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Sunset View - Cottage With Room To GrowTransitional Hall, Grand Rapids

Packed with cottage attributes, Sunset View features an open floor plan without sacrificing intimate spaces. Detailed design elements and updated amenities add both warmth and character to this multi-seasonal, multi-level Shingle-style-inspired home.

Columns, beams, half-walls and built-ins throughout add a sense of Old World craftsmanship. Opening to the kitchen and a double-sided fireplace, the dining room features a lounge area and a curved booth that seats up to eight at a time. When space is needed for a larger crowd, furniture in the sitting area can be traded for an expanded table and more chairs. On the other side of the fireplace, expansive lake views are the highlight of the hearth room, which features drop down steps for even more beautiful vistas.

An unusual stair tower connects the home’s five levels. While spacious, each room was designed for maximum living in minimum space. In the lower level, a guest suite adds additional accommodations for friends or family. On the first level, a home office/study near the main living areas keeps family members close but also allows for privacy.

The second floor features a spacious master suite, a children’s suite and a whimsical playroom area. Two bedrooms open to a shared bath. Vanities on either side can be closed off by a pocket door, which allows for privacy as the child grows. A third bedroom includes a built-in bed and walk-in closet. A second-floor den can be used as a master suite retreat or an upstairs family room.

The rear entrance features abundant closets, a laundry room, home management area, lockers and a full bath. The easily accessible entrance allows people to come in from the lake without making a mess in the rest of the home. Because this three-garage lakefront home has no basement, a recreation room has been added into the attic level, which could also function as an additional guest room.

Example of a large transitional slate floor hallway design in Grand Rapids with blue walls —  Houzz
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lmwright wrote:October 3, 2012
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    Visbeen Architects
    Thank you! Yes, this is our Sunset View plan. One of our favorites!
  • lmwright
    I can see why. Very creative use of space and the stair tower is wonderful. Now if only I could convince my husband that we need that extra 500 square feet...

    Edited to add another question: Does the overall square footage include the basement level? Thanks!
flamingcurls wrote:April 26, 2012
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    Visbeen Architects
    Unfortunately, we do not have the final records and cannot assure that original specs were followed.
  • Ian Hopkins
    If your concerned only with the aesthetics you'll be pleased to know that this is a common tiling pattern and is offered by many tile companies.
hashin wrote:March 28, 2012
susanhealy wrote:January 18, 2012
  • motherbear
    Check out & for starters.

What Houzz contributors are saying:

Vanessa Brunner added this to Houzz Tour: Cozy Elegance by the LakeJanuary 16, 2012

The back entry is lined with a durable limestone tile, and the walls are covered with chalkboard paint. Each family member can see important reminders on their way in and out of the house.

What Houzzers are commenting on:

Marti J added this to interior finishes - generalMarch 16, 2019

chalk painted wall, wainscotting

rdezego added this to Canal Street IdeasNovember 10, 2018

Master bedroom finish lighter blue

CJ added this to 2018 Downstairs HallwaySeptember 11, 2018

This would be a great idea in the downstairs hallway. Chalkboard paint on top and a tall beadboard on bottom. Very cute.

Melissa Mahlberg added this to PaintDecember 31, 2017

The back entry is lined with a durable limestone tile, and the walls are covered with chalkboard paint. Each family member can see important reminders on their way in and out of the house.

chris_wieting added this to Chalk Board WallDecember 19, 2017

Color chalk board for Brennan's room

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