When two busy professionals found the perfect property in Saugatuck for their Midwest Modern Cottage, they began carefully sourcing the people who would help them achieve their goals. They contacted luxury design builders Bouwkamp Builders, based in Holland, at the suggestion of very happy customers in the neighborhood.
When the homeowners were looking for an Up North feel in suburban Detroit, they found the perfect spot just minutes outside of downtown Brighton.
“It was a total whim.” That’s how homeowner Pete Sims describes finding the perfect location for his lakefront home. “I found the lot on Zillow while randomly searching waterfront properties,” Sims said. “I found this development and drove up there one day and saw the lot we built on. When my wife Jan came home from work that evening, I told her, ‘Honey, we have to go for a drive.’ She thought I was crazy,” Sims said with a laugh. But after one look, Jan was convinced. “She got out of the car, and her jaw dropped.”
As the founders of Bay Area Contracting and later BAC Design Group, they initially built two homes, one for themselves and one for their parents.
“When you see it from the lake, you ask, ‘Is this a remodel or is it new?’ It is intended to feel old, that it’s been there forever,” said Jim Meathe, owner and builder with Young and Meathe. “An old, inviting cottage. That was the objective of the project.”
When a Chicago couple observed the meticulous craftsmanship of a neighboring condominium renovation on East Bay, they knew they’d found their builder ― Jamie Wilkins, owner of Trillium Shore LLC.
The homeowner envisioned a place where she and her family could enjoy not only basketball but a wide variety of sports ― anything to keep screen time to a minimum and exercise and fun to a maximum. Having worked many times before with Nate and Brett Moeller and their incredibly talented team, these homeowners knew just where to turn to bring their dream to life.
“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.
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.
Friends recommended Jim Matthews of Matthews Construction and project manager Chuck Green, along with interior designer Jana Phillips of Interiors Inc and kitchen designer Jill Brecheisen of Kitchens By Design.