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julie christopherson

interior designer



I believe as designers of the built environment it is our responsibility to create spaces that graciously combine beauty without compromising form and function, while fulfilling an enduring committment to sustainability. Attention to detail and tailoring creates beautiful, timeless designs that foster creativity in the users’ everyday lives. I use a collaborative approach with my clients to encourage them to develop their own styles and taste which creates meaningful and lasting relationships. Design is all around us, and as I look to nature for inspiration, it will continue to guide my work throughout my career and life.



1. Residential River House Condominiums 2. Commercial Brody Hall Renovation

3. Healthcare Intrique Medical Center

4. Historic Preservation Mustang Bar Renovation Temple Bldg. Renovation


project river house condominiums

project description to design a penthouse condominium on the 28th floor of the river house building in grand rapids, mi. the goal is to consider downtown residents with a downtown lifestyle and urban, highrise living. the design was created for the eightwest riverhouse condo design challenge competition in november 2010 and was chosen as the winning design.


site analysis

located in downtown grand rapids, Mi, the river house Building is the tallest building in grand rapids and the tallest residential building in the state of Michigan. the building is made up of various sized luxurious condominiums with amazing views of the city. the river house Building is located near many museums, restaurants and medical facilities and features many luxurious amenities including 24-hour security and concierge services.

Mr. and Mrs. smith are a married couple in their late 50s, who are looking to move to downtown grand rapids from a suburban neighborhood outside the city where they are currently living. they have two grown children, a daughter who is a lawyer in the metro detroit area and a son who is in his senior year at an out-of-state university. the smith's are empty nesters and are looking for a new home that will suit their active lifestyle and love for an energetic and eclectic atmosphere- which is why they chose downtown grand rapids. Mr. smith is a retired businessman but still enjoys freelance work on the side. Mrs. smith is actively involved in the grand rapids community and enjoys hosting parties and get-togethers at her home. they have outgrown their suburban home and would like a new, contemporary space that reflects their active lifestyle.

client profile

project river house condominiums

Mission stAteMent our Mission is to creAte A successFul design For riVerhouse condoMiniuM unit 2800 thAt Will stAnd out AgAinst the other design suBMittAls. the currentlY VAcAnt unit Will Be Finished to creAte A luXurious penthouse in An urBAn high-rise Building. eMphAsis Will Be plAced on the incrediBle VieWs oF doWntoWn grAnd rApids. the spAce Will Function For liVing, WorKing And entertAining And Will coMBine luXurious MAteriAls And Finishes to creAte A BeAutiFul interior.


the concept For the design oF the riVerhouse penthouse condoMiniuM is urBAn luXurY And the Motto "liVe, WorK, plAY". the locAtion in the heArt oF doWntoWn grAnd rApids And the BreAthtAKing VieWs Will set the stAge For the spAce plAnning And interior lAYout. the Floor to ceiling curtAin WAll Will serVe As the FrAMe For eAch interior spAce. FunctionAl eleMents Will Be designed For liVing, WorKing, And "plAYing" And entertAining guests. the color pAlette Will coMpliMent the nAturAl colors oF the surrounding lAndscApe. mAteriAl And Furnishings selections Will reFlect the high-end, penthouse liVing liFestYle.


river house condominiums

space planning space program entry: 9' x 13' (117 sf) storage closet: 7' x 8' (56 sf) living: 28' x 13' (364 sf) dining: 10' x 11' (110 sf) kitchen: 32' x 9' (288 sf) office/den: 13' x 11' (143 sf) 2nd bath: 13' x 6' (78 sf) master bdm: 14' x 13' (182 sf) master sitting: 8' x 17' (136 sf) master closet: 6' x 12' (72 sf) master bath: 12' x 15' (180 sf) laundry: 7' x 13' (91 sf) utility: 5' x 6' (30 sf)

jc storage closet




master bath

total: 1847 sf

2nd bath






master closet

master sitting rm.

office/ den


master bdrm.

Floor plAn

project river house condominiums

design solutions: -incorporAtion oF storAge in long cABinet WAll -luXurious MAteriAls And Finishes -stAinless AppliAnces -eXtrA AMMenities: Wine cooler, douBle oVen, second sinK -Wet BAr -ideAl For entertAining

jc Kitchen

project river house condominiums

design solutions: -open layout that includes kitchen/dining/living spaces -takes advantage of views -ideal for entertaining guests -natural light -master suite created furthest from entry -priVAcY -luXurY -clerestorY WindoWs to AlloW nAturAl light into the MAster BAth

jc living/dining entry view

master bath

master bedroom

project river house condominiums

design solutions: -incorporAtion oF storAge in long cABinet WAll in Kitchen -luXurious MAteriAls And Finishes -Wet BAr -ideAl For entertAining -priVAcY in MAster suite -den/oFFice serVes As A FleX spAce For guest BdrM.


master suite & office/den elevation

kitchen elevation

sustainable sites ●● building developed on previously developed land ●● condo located in previously developed building; in dowtown grand rapids within 1/2 mile of basic services and has pedestrian accss ●● project located within 1/4 mile walking distance of 1 or more stops for 2 or more bus lines ●● provide bicycle racks outside main entrance ●● provide preferred parking for low-emitting and fuel efficient vehicles ●● specify vegetated roofs, pervious paving ●● reuse stormwater for nonpotable uses water efficiency ●● use only captured rainwater, reycled wastewater and graywater for irrigation ●● use water-sense certified fixtures, high-efficiency fixtures, composting toilets, on-site sources of water


energy & atmosphere ●● use energy star and high efficient machinery, technical systemns and appliances ●● use photovoltaic grid system in window wall to harness solar energy ●● have the building commissioned

materials & resources ●● recylce 50% of construction materials ●● designate area on site for recycling of construction materials ●● specify materials that contain recycled content ●● specify 20% or more of the materials (based on cost) that have been extracted, harvested or recovered, as well as manufactured within 500 miiles of the project site ●● specify cork and bamboo flooring ●● specify wool carpet ●● specify fsc-certified wood products

indoor environmental quality ●● install co2 and airflow measurement equipment ●● adopt a iaq mgmt. plan to protect hvac system during construction ●● coduct a flush out prior to unit occupancy ●● specify low or no-voc paint ●● specify carpet that is certified under the green label plus program ●● design the space with occupant controls for lighting and hvac ●● building designed to maximize interior daylighting ●● building designed to maximize views of surrounding city innovation in design ●● utilize the knowledge of a leed accredited professional working on the project

goal: leed gold

LEED Considerations

-recycled content

2. terra green ceramic tile

-min. 55% recycled content -leed credit mr 4.1/4.2 for recycled content -leed credit mr 5.1/5.2 for manufacturing less than 500 mile radius

3. ann sacks brushed aluminum tile







-100% recycled aluminum

4. dupont zodiaq quartz

-25% post consumer recycled content -greenguard indoor air quality certified

5. cabinetry

-rapidly renewable resources -recycled content -low voc finish

6. alysedwards glass mosaic tile 7. island stone natural stone pebbles 8. florida tile slate ledger stone 9. electrolux front load washer and dryer -energy star rated

10. kohler toilet -dual flush

11. jenn-air refridgerator -energy star rated

12. ecosmart fireplace -uses bio ethanol; ventless

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materials & furnishings

1. armstrong engineered hardwood flooring

cost estimate appliances & fixtures materials cabinetry doors lighting construction materials

$51,768 $45,686 $45,000 $4,041 $5,206 $12,000

total $163,701

xeriscaping- use native/locally adapted plants and vegetation

specify vegetated roofs; reuse stormwater for nonpotable uses

jc other leed considerations

muse sectional chaise design within reach -manufactured with local and sustainable materials

spring chair modern bamboo -made of bamboo -non-toxic finish -reduced waste during manufacturing

ID Portfolio  

IDES 458 Final Project Portfolio

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