By Samantha Grose, designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO.
Creating something beautiful and functional is always a source of pride at JP&CO. However, we had a special sense of accomplishment during this year’s Parade of Homes Showcase. This is because the refined South Minneapolis rambler we revealed was not only stunning and functional, but also constructed with more than 95% of the products used made in America. Not only did the beautiful 12-foot addition flow seamlessly to a warm and welcoming kitchen and great room space complete with cozy fireplace, but its production also supported local businesses and reduced our carbon footprint.
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Hardwood Floors travelled from a fourth-generation mill in Wisconsin that practices selective harvesting of hardwood. Who new hardwood floors were green? In addition, the floor’s finish was is water-based, maintaining a high indoor air quality.
Cabinetry was made through sustainable techniques in a shop in Southern Minnesota.
Paint came from Sherwin Williams in Cleveland, Ohio, and was low-VOC paint, meaning it was low in Volatile Organic Compounds (these are hazardous gasses emitted from a variety of common products). Using paint with less VOC promotes high indoor air quality.
Lighting Fixtures were each handmade in Vermont at a forge that touts many socially responsible practices including the use of powder coating to eliminate VOCs, hazardous waste, and health issues associated with liquid finishes
Countertops were made with granite fabricated in Cold Spring, Minnesota.
Windows were only shipped a short distance from the Marvin Windows plant located in Fargo, North Dakota.
Siding came from James Hardie Siding, which is made in a number of plants throughout the country and incorporates natural ingredients that are low in toxicity and created using local resources. It’s also sustainable because of the low maintenance and longevity the product has.
Front Door is made by a company founded on the production of energy-efficient doors that are very low maintenance and long lasting. And the door was manufactured in the Midwest!
Samantha Grose is both Associate AIA and Allied ASID. She is the lead designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO. She takes a unique approach to design creating spaces that are casually sophisticated and timeless in design, where you and your family can live comfortably. She has worked extensively throughout the TWIN CITIES area having completed many new homes and large scale whole house remodels.
Samantha received her BS from the University of Minnesota majoring in both ARCHITECTURE and ART. She is deeply committed to a creative approach giving you highly functional spaces with an aesthetic appeal for everyday living.