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Friday, April 10th, 2015
The rain and cool temperatures of late March couldn’t dampen the enthusiastic reception given Kuhl Design Build’s 2015 Remodelers Showcase entry on St. Albans Road in Hopkins.
Held March 27 – 29, this year’s Remodelers Showcase provided more than 50 of the finest remodeling firms in the metro area a chance to open their projects for public viewing, and Kuhl Design Build delivered a knockout.
“It’s such a great feeling to see and hear people’s appreciation for the creativity, workmanship and attention to detail that went into this project” said Kuhl Design Build President, Steve Kuhl.
The 6600 square foot home, located on a wooded lot on Minnehaha Creek, was a tear-down and rebuild. “The existing home was aging and in disrepair” says Kuhl. “Removing the old structure and starting fresh gave us this incredible opportunity to create a wonderfully intricate home full of surprises”.
A hidden, walk-in pantry off the kitchen, a children’s play room accessed through a hallway bookcase and a two story slide are just some of the items that captured the imagination of adults and kids alike.
The front porch is impressive with it’s blue stone floor and 9600 lbs. of fir timbers supporting the 2nd floor. The front door is hand distressed black walnut and leads to hardwood floors that are hand-scraped black walnut and feature radiant heating. Four bedrooms, each with it’s own walk-in closet and six finished bathrooms are surrounded by equally beautiful finished areas.
For the cooking enthusiast, the kitchen features a fourteen foot island, a large honed granite top, a Viking range and Thermador refrigerator, two sinks, two dishwashers and a double oven. Highly customized cabinets, packed with features add to the functionality of the kitchen and the counter-to-ceiling tile back splash adds an elegant touch.
An open floor plan and large, uncluttered spaces abound. The first floor living room features a flat panel HD TV tucked inside a custom bookcase. The hidden TV rises up and out of a bookcase via the remote control that can also raise and lower window shades. A screen porch at the rear of the home, with wood burning fireplace and a 25 foot high ceiling, makes maximum use of the lot’s natural setting.
Locating the washer and dryer upstairs eliminates the need to trek up and down stairs to do the laundry. The spacious laundry area also features custom stone countertops and an oversized window to utilize available natural light. The master suite includes two large walk-in closets, a balcony with iron railings overlooking the creek and large built-in custom cabinets.
Thursday, October 11th, 2012
New Kitchen, and Then Some
A Kitchen we designed/built was given a 6-page spread in the Kitchen & Bath Issue of Fine Home Building Magazine. Grab an issue at your local Barnes & Nobel or Home Depot, or check out a digital version of the article here:
Fine Home Building – Kitchen and Baths Issue Winter 2012 – No. 231
Check out More detailed shots of the remodel and Like the project in Facebook here
Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012
On Saturday & Sunday September 22nd & 23rd, the American Institute of Architects, Minnesota Society, presents its Annual Homes by Architects Tour (homesbyarchitects.org). Kuhl Design + Build is featured with our Minnehaha Creek Remodel. This house was chopped up and important areas were segregated from others. By ditching the unused back deck and expanding out, we were able to make a beautiful and functional kitchen and family room perfect for entertaining, as well as expand the master suite upstairs with a new bath! Go on the tour in September to check it out in person!
Our Medina House of Whimsy was featured in two different Houzz.com articles. The basement video golf room was featured in their article “Homes Score Above Par With Golf Features”.
The world famous Pirate Ship bedroom was also showcased in an article, “Houzz Tour: ‘Pirate House’ Lures With Surprises”.
Go check them out and get more ideas and inspiration!
Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012
Each June, the Builders Association of the Twin Cities (batc.org) awards local designers and builders with Remodeler of Merit Awards. This year we won the 2012 “Total House Remodel under 2500 square feet” ROMA for our cottage remodel in Edina. This house is a little gem of space planning and organization for a very active family of five (and a large, excited dog). By adding a small addition to the back of the house (a bump out that added 221 square feet) we were able to expand the eat-in kitchen and add a new bath to the master suite on the main level. The upstairs was just two large rooms with very little headroom. After raising the roof on the back half of the house and dividing up the space it is now kid territory, with 3 bedrooms for each of the children, their own bath, and plenty of storage. The exterior of the house ot a face lift with new Hardie Artisan siding and a new portico and porch. Now at 1988 square feet, the house is still cozy, but allows the family to have enough space to gather together, but also separate space when needed.
We are honored to once again have our work recognized by the BATC (we have previously won ten ROMA Awards for other projects over the past three years). The ROMA Awards were presented at the St Paul Hotel in June 28th, 2012. This house was also featured in the Fall 2011 Remodelers’ Showcase (part of The Parade of Homes).