TRAVERSE City — Heritage, creativity and the rural way of living arrive collectively in northern Michigan’s barn-motivated households and cottages.

Artist, musician and antique lover Lynn Sutton found her barn bliss in the minor Leelanau County village of Omena 43 summers back. Her locate stood behind the historic community’s first basic retail store dating to 1899. By 1977 the initially retail store merchant’s niece, Janet Barth, owned the setting up.

“She charged us $100 for the barn,” Sutton mentioned. “It involved a useless possum and barrels of leftovers from the standard retailer.”

The barn highlighted doorways on both finishes so the horses could get out. Cows and chickens also manufactured their dwelling there, she explained.

Sutton’s partner pastored a church in Northport at the time, but not seeking to live in the parsonage, Sutton established her sights on building the spouse and children nest. And it experienced to be on less than a shoestring.

She hired nearby carpenter Tom Mastick to support deconstruct and rebuild the composition on Omena Level, perilous and intriguing perform, she recalled.

“Tom and I took the barn down and hauled it board by board and beam by beam with just about every piece numbered.

“When the creating inspector came out, he was stunned. I don’t feel they would allow us get away with it today,” she said.