Contractor of the year


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


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


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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2011 Regional Award Winner: The Medieval Bath

2011 NARI Regional Contractor of the Year Award Winner: The Medieval Bath

Our Medieval Bath is an award winner! This is a very unique project and a pleasure to be a part of! It required innovation and creativity at every point throughout the project. To read further about the project, check out our previous post A Medieval Master Bath Remodel in Waunakee, WI.

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


Guest Bathroom Remodel in Madison, WI- COTY Winner

We are very excited to share this guest bathroom remodel award winner! 2011 NARI Contractor of the Year Award for a bathroom under $30,000.

In this guest bathroom remodel project, we transform a small, cramped powder bath. The traffic flow into the bathroom had a bottleneck effect, so rearranging the layout was a must. Using the couple’s inspiration from French luxury hotels they have stayed at as well as matching their kitchen cabinetry style reminiscent of their Haywood-Wakefield furniture collection, we created a very unique little powder bathroom for their guests within a budget of $15,000. This bathroom is now a showpiece award winner!

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To see more project photos, visit our Bathrooms page.


A Medieval Master Bath Remodel in Waunakee, WI!

Our latest project was a Medieval master bath remodel in Waunakee, WI.

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When you walk into our client Doc’s house, you see Medieval knights in shining armor, books on castles and fantasy tales of times of castles, knights, kings, and queens. He has an entire collection of his family’s crests on the walls. He even has a book case with a rolling ladder! Seeing all of these unique possessions, we couldn’t help but consider making his new bathroom into a Medieval castle!

Now, you may be picturing something very gaudy, but we don’t do gaudy. With our top notch craftsmanship and a many creative solutions, we managed to create a bathroom suite that eludes a feeling of luxury and mystery… the way that castles should!

 

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Doc has a bone disease that causes muscle pain. He wanted to reconfigure his master suite to allow for two therapeutic, spa-type fixtures from Kohler to help him relax his muscles. The Kohler shower came in a curved fixture that required more space. The whirlpool would be fitted in a similar position that the previous whirlpool was located, with a few adjustments to the plumbing.

As a single man in his recently purchased home, Doc realized that the bathroom didn’t suit his needs fixture wise on several counts.

He needed spa fixtures for muscle relaxation, but didn’t need a double sink or over sized walk-in-closet that was meant for a couple. The ability to take over the closet allowed us to reconfigure the entire floor plan into three separate rooms.

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The first room is a powder room that can be closed off when guests need to use it. As a man who values his privacy, being able to close off his personal vanity and bath was a great improvement for his first floor bathroom suite.

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You enter the master suite through a large exterior door with a speakeasy… preparing visitors for what is to come.

When you enter the powder bath, the first thing you see is the gargoyle fountain. Doc found an eaves spout tray in the shape of a gargoyle and we did some creative plumbing work to make it into a fountain with controlled water pressure to prevent splashes out of the gargoyle’s mouth.

 

The sink is a stone sink that Doc just fell in love with. The problem was, what do you put an odd-shaped, rustic stone sink on? Everything would look too clean cut and it wouldn’t match with his castle decor. We purchased some salvaged barn beams from the 1800’s, then stained, cut, and fit them around the plumbing. This gives the illusion that it’s supporting the heavy stone sink.

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The second room you enter is a vanity room.

It’s complete with a trap door (access panel into ceiling), dungeon door (to linen closet), wood beams, marble-looking Corian, and stone floors as well as candlelight sconces and candle glow yellow walls.

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The archway to the right of the vanity introduces you to room #3. 

This room is themed as the exterior of the castle. The plastered walls are painted a sky blue and the walls of this conceptual castle are covered in rock –a nice mix of manufactured and natural stone to give it texture. In addition, the rock forms crenelations around the turret formed around the curved bath fixture.

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To the right of the shower is another door, called the dungeon window. It’s a heat vent as well as an access panel to the shower fixture. The flooring is transitioned into a conceptual drawbridge with chains dangling out of gargoyles at the top of the archway.

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The drawbridge is made of a wood-looking tile that matches the other wood tile found in the other rooms. In addition, the water around the bridge is achieved through the use of muddy water-colored rock tile. Who wouldn’t want to watch the game in there?!

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The room is equipped with several other luxuries as well.

It has heated floor tile, a heated towel rack, and a few remote blowers for better ventilation.

As for the closet, we put a new walk-in closet that is suited for Doc’s needs. The linen closet (dungeon door) includes hangers for Doc’s work clothes so he can get ready in the morning more efficiently.

Finally, this job proved to be complex on many levels. It required innovation to overcome technical challenges, as well as creativity to resolve aesthetic and design criterion, and a bit of “what the heck, let’s try it!” This project also shows that we can take even the most conceptual design ideas and turn them into a luxurious reality. It’s a rare project that we feel privileged to have had the honor of working on.

Thanks for the honor, Doc!

To see more project photos, visit our Award Winning Bathrooms page.