A Drab Kitchen Gets a Bright Makeover to Open up the Views

From dark and claustrophobic to open and bright, a kitchen gets a complete transformation. The result: refocusing on magnificent views both inside and out.


Jedan Brothers Contracting reconfigured the entire main floor of a mountain-view home, transforming the space from a cramped series of small rooms into a bright, open kitchen and living/dining space.

1. Paul & Katrina’s Home – Before

A claustrophobic kitchen layout had this couple at wit’s end during meal prep times and especially when they were entertaining. Also, a wall blocked the kitchen from the rest of the home’s living space, which made for a chopped-up, closed-in feeling. That, in addition to a walled-in, separate pantry room, made that section of their home feel smaller than it really was.

The whole setup felt dated and was inconvenient for entertaining and for family gatherings. During holidays, the poorly laid out kitchen was either crammed with eight or ten people or almost empty, as Katrina worked in isolation to prepare the meal while the rest of the guests gathered in the separate living area.

The homeowners also felt that adding more light would benefit not just the kitchen but the entire living and dining spaces downstairs.

Paul and Katrina had a short yet ambitious list of requirements:

  • Remove the pantry without sacrificing storage space
  • Have 2 sinks and 2 dishwashers
  • Get in more natural light
  • Remove walls

Two of Paul and Katrina’s requirements — expanding into the pantry and getting in more natural
light — were supported by a third requirement: to remove walls. And, in turn, this requirement dovetailed perfectly with an unstated goal of theirs: to never feel claustrophobic again while standing in their kitchen.

2. The Initial Plan

The homeowners had heard about JBC from a neighbour who’d been impressed with the work done on her bathroom. They contacted JBC, who met with them within a few days and started crafting a plan for their kitchen.

The initial plan looked like this:

  • Create an open-concept living space. An open layout would allow JBC to maximize usage of the space.
  • Add a kitchen island. Since the couple desired more space for cooking and meal prep, one of their requirements was to expand into the pantry. To make up for lost storage space, JBC included the addition of a kitchen island in their plans.
  • Include a sink and dishwasher on the island. Per client requirement, these appliances were added.
    Add more windows. This allowed more natural light into the new space.

3. The Obstacles

The JBC contractor knew right away that Paul and Katrina’s project included a number of obstacles to. From many years of facing similar obstacles in other residential kitchen expansion projects, however, JBC was able to arrive quickly at a viable solution for each problem.

The problems they faced:

  • Electrical. As is often the case with open-concept renovation goals, cordage becomes a major issue. The problem is that when walls are removed, the “container” for electrical wiring goes as well. The result is that contractors have to become clever and knowledgeable about coming up with alternative places to hide cords.
  • Plumbing. In the excitement to plan a new kitchen, most homeowners forget that there’s a lot of back-end work to be done on the plumbing in order to bring it up to code. Paul and Katrina’s plumbing was very old; therefore, resource planning would have to include accommodations for bringing it up to code.
  • Load-bearing walls. Opening up the living/dining/kitchen spaces required the removal of load-bearing walls, which required a restructuring that involved other parts of the home’s structure.

4. The JBC Solution

JBC has worked on several kitchen expansion projects that were very similar to Paul and Katrina’s. The similarities allowed the team to quickly come up with a structural plan so that they could focus their energies on applying creative solutions to the design challenges.

Their solutions:

  • Install two 20 ft steel beams to support the open concept
  • Carry point loads down to the basement, install new footings, and engineer beams and shear walls
  • Install 16 ft window with engineered beam above so they could enjoy the view
  • Redo much of the plumbing
  • Incorporate desk area into open living with hidden space for printer etc., behind the fireplace

After taking the weekend to think it over, the homeowners approved the plan and a budget. Work began the following week, giving the family time to clear out their kitchen cabinets and arrange for kitchen “downtime”, which was kept to a minimum.

During construction, the homeowners and JBC’s onsite manager kept in continuous communication. Obstacles and their solutions were discussed as soon as they arose, especially when it came to those involving the rest of the house — plumbing and load-bearing walls.

The Outcome — From U-Shaped and Dark to Utterly Amazing and Open

The result is a multifunction, open-concept kitchen/dining/living space that puts Paul and Katrina’s needs first. The pantry is gone, and to offset the lost storage space, a multifunction island was created. It serves not only to provide storage but also to house the new sink and dishwasher and to offer seating that faces the expanded view of the lush greenery outside the kitchen windows. The clients were shocked that JBC was able to duplicate the storage space of the pantry with the island, and they love all the natural light the new windows provide.

Because of the new open-concept design, Katrina and Paul are able to stand in one corner of their kitchen and see all the way through to the dining and living spaces. As they move around the house during daily living and especially during meal prep, they no longer feel cramped.

As a result, they are thrilled with the open concept. The entire project was delivered on time and within budget and, overall, exceeded their expectations.

More Than Satisfied

We are more than satisfied with our project. The project exceeded what we imagined it would be. One of the biggest things that stood out was the quality of the work and tradesmen. We felt that everyone who was working on the project had integrity. We would definitely recommend Jedan Brothers for any type of renovation work.

Paul & Katrina


We had Jedan Brothers Contracting renovate our basement from a storage room to a media room and they did an outstanding job. Any friend we have asking for renovation general contractors we highly recommend them.

Meghan H.

We were very pleased with the work done. Dan was professional in every way and the sub trades were friendly, helpful and efficient. The work was completed on time and Dan always returned my calls immediately.

Marthy M.

Our family really loves the new kitchen. It’s so big and bright. There room for everyone! It’s very well laid out. Our teenage kids love to entertain their friends in our new kitchen.


We were very pleased with the quality of work, the fact that it was done in a timely fashion, and within building codes.

Eric M.

We had the pleasure of having Jedan Brothers Contracting renovate our house over the course of 7 months in 2018 and we would not hesitate to recommend them to anyone looking for a great, conscientious and likeable trades team to look after your construction, large or small. 

Our renovation was large and costly and Dan… Read more “Their Work Is Top Notch”

Wendy & Peter

We hired Jedan Brothers Contracting as our general contractor to renovate our entire main floor. Dan and Jesse worked hard to meet our budget and deadlines. They were always available to answer any questions or address any concerns. We knew they had our interests at heart. They demanded a lot from their team of sub-trades… Read more “Exceeded Our Expectation”

Richard & Monica

Dan, Jesse and crew did a fabulous job on updating our kitchen and main bathroom. They were both professional and very personable, allowing for great communication and collaboration. The quote that was provided was very accurate which was very important to us. We were kept up to date on every detail throughout the process and… Read more “Fabulous Job”

Mary & Don

Jedan Brothers Contracting did a large renovation project on an older home that we bought. They were on time, on budget and the end results were fantastic. We would definitely recommend them and use them again!


My wife and I hired Jedan Brothers to build an addition and completely remodel our house, I have 13 years experience in the commercial construction market and have dealt with hundreds of contractors. Dan and Jesse are far and away the best I have dealt with. They gave us a very detailed and accurate quote… Read more “The Best I Have Dealt With”


We contracted Jedan Brothers Contracting to assess, design and process a renovation project within our North Vancouver condominium. The project effectively required a complete update and improvement of the existing structure.

 We were completely satisfied with the results, not only the quality of the finished project, but also the professionalism and intelligent application of expertise… Read more “Completely Satisfied”


Dan and his team delivered our renovation on schedule and on budget. 
They arrived on time each day and were friendly and helpful.
We were in good communication with Dan throughout the whole project and found him to be trustworthy and honest. The crew was cheerful and competent. 
We have since recommended Jedan Brothers to friends… Read more “On Schedule And On Budget”


A key component to an excellent renovator (in addition, to superior workmanship) is to listen and to communicate. Jedan Brothers Contracting, fulfilled all those roles. They kept me up-to-date on the project progress and did not hesitate to touch base with me over the smallest details. Their tradespeople displayed excellent workmanship. My neighbours (I live… Read more “An Excellent Renovator”


We hired Jedan Brothers to renovate our ensuite bathroom and the main floor of our home (including kitchen powder room and front hall). They did a phenomenal job both times of completing the project on time and on budget, troubleshooting for any unexpected/unforeseen issues and communicating regularly with us. They also hired qualified trades and… Read more “Very Happy With The Results”

Carolyn & Eric

Every project we have worked with Jedan brothers has been managed excellently by Dan. I’ve noted his attention to detail and watchfulness over the projects to be sure everything is completed according to plan. I’ve recommended Dan on many occasions to my clients looking for a contractor to manage their project. He is trustworthy, competent… Read more “Highly Skilled”

Sandy - Flooring Supplier

It was a pleasure to work for Dan at Jedan Brothers Contracting. Dan was easy to get a hold of and was very detail orientated. The job site was clean and organized. I would highly recommend Dan and his team for your next project.

Ben - Cabinetry Supplier

We had the pleasure of being hired by Jedan Brothers to install the frameless glass shower doors for a couple of their projects. The professionalism and level or organization that they exhibited was tremendous. The communicated very well on what they expected which made them easy to work for. I would recommend them to anyone… Read more “Easy To Work For”

Craig - Glass & Mirror Supplier

If you are looking to hire a reliable, transparent, and trustworthy quality renovation company you don’t need to look further than Jedan Brothers. I have had the pleasure of working with Dan and Jesse on major home renovation projects. They are hands on, communicate well, meet timelines and budgets, and put their clients needs first.… Read more “Reliable, Transparent And Trustworthy”

Sylvia - Interior Designer

We hired Jedan Brothers to completely remodel our kitchen. Our old kitchen was very poorly laid out and did not work well for our family of five. With the help of a designer we came up with a beautiful and highly functional space that is a vast improvement from what we had before. The old… Read more “Very Communicative”

Lisa & Dave

Complete kitchen renovation, including new hardwood floor throughout entry hall, powder room, kitchen and family room. A very professional company that employs all sub-trades. Project delivered on time and on budget. The company is a member of BBB and gives a 2 year warranty on renovations.


My wife and I just had a completely new kitchen and family room with hardwood floors done by two very pleasant men Jesse and Dan of Jedan Brothers Construction after a total demolition which only took three hours. We were very pleased with the workmanship and oversight of the job. The workmen came when they… Read more “Very Pleased With The Workmanship”

John and Elizabeth

You were very responsive and a great communicator about how and when things were going to happen.

Linda S.

We are more than satisfied with our project. The project exceeded what we imagined it would be. One of the biggest things that stood out was the quality of the work and tradesmen. We felt that everyone who was working on the project had integrity. We would definitely recommend Jedan Brothers for any type of… Read more “More Than Satisfied”

Paul & Katrina

We are pleased to provide this letter of recommendation to Jedan Brothers as well as Dan and Jesse Klassen. We hired them as our general contractor to build a 1,600 sq.ft addition to our home, which included excavation beside the existing structure for a full basement and two levels above. The project cost exceeded half… Read more “High Quality Work and Professional Management”


Jedan Brothers were very professional and we’re very satisfied not just with the results but the whole process. Everything was completed on time and they were definitely on budget. They were excellent communicators and really appreciated that any questions we had they go back to us right away. We would absolutely recommend Jedan Brothers.

Shane & Stephanie

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June 1, 2019