to the kitchen remodel, the house had an ’80s ‘‘suppressed
modern’’ feel with large windows and an open plan, but the
kitchen was cut off from the main living area. The space now
flows from one area to the next and the kitchen gets plenty of
natural light that it did not have before.
When Cindy and
Ken Denison stepped into the empty-nester world, they were ready to
remodel their home to fit their new lifestyle. The Delafield couple
wanted a clean, sleek style incorporated into a kitchen with plenty of
space to cook, says Cheri Ware of Ware Design in Delafield.
To open the
space, Huskinsson Builders removed a cumbersome stone fireplace that
cut off the kitchen from the main living area, Ware explains. "We
flowed the open plan back together with color, flooring and a new
lighting plan than links the ceilings with dropped squared soffits,"
The result is a
fresh Scandinavian modern look with natural select cherry cabinets,
quartz countertops and maple flooring.
ledge above the kitchen cabinets displays some of the
homeowners’ artworks and artifacts. Organic materials give
the space a natural feel, from the maple cabinets with hidden
pulls that contrast with the Lagos Blue limestone countertops
to the red birch wood floors that run throughout the first
objective in remodeling this Delafield Colonial was to "de-Colonialize"
the house, says Terri Schmidt, Dream Kitchens co-owner and designer.
"We achieved this by opening up the spaces to improve flow and
share space, and by making it a simple, soft contemporary backdrop for
the homeowners’ eclectic tastes."
In the kitchen,
that translated into removing a closet to bring in light from the
front of the house, borrowing space from an oversized den to create a
wine bar and extending the kitchen into the back hall by borrowing
space from the laundry room. A wall of windows runs the length of the
kitchen. "The homeowner is a master gardener and has amazing
gardens in the back of the house with a fountain and densely wooded
back lot," Schmidt says. "The windows allow the outside in
so they can enjoy all of her hard work, even on rainy days."
The kitchen is
outfitted with lots of storage, countertop space and cook-loving
appliances, including an Advantium high-speed oven and a five-burner
downdraft cooktop. "We kept the cooking area near the seating so
(the homeowner) is part of all the fun. But it is still in close
proximity to the sink, refrigerator and ovens," Schmidt says.
custom millwork by A. Fillinger Inc. and an energy-efficient
and creative lighting plan by Steven Klein of Klein Lighting
are integral to the kitchen design by Deep River Partners
renovation of the 1900s Shorewood brick Colonial goes beyond creating
an updated space for a young professional couple. The design by Deep
River Partners architects, Milwaukee, accomplishes the homeowners’
goal of a larger area for cooking and socializing by knocking out the
requisite walls and reorganizing the space, while giving thoughtful
consideration to the aesthetics and function of the space.
In order to make
the space feel larger, Deep River Design Principle Richard Sherer uses
visual strategies, such as creating a focal point with the dark walnut
island and using white cabinetry around the perimeter of the kitchen
to expand the space visually. "We also used an island that was
one height so we didn’t get vertical interruption," Sherer
ceiling over the island and the elliptical cutout over the banquette
give the impression of taller ceilings. "The other challenge that
we faced was how to provide the function not just the aesthetic,"
Sherer says. He accomplishes this by creating entertaining and work
zones within the space and by selecting a space-saving trough prep
sink in the island, a five-burner cooktop that allows for storage
underneath and counter space on either side, and banquette seating
that takes up less space than a traditional table and chairs.
The new layout
creates an open, airy feel that is filled with natural light, Sherer
says. "The spirit is one that is clean, yet beckons to the home’s
historical roots. It’s unencumbered so that the people in the space
become the life of the atmosphere and the architecture is a subtle
backdrop. At the same time, I think it’s a lively atmosphere created
not so much with color but with the architecture."
60-inch custom-made hand-forged oil-rubbed bronze range hood
by John McWilliam of Scathain is the eye candy of this East
Side Milwaukee kitchen renovation by Renaissance Design and
Renovation. McWilliam also
the home’s original windows as a mirrored backsplash in the
dry bar, below.
From its vintage
light fixtures to the original windows repurposed as backsplash
accents, the renovation of this East Side Milwaukee kitchen by
Renaissance Design and Renovation merges classic details with
homeowners really wanted to take it to its traditional roots,"
says RDR’s Kris Bilty. "But working with a home that was built
in 1895 — it will fight with you." One of the challenges during
the project was the discovery of an existing chimney in the pantry of
the three-story home. Demolition was cost-prohibitive, so instead
Bilty and partner Jody Ryg designed around it. "It actually
worked to our benefit," Bilty says.
The key to
reworking the kitchen’s chopped up layout was closing up the side
entrance, which allowed room for a pantry with loads of storage that
was nonexistent before the remodel. A closet was transformed into a
dry bar with a specially designed barrel-vaulted ceiling, which adds
more vintage charm to the space.
details, exquisite craftsmanship and top-of-the-line finishes and
appliances add touches of luxury to the beautifully appointed