The Story of Burken Punt

Feb 16, 2024 | Building a Custom Home in Grand Rapids, Building an Energy Efficient Home in Grand Rapids, ICF Custom Homes, Energy Saving Homes, Green Home Tips, Insulated Concrete Forms

R-Value Homes is pleased to show off one of our 2023 Homes. 

The home dubbed "Burken Punt" features stunning detailed craftsmanship and unique custom features. You cannot help but feel the difference when standing inside an R-Value home. This West Michigan home features our specialty,  Insulated Concrete Forms below grade. Above grade,  we implemented a fantastic improvement on stick framing known as T-Stud. We scoured this lot for the most buildable location and found the perfect place to nestle this four-bedroom, 4 bathroom 4,260 square foot beauty. 

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Details Matter

The above grade walls were full of windows; some of which went nearly floor to ceiling, while others stretched across an entire wall, corner to corner. In fact, there were so many locations like this that there was little room left to use our typical Insulating Concrete Forms. T-Stud was the perfect way to maintain structural integrity while also eliminating the thermal bridging that stick framing is known for.. These revolutionary walls eliminate thermal bridging for enhanced thermal performance and durability, while allowing all the flexibility of stick construction.

Below grade, we utilized our niche, Insulated Concrete Forms (ICF). The details matter right from the start. R-Value Homes has specialized in Insulated Concrete Forms (ICF) for 20 years. Featuring steel-reinforced concrete walls surrounded by thick insulation on either side, with furring integral to the forms, these are rock-solid and uniquely energy-efficient homes.

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Stunning Modern-Classic Exterior 

An instant classic, this smooth board and batten siding works with the steep 14/12 roof pitch providing a fresh take on a classic look. A custom made wood entry door, curved windows, simple grilles, and monotone side unify the modern exterior vibe. A large covered porch to makes for a cozy outdoor space in the shade.

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Energy-Efficiency comes first

This airtight home features serious levels of insulation, calculated to eliminate the possibility of condensation and mold growth. Every single R-Value home is equipped with fresh air ventilation, and this is no exception. We provide fresh, healthy air without the harmful chemicals, dust, and allergens that typical homes are unable to remove.

Energy Star™ appliances and fixtures reduce energy use and meet modern demands. This home also features a hybrid heat pump/natural gas furnace; that is intelligent enough to choose the lowest cost heat source to meet the needs of this gorgeous custom home.

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Stunning Main Living Spaces

Beautiful wood floors unify the main level.. Large fixed windows flood the area with light. This spacious central living room features fun and functional details; like built in seating for large family reunions,  floating walnut steps, a tray/shelf ceiling just waiting for a train set, and a gas fireplace with a huge floating concrete hearth. 

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Smart Modern Kitchen 

The kitchen adjoins the living area for seamless entertaining. Natural lighting from the sizeable windows and slider keeps the kitchen bright and fresh.  The large center island with sage green cabinets contrasts beautifully with the crisp white cabinets for plenty of functional storage. 

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White quartz countertops and a large work station for everyday and entertaining.  Overhangs on two sides of the island allow flexibility while making a bold statement The induction cooktop gives this homeowner the control and power of gas, without the gas bill! Wood flooring the seamlessly flows into the dining room and living room making it open concept. The kitchen sink located to the side and does not interrupt kitchen island entertaining. 

Also included is a wine chiller and coffee bar. Kitchen-specific ventilation addresses moisture and odor while keeping the home air-tight and comfortable. 



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Spacious Laundry

Beautiful walnut cabinets surround this laundry room of dreams. With a large farmhouse sink there is no need to go into the kitchen. Plenty of room to keep laundry baskets, cleaning supplies, and hang clothes while they dry. Including a table and large space above the washer/dryer combo., with a built-in desk make this room the workhorse of the home. The ceramic tile floor displays a super fun star pattern. Like every room in this home, there is plenty of natural light flooding in.

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Built for the Future

The homeowner and veteran architect infused this home with his vision and common sense. He designed the kitchen and main floor spacess to accommodate a wheelchair’s turning radius.  Zero step entry, wide doorways,  and space to manuever make aging in place easy if a walker or wheelchair becomes necessary. A closet was specially sized and framed near the entry door that stacks between the levels, ready for a future elevator. Outlets, switches, and door swings were all located for ease of use.

The garage is wired and ready to add a EV charger, and we included conduit so solar panels and an electric vehicle are simple additons.

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Luxurious Bathrooms!

This owners’ suite bathroom features an amazing heated floor! We continued the floor tile into this barrier-free walk-in shower with a sleek linear drain. A niche provides stylish room for shower essentials. We love the corner windows, bench, freestanding tub, wall mounted faucets, wall mounted toilet, floating double vanity, and the list could go on!

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Closets Matter

Included in this owners’ bedroom suite, you’ll find a walk-in closet with masterful built-ins to organize even the most expansive ensemble. This picture only captures a small piece of this amazing space. Featuring a shaded window to let in the natural light and preserve privacy, this closet space is its own small shrine. Not every closet is quite as divine, but we’ve folded in thoughtful built-ins, storage, and organization solutions to all of the bedroom closets in this home.

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So much more!

Time and space fail us to talk about the expansive workshop located under the three stall garage, or show the awesome entry windows from inside, the office/guest room, future expansion space above the garage,  sunroom, and more.

We love showing off our homes! We know our results speak for themselves, and we would love the chance to prove them to you. Reach out today to connect about your sustainable and efficient custom West Michigan home.