Favorite Quotes

"All of man's works intrude upon nature - It is man's obligation to intrude harmoniously."

Alden B. Dow, c. 1958

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Sunday, March 23, 2014

The "Oak Savanna" Project Under Construction

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.
  • 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

Preview of the "Nest" Living Building Challenge Site Rendering

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

Preview of the "Nest" Living Building Challenge House Rendering

Copyright 2013 Image Design, LLC
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

Glenn Retreat Project on West Michigan LEED for Homes Tour

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!

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Indiegogo Site for "The Nest Living Building Challenge" House Goes Live

Please check out the Indiegogo site for "The Nest Living Building Challenge" project house. The homeowner are helping to raise money for this one of a kind project to be built here in the Baxter Neighborhood in Grand Rapids. Please watch the video at the link below and if you can find it in your hearts please donate to this awesome couple.



Saturday, September 07, 2013

Homes for Hope to build the "Home for a Hero" and the "Nest House" projects.

  We are proud to have teamed up with "Homes of Hope" a new non-profit organization dedicated to changing people’s lives through the building of new homes & restoring neighborhoods while offering a blueprint for success in life’s journey. We are in the process of design for their first two project. The first project is called a "Home for a Hero" which is a home being built to LEED for Homes, Passive House and ZeroStep certifications. This home will be give to a local disabled veteran and their family and will be built in 6 days!!!! in the Wealthy Heights Historical Neighborhood. The second project is called the "Nest House" (named after the Sociable Weaver Bird) which is a home being built to Living Building Challenge, LEED for Homes, Passive House and ZeroStep certifications. This will be one of the greenest homes in the Nation when finished. This home is being built next to the Treehouse Community Garden in the Baxter Neighborhood.  Please watch the videos below and if you can find it in your hearts to volunteer or make a donation to Homes of Hope (See the Address Below) to help these two amazing projects happen please let me know.

P.O. Box 68482
Grand Rapids, MI 49516-8482
Email: homesofhopemi@gmail.com

Two Image Design Project's Achieve LEED for Homes "Platinum" Certification

319 Freyling Place SE
Our projects at 319 & 327 Freyling Place in Grand Rapids both achieved LEED for Homes "Platinum" Certification. These project were designed for Habitat for Humanity of Kent County and are in the Historical Wealthy Heights neighborhood in Grand Rapids. To date wee have designed 4 LEED for Homes "Platinum" and 6 LEED for Homes "Gold" projects for Habitat. We are looking forward to working with Habitat on several new projects coming up.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Mi GreenStar - Michigan New Green Remodeling Certification Program

Today I went through the pilot training for the new Mi GreenStar Green Certification Program training. As the Vice-President of the Alliance for Environmental Sustainability (AES) we are proud to bring Minnesota GreenStar (MNGS) Green Remodeling Certification program to Michigan.  With over 120 million existing homes responsible for 21 percent of the U.S’s energy use and Americans spending 90 percent of their time indoors in often unhealthy environments, the partnership’s efforts will focus on educating occupants and remodelers on improving the five key categories of existing homes; Energy Efficiency, Indoor Environmental Quality, Water Conservation, Site & Community Impact and Resource Efficiency. This is a holistic program that views the home and lot has an interactive system.

The GreenStar Remodeling certification works for remodels of virtually all sizes and types, making certification of those projects meaningful and attainable. We are hoping to be taking a Image Design remodel project through the Mi GreenStar Pilot program, please stay tuned for more information.