the Wauwatosa home of Pamela Anderson and Steven Kaishian get
a birdís eye view of the chef at work while relaxing on the
beautiful stools the couple found at Rubinís Furniture in
the Third Ward. The Winters Group gutted the kitchen and
living room area last year. Winters knocked out the wall
between the two rooms, creating this open concept. The couple
now has a contemporary kitchen with stainless steel
appliances, maple cabinets and Cambria countertops. The inlays
in the cabinets were designed by Anderson and are made out of
zebra and gaboon woods. The stainless steel pulls in the
kitchen were designed by Anderson and made by Kaishian. Joe
Wodusek of Wood by Design built the cabinets. The container
for the floral display along with the blown glass pieces come
from Andersonís gallery, The Underwood Gallery, in Wauwatosa.
When Dick and Mary Meyers remodeled
their kitchen for the second time in 22 years, they were confident
they knew what they needed. What started out as a plan to update
kitchen appliances, however, quickly grew into something special.
"Our appliances were on life
support," explains Dick. "We knew something had to be done
about the kitchen. It wasnít until our designer and developer really
started working with us that we saw the inefficiencies of our previous
The Meyers quickly went to work with
Tom Blau of Blau Bath & Kitchen Inc. to create a stunningly
bright, spacious and classic-styled kitchen for their home. "Tom
had updated a bathroom for us in the past. It stood the test of five
children over 15 years and still looked great. We were very
comfortable with whom we selected to design and develop our
Practicality for this family of seven
wasnít sacrificed in the name of style. The eat-in portion of the
kitchen was preserved, though many family members have been spotted
eating at the kitchen island. Special touches like extra drawers, huge
transom windows, a bread drawer, a water filter (one of Maryís
favorites), a trash drawer with room for both a trash can and a
recycle bin and a smartly styled spice drawer help keep everything in
its place. Above-the-cabinet lighting creates a soft mood in the dayís
later hours and lights the way to a late-night snack for their
youngest child, who is usually up late with school work.
Mary Meyers worked with Blau Bath & Kitchen to create a
stunningly bright, spacious and classic-styled kitchen for
Another special touch carried
throughout the kitchen is beadboarding between the granite counters
and the white cabinets. Mary liked the added texture the style brought
to the kitchen. "I grew up in a home that had beadboarding. It
turned out to be a very nice touch that fits with our homeís classic
style." Mary says that beadboarding is also used on the kitchen
island in a most intriguing way. The island happens to cover the
kitchenís heat source, a radiator. "With our past remodeling
job, our radiator was simply covered as an afterthought. Now, itís
still covered but the design of the island is such that itís very
inconspicuous. Itís a very stylish way to hide it."
Abundant style and masterful
construction are most definitely evident in the Meyersí kitchen. One
look at the white cabinets with cherry accents, the smartly styled
pantry and the German glass doors on the small display cabinet will
tell you this project was extraordinary.
Rennerís kitchen boasts a 9-by-5 foot, modified U-shaped
island, which comfortably seats six on one side with workspace
on the other.
The Meyers didnít overlook their
initial need for new appliances, including a fabulous Thermador
cooktop on the island and strategically placed double ovens. The
upscale stainless steel appliances are an excellent complement to the
richness and warmth of the four-inch maple plank flooring and medium
buttercup, textured walls.
The Meyers enjoy spending time with
their family and friends in their newly invented space. "We
entertain at our home often. And we always end up in the
Some kitchens are built for the home
chef, with all the latest gadgets, bells and whistles; others are
power kitchens, with multiple, high-end appliances. For the kitchens
at The Waterfront condominium complex in Milwaukeeís historic Third
Ward, itís all about connecting with people. Perched above the
Milwaukee River is one of the cityís most chic, social kitchens.
Peter Renner, Waterfront condo owner
and president of Renner Architects, designed The Waterfrontís 64
units for a casual lifestyle. This concept is also reflected in Rennerís
kitchen, located at the center of the condoís living action. The
kitchenís main attraction is the gorgeous, 9-by-5 foot, modified
U-shaped island. The size of the island comfortably seats six on one
side with plenty of workspace on the other; the shape of the island
allows people to visibly connect with each other.
LTD brought a casual and warm feeling to this kitchen; the
recessed lighting casts a soft light on the red-browns,
mustards, stainless and ceramic mediums.
So often kitchen islands are used
solely for cooking or food preparation. If islands do incorporate
seating, itís normally for one side of the island. This means guests
are all facing one way, unable to make eye contact with each other
without making it a point to turn to the side. With the U-shaped
island in Rennerís kitchen, guests can comfortably enjoy a casual
meal without having to strain to see one another. Since the kitchen
area is open to the living room/home theatre, no one misses out on the
action, which makes for a perfect entertaining venue. And, Rennerís
living room/theater area overlooks a grand deck, which invites a
terrific view of the action on the Milwaukee River.
"People interested in buying here
have a more casual lifestyle," Renner explains. "We have
designed our condos around the concept that people want larger
kitchens and adjoining areas where they can entertain. People donít
have a desire for a formal dining room."
The stainless appliances, granite
counters and savvy fixtures add perfect city styling while the soft,
pendant lighting and cognac-finished cabinets balance the mix by
adding warmth. Together, these timeless elements make the kitchen
altogether inviting for guests and the home chef.
"Even though itís very
sophisticated, the kitchen is laid out in a way thatís very
functional, with dual garbage disposals and smartly placed outlets,
yet it is perfect for entertaining," says property manager Mary
Beth Waite. "Itís a great way to reconnect with the important
people in your life at the end of the day."
When Swan Park residents Ann and Eric
bought their home in 1999, they knew something had to be done about
their kitchen. Their need only grew more painfully apparent after
having two children, with a third on the way.
"We didnít want to move because
we were very happy with our location. Once we determined that we werenít
going to move, we thought, what are we waiting for?" says Ann.
Ann and Eric surveyed their kitchen, which had just nine cabinets and
one drawer. "Originally, the kitchen was built for one person to
work in it," says Ann. In addition to little work space, the
kitchen didnít allow a lot of elbow room for entertaining guests.
"When we entertained, guests would ultimately congregate in the
doorways to the kitchen, causing a great deal of congestion."
After seeing a neighborís successful
renovation project, Ann and Eric chose Renovators LTD to design and
develop their kitchen. They couldnít have been happier with the
results. Not only did they end up with a new kitchen, the living space
adjoining the kitchen was also enhanced. For example, to get to the
attached garage from the back door of the kitchen, one would have to
go outside. Now, a new mud room joins the garage to the home and
provides space for the many cold weather accessories of Ann and Ericís
three children. Also, a half bathroom that was located off of the
kitchen was just 33 inches wide. The new bathroom not only had smart
updates but also had considerably more breathing room, including a
shower. "We added about 258 square feet onto the rear of our
house. We never dreamed our project would be so elaborate but we are
very glad we did it."
The kitchen boasts an abundance of
suede-colored, shaker-style flat cabinets that are classy and
timeless. The feeling is casual and warm; the recessed lighting casts
a soft light on the red-browns, mustards, stainless and ceramic
mediums. Gorgeous stainless appliances, including a convection
oven-microwave combo, makes meal preparation much easier for this busy
family. Ann and Eric enjoy small, personal touches, such as a special
area for a full size TV, a wine rack, ceramic tile backsplashes and a
gas cooktop with a stylish stainless steel exhaust system.
The real attraction, however, is the
kitchenís island. One side of the island is for Ann and Ericís
family to casually dine with stools or high chairs, and one side for
food preparation, including a full sink and disposal, stainless steel
dishwasher and generous counter space. This space also faces the
full-size patio windows and doors, allowing the chef to keep an eye on
the children playing in the adjoining family room or outside in the
newly landscaped back yard and on their play set. Behind the islandís
breakfast bar-style eating area is the familyís other casual eating
area, complete with table and chairs.
With three small children, Ann says
surviving over three months of kitchen renovation was no easy task.
"The workers were great. They were well aware that we were still
living here and respected that." And the end product is often
commented on by visitors. "Guests are astounded by the size of
the kitchen and how well it blends in with the rest of our home. We