Originally a tight, galley-style kitchen, Matt
Retzak and the team at Bartelt moved the kitchen to the center of the
home, offering room for a stunning island and more space for the hub of
Michael and Jodi Perrone bought their Elm Grove home
knowing they would eventually need to add more square footage for
their growing family. When the time came, the couple teamed up with
designer and project coordinator Matt Retzak and interior designer
Heather Scott of Bartelt. The Remodeling Resource.
Retzak says the couple knew what they wanted in their home, which made
for a seamless renovation.
“[The home] had a very traditional kind of layout — a front formal
living room and a formal dining room,” Retzak says, “They came to us
knowing that they wanted to keep those really intact. But then behind
that, the kitchen was a very tight, galley-style kitchen, and there was
a previous addition put on that had all sorts of problems. It didn’t fit
with the rest of the house aesthetically, and the roof was leaking.”
Retzak took advantage of leftover space, adding a
mudroom and walk-in pantry,
as well as saving room for a small desk.
The Bartelt team created a more functional kitchen
with a mudroom and walk-in pantry. An addition with extra bedrooms
was added above the garage. The back of the house was bumped out for
a full master suite, and the old master bedroom repurposed into
space for a walk-in closet, full laundry and master bath.
The home presents a traditional vibe, with vintage-inspired wallpapers,
pops of brass fixtures, restored built-ins and an inviting fireplace —
all elements that Jodi wanted to incorporate into the new space, Retzak
“They wanted to work with a lot of the existing moldings and hardwood
floors, so that was mimicked in the addition that we did and even taken
a few steps further,” he continues. “[We] cleaned up the original
fireplace surround and updated it. ... That was part of the charm that
they liked originally. We didn’t start over.”
Already equipped with a traditional layout, Retzak
took advantage of existing elements like the front formal living room
layout and moldings, and brought the entire style front and center with
coffered ceilings, built-ins and beautiful dark flooring, creating a
cozy, welcoming environment.
The Perrones worked with Bartelt
interior designer Heather Scott to tie in the elegant
styles they wanted, adding in brand-new wallpapers and
“And that also came through in the interior
selections,” Scott adds. “We didn’t just necessarily go into a
lighting store and pick light fixtures. [Jodi] really sourced
antique stores, reclaimed a few ceiling light fixtures that are up
in the bedrooms. … Everything was very thoughtfully selected. She
did her research and didn’t just take the first, most popular
“The new, shiny and in-style-right-now that’s out of style in a few
years, [that’s] the opposite of what she was after,” Retzak says.
Clean white cabinetry and countertops help make
this bathroom feel larger. The black and white tile on the floor offers
a traditional vibe while the wallpaper adds a soft pop of color.
One of the biggest priorities for
the family was creating more space for their (at the
time) growing family. The designers at Bartelt
seamlessly integrated the addition to appear as though
it has always
been a part of the home.
The Perrones had a keen eye for detail, encouraging
high-end finishes like the tongue and groove paneling in the family
room and the subtlety of a coffered ceiling in keeping with the
traditional feel of a 1960s home. However, the renovation project
was nearly over before it started when sewer lines below the home
almost prevented the Perrones from acquiring proper permits. Jodi
wasn’t about to let that stop her. After digging through the home’s
original deed, Retzak says Jodi found an old easement that allowed
building on top of the lines, regardless of the village’s denial.
“It was very close to not happening at all, because of this sewer line,”
Retzak says. “So that was emotionally traumatic for them, of course, but
she found documentation. ... So it all worked out in the end.”
Retzak and Scott both agree that the Perrones were involved and
cooperative partners in their renovation.
“I’ve worked with Matt
for a long time on a lot of different projects, big and small, but this
one just felt [different,” says Scott. “The homeowner looked for a long
time to buy a different home and kept just coming back to where they
were in this neighborhood. It’s so thoughtfully designed — the layout
and the flow of the kitchen to the family room and the paneling and the
detail. … I appreciate that, most of all, they stayed true to the