WRA, Bronze ~ Mukwonago, Kitchen

Moving from southern California, the customers were pleasantly surprised by Wisconsin housing cost but extremely disappointed by our Midwest architecture. After several months of shopping for the perfect home they settled on a sound structure with a perfect lot but it had a colonial kitchen. The customer was looking for a California design with lots of “wow”-factors. Our approach was to remove every interior wall possible. This included: a hall-wall, living room wall, and creating a large pass-through to the formal dining room.

In order to accomplish this, attic trusses were constructed per engineered specs. HVAC, electric, and plumbing were rerouted. New rough electric was installed with emphasis on brightness which included contemporary recessed cans with 2/3 light overlap. HVAC was an issue, but with some design changes and the use of every available stud and joist cavity we achieved 100% air flow efficiency. This was better than the original ductwork!

Custom alder cabinets with flush contemporary doors and drawer fronts, highlighted the contemporary theme. The customer’s choice of a very light “Glacier Ice” granite and a particularly interesting combination of a stone, glass, and stainless steel tile backsplash was strikingly distinctive.

Because of wall removal, only one wall remained for the wall cabinets, double-range, refrigerator, and pantry cabinet. The design of this wall of cabinets was critical. We came up with a plan that would allow maximum storage, kitchen efficiency, and it would show true contemporary beauty.

Across the kitchen, base cabinets supported a massive serving counter, large enough to seat up to ten, at family functions. The counter space on this side housed the sink which completed the work triangle and was the main preparation area.

On the end of the new kitchen where the hall wall was removed is now a non-defined hallway to the back of the house. A pass through into the formal dining room was created with glass display cabinets above.

Finishing touches included contemporary Kohler faucets, contemporary pendant lighting on motion sensitive rheostats, numerous cabinet features, specialty hardware and an elegant tiled floor.