Spring has Sprung!

April 26, 2012

Last weekend my mom’s family gathered to provide a clean sweep of Grandma and Grandpa’s basement.  Ranging in age from 1.5 to 87 years old, we picked up, cleared out, found treasures, bugged each other and also laughed; a lot.  It was a great success and the old adage, “many hands makes light work,” was uttered more than once.

My grandma, Lucille, has been a source of inspiration since the birth of my first son, eleven years ago.  Inadvertently, I started paying attention to the things she was cooking, what she was planting, calling her for recipe and laundry advice; often.  Each time the season changes, as it’s been doing here in the Midwest for a month, I watch to see what she’s up to.  Without knowing it, she puts rhythm into my calendar and it’s a wonderful, grounding, heart-happy thing. 

In design, we look at color to inspire the seasonal shift.  Pastels arrive, this year with neon mixed in, soft neutrals providing a base for these brighter shocks of color.  When I try to combine what Grandma’s doing out in Stearns county with the latest on-trend happenings, I see a happy woman in a vintage shirt dress with neon rubber boots out in the garden.  There’s mud on her boots, clean laundry on the clothesline and the grass is the most vivid shade of green!

If you’re itching for inspiration I recommend calling your Grandma, hopping on Pinterest -where I pin five inspiration images each morning- and visiting our 2012 ASID Showcase Home on Lake of the Isles.  Let me know what inspires you!  This year’s home is another example of how designers transform space, for the good of the house, its occupants and the earth.  That’s right, you’ll see all kinds of environmentally-kind solutions.  Like Grandma Lucille, the homeowners are avid gardners… in fact you’ll find them too, in the garden.  See you at the house!

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xo, hb

Josh and Amy needed a little more pizzazz and a little more function out of their kitchen in their condo near the Chain of Lakes. They decided it was definitely time for some improvements while, during a dinner party, one of their cabinet doors fell completely off its hinges! They called on the help of hauthaus and cabinet-makers-extraordinaire Modern Design. We, along with Contractor Brad, transformed the dated and non-functioning space into a beautiful space that works well for the couple.

Changes we made:

  • The half wall divider between the dining room and kitchen was removed to open up the spaces and to allow for a breakfast bar.
  • The kitchen was completely gutted; we added in new bamboo flooring, dark stained Alder cabinets, granite counter tops, stacked stone back splash, new appliances, hardware and plumbing fixtures, and a new coat of paint to the walls and the ceiling.
  • Adding new recessed cans and under cabinet lighting really improved the space by adding layers of light.

Now the space functions great for the couple, who like to entertain. Along with their kitchen we worked on their entry, living room, guest bathroom and master bathroom. more pictures to come, so stay tuned!

Josh and Amy's kitchen: after.

Detail shot of the stacked stone back splash; tile from Fantasia Showrooms.

Josh and Amy's kitchen: before.

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kitchen design solutions

January 25, 2012

Here is a snippet of one of our kitchen remodel projects. Our clients came to us to re-work their kitchen after we worked on their master suite a while back. They had moved into this parade home in the 90s and were in need of some updating.

Below you’ll see the before and after pictures and our problems and design solutions.

Before: The white kitchen needed some changes and updates.

a. problem: The clients were tired of their white cabinets and wanted something new. The existing cabinets weren’t constructed very well and didn’t seem to function the way that they needed them to. solution: We designed new cabinets and stained them espresso and outfitted them with pretty french brass hardware.

b. problem: The existing granite and cook top were still in great shape and the clients wanted to keep them. solution: We kept the floor plan the same to accommodate for the existing granite. The cook top stayed in the same place as well.

c. problem: The upper cabinets were only 15″ off of the counter top and this made working under the cabinets hard. solution: Since we raised the cabinets up to 18″ off the counter we selected new back splash tile. Now the counter top can be used to it’s full potential.

d. problem:  the microwave was only 14″ from the cook top so cooking in a tall stock pot was out of the question – it simply didn’t fit! solution: We relocated the microwave and designed a custom hood for proper space above the cooktop and the right ventilation.

e. problem: The current set up didn’t allow for adequate ventilation for the gas cook top. solution: The newly designed hood works great for venting and aesthetically fits into the new cabinetry since we framed it in the same wood as the cabinets.

f. problem: The glass cabinets made the existing kitchen feel too busy. solution: We designed paneled doors for most of the upper cabinets to create a more cohesive, clean feel.

g. problem: Once we took the microwave out from above the cook top, it needed a home out of the sight line. solution: We placed a new drawer microwave in the base cabinet to the right of the cook top to keep it in the work triangle, but to keep it out of the sight line.

h. problem: We felt that the base cabinets needed some details. solution: We added legs to the cooktop cabinet and the left and right of the sink. This breaks up the long, linear lines of the base cabinets and adds a custom feel to the new kitchen.

After: Once we studied the kitchen and came up with a list of problems, we designed solutions to make the kitchen more efficient and functional.

Last year was a great year for our blog:

  • We had over 22,000 views in 2011 – that’s enough people to sell out the Sidney Opera House 8 times!
  • We posted about 100 blog entries.
  • Our viewers came from all over the world including, Europe, Africa and Asia.

Here is a brief “year in review” – a highlight of one blog per month.

In January, we blogged about kitchen space planning. We showed three examples of how one kitchen floor plan could be laid out.

For February, one of our blogs highlighted home furnishings and fixture products that are made in the USA. Some of the companies are even based in Minnesota!

One of our March blogs showed how commissioning custom art can be fun and affordable. We posted pictures of the artist at work as well as a short description of the process on how to go about making this happen for you!

In April we gave some tips on how to bring the outdoors into your home. We used our 2009 ASID Showcase home as an example.

During May, we posted a blog to get you inspired with color. We took examples from three of our past projects and broke down the colors for you.

In June we showed what a difference window treatments can make in a sunroom. We highlighted before and after pictures of one of our client’s homes on Lake Harriet.

Click back and check out our past blogs and get ready for another year of design tips, project before and afters, event updates, and everything hauthaus!

Happy 2012!

special dining storage

December 27, 2011

Take a peek at a dining room we worked on…

We were inspired by the clients’ former home on Lake of the Isles. It has tons of character with the wide baseboards, door toppers, lots of built-ins and other pretty architectural details.  We wanted to bring some of that into the dining room at their new home, so we designed and drew  an elevation of a built-in that has wide drawers on the bottom, a mirror to reflect light, glass shelves for wine glasses and glass doors for displaying silver or colorful bowls.

The design of the cabinet changed a little from the time we drew it from when it actually was built by the cabinet maker. We ended up adding a door topper onto the built-in so it related to the main door into the dining room. Since we did that, the glass doors got shortened and we decided to eliminate the leaded glass detail and put seeded glass in instead. The end result is a pretty space for all of the clients’ dining storage needs!

Dining room built-in installed with a modified door topper.

Hauthaus drawing of the dining room built-in.

This summer we transformed our clients’ standard white kitchen to a va-va, deep espresso place to cook, bake and gather.  The clients wanted to update their kitchen cabinets while keeping their granite. We saved the pretty granite and paired it with espresso stained cabinets, Tuscan bronze hardware, crackled ceramic back splash tiles, and a new paint job.

Here is the kitchen before we re-vamped the space with new cabinets, paint, and window treatments.

After the walls were painted and the cabinets were installed, the kitchen was missing something – window treatments! We designed panels to frame the tall windows that overlook the beautiful backyard in this wooden Minnetonka neighborhood.
In order to install these panels on the angled walls, our window treatment gal, Dawn, created a unique way to hang the treatments so we would get our desired look; pleats with a rosette as an accent on each panel.

Dawn built little platforms with holes so the hooks of each panel can hang from them.

After each panel was hung, we had a rosette installed to add a little interest at the top of the treatments. The rosette's finish ties in with the finish on the hardware in the kitchen.

Our installer, Phil, is carefully hanging each panel.