A Small Kitchen Becomes Fresh and Roomy: Transitional Kitchen Remodel in Madison


Sweeney Design Remodel was tasked with updating a small dark and dated kitchen for a Nakoma neighborhood couple. The kitchen originally featured 30-year old dated cabinets, laminate countertops, and dull, vinyl flooring. The wood flooring in the adjacent dining and living room also needed repair.


In order to open up the kitchen and create a brighter atmosphere, Sweeney Design Remodel widened the doorway between the kitchen and dining room and designed it to match the colonial-style archways found in the rest of the home.  

While the kitchen footprint did not change, new white DuraSupreme cabinets were designed into the space to accommodate modern built-in appliances, including a larger stainless steel refrigerator. This minor adjustment also had a significant impact on improving the visual balance of the kitchen. The new easy-to-clean, marble-inspired quartz on the peninsula now offers plenty of eat-in space for two. The classic white subway tile backsplash and large farmhouse sink anchor the room.  

Hardwood flooring used in the dining and living rooms was extended into the kitchen to flow the rooms seamlessly together. The original kitchen window that was cumbersome for one person to operate was replaced with a new easy-to-open window. In addition, to create proper soft general lighting, Sweeney replaced a large fluorescent light fixture with disk lights.

Other remodeling details valued by these clients included:

  • A new, accessible laundry chute (the previous chute was buried in the kitchen cupboard) 
  • A properly installed venting system, leading to the outside
  • A glass-fronted corner cupboard for wine glasses


“The Sweeney Team is super-organized (love the spreadsheet) and communication was truly excellent. We received daily updates and always felt that we knew what to expect next and when it would happen. This enabled us to continue with the rest of our lives in a normal fashion. The crew members were friendly but professional and on-time. Amazing problem-solving skills.”

“We saw the most of Jim, the lead carpenter. He really is a master carpenter with a sterling work ethic. When a stranger moves into your home for 3-½ months, it is a bonus when they are also likable!  It seemed to us that all of the Sweeney crew members and subcontractors whom we came in contact with actually liked each other and did great work.”

Small Transitional Kitchen Remodel After
Farmhouse Sink After

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1008 Fish Hatchery Road
Madison WI, 53715

Phone: 608.257.3034