Petoskey Area Home Tour by Northern Home & Cottage, Home #7

For the second time this fall, Northern Home & Cottage opens the doors to some of the most exciting homes in the region on the Petoskey Area Home Tour Saturday, October 15. On this tour, you’ll see the grounds and interiors of seven homes in Antrim, Charlevoix and Emmet Counties.

Proceeds raised during the Petoskey Area Home Tour will benefit Northern Michigan non-profit, Child and Family Services of Northwestern Michigan. Save by purchasing tickets to the 2016 Northern Home & Cottage Home Tour at MyNorthTickets.com.

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The last home on the Northern Home & Cottage Petoskey Area Tour is located at 7696 Crystal Beach Road in Rapid City. Kitchen Choreography in Traverse City, 231.932.9700, and Draper Construction in Rapid City, 231.322.3015, helped with the incredible makeover.


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Tourgoers will be treated to a slice of lumber-era history at this renovated home on a breathtaking piece of property that includes both Torch Lake and river shoreline.

The home dates to 1895 when Civil War veteran George Persons built the home to house the lumberjacks who used the lake and river to float logs out of the forest. Those lumbermen left their boot gouges on the wood floor, as did Persons, whose peg leg made its own dents and scrapes. The home became a private residence in the early 1950s.

Laura Mudry had vacationed on Torch Lake as a child, and brought her husband, Ron, to the area after they were married. For several summers the Mudry family rented what had by then become Lumberjack Lodge. Then, three years ago, the Mudrys were able to purchase the historic building. Much as they loved and respected its history and integrity, the couple knew its tiny, chopped-up rooms, dark knotty-pine interior, and outdated kitchen and baths were going to need a makeover.

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Aaron Draper, of Draper Construction, Steve Thomas, of Thomas Building and Design, and Angela Goodall, of Kitchen Choreography, formed the team that spearheaded this one-of-a-kind restoration.

In the end, the kitchen was moved for a better view of the water, tiny bedrooms were turned into themed bed-and-bath suites, the Mudrys received a spectacular new master bedroom built over a new garage, and the first and second floor were revamped with painted nickel-gap paneling to lighten it up while maintaining a vintage feel.

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The roster of not-to-be missed in this home includes a new master bedroom with a spectacular mahogany ceiling, a fun use of paint color throughout the home, new and refurbished bathrooms (including the original claw foot tub in the master suite) and a completely renovated kitchen outfitted with new retro-style appliances.

Ever careful to preserve the home’s history when feasible, the Mudrys have left the third floor almost untouched, right up to the knotty pine-clad walls and ceiling. While minor updates make the stairs more friendly, and new windows are more energy efficient, this third floor looks as it did when Peg Leg Persons and his lumberjack buddies stayed here.

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