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.
If you could illuminate your home with cascading fragments of prismatic light, why wouldn’t you? Stained glass windows aren’t just for cathedrals anymore! Glasswork adds a classic flair to interior design and becomes a conversation piece, but most importantly, it is a novel home element that cannot be replicated. A great deal of craftsmanship went into the ornate details of old houses, and perhaps it’s time we brought that practice back.
To the uninitiated, a museum dedicated to displaying miniature works might conjure up ideas of doll houses, antiquated toys, and travel trinkets. Instead, the Midwest Miniatures Museum is home to innumerable, interesting exhibits, all exquisitely crafted and replicated in every detail.
“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.”
Creating a modern contemporary home that seamlessly blends into a wooded setting might prove to be a challenge for any other contractor, but not for the team at Schippers Construction.
Senior Neighbors, an agency that operates out of Grand Rapids and in four other locations throughout Kent County, has developed dynamic programming to enhance the lives of those who participate in the organization.
Eight B&Bs are presenting a Christmas Cookie Tour this year, where guests are invited to visit the region in the quiet of winter (the “calm”), to tour the festively decorated inns (the “bright”), and to enjoy an assortment of scrumptious cookies (the “delicious,” obviously!).
Nestled along the Grand River in West Michigan, in a quiet corner east of Grand Rapids, lies a little town with a big future.
Looking for a spot to vacation and eventually retire, they found their getaway on two acres in Saugatuck.
Gather a team for Snowball Softball at Huff Park in Grand Rapids in February, part of the Meijer State Games competition.