highlight of the Feld familyís Grafton kitchen is the
stained-glass dome created by Lisa Feldís grandfather. Feld
says the dome is particularly impressive at night when it is
A touch of Italy
When Bill and Lisa Feld constructed
their Grafton home, they planted some family roots right in the
"I come from a big Italian family
with lots of cooking, baking and eating, and more eating," says
Lisa Feld. "I have a real cookís kitchen that dominates the
rest of the house ó it is the centerpiece of the home."
The style of the kitchen reflects Feldís
family origins, from the tumbled tile backsplash that features a
hand-painted Italian scene to the bell-shaped plaster hood over the
stove. The Felds used Thierfelder Builders for their 3,100-square-foot
"We chose granite that is green
and black with little gold flecks that picks up the colors on the
tile," says Feld. "We wanted a big, deep sink in the island
in addition to the kitchen sink. All of our cookbooks and magazines
are located on the island. We gave a lot of thought to the flow of the
kitchen and how easy it is to work in this room."
Feld works as a field editor for Taste
of Home magazine, where she can use her new kitchen to scope out new
recipes as well as the family recipes passed down from the generations
before her. The Italian phrase painted on the wall, "live well,
laugh well, love well," is played out on a daily basis in this
"We like to entertain family and
friends here and cook with our daughters," Feld says of Lauren,
10 and Gianna, 4. "Lauren won a blue ribbon at the Ozaukee County
fair for her pumpkin bread recipe. Gianna helps us prepare meals, too.
I see our kitchen as warm and inviting with an ethnic Italian feel to
The most impressive part of the room,
according to Feld, is the custom-created, stained-glass dome that her
84-year-old grandfather, George Golownia, created for the family.
"My grandfather created this for
us while caring for my grandmother, who has Alzheimerís," says
Feld. "It took him over a year to finish this. It is an original
piece of artwork. It is especially beautiful when it is lit at night.
The colors are burgundy green and beige ó very beautiful. People are
pretty amazed by the dome when they first see it."
Feld also enjoys the pantry, which has
a countertop and cabinetry with pull-out shelving. She stores some of
her appliances in this space and can close it off when not in use. The
maple cabinetry gives her plenty of space to display collections.
Another crucial feature of the room is
the planning desk. "We had one contractor try to talk us out of a
planning desk in the kitchen, but I knew I needed one," she says.
"Iím very organized and I grew up with a desk in the kitchen
and had to have one. We had custom cabinets done for this and I would
just be lost without it. What I love about this space it that it is
functional and neat."
leaving their Cedarburg neighborhood, Mark and Stacy Pritzl
decided to redo the small galley kitchen by removing a wall
between the kitchen and living room. They selected hickory
cabinets and oak floors for a "light Arts and Crafts
A kitchen remodel is powerful enough to
change the way you cook. Just ask Mark and Stacy Pritzl of Cedarburg.
"I never used to cook before we
had this kitchen," Stacy Pritzl says. "We were strictly
cereal, sandwiches and salads. It was a big joke with my friends that
we have this amazing kitchen, but now I cook all the time. Before I
just didnít have the functional space."
The Pritzls fell in love with their
Cedarburg neighborhood, but they knew if they wanted to stay, the
kitchen in their 40-year-old Cape Cod home would need a face-lift.
"It was a galley kitchen that was
almost unusable," Pritzl says. "We had no dining room and we
usually ate with plates on our laps. We had to redo the kitchen or
move, and we think this is a great neighborhood so we decided to
The Pritzls turned to designer Marianne
Kohlmann of Remodeling Center Inc. to design a kitchen that was
functional and inviting.
"We removed a wall between the
living room and the kitchen and that made all the difference,"
Pritzl says. "This house is now an open concept, which is unique
for a home of the 1960s era. People walk in and are pleasantly
surprised by what weíve done. It is unexpected and unique in a home
The centerpiece of the new kitchen is a
work island with a cooktop and seating for eight people. The soft warm
colors of sage green and earth tones give the home what Pritzl calls
"a light Arts and Crafts feeling."
"There are decorative tiles with a
floral design that give a lighter element to the room," Pritzl
says. "The hardwood floors and hickory cabinets add to the
Mission style, but it is not overdone. We love the oak floors because
it just adds so much warmth to the space. We added a picture rail
around the room that divides the wall between a soft cream and soft
sage. It is subtle and pretty. This is a warm, user friendly space
that is now the heartbeat of the house."
extensive remodel, the kitchen of this Lake Drive manor now
reflects the French chateau style of the home of Peggy and
Brian Swier. The copper hood and a wall of Cream City brick
behind the stove were preserved in the remodel.
Tim Benkowski of timothyj kitchen &
bath created the look of a French bakery when he remodeled Peggy and
Brian Swierís 1920s brick home.
"The home is a French chateau
style," Benkowski says. "It is a stately brick manor on Lake
Drive. The previous kitchen had been done in the 1950s and just was
not right for the house. It was choppy with three separate areas and
the ceiling was dropped. There was a nice copper hood over the range
that we knew we wanted to preserve, but other than that it was gutted
to the studs."
In addition to the copper hood, one
other original feature remains in the room, but it had been hidden
behind a wall until now.
"During demolition we found that
the back of the dining room fireplace that was in the kitchen was a
very nice Cream City brick," Benkowski says. "This was a
very nice surprise that they would have taken such care of a wall that
was going to be hidden. We kept that brick behind the range. The brick
ties into the rest of the house ó the exterior and the conservatory
room off the kitchen."
The finished product is an open,
gracious space with two table islands providing work space, storage
and seating when needed.
"The tables are inviting and
complementary to the space," Benkowski says. "We didnít
plan to have the tables with seating, but there are stools in the room
if someone wanted to sit. Because of the size of this room, we used
two work areas instead of one for traffic, access and flow. It is one
of the more successful aspects ó the function is not compromised for
Benkowski said the diligence the Swiers
showed in planning the space led to the success of the project.
"There were a few things that were
important to them that we incorporated," he says. "We have a
spring-loaded pullout mixer shelf. There is lots of spice storage ó
probably twice what you would find in an average kitchen. Brian is an
architect and they had a lot of input in this project. They knew what
was right for the space."
removing the chimney, Rick and Lynne Burling were able to
reconfigure the kitchen of their 1920ís Shorewood Tudor into
a functional space for cooking and entertaining.
Rick and Lynne Burling of Shorewood
also remodeled a kitchen in an older home. They wanted the kitchen in
their 1920s Tudor to reflect the old-world craftsmanship found in the
rest of the home.
"The kitchen had been updated, but
it didnít fit with the rest of the home," says Lynne Burling.
"There were Formica countertops and white tile and cabinets that
just didnít fit with the home. There is quarry tile in the entryway
with earthy tones that we wanted to carry throughout the house. We
also wanted to have a more open space. There was a back hall, the
kitchen and a butlerís pantry that were three separate spaces."
Bartelt Filo created a design for the
couple that stayed within the original footprint of the kitchen. Most
important to the Burlings, they incorporated design elements that
respect the history of the home.
"Now you can see right into the
kitchen from the foyer ó it is a very inviting space where everyone
congregates," says Burling.
The key to the remodel was the removal
of an obstacle to the kitchenís function ó the chimney.
"We had gone round and round with
ideas for this space, but it wasnít until we realized the chimney
had to come out that we came up with something that worked," Rick
Burling says. "The chimney had been repaired in the past and it
was kind of buckled like something out of a Dr. Seuss book. It came
down in one day and we were happy to get rid of the banana
"We now have double ovens where
the chimney used to be," Lynne says. "It really gave us so
many options as to where to place appliances."
The new kitchen has a banquette in the
old butlerís pantry with a built-in china cabinet. The Burlings
chose quarter-sewn oak for the cabinets finished in a warm reddish
gold tone. The lighting includes functional work lighting under
cabinets and recessed, but also decorative lanterns with copper and
glass that complement the older home.
"We found the lanterns at Brass
Light Gallery," says Lynne. "We have a copper farm sink in
the kitchen and a smaller hammered copper sink in the island. The
copper sink is a work of art that changes every day depending on the
light and what you are making. The countertops are a granite with
green black and gold."
Details in the cabinetry, tile and
lighting mimic the Arts and Crafts elements in the rest of the home.
"These cabinets are unique with the fabulous doors with
hammered-glass panels that incorporate leading in an Arts and Crafts
design," says Rick. "We had a back hallway that is now open
with an exposed stairway to the second floor. We have an oak railing
with wrought iron spindles that looks like it could have been