The 2015 Northern Home & Cottage Home Tour in the Petoskey area takes place on Saturday, October 10 from 10 am to 5 pm. The tour treats tourgoers to 10 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 Petoskey Area Home Tour is in Petoskey at 5112 Lake Grove Road.

There is much to say about this beautiful contemporary Craftsman on Walloon Lake. Perhaps the story begins with the team of builder Jim Matthews (and his Matthews Construction crew), designer Gary Nance (Gary Nance Design) and Jill Brecheisen (Kitchens by Design) who worked together flawlessly—eliminating the need for the homeowners to make any 1,800-mile round trips from their year-round home to check on the building process. Playing off what the homeowner hales as Gary’s extraordinary vision for interior and exterior detail and his ability to listen to his clients, the team made the process so efficient and streamlined that the homeowners were able to decide on basic materials and finishes before they left for the summer and finalize fixture, cabinetry and hardware selections during their visit over Christmas break.

Photo by: James Yochum

This home’s narrative moves on to the drop-dead views of Walloon Lake from almost every room in the home, and then continues up to the great room’s striking vaulted ceiling clad in reclaimed old-growth pecky cypress—the caramel toned wood, native to the southeastern United States, is known for its interesting grooves and pecks, created by a natural fungus that once inhabited the tree. The homeowner, who has business dealings in Georgia, purchased the wood himself and had it shipped to Northern Michigan.

The kitchen is a striking contrast of sophisticated and vintage styles as reflected in marble countertops paired with a furniture-like island and a refrigerator clad in painted white cabinetry so that it resembles an antique icebox. Nautical touches thread throughout the home from maritime pendant lights and a metal-fabricated anchor motif mounted above the range hood in the kitchen, to the mahogany-paneled office with its unique porthole window (that actually opens), and a powder room designed to feel like an antique wooden boat.

But this home’s grand finale—the place that everyone who visits here ends up settling near—is a two-sided fireplace set in the middle of the open kitchen/living area. Constructed of tumbled Chilton stone, the hearth actually houses a bar on one side, replete with a double-drawer refrigerator. As if to remind you that this home is full of understated drama, an alligator mount stretches across the hearth’s other flank. Tour-goers will agree with these homeowners: there is no place like this Walloon Lake home!

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More Homes on the Petoskey Area Home Tour:

Home #1

Home #2

Home #3

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Photo(s) by James Yochum