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The kitchen, as we all know, is where people congregate at any gathering. The importance of the kitchen, as well as the technologies available to make our lives more convenient, have evolved over the years. The kitchen has changed from a utilitarian space that was often delegated the "leftover" main floor space to a modern-day gathering place and the focal point of your home. Let our award-winning designers and craftsmen help you create the kitchen of your dreams!

Kitchen Makeover

A makeover is a simpler form of a kitchen remodel, and normally involves saving the cabinets and updating parts of the kitchen. Makeovers range from replacing countertops to major projects that change spaces and transform styles. Please visit our Kitchen Makeover Projects page for more information.


Kitchen Remodel

A kitchen remodel starts by gutting the space to the studs to allow for a brand new kitchen. Kitchen additions are common in older homes where space was at a premium when the home was constructed, and kitchen and dining space was often undervalued. From small cantilevered additions to two-story additions, kitchens are often the reason we add on to our homes. Removing a wall is an easier project than an addition, but often creates the same effect by connecting two spaces where the sum is greater than the two individual units.


Featured Projects:


Featured Project 1

DESIGNER: Amy Hinck

Like most story and ½ homes in the Twin Cities, this Minneapolis kitchen was very cramped and closed off. After a few iterations of conceptual plans, the clients decided to go for the biggest change. In order to achieve the best layout, we removed the wall between the dining room and kitchen, moved the existing window on the side wall down a few feet, and changed out the dining room windows to a set of French doors. The homeowners are completely thrilled with the outcome. They are impressed with the way the hardwood floors were toothed in and refinished and they absolutely love the natural cherry cabinetry, Cambria perimeter countertops, and butcher-block island top. Details that were incorporated in this remodel were the wine rack, dishwasher panel, and bold tile backsplash.

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Featured Project 2

DESIGNER: Amy Hinck

The owners of this Maplewood kitchen were looking for more functional cabinetry space, and wanted to get rid of the dated wallpaper and soffits. They desired a neutral look. Removing the few small interior walls in the kitchen really opened things up and allowed us to incorporate a pantry, a cabinet for coat/shoe/mail storage, and a coffee station. We also changed the spacing at the range/ref. wall to incorporate a lazy susan and upper corner cabinet with hinged doors for improved access. Rather than doors under the sink, drawers were created. The clients chose a beautiful granite countertop and more modern linen textured tile backsplash. We also tied the dining room and living room in to the new kitchen remodel by replacing all the flooring, repairing/retexturing the ceilings, painting the rooms, and replacing the living room railing.

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Featured Project 3

DESIGNER: Amy Hinck

This Roseville house saw a major transformation. The clients changed out their furnace and water heater to direct vent, so we were able to remove the chimney that was separating the kitchen and family room. We also removed the wall between the kitchen and family room and repurposed the rooms. A partition wall was created to form a mudroom area near the door from the garage. The dining table that used to sit in the kitchen was then moved to the former family room space. Since we removed one major wall of the kitchen and another partial wall, we needed to be creative with storage. We removed the front closet that was underutilized, and turned it into pantry storage accessible from the kitchen side. We also created a large custom island that includes a slide in range, trash pull-out, and large pot and pan drawers. The black color of the island stands out well against the new maple laminate flooring and budget conscious IKEA cabinetry in the rest of the kitchen. This family of four is loving the functionality and can’t believe it is their house! 

Check out our inspiration board here: http://www.pinterest.com/blonigen3764/minnetonka-main-floor-bathroom/

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Featured Project 4

DESIGNER: CBR

The owners of this charming 1926 Tudor in South Minneapolis wanted a few simple updates for their kitchen, which had been remodeled fairly recently by a previous owner. The layout worked well and the cabinetry was in good shape, but the space felt dark and dated. The dark green laminate countertops and integrated backsplash were removed and replaced with new laminate countertops in a lighter color. They chose a simple 4” backsplash of the same material as the countertops. The existing vinyl floor was removed down to the sub-floor and cheery green Marmoleum was installed. The trim throughout was replaced with new and stained to match. A sleek stainless steel sink and pull-down faucet add a nice touch. The walls were painted a complementary green to pull out the lighter colors in the Marmoleum. All said and done, the homeowners enjoy their cheerful, bright “new” kitchen.

Check out our inspiration board here: http://www.pinterest.com/blonigen3764/falcon-heights-main-floor-bathroom/

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Featured Project 5

DESIGNER: Courtney Walker

The homeowners of this St. Paul home enjoyed their existing kitchen space but wanted to update it and add a few details to make it truly their own. First we added a new kitchen island with 30" deep work surface and 12" deep raised seating area. This new island not only creates more work and seating space but serves as a transitional piece from the kitchen to the dining room. The cabinets were chosen to match existing cabinets and keep the overall kitchen’s original appearance. The homeowners enjoy entertaining, and while the existing bar, that was originally an entertainment center, was great there were a few modifications they desired to maximize its potential. A new sink was installed as well as new Silestone countertop. Finally, the wall mounted shelves were modified to make bar more functional.

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Featured Project 6

DESIGNER: Amy Hinck

These Columbia Heights lake view homeowners were ready to bring their kitchen into the 21st century. The kitchen saw a major transformation while maintaining the same general layout. A new pass through was cut out. Creating views to both the dining room and living room was important for this busy family with 2 young children. The new budget conscious IKEA cabinetry has an inviting glow that sets off the Adura flooring and tile backsplash. The center island which is topped with Corian creates additional prep space. A walk-in pantry was added for storage. The buffet height Cambria countertop at the pass through has a unique rock-face edge profile, mimicking the existing limestone hearth at the fireplace. Cabinetry was also added to the dining room. The earth tones in this kitchen tie the space in beautifully with adjacent rooms.

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Featured Project 7,2013 Home Tour Participant

DESIGNER: Mark Benzell

This entire home needed a lot of attention, both inside and outside. In addition to plaster repairs, refinished flooring and painting in every room of the house, the kitchen was gutted and entirely remodeled. The old doorway between the kitchen and dining room was enlarged to become a spacious archway, visually connecting the kitchen to the main living areas of the main floor. Custom cabinetry, granite countertops, a glass tile backsplash and new appliances retain the charm of the home while bringing the overall look into the 21st Century.

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Featured Project 8

DESIGNER: Emily Blonigen

This 1960’s ranch home in Blaine was ready for a new kitchen that both met the homeowners’ aesthetics and needs. With budget in mind, the decision was made to update existing cabinetry. The perimeter honey oak cabinets were refaced with new doors, drawers, hardware, and quartz countertops for a more contemporary style. A new sleek under-mount sink and industrial faucet were chosen to highlight the slate, glass, and stainless tile backsplash.  The existing peninsula was also refaced with new door/drawer faces and painted a cool gray to contrast the warmth in the space. New Cambria quartz countertops were installed at the peninsula with a custom thickness and sharp edge profile. The new lighting design highlights each aspect of the space and also serves as sculptural art. While the perimeter of the kitchen dawns warmer browns and hints of a cool-gray, the peninsula counters will cooler shades, thus, tying the whole space together. Finally, the fireplace in the living room became a new feature wall. A neutral warm gray textured tile was chosen to help tie the comfortable warmth of the living space and the sophisticated kitchen as one. The overall look is a well-balanced combination of contemporary and traditional design that will grow with the family for years to come.

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Featured Project 9

DESIGNER: Amy Hinck

The homeowner wanted to update her kitchen without completely gutting it. We saved the existing cabinets, sink, faucet, flooring, and wainscot. She loves her new maple butcher block countertops, brick, and pendant lights. The new windows dramatically changed the aesthetics and the kitchen is no longer drafty! A peninsula was created with tapered legs and a unique drop down leaf for extra seating/prep. Other minor updates to the kitchen included removing the popcorn ceiling, painting the walls/soffit/ceiling, making a new valance at the sink, replacing a few drawer boxes and adding soft close glides. Our client was ecstatic with the transformation and can’t wait to work with us again on the next project.

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Featured Project 10, 2013 Home Tour Participant

DESIGNER: Emily Blonigen

NE Minneapolis residence contacted Castle for a whole main floor remodel. Their “to do list” included, remodeling the kitchen, refinishing all hardwood floors, and remodeling the existing main floor bath. The homeowner’s were hoping to gain more storage, open the space for a lighter and brighter feel, and adding function to the kitchen. By relocating the range, closing off an unused pocket door, and opening up the kitchen into the living space we created a more functional layout. Custom cherry cabinets were designed with angled ends to maximize countertop space yet still have a comfortable pathway to the side door. The cabinets were designed for functionality and growth with the family; pull out cabinets were installed in several cabinets including the pantry, tip-out storage at sink, trash/recycling pull out, and two lazy-Susan corners.  Neutral color tones were selected for the Cambria countertops and ceramic backsplash. New natural oak hardwood floors were installed to match the existing hardwood floors in the home. New lighting was selected with a new switching layout for an even more efficient space. The growing family is excited to enjoy the not only beautiful but functional open space. 

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Featured Project 11, 2013 Home Tour Participant

DESIGNER: AMY HINCK

The owners of this 1907 Uptown home came to Castle with a desire to turn their kitchen into a more conventional space that would fit their style while still maintaining the original integrity of the home. By removing walls and making structural changes the refrigerator, cooktop/oven, and sink could finally be in the same room!  Windows and radiators were also moved and updated in order to create this new layout. Meanwhile, a wet bar was installed near the existing sink location, which is now part of the breakfast nook/mudroom. The two original doors to the dining room were kept in place allowing for the circular flow and traditional symmetry. The custom backsplash tiles above the cooktop influenced the color scheme. Meanwhile, flat panel cabinets from Ikea and Granite countertops were installed throughout, creating a warm and up to date atmosphere. Finally, a powder room was added off the breakfast nook/mudroom, tucked away yet in close proximity to the backyard and accessible to guests.  

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Featured Project 12, 2013 Home Tour Participant

DESIGNER: AMY HINCK

With a love for cooking and a desire to entertain family and friends and no true space for two people to comfortably work in their kitchen, the homeowners of this 1925 South Minneapolis home knew remodeling was their only solution. Moving and enlarging the opening between the kitchen and the dining room allowed for a major layout change which increased countertop and storage space in the kitchen and eliminated the awkward corners of dead/wasted space. The sink, range, and refrigerator were all relocated to aid in forming a more functional layout. Utilizing a more compact refrigerator and dishwasher were also key decisions in making this design a reality. The bench seat under the window is dual purpose: seating for guests as well as nice storage. Other features in this kitchen include the butcher block top prep space, wine rack, cookbook storage, and mudroom cabinetry. The mudroom cabinetry includes space for shoes below as well as a key drop area and pull out recycling compartment. The overall color scheme is comprised of white cabinetry, light smoke and steel gray. With the varying shades of grey in the tile backsplash and Zodiaq Calm Springs countertop a very comforting effect is created and its neutrality can be accessorized easily. What was previously an un-functional kitchen is now a perfect space for this young couple and the kitchen ties in much better with the rest of the home.

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Featured Project 13

DESIGNER: EMILY BLONIGEN

The owners of this Shoreview home needed to update their kitchen to better fit their family’s sustainable lifestyle. By removing two walls and adding a South facing bay window, the new space feels bright and inviting. The spacious kitchen allows for multiple people to be in the kitchen comfortably without stepping on anyone’s toes. Adding functionality and seating space, the new island also provides additional counter space for food prep. The island features an open bookshelf for cookbooks and two pull out drawers that hide both trash and recycling receptacles. Keeping with the earth-conscious theme, the homeowners chose recycled glass countertops in two contrasting color selections. The kitchen and dining were highlighted with energy star rated blue accent pendants and a sleek ceiling fan. New oak hardwood floors were installed on the main level and the stairs that bring warmth into the space. The entry way was refreshed with new natural Marmoleum flooring that accents the colors of the kitchen. The homeowners now have a home they will be able to enjoy for many years to come.

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Featured Project 14, 2013 Home Tour Participant

DESIGNER: AMY HINCK

The homeowners of this 1945 Minneapolis home love to cook and entertain and were looking to expand their modestly sized kitchen. First, an 18.5’ x 6’ addition over a crawlspace was added to the rear of the home in order to enlarge the kitchen and dining room.  We matched the existing vinyl siding, aluminum soffit and fascia, and 30 year architectural shingles. To help create a more open layout, the wall between the existing dining room and kitchen was removed. In the kitchen, Chelsea custom Poplar cabinets with a Red Wine stain finish were installed. Cambria countertops were put in with a Kohler under mount double-bowl Silgranit® sink. Detail features include patching and matching the existing plaster cove, a paneled dishwasher, a pantry with pull outs, floating shelves, and numerous other areas with open display shelves. A mosaic tile backsplash with colors that accent the countertop was placed above the range and as a border throughout the rest of the kitchen. The remaining room was painted a warm yellow and the clients couldn’t be happier!

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Featured Project 15

DESIGNER: CBR

By gutting the kitchen to studs Castle was able to install new cabinets, countertops, and flooring was installed to this Shoreview home. The electric was brought up to code, new under cabinet lighting installed and new fixtures over the sink and central lighting were put in place to add overall lighting. The new cabinets have a natural finish bringing in warmth to the space while the new recycled glass countertops reflect light throughout. New luxury vinyl flooring compliments the colors in the kitchen and pulls the space together as a whole. To create a focal point, a unique turquoise tiled backsplash was put in above the range. The new kitchen provides ample storage and is largely more functional than the original space.

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Featured Project 16, 2013 Home Tour Participant

DESIGNER: AMY HINCK

Owners of this Golden Valley home desired a more functional kitchen, reminiscent of the arts and crafts style. An existing peninsula was removed to make room for an island that is backed with a custom flip up bench seat. We also created a table to match the rest of the kitchen, thereby creating an informal eating area. Window sizes were changed at the bay area and a 42” high built-in buffet that stores china was constructed for this space. Outdated wallpaper was removed and the room was painted a warm yellow. The sink remained in the same location, the dishwasher was moved, and the range was moved slightly to gain more countertop space and a functional lazy-susan in the corner. The refrigerator was relocated to abate the bottle neck/lack of work space. A large pantry was also added next to the refrigerator. The pantry is a great storage asset with roll-outs and adjustable shelves and even space for a vacuum. Other valuable features include an appliance garage, garbage/recycling pull-out, large pots and pan drawers, spice rack pull out, and multiple tray dividers. The cabinets are quarter sawn red oak, inset style, with corner pegs in the doors. The flooring is a durable tile that mimics hardwood. There are two tones of granite in the kitchen, and local handmade tiles are utilized in the backsplash design thus bringing the whole room together. Great skill was used behind the scenes in dealing with an out of level floor, pipes and HVAC that were discovered in the soffits and needed to be moved, and such intricate cabinetry. We also replaced flooring, doors, and trim throughout most of the first floor. These clients are very happy with the overall design and look!

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Featured Project 17

Designer: Courtney Walker

Homeowners of this 1924 Brookstone flat were looking to open up their main living space to help make their place feel bigger. By removing the existing wall that divided the kitchen and dining room, a large open floor plan was created. To help maintain structural integrity a new arch way was crafted in the walls place, it was designed to match the existing living room archway exactly and helps define three separate spaces in the open floor plan. The open shelving in the kitchen provides ample storage and really shows off the homeowners dishes. Mimicking that same feeling, an existing closet was turned into an office with open shelving above a new desk. The existing pantry was torn out and the walls opened up to create space for the refrigerator and a more functional pantry cabinet. Shelving was also added to the hall closet to add more storage and is closed off by a curtain.

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Featured Project 18

Designer: Amy Hinck

The owners of this 1956 Brooklyn Park home called us in to create a more functional and updated kitchen. They entertain and cook a lot, so requested that we add more countertop space, utilize the wasted area in front of the sliding glass door, and maximize storage. They also had a great inspiration photo that helped us to create the warm yet sleek look. The kitchen received a major transformation with the dark hickory chocolate frameless cabinetry and contrasting high gloss white doors and quartz countertops. By moving the refrigerator the owners gained workspace on either side of the new gas range.  We placed an angled peninsula near the sliding glass door. The peninsula provides seating for two, great working space, and cabinetry with roll-outs.  An existing closet was transformed into a functional pantry, adding drawers to the base and roll-outs behind the upper doors. Under cab lighting, pendants, and puck lights supplement the recess lights without overwhelming the room. Other unique features in this kitchen are the essentially hidden Broan Elite range hood, the Mirabelle spring-style single handle faucet, under counter water purification system and the beautiful linear marble backsplash. 

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Featured Project 19

Designer: Mark Benzell

This late 70's Bloomington suburban home had a confining U shaped kitchen with outdated cabinetry and countertops. An adjoining informal dining area and family room also needed modernizing. The new configuration expanded the size of the kitchen, providing for a more open kitchen plan with vastly improved functionality. The family room was slightly downsized but better integrated into the kitchen and dining areas, allowing for a separate built-in buffet and countertop. Beautiful cherry cabinetry and Cambria countertops provide a rich contrast to oak hardwood floors. Updated lighting features brighten the entire space and a new, larger patio door and window above the sink bring in ample southern sunlight.

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Featured Project 20

Designer: CBR

This mid century modern rambler in St. Anthony Village was in need of an update. The homeowner wanted a transformation that she would love for many years to come. The cabinets were removed and new modern frameless Maple flat slab style cabinets and a combination of Granite and Butcher Block countertops were installed. A tile backsplash was installed that matches the tile that was used to cover the dated brick on the fireplace.

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Featured Project 21

Designer: CBR

This condo in NE Minneapolis' Windom neighborhood was built in the early 1990's and had already become dated with blond oak cabinets. The homeowner wanted a transformation that she would love for many years to come. The cabinets were removed and new modern frameless Alder flat slab style cabinets and Corian countertops were installed. A glass tile backsplash was installed to compliment the decorative stained glass panel that was installed in the upper cabinet door.

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Featured Project 22

Designer: CBR

This Kitchen, a small galley that is about 8'x11', was gutted to the studs. A door to the hallway was closed off and an arched opening was added to the living room as well as through to the dining room. New Shaker-style maple cabinets with laminate countertops, a stainless steel undermount sink, and appliances were installed. A large pantry cabinet was added near the back door and a unique and colorful VCT floor covering was installed to finish the space.

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Featured Project 23

Designer: CBR

This outdated dysfunctional kitchen badly needed remodeling. The range had broke and it was time for a remodel. A wall between the living room and kitchen was removed to open the space as well as a dividing wall to the back entry. Removing the walls has created a family gathering space that is ideal for entertaining. Complimentary shades of Castle Custom Cabinets were juxtaposed on the walls and island to create a classic yet modern feel. Two contrasting Cambria countertops were used along with a multi colored custom designed back splash of hand made tiles. Under cabinet lighting highlights this gorgeous tile showpiece of the kitchen. Lighting fixtures were selected for their traditional design statement. The floor although it appears to be wood is actually high durability luxury vinyl in a simulated burl wood grain finish. This newly finished kitchen is now the highlight of the home.

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Featured Project 24

Designer: CBR

This 1947 home that a kitchen addition was added in 1965. The homeowners have remodeled and reconfigured, new windows, doors, and trim. The kitchen was the only remaining area in need of an update. After years of thinking and planning the owners were able to realize their goals and tie the whole house together. This one of a kind kitchen is perfect for entertaining and great for serious cooking. The kitchen features a combination of maple and cherry cabinets, by Castle Custom Cabinets, Cambria countertops, Kohler sinks and faucets, and white oak hardwood floors that uniquely transition to the back entry slate flooring. An eclectic style compliments the rest of the home while maintaining the integrity of the original house.

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Featured Project 25

Designer: Loren Schirber

NARI Contractor of the Year (COTY) Award-Winning Kitchen! This kitchen is located in the second floor of a South Minneapolis brownstone built in 1888. The kitchen was gutted to the studs, a doorway was moved to relocate traffic out of the kitchen, and some space was stolen from the bedroom to allow the refrigerator to recess through the wall. A dishwasher and a washer/dryer unit were worked into the space and a small corner sink was added. A cook top range, a separate wall oven, and semi-custom box cabinets were installed to maximize storage space. As a decorative touch, a set of three uniquely shaped recessed niches were incorporated into the soffit. A new ceiling-mounted three-light decorative fixture was installed for general lighting, several under cabinet lights were installed as task lighting, and rope lighting was installed through the decorative recessed niches to help draw attention to the spaces.

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Featured Project 26

Designer: Loren Schirber

The kitchen, rear entry, and eat-in space were gutted to the studs. The homeowner removed the existing sheetrock and wall insulation as well as the 9" x 9" asbestos floor tile. The kitchen was remodeled and an eat-in area and a rear entry were added. A dishwasher was installed along with new simple box cabinets and laminate countertops. Storage space was maximized with large pantry cabinets. New hardwood floors were installed.

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