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Kitchen Trifecta
Three styles - three personalities

January 2015

          

Since adding storage wherever possible was critical, the kitchen features an expanded center island that provides a generous amount of space.

Lived-In Luxury

By JEN HUNHOLZ
Photos by Doug Edmunds

When Dr. Madan and Gwen Kandula began conceptualizing their new home in Elm Grove’s Indian Hills neighborhood, they knew they wanted their kitchen to be both kid-friendly and conducive to entertaining. The couple have three children together, ages 4 through 10, and entertain frequently, so it was essential that the kitchen be practical and approachable in its design. They enlisted the help of architect John Van Rooy of John Van Rooy Associates, Milwaukee, and the result is an open concept-style space that evokes a comfortable, "lived-in" feel.

"We wanted to keep the space warm and inviting but still feel classic and timeless," says Van Rooy. The refrigerator and dishwasher doors are paneled, creating a more traditional feel, but the kitchen’s cabinets extend the height of the home’s 10-foot ceilings, increasing the space’s storage capacity and adding a more modern architectural twist. The homeowners’ affinity for entertaining lends to a large collection of serving pieces, from linens and platters to dishware and flatware, so incorporating additional storage space was key, Van Rooy adds.

Van Rooy worked closely with Jessica Jubelirer of Jessica Jubelirer Design, Whitefish Bay, to ensure that the kitchen’s interior design blended seamlessly with its architectural features. The kitchen’s textiles, light fixtures and paint colors were all selected by Jubelirer, who also designed the interiors for the remainder of the home. Moore Designs, West Bend, served as the general contractor for the project.


       

Cashmere white granite countertops contrast the quarter-sawn cherry cabinetry in the new kitchen designed by SJ Janis Co. The home was featured on the Metropolitan Builders Association Parade of Remodeled Homes last fall.

Midcentury Mindset

By JANET RAASCH
Photos by Scott Witte Photography

When Dr. Madan and Gwen Kandula began conceptualizing their new home in Elm Grove’s Indian Hills neighborhood, they knew they wanted their kitchen to be both kid-friendly and conducive to entertaining. The couple have three children together, ages 4 through 10, and entertain frequently, so it was essential that the kitchen be practical and approachable in its design. They enlisted the help of architect John Van Rooy of John Van Rooy Associates, Milwaukee, and the result is an open concept-style space that evokes a comfortable, "lived-in" feel.

"We wanted to keep the space warm and inviting but still feel classic and timeless," says Van Rooy. The refrigerator and dishwasher doors are paneled, creating a more traditional feel, but the kitchen’s cabinets extend the height of the home’s 10-foot ceilings, increasing the space’s storage capacity and adding a more modern architectural twist. The homeowners’ affinity for entertaining lends to a large collection of serving pieces, from linens and platters to dishware and flatware, so incorporating additional storage space was key, Van Rooy adds.

Van Rooy worked closely with Jessica Jubelirer of Jessica Jubelirer Design, Whitefish Bay, to ensure that the kitchen’s interior design blended seamlessly with its architectural features. The kitchen’s textiles, light fixtures and paint colors were all selected by Jubelirer, who also designed the interiors for the remainder of the home. Moore Designs, West Bend, served as the general contractor for the project.


        

The massive 9-foot-by-6-foot island is the centerpiece of the kitchen remodel of this Brookfield home. Wisconsin Kitchen Mart worked with the homeowner on the kitchen remodel and also made the expandable dining table from a photograph provided by the homeowner.

Renaissance Man Cave

By JANET RAASCH
Photos by
Wisconsin Kitchen Mart

When Michael and Susan Koerner bought their 1955 midcentury modern ranch in Brookfield in 2006, they knew someday they wanted to remodel. "Two years ago we got serious about when that someday was going to be," Michael Koerner says.

The couple worked with Nathan Wachtl of SJ Janis Co. to create better flow and function of the first floor, which included a kitchen remodel. To achieve the homeowners’ wish for an open concept space, interior walls came down and a heavy-duty beam was installed in the ceiling for structural support.

The new kitchen boasts Wolf and Sub-Zero stainless steel appliances, rich cherry quarter-sawn cabinetry, custom tile design and a detailed lighting scheme. Color-changing LED lights illuminate the ceiling — green for Packers games and red during Badgers games.

A fireplace mantel is made from the same cherry as the cabinets and new Lannon stone wraps around the fireplace to unify the kitchen with the living room and reinforce the modern aesthetic.

Removing a closet in the entry further opened up the space; the old entry from the garage was transformed into an open concept mudroom. Red oak floors were patched and refinished.

"We have just shy of 1,900 square feet and every inch of the house is now being utilized," Koerner says.

"The space feels more like home," he says. "It’s ours now."

 












 


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