• It’s all about the lake!

    The feel of the home is exactly what we were trying to achieve, with the focus on the lake and a peaceful and calm retreat that we and any guests can feel relaxed in.

Our clients’ story told in their own words:

Vive really was able to make our vision become a reality.

When we purchased our lake home, our plan was to use the property for five years before embarking on a remodel.  However, the number of items we’d have to fix to make it a place we’d want to use during those five years just kept adding up. So, we decided to look into the process and cost of remodeling. Our realtor brought up Vive Home Transformations as an option. I immediately felt at ease with Jen on our first visit. I thought that she would work with me to achieve the vision that had immediately sprung into my head when I first toured the property, and help me bring it to fruition.

lake home with dark siding

The exterior was very dark.


The first floor felt closed off and was very dated.

family room with dark wood walls

The basement was also really dark.

We originally wanted to gut the downstairs (which I felt was unusable) and touch up the upstairs. It became evident pretty quickly, even during that initial conversation with Vive, that the property needed a lot of work, and that by doing the whole remodel at once, we could save a bit of money (and a whole lot of frustration) if we went all in. The biggest decision we had to make was whether this would be a vacation home only or a place that we’d eventually use as a home base, because that would change the way we remodeled, both in layout and in quality of everything that went into the house.

The exterior really needed a makeover.

The 1960s exterior was very dark and dated, and the deck wasn’t safe to walk on. Vive updated the exterior with new siding, replaced the deck and front porch and installed all new windows. The best feature is a custom drink rail on the deck for entertaining guests lake side. Another creative aspect on the exterior is the screen porch was transformed into a much-needed cold storage space.

lake house with screen porch under the deck

The front porch and screen porch underneath.

two story home

The exterior was updated and has a new front porch with cold storage underneath.

front entry with yellow door

The front entry is now bright and welcoming.

lake home with dark siding before

The deck was failing and unsafe to walk on.

lake house with deck

We now have a new deck with stairs.

lake and deck with drink rail

The custom drink rail is perfect for entertaining.

  • Designed with future use in mind.

    We wanted the house to work for “lake life” but not lose sight of the fact that at some point it had to become our primary home.

We wanted the second floor to include our master suite so it was near the main living spaces – the kitchen and great room. We wanted the first floor to accommodate as many guests as possible and work well as an entertainment space. But we had to work around the fact that we couldn’t increase the size of the home. Vive was so creative, designing a renovated layout that would make all of this happen within the existing footprint.

We could tell Vive was invested in figuring out how to make nonstandard requests work. We appreciated that for every challenge, Vive as well as subcontractors were willing to talk us through the concerns and adjust when we needed to. There were points of frustration, but even on those days, we knew that because of the work we were seeing, the final result that was coming was going to be amazing, and we had total trust that we were going to be happy.

Vive was very open to requests along the way and figuring out how to make something work so we could maximize the space, take advantage of things we discovered, and keep the “quirks” of remodeling to a minimum.

dark interior before remodel

The entry was closed off.

great room with dark paneling

The paneling made the space feel so dark.

kitchen with wood ceiling and white cabinetry

The kitchen was very dated and closed off.

kitchen counter and sun porch with dark beams

The sun porch before.

sun porch

A view of the sun porch and lake view before.

great room with lake view

Opening up the entry makes the first floor feel brighter and more open.

first floor remodel

Our updated space is brighter and more open.

kitchen with gray island cabinetry

Our new kitchen is open and has a large island.

sun porch with wrapped timber beams

The wider doorway really opened up the space.

sun porch with timber beams

We love the improved view of the lake.

It feels like a completely new home!

Vive ultimately updated everything in the home except two great room windows, the exterior chimney and stone accents, and interior fireplace stone. The old and dark is now bright and modern. The lake views were maximized on both floors. A new master suite and office, second guest bedroom, functional storage and a second bathroom were created, and the bar was expanded.

The feel of the home is exactly what we were trying to achieve, with the focus on the lake and a peaceful and calm retreat that we and any guests can feel relaxed in. My favorite area is the upstairs open space that encompasses the kitchen, living room and sunroom because the lake view is accessible from all spots. My husband loves the bar area because he can have a larger gathering than we ever dreamed possible in what was originally a small, cramped space.

entry with sliding barn door

Our updated entry and new office with sliding barn doors.

powder bathroom

The powder bathroom and storage nook.

master bedroom with wood tongue and groove ceiling

Two bedrooms were combined to create our master suite.

modern bathroom with white cabinetry

Our new master bathroom with large shower.

bar and lakeside family room

The bar and family room have a wonderful view of the lake.

bar after remodel

The new bar is perfect for entertaining guests.

master bedroom

We love that the new guest bedroom has a view of the lake.

bathroom and laundry room

The new guest bathroom and laundry room.

  • Vive really was able to make our vision become a reality.

    Even with high expectations, Vive blew us away. We have encouraged friends considering renovations to trust Vive with their project.

Explore this award winning transformation on a virtual home tour guided by Vive Home Transformations Sales Representative Joel Geissbuhler in partnership with NARI of Madison.

View additional before and after photos and details in the project gallery.

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