Last year Jeff and I spotted a listing for a very unique home. Lying in bed we pulled up the photo’s on our phones and rapidly looked at the existing floor plan, location, and history – this home was a GEM! Should we put in an offer? Should we move? There is nothing like it in Grand Rapids, not even remotely close! We started updating the floor plan and finishes (still in bed looking at the listing on our phones), then decided to table the idea.
Shortly after our late-night brainstorm on this property we received an email from a new potential client who wanted to speak with us about design services for a recent home they purchased, low and behold it was the modern home we had recently obsessed over! Soon Jeff and I were working on the architectural and interior design concepts for a nearly complete gut renovation including a new kitchen, all new baths, new flooring, lighting, screened-in porch, and more. The house is set to wrap up in November and we are so pleased with the care and thoughtful execution of the design. This will be a well-loved home, designed for entertaining, soaking up the beautiful natural surroundings, and resting up after a busy work week.
A few before shots!
Some history… This house was designed by Chicago architect Otto Stark and built in 1967. We had access to all the original drawings, sketches, models, and a few photos. The design went through several iterations and was no doubt thoughtfully planned.
This has been a challenging and rewarding project. Extensive renovations are akin to performing surgery, start with a well-informed plan, be prepared to add or adjust the scope as the building reveals itself, and stay the course with consistent communication and creative problem-solving.
Here are a few in-process photos, we love the journey. Construction is fun!
Once complete we will share more photos but for now all hands on deck to bring this beauty across the finish line! For more information about this house and Otto Stark read this article by West Michigan Modern.
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