Architect: Robert Holdeman, Architect
This home was built as a full-time residence and is perched on a bluff and tucked into the trees overlooking Grand Traverse Bay. Special care was taken in the design, layout, and building of the home due to the challenge of a topographically difficult site. All work was coordinated to start at the lower front area and work back through the main body of the house to preserve the unique natural features of the site. The result of this care provides a nestled-in feel that works with and relates to the site. Terraces were developed to satisfy the owners’ passion for gardening. They provide the perfect gardening space and have a bird’s eye view from the house.
A comfortable, outside living room lengthens the warm weather season and include a massive native stone fireplace and covered outside kitchen. The lifestyle was carefully considered in creation of this very functional and visual space. Clean contemporary lines are connected with the rich glow of North American Cherry trim and cabinetry and include Brazilian Cherry floors. The floor-to-ceiling windows bring the view of the bay and landscape beyond front and center. In-floor radiant heat and a separate air conditioning system provide four-season comfort.
Mobility throughout the home is never a problem due to a conveniently placed elevator. The rustic wine cellar is constructed of White Pine cut from the site where the home now sits.
This residence was featured in Better Homes and Gardens, Kitchen & Bath Ideas magazine in November of 2004 and in the July/August issue of Northern Home and Cottage magazine.