JZID Project Reveal - Sheffield Avenue

Hello all! Hope everyone is enjoying the start of Fall. We have been super busy with remodels this year that is seems like just yesterday that we met our wonderful clients in Whitefish Bay to discuss their entire home remodel! In reality, we started working on this project in early February and after remodeling the interior and tacking on a new addition of a three-seasons porch, construction ended just a few weeks ago.

We were able to get in and photograph at the perfect time. Now that the weather is getting chillier, I am excited to show you the house that we designed with the concept of perpetual summer in mind. Even though the clients are from Colorado and are used to winters, they really adore a New England Coastal aesthetic. I wanted them to walk into their home and instantly feel like it was summertime all year round!


These before photos were taken after a bit of demo was done, so don’t be fooled by the condemned looking interior rooms. The house was actually livable! My clients enlisted JZID and their contractor, Lakeview Remodeling, to turn this under-2000 square foot bungalow into their downsized dream home.

Dining room off of the kitchen. The built-ins were charming, but not in good condition.

The laundry area and basement were entirely unfinished.

Master bedroom before getting gutted it. Yes, that is a blurred finger in the corner!

The screened-in porch had seen better days!


The goal of this project was for the architect to add more livable square footage to the home. The basement was finished, a bathroom added, the laundry shoot restored, the kitchen was expanded, and the three-seasons porch was redone.

Basement -

Before: The basement was totally unfinished. Concrete floors, low exposed ceilings, and dim lighting.

Main Floor -

Before: The bathroom was separating the kitchen and dining room cutting off lines of sight into the living room.

After: A living area, bathroom, and laundry room were built out. Recessed lighting and wood-wrapped columns were added.

After: The bathroom was moved to right above the master bedroom. It shrunk the dining room but enlarged the kitchen.

Having proper flow and open lines of sight in a small house is crucial. By moving the bathroom, we were able to install a large kitchen with countertop seating. The trade-off was that the dining room only sits 4 people regularly. This wasn’t a big issue for the clients since they are empty nesters and understand that they will need to expand the table into the living room for large holidays.

What isn’t represented in the photos or the plans is that the living room ceiling was originally quite low. The clients got lucky and had a pretty unusable crawl space directly above it that was able to be demoed. The result is a cathedral ceiling in the living room that makes the room feel grand. The addition of faux wood beams to the ceiling give it that extra charm!

The house didn’t become beautiful overnight. Here are some in-progress photos during the rough-in phase. This happened in the middle of last winter so luckily the heat was operational for the crew!


The ultimate goal with the design was create a comfortable home that was rich through material mixing and blended typical Coastal color palettes with Traditional elements. We kept the walls in the main areas light and cool-toned in order to make the space feel larger and to contrast with the dark gray stain on the white oak floors. We mixed Coastal elements of shiplap, nautical-inspired light fixtures, and blue tones with more Traditional patterns like the arabesque on the stair runner, hexagon tile in the upstairs bath, and variations on subway tile on the walls. Our client had existing furniture from Ethan Allen that folded nicely into this aesthetic. The end result is a refreshing home that feels larger than its square footage.

Main Level -

Second Floor -

Basement -

Three-Seasons Porch -


There are more angles and details from this project in our portfolio - check them out here.

Are you interested in buying a fixer-upper and remodeling it into your dream home? JZID can help! Contact us today to get started.