Regional Feature: Let Us, Inc.

“You need to design a house that works with the land,” Harner said. “Trying to put a house on a lot that doesn’t fit or isn’t suitable for the topography doesn’t always turn out well. Sometimes, you have to modify the house to fit the lot better, and you get an overall better project.

Building Community: The Grand Rapids Children’s Museum

Inside the Grand Rapids Children’s Museum, guests are delighted to find two colorful floors brimming with hands-on interactive exhibits and daily drop-in programs that encourage discovery and learning through play.

Regional Feature: Insignia Homes

Sloping English gardens, Eastern pines, birch, and sugar maples create the perfect landscape for this charming lakefront home on Spring Lake. For award-winning builder David Morren, owner of Insignia Homes, creating the sprawling home on one of Michigan’s most popular all-sports lakes was the perfect project for his talented team.

Building Community: Grant Me Hope

Zeerip founded Grant Me Hope to rescue an often-forgotten group – foster children. They are in the foster care system through no fault of their own and are innocent victims of circumstances beyond their control. Now, these children wait for someone to give them a permanent home and the love that all children deserve.

Regional Feature: Cnossen Construction and 42° North – Architecture + Design

With vision brought to the project by 42° North - Architecture + Design and execution by Cnossen Construction, these homeowners saw their dream of creating a forever home on Cedar Lake in Grand Rapids realized.

Building Community: Comprenew

Michiganders committed to increasing the potential for a sustainable future by decreasing e-waste have a brilliant ally: Comprenew. The nonprofit is dedicated to reducing the threat of electronic waste by recycling and refurbishing it. Comprenew offers affordable refurbished products at three retail locations in West Michigan and has 14 e-waste collection sites throughout the Midwest.

Focus On: Fortino’s General Store

When Fortino’s General Store, located in the middle of Grand Haven’s main shopping district, went on the market in late 2014, the city held its collective breath. People worried about what might become of this beloved institution that had thrived for 103 years and three generations in the same family.

Regional Feature: 42 North Custom Homes

Greg England and Ben Van Dort, co-owners of 42 North Custom Homes in Holland, and developer/designer Dennis Jacobs had a simple goal for their project on Lake Macatawa: to make a splash by razing a traditional 1940s home and replacing it with a three-story Modern Contemporary.

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