Mary had grown up spending her summers at her grandparent’s cabin on the Dead River Basin. Now years and years later (and a grandparent herself) she chose to start her own tradition with her kids and grandkids. She decided to tear down the old family cabin and build a new custom summer home that the family could gather at and not only enjoy the beautiful Upper Peninsula summers but also enjoy the fellowship of family.

Mary and her husband had been involved in several building projects over the years and knew that each one had its own challenges but this custom home would present a whole new challenge itself. Mary lived in Utah and her custom summer home was being built in Ishpeming, Michigan approximately 2,000 miles away. Listen to what Mary had to say:

My situation was unique (and it scared me) because I was building from 2,000 miles away. It was a project I hesitated to begin because I thought the stress would kill me. It turned out to be a better experience than any building I have done and visited daily.

The home consists of a finished walk-out basement with a family room, bedroom, full bathroom and a laundry room. The main floor consists of the master suite, living room with fireplace, dining room, kitchen, half bath, sunroom and a huge covered deck that can be accessed through the dining room or the master suite. The second floor consists of two large bedrooms each with its own full bathroom and a beautiful view of the water. The home qualified as an Energy Star Rated Home due to the attention to detail, quality products and proper air sealing and insulating techniques.