light fixtures over the tables in the living room act as pieces
of art, adding interest without taking up visual space. The
light fixtures complement the table area when the tables are
apart or together, allowing for flexibility when entertaining.
The stone on the fireplace adds a textural element to the living
room, interior designer Robert Schroeder says, and sets off the
burning metal sculpture inside the fireplace. Cerused oak
cabinets flank the fireplace.
Years ago, on a
trip to Colorado, a house featured in a newspaper home section caught
the eye of the traveler. He carried that newspaper home with him to
Wisconsin, and when he and his wife began to concept their family
dream home, that house influenced the design.
searched the area for the perfect lot on which to build, deciding on
an exclusive location in Mequon. From there, they were connected to
interior designer Robert Schroeder of RGTS Robert Schroeder Design,
referred through family friends. "When we met him we knew
immediately we wanted to work with him," the homeowner says.
Schroeder assisted the couple in their meticulous search for an
architect and builder, eventually selecting Moore Designs Inc., a
design/build firm in West Bend. "We were doing this in 2008-2009,
in the worst part of the housing downturn," the homeowner says.
"We were worried some of the builders weren’t going to be in
also looking for a custom home, not a model home from a builder,"
the homeowner says. "We kept asking (builders) to show us
something unique they had done. They were hesitant to show us
pictures, saying ‘Just let us know what you like,’ and dropping
off 50 or 60 magazines for us to look through."
In Moore, they
found a builder who had built numerous custom homes, gaining the
clients’ trust and confidence. "After Moore, there wasn’t
even a close second," the homeowner says.
coverings on the chairs in the kitchen complement the polished
quartzite island and rich wood of the cherry cabinetry designed
by Moore Designs.
challenge was to accommodate the clients’ desire for a contemporary
design and the subdivision requirements for traditional architecture,
which proved to be no small task. Add to that the city’s stringent
restrictions on removing certain trees from the lot while
accomplishing the homeowners’ desire for an H-shaped floor plan.
"We researched architectural designs out of California and Texas
and just branded it with our own description," says Dave Moore.
He calls the design as organic earthy contemporary. Through the use of
stucco, stone and timber work and a metal roof, the design has echoes
of a Colorado mountain lodge or Napa Valley retreat. "We were
able to marry together their want to have something very contemporary
yet still be in keeping with the neighborhood," Lisa Moore says.
boomerang shape creates privacy along the back of the house,
which features a fire pit and outdoor living room with fireplace
where the homeowners can enjoy the outdoors in any weather,
thanks to powered screens that enclose the space at the touch of
street-facing side of the house affords nearly complete privacy for
the family with garages on either side of the main entry. Upon
entering the house, visitors have an expansive view of the rear yard
past a custom staircase made of iron and glass with wood accents and
timber steps. "At night it’s a beautiful entry to walk
into," the homeowner says.
either side of the main entry lead to symmetrical rotundas, one near
the kitchen, butler’s pantry and family room and the other to the
master suite, which rivals any boutique hotel.
wood batten ceiling in the master bedroom and the striking vinyl
headboard are dramatic elements in the master bedroom design.
Schroeder’s use of textures — silks, linens and wool — and
contrasting light and dark elements, also contribute to the room’s
With its many
windows, the back of the house offers gorgeous views of trees and the
natural surroundings, yet maintains privacy with its modified H-shape,
which looks something like a boomerang. "The lot was calling for
something like this to be done," Dave Moore says.
Bedrooms for the
couple’s three children are on the upper level. The lower level is
designed for recreation, and includes a movie theater, pool table,
pingpong, X-box and a basketball court.
minis contain control systems for the entire house, put in place by
Techteriors. Audio, video, lighting and security is all wired into the
Apple-based system, which also can be accessed remotely.
the contemporary interior design takes its cues from the architecture
and also the clients’ tastes. "I let the client come
through," he says. "It’s their house; I am a guide to get