#3 Storybook Cottage
2 Deer Park (Woodstone Residential Community), Glen Arbor // Cooley Contracting, 231.933.4336, [email protected]
This lovely home, tucked into a wooded development in downtown Glen Arbor, feels secluded but is within walking distance of shops and restaurants. Working with Cooley Contracting, the homeowner customized a set of plans permitted for this residential community. Among her changes was enlarging the footprint several feet to make room for a formal dining room—generous enough for her cherished dining room set, complete with chair seats that she needlepointed herself. The added footage also allowed for a larger screened porch, which then morphed into an all-season sunroom that overlooks the development’s wooded Deer Park. Accessed from the living room through a lovely arch, the sunroom feels like an extension to the living room—where the slate fireplace surround matches the slate sunroom floor.
A kitchen designer helped the homeowner turn the blueprint for a simple cottage kitchen into a gourmet cook’s dream. Highlights: stunning granite countertops, pullout spice racks flanking the stove and an island for prepping and casual meals outfitted with storage for two sets of dishes and the homeowner’s extensive cookbook collection.
Upstairs, the homeowner used space that was designated for a closet to form a micro-library for her own use and for her visiting grandchildren. A schoolhouse light fixture and newel post clad in Scrabble tiles make this a sweet niche. As you tour the home, keep an eye out for the homeowner’s handmade quilts that make this cottage in the woods feel as though it were lifted from the pages of a storybook.