— Remodeling Center Inc., Pewaukee
Whole house remodel, Mequon
The home of Mark and Jacqueline Gold looks like a typical two-story
Colonial from the outside, but a renovation project by RCI —
Remodeling Center Inc., has updated the interior layout of the
The Golds had been in the house for 10 years and contemplated
moving, says Jacqueline Gold. But they loved their Mequon neighborhood
and the school system so they opted to remodel instead.
Virtually no space was left untouched on the home’s first floor.
The project included a modern office addition for Mark, updated powder
room and dining room, laundry room with lockers, remodeled foyer,
media-friendly family room and gourmet kitchen.
Their initial plans were to bump out the kitchen, Gold says, but
they instead reconfigured existing space within the home, keeping the
home’s original footprint. "What we decided to do was reutilize
the dining room area better," Gold says. Other than the four to
five times a year the family used the space for special occasions,
Mark had been using it for an office. Now he has his own space in what
was part of a 2 1/2-car garage.
The kitchen features an oversized island made of 2-inch thick
concrete and Jurassic green granite. Gold says the island is a
gathering spot as she gets her children off to school. "We use
that pretty much every morning for our breakfast," she says.
Cabinetry is two-toned in cherry and painted wood; the same painted
wood is used on the bookcases in the adjoining family room. The copper
colors in the mosaic tile backsplash are highlighted by the custom
copper-color paint on the soffit, a suggestion from the painter. The
floors in the kitchen and family room are Tiger wood, though the Golds
chose tile for the floor in the kitchen work area for maintenance
Mark Gold says his one request in the kitchen was a hot-water tap
so he could brew his tea; Jacqueline says that has turned out to be
one of the conveniences that the entire family is enjoying.
Following is a partial list of other projects on the Milwaukee/NARI
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Kitchen and bath remodel, Wauwatosa
Adding more space was a priority in this kitchen and bath
remodeling project. The existing dinette space was removed providing
more kitchen area while the dinette was moved to the addition. New
maple cabinetry, hardwood floors and a patio door were included in the
kitchen remodel. The bathroom renovation involved relocating the
fixtures. The front foyer was opened up by removing a small pantry,
creating an easier access to the kitchen area.
Second-story addition, Fox Point
When they wanted to expand their Fox Point home, Dan and Puneet
Moos decided their only option was to build up, since building out
would leave them with no yard. They turned to MyPenthouse.com., a
specialty division of Creative Horizons Inc. that specializes in
They added 1,359 square feet of space — three bedrooms, custom
closets, two full baths and a laundry room. An open staircase leads to
a bamboo loft with a wrought-iron railing. Downstairs, the family
gained a gathering room that is brightly lit as a result of the open
Bartelt-Filo Design Build Remodel
Garage conversion to family room/kitchen renovation, Whitefish Bay
The kitchen of Ted and Beth Matkom’s Dutch Colonial had last been
renovated in the 1950s and was dark and cramped. The attached garage
on the south side of the home prevented natural light from coming into
To remedy this, designers from Bartelt-Filo proposed opening up the
kitchen to the garage. This solution gives the family a modern-day
living space and is still in keeping with the style of the home, such
as the knotty pine woodwork detail in the kitchen. The rest of the
original garage was turned into a family room and a detached garage
was built elsewhere.
B & E General Contractors Inc.
Two-story addition, New Berlin
This two-story addition includes a four-season sunroom, spiral
staircase and a balcony observatory enhanced by loft skylights. The
new master bathroom features in-floor heated tile and a custom
stained-glass door that leads to the observatory balcony.
Brillo Home Improvements Inc.
Sunroom addition, Wauwatosa.
The existing patio of Loren Kaiser’s ranch home, adjacent to the
kitchen, served no functional purpose and blocked natural light from
entering the kitchen. To remedy the situation, the idea of a sunroom
addition was born. Six Pella patio doors now allow natural sunlight
into the kitchen through the sunroom. Pella double-hung operable
transom awning windows were installed above each door and three
motorized, remote-controlled Velux skylights with shades were
installed to provide maximum lighting. The original garage was
demolished and a new, expanded garage includes tripled rafters with
equal spacing for an open concept, and a space beneath the garage was
converted into a workshop.
Carl Krueger Construction Inc.
Interior remodel, New Berlin
An addition was built on the side of the garage and interior walls
were removed to provide more space in the home. The laundry room and
coat storage area were renovated along with the fireplace where
natural stone was added and windows were installed. Counter space was
added by including a raised snack bar and custom cabinets in the
kitchen and family room area.
The OAR Group Inc.
Kitchen, master suite, bedroom and mudroom addition, Elm Grove
These environmentally conscious homeowners chose to build green
when they opted to nearly double the size of the 1950s ranch-style
home. Some of the green remodeling materials included the reuse of
existing bricks to create a brick ledge in the foundation, concrete
countertops in the kitchen and bamboo flooring throughout the kitchen
and dining area.
The new master bedroom has a walk-in closet with two additional
linen closets. The master bath includes a walk-in shower, separate
whirlpool tub with natural stone tile and a double-bowl vanity. A
nursery and large eat-in kitchen completed the new addition.
Sunroom addition, Brookfield
This sunken sunroom has a beaded cathedral ceiling and is
surrounded by three walls of windows with transoms. The sunroom is
finished with custom millwork and Australian cypress wood flooring.
Homeowners can close off the sunroom from the rest of the house with
its French pocket doors.