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

The fourth stop on the 2014 Ultimate Up North Kitchen Tour is located in Petoskey at 1388 Bay View Heights. The openness of this kitchen paired with the view will take any tour goers breath away!

  1. Elegance, Torch Lake Style
  2. Simple Pleasures
  3. Period Piece

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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Pat Reyburn recalls saying this to her husband before they purchased their home on a bluff overlooking both Little Traverse Bay and Round Lake: “I absolutely refuse to buy that home unless you promise me that within a year I will get a new kitchen!”

Did Andy Reyburn keep his promise? “Walls came down!” Pat says with a laugh. Indeed they did—and in the place of the tiny kitchen cut off from the rest of the house, and blocked from an incredible view, grew a warm, functioning stylish kitchen. Along the way, Pat and kitchen designer Caroline Kimble got to be good friends.

The demolition that launched the project included removing the wall that separated the kitchen from the living and dining area—and that watery view—and another that created a small, useless hallway between the garage and the kitchen. Finally, with three full bathrooms, Caroline and Pat decided the powder room off the kitchen could go, freeing up more space—enough for double ovens and a pantry.

In the new space, clean-lined, transitional-style cherry cabinets with a rich dark stain complement a rustically handsome PetraSlate tile back- splash to create a warm, contemporary look. Flamed granite countertops have the soft matte feel of soapstone with the durability of granite. The new kitchen sink sits where it always did, but thanks to a larger window it now has an expanded view. A new gas cooktop sits under a custom cherry hood and next to a pot filler—Pat loves to cook pasta. A stunning sheet of River Bordeaux granite tops a generous island with room for seating, a microwave drawer and storage.

Twin hand-blown glass pendant lights hang over the island. Caroline picked them out in honor of the Reyburns’ collection of glass from all over the world. The floor was a harder-won design solution. The old kitchen floor had run at a diagonal, as it does in the adjoining living dining area. Laying the new flooring diagonally wasn’t going to work in the new space. So Caroline found matching acacia flooring in a butter rum finish, had it installed straight across the room and then used gorgeous deep red-brown stained white oak to set the kitchen off from the adjoining room—creating a handsome wrap to the floor and to this beautiful renovation.

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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 #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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