From Margaret Everton on March 14, 2011 in Milwaukee
Patrick and Libby Castro may have been content staying in their Milwaukee East Side bungalow, but as their family grew, the home’s dysfunctional layout and lack of square footage meant it was time for a change.
Since their property sat untouched on the market for two years, the couple continued to look for a house that would fulfill all their needs. In the end, it was a midcentury modern gem on the North Shore that caught their eye.
With only an exterior photograph of the house in hand, Libby checked out the property several times before venturing inside. Once she did, however, the search was called off. There was work that needed to be done, but as an architect, she was more than capable of recognizing a good foundation.
Two key pieces served as the homes selling points: slate flooring in the entryway and a stone fireplace. But there were also a few features that needed to be taken care of: 1980s shag carpet, an excess of heavy window coverings, and unattractive wallpaper in a majority of the rooms.
The third owners of the 2,000-square-foot 1959 midcentury modern home, the Castros made their purchase and went to work personalizing the space. The carpet was the first to go, replaced with a commercial-grade nylon style instead. Window coverings were replaced with non-woven polyester shades to allow more light in.
Then, a bathroom in the basement received a much-needed upgrade.
Next on their list of things to do: replace the carpet in the dining room and kitchen with something more food-spill-friendly. But for the time being, small changes here and there are all the Castros have needed to feel at home in their new space.