Ponte Case Study

The entire main floor of a home is opened up and re-geared for socializing.


When Victor and Nicole decided it was time for something new in their home, they went all out with a total main floor renovation. The project entailed several stages to create an open, airy space that not only worked better for socializing but which also gave the couple more storage space.

1. Victor & Nicole’s Home — Before

Victor and Nicole came to the table with a clear list of objectives. They wanted a kitchen where they could enjoy spending time together and where they could easily entertain friends. The kitchen they presently had was neither because it was not an open concept.

They also felt that their laundry room was not serving its functional purpose because of the way it had been designed. Finally, they wanted their new open concept home to have striking features that highlighted their taste and worked with their social lifestyle.

2. The Initial Plan

Besides the open concept idea, the client requirements included a bigger kitchen island, a wine wall, and an updated laundry room with better storage and an extra closet.

To add a dramatic effect (and more natural light) to the open concept idea, we planned to enlarge an existing, small kitchen window. This would create a grand focal point for the kitchen: a 10-foot, south-facing window. To maximize the beautiful new view, a flush-mount ceiling fan would be installed above the oven. This would serve to open up space and let the natural light flow to other parts of the space.

Next, we planned a 10-foot island with water countertop on both sides. This would become the hub of activity for not just meal prep but also socializing. There would also be all-new Gen Air appliances, including a high-capacity fridge (48 inches wide). To serve their lifestyle and design aesthetics, a tiled wine rack wall feature would be added.

In the dining room, a floating fireplace would be showcased with tile installed mid-way up the wall. Custom cabinetry would frame the fireplace to create another beautiful focal point — this time in the dining area.

3. The Obstacles

During construction, we discovered an enormous nest of carpenter ants. Unfortunately, there was damage which compromised the structural integrity of the main beam of the ground floor of the house.

In addition, the weight of the large-sized new island in the kitchen was a concern. Very often, this is the case in homes where existing floors were not built to accommodate these types of weight loads.

A water leak was discovered in the walls surrounding the chimney.

To create the open concept on the main floor of the home, a wall would need to be removed from between the kitchen and dining areas. However, this wall was where the plumbing was located.

4. The JBC Solution

To accommodate the new 10-foot window in the kitchen, we installed a new beam. The new ceiling fan required us to re-engineer the joists to allow for the hood fan.

For the carpenter ant problem, we removed the existing structural beam entirely and replaced it with a new one.

For the floor under the new heavyweight island, we needed to reinforce the floor. This required us to rip up the existing floor and install additional parallel (beams) to account for the added weight.

For the chimney leak, we re-pointed the mortar on the chimney and installed custom flashing to prevent future leaks.

To accommodate the removal of the wall that contained the plumbing, we re-located the plumbing to another wall.

The Outcome

With a dramatic floor-to-ceiling-effect window anchoring their new open concept home, Victor and Nicole were, needless to say, incredibly happy with the results of the renovation. The expansive kitchen island is not just an upgraded workspace but, because of its size, can also serve as the hub of activity when the couple has friends over for dinner. The south-facing window lets in plenty of natural light during the day and serves as a peaceful nighttime viewpoint as well. The laundry room update has fulfilled its promise of an always-tidy space for the couple to store sundries and keep laundry organized and out of sight.

And the wine wall creates exactly the effect the couple was going for: a special, personalized touch in their home that expressed their taste and their lifestyle emphasis on good times with good friends and family.  Finally, the updated fireplace with custom cabinetry gave the whole open space a finished, custom look that will serve as a beautiful backdrop for life in Victor and Nicole’s home for years to come.

Here’s what the couple had to say:

“We hired Jedan brothers to do a complete renovation of our entire main floor. We are extremely happy with the outcome. Dan and Jesse and their crew were professional and hardworking with excellent quality workmanship. Very rarely did days pass without work being done. When surprise issues arose they were quick to communicate the problem and find solutions. The job was completed ahead of schedule and on budget. We would highly recommend Jedan Brothers to anyone looking for a reliable professional contractor!”


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

August 13, 2019