Vision for the Future
A traditional home becomes a modernistic marvel in the hands of one daring couple
The new exterior of Stephanie Mader and Dan Holvick's house. SEE MORE PHOTOS OF THE HOME IN THE SLIDESHOW BELOW.
Most people who passed by the traditional cedar house in Middleton for the past thirty years saw a nice family home like others in the neighborhood. In fact, many referred to it as “the Brady Bunch house.”
But Stephanie Mader envisioned a new life for the structure. Since purchasing it in late 2005, she and husband Dan Holvick have transformed it into a modern home with luxurious and stylish touches.
The family—which includes fifteen-year-old daughter Emily and baby Hawk—started renovations as soon as possible: Bobcats were on-site an hour after they signed the closing documents. “We didn’t waste any time,” Mader says.
Mader, who runs the commercial and residential interior design firm Stephanie K. Mader Designs, could proceed boldly because she had a concept in mind. She looked past the wood-paneled walls, duck wallpaper and country décor that had been in place since the house was built in 1973 and saw a home made up of concrete, glass, stone and aluminum. “We walked in and saw a vision,” she says. “We started with a flat roof and went on with the rest.”
Despite the inherent complexities, Mader wasn’t intimidated by the remodel. She and Holvick, one of the owners of the commercial real estate firm Inland Companies, have lived in eight houses, many of which they remodeled. “We like a project,” she adds.
The couple started the dramatic transformation by cutting off the front, sides and roof of the house and digging a new portion of basement.
The house that emerged boasts a sleek modern framework. But Mader and Holvick prevented it from being cold or stark by incorporating elements of different styles, from Roman arches in the entryway to a rustic dining room. Posh accents such as metallic paint, faux-fur throws, and special lights and faucets—the “jewelry of the home,” as Mader puts it—also add interest and personality.
Mader and Holvick grew the house from 2,900 square feet to 5,800, with 2,000 square feet of indoor-outdoor living space, including a two-tier bar area, adjacent patio and expansive rooftop, which have become among their favorite parts of the house.
While Mader and Holvick love looking at real estate and dreaming of future projects, they didn’t create this home with resale in mind. “We built it for us,” she says.
Even so, the couple’s most unique home to date likely isn’t appealing only to their family. “I think there’s something for everyone inside,” Mader says.
“I think it’s a good mix.”
Katie Vaughn is an associate editor of Madison Magazine.