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Sanctuary in the sky
When a place has been trapped in a time warp, the transformation takes some elbow grease - and has a rewarding result.
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 Woodworx, Rightway Plumbing, H & J Electric

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

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

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

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.


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.

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.

Simple updates make a big difference


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

Kitchen in St. Paul


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.

Family Room in Edina


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.

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.


Construction drawings for farmhouse


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.

Before and after examples

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

Other examples of work

Here are some other images from past projects.


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