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
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.
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.
cozy library with seating for four is filled with art deco
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.
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.
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.
existing spiral staircase leading from the library down to a wine
cellar has been
dressed in red leather walls and surrounding
Plenty of smaller
touches also are evident, including wire-brushed and stained-beamed
ceilings, scrap finish lumber for the kitchen island and raw steel
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."
designer have plenty of time to discuss. "What started out as a
business relationship turned into a strong friendship," Flagg says.
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.
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.