Monthly Archives: November 2010


Basement Remodel- 2010 Contractor of the Year Winner

2010 Contractor of the Year Winner- Basement Remodel in Madison, WI

Nov 5th. 2010 – A Better Home was awarded a win for our basement remodel in Madison, WI. Our winning category was Interior Remodel under $100,000.  The competition is run by NARI (The National Association of the Remodeling Industry).  Remodeling companies enter projects for judging in 15 categories. These categories include baths, kitchens, basements, exteriors, etc. with subcategories of different sizes and scope.  We placed 1st in our category for this basement remodel featuring the use of many salvaged architectural items.

Because there were many challenges with remodeling this basement, the end result was even more amazing. We made use of many salvaged items while finding creative ways to incorporate them. In addition, the fun, bright wall colors make the space feel less like a basement and more like a part of the home. 

Most of all these homeowners now enjoy their basement remodel with added storage, a new bedroom with egress, an updated bathroom and a great family entertaining space. 

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Project Overview

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Basement Before

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Before

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Design Criterion

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Salvaged Materials

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Stairwell

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Dining Area

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Family Room

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Egress Bedroom

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Bathroom Update

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Salvaged Doors

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Wine Storage Idea

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Salvaged Newel Post

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Salvaged Cast Iron Sink

To view more photos of our award winning projects visit our Award Winning Designs gallery. To read about more of our recent projects, visit our Projects & News page.


Basement Renovation in Madison, WI

When we first looked at this basement it was clumsy cluster of partially finished rooms, hideous blue paint, dropped light ceiling and a cold bathroom.

With this basement renovation, the homeowners were looking for 1) a warmer, larger ¾ bath, 2) improved laundry facility, 3) 2 offices, 4) and brighter living space with the budget being apportioned similarly.

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Basement Remodel Before

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Before- A dark space with poor lighting

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Before- Dark 80’s remodel

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Bathroom Before

The project features a ¾ bath with heated floor tile, a 5’x3’ shower with two glass ‘walls’ and a generous vanity with 2 linen cabinets. The homeowners host a couple events for which friends come from around the states.  After the remodel, this is the only shower they want to use, even if they have to take a number.

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Bathroom After

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Shower with 2 sides of glass

We left the laundry ceiling unfinished to hold down cost and a preparation for a future first floor remodel. By spraying the structure black, we got wires, joists, and pipes to disappear from the view and the room creates a feeling of having no ceiling.  We divided an old bedroom in two to create the requested office spaces.

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Laundry room with painted black ceiling

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Office & guest room space

In the main living space we removed that awful dropped light ceiling, a feature of an 80’s remodel, and replaced it with a dozen can lights. But the big change came with the egress window.  We cut out the old small basement window to put in a 2’x4.5’ casement window. Wow – it brings in so much sunlight it’s easy to forget we’re below ground. The trim, doors, and stair rail are redone in natural birch, a light but warm wood.

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Bright, well-lit living room space

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Softer, brighter colors

To see more photos of our basement renovation projects, check out our Basements page.


1950′s Inspired Kitchen Transformation in Madison, WI

A 1950’s Inspired Kitchen Transformation in Madison, WI!

Attention to Detail – an old adage but oh so true for this project. The all-white 1980’s kitchen was an eye sore to the homeowners who have an impeccable taste and love to cook and entertain. Besides being a 1980’s disaster of a design, the space was barely functional.
The new kitchen is 1950’s inspired, with its unique arrow inlays in the tile, drop-shaped light fixtures, and soft curvy lines. This kitchen transformation is one of our all-time favorites and has won numerous awards!

Kitchen transformation

Kitchen Before

Kitchen transformation

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Kitchen After

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1950’s Kitchen After

Kitchen transformation

1950’s Award Winning Design

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Island Pendent Detail

Kitchen transformation

Cabinetry Detail

To see more project photos, visit our Kitchens page.