Regional Feature: Conquest Builders

A complete, down-to-the-studs remodel and addition by Conquest Builders, the home went from a dark and closed-off three-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bath weekend cottage to an open and welcoming five-bedroom, four-and-a-half-bath haven for family and friends to gather.

Travel Belize

Belize has it all. For the adventurer, wild jungles and underwater caves abound. Beach bums can relax on miles of pristine coastline and enjoy some of the best snorkeling in the world. History buffs revel in the Mayan ruins. There’s fishing, flavorful food, and friendly people.

Happy Campers

There’s a Yale psychology class that was the most popular course ever.  It's called “The Science of Well-Being,” and it is a class designed to teach people how to be happy. It turns out that what we think of as “success” – having money, working hard enough, being smart enough to get into an elite Ivy League school, and prestige – isn’t enough. Americans are feeling more unsatisfied and unhappy than ever. In fact, we’re 18th in the world on the U.N.’s “World Happiness Report.”

Regional Feature: The Shinola Hotel

Located on storied Woodward Avenue, the Shinola Hotel renovated two historic buildings -- the old T.B. Rayl & Co. sporting goods and hardware store and a former Singer sewing machine store -- and built three new ones with a nod to the architecture of Detroit’s past.

Regional Feature: Endura Performance Homes

They say that true beauty shines from within, and Ryan McCoon of Endura Performance Homes certainly holds that to be true. When he talks about this stunning 3,308-square-foot home that won Judge’s Choice Best Overall in the Parade of Homes, he always reverts to his passion: energy efficiency and a healthy home.

Regional Feature: AVB

Master Builder Jack Gesmundo of AVB had one objective: design and build a lakeside cottage that takes advantage of 140 feet of lake frontage and unbeatable views of Gull Lake while maintaining the quality and workmanship that AVB is known for. Mission complete.

Regional Feature: DLH Builders

This is something Ryan Hill of DLH Builders gives a lot of thought to. “Placement is just as important as the structure because the beauty of the property adds to the beauty of the home. I pride myself on protecting the integrity of Torch Lake because I love it.” 

Regional Feature: Lakeview Builders

Denny Brya of Lakeview Builders has just completed two of the homes, and they are, well, heavenly. “The Ridge brings a metropolitan neighborhood to the Bay Harbor community, with proximity to social gatherings, shopping, and dining in the Village,” Brya says.

Game Day Ready

For family men, especially - but, really, for any sports enthusiast - having a space all your own, decorated exactly the way you want it, doesn’t happen very often. But it’s good to have a place to unwind, somewhere you can relax and hang with friends and family. Keep reading for tips on how to make the ultimate space ready to host your game-day activities.

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