In Full View
If you’re lucky
enough to live on Lake Michigan, you want to make sure you take full
advantage of it.
That was the goal
of Mike Wade of Wade Design & Construction Inc., Mequon, and the
owners of a 60-year-old Mequon home situated right on Lake Michigan.
"before" was a home characteristic of the 1950s; that is,
well-defined rooms connected by standard-sized doorways. There was
little openness, and according to Wade, it felt rather
The challenge was
to open up the entire living space to make maximum use of the Lake
Michigan setting and views.
Wade took down
several walls and provided the needed structural support. He and his
team moved a stairway to create a circulation corridor and unified the
flooring throughout the first floor. They installed large patio doors
looking out on the lake, which, with two other sets of doors, will open
onto a deck that will be constructed at a later date.
the glass surface on the east side of the home facing the lake,"
"after" is a home that’s more modern than many homes in the
area, and one that takes full advantage of the beauty that is Lake
stained cabinets. A beautiful counterpoint to:
» Light gray
quartzite stone countertops with flecks of blue
» A custom-made
baking center with lower countertops at a specially designed height,
perfect for kneading dough
ceilings link the kitchen and
living rooms, providing a seamless transition
between the two spaces.
Dan Betla of River
Bend Studio LLC, Grafton, describes his client’s original, traditional
country kitchen in Mequon as dark, outdated and well broken in by the
homeowners — a family that once included four growing children. Now
that the homeowners are empty nesters, Betla says it was time "to
give them a nicer space."
"So we opened
up the kitchen to give it much more of a presence," he continues.
"We stole just over 2 feet from a laundry room to allow some drama
around a new nearby bay window."
A remodeled back
hallway gives the homeowners a good-sized walk-in pantry, and a
bumped-out wall over a stoop allows for an office space and skylight.
But what both
Betla and the homeowners like the most are the coffered ceilings,
which mimic the
ceilings in the adjacent family room and sunroom — a touch that draws
the rooms together.
state-of-the-art appliances, dramatic lighting and contrasting-colored
stone for countertops and the island, and you have a home fit for a
couple who loves to entertain. M
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