plank flooring warms up the dining room.
right away," recalls the owner of the 1950s Bayside home, about
the day she first saw it. The 3,000-square-foot Frank Lloyd
Wright-inspired home is at the end of a winding driveway and tucked
into a wooded landscape. After a walk-through with the Realtor —
during which she saw past the dated décor — she was even more
kitchen, featuring cork floors and custom island, is on the
home's lower level.
outdoors in became architect and construction manager Mark Mishefski’s
mantra when he began transforming the home’s interior in late 2011,
two years after the owner moved in, starting with the main level where
the four bedrooms, two-and-one-half bathrooms, living room and dining
room are located. "When it all fills in you don’t feel like you
have any neighbors," says the homeowner, who often spots foxes,
deer and other wildlife romping through her yard, which includes a
swimming pool. Walls of windows on the back of the house look out onto
pure nature. Arranged on the living-room walls are art pieces she’s
collected from her travels, including one with red and yellow hues
bought in Africa.
The secluded lot
give a resort-like feel to the backyard pool.
"It was all
about warming it up," says Mishefski of Mishefski Designworks
Studio in Shorewood, who removed the home’s cold, non-cozy feel in
the dining room by replacing brick tile flooring with wide-plank
walnut flooring and covered over dark-gray granite around the
fireplace with drywall and limestone. Honed mosaic tiling and
glass-tile accents behind the dining room’s wet bar and pendant
lights at varying heights above the dining table were two more
additions. He also removed a dry-rotted stairway wall and half-wall
railing that blocked the master bedroom’s view and then created a
clean-lined curved balcony with Ipe decking.
kitchen — fitting as the homeowner used to teach cooking classes —
on the lower level is now outfitted with a Wolf gas range, GE
Advantium speedcook oven, Wolf double ovens, Kohler stainless-steel
apron-front sink, quartersawn-white oak custom cabinetry, patterned
cork flooring — featuring a custom motif by Mishefski — and a
custom-made island. Mishefski also designed built-in bookshelves and
floating shelves to house cookbooks and Arts & Crafts style