Recent and Featured Home & Cottage Articles

  • Q&A: Nancy Kotting, Barn Guardian

    Nancy Kotting is out to preserve Leelanau County’s historic barns, turning them into homes, wineries and events spaces.

  • The Green Metal Roof

    American Metal Roofs are earth-friendly–no matter what color you choose.

  • Build Your Cottage in a Day

    These small cottages go up fast. Bonus: they’re energy efficient too.

  • Easy, Smart Trickle Irrigation

    Grow healthier plants,
    reduce your water use
    and work less. Honest!

  • Holy Cow: A Traverse City Farmhouse

    This five-acre farmstead found new life with a fresh, funky reno.

  • Vegetable Bouquet

    Sometimes veggies are just too pretty to eat.

  • Keep the Green in Your Landscaping

    Sandy Naples of Pine Hill Nursery shares tips for healthy, sustainable landscaping.

  • 'Tis the Home and Garden Season

    Mark these events on your calendar.

  • How To: Build a Rock Garden

    Follow these fundamentals to make your garden rock.

  • Bathed in Serenity

    Northern Home & Cottage gives you six ideas for creating your own spa retreat.

  • Talking Landscaping With Bob Drost

    Rock-walled infinity pools and natural hot tubs made from slate and boulders—what’s next Bob?

  • No Ordinary Tree House

    Builder Andy Poineau is using his skills to help the Raven Hill Discovery Center.

  • Build a Bark House

    Poplar bark shingles are available Up North.

  • A House Made from Clay and Straw. Really.

    In her Crystal Lake home Bonnie Barnes achieved Provencal style and superb structural performance with an updated version of an ancient, sustainable building. technique.

  • Capture Winter's Icy Sparkle

    Cool products put together to create an icy sparkle for winter, including a chandelier, candle holders, decanter and glasses.

  • It's a Platinum

    Home to be featured in Northern Home & Cottage wins a prestigious green award.

  • Renovating? Now It’s Easy to Be Green

    The U.S. Green Building Council wants to help make your next remodel green.

  • Up On the Roof

    Super Green Idea: A rooftop greenhouse to grow plants and help heat your home.

  • Danny Forster’s Cool, Green House

    Danny Forster, the host of Discovery Channel’s 2007 show, Build It Bigger, walks us through his first solo architectural project—an exciting, innovative, green home in Omena, on the shores of Lake Michigan.

  • Breaking House Rules in Traverse City

    A Long Lake house designed by Traverse City architect Ken Richmond incorporates Arts & Crafts, cottage and contemporary. The home manages to be creative and styled while melting into the trees.