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2020 Award Winners



Entire Home, Over $750,000


Glass House

Remodel of the Year
Best in Region—Midwest

East Grand Rapids, Michigan

Architect/Designer | JVisser Design

Builder | MVM Builders

Developer | REINVENT

Landscape Architect/Designer | Rooks Landscaping

Interior Designer | Rock Kauffman Design

Photographer | Brian Kelly Photography

In an area where land value heavily outweighs appreciation of the past, this post-and-beam mid-century modern home was destined to be razed. The tightly formatted four-bedroom lake home sits on a relatively flat lakeside lot. Sitting just above water level, an all-glass south façade provided unforgettable summers — and extremely problematic winters.

With a high water table, a slab on grade floor, outdated single-pane picture frame windows, and strong Michigan winters, the underutilized floor plan no longer worked for today’s lifestyle and turned into a summer retreat. A complete renovation and addition provided full-year functionality while preserving the aesthetic and tradition of the mid-century home.  A 1,149-sf addition to the footprint allowed for an enlarged primary suite, relocation of bedroom 2 into existing garage space, a revamped entertaining kitchen and butler kitchen, and a new three-stall garage. All ceilings remained exposed by creating a new raised floor, with crawl space, to resolve water table issues and allow a new in-floor HVAC system.

From the Judges
The judges praised the home’s good exterior bones and how the renovation elevated the design and finishes. The design team worked within the style of the original home and was successful with extending the indoors to the exterior.

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