Monday, April 18, 2011

Sunroom Bliss

As promised from the last entry, here is the finished interior of a 2nd story remodel. By removing and reframing the old windows and openings we were able to add privacy and still capture a great deal of light. The oak trim adds gravity to the space and frames the outside view well.

By using a light paint color it allows the morning light to bounce off the walls and duplicate within the space. This helps make the space feel brighter and larger even though we removed and framed in 2 of the original window openings(on the sides). Thanks for tuning in! Mike

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Let it Snow!

Over the snowy weeks of January we completed a window replacement/interior remodel project in the Vilas neighborhood. The project was to replace some old 2nd story windows, reframe areas, reside (3 types of siding matching existing), and add new trim, drywall and paint to the interior. Here is a shot of one of the guys finishing up some of the siding. By prepainting the materials all that remains for a spotless finish is the touchup paint as the weather warms. Overall a rough patch of weather did not stop the guys from completing a great looking exterior. I'll post the finished interior next!

Thanks, Mike

Monday, March 21, 2011

Monona Terrace Home Show

Over the weekend of January 7th, Artisan Remodeling LLC was part of the Home Show at the Monona Terrace. The show was fantastic for us as we had the opportunity to meet many great people and discuss project potentials. Unlike many booths with a standard setup we decided to make ours unique. The Cabinet Centre (behind Mccormick Lumber) was part of our booth with a kitchen mock-up demonstrating many of the unique features they offer.

Redesign and staging specialist Beth Swanson of Swanson Events created the look that we were hoping for with her great staging skills and a splash of color. Overall the event was a huge success and we are already designing projects brought up at the show. Thanks to everyone for making it a huge success!


Monday, February 21, 2011


I have been busy so the blog posts have suffered, but I will continue to keep everybody up to speed on the happenings of Artisan Remodeling, LLC.
This post has to do with timing. Below is a bathroom that was mostly gutted and remodeled in the span of 2 weeks over the Christmas break. The homeowners were away for 2 weeks and agreed to have me and the guys remodel their bathroom while they were away. Usually these types of projects take twice as long, but with proper preparation and timing we pulled a great bathroom remodel off with the homeowners out of town. They left the old bath behind and returned to a brand new bathroom with all of their chosen fixtures and colors in place at the original price quote. This type of project requires good communication between contractor and client and a great deal of trust. Since I don't normally have a problem with either of those it was a go from the start. Working on a 90 yr. old home can be tricky. There are lead paint requirements as well as not a straight wall in sight, but we are used to this and the process of making it look good.

Below are some of the finished project photos as well as Brock, the tile guy in the middle of a work day. Artisan Remodeling prides itself in working with friendly, hard working, conscientious, legal contractors, and Brock fits the bill. The orange material you see behind the tile is called Kerdi matte, a Schluter product. It is a complete waterproofing membrane mortared to the wall before tile. This provides complete water proofing for your shower. A shower should always have some sort of water proofing surface beneath the tile and over the substrate. The storage cabinet is a great way to add functional storage while not using up a great deal of space. This becomes especially useful with a pedestal sink.

Thanks for visiting and we will see you on the next one! Mike

Monday, February 7, 2011

Green Remodeling & Building

At Artisan Remodeling we have an interest in green building and sustainability.

For those of you interested in learning more, here's an interesting article on the 10 Green Building Trends on 2011.

Affordable Green building is a concept we think is important. What are your favorite ideas for sustainability in building? Send us your comments.