The goal of this project was to redesign this North Minneapolis 1954 home’s kitchen, dining room, and second story into a more functional and enjoyable space. When first working with Castle the homeowners did not know what exactly the possibilities were for a new layout but they were very aware of how poorly functional their existing layout was.
On the second floor a bathroom and two closets were added. The finishes for the space are spa-like, making this master suite into a private, restful oasis.
With the help of Castle, this home now lives up to more of its true potential. Custom kitchen cabinets now extend into the dining room, joining the two spaces and accommodate a group of people to comfortably enjoy cooking and dining together. From the outside it appears as though simple window replacements were completed and from the inside this home has been greatly transformed!
1950’s kitchens need love too… and make great remodels! These homeowners contacted Castle for help on their kitchen remodel. The biggest wish-list item was a larger and more functional kitchen layout (with expanded views into the previously completed rear addition/dining room).
After some conceptual design concepts were assessed, we chose to keep this kitchen’s existing footprint and expand the site lines into the rear dining space with a new drywall opening. We expanded the function of the kitchen by wrapping the peninsula around into the dining room with an additional pantry space for kitchen overflow storage. Each cabinet was well thought out for the homeowners use of the space to include functional storage accessories like plate divides, utensil pull-outs, and trash/recycle bins.
Working with the designer, the homeowners found a beautiful balance of some contemporary aesthetics like the overall color scheme combined with some classic elements such as the detailed cabinetry and herringbone tile backsplash. One of our favorite details in the kitchen is the new tile floor that continues into the dining room. The wood texture plank tile adds depth and texture as well as contrasts nicely with the softer and refined finishes above. New Cambria quartz countertops, new cabinetry, herringbone tile backsplash, new tile floors, custom lighting, and new plumbing fixtures complete the space. The new transitional styled kitchen can grow with the family for many years to come. With a swap out of some furniture the whole space can transition between contemporary or traditional. Truly timeless!
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This very typical, 1947 built, story-and-a-half home in South Minneapolis had a small ‘U’ shaped kitchen adjacent to a similarly small dining room.
These homeowners needed more space to prepare meals and store all the items needed in a modern kitchen. With a standard side entry access there was no more than a landing at the top of the basement stairs – no place to hang coats or even take off shoes!
Many years earlier, a small screened-in porch had been added off the dining room, but it was getting minimal use in our Minnesota climate.
With a new, spacious, family room addition in the place of the old screen porch and a 5’ expansion off the kitchen and side entry, along with removing the wall between the kitchen and the dining room, this home underwent a total transformation. What was once small cramped spaces is now a wide open great room containing kitchen, dining and family gathering spaces. As a bonus, a bright and functional mudroom was included to meet all their active family’s storage needs.
Natural light now flows throughout the space and Carrara marble accents in both the kitchen and around the fireplace tie the rooms together quite nicely! An ample amount of kitchen storage space was gained with Bayer Interior Woods cabinetry and stainless steel appliances are one of many modern conveniences this family can now enjoy daily. The flooring selection (Red Oak hardwood floors) will not only last for decades to come but also adds a warm feel to the whole home.
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For this full kitchen remodel, we filled in one doorway. Doing so then allowed for continuous countertop space between the range and sink and an increase in storage. The dishwasher moved and is now paneled. Open shelving with brackets to display art work/dishes was incorporated. Windows were replaced and exterior walls were spray foamed in order to better the energy efficiency of the house. A Kohler Strive faucet and Vault sink were installed along with Alder cabinetry, Oak natural finish flooring, and gorgeous Atlas Granite countertops.
This addition project added about 375 finished square feet to their existing home with an additional 293 square feet of future finished space in the basement. We removed the old kitchen and added a new, larger kitchen with abundant window and countertop space, a ¾ bathroom, a family room and a mudroom to the home. These new spaces were carefully designed and planned to match the existing character of the home through details like millwork, windows, cabinetry and hardware. The old dining room built in was reused in the new kitchen, and cabinets were integrated seamlessly with the old buffet. In cabinet lighting was added in order to enhance the architectural detail of the buffet and modernize the piece. Classic elements like dark oak were mixed with new painted cabinets, marble-looking quartz counters, sleek new appliances and old style hardware. This mix offers a modern take on craftsman style tradition. The young couple kept the space interesting through modern lighting and will be adding patterns and texture with future wallpaper.
The clients came to Castle Building and Remodeling in need of a Kitchen refresh or remodel. They had lived in their home for over 17 years, and their kitchen was feeling heavy with dark wood millwork and cabinetry, and dated with sterile feeling white tile floor, countertops, and backsplash. They wanted their kitchen to feel more modern and design wise part of the rest of their home. They also wanted to play with open shelving and how that would feel in the space. We took the existing layout of the kitchen and removed all of their existing upper cabinets at their sink, cabinet at their back entrance, base cabinet at their cooktop, appliances (except for their dishwasher and refrigerator), flooring, countertops and worked in their existing footprint. We then replaced their flooring with new Adura Luxury Vinyl Tile, which brings softness to the foot, and easy clean ability. Any cabinetry, whether it be new or existing, was painted Sherwin Williams Extra White. All new backsplash subway tile, open floating shelves, and Cambria New Quay countertops are part of the overall design esthetic. Adding a window pass through at the sink, and creating a new wall where their refrigerator now sits, brings openness to the space. The end result was a more airy modern feeling kitchen, and feels more like the clients’ personality.
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With a growing family the main goal of this project was to create additional living space on the main level. A large, existing three season porch, above the tuck under garage, provided ample square footage to gain four season living space. This allowed the design to remain within the home’s original footprint. About a third of the existing three season porch remained while the rest was converted into a living room. The kitchen space dramatically changed by opening into the new living room, incorporating counter seating, adding an additional 13 linear feet of work surface and an overall replacement of fixtures and finishes. Overall this space now better fits the lifestyle and style of its owners.
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These environmentally conscious homeowners have always hoped for a light and bright kitchen. Having tried new paint and DIY fixes, they knew the next step was a full kitchen remodel. The new kitchen was designed to incorporate more storage, additional countertop space, and a focus on bringing light within the room. White cabinets, custom handmade recycled glass countertops by Dakota Surfaces, and white backsplash surround the room. Bringing in natural light, two additional windows were added with a view of the back yard and two new solatubes were installed for additional natural light. LED solatube light kits were included, LED undercabinet lighting and an LED entry light complete the light package. To tie in the rest of the home, the existing hardwoods were refinished and stained to match the front of the home along with new millwork and trim in coordinating styles. The whole space provides not only a functional space but a wonderful feeling of sunshine when you walk into the room.
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Our clients came to us with a desire to expand what was a fairly small kitchen in a large 1977 home. Many of the main living spaces were unused, so the existing kitchen and former dining room were combined into a new, large kitchen that includes 2 large walnut topped islands, a bar area, and an organizational area for mail and crafts. What was created was a room that allows the family to cook, entertain and play all in one area. The amount of storage space in this kitchen was fully maximized through custom pantry cabinets, pull out accessories and more. The perimeter cabinets were topped off with beautiful, classic Cambria quartz counters that resemble marble – a finish that fits perfectly into this traditionally styled home. The traditional style was played up through unique cement tiles, subway tiles, wired glass cabinet door inserts, a farm style sink, and oil rubbed bronze finishes. The appliances were a definite upgrade as well, reusing the single oven in the island and adding a large 36” range. In the end, this show-stopping kitchen is now a family friendly oasis for everyone from the cooks to the kids.
In planning for the family to grow into their new home, the goal of this project was to set the ideal stage for them to do life and make memories. The primary changes desired was fixture and finish updates. Then, through the design phase, several functional improvements were proposed and decided on. Functional improvements include adjusting the 1954 kitchen layout and adding organizational components.
All in all, this project updated the kitchen, the main floor half bathroom, most of the main floor flooring, refreshed the fireplace, and remodeled the second-floor bathroom. This remodel provides numerous upgrades while remaining true to the home’s original character.
The goal of the homeowner was to modernize and expand the existing kitchen, and open up the space between the kitchen, dining room and living room. There was also a need for a large mudroom and a remodeled basement level. Castle was able to remove most of the walls separating the main floor living spaces and design a new contemporary kitchen that provided lots of added cabinet and countertop space. Walnut cabinetry with a painted pantry cabinet complement Caesarstone countertops and Italian backsplash tile. The entire main floor is open and inviting. Almost 60 sq. ft. was borrowed from the garage to create a spacious mudroom area. The mudroom floor is finished in large, beautiful slate tiles. A new bathroom and media area were added to the basement, along with several new windows that bring in wonderful, natural south and east-facing light.
This 1922 home’s kitchen was due for a functional and aesthetic uplift. The homeowner was unhappy with the layout, so a new layout was designed to streamline usage for modern day living. A chimney that was no longer used was removed in order to create a more open space. The design was created in order to create a warm and inviting space, as well as relate to the home’s traditional styling – old ranch base trim and casing where replaced to match the old existing trim in the rest of the home, and the hardwood floors were installed to match what was in the living and dining room in the front of the house. Traditional light fixtures and handmade tiles round out the timeless details in the renovation. Overall, a neutral color palette allows the wood grain in the cabinetry and the beautiful colors and pattern in the new quartz countertops to shine. The homeowners gained much more usable storage – a large pantry, and cabinet function like the blind corner cabinet shelving system.
The clients came to us looking to refresh their Kitchen and Bathroom. They were happy with their existing layout, but wanted better use of their refrigerator space. The clients were especially concerned with including as many green elements as possible. This included reusing appliances, reusing as much cabinetry as possible, and reusing their Kitchen faucet. Because the cabinetry was in such great condition, we were able to update their look by installing new Full Overlay Shaker Door and Drawer fronts. Two additional green elements to the design of the kitchen space included recycled glass countertops and custom tile backsplash from a local tile artisan – Mercury Mosaics. For the design of the bathroom, we wanted to keep it traditionally charming, with a little bit of Modern flair. We kept the layout the same, but updated the space with new Carrara Marble hexagon tile, white subway tile, new recessed medicine cabinet, and new linen cabinet. The bathroom got a major refresh with new plumbing fixtures and adding a modern streamlined light fixture above the mirror. The overall feel of both spaces feel very modern, crisp and clean, yet warm and inviting.
This project included adding a 2nd floor dormer bathroom to an attic space that already had 2 finished bedrooms, as well as renovating the kitchen. The homeowner was very design savvy and had most of the materials and fixtures selected before coming to Castle.
The kitchen was a full renovation with a new, more functional layout. The cabinets were custom made with traditional details like inset doors and drawers, and stiles that run to the floor to add old character and charm.
The new layout makes the kitchen feel much larger, although no square footage was added or gained from adjoining spaces. A trash/recycling/compost center was added under an existing window, and the homeowner’s original banquette seating area was reinstalled with a new wood top and fresh coat of paint. Soapstone countertops offer a wonderful matte texture that will patina over time. The backsplash is a handmade, traditional craftsman style tile, but in a fresh, modern size to maintain an updated look. Hardwood floors were installed to match the existing in the rest of the home, and traditional fixtures we used to reinforce the old-style charm.
The attic dormer was completed for a new ¾ bathroom on the upper level where the master bedroom was. This modern bathroom oasis features a grand Carrara marble shower with shaving ledge and storage niches, a beautiful porcelain heated tile floor, and new traditional cabinetry to match the new kitchen. The plumbing fixtures, lighting and accessories all enhance the space – adding a little sparkle and keeping with the more traditional feel.
An inset closet and new carpeting were also installed along with the new dormer addition on the 2nd floor finishing out the attic with luxury, comfort and fun accents that reflect the homeowner’s great design eye and personality.
This Lynnhurst home and family were ready for a kitchen update. After living in a tight kitchen with little storage, the homeowners were looking to open walls and add some additional cabinetry. The new kitchen was designed to salvage a few existing cabinets as well as design new storage for the larger kitchen footprint. The new kitchen is open to the existing sunroom addition and dining area for the family to enjoy open living. New hardwood flooring in the kitchen, painted two-tone cabinetry in White and Hale Navy, and walnut counters finish the room. One of our favorite parts of the space is the custom bi-pass pantry storage. Floating shelves and a walnut accent on the back wall really make the storage pop for open or closed storage use. The walnut accent was also carried above the fridge in the wine storage rack. The contrasting colors and materials with the light bright walls create a soothing Scandinavian kitchen design.
Three main things helped improve the openness and functionality of this space. We removed the wall between the dining and kitchen, screening between dining and front entry, and peninsula between the main kitchen space and informal space in the kitchen. There is now a plethora of cabinetry and countertop surfacing. An island now serves as the informal eating location. The kitchen style is very sleek and clean. Green products that were incorporated include the paperstone countertops, recycled content tile, locally made cabinetry, LED light fixtures, no VOC paint, induction cooktop, and energy efficient windows. It was a pleasure to work with these clients and creating a space that they can enjoy for years to come.
Key improvements of this 1938 kitchen remodel involved removing the chimney and the wall that separated the dining room from the kitchen. Appliances were rearranged and new Waypoint cabinets, Cambria countertops, and linear tile backsplash were installed to transform the space. A cute eat-in area with room for two stools was also incorporated. Trim at the existing dining room built ins was modified and the hardwood floors in the dining room and living room were refinished. According to our final survey with this client, our sales and design process was extremely transparent and smooth. During construction they were happy about the project manager’s communication, quality of woodwork, and cleanliness of the jobsite. This remodel was definitely a success story for Castle and the owners of this beautiful Tudor home in NE Minneapolis.
This homeowner fell in love with a white kitchen while traveling around a few Minneapolis and St Paul home shows. Referred to Castle by a past client, she was excited to begin designing her dream kitchen! The new space includes beautiful dark granite counters, custom painted cabinets, Carrara marble backsplash, Restoration Hardware lighting, new hardwoods to match her existing dining and living, and beautiful Benjamin Moore paint colors. This kitchen is not only classic and timeless but also very functional with various work and social spaces. It’s a comfortable and well-organized place for friends and family to gather, with ample storage and lots of character.
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This 1938 South Minneapolis Tudor was ready for a Kitchen remodel that not only improved the aesthetics, but also the function. Luckily, the home was asking for a larger kitchen. By removing what was originally a breakfast room or informal dining, we were able to expand the kitchen for new potential. A new archway was designed to open the new kitchen to the formal dining and living room. We had a small list of “must haves” including a large pantry wall, double oven, and custom bench seating. All new custom cabinetry was designed with practical storage including a lazy susan corner, trash/recycle pull-out, sink tip-out, full extension drawers, shelf pull-outs, silverware organizers, tray tip-up, pocket door appliance garage, a space in the pantry for their vacuum, and a messaging corner. To complement the homes dark woodwork and stone front facade, new porcelain slate tile floors, rich cherry stained cabinets, and natural slate tile backsplash were paired with a neutral Cambria quartz countertop. Fun details were included across the room including a new Kohler cast iron sink, Delta Touch-less faucet, pewter knobs and pulls, bronze lighting, and a rich wall color by Benjamin Moore. The homeowner’s couldn’t be happier and are enjoying the new kitchen with family and friends.
This 1926 Mediterranean Bungalow in the Tangletown neighborhood of South Minneapolis was ready for a new face. The homeowners were very interested in saving the original cabinetry while also updating the space. With keeping the cabinetry, we still wanted to add some additional detail. By applying additional molding cabinetry faces, new oil rubbed bronze hinges and pulls, and by painting the cabinets with a top glaze, the cabinetry now has a new life. One new cabinet was designed to match the existing to the left of the fridge and some modifications were made for a new dishwasher, larger sink, and a copper screen was installed on a base cabinet door to add detail and air-flow to an existing radiator. To top off the newly finished cabinetry, Alaska White granite tops were installed. The gorgeous tops pull the accents of bronze and the glazed cabinetry together perfectly. Kohler faucet and a Blanco Silgranit sink finish off the tops. New lighting, crackled ceramic tile backsplash, and a fresh coat of paint complete the kitchen update. The homeowners couldn’t be happier and now have a classic yet eccentric kitchen to enjoy and share.
This 1916 Arts & Crafts built home needed a larger kitchen and a way to take advantage of the large, south facing back yard. With basement stairs along the south wall of the kitchen, the view was blocked except for a door and a small back porch. Castle collaborated with an architect on this project, and the overall plan is a stunning sunroom and kitchen addition, reconfiguring the basement stairway to keep it out of the line of sight. The new cherry kitchen cabinetry is highly detailed in the Arts & Crafts style as is all of the sunroom oak trim and wainscot paneling. A custom built oak cabinet extends from the kitchen and served as firewood storage, as well as a visual divide to the basement stairs. This is truly a one of a kind feature. The sunroom features a tile floor over radiant floor heating, making this space a very comfortable and well-lit respite. The exterior detailing follows through with the era of the home with the added touch of new soffit and fascia detailing that eventually will be changed throughout the rest of the home.
This small, compartmentalized kitchen was incredibly dysfunctional and closed off from the rest of the home. The homeowners, who are avid cooks and who like to entertain, wanted a kitchen that was easier to make meals in and felt larger. While the footprint remained the same, it was opened up into the dining room and that created a much more open feel. With a window removed, the appliances were moved around to create a functional space full of more usable storage. Even though a window was removed, the kitchen is light and bright from the adjacent rooms that it was opened up to. In the end the design was playful with color yet still maintained traditional charm through cabinet style and details like the arch. Cherry countertops are the star of the kitchen creating a warm, textural space for their family to quality time in.
This 1926 Tudor home has been well maintained throughout the years and while the kitchen had been updated by a previous owner, the current owner knew the kitchen could become even better. Knowing her desires (which include: more storage, fun color, space to display art, durability, versatility and a space designed with the motive to invite people in), the brainstorming began. During brainstorming, an addition of a small, back entry was considered. Though this would accomplish many benefits it was decided that with careful planning great improvements could be made while staying within the original footprint.
All in all, many of the original cabinets were kept, matched and added to. A new range was installed on the opposite wall to allow for a large pantry in its original location. New floating shelving and a curved countertop integrates into the South/east corner which best utilizes the short wall, tight to the window. This curved countertop also allows for a perching spot for the owner’s morning coffee and/or guests to hangout and visit. Now that the remodel is complete, the kitchen better reflects the owners purposeful, hospitable, well-made, fun, colorful, artistic and caring personality!
These clients called Castle in to help create a more functional kitchen. Their refrigerator was in the rear entry, not in the kitchen. The dishwasher was mobile and needed to be moved daily. The countertop area was low and the space between the countertop and upper cabinets was short. We made this kitchen functional, with carefully designed prep space and storage, and an actual working triangle. We also installed an energy efficient window and eco-friendly faucet.
Aesthetics played a key role too. The old dark green cabinets and woodwork are now replaced with light gray and off-white, making for a lighter feeling space. The kitchen remodel was rounded out with cute hardware and light fixtures and is now a room that the owners will enjoy being in. Don’t forget about the rear entry though. As in most Minneapolis homes, the rear entry typically lacks a mudroom. While kitchen space was most important to the clients, we still saved a bit of room for some coordinating shelving and hook strips for practical purposes.
This customer is absolutely ecstatic about her remodel. Her motivation for the project was both function and aesthetics. The kitchen lacked countertop space and practical storage. When Castle showed her a design that incorporated a mudroom/kitchen expansion, she fell in love. This remodel proves that while giving a nod to sustainability with virtually every choice, in pursuit of GreenStar certification, you can still have a gorgeous kitchen. Some unique features include the pass through between the kitchen and rear entry and stacked windows- both let great light filter through the house. More distinctive aspects are the tiered paperstone and marble countertops, custom hickory cabinets with eco resin panels and floating shelves, a ceiling mounted pot rack, recycled end grain hardwood, and smart touch faucet.
We enlarged and opened up the kitchen to adjacent rooms and made the kitchen into a room that has organic design characteristics. From the exterior the addition blends well with the existing facade.
This 1883 Historic Hill home was in desperate need of a kitchen remodel to match the rest of its beautiful Victorian charm. The old floor plan was not functional and did not utilize the space to its full capacity. The house also did not have a bathroom on the main floor, and because there was ample space for a large kitchen, eat in area and some leftover, a powder room was also added.
Attention to traditional details like ribbed glass, marble accents and custom baseboards to match the rest of the home made this project extra special. The floor plan now places the sink with a beautiful view of the backyard and creates a functional work flow area for optimal kitchen use. Because the homeowners also entertain a lot and have grandchildren over often, a kitchen with seating was also important.
There is now an island with seating and an eat in area for quick meals and coffee talk. What was once a closet was also converted to a butler’s pantry for more entertaining and storage space. Overall, the end result is a modern-day kitchen, eat-in dining area and powder room with traditional styling and details which make that area of the house as beautiful in character as the rest of this 133 year old home.
Looking to update their kitchen in design and functionality, but still maintain the character and era of the existing home, the homeowners of this 1887 Victorian in St. Paul came to Castle to turn their dysfunctional kitchen into a space they could truly enjoy. To create a more efficient work triangle, the appliances were relocated and the cabinets were increased. The range was moved from the island to the exterior wall, and by adding a tile backsplash, niche and mantle, it creates a main focal point in the room. The Soapstone countertops add some vintage character to the kitchen. New custom cabinets with a simpler Shaker-style
door and a vintage yellow color, create a bright & fresh space. Meanwhile open shelving was put in next to the fridge to showcase some of the homeowner’s dishes and glassware. The change is drastic and better suits the homeowner’s needs, all while still maintaining original integrity of the home itself.
After living with a less-than-ideal kitchen for two years
& considering an addition to expand, these homeowners hired Castle for design & construction on a full kitchen remodel within the existing home footprint that now feels spacious & like it’s always been. The previous kitchen’s layout was cramped, dark & unworkable for more than one person. A wall was removed between kitchen & dining to increase usable counter space & functionality. This allowed room for stunning locally-built Douglas Fir custom cabinetry that maximizes every possible inch of storage, pristine quartz countertops & Japanese tile backsplash, large triple pane windows custom-designed to let in maximum light, spray-foam insulation & improved ventilation throughout the space & a mid-century lighting package to bring this home up to date while respecting it’s 1940 roots.
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This mid-50’s suburban home, still had the original kitchen cabinets, countertops and appliances and it was very overdue for a remodel. The Homeowners however, wanted to do more than just update their kitchen. Between the kitchen and a large living room and dining room were the basement stairs. Fortunately, an earlier addition to the house included a second set of stairs to the basement, so this stairway was
By eliminating the stairway, Castle was able to expand the kitchen and open it up to rest of the house. With sleek, contemporary walnut cabinetry, a built-in breakfast nook using walnut and hickory and unique
countertop and backsplash tile materials, this is truly a one-of-kind remodel.
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After years of making due with a mere 3’ of countertop on either side of the sink, this baker and chef craved a functional kitchen. The layout initially had a standalone stove, standalone fridge, and one small bank of cabinetry by the sink. There was a cute breakfast nook, but it was underutilized as storage for cookbooks and cookware that had no place in the kitchen. The nook was also home to the roll-away leaky dishwasher that the homeowner mentioned wanting to attach to a trebuchet and catapult out of the kitchen! By simply rotating the top two steps of the basement staircase 90 degrees and taking down the walls from the breakfast nook, we were able to create a new layout that accomplishes all of the homeowners needs. Not only were we able to gain about 14 lineal feet of countertop, but also added tons of storage. There was even room for a wine fridge! The homeowners chose more traditional cabinetry so the kitchen would fit the style of their bungalow, and added some more modern touches including recycled glass countertops and green accent tiles. The kitchen is now ready to prep hundreds of delicious meals!
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This 1940’s Bungalow located in the Como neighborhood of Saint Paul was ready for a Kitchen remodel that not only improved the look, but also the function. To enhance the work flow in the room the refrigerator was moved & a peninsula was added for additional work/storage space. The back wall of the Kitchen was also opened up to the home office & new glass panel barn doors were installed. On the opposite wall of the office a new triple panel sliding patio door was also added which gave the Kitchen a great view of the backyard. All new custom cabinetry went in with a few modifications like upper & lower pullouts next to the range. Recycled glass countertops were then installed with a copper, undermount, apron front sink. The original hardwood floors were uncovered in the eating area of the Kitchen, so new hardwood was installed in the rest of the Kitchen to match & then all of the hardwood floors on the main level were refinished. Along with the Kitchen updates some of the original character of the home was restored when the arches were added to a few of the main floor doorways that had been modified at some point in the past.
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The old kitchen was partitioned into two separate spaces. Sometime after this 1936 home was built, an old breakfast nook was converted during a large addition to the rear of the home. Some additional cabinetry made the space into an extension of the kitchen. The combined space formed a long galley, but didn’t feel like a complete kitchen. Also, the dining room was separated from the kitchen by a swinging door. The Homeowner’s wanted to open up the kitchen to the dining room and combine the two sections of the kitchen into one, new, efficient kitchen with lots of storage, countertop space and improved lighting.
Castle exceeded those desires with a fully integrated kitchen, tastefully connected to the dining room with an open archway and peninsula. A large window scape over the kitchen sink lets in tons of natural light to accent the rich alder cabinetry and hardwood flooring. The entire kitchen is connected by a unique and playful backsplash tile complementing the Cambria countertops.
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This kitchen project started out as a kitchen refresh with the intention of painting existing cabinetry. Upon further budget analysis, the client decided to do a full remodel in order to get the space properly insulated and get fully functioning cabinetry with all the bells and whistles. The client knew for sure they wanted a black countertop, craftsmen elements, classic tile backsplash and a splash of burgundy, since it is her favorite color. The end result is the same layout but with cabinets that utilize all of the space they take up and are more functional through features like lazy susans, spice cabinets and more. We were also able to add a bench and pantry area by the back door for more organized storage. In the end, there are traditional craftsmen elements that are made modern by splashes of color and a little fun by doing two-toned cabinetry. The updated lighting in the space enhances the updated but classic feel and makes the space much lighter and brighter than before.
This kitchen refresh was driven by a passion for cooking as well as accommodating one awesomely large gas range. This kitchen was adapted to tailor the homeowner’s style, size and desire for better functionality. The existing cabinets were painted in a neutral, warm color palette, and eclectic, fun elements were brought in through the custom tile backsplash and a beautiful granite countertops. Some cabinet alterations were made to accommodate a large gas range, island range hood and a revised layout. An overhang into the dining room was also added for barstools so that entertaining was easy while the homeowner’s cook away in the kitchen. The end result is modern and eclectic, reflecting the exciting yet relaxed personalities of the couple that utilize the space.
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The kitchen is this 1996 built home, in an old section of NE Minneapolis, needed a refresh. Dropped soffits over the upper cabinets restricted storage space and the Homeowners needed an upgrade from the laminate countertops and basic oak cabinetry. In addition, they wanted to open up a wall between the living room and dining room and add a three-sided fireplace.
The basic layout of the kitchen stayed the same, but Castle added a lot more flair with cherry stained cabinets and a painted island cabinet. Cambria countertops and a maple butcher block top over the island cabinet accent the unique tile backsplash with a handmade bubble tile detail over the range. The same custom tile is used as a fireplace surround to tie the entire project together.
This 1930’s kitchen had been partially updated, but not to the current homeowner’s taste. The kitchen was transformed from a dark, traditional style space, to a more clean, Scandinavian feeling workspace. The family now has a little extra storage with hidden trash and recycling that was once out for all to see. The light, bright quartz counters and white backsplash provide a refreshing contrast against the warmth of the cabinets and floor tile that were existing in the space.
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The main living area in this 1956 home in Mendota Heights needed some updating. The homeowners’ decided to go with the Mid-Century Modern design style that they love & that fit the style of their home. The most dramatic change happened when we removed the wall between the Dining room & Kitchen. After this was complete we installed new hickory hardwood floors in the Living & Dining room, and slate tile on the floor in the Kitchen, Entry & down the Hallway. We took advantage of the new open layout by adding a large center island with a cooktop, seating on the Dining room side & a heater in the toe kick that helps keep the Kitchen tile warm on cold days. Custom walnut cabinets by Nest Woodworking were installed along with Cambria quartz countertops & glass mosaic tile from Mod-Walls on the backsplash. The project also features a few custom pieces built by Castle’s carpenters that include a walnut & black iron railing and a walnut veneer on the loadbearing beam that drops down on the ceiling above the island seating. Once the work was complete the whole space was finished off by adding the homeowners’ carefully selected Mid-Century style furniture & accessories.
This 1960’s ranch in Blaine was ready for kitchen updates that both met the homeowners’ aesthetics and daily needs. Updates included re-facing cabinets, painting the peninsula a cool gray, new tile back splash, new sink and industrial faucet, and new quartz countertops. The overall look is a well-balanced combination of contemporary and traditional design. Finally the fireplace in the living room received an entire makeover with a new textured tile surround – creating a drastic focal point to be enjoyed by all.
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!
Working on the kitchen remodel was a breeze with these NE Minneapolis homeowners. They had already worked out the layout with a friend in the industry and had a great idea of the materials they wanted to use. We just needed to help them fine tune the details and pull it all together. We enlarged the opening between the kitchen and dining room. The sink, stove, and dishwasher all changed locations. We incorporated a stacked oven/microwave and vented a new hood to the exterior. The kitchen is so much more functional now. There is a full wall of pantry cabinets with roll-outs and the countertop space has vastly improved. One unique feature is the upper cabinet that has glass doors and is accessible from both sides and is built around the cased opening. Some of the owner’s favorite products are the modest sized yet very functional stainless steel sink, beautiful Canterbury color Cambria countertops, LED under-cabinet lights, and the Adura Coolibah Burlwood Plank flooring.
Having a well built, classic design this 1965 home has been a space which the homeowners have enjoyed for about fourteen years. To extend that enjoyment for another twenty plus years, this family desired a kitchen remodel which would be utilitarian, low maintenance, and an overall timeless design. Wanting the new design to provide a more open flow from entry/living room a wall, which had separated the two, was removed. In addition, the “everyday” kitchen table area was replaced with extended cabinets and a large center island. The large island provides a welcoming space for guests to perch and chat with the husband who loves baking. While making the kitchen space more functional for everyday use, the dining room was also updated by adding built in cabinets to store seasonal items and display keepsakes. A lower cabinet beneath the window will dual function as both a seating bench and countertop for setting serving platters.
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The owners of this 1931 Bungalow were ready for a new kitchen. Limited storage and counter space was an issue, and the dark carpet was not ideal for a kitchen floor. The homeowners also hoped to take advantage of the sunny nook and better utilize the back entry. By simply flipping the back entry doorway from the kitchen side of an existing archway to the nook side of the archway, we were able to gain additional cabinet and countertop on either side of the range. We also gained lots of storage by installing floor to ceiling cabinetry on either side of the window in the nook. Galley kitchens can prove challenging for two people to cook in without running into one another. As a solution, we created a space where one person can sit and chop veggies in the nook while the other works at the stove. We chose white cabinets with black granite countertops for a classic look, and then added a fun pop of color and pattern on the floor with 3 colors of Marmoleum!
This south Minneapolis home had been very well maintained and updated throughout the years by the previous homeowners. That is every room except for the kitchen. We worked with the homeowner to create the kitchen of her dreams. Classic white cabinets, Granite countertops, and a slate tile backsplash were installed. The hardwood was refinished and stained a darker rich color. A custom rolling cart with butcher block countertop, Rev-A-Shelf 2 tier cookware organizer, custom brackets for granite support at eat in area, and mudroom cabinets are just some of the unique features that make the home more functional and enjoyable.
Owners of this Shoreview home needed to update their kitchen to better fit their families sustainable life style. By removing two walls and adding a South facing bay window, the new space feels bright and inviting. The spacious kitchen allows for multiple persons 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 book shelf for cook books 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 sleek ceiling fan. New oak hardwood floors were installed on the main level and stairs that bring warmth into the space. The entry way was refreshed with new natural Marmoleum flooring that accent the colors of the kitchen. The homeowners now have a home they will be able to enjoy for many years to come.
This 1931 South Minneapolis kitchen was in dire need of more storage and function. While preserving the original cabinets and checker board floors, we decided to open up the space to the large unused back entry. New custom cabinetry was designed to match the existing cabinets and all new custom recycled glass countertops were installed. A custom bar table was designed with recycled glass tops for additional eat-in seating. A new Kohler cast-iron sink and Kohler faucet were installed. All new knobs and pulls finished off the cabinetry. White subway tile was installed on the sink wall with dark grout to mimic the checker board floors and a large accent glass wall was designed to highlight the modern stove and appliances. The new design was able to maintain some existing elements while bringing forward the homeowners personal retro flare.
the owner of this 1938 Cape Cod style home loves to entertain friends, but the wall between the kitchen and dining room made for awkward parties, with too much separation or too much crowding in the tiny kitchen. The much needed space to be able to visit while preparing food for friends has become a reality with this bold and bright new kitchen; featuring the new maple and cherry two-toned cabinets, new hardwood and tile floors, colorful recycled glass countertops, and of course the awesomely large new corner windows to let the room really shine!
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The owners of this home thought ahead when doing previous projects. A few years ago they added on to the rear of the home, in hopes of someday expanding their kitchen. We think other homeowners can learn from them and strive to think ahead and plan to do projects in phases. Just because you might not have all the money now to invest in the entire project, you can always ask your designer/builder to help you plan for the future. They even purchased extra tile so that when they did choose to do the kitchen and ½ bath remodel, they had enough to tie into the existing rear entry/mudroom. We didn’t do the addition, but were called upon to rework their kitchen and ½ bath layout. After doing some conceptual plans, they decided on the one that gave them the biggest island and kitchen space. Some of the unique features in this remodel include locally made tiles used as a detail in the backsplash, a combination gas/griddle/induction cooktop, a reduced length toilet in order to maintain code clearances, and a recessed niche for the TV. These owners were also willing to do some work themselves to save on costs- demolition, acquiring many of the fixtures, and painting.
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.
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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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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What started out as a Kitchen Remodel in this Northeast Minneapolis home built in 1941, grew into a Kitchen, Den & Bathroom Remodel. Starting with the Kitchen the homeowners wanted to get rid of the dated tile that covered the walls and part of the ceiling. They also wanted to open up the space as much as possible and add more counter space. By taking out the existing dropped paneled ceiling & removing the partition walls between the Kitchen & Den we were able to really open it up. We then added a peninsula for additional storage & counter space. While the rest of the Kitchen layout stayed pretty much the same every surface was updated. The Kitchen now features wood flooring that tie into the existing wood floors in the home, Bayer Interior Woods custom inset painted cabinetry, Cambria quartz countertops & gorgeous new pendant lighting that adds a bit of sparkle to the space.
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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The owners of this 1919 St. Paul home were looking to makeover their kitchen, with this small kitchen we had to take advantage of every inch. We expanded into the closet behind the kitchen for more space. Adding custom cabinets and recycled glass gave this new kitchen a beautiful touch. Then, we matched the original existing wood floors in the kitchen with the Adura flooring in the entry and added LED lights under the cabinets and in the ceiling lights to brighten up the space. The home owners decided to keep the colors light to make this small space feel more open.
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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Like most story and ½ homes in the Twin Cities, this Minneapolis kitchen was very cramped and closed off. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This Roseville house saw a major transformation. The clients went through tons of tankless water heater reviews for 2018 models, and eventually 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!
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.
The Kitchen in this 1926 home in Minneapolis was in need of some major updating. Working within the existing space we gut the kitchen down to the studs. Hardwood floors were installed & matched to the existing wood floors in the adjacent Dining Room. New natural oak cabinets & dark laminate countertops were also installed. The homeowner opted for a single bowl sink because of the addition of a dishwasher. The sink remained in the existing location, while the range was moved to allow for the dishwasher & more counter space on either side of the range & sink. The existing window at the back of the Kitchen was expanded & new Kolbe windows were installed there & above the sink. The project was finished off with a warm green paint color & some great red accents the homeowner found.