You Get What You Pay For

kitchen dining area
Photograph by S.Photography/Shanna Wolf

As design professionals in the building industry, we often hear, and sometimes even say, that you get what you pay for. This Madison area teardown and rebuild home is a perfect example.

The style preference of the owners of this home was for something somewhat understated, yet elegant; more casual and comfortable; and all with materials and finishes rugged enough to withstand heavy use with minimal upkeep.

The first-floor powder bath is a small six-foot room dominated by a beautiful, floating vanity. The front has two large drawers faced with sculptured, grain-matched walnut panels. Grain matching is not an option with all cabinet providers—it requires quality materials and craftsmanship for production. The top is a translucent quartzite material called Iceberg.

The kitchen was designed to be a gathering space and hub for this larger family to entertain in. It opens to the dining area and is 33 feet long, and the center island is 10 feet. In general, the size of a large island is determined by the size of the slab used for the top. Walnut beams crafted by the builder add warmth to the large room. The kitchen includes an integrated wet bar, complete with entertaining sink and undercounter beverage and wine refrigerators.

Kitchen islands need outlets. Often this is an afterthought leading to an ugly outlet or two destroying the visual aesthetic of a tailored cabinet. The designers at Kitchen Ideas Center incorporate electrical needs in the design of an island's cabinetry. Instead of looking like an afterthought, outlets are integral to the design.

The great room is two stories with two-story windows. The stone fireplace surround was taken up to the ceiling, rather than ending lower, so that the additional texture of the stone would add coziness to this large volume of space. The wood newels and iron balusters of the railing system at the upper catwalk are visible from this room.

The lower-level rec room houses another entertaining and gathering space: the bar. Stacked stone pilasters flank the back bar, which consists of inset rustic walnut cabinets with a square-bead edge detail, and a 72-inch-wide commercial undercounter beverage refrigerator. On the back bar between the two glass-door cabinets is a stepped bottle shelf made of translucent Corian. LED rope lights illuminate the bottle shelves from below, highlighting the multicolored array of beverages.

The lower level also houses the wine cellar. The wine-bottle-storage-system kit was shipped in pieces and assembled on site by the builder.

Custom tiles were used throughout both bathrooms, and the cabinetry is weathered alder with quartz countertops.

The rebuilt home showcases quality craftmanship and finishes, and the work completed by the selected design professionals was truly appreciated by the homeowner and family.

Photographs by S.Photography/Shanna Wolf.

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