extends the possibilities. That notion was put into practice by Terri
Schmidt, owner-designer of Delafield’s Dream House Dream Kitchens,
when she helped an Elm Grove family expand the capabilities of their
midcentury modern home’s kitchen.
the 650-square-foot space for accessibility to the living and dining
rooms and a view to a three-sided fireplace was the intent.
important thing was space planning for flow and function for everyday
and entertaining," Schmidt says.
achieved in the island, where the beauty of an Alaskan White granite
countertop is matched by the versatile function of two sinks for food
prep and presentation, refrigeration drawers for fruits and vegetables,
as well as meats and cheeses, a beverage cooler and wine storage.
The heart of
cooking and refrigeration is supported by a Wolf/Sub-Zero package.
Cooking choices include cooktop and built-in induction and high-output
burners, perfect for wok cooking. Hot beverages are available in a
customized coffee dispenser built in just above the oven.
splashes lead to an elegant extension of cabinetry, providing
storage and a pause between dining room and kitchen.
in-kitchen formal cabinet combination, a pantry extends space and
possibilities with a toaster and sandwich-making area.
functionality is dressed in charcoal-stained Shaker door cabinetry with
brushed nickel pulls, glass-accented ceramic tile backsplash,
refurbished existing terrazzo floor, recessed and square opaque glass
and brushed nickel pendants. Sleek island chairs of stainless steel and
dark espresso fabric complete the room.
This was a case
where reality matched imagination. "It absolutely turned out the
way it was envisioned," Schmidt says. "It so improves the way
the family lives their life."
simple elegance of the 1920s blends perfectly with plenty of
subtle modern touches in this Milwaukee lakefront Tudor.
Where: Milwaukee /
Renovation time: Eight months / Cost: Owners won’t say, though
extensive infrastructure work supports high-end aesthetics / Splurged
on: Granite countertops and birch millwork / Saved on: Maple hardwood
flooring / Biggest impact: Floor-to-ceiling birch cabinetry throughout
the 400 square feet of kitchen and pantry
When the owners of
a 1920s-era expansive Tudor on Lake Drive needed an update to its
1980s-renovated kitchen, they called on Glendale-based Gabor Design
refined look of birchextends to the butler’s pantry, an
expansion that required careful effort to match the original
detail. Period lighting above was sourced by the homeowner.
was to emulate the 1920s and still meet today’s standards," says
Nathan Gabor, the firm’s owner and project manager.
It was a twofold
approach to address mechanicals like extending an HVAC system,
installing new LED lighting and raising the ceiling to 10 feet while
giving the room a stately feel.
inspired by floor-to-ceiling birch cabinets lining one side of an
adjoining, existing butler’s pantry. After removing part of an
incinerator chimney stack, expert millwork matched not only the existing
birch on the opposite side, but was extended floor to ceiling throughout
the kitchen. The cabinetry provides plenty of leaded glass and opaque
storage and expertly hides the Sub-Zero refrigerator, warming drawer and
dishwasher — accentuating the room’s simple lines.
plays well with classic modern touches, such as a green granite
countertop and island, green herringbone pattern marble and white subway
tile behind the Wolf range, a double range and warming drawer, a
farmhouse and prep sink and flat screen television.
homeowner also sourced period lighting and brass shell pulls for the
several local companies that partnered with his firm, including
Burmeister Woodworking Co. of Hales Corners, Milwaukee’s Nu-Town
Painting, Heritage Lighting in Cedarburg and Shorewood’s Oxford Glass.
Milwaukee projects to his firm’s credit, Gabor says, "This is one
of the best kitchens we have done lately."
an original barn meant blending white marble countertops and
cabinets and stainless steel with wood beams, floor and furniture.
Photos by David
Where: Elm Grove /
Renovation time: Six months, as part of a whole-house renovation / Cost:
Between $100,000 and $125,000 / Splurged on: Sub-Zero appliances and
marble countertops / Saved on: Ceramic backsplash / Biggest impact:
Marble countertops amid farmhouse eclectic feel
A garage fire
generated all the inspiration needed for Geoff and Macee Wilber to
renovate their historic Elm Grove home. As a result, their kitchen now
has a naturally modern aura for a family of five that loves to cook for
themselves and entertain guests.
remarkable but period-nod change for the home, which was originally
converted from a barn in the 1850s, expanded in the 1940s, and added on
in piecemeal fashion until the Wilbers took advantage of their fire
misfortune to rid themselves of the home’s 1980s aura.
rail wood doors and an opened view to a hearth reflect this home’s
"We wanted to
keep the rustic feel and update it to our needs," Macee says.
design-build firm Bartelt. The Remodeling Resource incorporated the
historic influences into a modern framework by blending the clean white
lines of classically simple cabinets, stainless steel appliances and
bronze fixtures with touches of a distressed cherrywood island top,
Douglas fir beams and sliding doors separating the dining room and
doubling the width of the wood floors with 4-inch-wide oak plank.
backsplash with modest shelving provides a homey touch.
Retzak of Bartelt says the project was a "typical balancing
act" of giving the client modern conveniences such as two islands
— one for prep and one for seating and serving — and two beverage
refrigerators. It was all done in an expanded footprint of about 400
those improvements as well as improving the kitchen’s sightline to the
large, picturesque lot, the designer says the project "hit a home
run on all counts."
"Now we have a kitchen that is perfect," she says. "It’s
exactly what we need." M