Our Design Studio

Our studio is tucked away in the commercial pocket of Hopkins, Minnesota. We bought a scrubby warehouse in 2005 and have been working on it ever since. We may never stop. We have strange geometries and dramatic lighting. There are things carved by lasers, a killer water feature and a meandering mosaic tile wall. Our goal has been to create a space to inspire and refresh and do it on a budget! We simply love visitors. Just call to let us know you are stopping by.

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9 Reasons Design / Build Rules

  1. You work with a single, responsible entity, not an architect, a contractor, an engineer, the building department, sub-contractors, etc.
  2. The expertise of both the contractor and the designer are combined to produce greater value for the owner.
  3. The final project cost can be controlled or outright guaranteed.
  4. You have greater input throughout the design process AND can control the project budget because you know the cost implications of design decisions.
  5. Your project can be “fast-tracked” because construction can begin while some of the finishing details have yet to be picked. This means that the overall time to design and build your project is substantially reduced because design and construction activities can overlap.
  6. Because KUHL tradesmen are involved in project design, construction problems are found before the job begins, saving your time and your money.
  7. Design adjustments that happen during construction can be implemented at a fraction of the time and cost compared to the traditional format.
  8. No more finger pointing. An integrated design-build team, where the contractor, architect and engineer work together, allows all parties to focus on the client's needs rather than protecting their own interests, as does often occur in the traditional format.
  9. Information is shared freely. All costs are known. There are no secrets.


Intro to Kuhl Services

We are a full service, residential design/build company specializing in large remodels and whole house renovations. Our way of doing business is dynamic, interactive and fully transparent. It’s your house, and it’s your money. Recognition of this fact is seen in every facet of our business because we respect our clients enough to be honest about the numbers. In exchange, they trust us to do the right thing – Pretty simple when you think about it.


Kuhl Design Philosophy

We do not create compelling designs, we discover them. We do this by gaining insight into who you are, how you live and how you want to live. We believe that an opportunity exists within every design to develop a unique solution.

Some of our clients are very creative and enjoy being involved in the the design process. Others would rather do as little as possible. Wherever you fall on the scale is up to you.

Our designers flesh-out the concepts which are then refined through a series of design review meetings until they are brought back to you for approval. At each design phase our production department scrutinizes the drawings closely in order to find cost saving ideas. Unless you tell us differently, your designs are driven by your project budget, not the other way around.

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Advantages of Working with Kuhl

You’ve probably heard it before. Remodeling is in many ways like a marriage. But by working with KUHL through the design phase you are given the opportunity to get to know who we are and how we do business. We are able to establish —together— the terms of the relationship that will carry us across the arc of your project and we do so before you make a major financial commitment. When you work with KUHL the design phase is more of a blind date than a marriage. If we don’t gel as a team, or you don’t like us, there is a very low discovery cost.

Know As You Go

One of the biggest advantages of the KUHL system is that it allows us to estimate the project as it is being designed. A large, complex building or remodeling project may call for a number of increasingly refined estimates, from the initial ballpark figure to estimates at schematic design and final design stages. We are immediately aware of the cost implications of each design move, and so are you. No more crossing your fingers, hoping your beautiful plans can be built for your budget. No more expensive and time-consuming redraws where the designer whittles down the plans–and your dreams– to make them more affordable. No more finger pointing when there is a flaw in the plans that needs to be addressed. We are fully accountable from beginning to end.

Value engineering

We understand the difference between expensive and valuable. We have learned over the years that exquisite homes are not necessarily the result of oodles of cash. They are the result of informed, creative design. One need only visit some of the expensive homes on the local Parade of Homes to know that cost has nothing to do with quality or design integrity. It’s more like Parade of Yikes. (we said ‘some’ of the houses…)

Saving you time

We are here to make the process of designing and building as linear, cost-effective and fun as possible. For example, as our client you won’t have to drive around town looking for tile or wonder if the finish on the sconce works with the sink. Neither will you have to worry about your architect drawing up something crazy you can’t afford or your builder blessing your home with something he found on the scratch-n-dent shelf at Menards. All of these situations are as common rain. Not at Kuhl Design & Build.

Saving you money

As your designer-builder one of our most important jobs is to protect your budget. Quite honestly it is a frustrating job sometimes, especially for designers who–bless their hearts–want you to have the most beautiful things but forget that those things usually cost more. For us, seeing that your project comes in on budget is a matter of pride and professional responsibility. In our minds, failure to do so is a failure in our organization. Plus, if we exceed your budget it will make you mad and it is no fun to work for mad people.

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