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1722 Cielo Dr. Home Featured on MLive

The Sears Architect project at 1722 Cielo Dr. was recently featured on MLive in preparation for its showcasing at the 2014 Fall Parade of Homes

This shingle-style mansion in 2014 Fall Parade of Homes was built for entertainment

By Jim Harger

GRAND RAPIDS TOWNSHIP, MI – The traditional lines of a shingle-style cottage translate into elegance in this 2014 Parade of Homes entry at 1722 Cielo Drive NE.

Built by Insignia Homes, the 7,000-square-foot, three-bedroom mansion was built with entertaining in mind, says builder David Morren. Designed by Sears Architects in conjunction with designer Christina DiMaria, the home is listed in the Parade’s $1 million-plus category.

Set on a hill at the end of a winding road in the woods, the white mansion features some 1,600-square-feet of outdoor decking – about half of which is covered. A large stone fireplace occupies one of the covered outdoor decks for warming up on cool evenings.The recently completed Cielo Dr. project was featured in an article on MLive in preparation for the 2014 Fall Parade of Homes.

The decks are finished with a dark synthetic planks with hidden fasteners. A large pergola over part of the deck was built of clear-stained cedar, as are the ceilings in the covered areas of the deck.

Step inside the mahogany front door with baroque glass and an arched transom, and the home opens up through the foyer into a large great room divided by formal pillars and coffered ceilings.

The hand-scraped maple floors found throughout the main level have been darkened with a coffee stain.

Except for the staircase, most of the trim is painted white to create a “transitional” design that updates the traditional cottage feel. Wallpaper – it’s starting to come back — also adds to the traditional feel in some rooms.

The formal dining room features a long buffet that was hand-built by Insignia’s project manager, Jim Miller. The living room features a modern gas fireplace with a polished white Caesar-stone surround and a limestone mantle.

A large bar area features a glassed in wine storage area that extends from the floor to ceiling. The powder room off the great room features a “floating” cabinet with custom-made legs.

At the other end of the great room, beneath a large bay window overlooking the deck and forested backyard, Miller also designed and built an informal dining area with cushioned benches that fits around a large breakfast table.

The mostly white kitchen features Grabil cabinets and stainless steel Thermodor appliances with white Caesar-stone countertops. A large pantry behind a pocket door hides the refrigerator and open maple shelves for kitchen appliances. A small office for home management tasks can be hidden behind a pocket door.

The main level also includes the master suite, which features custom built-in cabinets throughout the bedroom, bathroom and dressing room. The large walk-in shower features porcelain tile walls with marble inlays and stainless steel trim. The bathroom also features a heated towel warmer.

A spiral staircase in the master suite leads down to the lower level and a mirrored exercise room. The lower level also includes a steam shower, a cedar-lined sauna and a teak-trimmed dressing room that leads to the backyard, where a hot tub will be installed.

The lower level, which features 10-foot ceilings, also includes a spacious family room and home theater with a 90-inch television and surround-sound system.

There’s also a lower level suite with two bedrooms for the owners’ son and daughter. The suite includes a “Jack and Jill” bathroom with a walk-in shower.

On the second floor, there’s a loft-style home office and library with a custom built-in cabinets and a linear gas fireplace built into the wall. Large windows on all sides provide views of the forest that surrounds the house.

Back on the main level, there’s a mirrored vestibule that leads to a laundry room, a large coat closet with custom shelving and a three-stall garage with an epoxy-finished floor.

The home also is loaded with the latest technology, including thermostats that can be controlled via wi-fi and smartphones.

Jim Harger covers business for MLive/Grand Rapids Press.

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