Luxury at Every Turn

They’re cooking up a storm at this Oval Beach-area home near Saugatuck // Photography by Dan J. Zeeff
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From kitchen to dining room to beverage center, spaces here do the trick.

Rick Kastler, left, and husband Paul Kozicki, right, love to throw big parties. They hosted 100 guests at a pre-pandemic soiree, made all the food — everything from beef tenderloin pesto toast points  to bacon-wrapped treats — and the partiers flowed through their kitchen with ease.

At a generous 20 by 20 feet, the room is luxuriously endowed, starting with the gleaming chef-grade appliances: a Wolf stove, Bosch double oven and dishwasher, Subzero refrigerator/freezer, and Scotsman ice maker, all from Specialties Showroom in Troy. The Cambria Bentley quartz countertops and matte black Sonoma wall tiles, found throughout the whole kitchen, are from Virginia Tile and add texture.

Topping off a black-and-white theme are ceiling beams that look like wood but are actually lightweight foam. Red accents and a lively mixed-media painting of Alfred Hitchcock by Detroit artist Desiree Kelly in the adjacent dining room punch up the attitude in this stylish space, where Kozicki has mixed modern with traditional and Asian accents.

“Everybody loves to hang out in the kitchen,” says Kozicki, who is also Kastler’s business partner at Kastler Construction Inc. and Visionary Cabinetry & Design in Clawson. The couple designed and built their five-bedroom, three-and-a-half bath, 4,800-square-foot second home in 2019 on a quiet cul-de-sac in The Hill area of Saugatuck, not far from Lake Michigan’s Oval Beach. There are three areas for seating, including the kitchen counter, the dining room off the kitchen, and on the three-season porch.

The cabinetry and knobs came from Visionary Cabinetry & Design. Viking prefinished 7-inch-wide plank flooring is from Erickson’s Flooring and Supply Company in Ferndale. Other suppliers include Bolyard Lumber Co., Birmingham, and Eckocite Architecture, Royal Oak.

Kozicki’s favorite item in the kitchen is a 48-inch Franke sink with two faucets, built-in cutting boards, and a shelf for straining and food prep, which came from Herald Wholesale in Troy. He and Kastler, who does most of the cooking, can stand side by side and use the sink at the same time. “I’m the sous chef,” Kozicki laughs.

More information: kastlerconstruction.com

DESIGNER’S SECRET

“I like mixing all different styles of design, especially when doing a second home,” homeowner/designer Paul Kozicki says. “I really want to make a space comfortable, warm, and inviting, but still keep it simple with clean lines.”

— PLS

LAKE LIFE LOWDOWN

“We go to Oval Beach (on Lake Michigan), which has pure white sand, Caribbean-blue water, and lovely dune grass. The setting is just stunning! You can walk along the beach for miles,” homeowner Paul Kozicki says. “Our house is less than a mile’s bike ride from the beach. We’re also near the Kalamazoo River, where you can rent donut boats, pontoons, and more. The donut boats are so much fun, as you can fit up to 10 people and just chill.”

— Megan Swoyer

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