Remodeling and Home Design

Mike Schaap Builders Recognized with 5 Platinum Awards

Friday, February 10, 2017 | Comments ((Disabled))

We're celebrating the special recognition received with 5 platinum award from NAHB's Best in American Living Awards competition! Below is a complete list of each of each award and the incredible feedback received for each.



Now in its 33rd year, BALA recognizes outstanding achievement by builders and design professionals in all sectors of the residential housing industry. BALA recognizes the very best in residential home design,” said Karen Kassik-Michelsohn, 2016 BALA subcommittee chair. The award winners have shown that they are some of the most talented and forward-thinking professionals in their field. Award winners were announced during the annual NAHB International Builders’ Show in Orlando, Florida. Additional information about the BALA program can be found at, including the 2016 BALA Portfolio, featuring a review of design trends and project photographs.


2016 Platinum Award - Best in Midwest (8,000+ sq ft)

2016 Platinum Award - Custom or Spec (8,000+ sq ft)

2016 Platinum Award - Custom or Spec (2,501-3,500 sq ft)

Magazine Features Builder 20 Club

Thursday, November 12, 2015 | Comments ((Disabled))


Featured in the Think Tank section of Custom Builder Magazine, the National Association of Home Builder's (NAHB) Builder 20 Club is described as members lauding their network as a deep resource for best practices, wisdom, and camaraderie. As a proud member of  the "Premier Builders" group from the Builder 20 Club, we couldn't agree more. Read it here: Think Tank: Builder 20 Club

 The Highenders, one of 31 groups in the NAHB’s Builder 20 program, gathered in Washington, D.C., for an October networking meeting with builders from five other Builder 20 clubs and presented their best practices and processes for managing contract to warranty issues.


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.





Mike Schaap Builders enters recent projects for NAHB BALA Awards

Monday, October 17, 2011 | Comments ((Disabled))

Mike Schaap Builders and Benchmark Wood Studio recently submitted several projects for the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) annual Best in American Living (BALA) Awards. Winners will be announced in February. Here are a few shots of the projects that we entered: