Hunting for Treasure

One of the things we like best about our work is the opportunity to make connections. In any home building or renovation project, we’re looking to create an environment that connects with our client and their vision of how they want to live. But in one recent case, creating that kind of connection also allowed us to connect with the past.

Our client came to us to help plan a new cottage on the shore of Lake Michigan. After several years of living in Paris with her family, she had developed a fondness for a certain quality of finishes that are difficult to find in new materials.

We were able to meet her extremely high expectations by introducing her to a local supplier of reclaimed barn wood. Jeremy Beadner of Barn Baron Lumber Company has built a business out of taking down old barns and reclaiming the reusable lumber and hardware. Beadner told us that in several years of harvesting this old wood, he’s come across some amazing treasures, including one continuous beam that was 16” x 16” and over 80 feet long, with an estimated value of over $10,000!

With new material readily available, you may wonder why anyone would choose to reuse old wood. In fact, many of these old structures were constructed with old-growth hardwood, which has extremely tight growth rings that give it a high level of structural integrity–making it a very sound choice for a new construction project. What’s more, the natural aging and weathering of this wood has given it a character and history that simply can’t be found in new materials. It turns out that was exactly the look our client was hoping for in her cottage.

We arranged a visit with the supplier, where our client was able to see and touch the different types of materials available for wall, ceiling, and floor surfaces, along with decorative faux structural beams. During the tour, our client also discovered an original barn door which we plan to repurpose for her project, restoring the hardware to function like new without losing any of its desirable, as-found patina. Now that the client understands what is available, we’ll work with her and the interior design team to choose the right lumber for the right locations throughout her cottage.

The barn wood is just one of the many details we’re considering to help our client’s vision come to life. We began working together very early, allowing us to recommend one of our most trusted partners for architecture and interior design services. We’ve also been able to help with environmental/DEQ regulations and permitting.

Coming into the project early allows us to manage the big picture so that everything runs smoothly–and continues to satisfy after move-in day. But along with understanding the big picture, we really love to focus on getting all of the details exactly right, too. Hunting down the perfect barn wood for this project is just one example of the extra mile we’ll go to make sure our clients end up delighted with their surroundings.

We’d love to do the same for you.

 

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Party in Pentwater!

Scott Christopher Homes was proud to sponsor the Village Of Pentwater’s 2015 Start of Summer Party!  This old-fashioned block party was a hit with wonderful food, friendship, music and dancing!  Bring on the sun!  We’re ready to celebrate!

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The Scott Christopher Homes Difference!

Kind words from a colleague and friend…

Brian,

I can’t thank you enough for the outstanding job that you, personally, and the entire group of SCH team members and subcontractors have done, Your orchestration and execution of the project is nothing short of perfection and a stellar example of how to do it with excellence.

I know you have made the clients extremely happy and you have made our job as architects on this complex and time sensitive project seem easy.

Very well done. Thank you again.

Rob

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Vacation or Staycation?

If you (like me) plan to hang around home this summer… be sure to incorporate some beautiful outdoor spaces—perfect for entertaining or quiet enough to finally get that nap in! Get inspired with these lovely photos!

 

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Best of Houzz 2015 Awards

Scott Christopher Homes has been awarded “Best of Houzz 2015” for both Design and Customer Satisfaction.
Houzz is the leading platform for home remodeling and design, providing people with everything they need to improve their homes. From decorating a room to building a custom home, Houzz connects millions of people around the world. With the largest residential database in the world, Houzz is the easiest way for people to find inspiration, get advice, buy products and hire local professionals.

The Design award is given to businesses whose work is the most popular with the 25 million monthly users on Houzz in 2015. Customer Satisfaction honors are determined by factors including the amount and quality of client reviews received in 2015.

“We at Scott Christopher Homes are thrilled to receive such recognition by Houzz. Thank you to Houzz, our clients, subcontractors and followers for this great honor. We are proud to be part of the Houzz community and are excited to share our work.”

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Kind Words For Our Team!

It’s always great to hear from our clients!

Kevin and I would like to thank you for a great year!  It has been a pleasure working so hard on our new home. SCH has outdone what we expected and Jay and Drew have taken care of all the little glitches that have come up. Thanks to all of you for making our home and building experience a truly wonderful experience.

Client, Lowell

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Here’s What Our Clients Are Saying!

Thank you to Ron and the team! Ron is fantastic to work with and has great ideas! He listens and executes in an impeccable way. We are extremely happy with how you performed in this project!

Client, East Grand Rapids

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