a product message image
{' '} {' '}
Limited time offer
SAVE % on your upgrade
8 minute read

The New Urban Cottage

WHAT TO DO WITH A VACANT LOT ON HARBOR SPRINGS’ WATERFRONT? THE COTTAGE COMPANY ANSWERS THE QUESTION WITH A MODERN INTERPRETATION OF COTTAGE THAT BLENDS BEAUTIFULLY WITH ITS GRACIOUS OLD NEIGHBORHOOD.

TEXT BY ELIZABETH EDWARDS // PHOTOS BY BETH SINGER

he white clapboard cottage, with its exposed rafter tails

and wide porches that beg for lazy days, nestles perfectly

into its neighborhood of early 19th-century Victorian

cottages on Bay Street in downtown Harbor Springs.

Only the handsome black-framed windows and doors are

a hint that something fresh and new is going on here.

A renovation perhaps?

That’s precisely the reaction that the home’s builder and developer, Rob

Mossburg of the Harbor Springs-based Cottage Company, welcomes when people

see his 275 E. Bay Street project. For years, Rob and his wife, Vee, searched for

the perfect way to develop a large, very desirable parcel in downtown Harbor

Springs that runs from Main Street to Bay Street and fronts on Little Traverse

Bay. Throughout their 20-plus year history of building and providing interior

design services, the couple has been big proponents of New Urbanism—a term

that basically means building and renovating within existing cities and neighbor

hoods to decrease sprawl and to promote old-fashioned, close-knit communities.

“Our goal was to create a project that appeared to have organically developed

over time,” Rob explains. This cottage is phase one of a plan that includes a

neighboring cottage on Bay Street and a mixed-use commercial property on Main

Street with residential condominiums above—all currently under construction. ➤

Bringing design tothe surface

Since1928

EMMET BRIC K & BLOCK CO .

Across from the Airport 8737 Hwy M-119 Petoskey, MI 49770 231-348-5959 www.emmetbrick.com

231.946.1234 • env-arch.com

DEFINING YOUR BACKYARD DEFINING YOUR BACKYARD

Y O U R N O R T H E R N M I C H I G A N S O U R C E F O R G R I L L S, G R I L L A C C E S S O R I E S, O U T D O O R H E A T E R S, F I R E T A B L E S, O U T D O O R K I T C H E N S & M U C H M O R E

371 US-31S, Traverse City MI 49684 | 231.947.5085 | blarneybackyardbasics.com

en•vi•ron•ment noun • 1. the surroundings or conditions in which a person, animal, or plant lives or operates.

Authorized dealers of Primo, AOG, Boilmaster and Firemagic Gills.

231.946.1234 env-arch.com

To make the cottage a reality, the Mossburgs assembled one of the most

renowned design-and-build teams in Northern Michigan: architect Nick White,

kitchen and bath designer Liz Firebaugh of Signature Kitchens and their own

Cottage Company for the construction and interior design. Rob and Vee’s

daughter, Kelly Konoske, took the lead on the interior, imbuing the home with

her innovative, young coastal style that still manages to stay true to Harbor

Springs’ vintage vernacular.

A deep front porch, six-inch-planked white oak floors, shiplap walls and

handsome black industrial windows set the stage for a home that makes the view

of Little Traverse Bay across the road center stage. Kelly’s touches shine in her

own line of soothing, neutral-toned furniture, most upholstered in performance

fabric (perfect for a vacation home’s relaxed living), a couple funky, fun mid

century modern floor lamps and two-toned chrome-and-black hardware fixtures.

“Personally, I feel that lighting and plumbing are two areas where design has

been lacking and where the boundaries can be pushed,” Kelly says.

Liz Firebaugh created a timeless kitchen that seamlessly mixes cottage ele

ments (white shiplap walls and ceiling) with a Euro-classic, La Cornue Fe range,

a sophisticated marble-like quartz waterfall countertop and transitional frameless

white cabinetry. Black industrial windows anchor one side of the space, and

opposite, flanking the island, is a stunning glass-doored hutch framed in black.

“Black doors are big for 2020,” Liz says. ➤

TURN YOUR BACKYARD FROM AVERAGE TO AMAZING!

“The ultimate goal of the Architect ... is to create a paradise. Every house, every product of Architecture ... should be a fruit of our endeavor to build an earthly paradise for people.”

Elk Rapids Northville 231.498.2500 248.515.4477 josephmoseyarchitecture.com Elk Rapids Northville

Beautifying & Protecting Northern Michigan For 20 years

Come See Why We’re #1

Largest Selection in the MID-WEST over 65,000 sq ft

14000 U.S. 31 Hwy South (9 Miles West of Interlochen) 231.325.6000 • SUMMERPLACECASUALS.COM

Traverse City’s only locally owned paint store serving homeowners & builders alike

THE COMPLETE COMMERCIAL & RESIDENTIAL PAINT & SUPPLY STORE

The second-story master bedroom is a masterpiece of soothing natural shades and textures. “You just breathe easier when in this room,” Kelly says. The thoughtful design includes a small sitting area between the walk-in closet and the bedroom. “I imagine the homeowner enjoying a glass of wine while getting ready to go out for the evening,” Kelly says.

In the adjoining master bath, also designed by Signature Kitchens, the glassed-in shower and free-standing tub are separated from the vanity area by an industrial metal-and-glass room divider that Liz calls another 2020 design favorite. A roof-top terrace with an outdoor kitchen, fireplace and wide-open view of Little Traverse Bay is the climax to this home that harmonizes so beautifully with Harbor Springs’ past and present.

Elizabeth Edwards is managing editor of Northern Home and Cottage. lissa@traversemagazine.com

Old Mission Windows is a true partner in the “Design Build” homes we produce for our clients. Their attention to detail, professionalism, and dedication to exceeding our expectations is second to none. It is a true team we have created and a relationship that has served us well. Old Mission Windows is a true partner in the “Design Build” homes we produce for our clients. Their attention to detail, professionalism, and dedication to exceeding our expectations is second to none. It is a true team we have created and a relationship that has served us well.

– Mike Branan, Glennwood Custom Builders – Mike Branan, Glennwood Custom Builders

Kolbe Windows & Doors leads the industry with innovative products that push the boundaries and defy the limits of function, performance and style. Contact Old Mission Windows, northern Michigan’s premier window and door supplier since 1985, to schedule a personal design consultation today. Kolbe Windows & Doors leads the industry with innovative products that push the boundaries and defy the limits of function, performance and style. Contact Old Mission Windows, northern Michigan’s premier window and door supplier since 1985, to schedule a personal design consultation today.

What could be more important in your home…? Knowledge, Quality, Service Free Consultation

Personalized Service Since 1981

WATER TREATMENT • HOME • OFFICE • INDUSTRY BOTTLED WATER • COOLERS • DELIVERY

1-800-248-PURE www.purewaterworks.biz

resources The New Urban Cottage, page 20

ARCHITECT White and Liebler, Nick White and Nick Liebler, nickwhite.com GENERAL CONTRACTOR AND INTERIOR DESIGN Cottage Company, cottage-company.com

KITCHEN AND BATH DESIGN Signature Kitchens, signaturekitchensonline.com

FLOORING J. Chattaway

MOST OF THE LIGHTING Visual Comfort, visualcomfort.com

PLUMBING Fergusons, ferguson.com/branch/ petoskey-mi-plumbing

TILE Emmet Brick & Block, emmetbrick.com Bradley J. Butcher, AIA 989.705.8400 • sidockgroup.com Novi • Wyandotte • Lansing Muskegon • Gaylord • Sault Ste. Marie • Tampa

This story is from: