Step by Step Process

All initial design consultations, in one of our design showrooms are complimentary.  During our first meeting you can expect to spend about an hour with us.  We will discuss your design and material options along with estimated timing and what you’re thinking of investing in your project. We’ll also give you general budget pricing for projects similar to yours. Please bring existing photos of your space, as well as your Pinterest Board and Houzz Idea Book.

Next we will schedule a site visit to confirm your design scope and budget. This service is complementary, as well. We’ll measure and photograph your space. We also take a picture of your electrical panel and adjacent rooms and other information we’ll need for the next phases of our process.

Your designer will arrange a follow up meeting in one of our showrooms for the initial design presentation. Presentations consist of the conceptual 3D images of your space, color and material selections and a proposed budget range for your project.

Once we have captured the essence of your vision, we require a Design Development. This fee varies depending on the size and scope of the project. At this point we schedule a job site visit with one of our project managers and all of our trades needed to complete your project. In addition, AB&K will present a contract for your entire project once we’ve confirmed the scope of work and pricing with our trade professionals. At this meeting, we’ll review all of the final material selection, design drawings, the full scope of work and proposed schedule, for your project.

Our Awards

Since 2006, AB&K is the most winning Design Build Remodeling Company in South East Wisconsin. In fact, we’ve won 90 independent awards ranging from $20,000.00 kitchen remodels to $100,000.00 wine cellars and everything in between! We’ve also been awarded Customer Service Awards and National Design Awards for Kitchen and Bathroom Design.

Winning design awards isn’t easy. At AB&K we have a formula. It starts by listening to our clients visions. Creative design solutions. Respecting the budget. Providing the best materials possible.  Onsite project management. And the highest quality of installation.

2017 Awards

  • 2017 Gold Kitchen $60,001 - $100,000

    What the owner’s really wanted was a professional style 36” range. That meant a plan change.

    Removing the peninsula and extending the island opened the kitchen footprint up to the rest of the home. Centering the range on the wall created a great focal point in the kitchen.

    With the new layout, there are 3 distinct working zones in this kitchen. The best thing is the owners aren’t bumping into each other anymore

    The range and hood area was of special concern to the owners. If they were going to spend the money, they wanted a definite stand out focal point in the room. The white wood hood mantel features timeless details. The mosaic tile accent feature at the range echoes the owners touches of whimsy they have throughout their home.

  • 2017 Silver Kitchen $30,000 - $60,000

    The existing plan of this kitchen was functional. That’s all it was. The owner wanted a beautiful kitchen with an opening into the dining room.

    By removing the partition wall between the kitchen and the dining room, the open plan she desired was accomplished. Now the vaulted ceiling becomes an architectural feature that went unnoticed before!

    Creating a wall of appliances and storage gives the kitchen the look of custom built-ins.

    The soft white color with a light hazelnut glaze blends the owner’s eclectic style with the light, bright finishes she desired.

    The island features a place for the owners to keep her cook books as well as display some of the “cool finds” she’s accumulated in her travels. The rich cherry stained island adds another layer to the owners unique style.

  • 2017 Silver Kitchen $60,001 - $100,000

    They liked having their kitchen sink in the island, but it was a big barrier to the flow in and around the kitchen. They wanted to take their kitchen to the next step of “open concept.”

    The range and refrigerator stayed in the same location. The sink, dishwasher and microwave were reoriented in the larger single-level island.  With the plan, the kitchen feels open to the family room as well as the dinette.

    The remodeled range wall features a beautiful mantel-style wood hood and a new gas slide-in range.

    The new stacked cabinets accentuate the 9’ ceilings and provides additional storage.

    Removing the desk and creating a custom butler’s pantry look, took this space from builder-grade to custom interior.

    The soft white painted flat panel cabinet doors contrast nicely with the texture of the dark stained, white oak island. The Calacatta Natura quartz top is an elegant selection for the space.

  • 2017 Silver Kitchen $60,001 - $100,000

    For the most part, the kitchen layout was good. But the homeowners wanted more. They wanted to remove the desk area and figure out how to put in a coffee / wine bar.

    They wanted a white kitchen. But not a cold, stark look. The soft white cabinets, with the stacked molding details complement the large estate home. The cherry stained wood hood, along with the cherry floating shelves and the gorgeous wood top create a warm, clean elegant interior.

    Removing the small useless pantry, located between the dining room and the kitchen, created aa great serving space. Coffee, wine, smoothies. It all can happen in this area!

    Sliding the refrigerator down the wall allowed room for a wrap around coffee bar area. Playing with the cabinet heights, depths and glass fronts gives this wall visual interest. This also allowed for a charging station for the family’s devices.

  • 2017 Silver Kitchen $30,000 - $60,000

    The existing appliances belong in a museum. The original early ‘70’s kitchen in this house didn’t meet the needs of the new owners. The most important appliance they wanted was a new dishwasher, since this home didn’t have one.

    Removing the peninsula and modifying the placement of the range and refrigerator opened this kitchen up to more than one cook. A new full height pantry next to the refrigerator was a great addition to the kitchen.

    Removing the soffits and installing taller cherry wall cabinets with a two piece crown molding. Black accents in the backsplash tile and island top accents complement the other rooms in the house.

    The owners wanted a movable island. The small single cabinet island is on locking casters. This allows them to move the island out of the way, for large family gatherings.

  • 2017 Silver Kitchen $100,001 - $150,000

    She wanted a booth. And she needed an open plan kitchen. And, she also wanted a large window in her dining area to see into her beautiful backyard.

    Once the new large window was placed, a revised layout of the kitchen was the next step. Removing the partition wall between the kitchen and the dining room opened the back of the house up to the landscaped garden in back.

    Bringing the colors of her garden into the house was another “must have.”

    A large wall of tall, shallow pantry cabinets balance the built-in booth on the other side of the kitchen. New luxury vinyl tile on the floor is easy on her joints and also blends with her cat “Ginger.”

    At the end of the island is the new custom built-in booth positioned at the new large window into the garden.

  • 2017 Silver Interior $75,001 - $100,000

    The homeowner’s custom modern furniture fit their style, but didn’t work with the architecture of the room. Removing the tall cherry traditional library style cabinets flanking the existing fireplace was a start.

    Replacing the traditional cabinets with modern chocolate stained floating block shelves and a wide, flat wrap around mantel married their style with the architectural details in the space. Painting the existing dark cherry coffered ceiling with white, to match the existing window trim and base board color. Wrapping the fireplace and chimney with dimensional mosaic tile make the space with the unique texture. Now it’s a Great Room!

  • 2017 Silver Bathroom $25,000 - $50,000

    This master bathroom was stuck in time. The small vanity wasn’t large enough. Removing the linen closet and installing a tall pull-out pantry gave the owners the storage and easy access they requested. Adding a shallow storage cabinet above the toilet also increased the storage in the bathroom.

    A framed mirror and upgraded lighting at the vanity create a more elegant feel in the bathroom.

    The owners hated the exposed apron front of the existing tub. They wanted something more refined. A drop in tub, with a tile front was the answer. The decorative mosaic banding completes the look.

    The unique texture of the floor tile caught the eye of the owner’s. They liked the natural stone look on the large format tiles.

    The additional storage in the linen cabinet frees up space around the sink. All the beauty supplies have a space. It’s easy to stay organized!

  • 2017 Silver Bathroom $50,001 - $75,000

    This bathroom had a functional layout. It just had dated finishes.

    Updating with new contemporary fixtures and finishes transformed this space.

    This bathroom screamed ‘90’s. It had a dated traditional look, that the homeowners didn’t like. A sleek vanity design and lots of textures with the different types of tile create a unique contemporary space.

    The footprint of the bathroom remained the same. The prefab shower surround, builder-grade doors and all that wallpaper had to go!

    Many upgrades to the shower were desired. A better shower head, hand-held shower on a sliding bar, recessed shampoo niche, and clear glass doors.

    The dimensional textured tile on the long wall contrasts the fabric texture of the other tiles in the room.

  • 2017 Silver Basement over $100,000

    Cool. Manhattan. Bar. That’s what they wanted. A true bar. Not a basement kitchen.

    Their basement was already finished. There was a lot of general space. The owners wanted more than just a bar that functioned like a kitchen. They wanted a cool place to entertain. They also wanted a large home gym.

    Moving the bar to open up to both the media and lounge areas made sense. The large home gym provides enough room for weights, machines and an area for yoga.

    Moving the bar creates a great entertaining space for friends. The location by the patio doors allows for easy access from the outside pool area.

    Glass doors on a sliding track open the gym up to the rest of the basement. Natural light, extra storage and a large monitor create perfect space to workout.

  • 2017 Gold Interior $75,000 - $100,000

    “Wait. What? You need to store how many bottles of wine? Wine storage for over 3,000 bottles of wine? Okay! Oh and a built in humidor. No Problem.”

    Those two requirements along with having a room at a constant 58 degrees all while looking like a 5 Star restaurant was the request. Using a combination of a peg system, wine racks and traditional wine cabinets makes this room anything but boring. The large textured porcelain tiles on the floor ground the room. The gray quartz top makes a great place for a sampling a new wine. The owners wanted an area to house their growing wine collection, in their existing basement.

    This previously mostly unfinished space in the basement contains its own air handling system to keep the temperature a consistent 58 degrees.

  • 2017 Bronze kitchen under $30,000

    The owners liked their layout and needed to upgrade their appliances. With the amount of cabinets in their kitchen, they didn’t want to spend the money on new cabinets. They wanted to focus on the finishes in the kitchen.

    The owners loved their wallpaper, but also wanted a “beachy” feel.

    The cottage feel is enhanced by the new paint on the cabinets and the new stainless steel appliances. The painted cabinets show off the charming wall paper pattern.

    Bringing in the blue / green color of Lake Michigan into their backsplash with a shiny glass mosaic and replacing dark Corian tops with a new white – marble look quartz, creates that “beachy” feel.

  • 2017 Bronze Bathroom under $25,000.00

    The bathroom footprint didn’t change in. Upgraded finishes and fixtures made the remodel.

    She wanted a light and bright bathroom to remind her of the beach. New soft white cabinets combined with a marble look quartz counter top are accented with the owner’s favorite “Sea Glass” blue paint color.

    Upgraded large 12 x 24 tile in the tub surround, combined with an accent band of mosaic tile bring the love of the beach into the tub area. Adding a recessed shampoo niche and a grab bar allows the couple to stay in their home for years.

    By removing the wood balusters separating the toilet area from the vanity the small bathroom feels much larger.

    A charcoal gray floor tile grounds the light cabinets and white trim.

2016 Awards

  • 2016 Silver Kitchen $100,000 - $150,000

    Her dream was a large open kitchen, with a very large island. The new kitchen had to flow with the rest of the house, which was built in the 1920’s.

    An island with seating for at least four was added where the walls to the original dining room was removed, creating the open feel the clients desired.

    Painted cabinets in a soft white, with a flat panel door and drawer were chosen for the perimeter.  For contrast, Hickory wood with medium brown stain was used for the island. Stacked crown moldings provide the perfect finishing touch.

    New oak flooring was added to the kitchen and a gray stain color was used for an updated look.

    Quartz countertops that mimic the look of Carrera Marble were chosen for their durability and timeless beauty.  The soft gray movement in the quartz marries perfectly with the cabinetry colors. This adds cool texture without detracting from the cabinetry.

  • 2016 Gold Kitchen $60,001 - $100,000

    With grown and flown kids, this couple decided it was time to down size. After purchasing this lake side condo, the couple wanted the kitchen and dining area remodeled before moving in.  The owners wanted updated finishes and an open floor plan.

    The main focal point wall was reconfigured slightly, bringing the cabinets to the ceiling, adding a decorative wood hood, glass doors over the sink, and plenty of storage. New oak flooring was added and blended in with the existing wood flooring in the rest of the unit.  Quartz countertops were chosen for their durability.

    Non-load bearing walls were opened up to create a large space which allows for an island with seating on 3 sides.  This was specifically asked for by the client, to create an atmosphere for convenient conversation.

  • 2016 Bronze Kitchen $30,000 - $60,000

    This couple loves their neighborhood and their house, but hated the finishes in their kitchen. While the layout was functionally great, the finishes were dated and tired.

    Earthy, simple, bright and clean. These were the keywords repeated over and over in designing this kitchen. The existing layout worked well for the couple.

    Bright, clean Shaker style cabinets paired with a warm grey quartz top complement the warm earthy tones in the floor tile. Removing the faux stone paneling on the walls simplify the space. And the warm grey wall color unifies the overall look.

    The couple loves the beams in their kitchen ceiling, so altering the ceiling wasn’t included in the scope of work. By using painted cabinets and white subway style backsplash tile, the room feels lighter, brighter and more open.

  • 2016 Bronze Kitchen $30,000 - $60,000

    What to do about a 1970’s kitchen? Remove the soffits and box beams!

    The clients wanted to incorporate a gas cook top along with built in oven and microwave. They also wanted the kitchen to be traditional in detail with easy maintenance. The existing desk was not replaced and repurposed for desired file storage in the kitchen. Two file drawers were created to the left of the ovens for this need.

    The new countertops are quartz and along with the tile backsplash, they have easy to clean low maintenance surfaces.

    It was important to create a space for the center piece of the household, the family dog. When the couple was not at home, the dog was in the kitchen in a dog crate. We created a built in space below a custom pantry for Gillie’s crate. The new kitchen is beautiful, more accessible, and functional. Mom, dad, and Gillie!

  • 2016 Bronze Interior under $75,000

    The homeowners love their house and their kitchen, but hated their eat in table area.

    An area for guest to gather at large family parties was needed as well as more refrigerator storage.  The owner also wanted an enclosed coffee area.  A complete entertaining island and buffet was the answer.

    The island needed to be large enough for many people to gather around. But, it also had to fit in what might be a tight space. The side by side built in refrigerator with narrower doors allowed for the island to be substantial.

    Being from England, the client’s vision of the space had a library feel. Raised panels, stacked crown moldings, decorative furniture base moldings were all included and contributes to the eclectic style already in the homes architecture.

  • 2016 Bronze Bathroom $50,001 - $75,000

    The main goal for this bathroom remodel was to create a bathroom that would be functional for a retired couple that had back problems. She wanted an easy place to shower and a massaging tub to ease her sore back.

    We started with making the shower larger and including a seat with a handheld shower for her. We researched many tubs and found one that was especially comfortable and offered an air massage system to create a spa like atmosphere.

    The design selections were made to give a contemporary spa like feel. Quartz countertops were selected for ease of maintenance. Dark cabinetry sets off the lighter countertop and tile. The cabinetry color was selected to go with the homeowner’s bedroom furniture.

  • 2016 Bronze Bathroom under $50,001 - $75,000

    The ultimate goal of the bathroom expansion in the basement of this condo was to add a luxuriously sized massaging bathtub.

    Because of the condo regulations, they were unable to add an outdoor tub to their home. We decided we could do that very thing inside. We needed to overcome many obstacles in the process. He wanted a man cave and she wanted only clean simple lines.

    We blended the two desires to create a rustic elegant feel for the bathroom. The finished look also blends in well with the previous basement remodel. The materials were selected to fit this overall style; multi colored flagstone slate floors, dark stained rustic alder cabinetry, and a feature wall of matching stacked stone tile.

  • 2016 Bronze Bathroom under $25,000

    The old tiles in the tub were falling down.

    We had challenges in the remodeling process with the time intensive removal of 3” of mud set tile on the floor and additional mud set tile on the walls. The walls surrounding the old tub/shower unit had years of water damage and required some rebuilding and reframing work as well.

    After bringing everything up to current codes and rebuilding the room we were able to address the homeowner’s desires for a warm contemporary look for her 1960’s home. We met that with flat panel textured laminate cabinetry, large format tile on the floors and walls and a dark band of decorative tile to accent around the room. The homeowner’s bold style is echoed in the large print shower curtain.

  • 2016 Bronze Bathroom $25,000 - $50,000

    After purchasing her parent’s home, she needed to remodel the bathroom. Move the toilet from behind the door and increase the space at the sinks. And most importantly, update the finishes from the 1950’s tile in the bathroom.

    The owner wanted a light, warm, pretty bathroom. Antique white cabinets with a chocolate glaze are accented by the glass and stone mosaic accent wall. The taller vanity cabinets along with the counter top cabinet maximize storage in the bathroom.

    Quartz counter tops are easy to maintain, as well as the porcelain tiles on the floor.

    More lighting at the vanity increases the overall brightness of the room. Oil rubbed bronze fixtures give the room a traditional feel, while the square sinks, beveled mirrors and mosaic tile keep the room fresh!

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