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    Building in detail

    Behind every great design there is a construction team chosen to help make it a reality and in Portage, Michigan, AVB Inc. has spent the last three-and-a-half decades committed to building something better for both residential and commercial clients. With its diverse range and highly detailed approach to design, development, and construction, AVB has developed a portfolio in the last 35 years that is reflective of its strong commitment to its surrounding communities and to delivering results that exceed client expectations. From real estate development and major remodel projects to new construction, AVB has built a reputation for creating lasting designs and buildings for clients with high-profile commercial projects and…

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    The complete craft

    “We refer to a holistic approach to projects and design. We meld architecture and interior design together,” said Brian Barkwell, AIA, principal architect at Via Design, Inc. in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Barkwell’s partnership in the commercial and residential-focused design firm resulted from a similar melding of his own approach to design and that of Valerie Schmieder, ASID, IIDA, ASFD, NCIDQ, who founded Via Design, Inc. in 1989 as an interior design firm. Through mutual clients and a shared list of independently acquired projects, Barkwell officially joined Schmieder at Via Design, Inc. in the late 2000s to bring both architecture and interior design under one roof to create a comprehensive design…

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    Time curated

    In cities where the dining is plentiful, the physical design of a restaurant is instrumental in creating its mood, personality, and the overall experience guests can have. For Butch’s Dry Dock in downtown Holland, Michigan, what started as a concept focused on deli fare and wine retail, has evolved in the last two decades to include an array of dining experiences under a single roof and menu. The longevity of the restaurant and its many personalities is largely credited to a cultivated relationship between restauranteur, Butch TerHaar, owner and founder of Butch’s Dry Dock, and designer Dennis Reckley, principal and lead architect at SVB + Reckley Architects in Holland, Michigan.…

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    Aimee P.C. Buccellato, LEED AP

    Aimee P.C. Buccellato, LEED AP, partner at Buccellato Design LLC in South Bend, Indiana, and Associate Professor of Architecture at the University of Notre Dame School of Architecture, was drawn to the beautiful and complex process of design and architecture early on in life. From Lego building blocks, drawings, and summer visits to her mother’s childhood home—a Pompeiian villa replica—to witnessing a residential redesign, Buccellato can remember those early childhood influences on her career as vividly as the Latin words etched in a marble mosaic floor, or the faint aroma from old blueprints. “I remember visiting that [villa] every summer and walking its grounds, which happened to be very fragrant, formal…

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    Style Profile: Everyday USA

    Usually when designing a residential interior, the goal is to create a timeless space that captures homeowners’ personalities while also anticipating their growth. When the time came for Grand Rapids, Michigan-based interior design firm, Vision Interiors by Visbeen Architects, LLC to craft an interior for a young, growing family in East Grand Rapids, Michigan, the team exercised a timeless new style concept that would also become a mainstay of the firm’s stylistic repertoire. “[The homeowners] requested a classic traditional look that would also feel fresh and young and would be a space for them to live and enjoy with their growing family,” said Julie Holmes, principal designer at Vision Interiors…

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    Lakefront serenity

    At the top of a rolling hillside on the Lake Macatawa shoreline in Holland, Michigan, a contemporary, tranquil, and dynamic residence rests within its picturesque backdrop while posing a statement of architecture and craftsmanship. As an eastern-influenced, multi-part residence, the roughly 5,000-square-foot home was designed in 2013 by Sears Architects, a Grand Rapids, Michigan-based architecture and planning firm. The home features a layout naturally supporting entertainment and an overall aesthetic design composed of surprising and carefully crafted details around every corner. “It feels roomy and accommodates different activities happening at the same time, yet we didn’t have to design a castle; we didn’t have to design big,” Sears Architects said.…

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    Sarah Bourgeois, AIA

    Sarah Bourgeois, AIA, architect and owner of Sarah Bourgeois Architects in Traverse City, Michigan considers design as well-thought out, having proportion and scale, and a convergence of a lot of moving parts—but whether it is a good design or bad design, and what makes it so, is often in the eye of the beholder. “There are rules we start off with and ideas are often driven by clients—there are a lot of outside forces—but can it stand the test of time?” Bourgeois said. While officially launching her own venture in Traverse City around 2010, Bourgeois has had more than 20 years of commercial and residential experience. Sarah Bourgeois Architects has…

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    Warm stone gallery

    Before a design project begins to take physical shape—whether interior or exterior—the right materials are chosen to create the personality of a new space. The concept of the showroom was created to present these options in a variety of layouts highlighting different themes, materials, and palettes to spark inspiration in visitors and assist them in imagining the full potential of their project. While many showrooms leverage performance or visual exhibitions that showcase products; others create understated atmospheres that promote wonderment, conversation, and comfortability. One such showroom is that of Lakeside Surfaces Inc. in Kentwood, Michigan, which operates on the notion that the showroom experience should, in itself, be designed to…

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    Kevin Buccellato, AIA, NCARB

    “My parents did a small addition when we were growing up. I was the youngest of three boys and I was always the one that would sit through the meetings with the architect,” said Kevin Buccellato, AIA, NCARB, architect and partner at Buccellato Design LLC in South Bend, Indiana. “It was fascinating to me, pouring over his blueprints, and meanwhile living in the house as that small kitchen addition was being built was really probably a pretty formative experience for me.” Buccellato has had nearly two decades of experience practicing in the field of architecture and spent about 10 of those years establishing and growing Buccellato Design’s award-winning portfolio with…