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    Reinvigorated essence

    Text: R. Collins For many northern Michigan businesses and organizations, the serenity of the area’s natural environment—composed by sandy bluffs, fresh water, dense deciduous forests, and awe-inspiring seasonal changes—often inspires the design of retail and gathering spaces. When it came time for Spa Grand Traverse, a full-service spa within the Grand Traverse Resort in Acme, Michigan, to receive an upgrade to its interior design, aesthetics inspired by northern Michigan’s natural assets were incorporated during the remodel to not only encourage relaxation, but also a sense of separation from a guest’s external stressors upon reopening. “[We were] looking to find that same balance that is found in nature and wanting to…

  • Form,  Residential

    Design for Sale: East Jordan, Michigan

      Text: R. Collins Upon elevated, rolling, and Colorado-like terrain, there is an East Jordan, Michigan tract of land, residential structure, and other on-site features that has been listed with Pat O’Brien and Associates Real Estate. The Boyne City- and Charlevoix-based firm is a northern Michigan real estate brokerage dedicated to providing both home buyers and sellers with the resources needed to make informed real estate decisions.  The firm specializes in north and northwest Michigan properties such as that in East Jordan, which is an almost entirely wooded, 718-acre tract of natural landscape with mature hardwood groves and two hunting cabins for year-to-year rental. Shading the property are a bounty…

  • Form

    Elements of design: an architect’s perspective.

    Cornwell Architects, an architectural design firm located in Traverse City, has been leaving its mark in the region since 1948. Throughout the years, the firm has worked on a number of notable projects, such as: the TACS Boathouse on Boardman Lake, the renovation of the historic Miliken Place building, the TBA Credit Union Corporate Headquarters, Elmwood Township Fire Hall, and the Elk Rapids Village Memorial Park. While the firm is known for its architectural design work in the commercial space, the team has also worked with clients on residential projects throughout Traverse City, Leland, Eastport, and Leelanau County. Now in its 68th year of operations and third generation of ownership,…

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    Lofted clubhouse

    A golf resort is adding a new clubhouse on par with its on-the-shore view. High above the shoreline of Torch Lake in northern Michigan, A-Ga-Ming Golf Resort’s clubhouse has stood watch over a panoramic view boasting of sprawling Independence Bentgrass fairways, enduring pine trees, sparkling water, and gurgling creeks for nearly 30 years. Originally built in 1986, the current clubhouse offers a view of both the 18-hole Torch Course and Torch Lake from its expansive wooden deck on A-Ga-Ming’s high bluff at 627 Agaming Drive in Kewadin. However, three decades later, the now 54-hole golf resort has outgrown the facility. Mike Brown, general manager and co-owner of A-Ga-Ming Golf Resort,…

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    The grand destination in northern Michigan

    Grand Traverse Resort & Spa pampers guests with the whole vacation package.  The 17-story glass Tower at Grand Traverse Resort & Spa has become an iconic image set against a backdrop of 900 acres of sprawling greens, wooded trails, and the shimmer of sunlight dancing upon the East Grand Traverse Bay on the northwestern horizon. Much like the nature of glass used to adorn the façade of the Tower, Grand Traverse Resort & Spa’s interior is designed to reflect its natural surroundings in northern Michigan. Upon first entering the expansive resort lobby, guests are greeted by warm, soft hues of sandalwood and stone accents that create a luxurious, yet soothing…