features, such as ceiling speakers and interior cabinet
dividers, are among the things Liz and Jim Romanelli
appreciate most about their Mequon kitchen remodel.
When Liz and Jim Romanelli were ready
for the demolition stage of their kitchen remodel in their Mequon
home, Liz packed her bags for a trip to the East Coast. Five weeks
later, she returned to her dream kitchen.
"That was the most beautiful thing
about the project," she says. "I didnít have to be here
for the demolition. I came back and everything was finished."
"Everything" was no small
accomplishment, considering the project included removing a brick wall
and cooktop, remodeling the kitchen, powder room and laundry room.
"The previous kitchen was very
dark with the dark brickwork," she says. "We wanted a space
where two people could work at the same time comfortably. We also
wanted an island and more cabinet storage."
The finished room features alder wood
cabinetry. They added hardwood flooring that seamlessly connects to
the original hardwood in the formal dining room. The heavy dark wood
and ceiling beams were replaced leaving a light, casual, functional
space that suits the familyís entertaining needs. Pendant lighting
accents the island and lots of recessed lighting provides ample task
"The house isnít that old so
there were no big surprises in the process," Jim Romanelli says.
"We used the Cabinetree and they were very efficient. Every phase
was very well planned. It was a combination of us being ready and them
being on time with everything. We started planning in January and
demolition was from June to July. Everyone hit their deadline."
Some of the projectís best design
features are hidden, such as the charging area for all the electronics
built into a pantry. The Romanellis had magnetic child-proofing
devices added to the low cabinets to keep their 2-year-old son safe.
Above the refrigerator, they added dividers in the cabinets that suit
cookie sheets and larger pans. Sound system speakers for entertaining
are hidden in the ceiling.
"The things we appreciate about
the kitchen may seem small, but we use them every day," Jim
Romanelli says. "We have four pullouts for garbage and recycling
which we didnít have the space for before. There are six burners on
the stove top so two people can be there at the same time without
getting in each otherís way. The custom shelving is all adjustable.
They added so much storage, yet there is still open space and light. I
think it is amazing that we didnít have to expand the space or take
out a wall with all the space in here."
"This kitchen is so much easier to
maintain," Liz Romanelli says. "I just love walking into
Miller-Shields and Tim Shields added space to the kitchen of
their 1927 Shorewood bungalow, they wanted to remain true to
the homeís character without pushing out any exterior walls.
True to character
When Megan Miller-Shields and Tim
Shields wanted to add to their kitchen space in their 1927 Shorewood
bungalow, they wanted the new style to remain true to the character of
"We didnít want to have to bump
out the room into the yard," says Tim Shields. "We decided
to take out an adjoining bedroom and expand the kitchen. The existing
kitchen was small and cramped. You couldnít have more than one
person working at a time."
The couple chose Remodeling Center
Inc., for the project and say they are pleased with the firmís
craftsmanship and how it matched the kitchen to the rest of the home.
The new space features a tiled counter,
hardwood flooring and stainless and black appliances. The windows
provide a view of the back yard. Lots of storage was added without
interfering with the visual line from the workspace to the informal
dining area. Instead of overhead cabinets, the family chose deep
drawers to store their dishes.
"At Christmas time we bake for
weeks at a time," Megan Miller-Shields says. "Now it is more
fun to have help in the kitchen."
"The work triangle works very
well," Tim Shields says. "You are never more than a step
away from what you need."
The family chose antique bronze
lighting from the Brass Light Gallery that coordinates with the
antique style decorative accents of the home, which include a
schoolhouse style clock and an antique mercury barometer. The slate
backsplash adds texture to the room and complements the soft butter
wall paper. All the windows in the kitchen and dining area were
replaced and the new windows feature leaded accents to coordinate with
the rest of the home.
"I think the project was
successful because we were actively involved in every step," Tim
Shields says. "You have to look at it like a partnership in order
to make it what you want it to be."
kitchen of the River Hills home of William and Carolyn Chapin
was completely gutted. Among its features are custom cherry
cabinets and granite counters from India.
Family meeting place
The home of William and Carolyn Chapin
was dramatically transformed when their vintage 1960s kitchen
featuring avocado green was renovated with cherry cabinets and granite
countertops. The Chapin family chose Remodeling Center Inc. for their
"Weíve been in this home for 20
years and it was time to update this room," Carolyn Chapin says
of their River Hills colonial. "It was previously a very dark
room that we lightened with lots of windows, a cathedral ceiling and a
bump out to add more space."
The room was completely gutted to make
way for custom cherry cabinetry. A walk-in pantry was removed to make
for a better traffic flow to the adjoining family room. The granite
for the countertops was imported from India. The wood flooring was
installed on the diagonal to give the illusion of more space.
"This is now truly a meeting place
for our family," Chapin says. "We have grown children and
grandkids, and now it is a roomy space for everyone to get together.
Not a day has gone by that I havenít enjoyed this room. The cherry
cabinets are striking against the black granite. There is wonderful
lighting in the cabinets and track lighting."
One of her favorite features about her
new space is that she can now display her favorite china.
"It might seem like a silly thing,
but I really appreciate the pullout trash under the sink," she
says. "Also, I love my appliance garage where I have everything
plugged in and ready to go. We had a contractor that was really
creative and supportive of what we wanted. Now we have a modern, light
and airy space that we love."
square feet, the Fox Point kitchen of Paula and William Shows
is now spacious enough for entertaining. The room features
alder wood cabinets and a heated travertine tile floor.
The Fox Point kitchen of Paula and
William "Butch" Shows was transformed from a narrow galley
style to a spacious and beautiful example of Old World European style.
The finished project garnered a design award for JDJ Builders Inc.
"Our original kitchen was 9-by-24
with great counter space, but no room for eating in and not the best
space for entertaining," Paula Shows says. "We would have 24
people at the holidays and they would all gather in the breezeway
because there was no space in the kitchen."
The new design is very open, featuring
a spacious black wood island large enough for dining and working. The
room has a separate bar area for parties complete with wine fridge and
an antiqued copper sink and faucet, and an informal dining area that
overlooks the meticulously landscaped patio area. The 60-inch Wolf
range is accented by a carved black wooden hood. Decorative tile
accents the backsplash. The cabinetry is alder wood. The new space is
1,400 square feet designed over a heated travertine tile floor.
"We chose the alder wood and the
black furniture look because it has an Old World look to it,"
Paula Shows says. "One of the features Iím really happy with is
we chose a full-size sink instead of a double sink. You can easily put
a full cookie sheet in the sink. We added a stereo system with
speakers both inside and out that we really use. This is a great
kitchen to cook in for one or for many. We can eat as a family in the
informal dining room."
A desk area provides work space and
storage and a space for a flat screen television. The remodel also
added a pantry with a decorative frosted glass door, granite counters
and lots of storage.
"If we ever wanted to convert this
room to a first-floor laundry, it is set up to do that," Shows
She chose decorative accents, hardware
and lighting inspired by Italian and French style. The informal dining
area features a coffered and barreled ceiling that adds an element of
drama to the space. The space overlooks the yard and patio that
features a window seat and a view of a Frederick Hart sculpture.
"When I think about the space we
had before it is pretty amazing what is here now," she says.
"We actually had a conga line around the island at one party. We
just love to be in this room."