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Cottage Home News

Cottage Home News

Sit back, relax and browse through our latest news. Read about Cottage Home’s current and past West Michigan beach homes and Lake Michigan developments. Learn more about our newest opportunities, fun design and build process, and other West Michigan lakeshore happenings.

Cottage Home is ReGreening West Michigan

Lakeshore Builder Helps Existing Homeowners Achieve LEED® Certification

Holland, 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.

“Sustainable design is the core of our building process,” said Brian Bosgraaf, Owner and Designer, Cottage Home. “We’re now remodeling existing homes to meet these higher criteria, capitalizing on the value of facility re-use and affording homeowners the satisfaction of knowing their home is LEED certified. Our goals are still the same with remodeling as if we were to build new: to create homes that use less energy, water and natural resources with unmatched comfort and sustainability.”

For an existing home to be LEED renovated, the project must include a ‘gut’ rehab, including drywall removal to the studs in at least one wall and exterior ceiling. Homes must also meet the prerequisites in the LEED for Homes rating system. The REGREEN program addresses the fundamental aspects of any green renovation, including the site of the home, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, material and resources, and indoor environmental quality.

As REGREEN and LEED Trained professionals, Cottage Home staff members have been trained in product selection, building systems integration and green strategies. Cottage Home has a long history of environmental stewardship, as well as sustainable design and building processes. Cottage Home is a member of LEED for Homes and Green Built Michigan as well as many other conservation organizations.

LEED Homes’ Popularity Continues to Grow

Cottage Home To Showcase Beach Homes in Upcoming Bus Tour

South Haven, Mich., April 18, 2011 – 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.

The trend toward greener home design and construction is growing both nationwide and along the West Michigan lakeshore. The highest level of sustainability is designing and building to LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) standards. Earlier this month, the LEED for Homes program gave a green stamp of approval on the 10,000th home nationwide, and there are more than 38,000 additional properties in progress.

To help area residents get a better idea of the possibilities for LEED-certifying a home in West Michigan, Cottage Home is sponsoring a LEED Home Tour of properties that the homebuilder designed and built along the lakeshore.

“Our goal is to improve existing lakeshore sites with new beach homes that are better for the environment and for homeowners’ quality of life,” said Brian Bosgraaf, Cottage Home president. “You don’t have to start from scratch; in fact, that’s not necessarily the most responsible way to approach a LEED-designed home.”

The Cottage Home bus tour event will be held May 6. Attendees will board a bus at Hawks Head Golf Course for an afternoon tour of five beach homes in the South Haven area before heading back to the course club house for an hors d’oeuvre and drink reception.

The cost of the event is $50 per person, with proceeds going toward the Southwest Michigan Land Conservancy – an organization dedicated to protecting the diversity, stability and beauty of southwest Michigan by preserving the area’s natural and scenic lands.

For additional information on the LEED program, go to www.usgbc.org/leed.

Cottage Home Receives Two New LEED Designations

Holland, Mich., January 27, 2011 – 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.

The North Beach Cottage: LEED PLATINUM
The North Beach Cottage’s location on South Haven’s North Beach, presented unique rebuild challenges and made the North Beach Cottage the perfect candidate for LEED Platinum certification — the highest possible level awarded by the USGBC. Maximum use of the existing site was the cornerstone of the sustainable plan. Other features include a compact water heating system design using an on-demand water heater and efficient water fixtures that exceed the EPA WaterSense guidelines, a concrete patio and composite siding made from recycled material, durable wood floor for the main level, and second level carpeting that is GreenGuard (low VOC) certified.

LakeBridge One: LEED SILVER
LakeBridge One is the last of the seven homes built in the LakeBridge lakefront community. Indigenous and non-invasive landscaping are part of a carefully designed drainage and water collection system, as well as a zoned irrigation system to minimize water use. Hardscaping is permeable with special pavers, also channeling runoff to the community’s rain garden.

In addition, durable composite siding, locally harvested wood floors, and GreenGuard carpet was used throughout the home. Air quality and energy efficiency were achieved through foam insulation and air seals, with a high efficiency HVAC system sized precisely for the home. As an additional heating measure, a high efficiency boiler heats the enclosed porch space while meeting the increased demand of hot water in the summer months.

“It’s rewarding that our homes continue to be recognized by the USGBC for sustainability,” said Brian Bosgraaf, President, Cottage Home. “Our mission allows us to deliver sustainable, long term resource management without compromising lakefront lifestyle.”

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.

One such feature is a full geothermal heating and cooling system. The Lake Macatawa home utilizes 2,700 feet of closed loop tubing which was placed into the lake for this purpose. From that point, heat pumps were installed to capture the natural heat of the water, which passes through a series of coils, providing radiant heat into the floors of the home. In the summer, the home is cooled in a reverse manner, as the heat is extracted from the indoors and passed outside.

Other features that led to this high level of certification include: advanced insulation materials and techniques, low water usage plumbing fixtures, appliances and irrigation systems, low electric usage features, an intricate native and zoned landscape plan, and a number of indoor air quality assurance measures.

Cottage Home has just begun construction on another green home in its lakefront community of Suequehanna (Glenn, Michigan), which will be a model of sustainable design and LEED building practices. The home was completed in August.

vanEyk Earns LEED Accredited Professional – Homes

Cottage Home VP Reaches Advanced Level of Certification

Holland, Mich., Mar. 15, 2010 – 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. The LEED professional credentialing program was developed to encourage green building professionals to maintain and advance their knowledge and expertise. vanEyk is one of only four industry experts in the state of Michigan to have achieved this advanced level of certification.

The LEED AP Homes credential provides assurances of an individual’s current level of competence and is the mark of the most qualified, educated, and influential green building professionals in the marketplace. This specialty provides a standard for professionals participating in the design and construction of high-performance green homes that use less energy, water, and natural resources; create less waste; and are more healthful and comfortable for the occupants.

“Jeremy’s accreditation underscores our commitment to sustainable design and construction in all our homes and renovations,” commented Brian Bosgraaf, President, Cottage Home. “We congratulate Jeremy on achieving this milestone.”

Cottage Home has built 6 LEED certified homes, and is currently constructing two homes in South Haven which are expected to achieve certification as well. Cottage Home specializes in designing and building well-appointed beach houses and cottages along Lake Michigan’s shoreline, from St. Joseph to Grand Haven.

Won More: Cottage Home Receives 2nd Community Partnership Award

2009 Blue Green Gala Raises Awareness and Funding

Holland, Michigan… 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.

The Blue Green Gala focused on “Keeping It Blue By Making It Green”: a sustainable event showcasing two new homes to raise money for the Michigan Maritime Museum in South Haven. The event drew nearly 200 persons from Chicago to Grand Haven, with ticket sales totaling more than $10,000. Cottage Home matched the ticket proceeds; so the total donation to the Michigan Maritime Museum exceeded $20,000.