that "green design" is as drab as a rice cake? Guess again.
Some of the hottest-looking kitchen products around are made of
renewable resources. Consumers now can choose richly textured bamboo
floors, exotic-looking paper countertops and shiny backsplashes made
of recycled glass.
any room in the house inspires design dreams it is the kitchen. People
dream of bigger and better kitchens complete with high-end appliances
and all the latest bells and whistles. But as the professionals know,
the best kitchens can be simple or even small as long as they are
In a state famous for beer and brats
(and long winters), we’re pretty passionate about our cookouts come
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.
You might not think that your kitchen
says much about your personality. Well, just look around.
Wauwatosa’s Cindy Busche dreamed of making her kitchen her own
since moving back into the 1950s Cape Cod she lived in with her
parents as a child. On Sept. 26, the OAR Group started helping her
A decade ago homeowners started cutting the shackles off their
kitchens, freeing them from isolated and solitary corners. Today, they’re
taking the next giant step forward — taking kitchens from a simple
open concept to center stage.
When Bill and Lisa Feld constructed
their Grafton home, they planted some family roots right in the
Therese and Tom Nichols decided on an
English urban feeling for the kitchen in their Elm Grove home. They
called Susan Stockton of London by Design to help with the decorating.
From a residence to a Marquette dental fraternity and back to a
residence, this 1907 house has been through plenty of changes. When
Todd Badovski and Allyson Nemec purchased it in 2003, there was a lot
of work to be done. Fraternity life had caused a certain amount of
wear and tear, but these two architects had the vision to see past the
tavern-like odors and damaged woodwork.
For Patty and Kevin Van Kampen of
Shorewood it was time to transform their 1950s style kitchen area to
achieve an updated, classic aesthetic. Although the Van Kampens admit
they don’t spend a lot of time actually cooking in the kitchen, they
wanted the space to be light, bright and enjoyable.
Once thought of as a nice luxury to
have in one’s kitchen, today’s island — in all its glorious
versatility — has become an essential element. Islands have become
such a centerpiece that some who don’t have one feel stranded on —
well, you get the picture.
Cooking is a hot topic these days and
whether you are watching it on TV or rolling up your sleeves to do it
yourself, people want to be in tune with the latest and greatest tools
of the kitchen. Also in demand are the sophisticated gadgets used by
the chefs they watch.
cookin' now: trends in kitchen remodeling
that they can recoup 100 percent of the costs of a kitchen remodel
might bring peace of mind to homeowners contemplating renovation but
is rarely the deciding factor in kitchen updates. According to Milwaukee-area kitchen
experts, cost is certainly a consideration, but comfort, not price, is
the driving force behind consumers’ decisions.
When Dick and Mary Meyers remodeled
their kitchen for the second time in 22 years, they were confident
they knew what they needed. What started out as a plan to update
kitchen appliances, however, quickly grew into something special.
A place for
When Liz and Jim Romanelli were ready
for the demolition stage of their kitchen remodel in their Mequon
home, Liz packed her bags for a trip to the East Coast. Five weeks
later, she returned to her dream kitchen.
From Dave Heigl’s perspective, the
hottest thing in kitchen cabinets and kitchens in general is
functionality. "The overall look and feel of a kitchen is
usability," says Heigl, director of CabinetWerks Design Studio in
the Third Ward. "You don’t have to worry about the kids running
through the kitchen and hurting something."
Four kitchen remodels create great
spaces for cooking, entertaining and
keeping family close at hand. One of the nicest features about living
on the lake is enjoying a breathtaking view. The Fox Point home of
Billy and Griselda Apple now features a kitchen that maximizes the
view from a cozy vantage point.
Taking it personally
Fireplaces, lounge areas, mood lighting
and plasma TVs. Area designers say these are the features their
clients want in the most-used room of the house, the kitchen. Of
course, traditional kitchen elements such as refrigerators, stoves and
dishwashers still have their place, and experts say people are
personalizing those, too.
Everyone is looking for a little
more elbowroom in the kitchen. Whether you have the opportunity to
expand or simply are working with what you have, there always seems
to be a way to maximize your space.
Karen Milaitis reflects upon her
kitchen remodel the way others recall a Caribbean vacation. Words like
"fun," "stress-free," and "exciting,"
describe the process by which this family of six overhauled a kitchen,
dining area, living room and patio.
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