January 31, 2019

Design Insights: Riverglass House

The family intelligently acquired a piece of property whose natural attributes eclipsed its suburban surroundings. The lot lines create a compressed, modest street presence and then expand in a gesture to the unique pointed setting on the Thornapple River, with a 200 degree water view. The concept of a long, welcoming landscape to a house that re-dramatizes the opening to a river view was foundational for the design process. Thinking about the house as a threshold to the river experience was an organizational tool for the project. A three story central core is a quotation of the outdoors—a large interior void around which all the individual uses of the house are organized. The core welcomes, but also negotiates egress between offset levels on either side. A large semi-public living room with high ceilings and prominent river views couple with the Master suite above to comprise the southern half of the house. Family function is supported to north: an expansive casual living, dining, and kitchen area on the main level, and children’s bedrooms and play area on the second level. At the highest point of the house, the third level provides multi-directional views and is reserved for focused work, reflection, wellness, […]
May 3, 2016

Happy Window Reveal Party at “In Progress” EGR Residence

Happy Window Reveal to one of our special clients whose home construction is moving along in East Grand Rapids.

Their super energy-efficient custom windows arrived on site last week and they were revealed once installed to the pleased birthday girl with a cake designed by Natty Em's Cake Shop to look like the finished house! Matt Reinsma from Bespoke Homes organized the event and is doing an amazing job on the house.

Follow the progress and view photos of a home under construction in East Grand Rapids at the new "In Progress" page.

April 13, 2016

West Michigan Design Week “Look Behind Design” @UICA

We're excited to have our design for the new Gerald R. Ford International Airport Viewing Pavilion and Park on display this week at the UICA for West Michigan Design Week.

Breaking ground this fall, the viewing area outside our airport here in Grand Rapids is a hidden gem being reinvented. For years parents have brought curious children and aviation enthusiasts have enjoyed their lunch hour watching planes come and go at the Gerald R. Ford International Airport from this hidden area just beyond the runway. Starting this fall a new park and pavilion will welcome the community to this unique experience.

The design of the new airport pavilion and park by MMA will be displayed as a model and renderings as part of West Michigan Design Week at the UICA. You're invited to this one week only sneak preview of the project through Sunday, April 17.

Learn more about West Michigan Design Week and get details on the gallery.

March 28, 2016

Newberry Expansion News

Thanks to Jim Harger and MLive for sharing a bit about the Newberry Place expansion we're working on.

"Newberry Place, a 9-year-old co-housing community in the Belknap Lookout neighborhood, is expanding.

The 20-unit community won permission from the city Planning Commission on Thursday, March 24, to build a three-unit townhouse on a vacant lot located east of the development, which was completed in 2008.

The lot at 123 Newberry Street NE became vacant after the community purchased a dilapidated house on the property and had it demolished by the Kent County Land Bank.

Marty Morgan, president of the Newberry Place Condominium Association, said the new townhouse will be built in cooperation with the owners of the three condominiums that will be built in a single townhouse on the lot.

Architect Evan Mathison said two of the three units will be of a "zero-step" design thanks to the sloping lot. One of the units will be accessible from the street level while a second will be accessible from a ramp that leads from the rear of the lot."

February 26, 2016

“Instant Roof” goes up over SIPs

An "instant roof" goes up, according to one of the framers on site. This residential project is taking advantage of the energy efficiency and tight envelope provided by Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs), rigid insulation sandwiched between two structural skin surfaces like Oriented Strand Board (OSB).

The SIPs span glulam beams spaced 8' apart, leaving beautiful exposed beams in the interior living spaces and big overhangs on the exterior. The sides of the home will be conventionally framed, while the SIPs were set on the main house in one day! See more in progress projects

January 27, 2016

Mild Winter Aids Progress!

Construction is well underway at this residence in East Grand Rapids.

The mild winter has been a boon for the construction team outside framing. The angled roof to the left brings down the scale of the garage, while the plywood to the right will get openings for kitchen windows once they arrive on site. The deep beams in the photographs frame openings for large sections of glass. We are excited to see it take shape over the next few months!