|A large square
island replaces a kitchen table in this Silver Lake home.
The new layout allows for additional seating.
light and natural come to mind when you enter the kitchen of this
Silver Lake residence. The homeowner desired an organic feel for the
interior when planning the custom house built by Colby Construction.
Kent Johnson of
Johnson Design in Oconomowoc followed her lead by designing a large
open area for the heart of the home.
seating for six invites family and guests to congregate for
conversation or a meal. The homeowner saw pictures in magazines that
inspired her idea for the dual-purpose food prep and eating area.
light-colored stone backsplash complements the gray and blue-toned
glass tile and adds a hint of color against the granite countertops.
"It’s all natural stone. I didn’t want any manmade
stone," the homeowner says.
The soft blue
wall color blends with the white custom cabinets built by Wood
Specialties Inc. in Menomonee Falls. The stained wood surround above
the Wolf range and refreshment center breaks up the light colors and
carries through to the wood-top island with white base. "I didn’t
want it all white," says the homeowner.
Adjacent to the
main kitchen is a cozy seating area with a commanding view of the
lake. French doors on either side of the room lead to a screened porch
and grilling area.
Starks of Mequon wanted a home with
a kitchen that was bold, artistic and playful —
family could easily relax and share together.
gallery-worthy space that includes a uniquely curved center
hand-carved range hood, granite countertops, backsplashes
and many more
surprises throughout does just that.
want traditional or Colonial, I wanted a mini-castle, something that
was a little more modern than an old gothic feel," says Bonnie
Starks, who moved into her new construction home in 2007. A major part
of the design included the kitchen. "I wanted it to be ‘Bonnie-style.’
I took what my thoughts were, based on modern pictures, and put it all
thanks to builders, designers and Starks’ boundless imagination, was
a kitchen that leaves guests in awe. Towering mitered-front cabinets
fill vertical spaces. Crown molding regally completes the sky-high
styling. Recessed lighting and hand-carved pendant lights give the
space a mystical glow.
But it is the
soft-and-sumptuous curvature of the island that first captures the
attention. Boldly black at the homeowner’s request, the piece was a
massive undertaking that many companies initially said could not be
done. Made from more than 20 individual parts, the island is a work of
art and utility created by Matthew Tollefsen, an A. Fillinger custom
cabinet designer. The furniture-like island was made of poplar and
maple. The range hood itself boasts an intricate hand-carved design
worthy of a gallery hall.
was a huge deal for me," Starks says of the kitchen project that
took nearly a year to complete. "I love all the storage. In fact,
we still have empty spaces. My husband and I love to cook, and now we
have enough room to get around each other. It’s really a lot of
preservation was at the root of the remodel in the Parks family’s
Mequon kitchen. Marble countertops, custom white cabinetry (some
with vintage-inspired glass inserts) and many space-saving
this space its traditional appeal and modern utility.
Susan Parks of
Mequon wanted a kitchen remodel that stayed within the framework of
her 1940s English Tudor home. The family worked with RP Custom Homes
to achieve the look. The Parks had already worked with the company to
have their master bathroom updated and were eager for a fresh start in
the kitchen. "The original kitchen was designed as an
institutional work space, which became outdated over time," Parks
kitchen had been previously remodeled, the look had long grown dated.
Before, the cabinets were shorter and had a laminate finish. A
partition separated the kitchen from the dining space, and there were
kitchen soffits to deal with. "We opted to leave the soffits
alone and instead hide them behind the elegant crown molding,"
says Robb Perlewitz of RP Custom Homes.
house, exposed natural wood prevails. Yet, this renovation represented
an opportunity to depart from that aesthetic. Now, painted white
custom cabinetry brightens the space. White marble slab countertops
reflect loads of light, and an antique white farmhouse sink offers a
cheerful glow of its own. The design of the custom cabinet doors
mimics that of the Parks’ dining room doors. To further create this
new look of balance, subtle rope lighting was used for accent, and
embossed wallpaper, reminiscent of ceiling tin, provided traditional
working around soffits, the contractors also worked around the kitchen’s
heavy duty stove, the maple floors (that were bleached and sanded) and
existing windows. The cherry wood island and painted cabinetry are all
custom. Some cabinets throughout the space include glass fronts, yet
not the store-bought kind — custom glass made to look old, wavy and
to fit the time period. Even custom bell jar light fixtures complete
the space and complement what Perlewitz calls the "flavor and
character of the house."