Fouts Home brings nautical living to Escanaba

Courtesy photo Not far from the dining room table is the all-season sun-room.

ESCANABA — The nautical cottage style home, located at 1037 S. 30th St., was built by Bob and Judy Fouts, using a floor plan from the Southern Living Magazine’s cottage series.

The architect designed the cottage for his own family’s summer home. After seeing the completed house in Tennessee, and adding some of their own modifications, Bob and Judy began construction on this unique home which was completed in 2002.

One bedroom was eliminated to enlarge the kitchen. The original screen porch became a year-round sun-room with two-sets of French doors connecting the living/dining area to the sun-room. A stone fireplace extends up to the top of the cathedral ceiling in the first floor living area. The main floor also includes a full bath and guest bedroom.

The second floor has a large, master loft bedroom, a bathroom, and a laundry room. Although the original design had no basement, Judy and Bob added a walk-out lower level that includes a half-bath, office and additional bedroom.

Further reflecting a love of sailing, the front porch features a Nantucket Star design in the wooden railing. Visitors to the Fouts home will discover many other signs and symbols of the nautical theme displayed throughout the house.

Courtesy photo The living room of the Fouts home is the perfect place to set up a tree during the holiday season.

The Fouts home is one of five featured homes on the American Association of University Women’s (AAUW) “Homes for the Holidays” tour on Sunday, Dec. 10 from 1 to 4 p.m. Tickets can be purchased and are available at Positively! and Gust Asp. Ticket holders must be 16 years of age or older. No tickets will be sold at the door. Door prizes will be randomly awarded to five of the first 50 tickets sold. Proceeds from this project are donated to the two AAUW scholarships at Bay College.


This story is part of a series on the homes of this year’s “Homes for the Holidays” tour, which benefits the American Association of University Women (AAUW). Homes on the tour will be featured weekly in Lifestyles, now through Dec. 2.

Courtesy photo The kitchen of the Fouts home was enlarged be eliminating a bedroom from the original floor plan.