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Room with a view
A decadelong transformation clearly defines the contemporary sophistication of this Lake Drive masterpiece

By RICK ROMANO
Photos by Doug Edmunds

October 2015

A lot of attention was paid to providing a warm illumination, most notable here in an exterior view of foldable glass panels and 40-foot-long terrace steps.

Two Whitefish Bay homeowners and a local architectural designer/engineer spent a decade transforming a near-teardown home into a contemporary gem that takes advantage of Lake Michigan views and incorporates a plethora of building materials.

Partners Leon Flagg and Curtis Lamon bought the home in 2000 and for a time lived in the basement before beginning the process of redesigning in 2005, when they found Angela Westmore. Over time, Westmore went from design firm staff member to owning her own business, but the work continued.

Because Flagg and Lamon own and manage the Delafield-based Great Finds & Designs shop, homeowners and client spoke much the same language. The collaboration turned into a whirlwind of material ideas.

Leather panels give the library walls a soft, cozy feeling. A salvaged antique Asian gate at the front door makes a special first impression. A glass catwalk that connects an older existing second floor to a newly expanded master suite allows an unobstructed view of the homeís setting on the wooded lakefront lot from the living room as well as a view of the formal living space from above.

Plenty of smaller touches also are evident, including wire-brushed and stained-beamed ceilings, scrap finish lumber for the kitchen island and raw steel accents throughout.

Flagg and Westmore have their personal favorite elements. "Iíd have to say the glass catwalk," Flagg says. "Itís an unusual and exciting piece that was driven by the views."

"For me, itís the master bath with the copper tub," Westmore says. "The whole room sits on what used to be the roof."

Homeowners and designer have plenty of time to discuss. "What started out as a business relationship turned into a strong friendship," Flagg says.

Plenty of expansive glass and laminated wood beams make the great room a perfect place to receive guests as well as a relaxing space to view the homeís woodsy Lake Michigan setting.
The impressive kitchen island was built with a base of scrap finish lumber from walnut, maple and pine accompanied by a granite countertop with a rock natural edge. Designer Angela Westmore retained the existing perimeter counters and cabinets as well as the terra cotta tile throughout.

The cozy library with seating for four is filled with art deco furnishings.

 

The existing spiral staircase leading from the library down to a wine cellar has been dressed in red leather walls and surrounding shelves.
The copper and tin two-person tub is a sculptural focal point of the master bathroom, situated on a reimagined second floor that once was a roof. Modern meets rustic touches include a heated towel bar, in-floor hydronic flooring, tankless water heater, vanity cabinetry of hand-scraped Brazilian cherry, rustic beams and a beveled mirror framed by wall sconce fixtures.
Happiness is homeowner Leon Flagg with Blue, his Irish Setter, at the front door, a salvaged antique Asian gate. Flagg says he and partner Curtis Lamon wanted to emulate blending old and new, an appreciation from their European travels. M

 













 


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