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Making It Home: The Common Areas of Apartment Developments

Making It Home: The Common Areas of Apartment Developments


Stuyvesant Apartments Library Lounge

Our friends Hooker DeJong Architects and Engineers have referred us for a variety of projects in hospitality in the past, including Double JJ Ranch and Resort and Meadow Brook Medical Care Facility. So when their apartment developer clients asked them if they knew anyone who could work with them to finish the design and decor in their common areas, we were pleased that they thought of us.  Projects of this caliber all have a requirement to offer a computer room, a community room, a laundry room, an exercise or activity room and a library. We have been very impressed with the facilities that we have been working with and are seeing these types of facilities being more and more interested in creating a community within their building.

Stuyvesant Apartments in Grand Rapids MI

Hooker DeJong and Wolverine Building Group.

Because of the historical nature of this project, it had the additional criteria of having historically-inspired decor. We were asked to use vintage photographs, which we researched through the collections at the Grand Rapids Public Library. Other decor consisted of a West Michigan theme, ranging from manufacturing to recreation.


Elevator Lobby Art of Belle Isle at St. George Tower

St. George Towers in Clinton Township, MI

Hooker DeJong and The Millennia Companies

This complete renovation is a wow! As we worked through selecting art and accessories, we sensed the pride the residents and the management had in this project. We enjoyed hearing comments from the residents who followed us around as we hung art and staged areas who looked over our shoulders and said, “I remember that place!” “That’s the Tech Center on Mound Rd? Sure looks different today!”


Lobby of Stuyvesant Apartments with Historic Photos of Site