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Milwaukee/NARI Tour of Remodeled Homes

Sat, 05/18/2013 - 11:00am to Sun, 05/19/2013 - 5:00pm
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Southeastern Wisconsin residents will have an opportunity to “Explore Remodeling’s Finest” at the 14th annual Milwaukee/NARI Tour of Remodeled Homes, Sat., May 18 – Sun., May 19, 2013, from 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. daily.

The Tour of Remodeled Homes is produced by the Milwaukee/NARI Home Improvement Council, Inc., and sponsored by Kohler Co. in conjunction with First Supply, and by VerHalen, The Pella Window Store.  The event will allow attendees to view 14 recently completed remodeling and home improvement projects from Milwaukee/NARI contractors at homes throughout southeastern Wisconsin.

The Tour of Remodeled Homes will feature the following renovation projects:

Allen Kitchen & Bath: Kitchen and Powder Room Remodel • 2012 Forest Street, Wauwatosa
Creative design was used to develop a functional kitchen while maintaining the charm of a typical Wauwatosa home.  The new homeowners desired more storage and a more inviting space for family and friends to gather.  Removing soffits allowed for ceiling height cabinetry with classic crown molding.  An “eat-in” kitchen was created by adding a bistro table and small TV, while decorative task lighting showcased the rich granite countertops and cherry wood cabinetry.  The powder room adjacent to the kitchen now features built-in cabinetry in place of a wall hung sink and a mosaic porcelain tile floor, while a Corian countertop with integral sink was installed with the cabinetry set back to accommodate the small space.

Bartelt. The Remodeling Source: First Floor Remodel • N63 W29790 Woodfield Court, Hartland
The homeowners desired a layout conducive to entertaining, while introducing a rustic aesthetic to complement their heavily wooded lot.  The entire first floor was remodeled, with walls removed and details incorporated throughout the home to create a cohesive design.  The kitchen now features glazed birch cabinetry, ample storage, granite countertops with a leather texture, a slate backsplash, hand-scraped hickory floors, and a custom wrought iron chandelier. The island is a focal point with a butcher block, olive, crackle-finish base, and round walnut table.  The family room originally had a fieldstone fireplace and cedar beams on the ceiling.  The mason applied a heavy coat of mortar to the fireplace, a technique reminiscent of old farmhouse walls, and the cedar beams were replaced with hand-scraped beams.  The space also includes a wet bar with custom cabinetry. The remodeled powder room features a custom vanity, countertop, and vessel sink, with the wall mount faucet set into mosaic tiles, and the room’s large slate tile floor matches the flooring used in the back hall and laundry room.

Callen Construction, Inc.: Kitchen Remodel • 13120 Wrayburn Road, Elm Grove
This home was originally built with a strong Frank Lloyd Wright influence, and the homeowners purchased the home because of their love of this style and its clean, straightforward lines and use of natural materials. When it came time to upgrade the kitchen and other parts of the home, it was most important to embrace and enhance the style throughout the project. This phase of the home’s upgrade not only included a complete kitchen remodel, but also minor upgrades to the master bath and powder room. A new patio door was also added from the master bedroom to a side yard garden.
Design Group Three: Kitchen Remodel • 12865 W. Greenbriar Lane, New Berlin
The homeowner was ready to update its kitchen to give it a stylish, contemporary look. Working within the original space, the new kitchen uses Greenfield cherry cabinets with a two-toned finish, new granite tops, unique lighting, and a tile backsplash. Many of the cabinets have upgraded interior accessories to maximize storage.

Dimension Design, Build, Remodel, Inc.: Master Bath Remodel • 18970 Brookridge Dr., Brookfield
The client wanted to transform their master bathroom into a more modern, yet traditional space that improved functionality, design, and comfort with additional modern amenities. From a space-planning standpoint, the client desired privacy separation between the toilet and shower area and from the sink/tub area to allow for multiple users of the space simultaneously. To solve this, a wall was created at an angle with an archway to help define these separate zones and add an element of unique character to the bathroom. The oversized tub was replaced with a claw foot tub, installed at an angle with a corner-tiled deck behind it.  A new custom stained maple vanity was designed with twin storage towers to reduce clutter. Added amenities include a steam shower with showerhead that pipes music into the shower from the mp3 player.  Finish materials include porcelain tile with glass accent tiles, granite countertops, undermount sinks, and polished chrome Kohler faucets and hardware.

S.J. Janis Company, Inc.: Kitchen Remodel • 2139 N. 81st Street, Wauwatosa
This 1920’s Wauwatosa kitchen underwent a complete redesign to increase functionality, accommodate lifestyle needs, and house a full array of appliances within the existing footprint. The renovation features glass mosaic tile and stylish pendant lighting that highlight the period-sensitive natural cherry shaker style cabinetry and crown molding. Custom cabinetry utilizes innovative storage techniques for increased efficiency and flexible use. The new layout incorporates a gas cooktop, built-in double ovens, paneled dishwasher, and a refrigerator.  Quartz countertops and porcelain floor tile featuring mosaic detailing at the door thresholds provide low-maintenance durability.

Joseph Douglas Homes and Remodeling LLC: Whole House Remodel • 2485 Lionel Court, Brookfield
Over the course of this project, the entire first floor of this two-story home was renovated, including major alterations to the floor plan to improve traffic flow. The renovation allowed for the kitchen to be open to the eating and living areas of the home. Further, the expanded kitchen now features a walk-in-pantry, an oversized island, and a peninsula that greatly increased storage and workspace areas.  

Kowalske Kitchen & Bath: Kitchen Remodel • 1248 Highpoint Lane, Waukesha
The intent of this design was to update the kitchen, add storage space, and create a more cohesive use of space.  Gutting the kitchen from top to bottom included eliminating the space-wasting soffits, allowing for new cabinet installation that extended to the ceiling.  The existing space was maximized with organizers, which also increased the kitchen’s efficiency.  Added storage options included a pull out spice rack, pull out shelves, and Lazy Susan’s in both lower corners and one upper corner, making objects in cabinets more accessible.  Appliances were moved to more suitable locations, creating better traffic flow within the limited area.

Owner Assisted Remodeling: Kitchen Remodel • 2445 N. 64 Street, Wauwatosa
This 1930’s Milwaukee Cape Cod has been home to generations of the same family since its construction. The clients wished to create a contemporary kitchen while maintaining the historical flavor of the era in which it was built. A functional layout was achieved by swapping the refrigerator and range to the opposite walls. The kitchen is now more functional following the removal of soffits around the perimeter, which allowed for full height cabinetry and full size appliances. Stainless steel appliances, a vibrant color scheme, and horizontal repetition throughout give this space a contemporary influence. Original maple flooring was refinished and the cream city brick chimney was exposed to restore the home’s historical aesthetics. Maple veneered slab front cabinet doors and backsplash tile laid in a subway pattern speak to both styles. New windows were installed, providing greater comfort and additional energy savings.

Pekel Construction & Remodeling, Inc.: Family Room and Mudroom Entry with a Seasonal Open Air Portico • 7907 Mary Ellen Place, Wauwatosa
This project includes a family room and mudroom entry addition, with a second story open-air portico above. Constructed with exterior finishes of stucco and locally quarried Lannon Stone, the addition is the centerpiece to this 1940’s Lannon Stone Tudor home. The new rear entry overhang leads into a tiled mudroom entryway featuring a spacious walk-in closet and storage area. The entryway is separated from the family room space with a pair of classic French doors.  Stepping down, the sunken family room is replete with a coffered ceiling, red oak hardwood flooring, built-in lighted bookcases, window seats with storage, a Lannon Stone fireplace, and floor to ceiling windows. Another French door from the family room addition leads to the private back yard and stone patio area, with a second pair of doors joining the living room space.

Refined Renovations LLC: Kitchen and Bathroom Remodel • 20835 Saxon Court, Brookfield
The customer’s goal was to have a kitchen with a strong aesthetic appeal and optimal functionality, in an environment safe for children, while still welcoming to guests. They also requested a new garage entry to the house, plus a remodel to their first floor bathroom to have it flow seamlessly with their kitchen. The kitchen remodel added square footage to the house, with custom cabinetry, granite countertops with Vetrazzo recycled glass, and a ceramic backsplash with glass and stone accents.  The bathroom features granite countertops, with a Kohler Demi Lav sink and wall faucet, while the new garage entry features a home organization center.

Wade Design & Construction, Inc.: Master Bath and Kitchen Remodel • 4110 W. Manor Circle, Mequon
The kitchen was a "bottom-up re-vitalization" designed to accommodate both large family gatherings and daily living.  Dual islands offer increased circulation patterns within the kitchen, as well as greater access to the refrigerator and oven from the working area of the kitchen.  One island provides a dedicated working space, while the other provides out-of-the-way seating.  The master bath provides a peaceful sanctuary for the home's owners, including a generous bath, a shower with an open feel, "his and her" vanities, and a private toilet room.  Finishes like beaded panels, bright-white cabinetry, glass and stone tile, and classic chrome fixtures maintain an inviting brightness.

Jim Wirtz’s Woodworks, Inc.: Kitchen Remodel • 1822 N 72nd St., Wauwatosa
The owners desired a more open, well lit, and functional kitchen.  Engineering and installing a new header in the main support wall allowed for the elimination of several feet of wall space and a doorway to enlarge the entryway connecting the kitchen to the rest of the home.  Soffits were reduced to make more room for custom maple cabinetry, allowing for more storage and additional counter space.  A new electrical service and panel, as well as all new plumbing for the kitchen and the laundry room below the kitchen, were included.  The kitchen now features a custom banquette with maple tabletop, granite countertops, tile backsplash, patched and re-finished hardwood floors, and ample lighting.  A lighted transom above the sink features custom stained glass to match stained glass in other parts of the home.

Jim Wirtz’s Woodworks, Inc.: Kitchen Remodel • 1831 N. 71st St., Wauwatosa
The outdated and poorly laid out kitchen was adjacent to an unheated, seldom used, enclosed porch.  The owners were looking to open up the kitchen by utilizing the unused space, so walls were removed to combine the spaces, and the porch area was re-built to become part of the kitchen.  The new layout features custom cabinetry stained to match existing woodwork, awning windows, custom transom windows, and architectural features copied from the front of the house.  An arch in the soffit above the sink, bead board in the tray ceiling, soap stone counter tops, tile backsplash, new hardwood floors to match existing floors in the home, and base and casings to match the existing floors make the kitchen look and feel as if it were part of the original home.

An added attraction for the 2013 Tour of Remodeled Homes is an opportunity to win a house full of faucets from the Kohler Co., which will include a new bathroom and kitchen faucets valued at more than $1,000.  Patrons that visit at least six of the project locations will be eligible to register to win the prize package.

Tour of Remodeled Homes admission is $4 in advance, and $7 at the door of the projects.  Starting Wed., May 1, through Fri., May 17, advance tickets can be purchased between 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. at the Milwaukee/NARI Home Improvement Council office, 11815 W. Dearbourn Ave. in Wauwatosa.

Attendees that bring two, non-perishable food items to the door of the first project they visit will receive a $2 admission discount, with the food items to be donated to The Salvation Army of Milwaukee County.

For more information on the Milwaukee/NARI Tour of Remodeled Homes, visit www.milwaukeenari.org or call 414-771-4071.