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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Friday, September 21, 2012

Image Design a Leader in ICF Designed Homes

"Onekama Hybrid House"
Image Design, LLC a leader in ICF designed homes has now official designed 26 different ICF home in Michigan and as far away as Lake Placid, New York. Our designs have earned 7 LEED for Homes "Platinum"  and 1 LEED for Homes "Gold" certifications along with 9 national ICF awards (see below) making us a leader in the design of ICF homes in Michigan. We are about to launch our new internet based sustainable house plan company called SEED Studio's, LLC which will be selling many of the award winning ICF house plans.

ICFA Awards
2008 ICFA Sustainability "Gold" Award ("Onekama Hybrid House" ICF Home)
2008 ICFA Large Residential "Gold" Award ("Onekama Hybrid House" ICF Home)
2009/2010 ICFA Large Residential "Gold" Award ("Vineyard Project"  ICF Home)
2009/2010 ICFA Small Residential "Gold" Award  ("Granite Hill Project" ICF Home)
2009/2010 ICFA Sustainability "Silver" Award ("Vineyard Project"  ICF Home)
2009/2010 ICFA Sustainability "Bronze" Award ("Granite Hill Project" ICF Home)

ICF Builder Magazine Awards
2008 Best Large ICF Residence Award ("Onekama Hybrid House" ICF Home)

Green Builder Magazine Awards
Green Builder Magazine 2009 Home of the Year Award ("Vineyard Project"  ICF Home)
Green Builder Magazine 2011 Home of the Year Award ("River Escape Project" ICF Home)

Benefits of a ICF Home
  • 30-70% savings in energy consumption and costs (good for your pocketbook and the environment)
  • Tornado, hurricane and earthquake resistant (keeping your family and belongings safe and sound)
  • 75% reduction in outside air infiltration (less dust and allergens)
  • Three times quieter than a wood-frame home
  • Building with ICFs saves at least 10 trees per home
  • ICFs can be used to build virtually any home plan, using any finish - brick, stucco, siding, and more.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

River's Edge Project Update

Perma Log Siding being installed
The projected LEED for Homes "Gold" "River's Edge Project"  in Mio , Michigan is ready for the pre-drywall inspection and is almost done being sided with the Perma Log siding. What is Perma Log? Its a 70 year old company based in Mio that produces cement stucco log siding that will last a lifetime. The metal roof is nearing completion too. Soon all the effort will be moving to the interior of the home. The builder Joel Harner of Let Us, Inc. has a custom cabinet shop that is currently working on custom cabinetry for the home. Watch for future updates on this project.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Have you heard of Houzz.com? It's a great tool for new homeowners

houzz interior design ideasHave you heard of houzz.com? I hadn't until few weeks ago when one of their reps send me a link and asked if we wanted to be a part of it. After spending a few minutes on their site I knew immediately that I'd been introduced to an incredibly powerful marketing tool for our firm.

So what is Houzz all about? 


Houzz is a site for home design enthusiasts, professionals and home owners. The Houzz site features over 693,957 interior and exterior photos, thousands of articles written by design experts to help with the design process. Design professionals can showcase their portfolios and share their work with a community who are interested in home and landscape design.

Homeowners can collect their favorite photos and make "ideabooks" to assist them in finding out what colors, styles and architecture they like. You can upload photos of your homes and gardens, and swap tips and questions with other members. 600,000+ ideabooks have been created by Houzz members, and new ones are added every minute. This site is a gold mine of high quality photos and inspirational ideas. Even if you're not computer proficient they have made the site very user-friendly and fun to use.

If you're interested in doing any type of project big or small and need a few ideas...check out houzz.com.

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http://www.houzz.com/pro/eahughes/image-design-llc
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Thursday, September 06, 2012

LEED Platinum "River Escape" Home Video

Checkout the video of the LEED "Platinum" River Escape home in Stanwood, Michigan produce by the Alliance for Environmental Sustainability (AES) intern from Grand Valley State University (GVSU). The video explains the building science and design process behind one of Michigan's most affordable LEED certified homes.