The tenth and final stop on the 2014 Northern Home and Cottage Home Tour is located in Traverse City at 789 Wind Drift Road. This one floor home has expansive views of West Grand Traverse Bay as well as strong architectural elements and a 15-foot cathedral ceiling.

Visit the other homes on the 2014 Northern Home and Cottage Home Tour:

  1. European Accent
  2. One for the Ages
  3. A Plus (This home has been removed from the tour)
  4. Farmhouse Reno
  5. Barn Reno
  6. Enlightened Craftsman
  7. Cottage For All Seasons
  8. South Beach Style
  9. Family Design

The 2014 Northern Home & Cottage Home Tour takes place on Saturday, September 13th from 10 am to 5 pm. 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

With its soaring 15-foot cathedral ceiling, liberal use of glass, strong architectural elements and drop-away view of Grand Traverse Bay, the home of Gretchen and Jim Overbeek doesn’t look anything like your mother’s ranch home. But Scott Lankford, who designed the original blueprint, says that when all the important living spaces are on one floor, well, that’s a ranch. In the case of this particular ranch, it is the strong, clean-lined interior and the interplay of structure with site that makes all the difference.

The planning of the home began with the purchase of the lot at the tippy top of the upwardly winding Incochee Farm subdivision. “We just kept coming back to it,” Jim says of their property search. Stunning yes, difficult to build on, yes again, and the entire talented team who worked on the home credits Mike Collings of MAC Custom Homes for tweaking the plan to make full use of the site and to root the structure securely to the mountain.


The property seemed to call for modern lines, and the Overbeeks were ready to push their style envelope from their previous home, a log cabin on the Pere Marquette River. They were also all for using low maintenance materials. The completed home is a stunningly handsome structure with a metal roof, cement siding, split-rock face and glass exterior. The exterior entrance delivers with stacked stone pillars, slate pavers and a steel pergola—an ensemble that manages to feel both indigenous and Asian influenced.

The slate-tiled foyer leads past Jim’s glass-walled office into a great room marked by strong design statements including a magnificent stove hood fashioned from stacked stone flanked by rust-colored Tau Gres ceramic tiles that resemble weathered metal. Angela Goodall of Kitchen Choreography, who masterminded the hood, went on to echo the same materials in the living room fireplace mantel—a surface that also discreetly holds the television. Other standouts in this striking home are semi-custom kitchen cabinetry, a spectacular walk-in closet and a bathtub that feels like it is in the treetops.


2014 Northern Home and Cottage Home Tour