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The success of past Design Home collaborations has hinged on more than just dynamic design, astute craftsmanship and discerning décor. A distinct chemistry between members of the design team provides the foundation for what is to come. This year, a new component is having a definitive impact on the project: Homeowners.

While Design Home 2006 is being constructed for a family who has inspired structural and interior decisions since this venture’s inception, the finished residence opens on October 5, 2006 for a premier VIP unveiling, artisan reception and benefit dinner. All proceeds from this inaugural showing and a subsequent one-day only public open house will benefit DeVos Children’s Hospital.

Grand Rapids Magazine is pleased to showcase each phase of Design Home 2006’s progress month by month. Look for architectural and design highlights in every issue. For more details, visit Design Home 2006 at

First seen embraced in its seven-acre woodland haven, Design Home 2006’s European-inspired estate warrants speculation. But for the first time, Design Home isn’t emerging as a spec house, the pet project of an architect, builder, artisans, contractors and interior designers, crafted foremost for a fundraiser and public tours.

From Grand Rapids architect Wayne Visbeen’s first signature sketch, the creation of Design Home 2006 began with a family in mind. This home incorporates the daily routines, dreams and idiosyncrasies of a husband, a wife and three active boys.

It will represent the poignant orchestration of design collaborations that are both professional and personal.

And it may clarify to many why constructing a dream home from wish list to reality, guided by a skilled and inspired creative team, is worth every cent.

Progress Reports

Follow the progress of Design Home 2006 each month through the following links:


VIP Unveiling

Design Home 2006 was debuted in October with a VIP reception to benefit the DeVos Children’s Hospital Foundation. The event raised $28,000. Thank you to all of the sponsors and vendors that made the evening such a huge success.


We wish to thank these sponsors for making Design Home 2006 possible. Click on the company names for more information.

Belden Brick Intergrity Electric US10B & Company
Carpet One by Johnson The Lighting Corner Visbeen Associates, Inc.
Classic Stereo and Video Meadowgreen Landscapes Vredevoogd Heating & Cooling
Eikenhout Inc. Republic Bank Williams Kitchen & Bath
Harvey Automotive Richards Showroom The Window Center
Home Fabrics + Furniture Standale Lumber Zeeland Architecture

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