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A Cabinetmakers Personal Kitchen Remodel (at last!)

A Cabinetmaker's Personal Kitchen Remodel (at last!)

Our 1940 owner-built house with a tiny, awkward kitchen and a frustrating one-small-window view of the garden called out for some serious updating. As a professional cabinetmaker I knew that working...

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A very special cabin in the woods

A very special cabin in the woods

In the late 1980's my clients bought an original 1927 hunting cabin and surrounding woods. By that time the hunting cabin had gained a couple of additions and a kitchen in the 1950's. As the years...

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A very special cabin in the woods

A very special cabin in the woods

  In the late 1980's my clients bought an original 1927 hunting cabin and surrounding woods. By that time the hunting cabin had gained a couple of additions and a kitchen in the 1950's. As the years...

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Hojo Motif Master Bath Enters 21st Century

Hojo Motif Master Bath Enters 21st Century

This bathroom is in a 1970's "modern" style home and I suppose the motel style bathrooms were trendy back then. It was complete with a lavatory room attached to the bedroom and sharing its wall to...

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Landin Residence

Landin Residence

The homeowners' had two main goals: Functionality - They love cooking and are constantly in the kitchen and so they wanted to make sure the relationship and placement of each appliance made sense to...

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5 x 7 1956 bath enters 2015

5 x 7 1956 bath enters 2015

It is the only bath in the house, a 1100 sq ft ranch. Almost every time I used the toilet I whacked my right elbow on the vanity. The tub was sturdy cast iron but the shower dribbled and I needed a...

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Minimalist Kitchen remodeling

Minimalist Kitchen remodeling

Check out this total kitchen remodeling. We started from an old and outdated 1970s kitchen, which was dark and felt cramped. Everything was so tightly confined in one space that you couldn't open...

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Classic 50s Kitchen Re-vision

Classic 50s Kitchen Re-vision

This was a long-awaited kitchen remodel. From the time the Minsons purchased this house before kids they identified the kitchen as the first and really only problem with this cute 50s house in a...

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Basement 3/4 Bath

Basement 3/4 Bath

This bathroom was part of a larger project to create a multipurpose space in a previously unfinished basement. Instead of taking the logical, and easier, route of framing the walls with right...

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Bancroft Kitchen

Bancroft Kitchen

The existing kitchen in this 1924 craftsman home had not been modified in over 50 years. The ninety square foot room contained only four square feet of actual countertop space and was very cut off...

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Merriam Park Master Bathroom

Merriam Park Master Bathroom

This 1905 home in the Merriam Park neighborhood of St. Paul was clearly in need of a second bathroom on the sleeping floor. The original layout included four bedrooms and one small bathroom on the...

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Merriam Park Kitchen

Merriam Park Kitchen

A young family of four recently purchased this 1905 home in the Merriam Park neighborhood of St. Paul. Although the existing kitchen was relatively new, it had been poorly designed and constructed...

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Bancroft Master Bathroom

Bancroft Master Bathroom

This 1924 craftsman home in South Minneapolis had been well maintained throughout it's long life, but the lack of updates left much room for improvement. When the current homeowners purchased the...

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Contemporary bathroom, antebellum home

Contemporary bathroom, antebellum home

bathroom was part of an addition built in the 1950's to a house originally built in the late 1700's and expanded in the mid 1800's. The original footprint of the bathroom was cluttered so the goal...

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Published kitchen grows (in function and livabilty, not size) with its family.

Published kitchen grows (in function and livabilty, not size) with it's family.

It was a tough decision to renovate my published kitchen (Inspired house 2004 http://www.taunton.com/inspiredhouse/pages/ih00003_01.asp Great kitchens 2007 http://www.tauntonstore.com/great-kitchens-082003.html). My husband and I have really enjoyed the kitchen. We liked the basic layout (good orientation, easy transition between appliances and an open central workspace), the open plan feel and how it related to other spaces and allowed exterior light to fill the space. We chose many of the finishes together and even carried the backsplash tile back from a trip to Australia. However, when I designed and built the space 16 years ago, we had different needs and a singular lifestyle. It was also only the second kitchen we had lived in (the first being a poorly designed apartment alley kitchen). Our first kitchen design was a compromise of ingenuity, cost, and function but did not include all of the necessities for a growing family (small boys eat their weight in food every week and teenage boys eat twice that…..we have one of each). Especially one that enjoys cooking, eating and entertaining. When the majority of our appliances gave out over a 6 month period and the wear and tear started to become more apparent, we took the opportunity in hand and set out to create a better functioning kitchen, one that accommodated our family’s needs, and became a great place for entertaining in the heart of the home.

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