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In 2002, Milwaukeeans Mike and Juli Kaufmann set out to better align their lives with their values of personal responsibility, commitment to urban community, and environmental sustainability. They decided to build a green house as an embodiment of these values since a house is the biggest financial investment and the most significant consumption of products they will likely make in their lifetime.
The construction of this single family home and adjacent rental space aligned with the development definitions of Fix Development.
After extensive research, a contaminated city lot that had stood vacant for nearly three decades within the fabric of Milwaukee’s Walker’s Point Neighborhood was identified as the home site. The Kaufmann’s acquired the lot from the Redevelopment Authority of the City of Milwaukee and completed site clean-up in compliance with Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources brownfield remediation requirements. Groundbreaking on the brand new home occurred in November, 2005 with construction complete in July 2006.
This Walker’s Point Home is a 2,000 square feet, two-story, three bedrooms, two bath home with an adjacent 1000 square feet, two-story structure that includes three car garage space on the lower level with rental space above that can serve as either a one bedroom, one bath apartment or a spacious office with kitchen facility.
Highlights of the property include:
Many of the home’s design details and art features the work of local craftsmen and artists. The exterior of the home utilizes modern design elements clad in durable finishes and remains in compliance with Historic Preservation standards, while blending the home into the character of the surrounding neighborhood and adding to increasing property values.