March 2021 | Issue 19
An Inside Look at How to Create an Open-Concept Living Space by Removing Walls
Sweeney team leaders, Dennis Weaver and Rich Deegan walk us through the planning and implementation of this open-concept kitchen remodel.

The homeowners of this ranch-style home wanted to convert their home’s existing closed-off floorplan into a spacious new open kitchen, dining area and great room. Their vision for an open floor plan would require removing a wall that separated the kitchen from the dining room and living area—a wall that was load bearing. In order to remove the load bearing wall, they would need to put a header in the opening to carry the weight of the second floor and roof system.
A Kitchen Remodel Fit for
Entertaining in Sun Prairie
This outgoing family in Sun Prairie loves to entertain. Yet, the current layout of their kitchen and dining room was small and restrictive. It lacked sufficient space to accommodate a large dining room table, which they needed to feed and entertain large groups of people. The size of the kitchen made it not only challenging to prepare food for large groups, it also lacked sufficient storage for entertainment supplies.
Is a Wet Room Right for You?
[Courtesy of Houzz] As open-plan living becomes increasingly popular, it’s no surprise that the concept has extended to the bathroom. For homeowners seeking a serene retreat that feels like a visit to a spa, wet-room-style bathrooms are a natural fit. A wet room can save space and be ideal for aging in place or for people with mobility issues. But there are construction and budget considerations, and the style isn’t for everyone. Here’s a guide to wet room designs and what to know about having one installed.
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Thank you, Megan!
"We have used Sweeney for two large home projects (sunroom remodel and large exterior deck) then a great room remodel (stairs, refinishing of hardwood floors, crown molding, built-in bookcases and mantle, architectural accents). We have the highest expectations for contact, professionalism, craftsmanship, and work quality - Sweeney never disappoints!"
— Megan M., Madison, WI
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