2014 Ultimate Up North Kitchen Tour #1: Elegance, Torch Lake Style

The first stop on the 2014 Ultimate Up North Kitchen Tour is located in Bellaire at 2310 S. East Torch Lake Drive. This cottage kitchen is designed for family gatherings and boasts expansive views of Torch Lake.

The 2014 Ultimate Up North Kitchen Tour takes place on October 18 from 9 am to 5 pm. This year there are 11 kitchens ranging from north of Harbor Springs down to Glen Arbor. 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 2014 Northern Home & Cottage Home Tour at MyNorthTickets.com:

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This newly built, traditional Northern Michigan cottage is the product of a trio of regional talent: designer Angela Goodall, architect Ken Richmond and builder Ken Van Houten. After summering on Torch Lake for years, the homeowners, Amy and Jim, were “ecstatic” at finding the lot of their dreams for sale. They were living in Texas at the time, so depended on this team of boots on the ground to take their wishes to reality.

The happy ending to the story is an elegant but relaxed cottage that looks like it has been on the lake for a long time—just as Amy and Jim hoped. On entering the home, tour-goers will be treated to the magnificent staircase that Richmond designed. They’ll go on to find a great room that is flanked on one end by a true North fieldstone fireplace and the other by the open kitchen. This space is defined by high ceilings and banks of generous windows—all designed to make the most of the gorgeous Torch Lake view.

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Angela’s charge was integrating the interior with the fabulous ceilings, windows and view. She began with a color scheme of soft beige, pale blue and white that she played out on the walls and ceilings—pale blue on the ceiling and near the transoms and beige below, next to the longer windows and glass doors. A generous use of white trim work pulls the colors together.

Angela went on to lay out a kitchen fit for this family that loves to cook and entertain. Two dishwashers, an oven-and-a-half, an extra- wide 48-inch cooktop (with griddle) and two islands make it a breeze to cook and visit with the many family and friends who enjoy this cottage. Touches like beadboard on the side of the island, the hand-scraped hickory floor, a white enamel farmhouse sink and granite countertops complemented with soapstone play up the vintage cottage feel Amy was hoping for.

Angela went on to add small but important functional details including rolling doors and a coffee bar tucked away from the main cooking area and behind sliding cupboard doors. “It’s great in the morning— people can get their own coffee or tea and not be in the way of the pancake and waffle making,” Amy says. “Angela doesn’t miss a trick!”

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Check out other kitchens on the 2014 Ultimate Up North Kitchen Tour produced by Northern Home & Cottage magazine and the National Kitchen and Bath Association and sponsored by Virginia Tile and Honor Onekama Building Supply:

2014 Ultimate Up North Kitchen Tour #2: Simple Pleasures

2014 Ultimate Up North Kitchen Tour #3: Period Piece

2014 Ultimate Up North Kitchen Tour #4: Walls Came Down

2014 Ultimate Up North Kitchen Tour #5: Up North French Country

2014 Ultimate Up North Kitchen Tour #6: Vintage Cottage Style

2014 Ultimate Up North Kitchen Tour #7: About the Stove

2014 Ultimate Up North Kitchen Tour #8: Life as Style

2014 Ultimate Up North Kitchen Tour #9: Coastal Living

2014 Ultimate Up North Kitchen Tour #10: Pretty Painted Lady

2014 Ultimate Up North Kitchen Tour #11: Built on Granite

 

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