Homes
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An oversized pantry off the kitchen serves as a functional prep area. Housing appliances and plenty of storage, this keeps the main kitchen space uncluttered and streamlined. The homeowner was open to artistic lighting and since the ceilings were tricky to hang lighting from, Emily and Matt designed customized chandeliers over both the dining room table and the stairway using handcrafted Hubberton Forge Lighting. Hubberton Forge are modern American blacksmiths operating one of the country’s oldest commercial forges. They shared this project’s sensibilities with their respect for high-quality craftsmanship and an innate sense of form and function. Emily had suggested the custom circular design of the Hubberton Forge stairway piece because it evokes bicycles and the homeowner is an avid road biker.
The advantageous site orientation was achieved by consideration to the driveway approach, road, topography, privacy, and water views, while factoring in the sun’s path to maximize solar panels.
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Located through an office space and rotated so it feels like a separate wing of the main floor, the owner’s suite offers sweeping water views and was treated with the visual warmth of bamboo wood flooring. The owner’s en suite bathroom provides a spa-like oasis. Being an outdoorsy guy, the homeowner appreciated the oversized Kohler rain overhead panel that creates everything from a gentle summer rain to an invigorating deluge. The pebble shower floor has a trench drain and zero-step entry doors giving the space an open, seamless appearance. The floating teak cabinetry was crafted by Mark’s talented carpenters. Although the staircase originally had a solid wall leading downstairs, it was decided to remove the wall to allow for more light to flood the downstairs family room. Here, the speaker system frames the TV screen within the lighter rift cut oak cabinets. The stacked stone wall echoes the exterior architecture. To keep the downstairs streamlined and free of bulkheads, Mark turned the floor trusses to hide the HVAC in the floor system. The outdoor living area is an example of Lucid Architecture’s “layers of exposure” design strategy for Michigan. There is an outdoor fire pit for full exposure to an open sky; and in less inclement seasons of spring and fall, or for shade from the full summer sun, the big cantilevered roof creates a covered outdoor living area unencumbered by supports. Lastly, a large sliding door opens up the inside of the house to the outdoors. Eric added, “So this is our design language when we think about designing our spaces from the inside through to the outside with layers or levels of exposure. “Our agenda is always in last place; it’s really about what the client wants. We want happy clients who are as thrilled to be living in their houses as we are thrilled for having been able to work on the project. It’s a success when everyone — including the entire project team and the tradespeople — are still excited to see each other at the end of the project as they were at the beginning.” ❂
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Bringing the Outdoors In Freshen Up for Spring It’s spring! The sun in West Michigan is finally shining, the birds are singing, and the flowers are blooming After so much time cooped up indoors, most of us are eager to get started on something new and fresh by either adding small touches to our existing space or going into full remodel mode to create new spaces. Some statistics put our daily time spent indoors as high as 90 percent, so it’s no wonder we crave the freshness of greenery, the tactile sensation of natural textures, and the brightness of natural light in our homes. One of the places we spend the most time in our homes is our kitchen. The kitchen is often considered the hub of the home. Open floor plans and modern family lifestyles only reinforce this. In a traditional kitchen, food storage was key. However, now that the kitchen has become more of a social gathering space, people are taking cabinets off the wall in favor of open shelving and windows to bring openness and natural light into the space. A traditional kitchen layout sports a single window above the sink. New kitchen layouts are showcasing whole walls of windows to let in the natural light and expand the feel of the space. If you don’t like your view, you can consider instead adding a transom window or skylight. Transoms and skylights are also great options for bathrooms or bedrooms where more privacy is desired. printed and glazed rather than blended aggregate, like quartz panels, they have higher gloss and greater clarity. Ultra-compact surface countertops, which are simular, are UV resistant and frost resistant. Even in Michigan, ultra-compact countertop will allow you to bring your indoor cooking spaces outside. If you are not ready commit to blasting a hole in your wall for a new window, reworking your shower or resurfacing your countertop, there are many small walls to bring the outdoors in. Adding natural materials like leather, linen, or pottery accents can transform a space from sterile to organic. Small changes, like switching out the hardware on your cabinets, can make a big impact in your space. Muted metals like satin gold and brushed copper carry a warmth and depth that more neutral finishes, like satin nickel, tend to lack. Live greenery is also strongly suggested by experts to improve not only air quality, but also your emotional state. I’m one who can kill a cactus, so I feel your pain here, but let’s do our best. Open a window, pick some flowers, or add a fresh element to an old recipe. It’s finally spring and time for something new.
You can also bring the outdoors in by enhancing your space with natural textures and materials. Wallpaper with organic motifs or natural texture, like grass cloth, is making a comeback. It is a great way to add natural elements without major changes. Wallpaper can be used in almost any room, where some natural materials traditionally cannot. Previously, homeowners would have been cautioned against putting natural wood in their bathroom, either on the floor or on the wall. However, new enhancements like high-definition printing on porcelain tile and highly textured vinyl plank surfaces, are allowing the look of wood even in the dampest spaces. Porcelain is also expanding in size and scope. Manufactures are producing sheets strong enough and large enough to panel shower walls, provide full height fireplace surrounds, and be used in kitchens for seamless backsplash and countertop. Because they are
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HELLO SUNSHINE! Our lives have changed recently and much is left unknown, however, there is one thing we can certainly count on in the coming days, and that is warmer weather here in Michigan. As we spend more time at home, the importance of comfortable, quality furnishings is even more essential (no pun intended). Giving thought to our outdoor spaces as we move into summer, we want to think about getting the most use of these spaces in the few months the weather allows. Our outdoor spaces are really an extension of our home and are used for entertaining, relaxing and gathering. A single outdoor space could function as the kitchen, dining and living room at all once. Because of this, you want to offer the same amount of thought and care into your outdoor furniture as your indoor pieces along with some additional considerations. As with choosing indoor furnishings, you must consider the shape and size of usable space. Are you dealing with a long, narrow space, a small balcony or something more broad with extra room? Outdoor spaces are often used for gatherings and more casual living, so make sure you have extra space for movement around the furniture. Plan your outdoor living space with as much thought as you gave the interior, really think about traffic flow and best amount of seating for function and space. The next thing to consider is the elements and this is a enormous consideration when it comes to outdoor furniture. Will your new furniture be exposed to the sun, rain and wind or under cover? Will it sit on a hard surface such as a deck or patio or in the grass? Knowing these answers will help you select the right materials and finishes. At this point in your search for the perfect outdoor furniture, you will notice that quality outdoor pieces are priced at or above your indoor furniture. This is due to two main factors. The first being materials and the second is construction. When exposed to the elements, low quality pieces will experience fading, rust, cracks, mildew and staining. Cushion fill can break down and natural wicker will split. The construction of any furniture, whether indoors or outdoors is important but more so when you consider that it will be subjected to wind and rain. Here in Michigan, we have to plan for cold snaps that can crack plastic furniture and think about pine needles and other leafy trees that can fall and get worked into the weaves of wicker. 52 | spring 2020
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A historical renovation by Maple Island Log Homes
2006: In the early 1920s, heiress to the Post cereal fortune, Marjorie Merriweather Post, chose the scenic banks of New Yorkâ€™s Upper St. Regis Lake as the site to build her own massive and remarkable getaway: Camp Topridge, a Great Camp of the Adirondacks. Over the many decades, this exquisite example of the Adirondack style fell into disrepair ... until the current owner contacted Michigan-based Maple Island Log Homes.
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ereal heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post, business-minded philanthropist and art collector. The deep forests and pristine lakes of upper New York state. A Michigan-based log home builder. At first, these three items may seem to have little in common, but they are all linked in one awe-inspiring way: the former Camp Topridge, a Great Camp of the Adirondacks. The story that brings these seemingly disparate entities together begins at the turn of the last century, when the rich from New York City embraced the wilds of New York state as their personal playground. The pure air, rolling hills and sparkling lakes were a siren’s call for the city-weary wealthy—yet just because they yearned for a taste of the wilderness didn’t mean they were looking to “rough it.” Accordingly, they had fabulous estates built that offered all the comforts they were accustomed to ... but rather than attempting to bring the flavor of the big city to the country, these resorts drew inspiration from and complemented their verdant backdrop. In the construction of these sprawling multi-building complexes, drastic modifications of the existing woodland environment were avoided; buildings were constructed primarily of timber, stone and other natural materials gathered from the immediate surrounding area, then decorated with a rustic—albeit grand—motif. Together, these spectacular north woods retreats gave rise to the Adirondack Great Camp, a style that majestically blends the elegance of the era with rugged natural beauty. In 1923, heiress to the Post cereal fortune Marjorie Merriweather Post chose the scenic banks of New York’s Upper St. Regis Lake as the site to build her own massive and remarkable getaway. The many incredible features of her Camp Topridge include a grand main lodge, a boathouse accented with tree roots and limbs and an onion-domed structure inspired by the Russian architecture Post encountered while living in the Soviet Union. Today, this breathtaking camp is one of only 10 Adirondack Great Camps on the National Register of Historic Places—yet there was a time when this exquisite example of the Adirondack style fell into disrepair. That’s where Maple Island Log Homes enters into the tale.
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Designers and builders of innovative and unique handcrafted log homes, Maple Island Log Homes was hand-picked by the current owner—a Texas real estate magnate—as he undertook the task of rescuing the camp from its dilapidated state and restoring it to its former glory. “This was an opportunity to push the envelope,” says architect Gordon Hughes, now retired from the Twin Lake, Mich.-based Maple Island. “It was an opportunity to try new things and not be restricted on a budget.” Founded in 1977, Maple Island is a leader in the log home industry; they are unique among builders of log homes in that nearly every step of the process is done by hand. Maple Island’s employees are responsible for handling every part of the construction process, from choosing the logs them-
selves to the final reassembly on the job site. Whether restoring a national treasure or building a new home, “it starts with the plans—everything we do starts from scratch,” explains Maple Island vice president Eric Gordon. The logs used by Maple Island are hand-peeled of their bark, a process which brings out the natural grain of the wood. Logs retain their unique “personalities” and are left naturally tapered and full-length, sometimes reaching up to 50 or 60 feet. The selected logs are then skillfully fitted into place by hand. Maple Island’s expertise came into play as they produced new log structures on the property; their sister company, American Log Restoration, was responsible for restoring the original buildings. Cosmopolitan Home Grand Rapids | 57
Local crafters, architects and historians all collaborated in order assure that the camp would be correctly restored while retaining its original spirit and character. The blending of old and new was not a simple undertaking, says Gordon. “It was a totally different sort of project. You had totally unique structures being worked on by different entities—an architect in Lake Placid, New York, another in Maryland, and an interior designer in Dallas, Texas.” The architects came to Hughes and Gordon with designs, who in turn worked to express those designs in log construction. To produce successful results, Maple Island’s team had to work closely with the architects and historians; Hughes recalls many singleengine plane rides from Twin Lake to the Adirondack Camp job site. “I guess it’s somewhat akin to portions of New England; access can be difficult.” In the end, Maple Island was able to blend the historic elements of the camp with new construction, breathing new life into the Great Camp while remaining true to the celebrated Adirondack style. The final result is fantastic, thanks in part to the owner’s desire to “go all-out with everything they did,” says Gordon.
“There were struggles bringing all the voices—architects, historians and craftsmen— together,but the result is one of the truly great camps of the Adirondacks.” The restored camp is truly a wonder to behold. The boathouse is one of the camp’s most striking designs, featuring a boat launch set into its mammoth split-stone foundation. Being landlocked on a peninsula, all of the materials necessary for the boathouse’s construction had to be taken across the lake by barge before being assembled. Today, lucky guests staying in either of the boathouse’s two wellappointed bedrooms can enjoy the contrasting stains of the interior logs while soaking up views of the glittering lake. The Russian guest cabin, topped with five massive cedar-shingled “onion” domes, looks every bit like it was appointed for a czar. Designed by Richard Giegengack—whom Hughes describes as a “Frank Lloyd Wright-style genius”—the 24-sided structure features hand-flattened interior walls with the exterior logs left full-round. The melding of the rustic Adirondack style with traditional Russian influences results in one of the most distinctive logbuildings in the nation. Looking back on the Adirondack Camp project, Hughes calls it unique in both its breadth and scope. “It was an opportunity for us to grow as a company,” he says. “We never knew exactly where it was going. Watching it evolve was exciting.” Says Gordon, “There were struggles bringing all the voices— architects, historians and craftsmen—together, but the result is one of the truly great camps in the Adirondacks.” ❂
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