New Home To Help Fund Habitat

March 4, 2003
| By Katy Rent |
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GRAND RAPIDS — In the true spirit of a community-built project, several local businesses have joined together to build a home for charity.

Grand Rapids Magazine, Legacy Homes, Carpet One By Johnson and G.L. Haisma Design have joined forces to create Design Home 2003. Profits from the sale of the home will be donated to Habitat for Humanity.

“The purpose of Design Home 2003 was to celebrate and showcase the outstanding work of businesses in the building, construction and design industries and to raise money for Habitat for Humanity,” said Randy Prichard, general sales manager and promotion coordinator for Grand Rapids Magazine.

Gary Haisma of G.L. Haisma Design is the architect on the project. Legacy Homes will build the home. Polly Timmer, interior designer for Carpet One By Johnson, will decorate the interior and exterior of the home. The house is expected to be completed by mid July.

That’s a target date that participants see possible with full cooperation.

The home, which is described as having an “Old World” style, will be located in the Watermark Country Club development. Old World charm will meet 21st century Grand Rapids style through the exterior design that will offer cream-colored vertical siding with black accents, including the windows, awnings and door.

“We were looking for a real authentic look and Gary designed the home with something specific in mind,” said Timmer. “He had a specific vision and now I am getting to work with that to enhance that feel. Combining visions will be a really nice change. We are really going for an Old World style that is comfortable and updated.”

Kappes Landscape will work to create a landscape that complements the feel of the home.

Upon entering the home guests will be greeted in the foyer with a view through double arched doorways of the gathering room beyond and straight out the back of the house.

“The view is amazing,” said Timmer. “The home is very open and the entrance is open to both stories, and the windows open it up even more and allow a lot of light in.”

The first floor offers a kitchen, gathering room, formal dining room, living room, master suite and bath, plus a half bathroom and mud/laundry room.

Timmer said the kitchen will have a “pretty look” incorporating a large island, walk-in pantry, double ovens and a cook-top stove. The living room will have a masculine feel, with dark, cherry-colored wood giving the feel of a lumber baron’s den, she added.

The mud/laundry room allows a back entrance to the home situated next to a half bathroom, which Timmer promised will have a unique look.

She added that the majority of the home will be decorated and designed on the interior and exterior prior to the sale, but as soon as a buyer enters the picture, they are welcome to have some collaboration on the interior design.

The master suite, located off the gathering room, will have all the amenities, Timmer said, including a large walk-in closet, a full bath with tile and glass-block shower, a tub and double sinks. The room also has access to a slider for a private porch, to which landscaping will be added later.

The upper level will first offer a catwalk, which will have an open view of the formal dining room and gathering room.

Off the catwalk are two bedrooms, separated by a full bath. Situated at the end of the catwalk is a bonus room, which the design team is currently calling an entertainment room.

Other sponsors include: Bolt and Regnerus Electric, serving as the electrical contractor; The Lighting Corner, providing all the lighting; Streamline Systems, providing the audio/video/security systems; Grabill Quality Cabinetry, working on the master suite bathroom; Kenowa Lumber, providing all rough building materials and interior trim; Kitchen Aid, providing the appliances; Pella by Horne, providing all the windows and doors; Richard’s Showroom, providing all plumbing; T.K. Concrete, providing the poured walls, garage and drive; Talsma Drywall, providing the drywall; Vredevoogd Heating and Cooling, providing the heat and air; and Williams Kitchen and Bath, working on the kitchen and the smaller bathrooms.

“This is a very nice thing to show what the area has to offer,” said Timmer. “We wanted to keep this Grand Rapids oriented and have local participants work on the project, and it really allows them to showcase their talents, products and services to the rest of the community.”

Timmer added that she is still looking for various furniture and design businesses to offer furnishings for the various rooms. As of now, she said, Israels is completing the formal dining room, but that is the only partner that has come on board so far.

“This is a good showcase for local design firms and would be a great opportunity to get the name out there and have a chance to work with other local firms,” she added.

The Design Home 2003 will be open for public viewing Sept. 6-14. Visitors will enjoy music by local artists, complimentary wine and hors d’oeuvres and the chance to meet the builders, designers and sponsors who worked to create the home.

Tickets for the tour can be purchased for $12 each at Gemini Publications, 549 Ottawa Ave. NW, with 100 percent of the proceeds to benefit Habitat for Humanity.           

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