Room Remodel

Gold Winner
Trehus Builders, Inc., Minneapolis, Minn.

Silver Winner:
Landis Construction Washington, D.C.

Bronze Winner:
Westhill Inc.
Woodinville, Wash.

The original kitchen in this North Oaks, Minn. home was dated with dark oak cabinets, parquet flooring and yellow laminate countertops. For nearly two years, the owners deliberated whether to renovate their existing residence or buy a new home. Like many homeowners, the family decided to stay in their home, but to redesign the kitchen with quality materials, a new floor plan that maximizes light, traffic flow and functionality. Trehus Builders, Inc. was brought on board for this kitchen renovation.

This 300 sq. ft. kitchen serves as the passageway to all areas of the home. The corridor, which extended around the parameter of the old kitchen, not only wasted valuable floor space but made for a journey to any given destination within the home. The soffit and upper cabinets interfered with all sight lines which contributed to the gloomy feel of the space.

Trehus Builders reworked the floor plan so that each passage into the kitchen capitalized flow and accessibility. Entering the kitchen through a double pocket door emphasizes this first point of passage. The columns, arch and thickened wall that separate the kitchen and family room help create a strong boundary for each room and help frame an impressive view of the fireplace. A large passage into the adjoining dining room showcases a built in buffet with a Calcutta Gold marble top. A new oak flooring of varying widths extends into adjacent areas and helps to unify the home. 

Products specified:

Kitchen countertops: Capital Granite

Lighting: Kichler Roofing: Owens Corning

Siding: Hardy Boys

Windows: Marvin Windows & Doors

Project location: North Oaks, Minn.

Sq. ft. before: 1,200 sq. ft.

Sq. ft. after: 1,600 sq. ft.

Project cost: n/a

SILVER: Landis Construction
Washington, D.C.

BRONZE: Westhill Inc.
Woodinville, Wash.