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bar2

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bar3

before bar
before bar

Before the bar, the space was a little-used storage room.

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bar2

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A place to gather!

These homeowners are ready to host parties and good times at their new lower level bar. Making the most of a dark and unused space, it's now a bright and functional space with special display shelves and behind the scenes A/V.

Work by: Core Design Build, Paulson Woodworkx, Rightway Plumbing, H & J Electric

AFTER: stair railing
AFTER: stair railing

A bright and welcoming entry

AFTER: entry
AFTER: entry

BEFORE: dining
BEFORE: dining

Before: The dining area is an alcove between the kitchen and living room.

AFTER: stair railing
AFTER: stair railing

A bright and welcoming entry

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Main level living

 

Cherry cabinets, dark countertops, dusty paint colors are all bound for the dumpster in favor of light, calm colors and a crisp finish.

The home is surrounded by trees - soon it will feel like a restful hideaway in the treetops.

Work by: Core Design Build, Paulson Woodworkx, Rightway Plumbing, H & J Electric

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AFTER 1_

After: A frameless glass enclosure keeps the space feeling open. Red glass mosaic tiles line the shower niche and wake up the calming grays throughout the bathroom.

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AFTER 2_

After: A large rainhead shower is centered in the shower between dimmable lights.

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BEFORE 1_

Before: A former workshop / ping pong room was unfinished in the lower level.

AFTER 1_
AFTER 1_

After: A frameless glass enclosure keeps the space feeling open. Red glass mosaic tiles line the shower niche and wake up the calming grays throughout the bathroom.

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A new office / guest suite

 

The unfinished portion of a lower level finally gets the attention it deserves with a new bathroom and guest room that doubles as a home office. Custom cabinetry are necessary for everything to fit properly and come to life.

The bathroom has a rain shower head and heated floors for extra comfort. A flash of red keeps the tranquil gray from getting too sleepy.

Work by: Core Design Build, Paulson Woodworkx, Rightway Plumbing, H & J Electric, Penguin Insulation, Zahler HVAC

Master bathroom
Master bathroom

Vanity
Vanity

Shower niche
Shower niche

Master bathroom
Master bathroom

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Two updated bathrooms

A Shakopee home has two perfectly functional bathrooms. We take them from plain, builder-grade, to beautiful custom comfort.

Work by: Core Design Build, Paulson Woodworkx, Rightway Plumbing, H & J Electric

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upstairs1

before_living2
before_living2

Before: the living room is ready for furniture - once we get rid of that carpet

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before_sun1

Before: the homeowner wasn't sure how to use the space

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upstairs1

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From just a house to a real home

 

A blank slate that's just waiting for personality - that was the name of the game with this whole-house project. The home has so many things going for it: great layout, a 5-minute drive to downtown Minneapolis, tons of storage, high ceilings and lots of natural light. 

Once the upgrades were complete (extensive custom cabinetry, new trim throughout, new backsplashes and beautiful special-order countertops, a professional-style range top, new and refinished wood floors - I think you get the idea), filling the space with furnishings was the easy part.

 

bath 4
bath 4

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bath1

After: pulling out a large jetted tub and small shower made room for a curbless (barrier-free / walk-in) shower plus a new linen closet. Heated floors throughout the bathroom - including the shower floor and bench

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before_pantry

Before:

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bath 4

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Edina townhome

 

A smart townhouse in a private community that hasn't been updated since the 1990s got a complete overhaul. The work was mainly cosmetic, but there was a lot of it: every surface was touched.

Highlights of the project include refinished floors in a darker stain color, resurfaced walls throughout, updated staircase and additional built-ins. The final result is bright, calm and cozy.

AFTER1
AFTER1

Metallic tiles, also used in the shower, create a backsplash with a touch of shimmer.

AFTER2
AFTER2

Polished chrome knobs in a classic square shape.

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BEFORE1

We're ready to make some changes!

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AFTER1

Metallic tiles, also used in the shower, create a backsplash with a touch of shimmer.

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A welcoming guest bathroom

 

This bathroom was certainly cheery with its yellow and white striped wallpaper, but it was time to make this guest bath into something a little more spa-like.

 

Erica Olson Designs was a design and selections consultant for this project, with McDonald Remodeling doing all the heavy lifting.

 

Now, the homeowners have a steady stream of guests - with a beautiful bathroom all their own.

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after_lower

After: fresh colors, updated finishes

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after_lower1

After: now the inside matches the relaxing pond setting just outside.

before_bar
before_bar

Before: The lower level bar area was ready for an update....

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after_lower

After: fresh colors, updated finishes

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Simple updates make a big difference

 

A lovely setting outdoors, but inside was tired. Easy changes made a big difference.

AFTER1
AFTER1

And here's the finished kitchen - quite a change from the former library!

AFTER2
AFTER2

Cooperation, creativity and perseverance were called in when designing around the kitchen sink and window - neither of which the homeowner wanted to move. A smart plumber and innovative woodworker made it happen!

BEFORE5
BEFORE5

We'll find new homes for all these books!

AFTER1
AFTER1

And here's the finished kitchen - quite a change from the former library!

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Kitchen in St. Paul

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A late-1800s home in St. Paul had some growing to do. With as little structural change as possible, the home became a two-family residence. Previous remodels gave the owners an updated kitchen and additional living area, leaving the older part of the house available for rental tenants.

 

Working on a tight budget we looked from Ikea to outlets and everywhere in between. The result turned a little-used library into an effective use of space for the house’s newest incarnation. Scroll down for before photos and construction drawings.

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AFTER1

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BEFORE1

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AFTER2

AFTER1
AFTER1

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Family Room in Edina

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Challenge: change a family room from an out-dated hodge-podge of storage / playroom / movie theater / whatever the kids are doing, to a warm, comfortable place for the family and their guests to relax, play games, watch movies and have fun!

 

The custom-designed wall of cabinetry has an extended bracket mounted inside so everyone has a great view for movie night. And when the TV isn't in use, it's hidden behind doors.

kitchen complete
kitchen complete

Beautiful (and high functioning) cabinets, yummy-colored tile and a well-planned layout make this small kitchen the life of the party!

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during_cabs1

During: cabinets are going in!

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before_kitchen2

Before:

kitchen complete
kitchen complete

Beautiful (and high functioning) cabinets, yummy-colored tile and a well-planned layout make this small kitchen the life of the party!

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Clear the clutter

An amazing turnaround for a neglected kitchen. With a small footprint to work with, we had to find the best use of space while allowing for easy movement. Mission accomplished.

 

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upper_plan.jpg

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main_plan.jpg

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elev_entry_south.jpg

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upper_plan.jpg

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Construction drawings for farmhouse

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Built in 1977, this barn-shaped farmhouse was ready to move into the 21st century. It was a solid house, but it was time to bring it up to date. The owner wanted a "modern-industrial" feel, which was complimented by the home's open floorplan. Large windows help dissolve the boundary between indoors and out, taking advantage of forest and pasture views.

 

 

Though the general floorplan wasn't modified too much, there was one major change: relocating the two flights of stairs to a new tower built to the side of the home, thus retaining the open feel of the space.

AFTER: kitchen
AFTER: kitchen

BEFORE: kitchen
BEFORE: kitchen

BEFORE: dining room
BEFORE: dining room

AFTER: kitchen
AFTER: kitchen

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Before and after examples

Want to see what an impact working with an interior designer makes? Here are photos that show just that.

Stikwood feature wall
Stikwood feature wall

To give this simple master bedroom extra texture and a rustic feel, we used Stikwood on one wall. What a dramatic effect!

Complete kitchen reconfiguration
Complete kitchen reconfiguration

Built-in master media cabinet
Built-in master media cabinet

Stikwood feature wall
Stikwood feature wall

To give this simple master bedroom extra texture and a rustic feel, we used Stikwood on one wall. What a dramatic effect!

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Other examples of work

Here are some other images from past projects.