Great Lake Story 2016
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‘Live beautifully’— that is the motto at David C. Bos Homes and the overall guiding principle the custom home builder brings to every project. The phrase is a testament to the power of beautiful spaces to transform our lives, and is a testament to the artful craftsmanship that goes into each and every Bos-built home.
Designing and building a custom home is a classic art, and to achieve more than surface-level artistry, Bos Homes works with a team of professionals from start to finish to create homes designed to be more than just ‘a roof over your head.’ The Fox home at the Sanctuary at St. Lazare is no exception. To meet the needs of the family’s “forever home,” Bos Homes assembled a team of dedicated experts and professionals to ensure the craftsmanship of the home lived up to simplistic charm and elegant beauty the area of St. Lazare has come to be known for.
As we detailed in Chapter Two, the Fox home began with Bos Homes on-staff architect Paul Harloff, who designed a plan to include what was important to the couple, who are longtime Spring Lake residents, and what would last for generations to come. Additionally, award-winning interior designer Wendy Fraser worked alongside a team of craftsman to turn the Foxs’ dream home into a reality.
The first step in this process was sourcing quality building supplies from Rycenga Building Center, which has been serving West Michigan lakeshore communities since 1930. From there, the team of trade contractors began to put together the pieces that would create a beautiful place for the Foxes to live.
One of the most stunning pieces is undoubtedly the kitchen. Often the central hub of a home, the kitchen is a room where many things happen, and each client brings a completely unique set of needs to the space. For this reason, Bos Homes’ ability to understand the particulars of each family and articulate those into a well-designed place is paramount. In the Fox home, the desire for open, clean spaces that were practical yet sophisticated is exemplified in the kitchen, where Bos Homes’ talent for craftsmanship truly shines.
The Foxes vision for the kitchen was to have a classic-looking, functional space with top-of-the-line appliances. To create optimal functionality without all the clutter, an under counter microwave and under counter double fridge doors were installed. The focal point of the room: a 48-inch Wolf range with eight burners and a double oven.
The white cabinetry, provided by StaightLine Kitchen Studio, was selected to give the room the classic, clean look often seen in contemporary kitchens. The pure color is accented by chrome knobs and handles and complemented by the quartz countertops from Lakeside Surfaces. The backsplash is a sleek elongated brick graphite gray glass tile with contrasting white grout, which serves as a lovely contrast to the views of the lake seen through the stunning windows provided by Andersen Windows.
Amazing views of Spring Lake are also viewable from the large, gathering room that serves as a living space and dining area just off the kitchen. The open floor plan was conceived to not only give the Fox family the ease to relax and entertain but to maximize the space. To create a sense of warmth and home, a remarkable custom-designed fireplace from Vanderwall Bros. is front and center in the room, and includes 10- foot built-ins at each side and a dry stack ledge stone facade that runs from floor to ceiling.
There’s more to the story of the beautiful Fox home at the Sanctuary at St. Lazare in our Travel & Adventure issue, on newsstands and in subscriber homes late July. Follow Great Lakes Story on the web at mibluemag.com.