Thursday, June 09, 2016

Old Front Elevation
We are excite that our East Grand Rapids remodel with builder Joel Harner of Let Us, Inc. is now under construction. The homeowner's had us in phase 1 re-design the front facade, add a new foyer, enlarging the kitchen, redesign the roof with a covered entry which has just been completed. In phase 2 which just start last week the homeowner is adding 000 sq. ft. addition off the back of the home which will include a new, main floor laundry, two remodel bedroom with a split bathroom, master bedroom and bath, and a new basement with a large family room and a future guest bedroom and a future bathroom. The exterior elevations will all be updated to match the front facade and there will extensive regrading then new landscaping to complete their new look.

New Front Elevation

Wednesday, June 08, 2016

Today is the 149th birthday of Frank LLoyd Wright. Widely regarded as America's most influential architect, Frank Lloyd Wright left behind a rich legacy of homes and buildings, and created a distinctly American style of architecture that continues to influence architects to this day. He was born June 8, 1867 and pasted a way in April 9, 1959. His work has influence my life since I was a young teenager. I have been and still am inspire by his work. Some of my favorite works of his are FallingwaterMeyer May House and all the Prairie Style and Usonian houses . Wright's philosophy in architecture promoted harmony between the building, its inhabitants and nature. His homes became part of their surroundings. He minimized their presence and maximized their practicality. He revolutionized modern architecture with the essentials of ecological design and green building.
Dad at Lake Charlevoix
It's been away while since I have written anything here. Many of you know that for the past 3 years I have been the primary caregiver to my father who suffered from dementia. While this has taken a lot of irreplaceable time from my family and my businesses over the last three years I was able to get know my father in a way I never expected too. Besides being my father he became a mentor, and one of my best friends. In the past three year he's taught me how to be a better husband, father, man and friend, he's taught me to be more caring, to put other before myself , to have empathy for others, patience and how to forgive myself and others.

I lost my father on April 11th, 2016 to health issues along with his dementia. It's taken me a while to get use to not having to take care of him. I was at peace with his passing because I feel blessed to have spent so much time with him these past three years. I feel I got to know more about him and his life and our family than I every knew before and I feel I am a better husband, father, man, friend and person because of my time spent with him.

So my goal from now on is to be a better husband, father, friend and businessman and to never forget the valuable lessons, mistakes, advise my father has taught me so I can teacher other to be the kind of man he was and I want to be.

I'll miss you my father, mentor and friend!