Caitlin Bark


Victorian Garage Addition in Columbus, WI

We’ve recently been working on a garage addition and remodel of an old Victorian home from the 1850’s.

It’s the oldest home we’ve ever worked on! The homeowner’s want a larger, updated kitchen, mud room, and laundry room. They also want to remove their 2-car garage and build a new 3-car garage addition. All of this while maintaining the period look of the home and increasing it’s value.  

Our first post about this home will be covering the 3-car garage we’re adding to the home. The homeowner’s existing garage was too small to fit two cars. It also faced the wrong direction, making it difficult to get in and out of. 

Garage Addition Before

Garage Before

Garage Addition Before

Garage Before- Facing perpendicular to driveway

Garage Addition Before

Garage Before- The garage was difficult to get into because of the direction it faced

The homeowners had plenty of room on their lot to build a new, larger garage that faced the street. This would make for easier access and a more spacious driveway. The first thing we did was remove the existing 2-car garage and leveled the area. 

Garage Addition During

Garage Removal

After the foundation walls were poured, framing began on the new 3-car garage addition.

Garage Addition During- Framing

Garage Addition During- Framing

We decided to build 3 gables on the garage over each garage door. The gables make the garage more interesting to look at and go with the style of the home.

Garage Addition During

Garage Addition During

Garage Addition During

Garage Addition During

Garage Addition During

Garage Addition During

Garage Addition- Almost finished!

Garage Addition- Almost finished!

Inside each gable we mixed half-round and shake siding to match the gables on the rest of the home. Each gable will also get a custom designed fretwork accent.

Garage Addition- Gable Detail

Garage Addition- Gable Detail

Please stay tuned! We’ll be uploading more photos as this addition project reaches completion. We’ll also be posting about the kitchen remodel that was phase 2 of this project. 

To see more project photos, visit our New Homes & Additions photo gallery.


Craftsman Sunroom Remodel- NARI Coty Award Winner!

On November 1st we were awarded the NARI Contractor of the Year Award in the category of Residential Interior- $75,000 & under for our Craftsman Sunroom Remodel! We love working with homeowners that allow us to do fun projects like this one!

These homeowner’s had an unusable room found in many homes- a 3-season front porch. The room was uncomfortable most months of the year due to improper heating and cooling. In addition, a wall with french doors divided the porch from the living room. This created a dark, uninviting space in an otherwise charming living room. The homeowners loved the natural light that came into the porch, but they wanted to be able to use the room year- round as a sunroom. Another top priority of these homeowners was to incorporate the Craftsman-style woodwork and charm found throughout the rest of their home. 

We ran into many challenges along the way including having to replace the existing site-built windows with Marvin casements in the existing masonry openings, cutting access through the concrete slab floor to run baseboard heat into the room, and matching the height of the new wood floor to the existing wood in the living room.

The finished product is a beautiful sunroom and reading room that the homeowners are now able to use year-round. We incorporated a custom-built room divider at the entry to the sunroom that gives the room a huge “wow-factor”. We also matched the new trim to the Craftsman-style trim found throughout the home, creating a space that looks original to the home.

This home was also featured in the 2017 NARI Tour of Remodeled Homes this spring. We had multiple people comment that they couldn’t tell what was new and what was original to the home. After showing them the before pictures, they realized the huge transformation!


Thank you to the sub-contractors who helped us on this Craftsman Sunroom project. Amazing rooms like this would not be possible without you!

Rockweiler Insulation

Schreffler’s Custom Wood Flooring

Hellenbrand Electric

Broihahn Custom Woodworks

Saeman Lumber Co.

RG Heating & Air Conditioning


Sunroom Remodel

Sunroom Remodel

Sunroom Remodel

Sunroom Remodel

Sunroom Remodel

Sunroom Remodel

Sunroom Remodel

Sunroom Remodel

Sunroom Remodel

Sunroom Remodel

Sunroom Remodel

Sunroom Remodel

Sunroom Remodel

To see more photos of our award winning projects click here.