How to go from meeting a new friend to crafting their dream home

Craft a home ambiance uniquely tailored to you and the ones you love. Our goal is to understand the ergonomics of how you live and the ideals you hold closest to your heart. We’ll walk you through our design discovery to find out what’s most important to you. Let’s work together to design an at-home presence that emanates peace and tranquility. 


Getting to know you

We begin the process by spending time getting to know you. We’ve learned that it takes time to build a connection. Let’s get drinks, have dinner, and laugh together. It takes time to build trust. We are happy to discuss your plan immediately, but often we’ll use our first time together to simply get to know who you are. What do you care about most? What makes your life worthwhile? These questions will be a grounding reference as we begin to design. Once we’ve gotten to know you, we’ll shift to discussing your vision—and we want to hear every detail.

Home Tour

If you’re comfortable with it, we will continue our discovery in a very unusual way—by taking a tour of your current home. We will ask you to describe in detail what you like and do not like, and we will ask you to try a few regular processes, like coming home and putting your shoes away, or making coffee. We gain invaluable insight about the ergonomics and quirks that make your living situation perfect. For couples, we prefer to do two separate house tours! This way, you are unaffected by your partner’s opinion. This process reveals so much about how each of you likes to live. We have had couples who have been married over 75 years learn something new about each other when we are done!
I cannot state how unbelievable both Ryan and Travis have been through the design build of our home. They have more than exceeded expectations, saved us money, but most of all they have treated us like family and put in time that most won’t do for a project.


Crafting the blueprints

Once we have a comprehensive understanding of who you are and the ergonomics of how you live, we’re ready to begin drawing blueprints. During this process, it’s important for us to be attentive to little details, but also keep our eyes on the larger vision. Our goal is to focus on the feelings you want to experience when you arrive back home after a long day, or wake up to the sunlight streaming into the windows on a bright morning. Once we’re finished, we’ll review the blueprints with you and answer your questions.

Building a 3D model

Before beginning construction, it’s important that we define every detail of what we’re trying to achieve. We also want to make sure that you have as much opportunity to see what the final outcome will look like as possible. Building a 3D model and fleshing in details—like the landscaping, the texture of the siding, and more—can help understand what the final home will look like in real life.

Turning your vision into reality

During the construction process, we are as hands-on as possible. Our goal is to do anything we can to stay on budget and turn your vision into reality. We do site visits and check in on builders. We will make recommendations for interior designers, landscapers, home technology, and more. 42 North doesn’t disappear once diagrams are drawn—we’re your partner and your friends through the process. We are so excited to see the final product—a striking new construction that you can truly call home.

Architecture + design that matches your sense of style

We're here to create the home of your dreams. Work with us to craft a new construction or remodel that emanates the essence of you. Infinitely outside of the box architecture and design in Grand Rapids, Michigan.