residential architecture

October 25, 2018

Deer Haven House Wins AIA Award

MMA accepts an AIA Grand Rapids residential design award for Deer Haven House.

Each year the AIA recognizes excellence in design from its architectural members. Mathison I Mathison Architects is humbled to accept a residential design award from AIA Grand Rapids for their Deer Haven House project.

October 17, 2018

The Lake Residence: Design Insights

This new family home is located on a beautiful wooded lot that slopes down in two directions to wide, sunset views over the lake.

The family wanted a primary living space on the main or street level that still felt connected to the lake. While decks are a simple solution to adding main-level exterior space on lake-front homes, they often feel like an after-thought, creating a damp shadowy space below, and block daylight to the lower level. This large patio is over lower level living space, so it feels integral to the home and still allows for unhindered light and views at the lower level. The kitchen, sitting, and dining room open directly to the patio with a wide lift-slide door. A gracious stair leads straight to the lakefront below, creating an easy pathway for guests from the entry down and out to the lake.

June 1, 2018

Boston Common Magazine Features Berkshire Residence

Thanks to Boston Common Magazine and writer, Marni Katz for featuring our Berkshire Residence in their May 2018 print edition.

Cabin Fever

How to design a dreamy Berkshires getaway with luxury decor, sweeping views and, above all, coziness.

For five years, a particularly nature-loving Boston family escaped to a one-room cabin in the Housatonic River Valley in Great Barrington. That’s right, one room. Designed by Cambridge architect Maryann Thompson, it was a cozy cabin, resting on a slice of the mountainside and overlooking the valley. Still, it was time for a change. The family wanted to live larger. The goal was to replicate the design and feel of their beloved cabin, but to triple the size. Enter Evan Mathison of Mathison | Mathison Architects, who had assisted Thompson on the cabin and who employed a similar approach for the new, 5,600-square-foot low-slung home. Inspired by the stunning Berkshires landscape, the property follows the contours of the ridgeline; captures spectacular light and views; incorporates a warm materials palette; and blurs the line between indoors and out. Upon entering, visitors…

April 22, 2017

Finished Photography Added to our Lake House Project

Thanks to Bill Lindhout Photography for the beautiful finished photography of our Lake House project.

This evening shot is our favorite.

This modern lake residence is located north of Grand Rapids, Michigan and is perfect for entertaining. The design embraces the narrow lake lot providing privacy but maintaining lake views throughout.

See all images and more information about the project.
February 11, 2017

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.

October 4, 2016

Katie Karczewski: Maintaining Architectural Integrity in East Grand Rapids

Mention the name Katie Karczewski to any recent home buyer in East Grand Rapids and we bet you’ll be met with a knowing smile. She has been a realtor for 30 years, specializing in residential properties in East Grand Rapids. She sat down with us for an MMA team talk recently and shared her professional history and perspectives on the growth in EGR, the trends, and the importance of architectural integrity.

Katie never set out to specialize in one area, but as she stated in our talk, “Your sphere of influence becomes the community where your kids grow up, by default most of my business was happening in East Grand Rapids and that became my specialty,” says Katie. What’s concerning to both Katie and our team at MMA, is the suburban renovation trend happening in different pockets through EGR. “People are paying $300,000 for a home and bulldozing it,” Katie comments, “they are replacing historical residences with cookie cutter “McMansions” without thinking ahead to how this affects the integrity of the community.”

East Grand Rapids is a place full of history, formerly considered a summer resort community. The area began with cottages that were eventually turned into homes. The houses of the 50s and 60s are compartmentalized with formal living rooms, short archways, and low ceilings, but home buyers of today are looking for open spaces with natural light. Both MMA and Katie agree that these mid-century modern homes can and should be renovated to fit…