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200915 Bay Area Contracting Landscape
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Home #2 - Group B

Bay Area Contracting

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Judge's Award Group B
Best Master Suite

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Best Interior Design

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Best Exterior Design

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Best Craftsmanship

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Best Overall


Designed top to bottom by Bay Area Design’s own Marty Rhein and a collaboration with Ken Williams, this home sits on a beautiful and secluded piece of property overlooking many of Traverse City’s gorgeous waterways and hillsides. Either way you look, toward Lake Leelanau or Grand Traverse Bay, this home is located with no obstructions to the jaw dropping views. The pristine white home welcomes you with a cozy cedar front porch and a spacious, heated two-stall garage, designed for the family and their way of living. Following the BAC Design collaborative process and utilizing various inspiration images and ideas given by the homeowners, this home was designed for the family’s current life with plans for the future. In true Bay Area Contracting fashion, the home was built to endure the forthcoming weather. Sitting on top of such an enormous hill the home was built to withstand Northern Michigan's extreme snow and wind with structurally sound framing, state-of-the-art insulation and energy-efficient windows. Taking into account a young family with kiddos running around, the home is lined with sound-dampening fiberglass to keep the house quiet. The home also includes an amazing four-seasons room, outdoor limestone fireplace, and a walkout basement with a concrete patio that will someday include a pool. When it is time to hunker down, the large basement with a raised ceiling features plenty of room for the kids and family to relax and enjoy, with polished concrete floors and even a distinguished storage room for hunting equipment and a craft room.

Marty describes this home as an elegant yet comfy farm style home, inspired by an era between 1820 to 1920, that is forever timeless with a nod to modern themes throughout. Upon entering the mudroom, there are built-in cubbies and a bench for every member of the family.  The kitchen, with multiple points of entry featuring trimmed archways, has a spacious island for many different occasions.  The foyer welcomes guests instantly with a view through the house to the distant water and rolling hills. Upstairs, the children’s bedrooms and bathrooms and the intimate library feature the exquisite woodworking of BAC’s trim crew. Throughout the home there are many hidden features that represent the old era of farm homes, our favorite being the X-paneling on cabinets, doors, and ceiling. Other farm home aspects include Dutch doors and rustic exposed beams with a color palette that represents farm life like chicken, eggs and bee-keeping.

The simplicity and practicality of the home is extraordinary, designed and reinvented with a purpose to suit the durability and tenacity of a strong-willed family. This home was accomplished by the homeowners sharing their ideas alongside the amazing visual representations of BAC Design Group’s Marty Rhein, the amazing craftsman of Bay Area Contracting, and a collaboration with Ken Williams, all of whom worked together to bring the design to reality.

Bedrooms:  5

Bathrooms:  5

Square Feet:  5,552

Home #2 HBA Member Sub-Contractors

All Phase Electric Northern Building Supply
American Waste Old Mission Windows
BAC Design Group Precision Plumbing and Heating Inc.
Bay View Flooring Security Sanitation, Inc.
Builders First Source Stratus Marble & Granite
Cherryland Electric TC Insulating Co., Inc.
Consolidated Electrical Contractors The Concrete Service, Inc.
Elmer's The Lumber Shed
Kingsley Lumber Co Wimsatt Building Materials