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 Traverse 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 10th home on the Northern Home & Cottage Tour is located at 1717 US31 North, Unit 3 in Traverse City
. It was remodeled by Kitchen Choreography of Traverse City  (231.932.9700).

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Kitchen Choreography designer Erica Murdock is pleased to showcase this condo remodel because it demonstrates the impact that a simple remodel—or a “pull and replace” as Erica calls it—can have. “It’s nice for people to see that you don’t always have to go through a lot of demolition and structural changes to update a home,” Erica says.

Just as it was when it was built in the 1980s, this condo tucked into a development on a wonderful East Grand Traverse Bay beach is a great, relatively affordable way for the homeowners (a family of five) to have a vacation home Up North. The two bedroom-plus-loft unit just needed updating for the needs of a young family.

The biggest challenge, says Erica, was accommodating everything the homeowners wanted—including a wine cubby and bigger refrigerator—into the very small kitchen without making any structural changes. But Erica figured a way to make it all work, along with new appliances and cabinetry and even adding more voltage for a new range-top microwave. New Corian countertops and an integrated sink help bring a flowing look to the tight space.

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Flooring was the next issue. The condo still had its original wall-to-wall ceramic tile on the first floor—a look that felt cold and dated. The homeowners opted for a new luxury vinyl floor that looks like wood but holds up heroically to dogs, kids and sand. Beyond the kitchen, the oak mantel on the gas fireplace was exchanged for white-painted wood. The last big change was replacing the old steep staircase to the loft with a new one that jogs to create a landing— making it much safer.

New bedroom carpets, bathroom vanities and tile and lovely coastal color palette for the walls and furnishings complete this fresh, simple, fun redo. Stop by and get ideas for sprucing up your own home without turning it into a demolition derby!

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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