Join us for a premier one-day home tour featuring 7 beautiful homes, thoughtfully designed and surrounded by stunning landscapes in the Petoskey area—Elk Rapids, Charlevoix, Harbor Springs and more. The Petoskey Area Northern Home & Cottage Home Tour is Saturday, October 14 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Below is a sneak peek inside home #5!

Proceeds raised during the Petoskey Area Home Tour will benefit Northern Michigan non-profit, Child and Family Services of Northwestern Michigan. Tickets (along with driving directions) are $20 until September 30 and $25 after. To purchase tickets please go to For more information: 800.836.0717. Tickets can be purchased at MyNorthTickets through October 12 and at the following locations: Capital Granite, Petoskey Chamber of Commerce, Advance Electric in Gaylord. Tickets are also available at the door of each home—cash or check only.

Address: 11332 S. East Torch Lake Dr.

Builder: Draper Construction, 231.322.3015

Torch Lake has always been a draw for people seeking beauty and tranquility. One couple that found themselves drawn to Torch Lake’s beauty is Mike and Jan McCrackin. For years, Mike and Jan focused on building a successful business and raising a family. As the business grew, Mike and Jan wanted to share the fruits of success with their children and family. They wanted to create a place of tranquility to share with family for generations to come.

Mike built his business based on teamwork and pursuing the big idea, and he wanted their house on Torch Lake built using the same model. The challenge with implementing any vision is finding the right team to help make it a reality. A longtime friend introduced Mike and Jan to Aaron Draper. Mike and Aaron hit it off immediately. In Aaron, Mike found a leader who could help make his vision a reality. Draper Construction’s full team of craftsmen, designers, and sub-contractors went to work to help make the McCrackins’ vision for a home for the generations a reality.

Tourgoers will be guided to the home via a stunning paver driveway crafted by Scott Felker and Eric Rubert of 365 Outdoors, who also designed and installed landscaping that complements the beautiful lakeside setting. As tourgoers approach the home, they will see stonework worthy of a Tuscan villa, by Brian George and Brian Berger of BBG Masonry. All of these exterior details are a prelude to the beauty visitors will witness upon entering the home.

Inside this 13,000-square-foot home, tourgoers will see reclaimed antique chestnut floors, hickory and walnut paneling, custom built teak Symphony Cabinets by Kitchen Choreography, and 11 individually designed bathrooms. The kitchen was designed so the couple, their four adult children and as many friends and relatives as care to join, can cook and dine together.

The McCrackins’ vision for the home interior came to life as Angela Goodall of Kitchen Choreography worked with the couple to design each room in a unique style with handpicked items and custom-built features from the floors to the ceilings. The magnificent lighting throughout the house takes advantage of huge windows and gives the home a warm glow inside and out. There’s a roomy sauna and—perhaps the pièce de résistance—an upstairs bar/game room outfitted with a pool table and shuffleboard. This room, like most rooms in the home, has a sweeping view of Torch Lake. Tourgoers will want to see this work of art and craftsmanship that is one family’s vision of a generational home.

Preview all 7 homes on the Petoskey Area Home Tour in the October 2017 issue of Northern Home & Cottage.

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Photo(s) by Jason Hulet