This house has been removed from the tour.

We apologize about this and we are disappointed that we can’t show you the magnificent work of Kim Hooker of Cedar Creek Interiors and Marc Burkholder of Burkholder Construction. If you are interested in seeing their work, they do have a retail store located in Traverse City. 415 S. Union Street, Traverse City, MI 49684.


The 2014 Northern Home & Cottage Home Tour takes place on Saturday, September 13th from 10 am to 5 pm and will guide curious fans of Northern Michigan home and cottage design through the gamut of home styles—from ultra modern to contemporary and classic. Proceeds raised during the home tour will benefit Northern Michigan non-profit, Child and Family Services of Northwestern Michigan. The third of ten stops on the tour is a recently renovated home on the Old Mission Peninsula near Traverse City.

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Karen Ludwig has great friends. Count among them her interior designer, Kim Hooker, and her builder Marc Burkholder of Burkholder Construction. Karen was ready to pack her belongings in preparation of an extensive redo of a 1990s A-frame on Old Mission Peninsula that she’d recently purchased, when she became ill and was hospitalized for six days. Enter three of her friends and her sister who did the packing for her and set her up a space in the upstairs so she’d be comfortable amid the construction.

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Meanwhile, the A-frame was a hodgepodge of bland spaces that didn’t take advantage of the incredible view of Grand Traverse Bay across the street—it was in need of a makeover indeed! Working with Kim and Marc, Karen developed a plan for a new Brazilian tigerwood floor, opening up the kitchen to the great room and its floor-to-ceiling A-shaped view, and rejiggering walls to give her a lovely master bed and bath that look out on the wooded bluff behind the house. She brought in Kim in specifically to help place her furniture in the new space, choose wallpaper, select lighting and to rescue a wall in the great room that was represented by a waste of space and a tacky gas fireplace in the corner. Karen also scheduled a vacation in Florida, hoping the construction would be done.

The construction took longer than expected (no fault of Burkholder Construction, Karen is quick to add!) and the day Karen left for Florida her kitchen cupboards hadn’t arrived, her refrigerator was in her living room sitting on the unfinished floor …Fast forward to her vacation’s end when she landed in Detroit, picked up her car at the airport and made the drive back to Traverse City. She turned into her driveway wondering why there were so many cars parked in the vacant lot next door … and then there was Kim, running out of her house to greet her with a glass of wine.  Turns out, Kim had called five of Karen’s friends to join in a makeover reveal—candles, wine and all. It was HGTV done better. Marc and Kim had worked together to finish and arrange everything—right down to a new, stacked stone fireplace and furniture arrangement (which included moving a baby grand piano!).

As Karen was so thrilled to see that evening, her home is now an oasis of relaxed sophistication drenched in the serene ever-changing view of the bay.

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