New Siebkens units boast classic touch

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ELKHART LAKE – “Modern” and “traditional” are two words that are rarely used to describe the same thing.

However, both terms apply to the recently constructed Lakeview Condominium Hotel Suite at Siebkens Resort in Elkhart Lake.

Combining many classic, historical elements with a state-of-the-art modern design, the three-story building truly stands out with an eye-popping, elegant flair, both inside and outside.

According to Siebkens co-owner Laurie Stecker, the rebuilding project began on October 15, 2007, when the old Lakeview Hotel building, originally known as the The Annex, was demolished.

The new building opened July 15, 2008, to rave reviews.

According to Siebkens Resort co-owner Laurie Stecker, the new Lakeview Condominium Hotel Suite has retained much of its highly distinctive, original look.

“The old building was built in the late 1800’s,” Stecker said. “We launched this project out of necessity, because it had come to appoint where we had to either rehab it or put up a new building.”

“We knew it was something we needed to do to stay competitive in the market,” she said.
The new Lakeview building features 21 units, containing one, two and three-bedroom condominiums, with deluxe hotel rooms also available in the blocked-off bedroom-and-bathroom style.

“Our architect, Erik Jensen, of LJM Architects in Sheboygan, did an excellent job of historically recreating the look of the exterior of the original building, with even more expansive verandas and lake viewing,” Stecker said. “The large verandas are probably one of the most appealing features of the new building.”

Stecker said the interior of the building is finished with hardwood floors, granite countertops, cherry cabinets and stainless-steel appliances, decorated by Paul and Gaylynn Weaver from Independent Marketing Associates Inc. (IMA) of Mequon.

The luxuriously decorated building also features an open-concept floor plan, underground parking, fireplaces, sold hardwood trim and doors, energy-efficient appliances, built-in laundry, large windows and Kohler fixtures.

“We are thrilled with the look of the interior,” Stecker said. “It is elegantly finished and tastefully decorated.”

“The interior is no longer in the Victorian style,” she said. “The new building has more modern high-end interiors.”

Selmer Company in Green Bay served as the general contractor for the project, while Neuman Plumbing of Howards Grove, Faith Technologies (formerly Town and Country Electric) of Sheboygan and Stecker Concrete of Oostburg also played key roles in the installation and construction process.

“We are glad that we were able to use several local companies for the project,” Stecker said. “We also have a new outdoor pool, which was installed by Pool Works of De Pere.”
“We also have plans to add a fitness center in phase two of the project,” she said.
Stecker said about half of the building’s 21 new condo units have been sold.

“Most owners choose to put the condo in the rental pool, which is managed by Siebkens,” she said. “Unit owners may stay in their unit anytime they like, with advance notice.”

“All unit owners have the right to use all facilities at Siebkens, including our private, sand beach,” she said.

In addition to the 21 units at the Lakeview Condominium Hotel Suite, Siebkens also features additional guest rooms at the Lake Cottage Hotel and Elm Park Hotel.

“Both of our historic hotel buildings are uniquely decorated with antique furnishings in the grand tradition of Victorian guest lodges,” Stecker said. “The Elm Park Hotel has 25 rooms and the Lake Cottage Hotel has six rooms.”

Stecker said phase two of the construction project includes plans to take down the Elm Park Hotel and replace it with a new building with 12 rooms.

“We have all the plans in place for phase two,” she said. “A timeline for construction has not been set, but it would happen in the near future.”

Additional on-site amenities at Siebkens include a private sandy beach, pool, whirlpool, the Main Dining Room restaurant, wedding and banquet facilities, the Ice Cream and Coffee Shoppe and the Siebkens Stop-Inn Tavern.

Siebkens is also located close to water sport rental facilities, a destination spa and cooking school, golf courses, hiking and biking trails and the world-class Road America motor sports facility.

Stecker owns the resort with her sister, Lisa Sadiq. The two sisters represent the fourth generation of Siebkens family ownership.

Stecker and Sadiq’s great grandparents opened the Siebkens Resort in 1916.

“We have been around these buildings since we were little kids,” Stecker said. “It was a tough decision to take down the Lakeview building, but the project turned out better than expected.”
“We are very pleased with the results,” she said.

To inquire about condominium ownership or lodging opportunities, call 920-876-2600 or visit www.siebkens.com.

Pederson, Jeff. “New Siebkens units boast classic touch.” The Plymouth Review. February 24, 2009.