Our second-to-last stop on this year’s Northern Home & Cottage Virtual Tour is this timber frame beauty. Located on Green Lake, you’re not going to want to miss this home featuring work by builder Scott Norris Construction. Take a sneak peek inside and enjoy a never-before-seen Host’s Highlight below. On the hunt for the full tour? Grab your donation-based tickets here.

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This gorgeous corner lot, with frontage on both the Betsie River and Green Lake, stood out to these Chicago homeowners not only for their long-term retirement plans, but also for their more immediate wishes: entertaining lots of friends and family in the interim. The property also happened to be home to a 100-year-old white pine, a beloved landmark that sadly was ravaged by disease and had to come down before building could begin. However, builder Scott Norris, known for his exquisite woodworking, believed the tree could live on.

Timber frame beauty living room

Photo by Samuel Crick

Working with the homeowners, Norris payed homage to it with custom pieces throughout their home—a white pine powder room vanity and other built-ins, a fireplace mantle and accents to the range hood in the kitchen, as well as a special art piece he crafted with slabs from the tree itself. The home is a white pine timber frame house, a specialty of Norris and his team (they operate their own timber frame shop). Just as the owners wanted, the waterfront cottage features plenty of bedrooms—a primary on the main floor, two bedrooms upstairs and a suite atop the garage—so each guest has ample space and always feels right at home.

Timber frame beauty kitchen

Photo by Samuel Crick

NHC Home Tours Digital Exclusive: Host’s Highlight

No one knows all 8 homes better than this year’s host, Erin Lutke. We sat down with Erin to get the inside scoop on each and every home, and here we share some of her favorite moments when touring + a never-before-seen video snippet of the room or moment that she revealed. You can only find the 2022 Northern Home & Cottage Virtual Home Tour Host’s Highlights on MyNorth.com.

“This property sits on the mouth of the Betsie River and the southern edge of Green Lake. The best of both water worlds! The homeowners have every water toy in sight but my favorite part was the ability to truly just sit on the stunning back deck while watching the world go by. This home is as peaceful as it gets.” – Erin Lutke

Photo(s) by Samuel Crick