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Three Gables

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Jeff and Megan had a recent addition to their family, and wanted a house with a bit more space and a more rural environment than their Victorian in downtown Waukesha could provide. But they wanted to retain much of the charm of that old house. Three Gables was Kerry Sutton's answer. Influenced by the shingle style, Three Gables is clad in shingles, with steep cross-gables, and natural stone highlights. It features a large front porch to welcome visitors, and an attractive facade with interesting detail on all four sides of the house. Inside, the floor plan offers spacious rooms and an open feeling, but with very distinct rooms throughout.

First Floor

On the first floor, tall 10-foot ceilings contribute to an old-fashioned feeling of spaciousness. In keeping with the shingle style, public rooms flow into each other. Visitors enter into a two-story entry flanked by an open stairway and the dining room. The dining room features tall ceilings and a large box window that provides a view of the front yard.

The kitchen features two large sinks, each with its own dishwasher, great for multiple cooks. A large island provides plenty of work space, and the walk in corner pantry offers abundant storage space. A breakfast bar peninsula provides an eat-in kitchen feel, while the beverage refrigerator is great for entertaining. With a large trio of windows, a barrel-vaulted transition into the dining room, and unobstructed views of the breakfast nook and family room, this kitchen is bright and airy.

The family room features a seating alcove with windows open to the prairie views in the back yard of the lot. A wood burning fireplace with a stone facade and built-in entertainment center and bookshelves cover one wall, while wooden beams define the ceiling detail. With views of the backyard, breakfast room, kitchen, and dining room, the family room is truly the center of activity in this house.

A combination guest bedroom and study, with its own walk-in closet and an attached full bath, is secluded from the public areas of the house. A hallway connects the bedroom both with the family room and the back yard. The combination laundry and mud room features plenty of room for clothes washing, as well as a large closet and even a "key drop" to organize the family's keys, mail, ipods, and cell phones.

The house will be situated on a subdivision lot facing west. That puts the dining room, kitchen, and breakfast room on the south side of the house. And the family room and breakfast room have east-facing windows. The public areas of the house take advantage of the siting, and benefit from large windows that let in plenty of light.

Second Floor

Jeff and Megan wanted to be sure that the most commonly used bedrooms were situated together, a great idea for any family with small children. The second floor offers four bedrooms and two bathrooms. To keep both construction and heating costs in control, ceilings on the second floor are eight feet in height, but each bedroom offers a raised ceiling treatment to add interest and make each room feel a bit more spacious..

Double doors open into the master suite, where Jeff and Megan are greeted by another barrel vaulted entry flanked by a walk-in closet and the master bathroom. Three windows in the master bedroom keep the room bright, the vaulted ceiling and a large sitting room provides a refuge from the hustle and bustle of the public areas of the house.

The remaining bedrooms are well-suited to provide privacy for the kids. Each has either a vaulted or coffered ceiling, and a specific point of interest, either a nook for a built-in desk or a window seat. The family bathroom is divided into two rooms, with an extra sink to cater to siblings getting ready for school in the morning.


Although it won't be immediately finished, Jeff and Megan wanted a basement that was ready to use as additional living space. With 9' poured walls, it is ready for finishing as a future rec room, bedroom, theater or exercise room, and bathroom. Because Jeff has an extensive woodworking hobby, he required workshop space that was separate from the house—to isolate the family from the noise and dust he raises in the workshop. A Spancrete floor in the garage was the perfect answer. With a 10' basement beneath the garage, Jeff gets the space he needs in the shop, and Megan doesn't need to worry about all the dust and noise he generates.

Construction Details

Kerry Sutton Design created the Three Gables design to withstand the extremes of Wisconsin weather, without breaking the bank. The house is efficient, with minimal use of two story spaces. 2x6 framing allows the house to be well-insulated, and in keeping with the shingle style emphasis on natural materials, cellulose insulation will provide 30% greater R-values than typical fiberglass batts. The design dictates high efficiency in heating and air conditioning equipment, as well as in the Pella windows that Jeff and Megan selected. A heat-recovery ventilation system keeps the indoor air fresh and prevents problems with stale, moist air year-round. Roof trusses are specified with 8" energy heels to allow maximum insulation effectiveness in the attic spaces. This attention to detail is what sets Kerry Sutton Design apart from other designers.


Square Footage
First Floor 1770
Second Floor 1685
Basement 1796
Workshop 929
Total 6180
Width 62'-6"
Depth 60'-2"


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