2 E. Fulton Building's Fate Decided

Remember the building on 2 E. Fulton St that was blogged about a month or so ago? The one David Lorenz from Visbeen Associates designed concepts for and submitted as a piece to vote for during ArtPrize? Here's a quick refresher. Recently, the 2 E. Fulton St building (and its renderings) was discussed in the Grand Rapids Business Journal, which announced that this city "eyesore" will finally be renovated by Locus Development. Vacant since 1998, Locus Development will be investing $4.5 million into "historically redeveloping" this building.

While they are not giving out too much information just yet as to which business specifically will be occupying the space, John Green and Andy Winkle of Locus Development did reveal that the top floor will be occupied by an office tenant, and the ground floor will be a new restaurant. What type of restaurant is coming has yet to be said, but Green did say we do not have "this type" of eatery yet in Grand Rapids.

Green stated that he hopes for construction to begin near the end of the first quarter of 2012 and have the work finished before ArtPrize starts up again in September.



Modern Bathroom Ideas




Modern Bathroom Ideas


Modern Bathroom Ideas

You distinct you want to do a bathroom remodeling but you do not have a clue how it should look like. If you have a small flat bathroom in Novato or a large bathroom that needs remodeling you can draw upon this article some ideas that I consider useful for any home possessor that wants to make a home improvement, especially a bathroom remodeling.

Bathroom remodeling has some limits. Some of these limits ar set by its functionality. Another limit is set by the space that needs to be remodeled. Colors should be chosen under some restrictions, just like healthful ware shapes.

Modern is colorful

Modern bathrooms are colored. A smart color combination is the key of having a reposeful and joyful bathroom. Ceramic tiles can be mixed in bold combination’s like black and red, red and white, green yellow and black, white and orange, turquoise and white, lime and brown. Sanitary ware can be round, square, rectangular, or oval.

If you choose a square sink you mechanically have to buy square sink and bathtub. Always combine healthful ware that have the same shape. When you do your bathroom remodeling plan take care to match mirror design with furniture.

You can have a spa in your home if you have a large bathroom. You can relax daily in a whirlpool tub. If you place it in the center of the bathroom, be sure that it will draw everyone’s attention.

Wood in the bathroom

Most people think that wood and bathroom is non a good combination. But special treated wood can resist to condensation if it is properly maintained.

Wooden bathtub is a hit. Yellow, orange or white harmonize with wooden bathtubs. If you want a wooden bathtub for your bathroom you can choose wallpaper in one of the colours that I have mentioned above.

Beige and small bathrooms

Because space is a real problem, bathroom remodeling for small bathrooms has some limits. One limit is selecting the colors. To create the illusion of a bigger room, beige is a very good color option for small bathrooms. If you do non like beige, you can go for blue, pale green, soft yellow or even clear pink. Wall mounted cabinets ar recommended for small bathrooms.

Back to basics: natural materials

Ceramic tiles and wood is a simple combination that is very catchy in an urban bathroom. You can find stone bathtub and sink that have a unique design. Antique faucets are pop and do not need special installation care. If you choose this design complete it with earthly colored ceramic tiles. If you budget allows you to spend more money, marble is the best solution for back to nature bathroom.

Your bathroom should reflect your personality. If you are an active person, then vibrant colours should be on your wish list. If you have a small apartment bathroom in Novato and you would like it be jolly, pick colored accessories and you will see the difference. Bathrooms should be about relaxation and spending good moments. Remodel your bathroom to suit your needs and you will have spa experiences in the comfort of your own home.

From : http://www.moderninteriordesignideas.net/2011/06/22/modern-bathroom-ideas/

Modern Small Bathrooms

Modern Small Bathrooms
Modern Small Bathrooms

If you ar looking for information to convert your small bathroom into a luxury bathroom, then you have just got to keep reading. No matter what your level of skill or budget, it’s easier than you think to renovate your small bathroom into a beautiful, luxurious bathroom of which you can be proud.

There ar hundreds of different ideas on how to create the perfect small bathroom. You will need to consider the boilersuit design, your current d├ęcor and your budget before settling on the final plan. It’s easy to change the design of your small bath room by making small changes to mirrors, cupboards, showers and bathtubs.

However, you don’t even need to change tiles, mirrors or cabinets to bring about the perfect small bathroom. A cheap, quick plan would be to cover all uncovered plumbing. Nothing looks worse than painted pipes and exposed brackets under your basin. By fitting a vanity under your basin you can cover up the unsightly pipes and give your small bathroom a modern, quality look. The same goes for toilets. The exposed plumbing can make your bathroom cold and uninviting. A cabinet around your toilet and cisterna will instantly transform the look of the room.

Most small bath rooms lack places to hang towels and clothes. By determination matching towel rails and hooks you can improve the amount of space available. Nothing looks worse than towels fabrication on the floor and dirty laundry in a corner. Get rid of the laundry basket and hang up all the towels on beautiful rails for an instant bathroom facelift.

Another quick and easy bathroom upgrade is the paint scheme. Replace white paint or dark colors with a light pastel shade. Warm pastel colors make a small bathroom appear bigger and more inviting. Dark colours make a small bathroom feel even smaller. Be sure to use a good quality oil based paint with a built in mould inhibitor. This will ensure that you get years of enjoyment out of your upgrade. Don’t forget to paint the roof too. A new light fitting will complete the look.

Never underestimate the power of mirrors. Placing mirrors on the walls will help to make the room appear much larger. With the use of decorative frames, you can complete a luxurious bath room that will be a pleasure in which to spend time. Combine the use of mirrors with slim cupboards and vanities and you will make your small bathroom easier to move around in.

Do not neglect your light fittings. A lighting makeover will transform your bathroom. You can set the mood, accompaniment your colour scheme and provide perfect lighting for bathroom use. Remember to use fitting that are safe for bathrooms and ensure that all light bulbs ar fully enclosed to prevent accidents should the bulbs break.

So with a little planning, you can renovate your small bathroom quite well yourself. Be sure to set your budget before you start otherwise you run the risk of cost overruns. You can do most of the items mentioned here as simple DIY projects over weekends or after work. Make sure that you have all the tools you need before start a task. Most of the more expensive tools can be chartered quite cheaply by the hour or the day.

If you ar provision to be a little more ambitious, then get quotes from reputable contractors. They may just be able to do the job faster and cheaper than you. Have fun converting your small bathroom into a luxury one, you merit it.

From : http://www.moderninteriordesignideas.net/2011/09/15/modern-small-bathrooms/

Modern Bathroom Pics


Modern Bathroom Pics


Modern Bathroom Pics

In the last 10 years, the housing market in San Diego, California has seen a huge growth in the price of homes. In San Diego County, an average three-bedroom home was priced around $250,000-$450,000. This increase in home prices also led to the increase in commercial development and surrounding areas with entrepreneurs taking vantage of new homeowners. Disposable income was available for people to buy homes and to improve their existent homes.

Now, in current political times, the economy is not faring as well, in San Diego. Many people’s homes ar not worth the same price they paid several years ago, and many ar facing foreclosure sales. Because of this the commercial economy surrounding most neighborhoods is also being her because of the lack of disposable income now available.

Current homeowners who are in the market to sell their homes are looking for easy ways to improve the value of their existent residents. A few of the easiest ways to improve the value of your current home is, new carpet and a fresh coat of paint. When people ar look for a home they typically judge your bathroom and your kitchen area with more scrutiny than other rooms. Remodeling the kitchen or the bathroom is the best place to spend your remodeling dollars to get the return on investment required, when marketing your home.

An easy way to upgrade your bathroom is to paint your current bathroom vanity cabinets or place them. Painting your cabinets is comparatively straightforward, all you have to do is send them prime them and then paint your desired color. Many people are choosing to replace them entirely. In the last five years has been a huge influx of bathroom vanities to choose from. Purchasing a standalone bathroom vanity is comparatively cheap when compared to putt in new bathroom cabinets. Your savings on a new bathroom vanity versus new bathroom cabinets is about 50%.

Now years the Internet, makes shopping almost too easy, when looking for that new bathroom vanity. There are many new styles of bathroom vanities such as vessel sinks, modern wall hanging vanities, antique vanities, and double vanities. You can replace an average single vanity for about $1000-$2000. A double sink bathroom vanity costs ‘tween $2000-$5000. Where you protected the most costs is during the installation process. An average handyman or homeowner can install their own vanities and an afternoon, and you don’t have to be an expert to do so.

All that is required to install them is to remove your current bathroom cabinets and repaint the walls. Then slide in your new bathroom vanity and reattach all plumbing hoses and accessories. No cutting and no hassle. If you have any questions about your install can also contact the company you purchased the cabinet from.

During your bathroom renovation, you may also want to replace the bathroom light fixtures and your mirror and possibly your medicine cabinet. With new lights that are eco friendly, you can also cut down on your electricity costs, helping them pay for themselves over the next few years. By taking all of the fixtures in your bathroom into account during your remodeling project, you can transform almost any bathroom for a few thousand dollars over the weekend.



From : http://www.moderninteriordesignideas.net/2011/09/16/modern-bathroom-pics/

Bedroom Painting Designs

Bedroom Painting Designs

 Bedroom Painting Designs
Before you start painting your bedroom with your favorite color, you first need to know that there rules in picture your bedroom. Since this is your private retreat and is a part of the house that is least visited by other people, you can experiment and be creative about the decoration as well as the wall color. However, you should also follow the three basic rules in choosing the color for your room.

1. The first rule is the color family rule. For example, if you want to paint your room with the color blue, you should consider having a decoration inside your bedroom that will also have the shade of blue. This is called monochromatic schemes that is simple to do and very pop for most people. So, if you like a particular color for your bedroom wall, you should also get a shade of that color in as your lampshade color, your bed sheet color and also your picture frame color.

2. The second rule is the next door neighbor color rule. If you ar familiar with the color wheel, you will have an idea on what kinds of color you should put in your bedroom. For example, if you like red, then the
colours next to it in the color wheel will prove to be great combinations. If you choose red then you should also use the colors orange and violet. If you choose blue, then the colours green and violet can prove to be a great compounding and so on. This color scheme is called the correspondent color scheme.

3. The third rule is the Ying and Yang rule. Chinese beliefs suggest that you should have adequate Yin and Yang in your house. This means that there should be opposites of everything and this will admit the colors. And, this proves to be true. It can create a symmetrical environment that you will truly love. Most people love the basic black and white combination. You can experiment with different dark and light sunglasses of colors and determine which can provide you with a great looking bedroom.

These ar the three basic rules in providing a comfortable and restful environment in your bedroom. Be originative and you will definitely have dissimilar ideas on what colours you should paint your bedroom with.

from : http://www.moderninteriordesignideas.net/2011/07/14/bedroom-painting-designs/

Pink Saturday Apron Giveaway #6

Our weather has changed dramatically in the past few days, getting much colder. I looked out the patio window this morning and thought I'd get a few pictures of the last vestiges of summer. Fall is officially here. Our cherry tree got zapped by a frost a few nights ago, but today it's looking even more frosted. I can see Love Bunny's mower tracks in the grass. It crunched under my feet at about 9 am this morning. And just to the right in the photo are the tomato plants dying. Hubs picked the last ones a few days ago and we are now trying to distribute them to as many neighbors as we can!

This little carpet rose bush is struggling to keep going up until the very last minute.


I try to keep my photos at 800 pixels wide so you can't see this very well but if you could see it at 3800 pixels you would see the frost on the roses. It looks like sugar frosting. Just beautiful to view it in the garden.
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The winner for last week's apron is

Grace

Congratulations, Sugar!!


Welcome once again to Pink Saturday. Pop over to Beverly's blog and view all the participants for today.

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This is the 6th apron giveaway. Just leaving a comment on this post will enter you to win the apron below. Simple. Easy. Do it!


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Luxury Interior Designs | Luxury Home Plans Designs

Luxury Interior Designs
Luxury Interior Designs

Luxury Home Plans Designs
Luxury Home Plans Designs

Family is often the most important asset. Family must be all the needs of daily expenses. Do you think the conditions are more attractive mansion. You live in a wealthy celebrity, or in the Mughal luxury house is not a billionaire. Since the plan did not dream of life is not a bank.


Luxury Room Designs
Luxury Room Designs

Holiday luxury frequency, but this option can be added to any size, to improve the family life of the gift. Sparkling bathrooms, a fantastic family room, kitchen and storage area would be interested in many of the country. Of course, larger families living room, library, recreation room, open living area, and provides some other interesting opportunities to add more.


Luxury Home Plans
Luxury Home Plans

There are options in a beautiful mansion number. Victorian, Mediterranean, Europe, including the new colonial and traditional luxury. The main features of each type has its own unique design.

Victorian-style house is a roof, glass windows and spectacular tower lot. The United States is a very large city, the streets are filled with beautiful Victorian house. Victoria, Queen Victoria's name indicates its name, because the house. The 19th century, Victorian-style house and excellent design-related wealth. Gingerbread house often highly decorated Victorian house is the term used to describe.

Staff Post by Jonathan Lorenz

For the next couple of weeks, we will be featuring blog posts from the rest of the Visbeen Associates staff. Let's get started with a post from Jonathan and his idea to beautify Eastown:


My attempt at blog contribution is to take notice of the unremarkable but highly trafficked areas of our city and produce a quick concept sketch that will hopefully show a way architecture can improve the location. So here is my first one, the location is found in Eastown on the corner of Giddings and Wealthy, which is currently home to a do-it-yourself car wash. Car washes are incredibly bad for the environment, our Grand River, and all else down stream. The other fault of this type of commercial application is that one business with only one employee is using all the potential space that three or four businesses could easily occupy and employ a handful of neighborhood denizens. There are many more nuances for first selecting this site (e.g. unsightliness, night crime, environmental concerns as I mentioned earlier, etc.), but I think the economic benefit is truly primary here the others are an amazing benefit to creating truly sustainable buildings.

Keep in mind this is just sketching for fun. This building is not the start of a real project in any shape or form, but just for fun I would love to hear some comments and thoughts on what businesses could occupy the building. It could be anything; the sky is the limit. Personally, I would like to see a Jack-of-All-Trades take the corner unit and a classy P.I. above! Also what could happen with the streetscape that will tie this idea to the westerly residences and the rest of the commercial corridor to the east? Could a similar building be mirrored across the street in the vacant lot? Don't forget that Grand Rapids doesn't have a parking problem; what we have is a walking problem, so next we should fill in the parking lot with a real building! Let's get our DENSITY ON!

Before: The current view of Wealthy St with the car wash

After: Sans car wash, but a beautiful building in its place


Keep checking back to see more posts from the rest of the staff!

Rooms and Random Thoughts

We've returned from a week with our granddaughter and her family. It was wonderful and very tiring for both of us, but we did bond a bit with Caroline. She's such a delight.

I woke up yesterday at 4 am and got up about 5 am, came in here and surfed a while, went back to bed at 6 and finally got up at 7 am. I hit the floor running and finally about 9 pm I sat down. It was the busiest day I've had for months.

Rooms I've thought were very pretty. Actually, they're just "fluff" to my...Random Thoughts that follow. ;-)


This sofa reminds me of one my grandmother had when I was a kid.

The lamp on the side table is what capture my attention mostly.

I LOVE this sofa!

Why can't my bedroom look this good?

Again, red/pink and yellow. My favorite color combination.


There isn't anything about this room I don't like. I love love love this room.

A gorgeous traditional bedroom.
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Random Thoughts:

I ate my way through 3 states again. I'm feeling so fat it seems as if I've been raised from birth for sacrifice.
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Hubs and I are silly sometimes when driving on a trip. Actually, I'm silly most of the time, but life is fun for me.

Anyway, while driving back from Washington I was looking at hubs' profile and mentioned to him that I'd like to see that little smirk I love so much and is sooooo sexy. It takes him a while to get that smirk right, and I tell him when he's reached that point but this time I went further. I said, "What do you know that I don't?", just as a question—because that smirk reminds me of someone who knows something I don't. He said, "Well, I know a lot about Plutonium 238." Ooookaaaay, let's go with that then. (When he was in the Marines he was in nuclear weapons and knows a lot about that sort of thing. He doesn't tell me everything as it was on a "need to know" basis and didn't consider me a "need-to-know" person and refuses to tell me things that he did 40 years ago in the military. That's fine.

Next, we saw a man and his son on horseback on a road just off the freeway here in Idaho. I said, "They must be looking for their cows." He said, "There aren't any cows in sight." I said, "I said they must be looking for them, not found them!"
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We follow the advice we get from our church leaders as diligently as we can. Several years ago we were counseled to not deface our bodies with tattoos or have more than one earring in our ears—women—and men to not wear earrings at all. We've always had counsel to not smoke or drink alcohol and I don't. When I look at what's happening in our world today I think of how wise our church leaders are in this counsel. It's our choice but wise counsel. I now see beautiful young women and men with tattoos running up and down their arms, on their faces and even grandmothers with them. I've never ever liked defacing my body and don't and even removed the earrings from my ears. I think our church leaders knew the coming rage among people and warned us to follow the example of Christ. I'm sure glad I did. Although Love Bunny has a USMC tattoo on his bicep, he tries to not let it show by wearing shirts that cover it and besides, he had it long before he joined the church. Our bodies are our temples.
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I haven't yet started on my Italian lessons as I've been so busy just with life but I'll do it probably next year. I took Spanish and French in high school and in college and have forgotten most of it, but I do speak fluent sarcasm!
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In this family the competition is pretty stiff establishing one's self as an eccentric, but I give it the my best shot to out-eccentric my daughter. Sometimes it's a losing battle. Truly! My granddaughter and I are just thrilled she rethought her decision and finally refused Judge Judy's invitation to be on her show. This is true; I kid you not! Whew.
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I think you've had enough of me for one day. Smile, I love all of ya!
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House Design Freeware | Interior Design Freeware

House Design Freeware
House Design Freeware

That you are your own general contractor, architects and designers when it comes, you can save a lot of money, it is true. All plans, design your own home, allowing you to find independence, how to handle what they can. Technical assistance is certainly clear, stroke, angle, perspective gives family planning and if all is said and completion is displayed at the end of his own wishes and tastes.
Do you have any questions about how to design your house? Do you run out of ideas? Want Here are some examples of design and style of your home?

Interior Design Freeware
Interior Design Freeware

Home Decorating Freeware
Home Decorating Freeware

If you will be able to perform specific visualization of the house of your dreams all you want, look no plans Posted house where one of the leading designers and budding industry that constantly browse the net you can. Free house plans to look at all on the Internet. Various proposals have the option to choose one free end of the house plans to a myriad of styles, colors and textures provide a snapshot.

Garden Bedroom Design | Garden Room Resign

Garden Bedroom Design
Garden Design

Home owner can design and create a design plan for the planting of gardens and landscapes. You, as an amateur gardener can achieve a good level of experience to work for long hours in his garden. This will give you many ideas. The view may be better off with the family vegetable garden as part of garden design. There has been little interest in garden design from the twentieth century.

Garden Room Resign
Garden House Plans

Which ever way the creator of the park, either amateur or professional, make sure you plan to plant a garden home garden. Ask friends for ideas. Landscaping must comply with certain rules and principles to meet the wants and needs of the owners or users of the park. Garden design, including walls, landings, roads, and the plant itself. I know someone who placed a few meters in the gnome in your garden. This is a special garden at home.



Garden House Plans
Garden Room Resign

Periodic maintenance is required. With regard to innovation, to the style of garden is something you can not overlook the landscape and how to effectively use them. Follow these basic and simple design of the park because the park is managed.

Beautiful Interior Designs | Beautiful Room Designs

Beautiful Interior Design
Beautiful Interior Design

Design houses, if they have sufficient skills and resources to do so they are especially challenging for sure. However, even on a shoestring budget, and design professionals who are looking for home catering to transform their homes into something special. Some can be so in your area, where we hear no harm.

People also are beginning to recognize a need for a home served as a refuge from a busy schedule, the design concept for the home is increasingly popular. That wants to be comfortable for everyone at home, and interior design specialists can provide what you are looking for sure. To hire a professional to decorate your home design is sure to have the ideal home you always wanted.

Beautiful Room Designs
Beautiful Room Designs

Many design professionals for the home, have a variety of services provided to its customers. Specializing in the design of specific subjects that are home to preferred customers. Considering that your home is decorated, and try to find design professionals have already established a wide customer base. They are evidence of their work later if you have many customers, especially this decorator you as give you an idea of ​​the following methods, want to adopt the way you see your comments and review comments about the specialist Please try.


Beautiful Home Interiors
Beautiful Home Interiors

The kitchen is the heart of the house more often so, should focus more energy in order to achieve this room than not. Since the unit has a kitchen cabinet and there to suit every taste, you can go to town. In the kitchen of beautiful wood, but will retire from President Bush, might have been very successful in modern apartment in his heart in the city - it is confirmed according to the style of your own home Please you. The other thing to remember is that it is absolutely critical feature of the kitchen. Regardless of how much it if you do not have enough closet, refrigerator or oven less than joy to use, is not too far from

Beautiful Home Decorating
Beautiful Home Decorating

Design professionals for home use, but provides a lot of offers, without putting a strain on your finances, you can choose to see what you can offer as much as possible as soon as possible. For your home, if any, please try to set an appointment with a specialist to find out what changes need to. Ask them their views on how to get started with your project, you can also set your own ideas. This is an effective way to get the job done before your desired results.

Custom Ranch House Plans | Custom Home Design Ideas

Custom Ranch House Plans

Custom Ranch House Plans

Custom Home Design Ideas

Custom Home Design Ideas

Products manufactured in mass have overcome the world, leaving precious little handmade items can be found. Mass production also crashed the housing market. The household waste full size fits all at home to keep track of the road. Its partners maintain only rare and often better than the values ​​of home-made vanilla hand. Well done custom home design and sell faster in slow markets.


Custom Room Designs

Custom Room Designs

Custom Home Builders

Custom Home Builders

Most architects work with you to shape the scope of a plan or project that you need is love,Earnings adjusted than those who are choosing to live in houses. In addition to maintaining a better price, you have a house that works for you and your family's needs is the freedom to create. This is useful if you have special needs at home, such as difficulty walking.


Meadowview Transformed

Meadowview's patio area recently underwent an outstanding renovation. Check out these before and after photos to see how Visbeen Associates transformed this area to be an amazing, cozy getaway, just outside the resident's doors.

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Contemporary Modern Home Design | Contemporary Interior Home Design

Contemporary Modern Home Design

Contemporary Modern Home Design

Contemporary Interior Home Design

Contemporary Interior Home Design

Contemporary Room Design

Contemporary Room Design

What is the process for designing a new home? What are the steps in the design competition for new home? The answers to these questions vary from one job to another, but generally include some elements in common. The first step to see the design of new housing is interviewed and selected a design firm. There are many different options and prices to choose from when selecting a design team to complete the design of their new home. Ask about their experience, ask for references, ask if they have designed a house similar to what you are looking for. Also, ask what you will get the fees you pay

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