When faced with building or renovating a home, we know you have a number of choices here in West Michigan. So why choose us? What sets Scott Christopher Homes apart from the rest? The answer: Experience. Hear exactly what that means to us from our founder, Scott Christopher.
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.
PENTWATER, Mich. – Scott Christopher Homes, the Grand Rapids, Mich.-based builder of some of Michigan’s finest homes, has opened a new office in the northern Michigan village of Pentwater targeting renovation work but also offering new builds for its clients.
The homebuilder will hold an open house at the new office, located at 144 Hancock Street, from 5–8 p.m. on Friday, May 30, during one of the village’s monthly Gallery Strolls. Visitors are invited to stop by, check out the space, and enjoy a complimentary glass of wine.
The Oceana County office opened for business in late May, says Drew Terwee, client development specialist at Scott Christopher Homes.
“We have a lot of our past clients doing work in that area along with a demand for our services by clients in that area,” he says. “It seems that our services and professionalism is a resource that would fit well in that area and up and down the lakeshore from there.”
For more that 30 years, Scott Christopher Homes has specialized in building and renovating amazing lakefront homes and cottages throughout Michigan, from the border to the bridge.
“We have assembled a vast network of talented and dedicated artisans, craftsmen, and laborers, while perfecting flexible and efficient construction systems,” Terwee says. “We partner with architects, residential designers, and homeowners to forge a seamless building process that allows for the possibility of on-site fine tuning and architectural tweaking as each home takes shape.
“We complete the work on our homes on time and on budget, with the quality of workmanship and the attention to detail that our clients have come to expect for the past three decades.”
Initially, there will be a representative at the new office during different hours, but an appointment can be arranged for anytime by contacting client development specialist, Ron Rutkowski at (231) 241-1000.
“It will be a great place to meet to discuss their projects, and it will allow us to showcase our work so our clients have a good understanding of what we have to offer,” Terwee says.
Scott Christopher Homes builds custom homes and high-end luxury homes for clients who demand accurate proposals, expert service and a high level of professionalism. Visit our website to learn more.
The Scott Christopher Homes family of companies has got you covered – from new homebuilding, renovating, and home maintenance to creating one-of-a-kind custom cabinetry. On the following pages you will find a sampling of the work we have done building and renovating homes. See what we did for our clients, then imagine what we could do for you.