Thornapple Modern Prairie
Grand Rapids, Mich.
Architect/Designer | 42 North - Architecture + Design
Builder | BDR Custom Homes
Landscape Architect/Designer | Twin Lakes Nursery
Interior Designer | Christine DiMaria Design
Photographers | Chuck Heiney Photography (Interior) | Brian Kelly Photography (Exterior)
Thornapple Modern Prairie was carefully crafted for avid lovers of everything outdoors, with sweeping river views from virtually every room in the house. Even the front entryway offers a glimpse of water upon approach from the driveway. Prairie-style limestone urns flank the entry, one of many touches inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright’s signature style.
The house is constructed of natural Fond du Lac stone, with an earth-toned interior and vast amount of glass. The client specified modern luxuries, including an indoor/outdoor space with the flexibility to expand when entertaining. The marriage of kitchen and screened porch creates the ultimate seamless entertainment space, with a custom 16x 9 multi-slide door that pockets into the wall. The raised, vaulted ceiling features dropped oak beams to bring warmth to the space, while sleek vertical grain oak cabinets emphasize the 10-foot ceilings around the perimeter.