The problem: We hated our old kitchen, which had been installed during a previous renovation of our condo, located in Chicago's Rogers Park neighborhood. The cabinets were ancient, you couldn't open cupboards and load the dishwasher at the same time, and, worst of all, we had no storage. As a young couple, our budget was limited, and Jens came to us on the recommendation of a co worker who assured us that he would work to our budget.
The solution: Jens brought a ton of great suggestions that really made the difference to our kitchen. First, he recommended moving the entrance to an adjacent bedroom to provide space for a small pantry. Then he suggested a more logical layout for the room, moving the sink and dishwasher to the opposite side of the room. No more problems loading the dishwasher! Finally, he helped us select a cabinet style that complemented the exposed brick in our kitchen.
Execution: Jens provided clear excel spreadsheets that laid out the costs of the project. He helped us stay within our budget by finding parts of the job that we could do ourselves and doing extra searches for high-quality but lower cost materials.
When it came time to do the work, Jens was the ultimate perfectionist. He saved portions of our old trim work to ensure that no one would notice that the bedroom door had been moved. Even we can't tell where he added and stained pieces to match the original 1920's woodwork.
The project was completed on budget and in time for the birth of our son...thankfully, we were able to bring our newborn home and not deal with the dust and mess of a renovation project.
We have received nothing but compliments on the kitchen and now, a year later, are still thrilled with the results.
The problem: Walking into our "new" house was like entering a time warp. Nothing had changed since 1953. Perfectly preserved, the house has all of its original doors and windows, the original doorbell, perfect 1950's carpets and furniture... it was almost eerie.
The bathroom was no exception. Perfectly pristine, the tiles were a shade of beige/peach that was popular in the 50's, and the toilet and sink were also vintage 50's. It was tiny, had no storage and very little natural light. We knew that the bathroom would be one of the first renovation projects we would undertake.
The solution: We had already selected a blue and white theme for the bathroom, but were looking to Jens for suggestions on both technical and design issues. Jens suggested enlarging the room by XXX, and adding a window seat for additional storage. Radiant heating keeps the floors comfortable year-round and minimizes mold. Jens completed the job from teardown to completion, including all tile work and installations. The results are beautiful.