Feel the Flow: A Kitchen Renovation

By Melanie Radzicki McManus | Photography by Shanna Wolf Photography

When Shannon and Thomas Wenisch moved into their Madison home in 2019, a kitchen remodel was a top priority. The space had a poor flow and, at 30-plus years old, was dated. With the help of Linda Sweeney, co-owner of Sweeney Design, the couple assessed the main problems. The refrigerator jutted out into the mudroom entryway — a heavily trafficked area — and no one could stand in front of the oven door when it was opened. The island, a major element, was set too close to the main working areas. A kitchen desk merely collected junk.

The countertops were swapped out with gray-veined marble with aqua splashes, procured from The Granite Shop in Madison. The couple appreciated how the company first showed them which pieces of marble they would use and how they would piece them together so that the veining would match up. Instead of a backsplash comprised of ever-popular subway tile, the Wenisches opted for three-inch hex tiles.

“I love my new kitchen,” Shannon says. “The space functions way better. It makes more sense.”

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