Design Group Three, Matthew Krier, designer and architectural
John and Ellen Hayes, Milwaukee
Group Threeís Matthew Krier describes the 1990s remodel of
this kitchen a nice upgrade, but one that didnít capitalize on
the 1920s architecture of the home. Removing a load-bearing wall
near the staircase and relocating mechanicals were the first
steps to creating a functional and inviting space for this
family of four.
In terms of
kitchen design, itís time to retire the styles of the 1990s.
Homeowners are seeking an openness and functionality in the hub of the
home dictated by busy lifestyles. As Design Group Threeís Matthew
Krier says, "Kitchens then werenít as phenomenal as they have
become today." Here are four renovations of í90s-era spaces
where families and friends gather in comfort and style.
5 Reasons Why
The kitchen was completely rearranged, redesigned and dramatically
furnished to achieve form, flow and function, Krier says. A new arch
was created where there once was a wall. In addition, an abandoned
space hidden by the previous renovation was restored to create an
intimate seating area with a display wall for the homeownerís
Deep River Partners, Richard Sherer and Nick Blavat
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Designer: Leslie Eiler, Deep River Partners
David and Ruth Springob, Cedar Grove
winters in Arizona and summers at their home on Lake Michigan in
Cedar Grove, the Springobís kitchen renovation was spurred by
their desire to maintain functionality as they grow older. The
requisite components of a sleek modern aesthetic are present,
teamed seamlessly with ease-of-use features.
honed finish applied to Absolute Black Granite gives the counters a
sleek charcoal gray appearance.
throughout the first floor inspired the shape of the island. "We
felt it was appropriate to curve the island as a playful reminder of
the architecture," Krier says. The shape also has a functional
consideration: "The traffic patterns were critical to
understanding where the seating would be and how people moved through
the space," Krier says.
Howard of Julie Howard Interiors helped the homeowners select lighting
and other interior finishes. The statement piece in the room is the
fixture over the island. "It adds a lot of flair to that
space," Krier says. Other lighting touches, such as under-cabinet
lighting, also create dramatic effects, he notes.
Group Three is an authorized dealer of Greenfield Cabinetry, which was
used in this project. In reconfiguring the entire kitchen, Krier was
able to include more cabinet space than in the previous layout.
Quality Remodeling Specialists Inc., Jake Ruiz, project manager
Kevin and Jackie Leis, Brookfield
new empty-nesters, the home-owners wanted to create an open
entertaining space for holidays and summers when family gathers
at their Brookfield home. QRSís Jake Ruiz says that wasnít a
priority in í90sí designs, but it is today. "A lot of
people seem to want that now," he says. "In the past
it wasnít a need."
5 Reasons to
Love This Space
Open Concept: By
opening up the kitchen and dining room and adding skylights in the
kitchen, natural light fills the rooms. "A vaulted ceiling also
makes it more spacious and open," architect Nick Blavat says. An
exterior wall was bumped out to create more square-footage in the
dining area, and blends well with the ranch style of the house, he
says. The new layout connects the views of the woods and Lake Michigan
on either side of the house.
Refined Renovations, Matthew Jahns
Styling: Barb Paulini, Studio Paulini
homeowners had been planning a kitchen renovation for a number
of years and had compiled four pages of notes, front and back,
when they met with Jahns. The key to getting them more space
without adding on any square footage was eliminating a hallway,
an artery that stretched about 20 feet long. "Instead of
passing through a long dark hallway, itís now a space you
actually want to be in," Jahns says.
dramatic quartzite counter on the island set the tone for the
roomís palette. "The homeowners wanted it to be gorgeous
and magazine quality but didnít want it to be ostentatious or
intimidating to guests," Jahns says of the space.
Inspired by cabinets the homeowners had seen in M Magazine, the veneer
cabinetry created by A. Fillinger Inc. was the starting point for the
design. Blavat says contrasting translucent cabinets keep the
cabinetry from overwhelming the space. "We didnít want to have
too much of a good thing."
uniquely shaped island is situated for optimal outdoor views. "We
wanted to create an eat-in casualness," Blavat says. The bar
stools are from Room and Board. The island countertop is speckled with
reclaimed beach glass. "Itís a subtle nod to life on a lake
property," Blavat says, "and plays well with the Southwest
theme of the house without being in-your-face about it."
Aging in Place:
The well-thought-out design incorporates a number of features to help
the homeowners adapt as they age. For instance, cabinet pulls are
longer for easy gripping, double wall ovens are more ergonomic and
commercial-grade vinyl flooring is softer than wood or ceramic tile,
Blavat says. Even contrasting materials help to visually distinguish
areas within the kitchen, he notes.
Outdoors In: The
open design encourages a strong connection to the outdoors. The
project also included a covered porch to enjoy views of the woods and
a connection to the deck on the lake side of the property.