Monday, January 19, 2015


Image Design, LLC of Grand Rapids Receives
Best Of Houzz 2015 Awards

Over 25 Million Monthly Unique Users Rated Top-Rated Home Building,
Remodeling and Design Professionals in the United States and Around the World

Grand Rapids, Michigan, January 19, 2015Image Design, LLC of Grand Rapids, has been awarded “Best Of Houzz” for Design & Customer Satisfaction by Houzz, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. The national award winning residential design firm was chosen by the more than 25 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community from among more than 500,000 active home building, remodeling and design industry professionals.

The Best Of Houzz award is given in two categories: Design and Customer Satisfaction. Design award winners’ work was the most popular among the more than 25 million monthly users on Houzz, known as “Houzzers.” Customer Satisfaction honors are determined by a variety of factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2014. Winners will receive a “Best Of Houzz 2015” badge on their profiles, helping Houzz users around the world who discover and love a professional’s work to learn even more about that business’ popularity and satisfaction rating among their peers in the Houzz community.

“We are very honored to be recognized by the online community at Houzz.com for our work in the design arena. Thank you very much.” – Eric A. Hughes, President at Image Design, LLC

“Houzz provides homeowners with a 360 degree view of home building, remodeling and design industry professionals, empowering them to engage the right people and products for their project,” said Liza Hausman, vice president of industry marketing for Houzz. “We’re delighted to recognize Eric A. Hughes of Image Design, LLC among our “Best Of” professionals as judged by our community of homeowners and design enthusiasts who are actively remodeling and decorating their homes.”

Follow Image Design, LLC on Houzz http://www.houzz.com/pro/eahughes/image-design-llc

About Image Design, LLC
West Michigan’s LEEDing residential design firm, Image Design, LLC is a nationally recognized Sustainable/Green Residential Design firm based in Grand Rapids. They specialize in designing LEED for Homes, Energy Star and ZeroStep certified homes.

About Houzz
Houzz is the leading platform for home remodeling and design, providing people with everything they need to improve their homes from start to finish - online or from a mobile device. From decorating a room to building a custom home, Houzz connects millions of homeowners, home design enthusiasts and home improvement professionals across the country and around the world. With the largest residential design database in the world and a vibrant community powered by social tools, Houzz is the easiest way for people to find inspiration, get advice, buy products and hire the professionals they need to help turn their ideas into reality. Headquartered in Palo Alto, CA, Houzz also has international offices in London, Berlin and Sydney. For more information, visit www.houzz.com

Friday, January 16, 2015

SEED Studios, LLC is our new internet base house plan company that will be selling the sustainable/green house plans that Eric Hughes of Image Design, LLC has designed. All of the plans that will be sold on this site have achieved LEED for Homes, Energy Star, Zero Step or some other green building certification. The website should go live by the end of next month. with the hopes of adding a new house plan every month there after. Please visit the weblog for more updates

Sustainable & Attainable Homes

Monday, January 12, 2015

Image Design, LLC is now a Kent Career Tech Center Business Partner for their Sustainable Energy System program which is run by Jason Kalis.  As a business partner we'll bring our expertise into the Tech Center to evaluate student work and help keep their programs current.  The Sustainable Energy System program investigate the science and engineering behind emerging technologies in wind, solar, battery and bio-fuels power. Understand the pros and cons of various energy sources and the dynamics that influence national or global energy policy. And prepares their students for new careers in energy generation and distribution at the local or systems level. Please checkout their other programs

Friday, January 09, 2015


This month is National Radon Action Month. At Image Design we are always watching out for you and your loved ones in our designs we always vent for Radon.  Did you know that Radon is actually deadlier than carbon monoxide. List below are some interesting fact you might not know.
  • Breathing home indoor radon causes nearly one hundred times more deaths each year than carbon monoxide poisoning.

  • Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer.

  • Some 20,000 people will die this year due to breathing too much radon without even knowing it.
  • Radon is estimated to be a health risk in as many as one in fifteen homes throughout the country.
  • One in eight homes in Michigan (EPA's map of Michigan radon zones) have elevated levels of radon
Radon is a colorless, odorless, tasteless, invisible radioactive gas that seeps into homes undetected through cracks or openings in the foundation, floor or walls, and can reach harmful levels if trapped indoors. It travels up from underground sources and uranium in the earth’s crust. And can be found in all the county in the state of Michigan see our Radon Map for our state below.
My goal this month is to raise your awareness of Radon and to teach you how we at Image Design take extra steps in our plans to reduce your risks of Radon.
At Image Design we include all these Radon prevention techniques in our sets of plans:
  1. Gas Permeable Layer. This layer is placed beneath the slab or flooring system to allow the soil gas to move freely underneath the house. In many cases, the material used is a 4-inch layer of clean gravel.

  2. Plastic Sheeting. Plastic sheeting is placed on top of the gas permeable layer and under the slab to help prevent the soil gas from entering the home. In crawlspaces, the sheeting is placed over the crawlspace floor.

  3. Sealing and Caulking. All openings in the concrete foundation floor are sealed to reduce soil gas entry into the home.

  4. Vent Pipe. A 3- or 4-inch gas-tight or PVC pipe (commonly used for plumbing) runs from the gas permeable layer through the house to the roof to safely vent radon and other soil gases above the house this system is called Passive Radon Mitigation. If , after your house is complete, a test determines that levels are still too high, you may have to convert to an Active Radon Mitigation System by installing a fan than runs continuously which creates low pressure under the slab and increases the rate of gas evacuation..

  5. Junction Box. An electrical junction box is installed in case an electric venting fan is needed later.
As our nations builders start moving towards Green Building, builders shouldn’t forget that they can’t truly be green without being safe places for people to live.“It’s remarkably easy to protect our loved ones by testing for radon and building new homes with radon–resistant features that allow everyone to breathe freely and safely.” “It’s simple and cost–effective to build new homes with radon–resistant features“It makes sense to do it right from the start.” The radon threat is preventable with the simple steps above. When building new homes, builders can easily and economically include radon–resistant features during construction. The EPA also recommends that new built homes still be test for radon gas before they move in to make sure the radon–resistant features are working.
For more information please visit these web-sites.
www.epa.gov/radon/
www.epa.gov/radon/zonemap/michigan.htm

Friday, January 02, 2015

Image Design Website
We are excited to have our new Image Design, LLC website go live!  We have been working on it for a while now and are excited on how it turned out. We would like to thank Chris Haughey from Mindshare Marketing Group for all of the time and hard work he and his team have put in on our website. I would highly recommend them for all your social media needs. Please keep visiting as we will be continually adding new project.

Friday, December 12, 2014

We are excited the our LEED for Homes Projected "Gold" Oak Savanna project has received a HERS (Home Energy Rating System) score of 45! This is a very good score indeed! This is about as low as current technology can go for efficiency and comfort. To get this score you have about the most efficient HVAC, lowest duct leakage and great windows. The house is well sealed and the very comfortable. To get a lower score on the scale you will need renewable energy, such as solar or wind.
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) reports that a typical resale home scores 130 on the HERS Index, while a typical new home might rate 100. A home with a HERS Index Score of 45 is 55% more energy efficient than that standard new home, and 85% more efficient than a typical resale and has a annual energy savings of $1,616.00.  We would like to thank our HERS rater John Kuiper for doing a thorough job with the Blower Door Test and the Thermal Imaging of the project. We are finalizing the LEED for Homes paperwork and will have the final LEED certification rating shortly.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

We are excited to offer a Christmas Special, we will be offering $250.00 discount (off your initial deposit) for any New client that sign a proposal/agreement from December 1st through December 21st.  Also lock in at our 2014 fee structure before they change for 2015. Hope you all have a Merry Christmas!