For years, the homeowners had their eyes on this Hamptons-style home in Bay Harbor. The Chicago-based couple summered nearby and when this home became available during the pandemic, they bought it, knowing it needed updating.
Good bones, scenic property and a Lake Michigan view fueled the imagination of the homeowners to create a significant expansion and remodel of an existing home.
When the owners of this stately home decided to retire up north, they had two requirements: be close to the water and walk to downtown. When they came upon this Petoskey treasure built in 1899, it was in rough shape.
“When you see it from the lake, you ask, ‘Is this a remodel or is it new?’ It is intended to feel old, that it’s been there forever,” said Jim Meathe, owner and builder with Young and Meathe. “An old, inviting cottage. That was the objective of the project.”
Friends recommended Jim Matthews of Matthews Construction and project manager Chuck Green, along with interior designer Jana Phillips of Interiors Inc and kitchen designer Jill Brecheisen of Kitchens By Design.
“The process of designing and building a custom home is extremely personal,” says Melissa Wahl, co-founder of Cobblestone Homes.
Known for their ability to take a step back and see the full potential in a piece of property, the team at Socks Construction knew from the start: there was something special here
Denny Brya of Lakeview Builders had a goal of providing as many lake views as possible, so it is visible from almost every room. “The house just feels bright and comfortable,” says Brya. In a collaboration between the homeowners, an in-house designer, and Lakeview Builders, they’ve managed to turn an outdated, lackluster house, one of the first built in the gated Peninsula at Bay Harbor, into the home of anyone's dreams.
Building homes is what makes Craig Boyd, owner of Boyd Construction Company, Inc. in Petoskey, excited to get up in the morning. Whether it’s following in his father’s and grandfather’s footsteps, his memories of seeing the world from atop a roof as a child, or the lifelong friendships he forms through his craft, Boyd revels in the home-building process, and this modern rustic waterfront home is a recent example of his talents.
There was something special and unique about this project that was hard to put into words.