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 fourth stop on the 2015 Northern Home & Cottage Home Tour is located in Glen Arbor at 7374 Arbor Pines Drive.

This gray, shingle-style home on Sleeping Bear Bay fits into its shore-side setting with the confidence and grace of a great American coastal classic. Walk into the simple but elegant foyer (worthy of a sea captain’s homecoming) and then into a great room that shines with the attention to detail that comes with assembling a first-class design-and-build team: builder Dale Boone, architect Sarah Bourgeois, kitchen designer Sandra Bargiel and homeowners Mike and Susan Garver.

The great room with its handsome Brazilian cherry floor, dove-gray walls and glossy white woodwork is a handsome backdrop for the stunning bay view visible through the bank of windows and glass doors. A Scandinavian-style teak dining room set (from Edwards Home Furnishings in Suttons Bay) creates a fluid transition from the open living room to the open kitchen, where a built-in breakfast nook with banquette seating offers more intimate dining.

Photo: Mike Gullon

Photo: Mike Gullon

The kitchen manages all its functions in crisp, inviting style. Expansive Super White granite countertops and glossy white fireclay sink make prep a breeze, while cooking and baking are elevated on the dual-fuel, six-burner, double-oven Wolf Range. A small but efficient bar and coffee center holds a KitchenAid Architect Series Icemaker and KitchenAid double-drawer refrigerator. Tucked between the kitchen and the door to the garage, a generous butler’s pantry keeps the muss and fuss out of sight. It’s all pulled together with a translucent white subway tile backsplash and painted white Shaker-style cupboards.

Behind this home’s beautiful façade are several clever ideas that make living here that much sweeter: two washers and two dryers (one set is near the beach access door and the other is in the master bedroom closet), remote-controlled screens on the verandas and a lovely, lightweight painting in the living room that lifts off to reveal the big screen television.

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Photo(s) by Mike Gullon