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Home & the range
Space was certainly a must for these four homeowners who built or remodeled their kitchens to suit their personal needs


The traditional-styled kitchen of Dan and Lori Lorenz in the town of Delafield is definitely a kitchen for a serious cook. The multiple work stations and 9-foot by 6-foot granite island allow for the entire family of six to assist with meal preparation. The beautiful dried floral arrangement, which adds a nice touch to the spacious island, was designed by Dana Meredith of the The Flower Garden in Hartland. The fresh floral bouquet on the table was also created by The Flower Garden.

This spacious kitchen, remodeled by Scott Bittman of CrestHaven Homes Inc. in Hartland, has dramatically increased the efficiency and traffic flow for this active family.

Part of Bill and Betsy Rezelís massive remodeling project included doubling the size of their kitchen in their Waukesha home. The couple decided it was time to change their 1970s Colonial home into a space that was suitable for their tastes and needs. They called Renovators Ltd. of Brookfield. Renovators moved a wall back 2 to 3 feet and removed the dinette area. The changes allowed for a large island and nice breakfast bar where the couple can watch TV as they eat. One of the most important aspects for Betsy was the ability to move around while working in the kitchen. The table settings and items on the counter tops and island were provided by Katydids of Waukesha.

Patrick and Rachel Tegeder chose a warm, traditional look for their kitchen when they built their home in Delafield. The Tegeders selected maple cabinets from The Cabinet Place in Waukesha, where Rachel is a designer and sales manager. Ivory Coast granite counter tops match the sandalwood-colored cabinets, which are filled with accessories to aid any busy cook.

When Richard and Elaine Dix of Delafield decided to remodel their kitchen it became a collaborative effort between JP Kitchen Design Studio of Delafield and the Dixes, who own their own business, Dix Remodeling and Design. "We really enjoyed working with JP Designs." The couple designed the kitchen they wanted, and Laurie Peirick of JP Kitchen Design Studio fine tuned the plans by helping with the cabinets, etc. The first step was to flip the layout of the kitchen from one side of the room to the other and install a large window in order to take advantage of the view of Lapham Peak State Park.

"This is a real working kitchen," Elaine explains, who is a personal chef for a family member. The couple also entertain frequently so the layout of the space was important.