cathedral ceiling and cedar-arched beams in the living room
create a mountain-modern look. "I wanted something you donít
see everywhere in Wisconsin ó rustic elements combined with
clean lines," says homeowner Molly Madsen. Custom walnut
cabinets with wide-rail Shaker doors in a henna stain flank the
gas fireplace made of Moose Mountain Stone from Montana. The
mirror frame on the mantel is a slice from a tree trunk with
artwork nestled in next to it. "I think layering is really
an interesting look from a design standpoint," Madsen says.
The chandelier from City Lights has a midcentury modern feel
that complements the furniture from Warren Barnett Interiors.
The two coffee tables pushed together are made of reclaimed elm.
The floor is an Australian wormy chestnut. The view overlooks a
private spring-fed pond on the edge of a nature preserve.
Who Lives Here:
David and Molly Madsen, owners of AB&K Remodeling, and their two
boys, Joe, 14, and Ryan, 13. This is the fifth house the kitchen and
bath pros have built. The last one was in the same Sussex subdivision,
though this house is in a more secluded location.
JR: Tell me
about the property.
MM: The area is
very peaceful: walking trails, the pond and abundant wildlife. The
boys fish and swim in the pond in the summer and everyone plays pond
hockey in the winter. We set up full-size rinks and have a blast.
outdoor patio adjacent to the kitchen is referred to as the
"hearth room." The same Moose Mountain Stone from the
living room was used on the outdoor fireplace. A small pizza
oven was built into the fireplace so the family can make its own
stone-fired pizza. A circular couch creates a cozy atmosphere
JR: As the
co-owners of a kitchen and bath firm, was there any added pressure to
"get it right" when building this house?
MM: Thereís a
ton of pressure because of what we do. I felt like it needed to be
different from every other house in the area, yet practical. My last
few houses were much more traditional from a design standpoint, and I
was ready for a change.
JR: What are the
key features in the kitchen?
MM: I love a
white kitchen ó clean and fresh with simple, inset doors. There are
lots of things to make organization easy: tray dividers, rollouts, a
magic corner, pot and pan organizer. I wanted a huge island because
thatís where we spend a lot of time ó from homework to dinner
time. I chose hickory in a henna stain because the grain of the wood
helps hide every fingerprint and spec of dust, and itís interesting
combined with the white woodwork.
lower level includes a game room and this hickory custom wood
bar, where family and friends gather. A combination of wood and
stone behind the bar continues the mountain modern feel of the
JR: How did you
want the house to function?
MM: We wanted a
home that is comfortable and inviting. A lot of our decisions with the
house centered around the family, and we like it that the kids like to
hang out here. Weíre busy running kids to sports and working full
time, so the house is nice-sized, but no unused areas. Everything was
designed with organization in mind ó lockers, nice closets ó
everything has a place.
inspired the mountain-modern look?
kitchen has custom stacked cabinetry with inset doors on the
main cabinets and small German New Antique glass doors above.
The drawers and cabinets on the island are set on a full
overlay. The island is a gathering spot for the family.
"This is where my kids do their homework, so it gets a lot
of use. We also eat a lot of our meals here," says Madsen.
The countertops are made of honed Danby marble, a type of marble
more resilient to etching that can commonly occur in a typical
Carrera marble. The pantry door has an etched glass pattern,
which creates a clean look.
MM: We love
Colorado and go on ski vacations every year with our boys. Itís
great family time; we wanted to bring some of that feeling into our
JR: Why did you
choose a neutral color palette?
MM: I like the
combination of highly textured materials and clean lines and the
interest it creates. I get tired of things pretty easily ó itís
one of the downsides of being in our industry ó so a neutral palette
allows me to add splashes of color as the seasons change or trends
change without feeling like itís outdated in just a few years. m