Home of the Year WEST MICHIGAN Wins at the BALA
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features 12 Defining Elements - The 2020 Cosmopolitan Home of the Year A mid-century masterpiece by New Urban Home Builders and J. Visser Design 34 The Best In American Living Awards West Michigan shines at the national awards 60 The 2021 Spring Parade of Homes A 60-year-old tradition and the contenders for this year’s People’s Choice Awards
departments 6 MONEY MATTERS Ready to Play Defense Ways to protect your retirement savings 8 CUISINE Getting Fueled Milk-inspired dishes help energize the day 5 ON TREND Elite Style, Design & Performance Standale Home Studio reveals the best from Shaw Floors 11 ON TREND Award Winning Kitchens TruKitchens shares the recipe to create a winner
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Elite Style, Design & Performance Waterproof & worry-free products from Shaw Floors LUXURY VINYL FLOORING is the fastestgrowing and preferred product category today. Designers love it for its versatility and ultrarealistic visuals. These products can be installed anywhere in the home, allowing for a cohesive design element that brings the home’s aesthetic together. Advancements in digital printing and embossing technology also allow you to achieve a high-end hardwood look for a fraction of the cost. Installers love luxury vinyl for its simplicity and ease of installation. Whether you’re tackling a DIY project or hiring a professional installer, these products can often be installed and lived on in the same day, minimizing the disruption of a remodel project and taking much of the stress and mess out of the equation.
Finally, homeowners love the value and worryfree upkeep of luxury vinyl. Simply sweep and mop regularly to keep floors shiny, clean and beautiful for years to come. These products boast leading performance and peace of mind — and Standale Home Studio offers the full suite of 100 percent waterproof options from Shaw Floors. Meet Elite Built to endure, Floorté waterproof planks and tiles from Shaw Floors offer a variety of beautiful, durable and affordable options. All Floorté styles are 100 percent waterproof, making them perfect for active households prone to spills and accidents from kids and pets. Newest to the Floorté lineup of styles is Floorté Elite, featuring two cutting-edge innovations: Enhanced Natural Realism and ultimate scratch resistance. Enhanced Natural Realism is a new embossing technology that captures high and low gloss levels in the same plank - something no other luxury vinyl product can achieve! Knots and graining in
the planks also boast 3D texture. This more closely mimics the look and feel of real hardwood, but in a 100 percent waterproof product that can better withstand life’s little mishaps. What’s more, Floorté Elite promises ‘elite pet protection’ backed by a 15-year residential scratch warranty. Thanks to its PAWdefense™ technology, Floorté Elite guards against pet nails, dining room chairs and other common household activities by resisting surface level scratches. Shop all the latest Floorté styles and meet with a trusted flooring expert at Standale Home Studio, located in the heart of Standale Michigan. Let Standale take you from inspiration to installation, we look forward to serving you.
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CONSIDERATIONS FOR YOUR FINANCIAL FUTURE
Ready to Play Defense With Your Retirement Savings
For most investors, it’s no surprise that markets are subject to up-and-down fluctuations over time. And if you are investing with a long-term perspective, it’s pretty common for your portfolio to experience temporary declines in value. Given enough time, markets generally have shown an ability to overcome losses and help investors continue to accumulate wealth. However, managing market declines is different if you are nearing or in retirement. Chances are your 401(k), 403(b) or other type of workplace savings plan represents one of your largest financial assets. You want to make sure a sudden market downturn doesn’t put you in a difficult position. It takes time to recover from losses While much of our focus tends to be on news about stock markets performing well, the fact is that for investors, avoiding large losses can make a real difference.This is why many investors focus on determining their risk tolerance level and building a well-diversified mix of assets that reflects their risk preferences. As you grow older, you likely may want to reevaluate your investment risk. That’s because negative markets can be a lot more difficult to overcome if you are almost retired or you are already tapping your savings to meet current income needs. Consider these examples that show what happens if there’s a market decline at the same time you are withdrawing five percent of the portfolio’s principal to meet retirement income needs: • If your portfolio sustains a loss of 20 percent from a combination of investment declines and portfolio withdrawals, your portfolio will need to earn a 33 percent return to overcome that loss in the following year. •The challenge intensifies with a larger loss. If your portfolio loses 35 percent in total, it would take a 67 percent return in the next year to regain that lost ground.
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This points to the importance of modifying risk in your workplace savings plan later in life, as you close in on the time when you need to count on that pool of money for income. What to do before or during retirement If you don’t have time on your side – i.e., you are within five years of retirement or already retired and drawing down your assets, make a priority of reviewing the level of risk in your portfolio.That may mean reducing your holdings of equities within your broader asset mix. Yet stocks may still need to play a role. Given the realities that your retirement may extend for two-to-three decades or longer, you need to put your portfolio in a position to grow, even modestly, to help meet income needs over that span of time. Depending on your views on risk, the stock component may represent 50 percent or less of your asset mix.You’ll likely want to consider increasing your holdings of fixed income, alternative investments, and cash to help mitigate the impact of short-term stock market swings. The reality for most is that investing gets more complicated later in life. Talk to your financial advisor about how best to position your 401(k) or 403(b) portfolio to protect your long-term financial security. ❂
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THE TASTE OF HOME
Getting Fueled Real Milk-Inspired Dishes
From little ones learning the game to professional athletes pushing sports to new levels, nutrition impacts the ability to re-energize, stay hydrated and reach peak performance. Now, new data shows that one naturally nutrient-rich beverage provides more benefits than previously thought: dairy milk. Photos courtesy of Getty Images For years, real milk has been recognized as a powerhouse beverage that delivers nine essential nutrients, including calcium, protein RATTLE SNAKE PASTA and vitamin D. However, updated nutrient daily values for nutrition Recipe courtesy of registered dietitian Bri Butler and Power Portions labeling and more robust government nutrition databases have providTotal time: 15 minutes ed data that shows real milk delivers 13 essential nutrients, making it a Servings: 6 good or excellent source of four more vital nutrients: potassium, zinc, selenium and iodine. These nutrients help build strong bones, maintain 1/4 cup buttery spread a healthy immune system and maintain your central nervous system, all 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour of which directly impact athletic performance. 3/4 cup dairy milk (2% recommended) 1/2 cup vegetable broth “As a kid, you thought of dairy milk as the drink that helped you grow 1 tablespoon vegetable base and have strong bones,” said Briana Butler, MCN, RDN, LD, a perform1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, shredded ance and sports dietitian who advises athletes. “As you get older and salt, to taste (optional) start paying more attention to drinks’ attributes, you realize that truth pepper, to taste (optional) applies to adults and athletes as well. Real milk is a trustworthy and 1/4 cup pickled jalapeno slices nutrient-rich way to repair, rehydrate and replenish muscles and bod3 tablespoons minced garlic ies. It is truly an undeniable favorite of mine to fuel performance.” 10 ounces cooked rotisserie chicken, shredded 1 green bell pepper, sliced As the “original sports drink,” real milk has fueled athletes for cen1 red bell pepper, sliced turies and offers a natural nutrient combination not found in formu1 handful fresh cilantro, minced lated sports drinks. It provides benefits for fitness enthusiasts of all 1 pound whole-wheat linguini, cooked ages including building lean muscle, maintaining strong bones and supporting a healthy immune system. In medium pot, melt buttery spread then add flour; mix well. Slowly add dairy milk and vegetable broth, stirring well. With 13 nutrients, real milk isn’t just the ultimate training fuel, it also makes your favorite recipes more tasty and nutritious. Dishes such Add vegetable broth and Parmesan cheese; heat slowly until thickas Zucchini Oatmeal Muffins are made in just 15 minutes and are a ened. Add salt and pepper, to taste, if desired. quick and nutritious snack that can be enjoyed on the go, crumbled over yogurt or paired with eggs for a morning power-up.You can also Add jalapeños, garlic, bell peppers and roasted chicken; heat thoroughly. try Rattle Snake Pasta, a better-for-you version of a family favorite that combines rotisserie chicken, peppers and linguine. Serve over cooked linguini.
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ZUCCHINI OATMEAL MUFFINS Recipe courtesy of registered dietitian Bri Butler and Power Portions Total time: 15 minutes Servings: 12 1 1 3 6 1 2 2 1 1 1
zucchini 1/2 cups dairy milk (2% recommended) bananas pieces pitted Deglet Noor dates teaspoon vanilla extract tablespoons safflower oil 1/2 cups old-fashioned oats 1/2 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 teaspoons salt teaspoon ground cinnamon
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Creating an Award-Winning Kitchen The right recipe to put a space on the podium VERY FEW CLIENTS APPROACH their new kitchen design with the glint of a trophy in the back of their mind. More often, they have specific functionality ideas with an overarching look and feel they are seeking to achieve. In everyday kitchen design, the designer works to marry the clients’ lifestyle needs with a beautiful design that reflects their personal style. But what makes an award-winning kitchen truly possible is the intersection of a designforward client and an intentional, progressive thinking kitchen designer. When the right conditions between client and designer exist, then the following tips and tricks can be employed to take a kitchen over the finish line and onto the winner’s podium. Careful Planning More important than the look of the space is how well it functions. An awardwinning kitchen is not just designed for the sake of pushing the ball forward down the court of trends, the space must function practically so that it can be free spirited in design. Getting to know the clients’ daily routines, entertaining needs and general must-haves is crucial. Understanding building restrictions, local codes, and space constraints are also important. The more careful planning that is done upfront, the more successful a space will be in the end. Intentional Design Aesthetic A design-forward client is key when it comes to creating an award-winning space. A client who is willing to take a few risks or push some design boundaries unlocks a whole creative vault within a kitchen designer. The kitchen designer is now free to thoughtfully integrate trends or even create new ones. The depth of the beautiful finishes is now fully available to them. For many, the reason they entered the design profession is fulfilled in this unbridled environment. The result is a stunning space that both the client and designer is proud of, and that many others will look to for inspiration as they seek to fulfill their kitchen design dreams. Innovative Products, Materials and Finishes A client with an open mind invites themselves to be exposed to the depth of products, materials and finishes available on the market. A kitchen designer makes it their job to stay informed on the latest innovations and enjoys when a client wants to explore the many possibilities to make their space unique. Kitchen designers understand a well-designed space can quickly turn into an over-designed space if selections are made simply to be trendy, however, in an award-winning kitchen distinctive materials are always present. This may include the latest door styles, special finishes, unique colors, fresh countertop materials, technologically advanced appliances, stylish lighting, bold flooring, and much more. All these resources are thoughtfully employed to push or even set design trends in an award-winning kitchen.
Integrates Other Spaces The most exciting designs do not stand on their finish selections alone. In award-winning kitchens, clever integration of nearby spaces creates unforgettable moments in the design. In today’s world nearly every gathering ends up in the kitchen so why not accommodate that in the first place? For example, award-winning kitchens may feature a sliding wall that opens to outside entertaining areas. They may include full-service bars or multiple seating areas in the space. They may be designed in a way that eliminates many of the surrounding walls to allow the kitchen to exist seamlessly in the main living area of the space. No matter how the design creatively integrates the spaces around it, award-winning kitchens are often proven in more than just that space alone. Excellent Partners The kitchen designer is just one set of hands in the process. It is important to clearly communicate with the builder, interior designer, architect, and other contractors to ensure the overall vision is appreciated. They should know the plan from the beginning and be empowered to lend their expertise in achieving it. These partners are crucial in taking a design from dream to reality. At TruKitchens, our designers have the knowledge, experience, depth of products and right partners to design award-winning kitchens. We have done it before with multiple “Best in American Living Awards” from the National Association of Home Builders, “Best Kitchen” awards from the local Home Builders Association, “Excellence in Design” awards from our partner Grabill Cabinets and many national Houzz awards, among others. We would love to unleash our creativity on your home to create a truly special design; it all starts with the initial consultation.
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ELEMENTS TEXT BY LYNN BAKEMAN IMAGES BY GEOFF SHIRLEY
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MID-CENTURY MODERN ARCHITECTURE is recognized for its iconic flat roofline, angular, clean lines, and asymmetrical profile. Expansive walls of glass and wide open floor plans include multiple access points to the outdoors, inviting a unique connection with nature.
With its front approach set back from the road, the home runs parallel to Gull Lake. The simple and clean attributes of the mid-century architecture complement the setting. The metal roof adds a strong layer of texture and the metal strap supports offer a modern industrial edge while providing a simple way to support the cantilevered design. Vertical batten board hardie siding, from Eikenhout, in four different widths, was randomly placed providing a fresh and unexpected look; its muted color palette feels organic to the lake setting
Emerald-green Gull Lake is a strikingly deep, clear lake and one of only a few lakes in southern Michigan born of glacial origin 14,000 years ago. Historically a popular summer getaway for regional tycoons including the Upjohn, Shakespeare, and Kellogg families, Gull Lake is mostly developed and this extra wide lot was a rare find. Although located in Texas, the homeowners have a family connection on Gull Lake and wished to create a home they could fill with people for enduring summer memories. An existing mid-century home stood on the site which was unsuitable for renovation, but served as the family’s design inspiration. A local builder recommended Jeff Visser, owner of J. Visser Design, for his passion to design intentionally organic homes which blend harmoniously with their setting. His overarching midcentury vision dovetailed with the homeowner’s and elevated this work earning the title of “The 2020 Cosmopolitan Home of the Year.” To undertake this long-distance build, the homeowners flew in for the more critical face-to-face meetings, but with today’s technology and 3-
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Expansive glass allows for front to back views and floods the interior with natural light. Bullet-proof stained concrete flooring features family-friendly radiant heat under foot. The double-sided great room fireplace is a true masonry fireplace that was masterfully engineered. A tongue and groove cedar soffit ceiling flows uninterrupted through the main floor, continuing outside to the back roof soffit.
dimensional imaging, J. Visser Design was able to help these clients clearly visualize the home design. Jeff finds it extremely helpful at the start, however, to meet in person. “There are efficiencies to using technology to move along a house build, but at the beginning when you’re designing something as intimate as a personal home, reading subtle cues and reactions in their face and body language is impossible to replicate otherwise.” Running parallel to the lake with its front approach set back from the road allowed Jeff to design a home with transparency. Spreading out in a linear fashion created three wings of separate spaces for privacy, plus expansive glass allowing front to back views and flooding the interior with natural light. “I have a pretty strong opinion in terms of how light should come into spaces,” Jeff explained. “The path of the sun across the site also helped decide the open front-to-back view. From the main living areas to all the outdoor entertainment spaces, this keeps the family visually connected.”
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The kitchen, with cabinetry from TruKitchens, was designed for largescale entertaining and includes a speed oven, two wall ovens, and a microwave, as well as a separate column freezer, refrigerator, and wine cooler. A graceful, walnut waterfall dining bar adds a warm touch to the space. The main sink was custom-crafted out of quartz to be flawlessly incorporated into the countertop from Great Lakes Granite Works.
First popularized in the 1950s, the American architectural movement boomed when soldiers returned from World War II, and suburbs all over the U.S. sprouted mid-century modern or Frank Lloyd Wright’s prairie-style homes. Today, mid-century modern architecture is reinterpreted with state-of-the-art building materials, yet the overall design aesthetic of clean sculptural lines transcends time. Scott Branc, owner of New Urban Home Builders, was the ideal builder choice not only for his shared appreciation of the form and function of mid-century architecture, but because of his keen eye for the smallest details. “We simply like good architecture, no matter the style,” states Scott. If you’re leaning toward modern, however, New Urban Home Builders has the expertise to ensure this more demanding construction style is executed flawlessly. “Typically, our goal on a remote build is to conduct a weekly virtual walk-through with our clients to help them understand and gauge progress,” shared Scott. “We also use Buildertrend construction management software which gives our clients access to a portal where
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they can see things like pictures, schedules, budgets, and change orders. For local clients, we have standing weekly meetings to keep open communication and to help manage expectations. In this instance, we had a very involved design team; so Morgan in Dallas and Jeff led the client communication.”
“What’s important to us is to build good architecture with sound engineering.” – Scott Branc, New Urban Home Builders
As a former engineer, Scott engages in creative problem-solving to resolve challenging structural issues that may affect a solid, well-built home. Scott explains, “The simple and clean attributes of mid-century architecture actually demand much
more detail work and precision. Everything from foundation and framing all the way through construction has to be carefully thought through in advance because some components might need to be incorporated into the framing of the house, where in normal situations you would tackle those details after drywall and trim.” The team collaborated best in tandem with the homeowner’s working familiarity with Morgan Farrow of the Dallas, Texas-based Morgan Farrow Interiors. This full-service interior design firm was instrumental in complementing the home’s suitably minimalist vibe. The land surrounding Gull Lake is mostly loamy peat and silt formed from glacial outwash which tested Scott’s engineering prowess. With its wide expanse of windows, beams, and open floor plan, the structural members or load-bearing components necessitated careful consideration. The main house is cradled atop 118 helical piers; steel screws that auger into undesirable soil–in this instance about 30 feet deep–until they reach the correct torque below. The piers transfer structural load into a lower layer of secure, stable material. Additionally, the height of its crawl space was carefully calculated to keep the home above the water table while simultaneously as low to the ground as possible for aesthetic purposes. Cantilevered roof lines allow for high windows to maximize natural light. Jeff elaborates, “Stylistically, with so much roof, I wanted only the sleek silhouette of the roof to be the empha-
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The design of the front entrance was pulled forward creating its own roof line to set the tone for entering the home. The extensive landscaping by Rooks envelopes the entire site with an artistic mastery that is a true extension of the home design. An 8-foot-tall, white oak front door was custom-built by R & J Raven of Grand Rapids and features an oversized handle, significant to the design. The detached guest house was originally a garage that was renovated to have a bedroom, kitchenette, and a bocce ball court.
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sis, so what you see from the entrance or lake is a series of angles all slanted in the same direction. On the structure, oversized beams extend from the exterior all the way through the house running front to back.” These strong lines become especially striking at night with this home’s transparency. Jeff pulled the front entrance forward and created its own roof line to set the tone for entering the home. Tongue and groove cedar soffit also flows uninterrupted through the main floor ceilings continuing outside the back roof soffit. Honoring the mid-century style, Scott didn’t want to trim the ceiling around beams that double as a structural roof system plus interior design element. He worked out a way to slide the ceiling over the top of the beam; yet another example of the importance of creative teamwork honoring architectural detail. An 8-foot-tall, white oak front door was custom-built by R & J Raven of Grand Rapids. Scott has a long history of using this company as they consistently come through with solid quality and eye-catching, functional hardware. Custom components also require the builder to
Spread out in a linear fashion, the home features three wings of separate spaces for privacy. The adult wing’s sleeping quarters are peaceful sanctuaries, and consist of the homeowner’s and in-law guest suites. The guest suite opens to the front of the home buffered by its own private outdoor fireplace and pergola.
think outside-the-box to install structural door supports and hinges for proper function. The homeowners wanted bullet-proof stained concrete floors with family-friendly radiant floor heat. Installed over a crawlspace that was fully engineered to support the weight, all the ductwork, chases, and plumbing had to be meticulously preplanned prior to pouring four inches of concrete. The double-sided great room fireplace is a true masonry fireplace so Scott had to ensure there were helical piers below to support that weight. He also had to ensure fresh airflow into the fireplace from below. Note that the vertical lines near the top of the fireplace is actually a return air vent for the heating and cooling system that was ingeniously incorporated into the stone so it wouldn’t be distractingly visible elsewhere.
“The path of the sun across the site also helped decide the open front-to-back view. From the main living areas to all the outdoor entertainment spaces, this keeps the family visually connected.” – Jeff Visser, J. Visser Design
The kitchen is built for large-scale entertaining with a speed oven, two wall ovens, and microwave; and separate column freezer, refrigerator, and wine cooler. A graceful walnut waterfall dining bar adds a warm touch to the space. The kitchen sink was custom-crafted out of quartz to be flawlessly incorporated into the countertop. Connecting with nature using multiple outdoor access points is key to mid-century architecture, and this home features a 20-foot bifold steel and glass wall that folds and stacks opening up to the screened-in porch. These doors are far more convenient and practical than conventional sliding doors, and the oversized glass panels create an illusion of space by seamlessly merging the two areas. A steel door closes off the family room from the recreation porch so the bifold doors can be open without affecting the noise levels and temperature of the rest of the home. The second story wing gives children and their guests room to ramble with multiple beds in each room and a double Jack and Jill bathroom set-up. Separated from the great room by an office, the adult wing’s sleeping quarters are peaceful, sound-deadened sanctuaries, and consist of the homeowner’s and in-law guest suites. The home24 | spring 2021
Separated from the great room by an office, the homeowner’s suite is a sound-deadened retreat. The bedroom faces the lake, offering a windowed wall of views. The bathroom features mirrored built-in armoires lining the walls, a floating dual-sink vanity and a massive glass shower from Glass Concepts.
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owner’s suite faces the lake, while the guest suite opens to the front of the home buffered by its own private outdoor fireplace and pergola. The detached guest house was originally a garage that was renovated to have a bedroom, kitchenette, and a bocce ball court. Scott researched the proper materials necessary to construct the level playing field including several dedicated layers of specific materials, and finished with wooden bumpers around the perimeter. Michigan weather dictated hidden drains to properly remove water into a drain tile field. All the stone used in the home is Fond du Lac stone quarried out of Wisconsin. This quality natural material ages beautifully without the need for excessive care and maintenance. Plentiful outdoor amenities make this home the ultimate summer haven including an outdoor shower, fire pit, and swinging daybed for lazy afternoons on the porch. For the fire pit and garden planters, Scott used a technique called board-formed concrete which leaves the grain of the wood supports in the concrete after they’re removed. “Although not necessary, a hardscape detail like this adds texture and an architectural element to the home. By annually awarding homes such as this, Cosmopolitan Home continues to reveal the depth of transformative talent available in West Michigan. From any angle, this home can be appreciated for its iconic lines embracing its natural setting. Recognizing the inspiration of mid-century modern architecture to accomplish this goal, the efforts of Scott Branc, Jeff Visser and Morgan Farrow elevated the construction and design to achieve recognition as “The 2020 Cosmopolitan Home of the Year.” Congratulations to all. ❂
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WEST MICHIGAN shines at the BALA
Best in American Living™ Awards (BALA)
The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) is proud to present: The Best in American Living™ Awards (BALA, the building industry’s premier residential design awards program. BALA spotlights the most creative and talented building industry professionals who have redefined design excellence for homes and communities nationally and internationally. Winning projects showcase what building industry professionals need to know to set their product apart and hit the right mark with today’s highly educated and discerning home buyers. The talent of West Michigan was acknowledged with high honors at the 2020 Awards and Cosmopolitan Home is proud to share some of the local winners. Congratulations to all!
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recognize top design trends
MORE THAN 160 SINGLE-FAMILY, multifamily, interior design, remodeling and community projects were honored at last week’s 2020 Best in American Living™ Awards (BALA) virtual ceremony. The awards are sponsored by Monogram Luxury Appliances, and the media partner is Professional Builder. Judges awarded nine Best in Region, four Of the Year, three Judges’ Discretionary Awards and one “Wow!” award, given to a project with a one-ofa-kind design moment. New categories, including Healthy Homes, showcased the innovation in the industry over the past year. These projects represent the nation’s best in home and community design, interior design and remodeling. BALA winners showcase top design trends that home buyers can expect to see in homes and communities over the next several years, among them: Updates to overall styles. Winners this year proved that modern is dominating, and now often paired with traditional elements to add authenticity to design. Contemporary and transitional designs still wow buyers; both styles are more refined than in years past. Traditional design becomes less fussy and rigid. Mindfulness in architecture and design. Homes and communities showcase new layers and depth to design. Design is purposeful and carefully curated. Authenticity is a primary goal in all aspects of design and achieved through embracing existing landscapes, careful editing and paying attention to materiality, proportions and details.
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Emphasis on streetscapes. Planners, architects and designers showcase a strong understanding on how to design public spaces. Homes feature front-yard gathering spaces to welcome neighbors safely; urban streetscapes prioritize the pedestrian experience over cars. More sophisticated indoor/outdoor connections. Architects and designs are looking for every opportunity to add visual and physical connections to nature. Windows continue to be bigger and more in number; when total windows are limited due to budget, windows are thoughtfully placed to ensure each captures a view, adds natural light and improves the space. Programmed and multifunctional outdoor living. Homes feature multiple outdoor spaces, often creatively layered to respond to changes in weather, gathering size and activity. Multifamily projects are right-sizing balconies for residents to offer personal paradises that are livable and furnishable. Sanctuary spaces. Indoors, buyers crave spaces to decompress and build human connections. “Unplug zones” (no or hidden screens) are becoming popular after much time at home. Owner suites feature spa-like details and finishes. Outdoor living offers cozy and oasislike spaces, like sunken fire pits, old-growth trees and warm materiality.
Home ofﬁces and ﬂex spaces. New and remodeled homes offer at least one home office, often with an option or flex space for two. With more kids doing online schooling, separate work spaces are added adjacent to the kitchen that can be used for virtual school, homework, crafting, home command centers, etc. Architects take advantage of forgotten corners and circulation spaces by creating tucked-away flex areas, like small desk nooks off a hallway. Second (messy) pantries and kitchens. If square footage allows, homes include two kitchens: the primary kitchen for entertaining and a second separate but adjacent kitchen for prep. Back alcoves or spacious pantries offer more work space while solving the problem and mess of fully open kitchens in open plans. Updates to materiality. Varied colors, materials and textures don today’s façades and interiors. Playful materiality and maximalism in multifamily spaces, especially shared spaces, is on the rise. Neutrals, primarily white and gray, are paired with pops of color. The character of natural wood, and pairing of contrasting woods side-by-side, is emphasized; warm and natural tones are embraced.
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NAHB’s BALA winners exemplify the best of the best in national design trends, as identified by the industry-leading BALA judging panel each year. Using these winners and trends, NAHB’s Design Committee hosts an annual Design Trends Roundtable during the International Builders’ Show. Trends are expanded upon, debated and added to, resulting in a comprehensive collection of trends. These trends are subdivided into five main categories: overall design, how we live, architectural features, colors and materials, and design details. Expect to see these trends across the home building industry this year and beyond. You’ll notice throughout the following pages how West Michigan’s winners utilized these trends and are leading the way with timeless design.
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GOLD WINNER One-of-a-Kind Custom Home 2,001 -3,000 square feet Holland, Michigan
Architect/Design | Visbeen Architects Builder | Bouwkamp Builders Interior Design | Cyndy Schurman Interiors
FEATURED SUPPLIERS: The Lighting Corner Sligh Closet & Glass Landscape Design Services
Wayne Visbeen Visbeen Architects
Randy Bouwkamp Bouwkamp Builders
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NESTLED ON A NARROW, corner lot in a historic neighborhood, this home is a modern farmhouse representation of its surrounding context. Queen Anne and Craftsman style elements are evident in the classic bungalowinspired porch and prominent gables located on the side of the home, which reflect local architectural vernacular. Its site opens out to a green park from the front porch, complete with a bellcurved feature, and is hemmed in on the side by the street and a shared alley at the rear.
TREND RECOGNITION Crisp Colors and Warm Woods Fresh and clean interiors are the name of the game. More designers are pairing otherwise “stark” or “cool” palettes with warm wood tones — either real wood or manmade — to create a look that is both dramatic, yet homey; highend, yet comfy.
The interior is delineated with entertaining and public spaces on the main level and private areas, such as bedrooms and a primary suite, tucked into a shed dormer above the front porch. The main level features kitchen, dining area, and living room with traditional fireplace in open concept, made distinctive through decorative beams in the ceiling. The exterior façade also features three types of siding to break up the length of the home at the street where the main level, upper, and gables spaces comprise scaled lap-siding and shake.
FROM THE JUDGES
The judges called this home one of their favorites. “It feels very quaint.”
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TREND RECOGNITION High-Quality Signature Entries In our often car-centric society, residents spend a lot of time coming into their homes through garages. Going forward, expect to see a greater focus on front entries and improved streetscapes. The entry extends behind the front door and includes the entire entry sequence: How will visitors and residents access the home? From traditional and highly ornamented to sleek and modern, the difference between a standard “front door and porch” and a high-quality signature entry is in the details. Would a pop of color or the addition of a new texture add another layer of interest? Is there a way to streamline the design to capture an “urban chic” vibe? What about an interesting way to incorporate the house number into the design, instead of as an afterthought?
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GOLD WINNER One-of-a-Kind Custom Home 3,001 -4,000 square feet Montague, Michigan
Architect/Design | Visbeen Architects Builder | Eximia Homes Interior Design | Portobello Road
FEATURED SUPPLIERS: DeGraaf Interiors Harder & Warner Veldhouse Electric
Wayne Visbeen Visbeen Architects
Andy Ashby Eximia Homes
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THIS CUSTOM, FRENCH COUNTRY-inspired lake house is instilled with a casual elegance, yet has a sense of formality to it with respect to its plan, exterior, and materiality. Envisioned as a semi-rustic, semi-formal home built for entertaining and reflective of a love for architecture, it features an incredible amount of character from the arched, wood garage doors; natural stone chimneys with copper caps; and cupola and copper finial on the exterior; to the exposed brick wall, wooden beams overhead, and high-pitched ceilings that create added volume in the interior.
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Dual, exterior post lights, square-tapered columns, and a bell-curved dormer welcome from the street and upon entry the view is brought through the home to the water beyond, creating a strong sense of relationship to the land. The 4-bedroom, 3 ½ bathroom home is intentionally set into the steep slope of the property, providing a lower-level walk-out on the rear elevation and creating a sense of backyard on the waterfront lot. Designed with the primary suite and guest bedroom flanking the foyer, the home features a connecting study to the primary bedroom that doubles as a sitting room with outdoor balcony.
TREND RECOGNITION Greater Use of Wood Wood is very clearly not an “accent” to other materials. Instead, it takes center stage in many instances, from floors and ceilings to cabinets and siding. In past years, designers have sometimes opted to paint or treat wood, but current designs show wood to mostly be incorporated in its natural state and color. Cosmopolitan Home Grand Rapids | 51
TREND RECOGNITION Nontraditional Storage Solutions All kitchens must come with upper cabinets, right? Wrong. Maybe as residents hope to declutter, so, too, does their storage. Instead of traditional cabinetry, designers will opt for shelving, both as a storage solution and as a design element. Another trend is a mix of open and traditional cabinetry for uppers, for practical storage reasons. In kitchens with open shelving and low-to-no upper cabinetry, the secondary/prep kitchen is often home to more cabinets/storage areas.
FROM THE JUDGES
The judges praised the interiors.
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PLATINUM WINNER REMODEL OF THE YEAR Best in Region—Midwest East Grand Rapids, Michigan
Architect/Design | J Visser Design Builder | MVM Builders Developer | REINVENT Landscape Architect/Design | Rooks Landscaping Interior Design | Rock Kauffman Design FEATURED SUPPLIERS: Philip Elenbaas Millwork
Rock Kauffman Rock Kauffman Design REINVENT
Jeff Visser J Visser Design
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The judges praised the home’s good exterior bones and how the renovation elevated the design and finishes.
IF THIS STUNNING HOME looks familiar, it’s most likely because it also received the 2018 Cosmopolitan Home of the Year award. We’re not surprised it was also awarded a BALA. In an area where land value heavily outweighs appreciation of the past, this post-and-beam mid-century modern home was destined to be razed. The tightly formatted four-bedroom lake home sits on a relatively flat lakeside lot. Sitting just above water level, an all-glass south façade provided unforgettable summers — and extremely problematic winters. With a high water table, a slab on grade floor, outdated single-pane picture frame windows, and strong Michigan winters, the underutilized
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floor plan no longer worked for today’s lifestyle and turned into a summer retreat. A complete renovation and addition provided full-year functionality while preserving the aesthetic and tradition of the mid-century home. A 1,149-square foot addition to the footprint allowed for an enlarged primary suite, relocation of bedroom 2 into existing garage space, a revamped entertaining kitchen and butler kitchen, and a new three-stall garage. All ceilings remained exposed by creating a new raised floor, with crawl space, to resolve water table issues and allow a new in-floor HVAC system.
TREND RECOGNITION What’s Old is New Again A renewed focus on genuine sense of place makes adaptive reuse and historic preservation projects a priority. By focusing on what came before, designers can build on history instead of starting over, and residents will feel more connected to the place they now call home. Through preservation and adaptive reuse, builders and designers can capture parts of our heritage. It all boils down to this: Why get rid of a sense of place, when it’s already there?
TREND RECOGNITION Sophisticated Indoor/ Outdoor Connections Having indoor/outdoor connections in a design enhances livability and provides a great amenity to future residents. With new technologies and increased availability of glass walls, pocket doors, and large windows, new and remodeled homes alike are benefiting from seamless indoor/ outdoor connections, both visually and physically. Even on tight lots, architects are finding design solutions to ensure every home has a view of or access to outdoor living.
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PARADE of Homes HOME 7, BY DAN VIS BUILDERS
And the People’s Choice Awards THE SPRING PARADE OF HOMES is back and hasn’t missed a beat. It’s still the best way to see the latest design innovations and ideas for your home. If you’re looking to build, to buy, or, just searching for inspiration, the Parade is a fun way to see first hand the best design and craftsmanship that goes into creating a home. You’ll view the finest architecture, interior design and landscape designs all while discovering the latest trends, must-haves and smart solutions for your home. Presented by the Home & Building Association of Greater Grand Rapids, the Spring Parade of Homes is a 60-year tradition not to be missed. Cosmopolitan Home is proud to present the second People’s Choice Awards, where you get to vote for your favorite homes in five different catagories: Best Exterior, Best Interior, Best Site Harmony, Best Kitchen, Best Over-All Home. The voting begins mid-June and the following pages represent the homes you have to see on this year’s Parade as they are the contenders. You’ll be inspired by the wealth of refreshing ideas, innovative products and flawless, custom work on display. And, stay tuned for voting instructions on our Facebook page. Good luck to all! When June 4 - 12 Event hours Fridays & Saturdays: 1-9 p.m. Monday - Thursday: 4 - 9p.m. Ticket prices General Ticket: $15 at homes, $10 at Lake Michigan Credit Union locations Children 12 and under: Free Tickets and free maps are available at all the Parade Homes. Virtual Tours paradeofhomes.mygrhome.com
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HOME 31 ADA 2757 Meadow Crossing Drive Ada, MI 49301
INCLUDES Square Feet: 3,780 Bedrooms: 5 Bathrooms: 4 Price Range: Contact Builder OVERVIEW Lown Homes welcomes you to our 2021 Spring Parade Home, located in Maple Ridge Ravine. This two-story home was crafted with exceptional quality and intentional design for an open concept feel. Experience our passion for craftsmanship and attention to detail together with the following features: • Spacious main floor living area with a large picture window, rich stained open shelving, and a gorgeous stone fireplace. • Spectacular outdoor living amenities featuring a screened-in porch, spacious patio, and inground swimming pool • Main floor master suite features dual vanities, trey ceiling, a free-standing tub, and a large walkin closet with personalized cabinetry • Custom cabinetry throughout, featuring the mudroom with bench and built- in cubbies for the family, ceiling details in several rooms, and many other details you come to expect from the Lown Homes Carpentry Team.
DIRECTIONS 196 East to M21 East to Headley St, South through Ada on Thornapple River Dr, South on Buttrick East on 28th St to Meadow Crossing on North Side of 28th St.
LOWN HOMES At Lown Homes, we have a passion for Custom Building and Remodels, an extensive background specializing in custom carpentry.
Josh Lown email@example.com 616.366.3436 lownhomes.com
POOLS 616.698.7242 www.zylstradoor.com
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HOME 13 BYRON CENTER 4668 76th Street Byron Center, MI 49315
INCLUDES Square Feet: 4,645 Bedrooms: 5 Bathrooms: 5 Price Range: $1 Million plus
DIRECTIONS From Grand Rapids: Take 131 South to M-6 West (Exit 77) to Wilson Avenue (Exit #3). Turn Left on Wilson Avenue and head South to 76th Street. Turn Right and head West on 76th Street to 4668 76th Street SW, Byron Center, MI 49315
CELEBRITY BUILDERS, LLC For nearly two decades the Celebrity Builders Team has been perfecting and refining our process to give you the dream custom home you have always wanted. Here at Celebrity Builders, our attention to detail and beautiful craftsmanship goes unmatched — we expect excellence — and yet there is much more to this team than meets the eye. Whether you are looking for a space to entertain, a private oasis, or have no idea where to start, our commitment is to make your idea a reality. We treat your home as our own, and by choosing to build with us you are becoming part of our family; one that values relationships, communication, and makes the building process fun, easy, and memorable.
OVERVIEW This beautiful Custom Home by Celebrity Builders is truly a classic farmhouse oasis. Upon pulling into the property you cannot help but envision enjoying a spectacular Michigan sunset from the front porch as golden hues dance below the tree line. Approaching the house you are greeted with a contrasting Barn capable of housing anything from campers, a wood shop, hunting supplies — you name it. As you step out of your car, you will stroll up to the front porch where the true beauty of CVI Design comes into realization. Open the front door and the vertical shiplap paneling gives way to a beautiful great room complete with a 12-foot ceiling showcasing rift white oak beams, an authentic barn beam mantel, and built-ins on either side of a fireplace. Take a left and you enter the open-concept and spacious kitchen and dining room. Whether it is the rift white oak custom inset cabinets throughout, the walk-in pantry, or the accompanying dining room prep area, the intricate craftsmanship is on full display. Walk into the spectacular back screen porch and the sloped stained wood ceilings complement a second fireplace, perfect for enjoying the surrounding beauty of the property. The rest of the 2144 sq. ft. main floor also features a locker area, a uniquely planned home office, and a master suite. Head upstairs and you’ll notice the open stairway with metal spindles leading to three bedrooms and two baths. Retreat back down to the lower level and the custombuilt entertainment center, large family room, fifth bedroom, and bath, as well as a workout room with a connected cedar sauna, will leave you speechless. This 2021 Spring Parade Home by Celebrity Builders is definitely one you will not want to miss!
Troy DeHoop 616.299.2178 Rob Vis 616.291.1808 firstname.lastname@example.org celebritybuildersllc.com
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HOME 7 CALEDONIA 2627 84th Street SE Caledonia, MI 49316
INCLUDES Square Feet: 4,484 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 3 full, 1 half Price Range: Contact Builder OVERVIEW Dan Vis Builders is excited to showcase another stunning custom home. Various textures, vibrant colors, interesting patterns, and fun vintage details all intermingle creating an eclectic space that sparks your curiosity about what will be around every corner. Combining playful and dramatic materials with functional design elements make this home the perfect space to raise your family or to entertain any size gathering. The stunning custom kitchen with butler’s pantry not only opens to a spacious living room with a stone fireplace and vaulted ceilings but spills out to a covered deck and gorgeous in-ground pool and patio. This home invites you to enjoy the best of life!
DIRECTIONS South on Kalamazoo Ave to 84th St, Turn left (East) on 84th past Breton Ave, Home is on North side of 84th just past Breton Ave.
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DAN VIS BUILDERS When choosing a Grand Rapids custom homebuilder; quality craftsmanship, precise attention to detail, and excellent customer service should rank at the top of your wish list. These same attributes continue to set Dan Vis Builders apart from other custom home builders in Michigan.
Dan Vis email@example.com 616.293.3597 danvisbuilders.com
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HOME V2 Virtual Tour
INCLUDES Square Feet: 7,100 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 4 Full, 1 half Price Range: Contact Builder OVERVIEW This amazing lakefront home is truly breathtaking! Take your time and enjoy the virtual tour of this completely custom home. This home was designed to perfectly fit the needs of this family while making the most of the lake views.
DIRECTIONS Virtual tours may be viewed online at: paradeofhomes.mygrhome.com
• Stunning kitchen with double islands, custom cabinets, amazing pantry, and coffee bar • Screen porch with a fireplace, heated floors, and beautiful view of the lake and pool • A perfect lower level for entertaining with a kitchenette, game room, craft room, and wood-burning fireplace with custom surround
SHERWOOD CUSTOM HOMES At Sherwood Custom Homes every home is built and designed by us with no wasted space and using the highest grade materials. Utilizing our sister- company Houtnerf Cabinet Co, all of our cabinetry and woodworking is custom made. We take pride in the detail and quality of our work. Our staff and our contractors are dependable, honest, and communication-focused. We are just the right size to meet every need and keep the customer involved throughout the entire project.
• Inset brick flooring in the front and back entries • Impressive master suite complete with his and her custom closets, large tile shower, and sitting room attached • Custom Metal railings on a beautiful open stairway
Jeff Sherwood Jeff@sherwoodcustomhomes.com 616.891.1865 sherwoodcustomhomes.com
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INCLUDES Square Feet: 3,605 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 6 Price Range: $1 Million plus OVERVIEW The Glendalough showcases simple but edgy design aspects, blended with a transitional presentation in a historical cottage development setting. The Glendalough Lake Home was designed and built for a couple just new to their retirement years. Holland, MI was the end of their search for a retirement destination in a lakeside infill development within a historic resort area. The small cluster lots led to some interesting design/construction challenges. Creating 3600+ Sq.Ft of lake home vertically instead of horizontally led to creative uses of materials in order to adhere within the setbacks and height encroachments. Blending modern materials with hints of yesteryear, cottage construction aspects took some forethought, but with two great clients to work with, both interior and exterior designers on board, and our ample construction team we were able to mesh the two seamlessly.
DIRECTIONS Virtual tours may be viewed online at: paradeofhomes.mygrhome.com
Creekside Companies has over 25 years of awardwinning expertise in renovations & custom home Probably one of the most talked-about and soothing spaces to relax is the 4th floor covered patio. The building along with professional real estate. views at this level are incredible. The motorized screens, the tile floor, the countertop bar with awning win- Serving the greater West Michigan area, delivering dow, and recessed ceiling heaters provide this space with every need and every event mother nature sends. the best design, building & remodeling experience possible with our excellent craftsmanship and The entire home was constructed with an “aging in place design” as it is zero-step from the garage functional design. entry to every floor via the elevator as well as all the shower spaces. Pictures attest to the success...
Doug Butterworth firstname.lastname@example.org 616.669.7673 creeksidecompanies.com
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HOME 26 ROCKFORD 7570 Sunfish Woods Court Rockford, MI 49341
INCLUDES Square Feet: 7,570 Bedrooms: 5 Bathrooms: 3 full, 1 half Price Range: Contact Builder DIRECTIONS 131 North to West River Dr. exit 91, turn left onto West River Dr, continue onto Cannonsburg Rd for approximately 5 miles. Turn left onto Sunfish Lake Ave. Take the 3rd left onto Sunfish Woods Ct. The home will be on your left.
OVERVIEW The Muston Construction team is excited to showcase this eclectic modern home in the 2021 Spring Parade of Homes. You will find custom cabinetry, hidden pantry, beautiful tile work incorporating Terrazzo tile, Walnut trim details and built-ins throughout, bonus room on the upper level overlooking the 2-story great room, polished concrete floors in the basement with in-floor heat, 2-story black brick fireplace with special Walnut features, and a unique bookcase with a secret passage to a storage room. Check out our Facebook and Instagram pages for a look at more houses we have built!
MUSTON CONSTRUCTION The homes we build bear our name because we believe our most valuable asset is our reputation. Our customer’s satisfaction is our highest aim. Our goal is to build homes you will love coming home to.
Phil and Myeeda Muston email@example.com 616.887.9088 mustonconstruction.com
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HOME 32 ADA 2985 West Locust Lane Ada, MI 49301
INCLUDES Square Feet: 4,290 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 2 full, 2 half Price Range: Contact Builder OVERVIEW This contemporary home is located in the exclusive Bruce Heys Builders’ Kennett Square development. A custom walk-out ranch home sits in a beautifully wooded lot that opens to a peaceful natural pond. The home is a clean contemporary style with breathtaking views from every room. Featured in this home are amazing customs from stunning cabinetry, elegantly designed doors, an incredible contemporary stairway system and many more Bruce Heys Builders state-of-the-art home solutions. Check out this beautiful home to experience what a truly custom home can be!
DIRECTIONS From Buttrick and 28th Street intersection, turn east on 28th Street for roughly 1.2 miles to Kennett Square Development, on the south side of 28th Street. Turn right into the development on to West Locust Lane. Home is the first driveway on the right. Parking is along West Locust Lane.
BRUCE HEYS BUILDERS Bruce Heys Builders has been building relationships in West Michigan for over 20 years. We are committed to redefining the standard for your custom building and renovation experience. Call us to learn how we can help build your dreams.
Bruce Heys firstname.lastname@example.org 616.682.0592 heysbuilders.com
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HOME 27 ADA 4494 Giles Ave. NE Ada, MI 49301
INCLUDES Square Feet: 2,811 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 2 full, 1 half Price Range: Contact Builder
DIRECTIONS Follow US-131 N, W River Dr. NE/West River Dr. NE and Cannonsburg Rd NE to Giles Ave NE in Cannon Township
OVERVIEW JDH Custom Homes welcomes you to view this urban beauty cast in a serene rural setting. This home features modern, timeless amenities that are a must-see. The exterior is a show-stopping newly released exterior siding with stone elements. The interior presents dramatic wall features and lighting. We cannot wait to welcome you to what is next.
JDH CUSTOM HOMES Josh Hankamp, Owner of JDH Custom Homes, has been in the building industry for 20 years. JDH Custom Homes is a small company with a personal feel that focuses on making Homeowners’ dreams a reality. JDH is not a production home builder; everything his team does is 100 percent custom. They love to use top-of-the-line, energyefficient, and stylish materials while meeting personalized needs and desires. JDH is the perfect choice for your custom dream home.
Josh Hankamp email@example.com 616.889.9394 jdhcustomhomes.com
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HOME 33 CASCADE 7455 Cascade Rd. SE Grand Rapids, MI 49546
OVERVIEW This custom contemporary home sits on 1.2 acres in Cascade. The home features beautiful black walnut flooring throughout the main floor as well as 10’ ceilings with 8’ doors. The stairway features custom floating walnut treads and metal fabricated railings. Designed with a modern James Hardie panel and EasyTrim siding system with accents of stone and black walnut on the front elevation. This home has 5 bedrooms and 3 full baths, as well as a laundry room on the main and upper levels. The oversized 3 stall garage includes 2 outlets for charging electric vehicles. In the kitchen, you’ll find a 48” pro range, cabinet face column fridge and freezer, as well as a walk-in pantry. Walking into the master bathroom you’ll find a 10’ custom black walnut vanity, a large soaker tub, and a huge walk-in shower. You won’t want to miss your chance to check us out!
INCLUDES Square Feet: 3,539 Bedrooms: 5 Bathrooms: 3 Price Range: $900,000 - $1 Million Home is For Sale
DIRECTIONS East side of Cascade Rd SE, North of 36th
ELYSIAN BUILDERS’ Elysian Builders believes that building your home should be a bliss-filled, delightful experience. While building a home may seem overwhelming, we try to make the process as seamless as possible from beginning to end. Working closely with our subcontractors and designer from start to finish to meet your needs, makes this a reality.
Jordan Hilbrand firstname.lastname@example.org 616.893.9718 homesbyelysian.com
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The best of the best from the 2021 Spring Parade of Homes pictured below want your vote ... Celebrity Builders, Home 13 Muston Construction, Home 26
Creekside Companies, Home V
JDH Custom Homes, Home 27
Lown Homes, Home 31 Bruce Heys Builders, Home 32
Sherwood Custom Homes, Home V2 Elysian Builders, Home 33
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