Hang Wall Art the Right Way Every Time

Figuring out how to hang wall art correctly is one of the age-old conundrums of interior design. Everyone knows that an improperly hung work of art sticks out like a sore thumb, but it’s tricky to get right, until you know the unspoken rules you need to follow. Choose the right size artwork First and […]

Mid-Summer Home Maintenance Checklist

After the dust settles on your Independence Day celebration, you may notice that your home has begun to show the signs of an active summer – both inside and out.  Take the time now to do a few maintenance tasks to keep your home humming through the rest of the summer. Keep hot air out. […]

Hidden in Plain Sight

Intelligent universal design fades into the background and makes everyone happier Today’s biggest demographic trend poses a challenge and also presents an opportunity. That’s because more and more working-age people are asking for a home with space to accommodate senior parents with age-related mobility or physiological issues. The challenge is that they don’t want the […]

5 Houseplants That Thrive Indoors

Move over, succulents. Today’s houseplants are going lush. That’s right: Indoor potted plants are finally getting their day in the sun. Succulents and cacti eased us back into the idea of tending to some pots on our windowsills. Today, some of the trendiest decorators lean heavily into houseplants as key design elements. If you want […]

Our Focus

OUR FOCUS COMMUNITY REPAIR DAYS AND SPECIAL NEEDS HOUSING Everyone deserves a safe place to call home. Our caring members are committed to serving vulnerable members of our community who face special needs housing challenges. Together, we: • Completed more than 650 wheelchair ramps and other critical repairs through Community Repair Days, our 27-year partnership […]

Construction Workforce Development Alliance (CWDA)

The Construction Workforce Development Alliance of West Michigan (CWDA) was formed by three trade organizations that want to encourage talented young people to put their minds and hands to work in the growing, exciting and rewarding field of construction: the Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc. of West Michigan (ABCWM), American Subcontractors Association of Michigan (ASAM) […]

Vocational Village at the Parnall Correctional Facility

The Michigan Department of Corrections is pleased to announce the Grand Opening of our Vocational Village at the Parnall Correctional Facility.  You are cordially invited to attend the Open House to showcase our training facility and programming on Wednesday, August 30th. The Vocational Village is a first-of-its-kind Skilled Trades training program that aims to provide a […]

Grand Rapids Public Schools – Academy of Design and Construction

Academy for Design & Construction (ADC) appeals to students grades 9-12 with an interest in architecture, engineering, design, and construction by enriching its academic program with the active involvement of professionals and partnerships with business, trade organizations, institutions, and universities. In addition to integrating the themes of design and construction throughout the curriculum, ADC exposes […]

Next Generation/Workforce Development

The Next Generation/Workforce Development efforts aim to support the next generation of housing industry professionals. Through fundraising events, community partnerships, and educational programs, we can prepare students for the industry. The committee strive to support current members through the recruitment, training, and retention of talent for their individual companies and our industry. With community partners and […]

Easy Ways to Use Pantone’s Color of the Year

It’s official…the 2018 Pantone color of the year is Ultra Violet Every year, Pantone releases their defining color of the year, and it usually emulates what’s currently going on in the world of design and beyond.  It will soon be popping up everywhere and on everything.  If you are looking to change things up and bring […]