sustainability

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.

September 12, 2016

Talking about Sustainable Design with Eric Hughes of Image Design

Whether the project is commercial, residential or institutional, there is growing interest and passion about green, sustainable, energy-conscious design strategies.  For MMA, our clients are drawn to projects that are not only modern, but also connected to and responsible for the natural environment and healthy, livable communities. 

Our focus on sustainability is shared by fellow-architect and MMA friend Eric Hughes of Image Design, who joined us for an open in-house discussion about the importance of sustainable design and practical applications for achieving energy-efficiency in every project.

September 6, 2016

Hudson Valley Residence Project Design

Our "In-Progress Work" page is being continuously updated with residential, commercial, civic and educational projects that we are currently working on.

Most recently we added a Hudson Valley Residence project. Located in Craryville, NY, the design features a cantilevered addition over the original structure to take full advantage of the mountain views. Stay tuned for more information about this fun and interesting project!

May 24, 2016

How Sustainable Should Your Space Be?

MMA Talks with Scott Branc of New Urban Home Builders

We invited our partner Scott Branc, Principal of New Urban Home Builders for an MMA Talk. We’re currently working together on a large scale, modern renovation project in Kalamazoo. See more about that project.

Scott is an engineer by education and he described the fundamentals of his work as: building science, high performance construction and a passion for architecture.

Our conversation focused on finding the right level of sustainability for each project and each client, based on a common approach that seeks the right balance of materials and performance characteristics for each individual client and project. The challenge lies in identifying the best balance for each individual and project. …

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.

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."