MLive: This super-efficient home blends mid-century modern architecture


Thanks to MLive and Jim Harger for another great article!

EAST GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Architect Evan Mathison and builder Matt Reinsma have combined the best of mid-century modern design and the latest in energy efficiency in the home they created for Todd and Kelli Mulderink.

The decor may hearken back to the 1950s, but the methods and materials used to build the five-bedroom house are among latest advancements in sustainable design.

Triple-paned windows and doors were imported from Europe and feature sophisticated locks and jambs designed to keep out the cold, heat and moisture.

The floors are heated with a state-of-the-art heat pumps that draw heat from the outdoor air. The walls and ceilings are built with structural insulated panels.

When they were hired, Mathison and Reinsma said they struggled with ways to retain the original 62-year-old home’s character and update it to suit the Mulderinks’ preference for mid-century modern design.

In the end, they decided it would be easier to build a new home and build it to fit into the upscale neighborhood, that includes eclectic modern houses, traditional colonials and newer traditional homes.

“They wanted it to look like it’s always been here,” said Riensma, owner of Bespoke Homes.

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