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 ninth home on the Northern Home & Cottage Tour is located at 624 Birchwood Avenue in Traverse City. It was remodeled by Bay Area Contracting and BAC Design Group of Traverse City (231.941.0014).

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Scott and Vickie Lizenby, raised their family in a home at the base of Old Mission Peninsula—near but not on the water, and close to Traverse City’s great schools, shopping, dining and medical care. When the kids grew up, the couple decided to re-nest, this time investing in a home on the waterfront—an investment they hoped to enjoy for the next 25 years. After a two-and-a-half-year search along East Bay from Old Mission to Elk Rapids, the couple decided on an Old Mission home just a few miles north of where they’d raised their children.

“[We saw] many beautiful properties, but felt the closeness to downtown Traverse City and ease of travel east and west, convenience of restaurants, shopping and the medical community ultimately guided us here. Location, location, location,” Scott says.

The property was perfect, but built in 2002, the home had begun to look dated. Beyond that, through their search the Lizenbys had come to love classic coastal style and wanted it for their new home. “We made the decision to remodel to enjoy that look sooner and longer,” Scott says, adding that they naturally gravitated to hiring Bay Area Contracting and BAC Design Group to do the design and build work. “Over the years we’ve been fortunate enough to meet the dynamic duo of Marty Rhein [senior designer] and Dean Adams [owner and contractor]. We were very confident that they would be the team we would feel comfortable working with.”

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The Lizenbys gave the BAC team their wish list: A complete classic coastal remodel of the main floor, including kitchen and living room, mudroom, laundry and master bath. The challenge? Stay within the Lizenbys’ budget. Making changes that extensive without breaking the budget meant, among other things, repurposing some existing materials and preserving all original doors, wainscoting and trim details, as well as the fireplace, while updating them to blend with the many brand-new interior features and colors.

That was only the beginning. BAC Design Group redesigned and opened up the home’s floor plan, integrating new white-painted columns, header trim details and tongue-groove ceilings. The kitchen was outfitted with custom white-painted cabinetry and deep-brown granite countertops on the perimeter, as well as a center island with cherry cabinetry topped with white marble-like quartz. Custom cabinet fronts on new appliances, classic white subway tile on the backsplash and recessed niche behind the new professional gas cooktop rounded out the transformation of this space. Wide-planked dark oak flooring and new lighting throughout the main level provided a cohesive look and feel.

Other changes included a fully remodeled master bath, improved mudroom storage and new floor tile, hardware, wainscoting, paint and an elegant granite-topped counter. Tourgoers will agree, empty-nesting never looked better!

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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