Grand Rapids Residence, on the Thornapple River

The homeowners wanted to build on the river in a style entirely their own! This riverside retreat in Grand Rapids, Michigan was designed for a custom cabinetry and millwork professional whose eclectic inclinations were balanced with both contemporary and american rustic elements.

Mixed wood species add warmth and interest both underfoot and in exposed ceiling structures. The home is tied together with subtle traditional american farmhouse details in the trimwork, glass barn doors, wide-plank alder wood flooring and cross-braced door and window styles. The overall feel is casual but sophisticated, a subtle but refreshing deviation from the more typical shaker style cottages along the river.
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Board and batten interior paneling in an acidic hue add a one-off coastal vibe to this non-traditional rustic riverfront home.
“ceiling” — caraleigh1973
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In an open living space, seating around a cylindrical ottoman in front of the hearth is a fantastic solution for gathering around the fire.
“Paint & stain” — florde
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A light-filled restful retreat invites residents and guests alike through glass barn doors to views overlooking the Thornapple River.
“Use of color” — francarl
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A nature inspired sunroom is flooded with soft natural light and carefully weighted with more masculine details in color, form, weight and texture of fabrics, furnishings and finishes.
“Color” — Nancy Gabrys
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Reed-like rails evoke river-like traces of the outdoors inside.
“balcony” — shiku_21
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A copper apron front sink adds patina to this newly constructed riverfront home.
“hard to tell but patina on this looks nice, not too shiny, not too rugged, not to cheesy.” — kr20816
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A cornerstone kitchen island successfully completes a cornered kitchen area without impeding traffic through the space.
“Pendants” — Nancy Gabrys
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Views of the river are captured in full length windows beyond a dining room table. Architectural forms are echoed in the ceiling and with a custom suspended frame, contrasting the geometry of the space with the organic beauty of nature.
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A custom cabinet mounted flat screen tv above shallow countertop storage works as a sleek solution for media placement in an exquisite custom vanity.
“Nice” — minda7777
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River-rock toned tile with multiple shower heads elicit the feeling of bathing in nature. Pure relaxation!
“wall tiles in shower” — mehuennekens
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An auxiliary home/business office is attached to the house by a covered breezeway attached to the porch the wraps around the front of the house. Stylistic elements tie the office and home seamlessly together.
“Window seat and book cases” — deckerg
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A small, simple bath, is awakened with elevated details in the metal sink, luxury faucet, and woven textured base cabinet.
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A small open workstation is rightfully situated at the bottom of the stair from the upper level. Located in a wide passageway, it acts as a natural transition and check point between places of rest and recreation.
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A small open workstation is rightfully situated at the bottom of the stair from the upper level. Located in a wide passageway, it acts as a natural transition and check point between places of rest and recreation.
“also like this style door” — rgvanh
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Mixed wood species create added interest and warmth to this generously sized lower level bar. A tiled floor and backsplash paired with rich wood paneling on the end wall wrapping overhead add texture for a refined yet casual interior finish.
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Mixed wood species create added interest and warmth to this generously sized lower level bar. A tiled floor and backsplash paired with rich wood paneling on the end wall wrapping overhead add texture for a refined yet casual interior finish.
“basement bar, wood behind sink area, layout, liquor display area” — sjlucy
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Mixed wood species create added interest and warmth to this generously sized lower level bar. A tiled floor and backsplash paired with rich wood paneling on the end wall wrapping overhead add texture for a refined yet casual interior finish.
“bar” — sjlucy
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This cozy media room, adjoined by a full bar, is the perfect place to entertain, play games, open the doors and listen to the river run.
“sliding door” — jwpritchett
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An otherworldy place to rest, a young girl's imaginations come true in this delicate niche of color and spectacular river views.
“Savannah” — carolyncrawford
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A delicate crystal pendant hovers over a young girl's window bed.
“Chandelier” — Nancy Gabrys
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“Window seat?” — tolife
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Custom cabinetry offers ample storage space with coastal flair.
“Love the vanity” — Nancy Gabrys
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This guest room was designed to accomodate a small family with a queen size bed below and a twin sink bunk above.
“.” — lnc216
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A stacked washer and dryer make the most of a small laundry room, while still preserving a glimpse to the outdoors.
“w/d location” — sjlucy
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A modestly sized upper deck offers stunning views of the Thornapple River.
“Lighting” — Nancy Gabrys
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A light exterior palette keeps this non-traditional riverfront home from feeling to heavy and out of place. Instead, the home is set apart with exquisite detailing and one-of-a-kind style, capturing the attention of passerby.
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