from facing page: Instead of the original heavy oak pillars, the
family room now has a stacked marble fireplace, flanked by
custom walnut cabinets that store audio-visual equipment.
home from traditional to contemporary style in 10 weeks sounds like a
daunting task. "The homeowners, who love contemporary design and
also love to entertain, wanted a much sleeker and more open
space," says Molly Madsen of AB&K in Greenfield and Mequon,
the contractors who took on the job. "In the process, I think we
touched every room in some way, whether it was the flooring, the
walls, the lighting or the fixtures."
approximately 6,000-square-foot Franklin home with four bedrooms and
three-and-one-half baths meant getting rid of a lot of dark wood and
other traditional design elements. One of the first challenges was the
foyer, which featured paneling and a big chandelier. "We removed
the paneling and accents and lightened up the walls," Madsen
says. The chandelier was replaced with a minimalist light fixture with
several pendants that provide soft illumination.
and their children have an extremely busy lifestyle, but when they are
home, they want to relax and have their friends and family around
them," Madsen says. The lower level is now a perfect gathering
place with its cool colors and cutting-edge bar and seating area,
which is connected by French doors to an indoor pool. "The bar
and custom cabinets are made of alder wood and the countertop is
silestone quartz. The floor, which looks like bluestone, is heated for
comfort," she adds.
kitchen was completely redesigned. The owners didnít need a chefís
kitchen, but the redo includes top-of-the-line stainless steel
appliances. Blue and gray are the dominant colors and the kitchen
island and countertops are made of Cambria, a quartz product that
looks like marble.
master bath is so important to revitalizing the body and spirit, a
total makeover was done. "The owners donít take a lot of baths,
so we eliminated the tub and installed a large shower thatís loaded
with features. We also created a dual vanity and heated flooring made
of porcelain tile with lineal striations that look like marble with
none of the upkeep," Madsen says. "The shower is one of the
ownersí favorite things about the redesign."
and silestone quartz combine with stainless steel, glass and
slate to make a sleek bar area perfect for entertaining on the
homeís lower level.
shower dominates the master bath, which also features heated
floors for comfort on cold mornings.
became bright and airy after dark wood paneling and a large
chandelier were replaced with light walls and unique linear