GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—A wildlife habitat is now gracing the roof of a Grand Rapids area home.
Tom Newhouse designed and built his home and design studio in 1978 as a solar, earth-sheltered, low energy place, complete with a green roof. The project won a national design award from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and Environmental Protection Agency at the time.
Last year, when upgrades were needed for his roof, Newhouse found Advanced Green Architecture. Workers with the Grand Rapids business replaced his aging roof with a new modular green roof system that supports wildlife. AGA reused existing plants from the original green roof and added more than 30 varieties of Michigan native plants. Workers also planted wildflower seeds, added a small pond to attract birds, insects and frogs, and installed a walking path and seating area.