the footprint of the galley-style kitchen wasnít altered in
the renovation by Carmel Builders, many aesthetic and
functional updates were incorporated, such as two styles of
cabinetry, engineered beveled wood flooring, and recessed and
For 10 years
Mary Ann Thielen had been gathering ideas in a three-ring binder for
her dream kitchen, so when it came time to renovate, she was more than
prepared. "Our main objective was to give her an updated kitchen
and to let her have all the features she had been dreaming about and
collecting," her husband, Paul Thielen, says.
The couple have
lived in their Greendale home for more than 35 years and updated just
about every room but the kitchen. "The kitchen jumped out like a
sore thumb," says Louis Weiher, vice president of Carmel
Builders. "Every other room was pretty much the way they wanted
challenge for renovators was working within the existing footprint of
the galley-style kitchen.
have an opportunity to steal any space from another room," Weiher
says, but they did tear out two closets and absorbed a dinette that
wasnít used. "We took the dinette area and tied it into kitchen
rather than making it feel like an extension of kitchen," Weiher
says. It features cherry furniture-style cabinetry and contains a desk
with a specially designed drawer for Mary Ann Thielen to store her
collection of recipe cards.
The work area of
the kitchen is defined by painted and glazed white cabinets, Persian
Brown granite and a subway tile backsplash.
features, many of which came from Thielenís idea file, include a
microwave concealed behind pocket doors, an appliance garage and
cabinet pullouts for dish towels and cookie sheets.
earned Carmel Builders a 2010 Wisconsin Remodeler of the Year gold
kitchen was the last major space in the 1969 Greendale home
that needed updating.
Thielen says the
couple are very pleased with the results. His wife finally has her
dream kitchen, and long after the project has been completed he often
hears her say, "ĎI just love this kitchen.í"