Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Meadow Vista Project in August
Here is a update on our Meadow Vista projects. Our friends at Solar Winds have just installed the 5 Kw solar panel array. Also you can see the James Hardie fiber cement siding has started to go up and the black Jeld-Wen are installed. Stay tuned for more updates.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

A friend of ours has recently opened a custom crafted furniture shop from all reclaimed wood and salvaged materials from Michigan called re.dwell,  There're giving new life to materials that would otherwise be discarded by crafting custom furniture pieces that express hidden potential in each weathered board or rusty piece of iron. The history and character of the materials provides each piece with its own unique look and story. Please if you get a chance checkout their new web-site and/or visit them at the Vintage Street Market at the new Downtown Market on Sundays this summer.

Thursday, May 08, 2014

Odom Reusable Building Material one of our favorite re-use store in Traverse City Michigan, has just opened a Grand Rapids location at 1029 4 Mile Rd NW. If you get a chance visit their new location and see what treasure you can find for your home. Nothing is more sustainable than re-using building material from the past. Below are some of the products our clients have purchase in the past from them for their new homes.

  • Doors.
  • Stain Glass.
  • Claw Foot Tubs.
  • Wall mounted Sinks
  • Doors.
  • Tile Flooring.  
  • Bowling Lanes.
Our Arts & Craft style Meadow Vista Ridge project is under construction in Lowell, Michigan. The home is being built by Rich Bloem of Homes by True North. The home is a "Arts & Style" Home. Some of the key features are.
  • Murus SIP Panel Walls & Roof.
  • Metal Roof.
  • Jeld-Wen Energy Star Windows.
  • James Hardie Cement Board Siding.
  • Lifetime Design Floor Plan.
  • Passive Solar Design.
  • 5 Kw Photovoltaic Panels (Solar Panels)
  • Super Insulated Slab Foundation.
  • Stained Concrete Floors.
  • Radon Venting.
  • Radiant Floor Heat.
  • Generator.
  • Custom Kitchen Cabinets by WoodWays.
Stay tuned for updated photos.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Our projected LEED for Homes "Gold" Oak Savanna project is under construction in Orleans, Michigan (Ionia County). The home is being built by Rich Bloem of Homes by True North .  The home is a Frank Lloyd Wright "Prairie Style" Home. Some of the key features are.
  • BuildBlock ICF Foundation.
  • Murus SIP Panel Walls.
  • Metal Roof.
  • Andersen 400 Series Energy Star Windows.
  • CertianTeed Cement Board Siding.
  • Passive Solar Design.
  • Stained Concrete Floors on Both Floors.
  • Radiant Floor Heat.
  • Mini-Split A/C.
  • Generator.
  • Custom Kitchen Cabinets by WoodWays.
  • Custom Stained Glass by Pristine Glass Company.
  • Restoration of the Oak Savanna Prairie Grass.
Stay tuned for updated photos.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Here is a preview of the Site plan for the "Nest" Living Building Challenge House thanks to Michael Bruggink of Fen View Design, LLC. Below is a list of the key features of the site design.

Key Features
  • Community Garden.
  • Mandala Garden
  • Medicinal Herb Garden
  • Extensive Raised Vegetable Gardens.
  • Fruit Gardens.
  • Grape Vineyard.
  • Fruit Trees.
  • Extensive use of Native Drought Tolerant Plants.
  • Composting Bins.
  • Eco Turf Lawn.
  • Black Water & Gray Water Underground Irrigation System.
  • Crow's Nest Play Area.
  • Garden Shed.
  • Sand Box.
  • Various Sitting Area's

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

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Here is a preview of the "Nest" house which is registered as West Michigan's first Living Building Challenge registered project. This project will also be a LEED for Homes V4 registered project and has also been registered for Passive House and ZeroStep certification besides.
Living Building Challenge Certification require this project to be Zero Energy and Zero Water use and has a Red List of material that cannot be used in the project. Below please find some of the advanced feature of this home.

Key Features

  • Rain Water Harvesting
  • Gray Water & Black Water
  • Passive Solar
  • Solar Hot Water Heating
  • Photovoltaic
  • Greenhouse 
  • Clay Straw Walls
  • Durisol ICF Foundation
  • Hydronic Heating
  • Urban Farming
  • Root Cellar
  • More features to come as the project progresses!
Stay tune for our next blog post it will be on a preview of the "Nest" Living Building Challenge Site Rendering.

Thursday, October 03, 2013

Wish you could tour the LEED for Homes "Platinum" "Glenn Retreat" project ? Now is your chance it is going to be on the first annual West Michigan LEED for Homes Tour on Saturday, November 2nd from 9:00 til 5:00.

Key Features You Can See
  • Geothermal
  • Passive Solar Design.
  • Blackwater  & Graywater Underground Irrigation System.
  • Rain Gardens.
  • Edible Forest Gardens.
  • Native Wildflower and Prairie Grass Landscaping.
  • Extensive use of Native Drought Tolerant Plants.
  • Eco Turf Grass.
  • WaterSense Toilet and Fixtures.
  • Concrete Countertops and Sink.
  • Re-Use Products.
Below please find some more link on this amazing project.

Watch a two part video on the Glenn Retreat Project.

See More Pictures and Details of the Glenn Retreat on Houzz.

Read the Glenn Retreat Project Profile.

Read a Article on the Glenn Retreat innovative Blackwater  Design Features.

Hope to see you there!