Andrew and Laura Brusky took one look at their unfinished Wauwatosa
basement and knew exactly what they wanted to do. The couple called
Jim Grote at Cream City Construction and turned the
"storage" space into a valuable living area.
The Bruskys wanted a place to entertain that could double as a
master suite for out-of-town guests. Out went the laundry room and in
went a full bath, while the remainder of the area was converted into
an entertainment space complete with a hidden Murphy bed for overnight
"Itís like having another master bedroom for their guests
while allowing for privacy," says Grote.
Cream City also installed a gas fireplace, flat screen TV and a
mahogany wine rack system. To finish the look, the Bruskys hired Peg
Winters of The Winters Partnership for the interior design work.
Awash in Green
From its carbonized bamboo flooring to its lyptus wood cabinets and
energy-efficient windows, this master bath embodies todayís buzz
phrase, "going green." Wisconsin Kitchen Mart designer Russ
Waters says the Kohler tub drove the design, setting the stage for an
Asian look that is often associated with the green movement.
Large 12-by-24-inch wall tiles that resemble woven grass are
complemented by bear grass inserted into the window panels. The walls
are accented by a trail of stones plucked from a river and glued onto
matting to create the custom design.
Other features of the bathroom include low-flow shower head,
faucets and toilet; filtered water; built-in trash unit; and private
Room to Breathe
After 40 years and continual prodding by their children, these Elm
Grove homeowners decided it was time to gut their kitchen and start
over. They turned to Cheryl Ryan of Kitchens By Design in Elm Grove to
guide them through the monumental task.
The couple originally had thought of switching to a completely
white kitchen, but changed their minds after speaking with Ryan.
"Itís a traditional kitchen that goes with the rest of the
house," says Ryan.
The major changes included tearing down the wall between the dining
room and kitchen and taking out the overhead cabinets that jutted out
into the middle of the room. "They have a lot of good light and
it made sense to take the wall down," says Ryan.
The couple also replaced oak cabinets with cherry and the
almond-colored Corian countertops with Caesar Stone, a man-made quartz
product. Additional cabinets were installed in the breakfast nook off
New appliances were installed and a custom wood hood was built over
the Wolf range.
"They wanted an open kitchen, lots of drawers, a message
center. We just went down the wish list," says Ryan.
"I find the kitchen much easier to work in," says the
Floral arrangement courtesy of Graschís Fine Foods in Brookfield