As you search for your dream home, often it’s not the house that speaks to you as much as the lot the home sits on. That was the case for these Waukesha County homeowners when they began looking for a bigger home to accommodate their blended family of eight.
Though they weren’t sold on the Hartland house itself, they fell in love with the conservation area across the lake and decided the work they’d need to put into renovating the home was worth the view. Lake rules left them unable to alter the footprint of the house, so they tapped Colby Construction owner Pete Feichtmeier to transform the property into their vision. Feichtmeier and his team tore the house down to the studs, reworking the layout and replacing every material. But one element remained.
“The one part of the house we did keep that was original was the front windows in the peak of the A-frame,” the homeowner explains. “We needed it for the structure of the main room. Because of that, we had to work around it and get creative about the rest of the flow of the home.”
The beautiful A-frame windows provide a stunning view of the serene lake and beloved conservancy, and allow natural light into the welcoming living room and spacious open-concept kitchen and dining room.
Because she works in the industry, the homeowner had seen plenty of beautifully built lake homes, so when it came time to adding the finishing touches in her own home, she had ideas. But she was grateful for the design eye of Anne Frentzel, owner of Anne Frentzel Interiors, and the dependability of Feichtmeier, who also made a point to join her at meetings and assist in the selections.
“What I was so impressed with about Colby Construction was Pete went to almost all appointments with us, which was a great help,” the homeowner explains, adding that Feichtmeier helped her to find the perfect countertop to take the kitchen island from a subtle workspace to a statement piece in the hub of the home.
“I was looking at much more subtle patterns and Pete was the one who said, ‘This is going to be your statement. You really want a beautiful island and the stone for the island,’” she explains. “He really was great at helping with the selections and helping us stay in budget, and then Anne [Frentzel] has an amazing eye. It’s overwhelming trying to make all the selections on your own. From light fixtures, hardware and flooring, it’s overwhelming, so to have people who pull you in and say, ‘OK, stop looking at every item and look at three items instead’ [was very helpful]. They got to know my taste and what I like so they could help me hone in on those details.”
The team collaborated to select finishes that would lend themselves to a warm and modern home. Natural wood elements, such as the stove and the range hood above it, as well as floating shelves in the clean white kitchen, add a touch of warmth, while brushed brass hardware and black lighting fixtures work together to create a contemporary look.
Never wanting to leave the perfect view, the homeowners were conscious to add features that lend themselves to aging in place in this forever home, including the main floor master en suite and laundry.
“We were attracted to the lot because across the lake is a nature preserve that can never be built on, so we have really incredible views,” she notes. “Unless we move somewhere warm when we’re older, this is probably our forever home.”
Subtle pops of blue in the interior design pay homage to the lake views the homeowner loves most about the property. And with the space completed, she notes that her favorite area is the open concept entertaining areas and how grateful she is to those who helped make the transformation happen.
“They do such a great job,” the homeowner enthuses about the team who brought her dream home to life. “I was thoroughly happy with the project. We’re just happy to be here and settled.” MKE