Remodeling and Home Design

a Kitchen Blending Performance & Design

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Bekins Appliances stepped into our Fall Parade home to walk through this classic lake home kitchen fitted with their appliances. Blending both performance and durability, the talented designer at Benchmark Design Studio, Jenn Holtrop, explains the careful design process that makes this kitchen really shine.  Read the exclusive interview here ►

The Michigan Blue Great Lake Story 2012-2013 - Chapter Three

Wednesday, August 22, 2012 | Comments ((Disabled))


Check out Chapter Three of "The Great Lake Story 2012-2013" as we learn more about the team that came together to bring the dream to life: Chapter 3.


Tuesday, February 14, 2012 | Comments ((Disabled))

ORLANDO, Fla., Feb. 9 –A recreation building built at a private residence in western Michigan has been honored with a Platinum Award as the best in the category Interior Design: Specialty or Outdoor Room as part of the 2011 Best in American Living Awards (BALA) by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB).


The architect and designer for the project was AMDG Architects in Grand Rapids., Mich., the builder was Mike Schaap Builders Inc. of Holland, Mich., and the interior designer was Via Design of Grand Rapids.


The building can accommodate large or small groups comfortably as soft boundaries allow gathering areas to flow into one another. Generous amounts of glass and a flowing window wall offer expansive views of the site, while allowing indoor and outdoor living spaces to complement one another. The building envelope, structural roof trusses, and support brackets are rendered with detailing of metal, wood, and stone. Acoustics of the open spaces are managed with ceiling detailing that incorporate gaps between alternately wide and narrow wood planks concealing an acoustical cavity.


"Yet again in 2011, entries from across the nation continue to push the limits of design and innovation while providing insights into tomorrow’s design trends," said Lynne Pratt, 2011 design committee chairman and president of Pratt Building Co. in Auburn Hills, Mich.


The judges commented, “The ceiling is phenomenal and the floor plan creates a feeling of fun. The furniture placement, along with the built-ins, floor plan, and other detailing creates a warm and inviting environment.”


Now in its 28th year, BALA recognizes outstanding achievement by builders and design professionals in all sectors of the residential housing industry including single-family production, custom, rental, affordable, interiors, remodeling, community and international, based on the principle that good design is not and should not be limited to high-priced and/or custom homes.  Even the simplest, most affordable homes can receive an award if they showcase good design.  


Award winners were announced during the annual NAHB International Builders’ Show in Orlando.





Congratulations to Bekins Inc., Mike Schaap Builders, and Benchmark Wood Studio

Tuesday, September 20, 2011 | Comments ((Disabled))

Our partner, Bekins Inc. won 5 2011 CEDIA Industry Recognition Awards, 4 of which were Mike Schaap Builders and Benchmark Wood Studio Projects! Congratulations to Bekins, MSB, & BWS!


The awards won were as follows:


Best Overall – Media Room (Sports Barn - Mezzanine)

Best Overall – Hidden Installation (Sports Barn - Great Room)


Media Room – Silver (Sports Barn - Mezzanine)

Hidden Installation – Gold (Sports Barn - Great Room)