If you work in the design industry, it’s hard not to be captivated by the transformation process – taking an ugly, dated or poorly functional space and making it look and work better for the client. While there’s plenty of hard work involved in taking a project from conception to completion, there’s something inspiring about reviewing where a space started – and how it turned out.

This month’s Transformations features a small, three-fixture bathroom that went from marginally functional to totally fabulous.



There are many reasons homeowners decide to remodel: In this case, the original kitchen was dated, dark and cluttered. A two-tier island did little to enhance functionality, and countertop space was at a premium. The homeowners wanted more prep space, better lighting and a more updated appearance that would make the kitchen more enjoyable to spend time in. One of the biggest challenges, however, was figuring out how to transform the space and provide greater functionality without going beyond the constraints of the existing footprint.



The design team at the Blue Mound, WI-based JG Development Inc. set out to prove that you can get a kitchen that looks great and functions even better without adding extra square footage. Rather, it’s about using the existing space efficiently and creating a design that offers great aesthetics while addressing the homeowners’ needs. The project showcases second grade Birdseye maple flooring that was site finished, granite countertops and cherry cabinetry. To maximize counterpace, the refrigerator was recessed into the wall where a former pantry existed.  The re-use of some cabinetry was requested, and was ultimately used at the island.  This allowed for updated new cabinets around the perimeter that were coordinated with the old through the modification of door style profiles.   The elimination of the two tiered island still allowed for an eat in kitchen, but created a larger flat surface for more prep area when needed. Sparkle and interest was generated with the island pendants, tile accents and custom detailing at the crown molding and light fixture over the sink.