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12 Rock Stars One of the North’s most renowned landscapers turns his sights to his own home and grounds.

22 Keeping It Natural Native dune grass sets the stage for a simple, serene home.

32 Tin Peaks Rebuilding turned out to be a beautiful thing for the Bratschie family.

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RESOURCES 21, 29, 40 Find contact information for the people and products who helped to create the fabulous homes in this issue.

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My Inspiration 101 Paul Welch just dropped by my office to chat. He keeps telling me he getting old, but I tell him to hush because if he is older than he was in 1976, when he was my art history instructor at Northwestern Michigan College, well then, so am I. Needless to say, catching up with this ebullient, ageless character is always a great blast from the past. I was 18 and half asleep when I sauntered into Paul’s first-hour Art History 101. Paul dimmed the lights and

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clicked on the projector. The bulb’s glow gave way to the first slide, and Paul was off on a crazy, whirling, roadrunner-speed sweep of the artistic high points of the millennium. I woke up. It would be years before I completely understood that Paul was at the vortex of an epoch of art in Northern Michigan. Among other things, he and his colleagues were responsible for the college hiring the world-famous Bauhaus-founder Walter Gropius to design the Fine Arts Building. Of course, the decibel of passion that brought internationally acclaimed architecture to a (then) sleepy Midwest city reverberated far beyond those walls. Paul and his colleagues went on to inspire a legion of design talent in Northern Michigan—among them photographer John Robert Williams, sculptor Robert Purvis, illustrator Glenn Wolff and filmmaker Rich Brauer.

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It occurs to me that the inspiration I gained from experiencing Epoch Art in Northern Michigan is reflected in the strong residential architecture and design that we feature on the pages of Northern Home & Cottage. In this magazine, for instance, a Craftsman-inspired home, a classic cottage vernacular and an Asian-influenced Modernist house share the pages. And this being our landscape issue, you’ll also see how great design stretches out the door. Which means, you’ll see green in our photographs. Yep, green; bold, vibrant, pulsating-with-life green. As he was getting ready to leave, Paul blurted a Bronx cheer at the long, cold winter. I reminded him that spring always comes; beautiful, inspirational, artful, Northern Michigan spring.

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The Drosts’ son, Dustin, built the home’s two magnificent fireplaces. The rocks are handpicked fr the Great Lakes region. Fred Franchino, of Horton Bay, fabricated the fireplace pocket doors. As protection to the Lake Charlevoix water quality, the Drosts forwent a lawn in favor of native plantings that include carex grass, bulrush, nine bark, marsh marigold and cardinal flower. Opposite: The to of the two-story garage can bear the weight of two cars thanks to a special floor constructed b Kerkstra Precast of Grandville.



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outdoor fireplaces and elaborate outdoor living areas—all

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Not surprisingly, the handsome home Bob and his

vignette that encompasses a rock garden and a steamy rock

wife, Diane, built for themselves on Lake Charlevoix has

pool that sits below a fireplace set into the rock wall. It all

an emphasis on stone—300 tons of it. “That’s 30 truckloads,”

blends into the landscape naturally; as if a glacier melted

Drost says, with a trace of awe in his voice. From two fire-

and left it behind.

places crafted from massive Lake Huron boulders and built

This emphasis on rock in landscape design is Bob’s signature style. He’s been enamored with rocks as long as he

by the Drosts’ son Dustin to the foundation, to the rock slabs that lead to the breakwall, rock stars in the Drost home.

remembers—an innate fascination fostered by his childhood

While Drost acted as his own contractor, he and Diane

in Charlevoix, a town famous for its mid-1900s whimsical

hired Mapleridge Construction to do the framing, siding and

stone homes designed by local architect Earl Young. The

trim. The couple turned to Jill Rowley of Glennwood Custom

first time, years ago, that someone told Bob that one of his

Builders and Interiors to design the home. Since Bob and Jill

stone designs was reminiscent of Young’s style, Bob recalls

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knew she could help them capture the feel they wanted of a venerable, early 1900s cottage. The finished product is a tan-trimmed-in-black shingle-style home with Craftsman accents. In keeping with the lot size, the home is not massive—though anchored in stone and rising three levels, it feels very substantial. On the interior, elements like carefully crafted woodwork, oiled white oak floors with a French bleed accent and formal cabinetry combine to parlay the feeling of a fine cottage with Victorian and Craftsmen influences. The home exudes careful detail, right down to oldfashioned cast iron pipes the Drosts opted for because of the way they block the sound of water rushing through them.

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Set above Lake Charlevoix, the master bedroom feels like a luxurious stateroom. The beds are from restoration hardware, as is most of the furniture in the home. The Jason Spa Tub has an in-tub heater to keep the water warm—giving new meaning to the expression soaking up the view!

One of the most enjoyable parts of the construction process was the way Bob’s longtime friends in the Northern Michigan construction business took a personal interest in the home. Builder and woodworker Andre Poineau made it a point to drop by from time to time to check on the process, following up with suggestions for Bob. Jeff Collins of Glennwood Builders provided guidance and painting. The couple found a deal on the stunning cabinetry thanks to a tip. “It was exactly what I’d wanted,” says Diane. The rest of this home’s story is about how Bob’s talented landscaping crew (that includes his son Dustin) did a large part of the actual homebuilding. Bob still marvels at the way his crew managed complicated tasks like installing the 100 galvanized pilings that the home sits on and fashioning a barrel vault in the ceiling of the master bedroom to mimic the shape of a window that arches over a picture-perfect view of Lake Charlevoix. The Drosts have been in the home for two years—time filled with small, daily luxuries like going to sleep in a bedroom that feels as if it’s floating over Lake Charlevoix; Sunday breakfasts at a table situated so that the waterscape seems to pour out across the window; watching the annual Boyne Thunder high-performance boating event from their balcony. It’s probably no surprise that a home created by a cast of people who have mostly spent their entire lives around Lake Charlevoix embraces its setting in such a comfortable, classic way. This home built on rock, lives very well indeed. Elizabeth Edwards is managing editor of Northern Home & Cottage. FIND RESOURCES FOR THIS HOME ON PAGE 21. Northern Home & Cottage

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A simple house in a shorefront neighborhood invites the beach right to its front door. TEXT BY DIANE KOLAK • PHOTOS BY TODD ZAWISTOWSKI


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orth of Northport, beyond the last ice cream stop and well past

cottages and a sprinkling of A-frames all come together without pretense

the point most folks consider “convenient,� a neighborhood

on the curve of sandy shoreline. So when a couple bought one of the off-

has been slowly growing since the mid-1960s. Cherry Home

shore lots, they turned to Leelanau architect David Hanawalt to design

Shores comprises 280 lots, home to year-round and seasonal residents

a house both simple and striking.

who cherish their neighborhood’s prime position on West Grand Traverse

Hanawalt drew up plans for a single-story house with a daylight

Bay. The Cherry Home Association maintains four parks on the water,

basement and offset walls that create welcoming alcoves on the front

a clubhouse for social gatherings and a feeling of close-knit comfort on

and back facades. The straightforward, modular design presented very

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that overlook the rolling site and across the street to the bay. The homeowners wanted the house to feel a part of that natural beach landscape, to look settled-in and complete. Toward that end, they planned their construction budget to include professional landscape design and installation—something that Hanawalt says is often overlooked. “Any house building project begins with design. In starting construction, the designs begin to be realized, and spending also begins in earnest … Towards the end of the process, every homeowner experiences ‘check-writing fatigue.’ That's why it is so important at the beginning to reserve funds for three important elements: lighting, furniture and landscaping. The simplest house with these three elements done well, can be a beautiful house.” The homeowners chose Erick Takayama of Grand Traverse Organic Landscapes to add the finishing touch, and he did so with inspiration from the surrounding beach landscape. He aimed to design a beautiful but low-maintenance Northern Home & Cottage

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Drifts of Lake Michigan beach stones connect the landscape to the flagstone foundation. Woodchip paths transition to flagstone and concrete pavers in the back. Beyond, the woods lies untouched, shady and wild. It’s as if the home and the road are simply pauses in the flow of landscape from forest to shore. A lovely statement, certainly, about building and living in Northern Michigan. Diane Kolak is a freelance designer and writer from Lake Ann.

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CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Classic cottage elements including the board and batten ceiling and wood plank wall siding mingle with contemporary lighting and stair railing. The wine cellar door is an antique from Europe. An oil by Grand Rapids artist Jamie Miller sets the right organic-contemporary note for the dining room vignette made up of a raffia drum pendant, table by the Idaho-bas furniture company Woodland and Panamawood chairs by Palecek.


n 2006 Steve and Kate Bratschie finally had done it: they’d renovated the vintage double A-frame style vacation home on Lake Charlevoix that they’d purchased a dozen years before. With a new kitchen

and a finished walkout basement, Twin Peaks—what they called the place—was ready for many more years as the Bratschie family cottage. Walls covered in photographs of the four young Bratschie children (Alexandra, Stevi, Ian and Greer) playing at the cottage told the story of the family’s attachment to it. But before they could enjoy the renovation, one last chore remained: moving heating pipes into Steve’s new office on the lower level. In the process, the home caught fire. Before it could be stopped flames licked 20 feet into the air, turned ancient trees to ash and melted the siding on the neighbor’s house. The neighbor called Steve to tell him that the house was on fire. Steve’s first thought was of the kids’ photos. “But he told me no one could get within a hundred feet of the house,” Steve recalls. In the end, Steve and Kate agreed that the only real emotional toll of the fire was the lost family photos—all shot before the digital

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When they aren’t on the beach, the Bratschies are gathered around the aggregate cement-topped island in the kitchen. Kate chose the colors of water, beach grass and sunsets for the glass-tile backsplash. The plate, made by the Bratschie children for their dad, reads: “Dad’s Carnivore Plate II.” The original plate burned in the fire

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Whitewashed, rough-cut siding in an upstairs bedroom resembles a boathouse—a look that also lends itself to sticking up beachy snapshots.

age, they were irreplaceable. They could build a

as is the metal roof that tops it all off—thus

suited to the Bratschies. “They are eclectic, hip

new cottage, so it wasn’t long before Steve and

the new name of the cottage, Tin Peaks. Cooley

people that are very geared to family,” Rock says.

Kate were laying plans. Above all, Kate wanted

Contracting kept the construction process

Needless to say, the cottage is fun-central all

a cottage that blended into the Lake Charlevoix

hassle free—and in the family: the Bratschies’

summer long. When they aren’t on the lake,

shoreline and looked like it had been there for

brother-in-law, Cooley project manager Don

family and friends gather around the kitchen

decades. And they both wanted their new vaca-

Burmeister, headed it up.

island, pour drinks, crank up the in-house sound

tion home to be homey, welcoming to family and friends, and above all, fun.

The interior is a seamless rendition of vintage

system and rock out. When the party really gets

and contemporary elements—thanks to the col-

going, Steve says they’ve proven that the cement

Working with J Visser Design, the couple

laboration between Kate, interior designer Rock

countertop is sturdy enough for dancing. On a

settled on an exterior that evokes an early

Kauffman and kitchen designer Todd Wiley. A

wall nearby, new photos of their kids growing up

last-century cottage with details including

white oak floor and ceiling beams speak classic

at Tin Peaks hardly even rattle.

board and batten siding, eave brackets and

Up North cottage, while a glass tile backsplash

brick-red window mullions. Smokey blue

and cement countertops in the kitchen bring it

Elizabeth Edwards is managing editor of

cement board siding gives a subtle nod to the

up to date. An organic, contemporary stack-stone

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lake setting while being exceptionally easy to

fireplace with a stepped chimney marries the

maintain (more time for relaxing at the lake!),

two looks. The end product couldn’t be more


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