Over the last couple days our firm has been featured in the Grand Rapids Press and on MLive in both the Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo areas for our success in winning 6 national awards in the Best in American Living Awards (BALA) competition. We are very proud of the work our team was able to accomplish in designing these homes and we would like to thank all of the talented building and design teams that worked on these projects.
Grand Rapids architectural firm takes six 'Best in American Living Awards' for home design
GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Visbeen Architects Inc. of Grand Rapids won six “Best in American Living Awards” at the National Association of Home Builders’ annual convention and exposition in Las Vegas held earlier this month.
The 7-person architectural firm, which specializes in high-end home designs, took the “Best Design in the South Atlantic Region” for Laurel, a custom home built in Bluffton, S.C., a residential community near Hilton Head.
The Laurel design also won a “Platinum” award for “Best Detached Home” in the category for homes between 3,001 square feet and 4,000 square feet.
“The Laurel was a project that required a rigorous lesson in southern architectural vernacular,” according to Visbeen’s architectural statement. “As the site is located in the hot climate of the Carolina shoreline, the home aims to capture cross breezes through outdoor entertainment spaces.”
“The home features three covered porches, a partially covered courtyard and a screened porch. The main level floor plan centers on common living spaces, while allowing for a luxurious master suite. The upstairs loft includes two bed and bath suites, providing ample room for guests.”
Though based in Grand Rapids with an office in downtown Chicago, Visbeen spokesperson Angela Mulder said the firm has developed a relationship with developers in South Carolina. “We have four homes in various stages of construction there,” she said.
Other awards included the following:
The Tupelo, a lakefront home near South Haven that was built by Holland builder Mike Schaap, won a Gold Award in the “Detached Home, 3,001-4000 square foot” category. “This home is a four-story cottage bungalow designed to allow for the clients to host large numbers of guests for extended beach vacations,” Visbeen said in its architectural statement.
The Hasserton, a three-level home on Silver Lake near Rockford that was built by Scott Christopher Homes, won a Silver Award in the “Best One-of-a-kind” Custom or Spec Home, 4001-6,500 square-foot” category.
“The owners desired a spacious, luxurious residence that capitalized on the spectacular views of the lake below,” Visbeen said in its architectural statement. “The result is a sleek take on the waterfront home, exuding modern chic as well as the comfort of a family cottage.”
The Allenwood, a home on White Lake near Muskegon that was built by Ashby Builders, won a Silver Award in the “Best One-of-a-kind” Custom or Spec Home, 4000 square-foot” category.
“This unique project was one home designed for two families,” Visbeen said in its architectural statement. “ The goal was to make the space functional for both families while preserving the integrity of the design. The result is a clean yet aggressive design emphasizing comfortable living for parents and kids. “
Visbeen also received a Gold Award in the “On-the-Boards” category for “Hawk’s Nest,” a four level cottage home that has not been built.