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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.


Opening up a Small Kitchen in Madison, WI

This home came equipped with a very small kitchen.

The walls went all the way around this small kitchen, dividing the spaces between the living and dining areas and kitchen work space. This created inconvenience for the homeowners as they had to walk all the way around their kitchen in order to set food on their dining table.

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It was the home owners’ dreams to see the room opened up.

They decided on a plan for a kitchen with a peninsula at the end, next to their dining table. This would allow for very easy access into the kitchen from the front of the house as well as from the dining room and living room in the back of the house. We started demolition and “SURPRISE!”. The wall we were knocking out was supposed to be a supporting wall, but it had been torn out by previous home owners or was never equipped with the proper support. With some very creative engineering, the owner of A Better Home came up with a plan that would support the house without even touching our plans for the kitchen remodel. As a result, there isn’t even be a beam showing in the kitchen!

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We removed their side door and stoop from their kitchen space to gain more space for their refrigerator. The front of the kitchen now houses a small breakfast nook. It can also double as a place to work on bills and mail.

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Breakfast Nook

The owners decided on a natural stained cherry cabinetry, which just doesn’t ever seem to go out of style.

The counter tops they chose were a dark solid surface with copper flecks. They have a matte finish which is easier on the eyes. We had to vent the hood to the exterior through the floor joists and a cabinet. We built a back onto the cabinet so that the owner could see everything in the cabinet just by standing in front of it. In addition, it works as an excellent pantry and cupboard for measuring cups and spoons. The homeowner also added a microwave cabinet in the peninsula so that it was easily accessible but out of sight.

The cabinets around the sink area feature reeded glass, which is a glass type used at the time of the home’s construction. The simple shaker cabinet doors compliment their style and provide a timeless look. Furthermore, they lightened up the kitchen with a light back splash – cream subway tiles and milk glass mosaic.

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Upper Cabinets with Reeded Glass

To see more project photos, visit our Kitchens page.

 


Small Bathroom Turned Spacious in Madison, WI

Along with their Craftsman kitchen remodel, this homeowner’s cramped, small bathroom was in need of a serious renovation.

This craftsman style home was built in the early 1900s and the small bathroom had its original mudset tile. The homeowners decided that they would like a walk-in shower rather than the cast iron tub that had existed. They were limited in counter top space to a tiny vanity and radiator cabinet.

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The slate flooring pulls in colors from the walls and cherry vanity cabinet, creating a sense of flow throughout the room. Extending the counter top as a banjo top over the toilet gave these homeowners as much counter top space as possible.

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Shadow Box

We replaced the radiator and its cabinet cover with a small wall radiator that is more energy efficient and space-saving. The homeowners found that they actually had extra space near the shower to place a small console table. It houses extra bathroom accessories as well as displays more of their artwork, including the shadow box we created as a Thank You present.

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Exterior side of door

The woodwork that we carried into their Craftsman Kitchen was also carried into their bathroom.

The new window has obscure glass to match the original door and new shower door. Before the remodel, the interior side of the bathroom door had mismatched hardware and a board covering the recessed panel detailing found throughout the door. On top of that panel were several layers of white paint.

We managed to get the door stripped and re-stained to match the existing woodwork, bringing the old house character to a side of the door the homeowners had no idea had a hidden recessed panel.

Small Bathroom After

Door After

Since completion of their kitchen and bathroom project, these homeowners also tackled the 3-season porch on the front of their home. We completed the new sun room in April 2017. The result was a CoTY Award winning space! We also featured this beautiful home in the NARI Tour of Remodeled Homes in the spring of 2017. To read about their new Craftsman Sunroom check out our post Craftsman Sunroom-NARI Coty Award Winner.

To see more project photos, visit our Bathrooms page.


Craftsman Kitchen Remodel in Madison, WI

Inspired by their early 1900’s Craftsman home in Madison WI, this Craftsman kitchen remodel carries the character and detailing over from the rest of the home.

With this craftsman kitchen remodel, we managed to change the functionality of the space–storage, flow, and work space–without adding an addition. The homeowners now have the Craftsman kitchen they’ve always wanted. 

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Craftsmanship Shown in Craftsman Trim

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This home had unique trim designs that we had never seen before. In order to continue the beautiful woodwork through the newly updated kitchen, we had to order new mill work and match the stain to the existing trim in adjacent rooms. With hours of working on it, we managed to duplicate the trim.

Our highly-skilled woodworker paid close attention to detail as he finished off the beautiful base boards and window trim. The homeowners now enjoy their window sills as a place to display some of their mementos.

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Storage Solution

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Pull-out Spice Rack

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Space Saving, Energy Saving

We added a great amount of storage space by replacing an unused counter top area and wall cabinets with full height pantries. The pantries are located along the main pathway to the back door. Due to their twelve inch depth, the pantries create a better traffic flow.

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A wall mounted radiator that doubles as a coat rack is another space saving idea we used! Who wouldn’t enjoy warm coats in these Wisconsin winters? Now the radiator is away from the window where it was previously interrupting counter top space.

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With all of the energy-saving products the home owners had installed, they earned a rebate through Energy Star for $750.

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In addition to their craftsman kitchen remodel, the homeowners remodeled the small bathroom located behind the kitchen. Check out our post Small Bathroom Turned Spacious to see how it turned out!

Since completion of their kitchen and bathroom remodel, the homeowners also tackled the 3-season porch on the front of their home. We completed the new sun room in April 2017. The result was a NARI CoTY Award winning space! We also featured this beautiful home on the NARI Tour of Remodeled Homes in the spring of 2017. To read about their new sun room, check out our post Craftsman Sunroom- NARI Coty Award Winner.

To see more project photos, visit our Craftsman Style Kitchens page.