• VISUALLY EXPANDED BATH

    The original bathroom in this 1970’s condo needed assistance and here is how we helped: soffit above the tub and vanity lowered the ceiling and didn’t provide good quality of lighting secondary door from the bedroom was not needed vanity lacked storage space due to a sit down makeup area biggest change requested was changing […]

  • RUSTIC BATHROOM FACELIFT

    The guest room and master bath needed updating in this lake home.  The original wood lap boards were showing their age and the rooms needed brightening. The original vanities could still be reused. Changes included: new granite vanity tops with glass under-mount sinks new decorative light fixtures fresh painted gray walls (lap boards) 54″ tub […]

  • ATTIC GUEST ROOM

    When looking for extra space, what about the attic? This attic space had been used as a temporary bedroom and storage, but needed updating. blue carpet was removed and the original sub-floor planks were finished and sealed to create a rustic floor pressed board sliding closet doors were replaced with oak french doors new oak […]

  • BASEMENT FAMILY RETREAT

    A typical storage basement was transformed into a multi-purpose family retreat by laying out a new floor plan to create several spaces: play-space for kids guest bedroom 3/4 bathroom office workout space storage room   The main room was finished by painting the existing ceiling boards white, framing in bookcases, preserving the original wood support […]

  • ADDED OWNER’S SUITE IN THE BASEMENT

    As with most basements, the original space wasn’t living up to its potential.  A basement owner’s suite was requested in this 1990’s home but where do you start?  Time was devoted to designing a floor plan that incorporated several needed functions: bedroom walk in closet work out room office space bedroom with enough headroom in […]

  • LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION

    When you like your house, but not the space in it, you might decide to add a second story! The older neighborhood had conveniences and close family that made it ideal, but this ranch starter home was quickly being outgrown as the family expanded.  The floor plan didn’t allow for the traffic flow and the […]

  • RECLAIMING THE MASTER BATH

    This master-bath had not aged well from it’s 1980’s beginning, however the space itself showed promise:   existing paisley wallpaper was dark raised whirlpool no longer functions light carpeted floor and step were stained separate shower/toilet room   With a new floor plan of removing the raised whirlpool, opening up the shower space and removing […]

  • CROSSOVER TO A CONTEMPORARY KITCHEN

    This past 1980’s “parade home” was built with a contemporary architecture, however the kitchen was traditional for the time period. The vaulted ceilings and angled windows of the family room and sunroom surrounded the traditional soffited oak kitchen. The homeowner was ready to cross the kitchen over to compliment the rest of the home. Here […]

  • CRAMPED KITCHEN EXPANDS TO FAMILY ROOM

    Family Lifestyles have changed over the years and now open kitchens/great rooms allow a family to enjoy time together. This 1979 home had a previous kitchen remodel in the late 1990’s, but it was one of the few spaces that didn’t work for the new homeowners. The kitchen was separated from the family room and […]

  • DOG FRIENDLY KITCHEN REMODEL

    This 1960’s kitchen was tired and just worn out. The cabinets needed repair and they lacked storage. The only window faces north, so the kitchen was often dark and lacked task lighting. The four legged family member had special storage requirements also for food dishes and a better way of cleaning up. The wall cabinets […]

  • DARK MASTER BATH IS BRIGHT AGAIN

    This master bathroom had some “unique” features that the current owner wanted to update. The dark tiled ceiling and swan motif in the shower had to go, along with the dated decor of wall paper and gilded accessories. Several great new features were added for function and aesthetics: LED can lights and sconces brightened the […]

  • FORM NOW FOLLOWS FUNCTIONAL KITCHEN

    The new homeowners loved the location of their home but the kitchen was lacking. Before they moved in, they asked for help to get the kitchen functional for a modern day family of four. The out of date kitchen lacked storage and needed more counter-top for the active family. Since the mortgage had just been […]

  • BUSTING OPEN A KITCHEN

    When the new family moved into their 1980’s home, they knew the first thing that needed to be done was to “bust” open the kitchen to the living room space. The existing kitchen was a small U shape that was so small the dishwasher had to fit under the sink. A wall separating the dining […]

  • QUARTERSAWN KITCHEN ON A MISSION

    After almost 30 years in the family home, it was finally time to remodel. The 1950’s home was in the need for additional storage and counter top space. The existing layout of the kitchen caused the fridge and range to be tight in the corner and there wasn’t the convenience of a dishwasher. In the […]

  • A BASEMENT THAT BOLDLY GOES…

    A homeowner is always looking to explore for additional space, especially in a smaller house. This young family was looking for more family space and an in-home office. The basement in the newer house had been finished by the previous homeowner but lacked light and storage to accomplish their goal. The result was a space […]

  • KEEPING IT SIMPLE

    It was time for a make over in this 1980’s condo. The space felt tired and several pieces had seen their day. The room also felt closed in with the lack of lighting and the unwanted soffit over the tub. The plumber and HVAC contractors were involved in relocating items from the soffit so the […]

  • Rustic Basement

    It’s always nice to be able to reclaim space in an unfinished basement. This project allowed the homeowner to extend his entertainment area to include a pool table room. The wonderful view of nature from the outside is reflected in the rustic feel of the custom wood paneling and wainscoting The accent wall was hand […]

  • MAXIMIZING THE KITCHEN SPACE

    Homes from the early 20th century often have kitchens that are closed off from the rest of the home. The way families used a kitchen back then is very different to the open hub of activity we often use them for now. This kitchen still had a similar layout to when it was built that […]

  • MODERNIZING A “MOD” KITCHEN

    Have you ever wanted a kitchen that brightened your day? The original “mod” kitchen from the 60’s had a classic copper metal tile back-splash, typical separate cook-top and wall-oven and only had a single center light fixture that made the kitchen look dark on the north side of the home. By removing the soffits and […]

  • Finished Basement Creates Family Fun Space

    This typical unfinished basement was calling out to be finished. The family was interested in a casual entertaining space and the teenager in the family was also looking for a space to hang out with friends. The large space was divided to create a utility room, 2 storage closets (1 under stairs), and a powder […]

  • FROM CLOSED BEDROOM TO OPEN KITCHEN

    A 1950’s ranch home usually has small bedrooms, small kitchens and often doesn’t have space for a dining room. The home owner had decided to do their project in phases. They added an attached 2 stall garage with 2 bedrooms and bath above last year. This year they removed the 2 bedrooms and bath on […]

  • REARRANGING A GALLEY KITCHEN

    This 1950’s galley kitchen didn’t functional well for the new young owners. The portable dishwasher had been added but never direct plumbed, the separate wall oven and cook-top didn’t allow for enough counter-top space and well as the tall pantry cabinet cutting up the peninsula work space. Two plans were proposed and happily the couple […]

  • COOKING UP A NEW KITCHEN LAYOUT

    This home had the typical separated kitchen and dining room, however a previous remodel had tried to open them up. The flow still wasn’t working until the separating wall was completely removed. The appliances could then be arranged to assist the cook and help with the flow between the front rooms and the back sitting […]

  • Play Filled Basement For Kids and Adults

    The original space was half unfinished and the other half a wood shop from the previous owner. The new owner asked for the wood shop to be turned into a wine storage room and the unfinished space was already being used as a makeshift play space. The wood working equipment was removed and the existing […]

  • GIVING A LITTLE MORE SPACE TO THE MASTER BATH

    Even new homes can be lacking space in the master bath. This 2001 home was the only house in the neighborhood without a double master vanity. 2 feet of space was taken from the master closet to create a larger footprint in the bath This extra square footage allowed for the toilet to be relocated […]

  • Single to Double Master Bath

    This 1980’s home had been built with only a single sink for the master bath. The homeowner wished to use the excess space around the toilet to add a second sink while still maintaining code appropriate space for the toilet. The vanity area was lacking storage and an updated style was requested To make the […]

  • Rec Room from Wrecked Room

    A finished basement can created a welcome family retreat and any smaller home. This home had a dark basement that didn’t welcome any members of the family, including little ones. Drywall, carpet, new windows and new doors/trim transformed this unused space into a fun family recreational space. The original glass block windows were enlarged to […]

  • Maximizing the Existing Kitchen Space

    A typical builder’s kitchen called out for design assistance when the homeowner needed a better layout and more contemporary aesthetics. The original rectangular kitchen space incorporated cabinetry only on one end and created a large unused area at the other end. By lengthening the island and rearranging the cabinet storage, the kitchen created a contemporary […]

  • Finished basement for Family Retreat

    A typical storage basement for this 1950’s home needed to be turned into more living space for the family. A guest bedroom was also requested prompting the addition of an egress window and closet The Basement was divided into seperate spaces including a reading nook The lower ceiling was painted black to keep as much […]

  • Typical to Timely Bathroom

    A typical 5×9 bathroom can be transformed to create a welcoming functional space. This couple no longer needed the use of a tub and knew a shower would function better for them. New custom shampoo niches were built and highlighted with the accent tile that also runs vertical on the back wall The Kohler Groove […]

  • A Room to Live In!

    The family room off the kitchen needed a face-lift. The carpeted floor needed to be easier to clean and the room needed brightening. LED can lights were added to the ceiling visually increasing the volume of the space, and prepped for a future ceiling fan if wanted LVP(Luxury Vinyl Plank) flooring was installed on the […]

  • BEACH INSPIRED COTTAGE KITCHEN

    The original kitchen needed light, storage and better organization. A previous addition had allowed for the sink window to be changed into a pass thru, but the space called out to be more open and the function of kitchen had changed with the addition. By opening up the pass thru into the new family room […]

  • Updating the Original WWII Era Masterbath

    Updating this 1940’s master bath involved adding storage and changing the tub to a shower. While the client’s stick with some of the lighter neutrals (whites and grey) they got rid of all the yellow. By flipping the vanity area with the tub area, an alcove was created for a larger custom tile shower The […]

  • Big Tub Change for Small Bath

    The only bathroom in this 1925 dutch colonial home had the tub removed during a previous remodel in the 1980s. The lack of a tub to bathe the youngest member of the family prompted a need to remodel again. A new skylight was installed to replace the aging existing one A previous window space was […]

  • Making a Master Suite in Historic Craftsman

    The 1923 craftsman style home had a typical upstairs with 4 bedrooms sharing a hall bath. Each bedroom was similar in size, and lacked a master bedroom or larger closet. The floor plan was creatively modified to create a larger bedroom, walk in closet and larger bathroom from one of the bedrooms. The new bathroom […]

  • Soft Contemporary Master Bath

    This master bath needed a facelift to make it flow with the rest of the soft contemporary feel of the home. The separate vanity area was updated with Carrera marble tops and warm grey laminate frameless cabinetry Open shelving between the sinks and below the length of the sink area, gives the vanity a soft […]

  • TRANSFORMED CLOSED TO OPEN KITCHEN

    What do you do with an 1800’s farmhouse that has an outdated 1960’s kitchen remodel? A large room had been closed in to create a dark U-shaped kitchen. The rest of the space had been left to create dark hallways that wrapped around the central kitchen. Since the 1960’s addition of the family room was […]

  • Brightening a Basement for Additional Space

    Many basements were remodeled in the past by installing dark paneling and dropped ceilings. This may have made them usable but not very enjoyable to be in. The main floor and 2nd floor of this home were typically divided for the 1920’s and a large open space was requested for an additional casual entertaining area. […]

  • Living with Nature

    This 1970’s home was built with a prairie style in mind. Details were added in this update to keep the original style but build on it Lighting was added over the fireplace New custom mantel was created Another window was added to the left of the stone Notice how the carpenter followed the shape of […]

  • The Leak that Turned into a Bath Remodel

    This basic hall bathroom was leaking around the tub/shower handle. Since it needed to be fixed, why not redo the whole bath and update it from the 1970’s? A half wall was added to separate the toilet area, and a new single sink vanity was added with quartz top and natural stone accent that matched […]