steel front doors and structural columns in the raised foyer are
framed by indoor trees that rise above the second-floor bridge.
The entrance is only the entrée to a redesigned modern gem, a
project completed with the help of collaborating designers Tim
Benkowski of timothyj kitchen & bath in Milwaukee and Gary
Haisma of Haisma Design Group in Grand Rapids, Mich.
homeowners Jim and Sue Marriott more than refreshed their home’s 1995
contemporary interior. They reset the look and the impressive space to
reflect their current life as well as their modern taste.
There is now a
first floor washed in grays, taupe and wisps of varying shades of
stronger color meant to put a warmer glow on their original contemporary
canvas. The Marriotts built their 7,000-square-foot home, with six
bedrooms, five full bathrooms and two half baths, 20 years ago. A dream
home from an original sketch Jim drew up on a piece of paper when he was
19, its attraction was too strong to make a change when the couple
thought about a new home for their family of four.
Sue says they
considered acquiring a large parcel of land to build another home, but
realized life was good adjoining Bristlecone Pines Golf Club in
like the neighborhood and the house," Sue says. "It starts
with thinking about paint and furniture, but then you look at the
second-floor bridge provides an overview of the first floor’s
distinctive open layout. A new living space in the left background
was created by raising a previously sunken sunroom. Now, the
sun-washed space opens to an impressive backyard patio.
the Marriotts — with construction contractor Jim overseeing the work
— added more gathering-friendly space around the home’s two-story
triangular brick column, a centerpiece that stretches two stories high
with fireplaces. They eliminated one of two surrounding sunken areas so
that a new living room space could be created, leading to a grand rear
entrance facing the golf course. A series of 9-foot-high glass panels
fold back for wider access to a sweeping patio of stamped concrete and a
manicured lawn flowing to a fairway.
hired Tim Benkowski of timothyj kitchen & bath in Milwaukee and Gary
Haisma of Haisma Design Group in Grand Rapids, Mich., to help
rejuvenate several key first-floor areas just steps from the centerpiece
A U-shaped bar was
redone as an island with waterfall edges, new cabinetry, a ceramic
basket tile backsplash and lighting to give a floating panel effect.
Benkowski also helped create a new-millennium media room carved out of
an existing home theater. The new look includes sleek and practical
cabinetry to house sophisticated video and audio equipment on a wall of
subtle patterned taupe-scale grass cloth. In a nearby powder room, he
designed similar gray cabinetry and a wall-to-wall vanity framed by a
9-foot-tall mirror and lighted wave tile.
on white with glossy cabinets and basket weave tile is set off by
gloss black trim accents and an existing black granite floor. This
is a multipurpose space, featuring steam, convection and microwave
cooking as well as a message center that gives this four-person
family needed personalized file space and a hideaway charging
station for communication tools.
While the work in
those three spaces was similar in tone, Benkowski helped re-create the
kitchen that once featured orange-tinted Birdseye maple and dark granite
countertops. Within a reconfigured space, he designed gloss, white
cabinetry and countertops with gloss black accents that fit well with
the existing black granite floor.
functionality with a stacked steam oven, convection oven and warming
drawer and an in-drawer microwave. A message center provides charging
stations for today’s communication tools and a series of file cabinets
that will be personalized for each family member.
shaped the makeover. "When we were younger without kids, we spent a
lot of time going out," Sue says. "Now, we entertain a lot at
home. We spend so much more time here now, so all of this just makes
custom-designed stairwell in the original 1995 home has stood the
test of time. Only carpeting and paint were needed to refresh this
architectural element, one of many envisioned by homeowner and
construction contractor Jim Marriott while in his teens.
lighting and warmer tones make this bar an inviting entertainment
area just steps from other first-floor living spaces. What once
was a U-shaped bar now features a dramatic waterfall countertop
edge, basket weave backsplash and flat screen television. A nice
touch: the zebra-pattern ceramic tile floor under the stools.
master bedroom is one of six bedrooms in the expansive,