The 2015 Northern Home & Cottage Home Tour takes place on Saturday, September 19 from 10 am to 5 pm. The tour treats tourgoers to 12 homes, each chosen for their distinctive style and/or innovative lifestyle concept. Proceeds raised during the home tour will benefit Northern Michigan non-profit, Child and Family Services of Northwestern Michigan. Save by purchasing tickets to the 2015 Northern Home & Cottage Home Tour at MyNorthTickets.com:
The fourth stop on the 2015 Northern Home & Cottage Home Tour is located in Glen Arbor at 7374 Arbor Pines Drive.
This gray, shingle-style home on Sleeping Bear Bay fits into its shore-side setting with the confidence and grace of a great American coastal classic. Walk into the simple but elegant foyer (worthy of a sea captain’s homecoming) and then into a great room that shines with the attention to detail that comes with assembling a first-class design-and-build team: builder Dale Boone, architect Sarah Bourgeois, kitchen designer Sandra Bargiel and homeowners Mike and Susan Garver.
The great room with its handsome Brazilian cherry floor, dove-gray walls and glossy white woodwork is a handsome backdrop for the stunning bay view visible through the bank of windows and glass doors. A Scandinavian-style teak dining room set (from Edwards Home Furnishings in Suttons Bay) creates a fluid transition from the open living room to the open kitchen, where a built-in breakfast nook with banquette seating offers more intimate dining.
The kitchen manages all its functions in crisp, inviting style. Expansive Super White granite countertops and glossy white fireclay sink make prep a breeze, while cooking and baking are elevated on the dual-fuel, six-burner, double-oven Wolf Range. A small but efficient bar and coffee center holds a KitchenAid Architect Series Icemaker and KitchenAid double-drawer refrigerator. Tucked between the kitchen and the door to the garage, a generous butler’s pantry keeps the muss and fuss out of sight. It’s all pulled together with a translucent white subway tile backsplash and painted white Shaker-style cupboards.
Behind this home’s beautiful façade are several clever ideas that make living here that much sweeter: two washers and two dryers (one set is near the beach access door and the other is in the master bedroom closet), remote-controlled screens on the verandas and a lovely, lightweight painting in the living room that lifts off to reveal the big screen television.
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