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Cookie Cutter Gets Character in Madison, WI- NARI CoTY Award Winner!

Friday night we took home another NARI COTY Award for this amazing first floor remodel!
Winning category: Residential Interior $75-150K.

This home in Madison, WI had a boxy layout, small kitchen, and lacked character. Also, it was short on enough storage for pantry and small kitchen appliances. The homeowners wanted a more open floor plan with better flow. By re configuring the space, we were able to give them the home they’ve always wanted.

First, we opened up the entry to allow flow into a new mudroom and laundry room. We used wasted space in the old dining room to create these two new rooms. Then we turned the old laundry room into a walk-in pantry, giving the homeowners some much needed storage. 

Next, we expanded the kitchen and removed an awkward and unwanted third dining space. The first floor is now visible from the kitchen for optimal entertaining. In addition, the peninsula wraps around and flows into the sun room, allowing for extra seating. 

Lastly, we updated the home with “old house character.”

We stained the honey oak floors a darker more rustic brown. We added touches of industrial flare while making sure the materials looked timeless. Furthermore, we added an archway into the dining room with a tray ceiling. This gives the space some architectural detail and a wow-factor. 

In the end, we transformed this first floor from 3 rooms into 5 rooms. The homeowners now have a showstopper kitchen and dining space that is open to the living room. As a result, they couldn’t be happier. We checked off everything on their wish list and more. 

A special thank you to all of our contractors and carpenters who make our designs a wonderful reality!

Hellenbrand Electric

Rockweiler Insulation

Schreffler Custom Wood Flooring

To see more of our award winning project photos, visit our Award Winning Designs page.

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Award Winning Interior- First Floor Remodel in Madison, WI

We are so very proud to announce that we have won both the local NARI Contractor of the Year Award (COTY), as well as the Regional COTY Award for Region 3 North Central for our first floor remodel in this old beautiful home in Madison. We love creating beautiful spaces like these!

This first floor remodel project was especially a challenge due to the age of the home. We had a kitchen that was sloping 3 inches in both the floor and the ceiling. This made the casing as well as the cabinetry a challenge. We had to make it all as straight as possible, while structurally improving the house as a whole.

Many replaced headers, beams, posts, and floor joists later, we had ourselves a structurally stable house to work with. The challenges never ended, however. We had trim challenges, hood venting challenges, lighting challenges, and so much more.

The end result is a beautiful home this family can enjoy for years to come. They now have a first floor that has much better flow and ease of use, a more functional kitchen, and better lighting throughout. The cased archways and choice of finishes added character and beauty to this wonderful space. 


With the help of our sub-contractor team we were able to create this beautiful award winning first floor remodel that our clients absolutely adore. Thank you to our subs!

R&D Drywall

Hellenbrand Electric

Rockweiler Insulation

Brunsell Lumber & Millwork


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Swapping Spaces Kitchen Renovation in Madison, WI

This old colonial home in Madison, WI lacked kitchen storage, efficiency, and yes, even a dishwasher! This kitchen renovation gave this couple everything they needed and much more!

With the basement door entering into the kitchen space, there wasn’t much room for improvement. The adjacent dining room’s entry into the living room broke the living room up. As a result, carrying groceries from the front entry to the kitchen was difficult. This kitchen renovation took some creative thinking. 

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After providing several ideas, the homeowners selected the option of swapping spaces!

We completely swapped their dining room space with their kitchen space and relocated the entry into the living room.

By moving the living room entry, the space went from awkward and broken up to unified and comfortable. The entry from the front door into the kitchen became a direct route, which helped greatly with groceries.

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Along with swapping spaces, we also swapped windows and doors. We reused the large window from the old dining room in the new dining room space. We also moved the patio door down into the dining room so that the spacing around the dining table could be used as walkway. The dining room now feels open and spacious, while the kitchen was transformed into a U-shape with a peninsula and pantry.

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One obstacle we had to overcome was the soffit that had to stay in the ceiling where the plumbing above ran across.

Instead of just covering the soffit with drywall and calling it a day, we thought it would be much more visually interesting to put in cove lighting. By simply putting in a nearly rectangular soffit around the dining area, and putting up a piece of wood trim to hide the lighting, we transformed something awkward into something very attractive – now adding some drama to their beautiful old house.

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The kitchen provides all the appliances the home owners wanted – yes, they finally have that dishwasher!

Instead of angled corner cabinets, the couple chose some 90 degree corner cabinets with piano hinges that allow them to easily access all if its contents.

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Updated Kitchen Storage

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Updated Kitchen Storage

Large drawers store their pots and pans, and they enjoy several other storage features – tilt out trays, wine rack, pull out spice rack, and wire tray dividers. We encourage all our customers to put wire tray dividers into their refrigerator cabinets. Even vertically challenged people, such as this home owner, are able to reach into their refrigerator cabinet to get their cooking sheets, muffin tins, cooling racks, and light weight cutting boards without difficulty!

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Kitchen Storage After

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In the end, this kitchen renovation which swapped spaces was the right choice for this homeowner. They now have a home they love. 

To see more project photos, visit our Kitchens page.