What is Better: Buy New Construction or Custom Build Your Home?

What is Better: Buy New Construction or Custom Build Your Home?

Here in Minnesota, like so many areas in the country, we have really felt the impact of the housing shortage. People hoping to find their first home are struggling to find options within their budget, and many looking for their second homes were seeing a lack of affordable options…

Why You Need to Always Avoid Open Shelving in the Kitchen

Why You Need to Always Avoid Open Shelving in the Kitchen

I want to get real for a minute. We need to have a heart-to-heart. I care about all of you, and more specifically I care that you have a functional home. Because I care I have to tell you this: Don’t put open shelving in your kitchen…

How to Give Your Spindles a Contemporary Facelift

How to Give Your Spindles a Contemporary Facelift

I was just thinking, have you ever counted how many times per day do you go up and down your stairs? I currently live in a row home and as a result I probably go up and down the stairs in my home at least 15 times everyday. Railings are something I think most of us take for granted, until they aren’t there. It is so important…

How to Identify Your Priorities to Have a Successful Home Remodel

How to Identify Your Priorities to Have a Successful Home Remodel

Repeat after me: Preparation is key! If you have ever remodeled your home before, you will agree that remodeling is definitely a learning experience. We say this with humility as we have had our fair share of difficult learning experiences along the way with our own projects! If you’re considering a home remodel, your excitement to pick tile or flooring may sometimes have you missing important…

Amazing Modern Black Faucets and Hardware You'll Love

Amazing Modern Black Faucets and Hardware You'll Love

Our favorite modern matte black kitchen and bathroom faucets and coordinating cabinet hardware to tie it all together!

Why a Workstation Sink Will Be The Best Thing in Your Kitchen

Why a Workstation Sink Will Be The Best Thing in Your Kitchen

Workstation kitchen sinks are one of our favorite kitchen trends of 2019! Learn about the best features of workstation sinks and the benefits of adding one to your own home.

The Most Important Question You Need To Ask Yourself Before Remodeling

The Most Important Question You Need To Ask Yourself Before Remodeling

If you are considering taking on a home remodel, there are most likely a thousand questions rolling around in your mind. We know these thoughts all too well! We see anxiety and feelings of overwhelm all the time when we first meet with clients. And you know what? It isn’t surprising! Taking on a large time and financial commitment is something that should be…

Get This Unique Gift for Anyone on Your List

Get This Unique Gift for Anyone on Your List

Stumped on what to give someone? If you have been racking your brain trying to think of something unique yet practical, we may have the solution for you. Believe it or not, there is a item that everyone can use (and hopefully love!), no matter their age or taste…

How to Use Storage Trunks for Decor in Every Room of the House

How to Use Storage Trunks for Decor in Every Room of the House

Trunks and storage chests have been used for centuries as a functional, and often beautiful, storage option. Over the years, storage trunks have evolved into a wide variety of sizes and shapes for storing items at home and…

5 Simple Tips For An Energy Efficient Home This Winter

5 Simple Tips For An Energy Efficient Home This Winter

Winter is here and the chill has started to set in. We have already found ourselves walking a little faster to and from our cars and bundling up with multiple layers of sweaters. If you’re anything like us, we like to be warm! So, while the temps are dropping outside…

The 12 Best Automated Cleaning Products to Keep Your Home Spotless

The 12 Best Automated Cleaning Products to Keep Your Home Spotless

Everyone is busy these days. With all the things the average family has to juggle each day, it isn’t surprising that cleaning can sometimes be the last priority on the list. That being said…

How to Remodel for One Level Living

How to Remodel for One Level Living

Over the last few years one level living has become increasingly popular for just about every group and type of home buyer. The flexibility of one level floor plans, or two story homes with master suites and main floor laundry rooms, are…

The Best Pet & Baby Gates of 2018

The Best Pet & Baby Gates of 2018

Pet gates and baby gates are part of all of our lives at some point or another! For many people those times may even coincide. The problem with many pet and baby gates is that although they may solve one problem, they seem to cause others. They can become a tripping hazard, be unstable…

How to Build a Modern Fireplace Mantel

How to Build a Modern Fireplace Mantel

While working on the design for our recent Hilldale Avenue Home Remodel we chose to play up the modern look of the original home. With that in mind, building a custom modern fireplace mantel came naturally. Building a mantel not only offered the opportunity for a unique piece to fit the look of the space, it was also less…

3 Easy Ways to Make Your Bedroom Winter Ready

3 Easy Ways to Make Your Bedroom Winter Ready

Fall is here and the leaves are changing, the air is cooler and the days are getting shorter. As winter quickly approaches, we start spending more time indoors and preparing…

The Ultimate Guide to Aging In Place

The Ultimate Guide to Aging In Place

Aging in place as been a growing topic of conversation for many people as our population continues to age. As we discussed in The Changing Housing Needs of Baby Boomers, people are looking ahead to their housing options for retirement and beyond. This is because throughout adulthood many people may take their independence for granted. The ability to move freely around without assistance from others is…

How to Design an Organized Mudroom

How to Design an Organized Mudroom

Could a more organized mudroom mean a happier life? We sure think so! When considering remodeling or building a new home, a mudroom is a must-have for a modern family. Unlike the entryway, where function and style are equally important, in a mudroom function is king. Mudrooms are where we enter and leave our homes the majority of the time. Having a space that offers functional features can make life easier whether you have one or ten (or more!) people in your home…

Stunning "Pop The Top" Home Addition Project

Stunning "Pop The Top" Home Addition Project

Before and after of this stunning “pop the top” home addition with details of each room of the project!

The Changing Housing Needs of Baby Boomers

The Changing Housing Needs of Baby Boomers

In recent years, there has been a lot of discussion about concerns for future housing options of those in the baby boomer generation. Baby boomers are those born between 1946-1964 of which, ten thousand turn 65 every day. It has been predicted by the Census Bureau that by 2029, when the youngest of…

How to Set Up a Temporary Kitchen

How to Set Up a Temporary Kitchen

Kitchens are one of the favorite places to gather. We entertain, catch up after a long day, and enjoy cooking together. With the kitchen being so important, it is no surprise that kitchen remodels are extremely popular to make a space more functional and attractive. One thing many people may forget in the whirlwind process of planning a kitchen remodel is that the area they depend on for much of their daily lives will no longer be available…