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

The seventh stop on the 2014 Ultimate Up North Kitchen Tour is located in Elk Rapids at 6949 Timberlake Drive. After years of living in this home without a functioning stove, when the opportunity arose for a remodel the stove was a big priority on the to do list.

Visit other kitchens on the Ultimate Up North Kitchen Tour:

  1. Elegance, Torch Lake Style
  2. Simple Pleasures
  3. Period Piece
  4. Walls Came Down
  5. Up North French Country
  6. Vintage Cottage Style

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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Some years back, these homeowners purchased an older home on Birch Lake north of Elk Rapids for a vacation home. It had been used as a rental, and as rentals tend to go, this one had become a bit rundown, and soon after the couple moved in, the stove broke. Knowing that a kitchen remodel was somewhere in their future, the homeowners opted to work around the lack of a stove by using a microwave, waffle iron, electric skillet and other assorted appliances. It was particularly hard for one of the homeowners who especially loves to cook—big family-and-friend type dishes à la food diva Ina Garten’s (otherwise known as the Barefoot Contessa) turkey lasagna. Nearly a decade slipped by and finally the homeowners got around to remodeling. A project that eventually turned into a teardown and new-build.

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The charming little mocha-colored contemporary cottage, designed by architect Sarah Bourgeois and built by Midlake Builders, is finished now. From her white-painted beadboard ceiling to her hand-scraped maple floors, she’s a sweetie. The kitchen sits at one end of a great room that looks out on Birch Lake. Designer Sandra Bargiel helped the owners strike just the right style note they were seeking—traditional and a bit sophisticated, yet warm and relaxed. The kitchen has simple, white shaker-style cabinetry from Showplace Cabinetry, a fabulous marble-topped oak island, dark granite counters and a tumbled marble backsplash that also features a set-in, antique cast iron fireback—traditionally used in the back of fireplaces to radiate heat outwards. The fireback sits above the stove—a shiny new Wolf range that the homeowner says was worth waiting for.

2014 Ultimate Up North Kitchen Tour

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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 #1: Elegance, Torch Lake Style

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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