A New, Open Concept Space With an Exciting Dining Room Transformation

Taking this home from traditional and not entirely functional to modern and multipurpose, JBC was able to turn the main level of this family home into a stunning, versatile space.


A Designated Place to Work (and Work Out) for the Sy-Quia Family

When the Sy-Quia family came to us with their home renovation plans, they were feeling the weight of lots of unused space in their home. Their dining room, which ‘wasn’t used much for its intended purpose: family gatherings over meals.

Plus, like most dining rooms, it was hogging prime “real estate” in their home. They wanted to make better use of this prime location and also make it spectacular-looking because ‘it’s the first room that visitors see. In their eyes, an open-concept design for their main floor would do the trick. As ‘you’ll see, they came up with a few more ideas with the help of Jedan Brother Contracting (JBC).

1. The Sy-Quia Home – Before

The Sy-Quia family had some clear pain points when it came to how they viewed their home in its current state at the beginning of the project. They worked out at home, they did lots of work at home, and the house ‘wasn’t supporting those two activities. Therefore, they had a clear set of goals.

Here’s what they wanted out of their home renovation project:

1. They wanted an open-concept
2. They wanted a space where they could work out
3. They wanted a modern-looking kitchen and living room
4. They wanted a feature wall around a new, large fireplace

2. The Initial Plan

The goals were clear, and the needs were precise. So ‘it’s no surprise that the initial plan for this project was developed quickly.

Together, Dan and Jesse came up with this simple plan:

1. Remove the wall between the kitchen and living room
2. Convert the dining room into a multi-function workout space and office

3. The Obstacles

Like many modern families, the Sy-Quia homeowners wanted to create an open-concept space from one that was currently full of walls. That, along with the second requirement, presented just a few obstacles that Dan and Jesse were able to overcome with the help of their team:

1. Getting a 20-foot beam inside and maneuvering it around the interior of the home presented a logistical challenge because of constraints on space.
2. Such a large beam requires extra support.
3. The open concept plan required a wall to be removed. But that particular wall held electrical and plumbing systems.
4. The water main was in a bad place, where it was exposed to the risk of freezing.

4. The JBC Solution

None of the three obstacles above was anything new for the JBC team. Creating open space concept homes is a routine request, and the team has handled wall removal many times in the past. The 20-foot beam problem was not unique, but it did present some head-scratching and subsequent discussion with the homeowner.

1. The 20-ft Beam Problem. JBC had to knock out the bay window in the living room to get the massive beam inside the house. Then, we made use of special equipment (i.e., Genie lifts) to help us install the beam.

2. Extra Support for the Beam. JBC added concrete footings to reinforce the steel support columns that held up the 20-foot beam.

3. Wall Removal Issue. JBC relocated the electrical and plumbing in the wall that was removed.

4. Water Main Problem. JBC relocated the water main to protect it from freezing. While we were at it, we upgraded the sizing to code-ready 1-inch pipe.

The Outcome

The Sy-Quia family loved the results. The plan had expanded to include a series of design features that truly set up the space in the most beautiful way. Among them were a large new gas fireplace framed by custom cabinetry. JBC framed the fireplace with textured paint walls, resulting in a stylish look that brought character and charm to the new space.

JBC built custom cabinetry was to update and modernize the kitchen. This included a garbage recycling center, spice drawer, pull-out, and even a knife block. To complement the new cabinetry, they also installed a glistening quartz backsplash. And to top it all off, JBC installed a combination of large format tile and engineered hardwood floors.

Other improvements included the installation of a new furnace and new 40-gallon hot water tank.

Here’s what the Sy-Quia family had to say:

“I am so thankful to the brothers Dan & Jesse Klassen for a beautiful and hassle-free renovation of my main floor. Dan used his expertise in project management to provide high-quality tradesmen and suppliers. To Jesse, a well-deserved shout out! He always exuded confidence and acted as a calming influence during times when I second-guessed myself. These are qualities you cannot put a price tag on. As the ad goes, new kitchen – X dollars; open-floor concept – Y dollars; Jesse on-site through it all – PRICELESS!!!”


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 Expectations”

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

I am so thankful to the brothers Dan & Jesse Klassen for a beautiful and hassle-free renovation of my main floor. Dan used his expertise in project management to provide high-quality tradesmen and suppliers. To Jesse, a well-deserved shout out! He always exuded confidence and acted as a calming influence during times when I second-guessed… Read more “Beautiful & Hassle-Free Renovation”


Posted on

September 5, 2019