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Design Trends: Custom Home Bars

As interior trends become more focused on expressing individual lifestyles and open-concept layouts continue to ascend in popularity, it only makes sense that custom bars are enjoying a design resurgence. Traditionally associated with more formal entertaining styles, the classic bar cart or wet bar area are both making major comebacks in recent years. Whether combined with a media room, game area, man cave, or incorporated into the main living space, creative bars are a great addition to any home’s hosting setup! When designed thoughtfully, bars aren’t just good for happy hours or cocktail parties; they’re extra kitchen or buffet space, flexibly …Read More

Project Feature: Modern and Classic Basement

Built in 1939, this family was ready to give the basement of their Minneapolis Tudor a facelift. The chief goals of this project were to add a bathroom, office, and finish off the cozy rec room. Most challenging by far was the 3/4 bath and curbless shower, it was difficult to make space for the shower, but we made it work! This modern bathroom is filled with classic accents, such as the french gold Kohler faucet (a new color), dark (heated!) hexagon floor tile, and white subway tile walls. To execute the unique walk-in shower, we used a Coastal brand shower …Read More

The Decked Out Pantry: Creative Design Tips

Organized storage is an essential building block of all interior design, but it’s perhaps most vital in kitchen planning. No other room in your home requires near constant venturing back and forth between spaces. Kitchens are a busy, nonstop mix of all sorts of tasks, from cooking to hosting to homework – every aspect of family life takes place in them. The downside to all of this action is if your kitchen’s functional areas aren’t up to par, things start to feel crowded and inconvenient real quick! Obviously, a smart layout and quality cabinetry are both huge parts of the …Read More

Tiny Bedrooms: Tricks of the Trade

When it comes to organizing and bettering at home, the bedroom often gets the short end of the stick. It’s certainly understandable. If hosting is your motivation for remodeling, then the kitchen, living room, dining room, or even basement would be a better place to start. However, there’s no reason to resign yourself to begin and end each day in poorly designed, less than functional space. Your bedroom should be a haven of tranquility and peace – a cherished personal oasis. Even if you’re working with a pint-sized space, a smart remodeler or designer can help you maximize every last …Read More

Project Feature: Sunny Kitchen Remodel

2016 was a busy year for us – we collaborated with clients on some truly stunning remodels! Keep an eye on our blog over the next few months; we’ll be sharing each of these exciting projects. To kick things off, we’re shining a spotlight on this bright, welcoming kitchen update! Our mission for this room was to open up the floor plan – make it feel light, functional, and flowing. To achieve this, we removed a peninsula and upper cabinets that previously secluded the cooking space. (They were located off of the counter where the TV sits now.) The clients …Read More

Best Bathroom Design Trends

As interior design practices evolve, some rooms seem more subject to fads than others. Often approached with a more utilitarian mindset, bathrooms can be left behind during remodels. After withstanding decades of bland style, bathrooms are finally getting in on the fun! Larger interior trends are popping up more in bathrooms; creating playful spaces filled with personality. Does your bathroom need a little new life breathed into it? There are endless ways to make a design impression! However, in an attempt to not overwhelm you with information, we’ve pulled together our top 5 favorite recent bathroom trends. Any of these ideas are sure …Read More

What Makes NARI a Great Resource?

If you’re new to the remodeling world, then negotiating its ins and outs can feel like a daunting task! Certainly, an expert contractor can guide you through the complex terrain of home improvement projects. However, there are plenty of steps you can take to arm yourself with helpful information before ever meeting with a certified professional. One fantastic resource that we often recommend to our clients is the National Association of the Remodeling Industry’s website or NARI for short. A hub for all things related to remodeling, NARI’s website is an excellent place to get started. From image galleries abounding with inspiration …Read More

When You Should Remodel Instead of Move

It’s the age-old question that plagues homeowners, remodel or move? There’s no right or wrong answer, every family has different needs, and every home has varying advantages and drawbacks. While deciding whether or not to move is ultimately a deeply personal choice, we’d like to offer our expertise to anyone that’s still on the fence. Below we’ve gathered the top 4 factors we think homeowners should consider before opting to pull up stakes and move! Convenience. Remodeling certainly requires equal measures of patience and perspective, but moving is an entirely different animal. If you’ve lived in the same home for decades, moving is …Read More

When NOT to DIY: Projects Worth Calling in the Professionals

We live in an age of endless information, at a given moment any topic can be thoroughly researched on the internet. With all of this available knowledge it can be tempting for homeowners to tackle projects that might be out of their depth. Certainly there are plenty of updates and upgrades that are DIY friendly, but some can be difficult or even downright dangerous when attempted by a non-expert. The desire to save money is a legitimate one, but some projects are simply best left to the professionals. Below are four home upgrades we’d advise approaching with prudence, and better …Read More

Creating a Home Office that Works for You

The home office is on the rise, according to the site Business to Community, one in every five people are estimated to be working from home at least one day a week. Working from home has a lot of benefits: a flexible schedule, lack of commute time, and an increased work/life balance. However, as wonderful as telecommuting can be, its virtues can easily be overshadowed by a bad home office. Whether it’s too cramped, dark, or disorganized, a poor environment can sour any blissful work from home plans. Looking to upgrade your current home office situation? Check out our tips below before …Read More