next task for Terry OShaughnessy is the homes
interior design, which she plans to tackle before HGTVs
taping in March. She knows what she and Jim want. Terry
said, Our style is eclectic, leaning toward Country
French. Its important that our home be warm and
friendly. We have a large circle of friends and we hope to
entertain a lot.
a winding path amid towering pines and maples sits a spectacularly
renovated home on five wooded acres in Mequon. This remodel is so
impressive, in fact, that television crews from HGTV, the
nationally televised home and garden television cable network,
have decided to give the world a glimpse. Homeowners Jim and Terry
OShaughnessy and the shows host Pat Simpson will be
showcasing this jewel in the rough on HGTVs Before
& After sometime this spring. The show airs Sundays at 7
and 10 p.m. central.
While this magnificent Milwaukee
area home merits the star treatment its been receiving, the OShaughnessys
said HGTVs demands have been few. Theres been no
pressure. They interviewed us at the onset, then photographed the
house four times, Terry said.
The OShaughnessys plan to give a
few hours of their time for the after interview in March.
The projects architects, Bruce
Jackson Architects and Bartelt-Filo, are looking forward to seeing
their work on national TV. Its a great boost for Milwaukee
to be chosen as a filming site, said Matt Jahns, project
supervisor for Bartelt-Filo. Its given the Milwaukee area
attention thats long deserved. People will see that the
building practices here are superior to many areas in the country.
Before & Afters appeal is
far reaching, too. According to the shows associate producer
Varina Carriveau, Before & After is one of the most popular
shows on HGTV with more than 60 million homes tuning in to HGTV.
Before & After is not an ordinary home improvement show.
Instead, it offers a design viewpoint featuring before and after
floor plans, construction highlights throughout the process and
discussions with the projects homeowners and architects. To be
considered for the show, a remodel must include major interior and
exterior changes, Carriveau said.
Architect Karl Holtermann of
Bartelt-Filo recognized the OShaughnessys project as an
ideal candidate for the show. He spotted Before & Afters
host Pat Simpson at a 1999 home remodeling event in downtown
Milwaukee and was quick to discuss the project with him. It
changed the home dramatically, Holtermann said. He described
the plans, which included putting on a large addition and updating
the existing areas. What was once a simple colonial has become
a rambling English farmhouse.
original curved staircase railing in the foyer was
removed, reinforced and returned to its former location.
The OShaughnessys bought the
65-year-old colonial in the spring of 1999 after looking at only
one other property. It was the second house we looked at on our
first day out. We bought it in about eight minutes, said Terry.
It was the homes old-fashioned charm and beautiful setting that
appealed to the OShaughnessys, who were moving from a
three-year-residence in California. We lived in Milwaukee for
12 years before moving to California, Terry said. Coming
back was everything I wanted so this was a chance to sink in the
roots I never had.
The home desperately needed to be
updated, which was exactly the challenge Terry sought. An interior
design enthusiast, Terry said, I like to put my own stamp on
it. The couples main objectives were to add a large master
suite, a four-stall garage and a second floor laundry. Terry also
wanted the kitchen opened up to the family room. The plans
included a roomy office for Jim and a billiards room as well. But,
along with a lengthy list of updates, it was important to the OShaughnessys
that the home retain its old-fashioned charm.
Bruce Jackson Architects worked on
the initial plans with the OShaughnessys. Its a much
changed home, but the style mimics what was there before,
Jackson said. Traditional elements flourish throughout the homes
original and new areas.
The original fieldstone garage was
re-created into four new stalls, two of which are flanked in
fieldstone. Four of the homes five fireplaces resemble the
original two fireplaces because reclaimed brick was used. Several
new areas of the home feature transom windows, a design element
borrowed from the early 20th century.
The windows beautifully complement
the homes high traditional ceilings. Built-ins abound,
including the original scalloped-shape cabinet in the dining room.
Full-height raised paneling graces the library. Beadboard wainscot
dresses the back staircase and hall. French doors and crown
molding flow throughout both the original and new areas. The list
indicated that the OShaughnessy home renovation in
Mequon will be labeled as show #512 and will air sometime
this spring. If youd like to keep an eye out for this
episode, you can log onto HGTV.com and preview the week
Along with the homes traditional
styling, modern day touches brought the home into the 21st
century. You dont renovate without adding high efficiency
devices, Jahns said. He noted features such as new Low-E
insulated windows, recessed lighting, an office fully equipped for
networking, granite countertops, a gas option fireplace in the
master bedroom and smooth knot-free cedar siding for superior
What is most captivating about the
OShaughnessys home is that from every room and every vantage
point, the windows and the scenery catch your attention. The homes
surplus of windows draws the outside in, illuminating the home and
providing a calming view of an expansive woodland.
Also compelling is the homes
second-level porches, set off the master suite, billiards room and
office, which allow easy access to the great outdoors. The OShaughnessys
also expect to spend much of their time relaxing in their main
level screened-in porches. As weather permits, well be out
said Terry. Fortun-ately, the OShaughnessys are familiar with
Wisconsins fickle climate and added a fireplace to one of the
The renovation didnt stop with
the house. The sites wooded panorama was breathtaking, and the
OShaughnessys wanted to enjoy it to the fullest. So they worked
with La Rosa Landscape Company to integrate the old world
tradition of the home into the site. La Rosa built drystack
fieldstone walls to complement the fieldstone garages.
They also laid patios and walkways
with tumbled concrete pavers which embrace the home and give
guests a warm welcome. New perennial gardens will add beauty to
the homes landscaping, furthermore achieving both Terrys
desire for a low-maintenance landscape and Jims interest in
After several months of living in
temporary housing, the OShaughnessys were eager to move in to
their beautiful dream home and once again enjoy their furnishings
that had been sitting in storage for so long.