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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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Two Story Addition- NARI Tour Home 2014

After having to cancel our tour last year due to the large tree that had fallen on it, we were ecstatic to be showing the addition project this year at the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (Madison Chapter) Tour of Remodeled Homes!

The tour home featured a two story addition and was a whole house remodel. The addition houses a master suite on the second floor, a bright and open family room with adjacent mud room and powder bath on the first floor, and a full height music room on the basement level.

The homeowners wanted a design that offered high contrast, modern elements, and a restored historical interior. The house previously had ranch trim and slab doors, which were not original to the house. We revamped all of the trims to be a higher profile, simple design. This both compliments the historical style while working with the client’s modern tastes. We refurbished two doors from the garage, then ordered new doors to match the style of these original two panel doors. Archways in the open concept great room give added character and architectural details. The new modern kitchen has tons of storage space and is much more functional.

The exterior features a MoistureShield deck which is not only sustainable but very low maintenance. It only requires the homeowners to pressure wash once per year. You can read more about our journey with the exterior of the home in our recent blog post Colonial Curb Appeal Project in Madison, WI.

Thanks to all who visited! We had the most visited tour site of 2014!

To learn more about the most current Tour of Remodeled Homes, visit NARI of Madison’s website.


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2 Story Addition off back of the home

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


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.

 


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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Open Kitchen and Dining Spaces

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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Cove Lighting in Dining Room

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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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.


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. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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To see more project photos, visit our Kitchens 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.

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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.

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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.

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Stacked Wall Cabinets

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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.

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Victorian Kitchen After

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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!

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Added Storage in Island

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Updated Window Casing

To see more project photos, visit our Kitchens 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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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. 


1950′s Inspired Kitchen Transformation in Madison, WI

A 1950’s Inspired Kitchen Transformation in Madison, WI!

Attention to Detail – an old adage but oh so true for this project. The all-white 1980’s kitchen was an eye sore to the homeowners who have an impeccable taste and love to cook and entertain. Besides being a 1980’s disaster of a design, the space was barely functional.
The new kitchen is 1950’s inspired, with its unique arrow inlays in the tile, drop-shaped light fixtures, and soft curvy lines. This kitchen transformation is one of our all-time favorites and has won numerous awards!

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1950’s Award Winning Design

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Island Pendent Detail

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Cabinetry Detail

To see more project photos, visit our Kitchens page.


Contemporary Kitchen Remodel in Madison, WI

This contemporary kitchen remodel in Madison, WI was a huge transformation!

The homeowners were wishing for a open kitchen with the all the rooms integrated harmoniously with the rest of their house.  First of all, the home had a cramped kitchen. In addition, a formal dining room was being used as quasi office, and the sunroom was completely cutoff from the remainder of their house.  There was only one solution to creating more space and flow – we had to knock out walls.

We opened up the space and the room felt better right away.  The kitchen features mostly base cabinets under quartz counter tops. Portions of the counter form breakfast bar, facing the backyard, a bar sink and seating, and the main cooking space. The center wall cabinets hang in suspension away from the ceiling to maintain the open spacious feeling, by use of hidden brackets and rods.  We used cherry for wood of the base cabinets and maple for the walls. This choice gives a sense of dimension and complements the stone fireplace wall in the adjoining living room.

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Contemporary kitchen with open floor plan

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Cherry lower cabinets with maple upper cabinets

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Ample seating great for entertaining

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An open floor plan with views of the dining room and family room

To see more photos of our contemporary kitchen remodel projects, visit our Kitchens page.