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A kid's kingdom
Every kid needs a space where they can 
rule and not worry about adults fitting in


Kevin and Jill Mattsonís children can burn off plenty of energy while improving their game in their indoor basketball court in their Hartland home. Sport Court of Oconomowoc built the 25- x 31-foot room with wall pads and adjustable hoop. The 18-foot ceiling ensures enough space for hoop shots and an area to mount a scoreboard on the wall. Blake Mattson takes a shot while Adam Kerschinske and Matthew Brueser try to stop him. Leah Obermeir (right) and Brenna Mattson practice some soccer moves in the back of the court.

Eric and Jill Wohlfeil of Delafield brought out the color palette when they picked a theme for their kidsí rec room.

"They love contemporary, bright colors, no Packer room or hunting lodge, something out of the ordinary ... and we ran with it," explains Peg Winters of The Winters Partnership.

Peg and Bill Winters designed a plan which included removing the straight walls to allow for the new curvilinear partitions. The existing dropped ceiling was removed and the structure underneath was sprayed out black. A decorative suspended ceiling was added to define different activity areas, including a kitchen/bar, home theater, dance floor and game area.

Kids have their own private "fort" in the Kingís Way Parade of Homes house in Waukesha. This award-winning kidsí space is located in a tiny niche of the lower level off the main family room. The kids can certainly call this space their own from the "starry" ceiling to the built-in double decker lounge space decorated in jigsaw-style motif.