Dudgeon Monroe Refresh: Craftsman Bungalow Kitchen and Basement Remodel in Madison

Many homes have the right amount of space but need a little work to help the space function for its occupants. Such was the case with this Dudgeon Monroe Neighborhood home, where the homeowners wanted to add beauty and efficiency without adding more square footage. This craftsman bungalow was built in 1912 and purchased for the homeowner’s daughter, who was attending the University of Wisconsin.

This thoughtful design shows how creatively reworking existing square footage can result in a living space that fits your needs exactly.


The kitchen, once cloistered, was opened up to incorporate a small room/office off of the kitchen and a corner banquet seating area. The kitchen was updated with white contemporary shaker cabinets, Corian countertops, new lighting, and a gorgeous dusty blue classic tile backsplash.  Throughout the first-floor living space, the hardwood floors were intentionally matched and refinished to seamlessly blend with the home’s original architecture.

Two small bedrooms were converted into a large, walk-in closet to create a functional, primary ensuite with a wet room bathroom.

To make the most of what was already there, the basement was converted into a spacious living space that included two private guest bedrooms, one full bath and another ¾ bath, and a new laundry room with a dog grooming station.


In planning this remodel, we needed to complete the design, selections, and actual construction within a 7-month timeframe. Although the client could move out for 3 months, she needed to move back in time for school to begin. We also worked with the interior designer out of state that referred us, so we worked together to source the selections for the homeowner.  Our process was well executed.


Throughout the home, a common palette of warm browns and earthy tones, cool blues, and whites allow the living spaces to feel unified and connected. Where the kitchen is cozy and intimate, the renovated basement is comfortable and functional. Ample natural lighting from numerous windows adds to the home’s natural appeal.

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1008 Fish Hatchery Road
Madison WI, 53715

Phone: 608.257.3034