The 2016 Northern Home & Cottage Home Tour in the Traverse City area takes place on Saturday, September 17 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Traverse area home tour treats tourgoers to 11 beautiful homes, thoughtfully designed and surrounded by stunning Northern Michigan landscapes in Grand Traverse and Leelanau counties.

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 2016 Northern Home & Cottage Home Tour at


The fourth home on the Northern Home & Cottage Tour is located at 5283 E. Sugar Bush Lane in Leland. The home was designed by MAC Custom Homes, 231.935.4609.

home42Ted and Connie Standiford had found the lot of their dreams: Situated on a Lake Michigan bluff north of Leland, the property came with access to North Lake Leelanau just across the road. To boot, several friends from their hometown of Ann Arbor had summer homes close by. The couple had even chosen their builder—MAC Custom Homes, one of the most experienced high-end building companies working in Northern Michigan. The problem? They couldn’t settle on a style for their new home. Ted and their son, Nick, preferred the rustic lodge look. Connie wanted a house with an Up North feel, and their daughter Jess was pushing for coastal style. The only Standiford who didn’t have a pressing style opinion was the couple’s youngest daughter, Taylor, who, as her father says, was too busy at college at the time to be overly concerned.

Then one day out boating, the couple saw a home that they knew could kick-start their design conversation. They snapped pictures of it from the water, and even walked around to the landside and shot a few. After seeing the photos, Mike Collings of MAC Custom Homes, working with designer Caleb Norris, helped create a home that would blend the (somewhat) contrasting style themes into one cohesive, gorgeous home.home44

On the home’s exterior the designers’ vision plays out in a contemporary Craftsman-look with rustic cedar shingles trimmed in white to evoke a coastal feel. Inside, the great room has a decidedly lodge feel with its Montana stone fireplace that rises to meet the 22-foot ceiling that is crossed with fir trusses. Royal mahogany floors lead into an adjoining kitchen that is a warm, classic mix of black soapstone and granite countertops, dove-white cabinetry and a brick-red island. “My favorite part of the house is the kitchen,” Connie says. “I love the large island and the way the kitchen flows into the dining and living areas.” A four-season room sports a more relaxed rustic style with a stack stone fireplace and a lower, more intimate fir ceiling.

In the upstairs bedrooms, sand-colored carpet and walls—trimmed in white—play out a beach theme. From top-to-bottom, this home exudes the careful craftsmanship that is a signature of MAC Custom Homes. But as all involved in the design and construction of this handsome home agree, the real design statements here are the spectacular Lake Michigan views from the home’s banks of west-facing windows and bluff-side decks.

Phase II: Petoskey area 2016 Northern Home & Cottage Tour Saturday, October 15, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Find information in your October issue of Northern Home & Cottage.

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Photo(s) by Jason Hulet