All News 941 Pinecrest Featured on MLiveMay 23, 2014

Rob Sears was recently interviewed for an article on MLive, discussing the 941 Pinecrest design, which will be featured in the 2014 Spring Parade of Homes, beginning May 23rd.

Spring Parade of Homes entry designed to fit in with its East Grand Rapids neighbors

By Jim Harger

EAST GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Architect Rob Sears says he made sure he really liked the “updated urban farmhouse” he designed for the Greater Grand Rapids 2014 Spring Parade of Homes.

“I live across the street,” said Sears, owner of Sears Architects Inc. “I facetiously told the owner this has to be the best project our firm has ever done because I have to look at it every day.”

For the next several weeks, Sears is hoping lots of people will take notice of the white house with a red roof. It’s one of 78 entries in this year’s Spring Parade of Homes, which starts Friday, May 23. The parade will conclude on June 7.2013-104 Orsini color red FULL

The spring parade will feature homes in 19 West Michigan communities with prices ranging from $100,000 to more than $1 million, according to the association. The homes will showcase the latest trends in building styles, green practices, floor coverings, wall treatments and landscaping.

Builder Joel Peterson of J. Peterson Homes, whose crew is putting the finishing touches on the 4,000-square-foot home at 941 Pinecrest Ave. SE during the next week, has capitalized on the “infill” trend in East Grand Rapids, where vacant lots are few and the demand for new housing is high.

Six of the nine homes he currently has under construction are infill projects in East Grand Rapids, Peterson said. This version will cost the owner just over $1 million when the cost of land acquisition and demolition of the old house are considered, he said.

The house may be new, but it was designed to fit in with the neighborhood, where most of the homes were built between the 1920s and 1950s, Sears said.

“We really worked hard to keep the house within the scale of the neighborhood.”

Built on a 70-foot wide by 135-foot deep lot, the two-story house has a detached garage at the back of the lot.

“You end up with a better product when you’re constrained by space,” said Peterson.

Inside, the farmhouse styling is continued. The flooring in the common areas is an oiled white oak while the trim is kept simple and painted mostly white. The dark-stained windows and wall cabinets in the kitchen area create a contrast.

Much of the first floor is roomy with uninterrupted space between the kitchen, dining room and living room, which is anchored by a gas fireplace. The great room steps out onto a concrete backyard patio overlooking the large backyard.

The kitchen was designed with a chef in mind, with quartz counter tops, a large farmhouse sink, a commercial stainless steel stove and double Sub-Zero refrigerator.

Unlike some high-end homes, there’s no formal dining room that rarely gets used, Peterson said.

“We tried to keep the size down. Every square inch of this house is usable.”

The main level also has a home office that can double as a playroom and a sun-room for relaxing. The simple doors have updated crystal doorknobs or are hidden as pocket doors.

Upstairs, the master suite includes a walk-in closet, and bathroom with a heated natural limestone floor and walk-in shower. All of the four upstairs bedrooms have a light wool carpeting.

The two children’s bedrooms upstairs share a “Jack and Jill” bathroom with separate vanities and a shared bathtub, shower and commode. The guest room also includes a full bath.

Downstairs, a fifth bedroom is being outfitted as an exercise room with rubberized flooring. The lower level also includes a large family room with a wet bar that that will include a home theater. With nine-foot ceilings and a large daylight window, the room does not feel like a basement.

The single high-efficiency furnace and cooling system is zoned to handle three separate areas in the home. Those modern amenities and construction techniques create efficiencies that justify the cost of an infill house over the long term, Peterson said.

Jim Harger covers business for MLive/Grand Rapids Press.

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