Daily Archives: October 9, 2012


A Kitchen Remodel with Gorgeous Granite in Madison, WI

The homeowners of this project wanted to update their kitchen without completely ripping it apart. We did face lift kitchen remodel. 

They had many goals for this project. First, replace the existing island with something sturdier. Also replace the existing counter tops with granite. Next, they wanted a casual seating area around the island for breakfast, game playing and watching TV. Adding in a beverage center would help with entertaining. Lastly, the homeowners wanted to add some pizzazz to the space to attract future home buyers and make the space look more finished. 

Kitchen Remodel

Kitchen Before

Kitchen Remodel

Kitchen Before

Kitchen Remodel

Kitchen Before

We replaced the small island with a large island of contrasting color, complete with bar height breakfast bar, cabinets with drawers and roll out trays from Shiloh Cabinetry, as well as a statement peninsula of Titanium Granite for seating.

The pedestal support for the peninsula mimics the fireplace in the adjacent living room. In addition, the contrasting wood helps lighten the space up and makes the large island feel less bulky and more of a focal point.

Kitchen Remodel

Kitchen After

A transom stained glass panel was added in the opening facing the breakfast room which helped bring some color into the room that becomes a focal point. We added a shelf below it for placing art pieces and decor.

Kitchen Remodel

Transom Window with Stained Glass

We replaced an old desk area with a beverage center. We also ordered new custom built cabinetry to match the existing cherry kitchen cabinetry.

Kitchen Remodel

Beverage Center After

The floors were finished with UV finish – a finish that does not fade over time or become darker – instead the sun’s rays make it more durable, which was excellent for this family with a Wheaten Terrier.

Finally, we added back splash – travertine and a glass mosaic blend, which gave the space a more finished look.

Kitchen Remodel

Kitchen After

To see more project photos, visit our Kitchens page.


Basement Laundry and Bath Makeover in Madison, WI

Our clients had a cramped and dark basement laundry and bath that needed improvement.

Their goals were to make the basement laundry room feel more spacious and comfortable for doing laundry tasks while improving the showering area and providing more bathroom storage for their lower level guest suite. Another goal was to add more overall storage to the space. 

Basement Laundry Before

Laundry Before

Basement laundry before

Shower Before

Basement Laundry Before

Bathroom Before

The existing walls closed the owner into a small dark hallway. We rearranged the washer and dryer and opened up the space by getting rid of walls and closet doors that separated the spaces. Now the bathroom is far more functional, with a brand new Kohler shower module and custom glass shower door as well as a convenient laundry area with great storage above. In addition, a large vanity with utility cabinet holds more cleaning supplies. It becomes very surprising that this brightened space is in the basement of the tri-level home.

Basement Laundry After

Laundry After

Basement Laundry after

After

The client chose warm green and brown earth tones for the room.

This gives the space a very updated yet relaxing feel which will be appealing to future home buyers. The custom glass door gives the shower a more polished look. These homeowners can now enjoy a more functional, easy to use area for years to come while providing their guests a nicer bathroom space. 

Basement Laundry after

After

Basement Laundry after

Custom Glass Shower Door

To see more project photos, visit our Laundry & Mud Rooms page or our Bathrooms page.


Victorian Remodel Restores Charm in an Old Home in Madison, WI

This Victorian home in Madison, WI has gorgeous woodwork – wainscoting, two fireplaces, paneled doors, built in wooden seating, and many decorative carvings.

When we entered the kitchen, however, we were shocked to see wood paneling, wallpapered soffits over their 1970’s cabinetry, and no beautiful Victorian woodwork. Everything stopped at the entrance to the kitchen. The homeowners, who love their hobby of a house, wanted to make the kitchen feel like it was original and beautiful like the rest of their home.

Victorian Before

Before

Victorian Before

Before

They had just replaced some windows, so those needed to stay. They also wanted an overall more functional space than what they had. First, we gutted out the entire kitchen and laid out the space to work with the windows and door openings where they were. The homeowners chose white casing and Dover White cabinetry, which was a common choice for older kitchens.

Victorian After

Victorian Kitchen After

Victorian After

Victorian After

Next, we relocated a pipe that was concealed within a soffit. As a result, the ceiling could again be full height like in the dining room and entry way.  With the new high ceilings, we had enough space to do stacked wall cabinets all the way to the ceiling.

Victorian After

Stacked Wall Cabinets

Victorian After

Undermount Sink with Tilt-out Tray

We found inspiration for all of the woodwork in the other rooms of the Victorian home.

We found egg and dart molding on their fireplace, crown molding to match their door molding, and an applique for their hood as well as corbels on their island that mimic the curvature in some carvings in the entry way. The new exterior door with an oval of glass  mimics the style of the front entry doors.

Victorian After

Victorian Kitchen After

Victorian After

Hood Detail

Lastly, the couple wanted an island that looked like a table so that their original wood floors would be more visible. They also wanted it to be a contrasting wood. We chose the birch wood and stain color found in an adjacent living room. In addition, our woodworkers put together some window casing to match the other side of the dining room entry. As a result, both spaces flow together seamlessly. We can call this Victorian remodel a huge success!

Victorian After

Island After

Victorian After

Added Storage in Island

Victorian After

Updated Window Casing

To see more project photos, visit our Kitchens page.