intimate conversation area containing six leather chairs is
nestled in a corner.
At the end of a
quiet Moose Lake peninsula stands a house as majestic as the trees
surrounding it. Soaring three stories into the sky, still, the
structure is one with nature. It blends in as if it grew right along
with the neighboring landscape.
Starting as a
1950s ranch, the homeowners had a vision for creating a home that
would take advantage of the magnificence of the property. Sitting on
nearly an acre, 65 feet from the water, through the tangle of
seemingly endless buckthorn, they could see the possibilities.
Exposing lake views, restoring terraced gardens from the original
estate, living in the treetops ó it was all there, waiting to be
discovered and uncovered.
After two years
of living in the ranch and working the gardens, they tore down the
house, saving the foundation. And thus began the process of building
it back. The husband, a native of Seattle and a "frustrated
architect" as the wife refers to him, knew what he wanted.
They worked with
Dale Kolbeck and Alan Quick of Architectural Homes by Anders Inc. in
Pewaukee, to achieve their dream home. "They just got it from the
very beginning. Dale and Alan made it work. Everything was first
class, right from the start. We didnít even need to shop
around," says the wife. The result is a striking mix of Pacific
Northwest on the outside and a transitional style interior touched
with a bit of Arts and Crafts.
dining room is surrounded by floor-to-ceiling windows creating
the feel of being outdoors while enjoying a meal.
steel roof, timbered pergola with hanging wisteria, and
floor-to-ceiling windows (every room has a lake and garden view), itís
a marriage of the indoors and out. A Bluestone sidewalk extends from
the front walk into the first floor foyer and down to the lower level
where the entry continues. Also housed on the lower level are a guest
room and bath, recreation area and laundry. The front door is all
glass so visitors can see through the house to the lake beyond.
The first floor
kitchen is spacious, with plenty of room for entertaining and cooking.
"Itís where we live," laughs the wife. The scullery area
has a comfy sectional sofa and spectacular stainless-fronted
fireplace. To avoid a cumbersome trek from the lower level to the
kitchen, a dumb-waiter carries groceries and parcels directly from the
garage. Glass barn doors hang on stainless steel rods in the living
and dining rooms, and the extra long dining table is perfect for
everything from New Yearís celebrations to dinner parties. Glass
cabinetry and shelves to display the homeownersí extensive
collection of glass are also fitted in the dining room.
The Moose Lake home has three levels of living space. Wire
railings with natural-looking wood gives the home an open,
airy feel between floors.
The open kitchen concept allows the homeowners to visit with
friends and family while preparing a meal. State-of-the-art
appliances make prepping meals a treat.
clerestory ceilings are a highlight of the third floor. The spacious,
cherry-trimmed library has a custom-made, two-sided desk and plenty of
built-ins. The master suite, additional guest quarters, office and a
deck with a hot tub and fire pit, complete the third level. The couple
also had extra wide hallways built to display a collection of 65 art
pieces done by the wifeís mother, a talented water-colorist, giving
it a gallery feel.
greet guests. There is no lawn. The wife, an avid gardener, was
dedicated to conserving and restoring the original property. "The
terraced gardens gave texture to the lot and it was important for us
to save them." Toiling for two years, she delighted in exposing
day lilies hidden under layers of buckthorn and transplanting flowers
that had come from her own grandmotherís garden. Perfectionists, the
couple even wanted to preserve a 2-1/2-foot sidewalk from the original
structure, which resulted in major construction challenges when the
new house was built. As Quick notes with pride, "The homeowner
spent a lot of time bringing back the perennials on the hill. Our goal
was to tear down the old structure and build the new house without
hurting the gardens or the sidewalk. We really only had access to one
side of the house, so we devised a crane system. It was a slow and
tedious process but in the end, we completed the project without
damaging a thing."