A Family Home Expands to Fit a Growing Family

From just big enough to expansive and just right, living quarters and bedrooms get a much-needed upgrade and expansion. And, a bonus perk for Dad: new space for the man cave to end all man caves.

Summary: The Ultimate Home Renovation for the Buchanan Family

When the Buchanans realized they and their two daughters were growing out of their home, they knew right away that they wanted to renovate and enlarge. Having immediately dismissed the idea of finding a new home and moving, they quickly dove into plans for an overhaul of their interior space as well as the exterior of their home.

Renovating and expanding would enable them to stay in the home they loved and the neighbourhood where they felt comfortable and safe. Plus, they wanted as little disruption as possible in their busy family life, especially for their daughters, both of whom are in school.

1. The Buchanan Home – Before

Tiny bedrooms for growing girls and a master bedroom that could use more square footage were making the Buchanan family feel like they were busting out of their home. The kitchen wasn’t helping either. It was also too small, leaving the family feeling as if there was nowhere to retreat to that wasn’t cramped. The problem was highlighted by the fact that their belongings were beginning to overwhelm their home. Open space was a premium! Additionally, Mr. Buchanan felt the need for not just more open space but also for his own space.  The final feature on their wishlist was a new look for their home.

Based on these issues and needs, the Buchanans were able to come up with a clearly defined set of goals for their home renovation project:

  1. A much larger kitchen
  2. Bigger bedrooms
  3. More open space in the home
  4. A new exterior with a new color (cultured stone)
  5. A “man cave”

It was easy to see that the family had been thinking carefully and deeply about their needs and goals, which we always welcome, because it helps us better understand how to plan the project for the best outcome – one that makes everyone smile in the end!

2. The Initial Plan

The Buchanans learned about Jedan Brothers Contracting (JBC) after completing their due diligence and asking all their friends and family about contractors in the Lower Mainland. They contacted JBC and made plans to meet. Immediately after the meeting, we started drafting the initial plan for the Buchanan family home renovation. Here’s what that initial plan looked like:

  1. Add 500 square feet
  2. Redo the walls of the entire main level
  3. Completely reconstruct the upper-level layout
  4. Move the kitchen from the front of the house to the back of the house
  5. Increase the size of the kitchen
  6. Change the location of the bedrooms and bathrooms to better utilize the space
  7. Create a wide, open, finished basement space for a future “man cave”

3. The Obstacles

The Buchanans came to Jedan Brothers Contracting with some tall orders and high expectations. We were prepared (and excited!) to meet the challenge they brought to the table. But, like every project, this one came with obstacles – and not just a few of them! Here’s what we were facing at the outset of the Buchanan Family project:

  1. The foundation needed to be excavated for the addition.
  2. The soil removal from the back of the house was a huge problem because of the narrowness of the side yard.
  3. The R-Value specs of the exterior walls were not up to code.
  4. All asbestos had to be removed.
  5. The new layout required significant changes to the existing structure of the house.

The JBC Solution

As usual, JBC applied their experience and tapped into their broad set of skills to come up with some creative and effective solutions for the Buchanan Family Project obstacles.

  1. Excavation & Soil Removal: JBC rented special machinery (a power buggy) and applied some expert excavating experience and skills to move the soil from the back of the house to the side yard.
  2. R-Value Code Issues: JBC sprayed foam on both levels and all exterior walls to bring the house up to code for the new R-Value requirements
  3. Asbestos Problem: JBC altered the initial plan to include time and other resources that would cover a full and compliant asbestos removal plan.
  4. New Layout Complications: JBC re-engineered the structure to facilitate the new layout.

The Outcome – From Bursting at the Seams to Wonderful, New, Open Spaces for Every Member of the Family

The result of JBC’s work is a home that finally feels big enough for the whole Buchanan family. In addition, everyone agrees that the additional square footage resulted in the “open space” feeling that the Buchanans were going for.

In short, the Buchanans were more than pleased with their updated home and the quality of work done by JBC. Here’s what they had to say:

“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 at the outset of the project. Throughout the project, they were always available to answer questions and meet on-site to go over the smallest details. Both Jedan and their subs take great pride in producing high-quality work. We have no reservations in recommending them to anyone doing a renovation project.”

Whether Jack intends to retreat from the world into his fortress of solitude or stock it with vintage wine and a home theatre, the man cave space is now ready to go. We created the space in an ideal location: slightly removed and separate from the rest of the family living space. When Jack feels the need to retreat from a household of females (or when the whole family feels like having a get-together), it’s ready for the finishing touches.

It’s exciting to imagine what they’ll do with the space, but after working with the Buchanans and seeing them in action with their ideas and their openness to creative solutions, we’re sure it’s going to be fantastic!


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

Posted on

June 17, 2019