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$2.2M Cottage on Lake Macatawa Packed With High-End Features

Brian Bosgraaf, president of Cottage Home, says the “Watershed Lake House” has most of the options and features he wants his customers to consider when they design their own projects.

“Our model homes are completely loaded up,” says Bosgraaf, whose company has built more than 100 high-end homes during the past 16 years. He recently put the home at 1609 South Shore Drive on the market for $2.195 million.

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Cottage Home Inks Pact For McClendon Land

A Holland-based lakeshore homebuilder and designer has signed agreement to buy almost all “The Wild Heart of Saugatuck.”

Cottage Home owner Brian Bosgraaf, with financial backing from Padnos Iron and Metal Co. president Jeff Padnos and his wife, Peg, told The Commercial Record his firm plans to close within 30 to 60 days on 309 acres fronting Lake Michigan north of the Kalamazoo River after agreeing on terms with current owner Singapore Dunes LLC.

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Cottage Home Receives Six LEED® Designations for 2015

Cottage Home announced that six of the company’s new homes have achieved LEED® Certification from the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) this year.

The LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Green Building Rating System was developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) as a way to provide standards for environmentally sustainable construction.

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Cottage Home Receives LEED Platinum Certification for Homes

Cottage Home, designers and builders of well appointed beach houses and cottages, have achieved United States Green Building Council (USGBC) LEED® for Homes Platinum certification for the design and construction of two new West Michigan lakeshore homes.

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Make 2011 Your Forever ‘Green’ Summer

Cottage Home has once again achieved LEED® Platinum certification for the design and construction of the company’s two newest homes located in Summer’s Gate – the award-winning Lake Michigan community in South Haven.

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LEED Homes’ Popularity Continues to Grow

Cutting energy and water consumption by 30 to 60 percent, lowering greenhouse emissions, and reducing exposure to mold, mildew and other toxins are a few of the persuasive reasons why more and more people are opting for sustainable LEED homes.

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Cottage Home Receives Two New LEED Designations

Cottage Home, designers and builders of well appointed beach houses and cottages, announced today that two new homes achieved LEED® Certification from the United States Green Building Council (USGBC). The LEED Green Building Rating System is the USGBC’s leading ranking classification for designing and constructing the world’s greenest, most energy-efficient and high-performing buildings.

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Won More: Cottage Home Receives 2nd Community Partnership Award

Cottage Home announced today that the company has been awarded the 2009 Business Excellence Award for Community Partnership by the South Haven Chamber of Commerce. Cottage Home was cited for its Blue Green Gala held last August in South Haven.

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vanEyk Earns LEED Accredited Professional – Homes

Cottage Home, designers and builders of well appointed beach houses and cottages, announced today that Jeremy vanEyk, Vice President and Construction Manager, has achieved the status of LEED Accredited Professional – Homes.

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Cottage Home Builds First LEED® Certified Homes in South Haven

Cottage Home announced today that the company’s two lakefront homes on Monroe Boulevard in South Haven have received LEED® Certification by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) for achievement in green homebuilding and design. The Monroe Beach House at 850 Monroe Boulevard was awarded LEED Gold certification, while the neighboring home at 862 Monroe Boulevard was awarded LEED Silver.

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Cottage Home is ReGreening West Michigan

Cottage Home, designers and builders of well-appointed beach houses and cottages, announced it is now offering renovation services designed to bring existing homes into compliance for LEED® certification through the LEED for Homes program. Developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), the program is an extension of REGREEN, the first nationwide green residential remodeling program for existing homes.

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The Time for RCF is Now

As a builder of more than 800 homes in the West Michigan area over the last 20 plus years, I have been required by new homeowners to justify the cost of incorporating energy efficient and sustainable technologies based on a Return On Investment (ROI).

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Blue Green Gala Raises Funds for Michigan Maritime Museum While Showcasing Upscale Sustainable Living

The sun broke through and the band began playing. On Sunday, August 23, the Cottage Home Blue Green Gala welcomed 200 friends and neighbors to view the contemporary LEED certified Monroe Beach House, raise money for the Maritime Museum and enjoy a perfect summer’s evening with friends, food and music.

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Cottage Home Receives Community Partnership Award For Deerlick Creek Park

Cottage Home, designers and builders of well-appointed beach houses and cottages, was one of several recipients of the 2008 Business Excellence Award for Community Partnership by the South Haven Chamber of Commerce at a special awards ceremony held June 6.

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Cottage Home ‘Green Cottage’ Receives LEED Platinum Certification

Cottage Home, designers and builders of well-appointed beach houses and cottages, announced today that the company’s Green Cottage was awarded LEED Platinum certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).

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Todd Sanford and Brian Bosgraaf Join SWMLC Board

Two west Michigan business leaders have joined the board of directors of the Southwest Michigan Land Conservancy (SWMLC) – Todd Sanford, CEO and owner, Sanford Financial Services, in Portage, and Brian Bosgraaf, president and designer, Cottage Home, Inc. in Holland.

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Cottage Home Announces Completion of Holland’s First LEED Certified Home

Local builder Brian Bosgraaf, and company Cottage Home, recently finished the first LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) Certified home in the Holland area. This home, which was LEED Certified at the Silver level, was built for their clients who recently moved to the area from Switzerland. It demonstrates a number of unique energy efficiency, sustainability and environmentally responsible features.

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Cottage Home Development Transforms Area Near South Haven

LakeBridge isn’t the first Lake Michigan shoreline development for Brian Bosgraaf and his Holland-based residential development company, Cottage Home. But this development, just south of South Haven in an area known as Deerlick, was a commitment to both the environment and to the local community.

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Cottage Home Announces Completion of Holland’s First LEED Certified Home

Local builder Brian Bosgraaf, and company Cottage Home, recently finished the first LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) Certified home in the Holland area. This home, which was LEED Certified at the Silver level, was built for their clients who recently moved to the area from Switzerland. It demonstrates a number of unique energy efficiency, sustainability and environmentally responsible features.

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Off The Beaten Path – Detroit Free Press

In a housing market begging for buyers, builder Brian Bosgraaf has found a niche immune to the downturn.

It’s nestled along the Lake Michigan shoreline, in places like Holland, Glenn, Douglas, South Haven and Benton Harbor, tucked among secluded and state-protected dunes.

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Cottage Home Receives Quality of Excellence Awards

Cottage Home, designers and builders of well-appointed beach houses and cottages, has added 3 more awards to the company’s growing portfolio of achievements.

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Still a Dream Come True

Brian Bosgraaf tells the story of a couple that walked the entire shoreline, from the Indiana border to Grand Haven, in search of the perfect lakefront property. They drove two cars, parking one up the road and then walking off their research on foot, getting a first hand sense of the land, the lake and the opportunities. After many weekends and a hundred plus miles, they knew where they wanted their summer home – the Cottage Home LakeBridge community, just outside South Haven, Michigan.

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Lake Michigan Shore

Martha and Urs Waldvogel have just moved from Switzerland, Urs’ native country. Into the nearly 5,800-square-foot home they built on the northern edge of Lake Macatawa, in Holland, Michigan. Urs had long yearned to live on a lake. “That was always my dream,” he says.

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Cottage Home Receives Two Awards, Breaks Ground on ‘Green Home’

Cottage Home, designers and builders of well-appointed beach houses and cottages, recently added two awards to the company’s growing portfolio of achievements.

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Reason To Retreat – Cosmopolitan Home

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Brian Bosgraaf, award-winning builder and designer at Holland- based Cottage Home, is the mastermind behind LakeBridge, which covers 10 1/2 acres and offers homeowners 750 feet of private beach frontage and 1,000 feet of back frontage on Deerlick Creek.

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Cottages At Summer’s Gate – Cosmopolitan Home

Almost a century ago, a drive along Lake Michigan from the city of South Haven would have taken you down the well-known “Doctor’s Row”. Through the trees, you would have glimpsed elaborate cottages belonging to the elite of the day – an awe-inspiring cluster of homes marked by stone pillars and gated entryways. Today a similar jaunt down “Doctor’s Row” and you will witness the resurrection of this history. Behind the gated entrance emblazoned with “The Cottages at Summer’s Gate,” construction has begun on a prestigious residential community that infuses the luxuries of modern living with an aura of the past.

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Pacesetter Award Winners – Custom Home

It makes sense that Cottage Home, a company designing and building summer homes on the shores of Lake Michigan, would come up with a marketing scheme that includes a vacation. “We wanted to have a permanent model,” says president Brian Bosgraaf, “but I thought it was a waste for it to sit empty.” Plus, most people drive two or three hours to get there, so a logical solution was to let clients inhabit the model for a few days.

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