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 seventh home on the Northern Home & Cottage Tour is located at 11272 Peninsula Drive in Traverse City. The home was renovated by Kitchen Choreography (231.932.9700) and Paul Maurer General Contracting (231.941.1448).

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Pat Conlon works remotely so she can live just about anywhere. So, after years living in the Detroit area she started considering another locale. A big city perhaps? Chicago, Washington,D.C.? She considered those—and other cities—but kept coming back to the much smaller Traverse City, where she vacationed as a child. “Every time I go there I get that same feeling that I had when I was young—breathing clean air, less stressed. It’s just hypnotizing,” she says.

In the fall of 2014, Pat’s Traverse City property search brought her to a home located on a gorgeous lot on the Old Mission Peninsula shoreline. But the home hadn’t been updated since it was built in 1988 and Pat felt the price was a bit high considering how much work it would need. The next February, the home was still for sale and the price had been lowered. Pat bought it and contacted the home’s original architect, Bob Yvon, who still works in Traverse City, figuring he’d be the one to know about load-bearing walls and other structural details of the home. Yvon, delighted to revisit his former project, recommended that she also work with the team of Paul Maurer General Contracting and Kitchen Choreography.

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The top-to-bottom redo of this lovely home centered on the kitchen. By design of the original owners (not their architect!) it was located at the back of the home and blocked from a view of the lake by a bathroom and book shelves. The fix? Rip out the bathroom and bookshelves and turn the laundry room into a powder room.

The new space required two load-bearing columns—not ideal for the open look Pat dreamed of. But Kitchen Choreography’s Angela Goodall turned the problem into a masterpiece by incorporating the loadbearing columns into a handsome, low cherry pass-through, flanked by the refrigerator on one side and double ovens on the other—a design that frames the lake view. Distressed cherry cabinetry, a custom cherry hood, warm brown-toned granite countertops, a fabulous island with a base painted in a soft green, and a beverage station round out this lovely kitchen that exudes traditional warmth.

Upstairs, the master bedroom was pushed out over the garage to make room for a walk-in closet that houses the washer and dryer and a stunning new master bath—complete with a soaking tub that looks out over the trees. If you are seeking inspiration for your own remodel, Pat’s home is a must-see on the tour!

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