For the second time this fall, Northern Home & Cottage opens the doors to some of the most exciting homes in the region on the Petoskey Area Home Tour Saturday, October 15. On this tour, you’ll see the grounds and interiors of seven homes in Antrim, Charlevoix and Emmet Counties.

Proceeds raised during the Petoskey Area 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 sixth home on the Northern Home & Cottage Petoskey Area Tour is located at 2605 Bay Harbor Club Lane in Kewadin. Paul Maurer General Contracting, 231.941.1448, and Kitchen Choreography, 231.932.9700, helped create the stunning home.


The Lake Michigan property that Cary and Patti Wieting found near Kewadin was perfect: A stunning view, plenty of trees, beautiful sunsets, privacy. There was one issue, however: A protected dune would make siting the home difficult—so difficult, in fact, that the only space a home could be constructed was in one smaller corner of the lot. And even then the future homeowners weren’t sure the dune could be worked around.

Enter architect Todd Young of the Bloomfield Hills firm Young & Young, who says of the project, “Like good art your restrictions are your greatest assets—they forced us to do wonderful things.”

Those wonderful things begin at this home’s handsome foyer that opens onto the lower level, where a guest bedroom and an entertainment room are also located. A contemporary staircase—stained white oak steps with a glass railing—lead up a half-story to two bedrooms and two baths. The main living areas—great room, master bedroom and den—are on the top floor, where large banks of windows take full advantage of the view of woods and the lake beyond. By cantilevering the deck from this upper story, over a swale and to the base of the dune, Young made use of every square inch of buildable area.


The contracting crew from Paul Maurer General Contracting skillfully set the steel beams for this home built in sand—making it, says Cary, “built like a fortress.”

As Young points out, the cantilever offers far more to this home than just added square footage. “The home is snuggled up to the dune not on it; it’s a beautiful relationship,” he says. “This home is about the lake, certainly,” he continues. “But its core relationship is with the entire site.” Young goes on to describe some of the property’s other features, including a 40-foot-tall wooded dune to the north of the house. “If you climb up that wooded slope you are above the home’s roof,” he says.

Ever respectful of the site, Young melded the façade of vertically hung cypress siding atop quarried stone to echo the surrounding forest. The architect carried these exterior elements into the interior— cypress is used on the ceilings and stone on the home’s two fireplaces. The primary of these two fireplaces is a magnificent double-sided, floor-to-ceiling masonry masterpiece that faces the living area on one side and the den on the other.


The open kitchen, executed by Kitchen Choreography’s Angela Goodall working with Young & Young’s interior designer, Michelle LaVictor, is a warm mix of cream-painted maple cabinetry with glass fronts on the upper cupboards, quartz countertops and mossy glass subway tiles that play off the wooded views.

With its organic materials, clean lines and cantilever, this home evokes a Frank Lloyd Wright-ian style. Wright would likely approve of the way the home’s carefully placed windows turn it into a prism at sunset—the Wietings’ very favorite thing about their beautiful new home.

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Photo(s) by Jason Hulet