Great Lake Story 2013: Pier View Cottages, South Haven
COMPRISED OF SEVEN PRIVATE HOME SITES nestled in dune within grand sight of South Haven’s historic South Pier light, Pier View Cottages offers a rare opportunity to build new right on Lake Michigan. The first of these shore-side retreats to be custom-designed by an exclusive team with leisure, comfort and function in mind marks Michigan BLUE Magazine’s fourth Great Lake Story. It will also feature the exceptional skill and services of advertising partners highlighted here.
Learn more about them now by visiting the websites below and look for highlights of their collective craftsmanship in BLUE’s 2013 Fall and Winter editions.
Holland-based Baumann & DeGroot, Inc. offers a dedicated team of HVAC experts renowned for personalized service and the highest-quality, brand- name heating, cooling, ventilation, fireplace and air quality products at an affordable price. The locally- owned and operated company has been serving the residential and light commercial HVAC needs of greater West Michigan area since 1994, working directly with customers to design custom systems that promote energy efficiency and total home comfort (baumannanddegroot.com).
Ranked within the trade for 2012 as one of the U.S.’s Top 100 custom electronics integrators, Bekins Appliance Inc.began achieving its renown as West Michigan’s premier appliance, home theater and home automation resource in 1975. Guided by a personable team of Cedia-certified technicians, customers can discover which products are best for them hands-on in the Grand Haven-based showroom’s real-home environments, wired for test-drives (realcoolstore. com).
Based in Holland, veteran artisans and designers atBenchmark Wood Studio — established by Mike Schaap in 2001 — provide discerning homeowners with the exact cabinetry, millwork, finishes and furnishings they seek, from magnificent kitchens, bathrooms and custom wine cellars to wood countertops, interior doors and entry systems and exquisite custom furniture (benchmarkwoodstudio. com). Interior design services available through Benchmark Design Studio and distinctive furnishings at HOM by Benchmark in downtown Holland complement the work of these artisans (hombybenchmark.com).
Family-owned since 1963, DeGraaf Interiors, Inc.offers fine flooring brands and outstanding values as one of West Michigan’s largest retailers. Through an extensive product collection featured in each of the company’s three showrooms (Grand Rapids, Hudsonville and Cascade), customers can find their style to fit any budget and worry-free service from start to finish, including a lifetime installation warranty (degraafinteriors.com).
Every home built by Mike Schaap Builders Inc.has its own signature, a testament to each client being in the driver’s seat from design to completion. While Mike’s attentiveness, ready accessibility and presence on the job site in all phases is held in high regard, conscious efforts to improve techniques, stay within budget, deliver on time, and exceed buyers’ expectations are cornerstones of his company (mikeschaapbuilders.com).
Long-term customer and vendor relationships throughout West Michigan and beyond are the reward of quality, resourceful professional service. From design/installation, new construction and temporary power to lighting, audio, data and communications, Morden Electric Inc.has been tailoring innovative residential, commercial and industrial solutions throughout West Michigan since 1986 (mordenelectric.com).
Founded by fourth-generation mason Steve Miller and his wife, Connie, The Stone Mill is dedicated to becoming the new industry standard in product quality and customer service. All natural full and thin veneer stone products crafted by The Stone Mill’s passionate team of artisans for landscape and custom projects including repurposed Soo Locks Rock is “home-grown” and processed in the Great Lakes State (thestonemillinc.com).
Led by principal architect Wayne Visbeen (AIA, IIDA), Visbeen Architects has a renowned passion for design innovation and excellence. While the Grand Rapids- and Chicago-based firm provides architectural, planning and interior design services for master-planned communities and dozens of single- and multi-family homes each year, each residential creation is an artful expression of details that function for and express the individuality of clients (visbeen.biz).
Builder Mike Schaap continues to share project progress at Pier View Cottages in the Fall Issue of Michigan BLUE. Learn more about Great Lake Story at mibluemag.com. For more information about Pier View Cottages, call (269) 673-7133.
ARCHITECTURAL RENDERINGS COURTESY OF VISBEEN ARCHITECTS, LLC.