The 2015 Northern Home & Cottage Home Tour takes place on Saturday, September 19 from 10 am to 5 pm. The tour treats tourgoers to 12 homes, each chosen for their distinctive style and/or innovative lifestyle concept. 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 2015 Northern Home & Cottage Home Tour at

The second stop on the 2015 Northern Home & Cottage Home Tour is located in Empire at 7522 Glenmere Road.

Like the classy grande dame she is, this home has clung to her best features since she was built in the 1920s or 30s—a stately porte cochère, white-painted fireplace mantel with a neo-classical relief across it, fieldstone fireplace, Dutch lap siding and Douglas fir floors. But the years took their toll, covering her good qualities with suburban-blue siding, linoleum, bad fixtures…



Enter homeowners Joe and Fran White and their architect/contractor Matt Wollam, who finished renovating this Little Glen Lake home just this summer. The project was a perfect fit for Matt’s penchant for echoing historic detail and the Whites’ exuberance for tastefully outfitting homes. A seamless new addition makes the home large enough for two families to vacation together (yes, you could rent this and enjoy your dream Glen Lake vacation!). Upstairs, two master suites anchor each end of the home, with five smaller bedrooms and baths between. Fran’s eye for period wall colors sets the right Up North tone. Two staircases lead to two living areas connected by a spacious kitchen that functions in overdrive for modern families while carrying the warm feel of a bygone era: mossy green-painted cabinetry, two white enamel farmhouse sinks, two Sub-Zero refrigerators, a 48-inch Wolf range, and a handsome butler’s pantry.

Wollam uncovered the original Dutch lap siding then matched it for the addition, refurbished the porte cochère, refinished the Douglas fir and oak floors, and designed perfectly period balconies off the master suites that hearken to Gatsby, Daisy and mint juleps. The white embossed fireplace mantel is glossier than ever, and the fieldstone chimney still stands tall. The manicured lawn rolls out to the ageless Little Glen Lake view—not West Egg. Better.

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