Lakeland Living

A remodeling of this 1880s Victorian summer home allows an unimpeded view of Beaver Lake in all its serene glory.

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Long-term Relationship
Nearly a decade of projects led by Richard Sherer, president and design principal at Deep River Partners architecture firm, rejuvenated the 130-year-old home.

Red and yellow tones give this room its warmth, and large glass doors, including some not pictured, allow the homeowners easy access to the porch. Sherer, whose firm handled both the interior and exterior remodeling, says his designers included pinhole accent lighting so that the room’s artwork could be appropriately emphasized. Photo by Mark F. Heffron.
Red and yellow tones give this room its warmth, and large glass doors, including some not pictured, allow the homeowners easy access to the porch. Sherer, whose firm handled both the interior and exterior remodeling, says his designers included pinhole accent lighting so that the room’s artwork could be appropriately emphasized. Photo by Mark F. Heffron.

Living Room
Red and yellow tones give this room its warmth, and large glass doors, including some not pictured, allow the homeowners easy access to the porch. Sherer, whose firm handled both the interior and exterior remodeling, says his designers included pinhole accent lighting so that the room’s artwork could be appropriately emphasized.

With a floor made of ipe wood, a variety that is especially resistant to insects and rot, the porch also has a fully functioning kitchen with a wine refrigerator and beer tap, and just outside sits a grill. The lighted cabinets with leaded glass detailing emphasize the home’s Victorian roots, Sherer says. And it all means the home’s owners, a couple with Milwaukee ties, and their guests can stay outdoors well after the sun has set. Photo by Mark F. Heffron.
With a floor made of ipe wood, a variety that is especially resistant to insects and rot, the porch also has a fully functioning kitchen with a wine refrigerator and beer tap, and just outside sits a grill. The lighted cabinets with leaded glass detailing emphasize the home’s Victorian roots, Sherer says. And it all means the home’s owners, a couple with Milwaukee ties, and their guests can stay outdoors well after the sun has set. Photo by Mark F. Heffron.

The Kitchen Think
With a floor made of ipe wood, a variety that is especially resistant to insects and rot, the porch also has a fully functioning kitchen with a wine refrigerator and beer tap, and just outside sits a grill. The lighted cabinets with leaded glass detailing emphasize the home’s Victorian roots, Sherer says. And it all means the home’s owners, a couple with Milwaukee ties, and their guests can stay outdoors well after the sun has set.

The octagonal seating area connects two sides of the large wraparound porch. Sherer says this fully screened enclosure captures “that romantic notion of sitting on the porch with the breeze blowing.” Although not pictured, a large flat-screen TV rises from a credenza and a custom-built dining room table offers seating for 16. Photo by Mark F. Heffron.
The octagonal seating area connects two sides of the large wraparound porch. Sherer says this fully screened enclosure captures “that romantic notion of sitting on the porch with the breeze blowing.” Although not pictured, a large flat-screen TV rises from a credenza and a custom-built dining room table offers seating for 16. Photo by Mark F. Heffron.

Porch
The octagonal seating area connects two sides of the large wraparound porch. Sherer says this fully screened enclosure captures “that romantic notion of sitting on the porch with the breeze blowing.” Although not pictured, a large flat-screen TV rises from a credenza and a custom-built dining room table offers seating for 16.

The mantel above the master bedroom’s fireplace is in line with its heritage. To the right of one of the home’s three fireplaces is a bay window with views of the picturesque lake, which is a mere 40 minutes northwest of Milwaukee. Photo by Mark F. Heffron.
The mantel above the master bedroom’s fireplace is in line with its heritage. To the right of one of the home’s three fireplaces is a bay window with views of the picturesque lake, which is a mere 40 minutes northwest of Milwaukee. Photo by Mark F. Heffron.

Bedroom
The mantel above the master bedroom’s fireplace is in line with its heritage. To the right of one of the home’s three fireplaces is a bay window with views of the picturesque lake, which is a mere 40 minutes northwest of Milwaukee.

Connected to the master bedroom, this expansive endeavor features a marble mosaic floor, neoclassical detailing above the mirrors, and a granite countertop that rests above caramel-colored wood cabinets. The cabinet legs were designed to look “old-world, chest-like,” Sherer says. Photo by Mark F. Heffron.
Connected to the master bedroom, this expansive endeavor features a marble mosaic floor, neoclassical detailing above the mirrors, and a granite countertop that rests above caramel-colored wood cabinets. The cabinet legs were designed to look “old-world, chest-like,” Sherer says. Photo by Mark F. Heffron.

Bathroom
Connected to the master bedroom, this expansive endeavor features a marble mosaic floor, neoclassical detailing above the mirrors, and a granite countertop that rests above caramel-colored wood cabinets. The cabinet legs were designed to look “old-world, chest-like,” Sherer says.

‘Lakeland Living’ appears in the July 2015 issue of Milwaukee Magazine.
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Claire Hanan worked at the magazine as an editor from 2012-2017. She edited the Culture section and wrote stories about all sorts of topics, including the arts, fashion, politics and more. In 2016, she was a finalist for best profile writing at the City and Regional Magazine Awards for her story "In A Flash." In 2014, she won the the Milwaukee Press gold award for best public service story for editing "Handle With Care," a service package about aging in Milwaukee. Before all this, she attended the University of Missouri's School of Journalism and New York University's Summer Publishing Institute.