A Craftsman-Style Kitchen Remodel in Madison, WI


These homeowners reached out to Sweeney Design Remodel looking to update their kitchen, powder room, and mudroom in their vintage home.

Their current kitchen had dark walnut cabinetry, outdated appliances and finishes, and worn wood flooring that needed to be replaced. Their kitchen also had insufficient storage (especially for pantry needs) and poor lighting.

The banquette table had been useful for food preparation, but it interrupted the kitchen’s flow. To improve traffic flow and increase the amount of natural light, the homeowners wanted to open up the wall between the kitchen and dining room.

In the powder room and mud room, the homeowners desired a complete update to the dark and outdated finishes and wanted increased storage.


Sweeney Design Remodel turned an aged and uninviting space into a bright and cheery kitchen. The kitchen was updated with new stainless steel appliances, including a stainless steel range hood. The dark cabinets were replaced with white custom cabinetry, topped with granite countertops, and complemented with a striking blue-gray ceramic tile backsplash. To further brighten the kitchen, the walls were accented with flattering blue-gray wall paint.

New red oak hardwood flooring gave the kitchen a chic, modern look without dramatically altering the coziness the homeowners wanted to preserve in their home. The ceiling can lights, under-cabinet lighting, and two focal-point pendants above the island addressed needs for both general and task lighting.


Upon removing the kitchen/dining room wall, we discovered that although the wall was not load-bearing, the floor system had structural issues that needed to be addressed and repaired. And since the home was built in 1917, we recommended and completed updates on the plumbing and electrical systems to ensure they were sufficient to support the upgrades.


The light, bright kitchen and dining room effectively met the client’s needs for storage, flow, and comfort while upgrading the look and usefulness of the room. They now enjoy preparing meals with the family and entertaining friends in the new space.

Improvements to the mud room and powder room completed the modern aesthetic and utility that the homeowners wanted and allowed them to insert their personalities.

The overall remodel exceeded their expectations!

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1008 Fish Hatchery Road
Madison WI, 53715

Phone: 608.257.3034