Qualified Remodeler Magazine

FEB 2015

Qualified Remodeler helps independent remodeling firms to survive, become more professional and more profitable by providing must-have business information, namely best business practices, new product information and timely design ideas.

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ore than 400 lbs. of dog made for a twice-a-day feeding frenzy at the home of two Racine, Wis., veterinarians. Looking to increase comfort and ef- fciency for themselves and their dogs — two golden retrievers and three fat-coated retrievers — the homeowners decided to re- model the kitchen and add an adjacent mudroom with the dogs' needs at the forefront of design. Joseph J. Klein, CKBR, UDCP, director of design at Wauwatosa, Wis.-based S.J. Janis Co. Inc. took the lead. A dog owner himself, he explains the cramped conditions of the outdated kitchen. "Tey had a peninsula. Te space was dark, cramped, and the homeowners were constantly tripping over the dogs. It was too congested. It didn't work well for them, their dogs and their cat," he states. "Of course, the cat runs the show," Klein adds. DOG DESIGNS Te 125-sq.-ft. mudroom design was dictated by the dogs' needs. Te pre-existing mudroom was several steps down from the kitchen and about half the size as the new one. Te previous swinging door connecting the two areas was scratched and difcult to keep clean. "It didn't work," Klein simply states. When designing the new mudroom, Klein specifed a high-quality door to keep separation clear when the A job for the dogs Accommodating man's best friend was paramount when remodeling a Wisconsin kitchen and mudroom By Laurie Banyay M 30 February 2015 QR QualifiedRemodeler.com | ForResidentialPros.com PROJECTS: Kitchen Solutions

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