Duer Starts Grande Pointe Home

February 13, 2004
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GRAND HAVEN — Duer Construction Inc. expects an end-of-March completion of the first custom home in the new Grand Pointe subdivision in Grand Haven Township.

The company originally bought 17 of 28 lots in the new development between Moreland and Ronnie Roads off Mercury Drive.

Deur, which is serving as exclusive builder for the development, says the home already is listed with ReMax of Grand Haven.

Lots in the subdivision vary in size but a restrictive covenant governs the size of the homes that can be built there, said James (Duff) Duer, vice president. He explained that a ranch style home in the Grand Pointe subdivision must be at least 1,600 square feet in area and a two-story home a minimum of 2,200 square feet.

“We’re building custom homes so they’re going to vary in cost depending on what the homebuyer wants to spend,” he added.

The subdivision has seven properties fronting the Grand River, as well as some lots abutting Gidley Bayou and Lost Channel. Other lots are on partially wooded properties.

Thus far, five of the riverfront lots have sold.

Duer said roughly 1.25 acres near the entrance to the subdivision are set aside and will remain in its natural state to serve as a park.

An area resident, David Palmer — founder of the nonprofit Spread the Music Foundation Inc. — purchased one of the Grande Pointe lots for the site of what he calls “The Music House,” a 1,600-square-foot, three-bedroom home that will be valued at more than $200,000.

Palmer reported that he intends to raffle off the property and give the proceeds to school music programs.

Palmer is currently seeking a building permit for the house, so no construction schedule has yet been set, but Duer expects work will likely get underway sometime next month.

More than 60 area businesses, contractors and private citizens are donating their services or materials to build the house.

Duer Construction is contributing to the project by framing all the walls of the structure. As Duer explained, his company frames walls inside its own facility and then takes them to the construction site.

According to Palmer, the majority of the Music House funding would be earmarked for Fruitport, Spring Lake and Grand Haven schools’ music departments. 

Over the next 10 years, he hopes to raise funds to build and raffle off 10 to 14 Music Houses to benefit school music programs.

Duer and his son, James Duer III, run the 14-year-old construction company and have a collective 45 years of experience between them.

The father-son team has been involved in the Lakeshore Parade of Homes, building homes both big and small. In 2000, Duer Construction won awards for best exterior design and best master suite/master bath in the Shoreline Parade of Homes.

The following year, the company won awards for best exterior, best kitchen and best master suite in the same parade of homes.

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