Grand Rapids, Michigan20205,100 square feet

Cascade Farms

Cascade Farms exterior

Cascade Farms

Grand Rapids, Michigan20205,100 square feet

With a desire to stay close to friends and family, the owners of this 1984 home spent several years searching for property near their neighborhood to build a new, modern, energy-conscious home tailored to their empty-nest lifestyle.


The family eventually concluded that their current site was the perfect location for them, but the existing home needed to be updated and reorganized to create fresh, open, unified spaces to comfortably welcome family, friends, and guests.

Primary goals of this project included accessibility of space, more natural light, better connectivity between spaces, and a focus on sustainable performance. The updated main floor plan included the selective removal of walls to reallocate dedicated hall space to a usable, open living area. The step-down living room was leveled for full accessibility, safety, furniture flexibility, and overall space use. The removal of a half-height wall between the living area and the kitchen created continuity between the spaces. Reorganizing the primary entry and stair and eliminating walls between the entry and dining room created new visual connections between the kitchen and the entry. The new central concrete hearth and fireplace provides a strong, modern focal point for the living area.. Large sliding glass doors on each side of the fireplace allow the TV area beyond to be separated from the living area as needed.

MMA partnered with the owner’s interior designer and kitchen designer to achieve a softer, contemporary palette of finishes that complement this newly configured, light-filled home.


Jason Keen


Bespoke Homes

Cascade Farms Living Room

Before the renovation, the floor plan included small rooms, dedicated hallways, a step-down living room, a heavy and dark corner fireplace, and limited opportunities for natural light and visual connections from space to space. Exterior deck areas were narrow, long, and used infrequently.

In several strategic locations, the footprint of the house was expanded to enhance function and flow at the kitchen, dining room, and mudroom. The new outdoor deck area is now large and singular and includes a grill area, dining space, and open seating overlooking the newly landscaped pool below.

The exterior envelope of the house includes new insulation, siding, and energy-efficient windows, as well as two large roof-mounted solar arrays, to increase thermal performance and offset energy costs. Inside, the new HVAC system maximizes energy efficiency while using a fraction of its former footprint. As a result, a portion of the former mechanical space was added back to the lower level family room area and expands into a cozy library nook.

Cascade Farms Living Room other view
Cascade Farms Dining
Cascade Farms Kitchen
Cascade Farms Media Room
Cascade Farms Stairway
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