Award Winning Home Building
Richard Bloem
True North Homes, LLC
2874 Port Sheldon St, Suite B
Hudsonville MI 49426
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Specialties: SIPs TimberFrame LEEDS Green
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While he may not have known it, Rich Bloem discovered his calling very early in life. As a kid, Rich Bloem was sketching houses and drawing floor plans. Today he employs his talent constructing energy efficient homes featuring the latest technology and design trends. “It’s my passion,” he says. “When people ask me about my hobbies, I tell them I build houses.” Bloem founded True North Homes in 2001, using a systems approach to design and construct comfortable, healthy and environmentally responsible houses.

“We look at a house as a system. We calculate how a house is going to be used, the occupants’ needs and lifestyle, the cubic footage, and take all those factors and more into account to design and build a home with a high level of performance for many years.” Prior to launching his business, Bloem worked in the building industry, including several years in the production of Structural Insulated Panels, (SIPs). Made offsite of composite building materials, SIPs create an efficient and tight building envelope that provides greater insulation and interior comfort, while at the same time producing almost no jobsite waste.
“That’s what really sparked my interest in energy efficient construction,” he says. Rich loves to keep up with technological advances in the homebuilding industry, especially as they relate to building GREEN. His goal is to expose Michigan homeowners to new technologies and ideas. “I want to be an agent of change,” he says.
Rich Bloem won industry awards for a True North Home built in Hudsonville. He recently finished a cutting edge contemporary style home in East Grand Rapids that was built to the highest industry standards for green building. Because of the lack of solid ground it was built with a ‘floating foundation’ (GeoFoam). It is all Energy Star and is also LEED certified. “People are definitely more savvy about products and the importance of enduring design. They know what they want. I specialize in working alongside them through the building process, and realizing their needs and desires, turn their dream home into a reality,” say Bloem.
True North Homes currently has a small condominium project with available or to be built homes in the Cascade area. It is conveniently located off Spaulding between Cascade Road and Burton on the beautiful Watermark Golf Course. If you are looking for a freestanding home with the condominium lifestyle, check out the Tuscan Crest neighborhood today.

AWARDS and DESIGNATIONS: Certified Michigan Green Builder, Member of the Green Builder Council State of Michigan, Member of the Green Build Council the Home Builders Association, Member of the Grand Rapids Home Builders Association

SPECIALTIES: Style: Traditional, Contemporary, Timber Frame, Cottage and Arts and Crafts. Structural Insulated Panels, (SIPs).

Paul/Irene’s Comments:

Choosing Rich Bloem to build your house is sure to be a rewarding experience. He is organized and detailed and this shows in the finished product. Do not expect vague estimates when it comes to scheduling, completion dates or pricing. Because Rich has a good relationship with his trades, (some going back 20 years) he is able to control both the building process and the outcome. Rich’s knowledge on green and environmentally conscious building is an asset too.
Rich works closely with a handful of different architects to recommend the best fit for your project – or you can choose your own architect. And when it comes to the finish details, you can work with his on staff interior designer at no extra charge; a fantastic option to help you achieve the look you are after.
Rich Bloem has a solid reputation in the building industry and he is a pleasure to work with. But don’t just take my word for it. Listen to what his clients say about him:

“Rich Bloem is a great Builder! Flexible, process oriented, committed to quality and passionate about the environ-ment.”                                                                                                                       Scott and Amy Shepard