On the hunt for Northern Michigan’s dream home-design-and-build team? From architects to landscape designers, here are your 2021 Northern Home and Cottage Home Sweet Home Award winners as voted by YOU!
Northern Michigan’s Best Architect
When architect Ken Richmond opened his Traverse City-based firm 22 years ago, he was looking forward—and backward. Richmond’s keen eye and passion for the historic landscape and lifestyle of the North—from lakeside Victorian cottages to rustic cabins and farmhouses—shape his designs. The results are homes that blend exquisitely into their sites, while offering all the amenities his clients desire to live their best Up North lives.
“I have always looked toward the vernacular in architecture as inspiration for my work: in the natural, in the man-made, in the cultural, in anything that defines the origin of a place. It motivates me every day … and I have always had great clients to indulge this passion.” —Ken Richmond
Photo by Richmond & Associates
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Top Three Architects in Northern Michigan
FIRST: Ken Richmond, Richmond & Associates
SECOND: Sarah Bourgeois Architects
THIRD: White & Liebler
Best Home Builder in Northern Michigan
The C in CMB Construction stands for owner Colin Bushong’s first name. But it could just as well stand for “Collaboration.” For two decades, Bushong has begun each residential building project with a blank slate, listening carefully to everything from his clients’ ideas to their budgets. Then, along with his skilled team of designers and woodworkers, he sets out to find resourceful, affordable ways to make their dreams come true.
“We are humbled and honored to win this award! Building fine homes is our passion. We take great pride in our build quality and process. Helping people build their dream home is an amazing experience.”—Colin Bushong
Photo by CMB Construction
Top Three Builders in Northern Michigan
FIRST: CMB Construction
SECOND: Waterfront Property Management & Builder
THIRD: Paul Maurer General Contracting
Best Interior Designer
There is no shortage of accolades to describe the work of Angela Goodall and her team at Kitchen Choreography. Elegant, stylish and flawless all come to mind. But one adjective that especially pops is seamless. From molding to flooring, whether it’s in a laundry room, powder room, kitchen or a whole house interior, Kitchen Choreography’s work integrates seamlessly with the environment around it. What’s more, Team KC prides itself on working seamlessly with contractors and homeowners—an especially important quality since so many of their clients are second-home owners who aren’t usually on-site during construction.
“Winning this award is very heartwarming, both to me and our design crew at Kitchen Choreography. Northern Michigan is home to many talented designers and it is a great honor to be recognized among them. Thank you to everyone who voted and recognized our hard work and passion for this industry!”—Angela Goodall
Photo by Kitchen Choreography
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Top Three Interior Designers
FIRST: Kitchen Choreography
SECOND: The Inner Structure
THIRD: New Leaf Interiors
Best Landscape Designer
Some artists work on canvas. Bob Drost works across landscapes where his mediums are nature’s most basic elements such as earth, water, fire, plantings and rock—big, boulder-type rocks. Show him a rock and he’ll shape an entire outdoor fireplace around it, turn it into the ledge of a cascading pool or use it to punctuate the finale of a grand outdoor staircase. And where there is form, there is function. Drost Landscapes are designed to hold up to Northern Michigan’s elements, so that homeowners can relax and revel in the outdoors.
“It’s a joy to work in the landscape industry in beautiful Northern Michigan. Our team has grown from a few guys in a barn 30 years ago to over 100 people, including my two sons, Dusty and Travis Drost, serving our community today. I can’t wait to see what the future holds.” —Bob Drost
Photo by Drost Landscape
Top Three Landscape Designers
FIRST: Drost Landscape
SECOND: Traverse Outdoor
THIRD: Zimmerman Landscaping Inc
Best Renovation and Remodel Professionals
Waterfront Property Management & Builders | 7698 Summit St., Alanson
Several years ago, Joe Lucier purchased a home maintenance and construction company from his mentor, Gregg Garn. In a matter of months, the company grew from 12 to 50 employees and added more luxury homes to its project list. How does growth like that happen? Mostly word-of-mouth from their happy customers in the Emmet
County area. Waterfront Property Management & Builders may have gotten bigger, but Lucier says the smallest home maintenance jobs still receive the attention to detail his company has become known for.
“To all our valued customers in the beautiful Northern Michigan area, the Waterfront team gives a resounding ‘Thank you!’ We love where we live and strive to serve and improve the communities we grew up in. Thanks for helping us move toward our vision of becoming the most loved, most trusted and most used remodeler in Emmet County!” —Joe Lucier
Photo by Waterfront Property Management & Builders
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Top Three Remodel or Renovation Contractors
FIRST: Waterfront Property Management and Builders, Inc.
SECOND: Kitchen Choreography
THIRD: Biggs Construction Services Inc.