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kitchenette design

January 30, 2012

The upstairs of this new garage wanted to become something special. And since our clients entertain we knew just what to give them.  Dan and Cindy knew they wanted a wall of storage an some appliances in their new kitchenette so we designed one to suit their needs and their style with a dishwasher, sink, a one-burner cook top, microwave drawer, and mini fridge.

A 'Before' shot of the kitchenette space.

hauthaus drawing of the cabinets.

Kitchenette details:

  • We specified cherry cabinets to coordinate with their cherry bathroom that is connected to the space.
  • The upper cabinets have mesh doors for sound to flow through the already built in speakers.
  • The long shelf will display their Starbucks mug collection.
  • Cambria counters were installed since they are virtually no-maintence and the color, Halstead, worked great with the mosaic wall tile.
  • Over time, the cherry cabinets will darken and will pop nicely off of the hickory floors.
  • We chose a single dishwasher drawer to save on space. Drawers can be very efficient if you have small loads to wash!

An 'After' shot of the kitchenette. The outlet covers need to be painted and the rest of the hardware installed, but it's almost done!

And to round out our highlights from the past year of blogging, here are some of the entries we picked to share again from the last six months of the year…

For July we shared a blog about a cabin remodel on Clearwater Lake that we designed. The project included a new mudroom addition, re-designed kitchen with custom cabinetry, and handmade tile.  It turned out to be a great place to spend the warm and sunny summer days and nights!

In August, one of our entries highlighted different projects we worked on with different color schemes.  There is one for every color of the rainbow.  Revisit the blog for inspiration for your own home.

Cambria came out with new colors this year and in September, we highlighted the new Waterstone Collection. This new collection was the most buzzed about yet – the colors and patterns are so pretty and innovative!

In October we shared an article and video from ABC that talked all about a project in Montana where EVERYTHING going into building the house was made in the USA. The interview is interesting and comes with some eye-opening facts.

During November, we polled our readers to see what color was their favorite and orange won. In this blog entry we posted products that we love in orange… what fun!

In December, we shared pictures and drawings of a master bathroom project we worked on in Edina. With its cozy heated marble floors, shiny Kohler fixtures, and fresh paint, this bathroom is definitely work checking out.

Have you seen the latest colors that Cambria has come out with? I must admit when I walked through the showroom at IMS and saw the full slabs, I got a little misty. They are GORGEOUS!

Well done, Cambria! They have created a beautiful, no maintenance option to granite AND have kept that pretty, natural movement that we love about the natural stone.

Check out the new colors of their Waterstone collection here:

New Waterstone collection from Cambria.

 
 
From top left to bottom right:  Aberdeen, Bellingham, Braemar, Buckingham, New Quay, Praa Sands, Sharpham, Shirebrook, Torquay, Wellington, Westminster.
 
The movement of this collection is just amazing. Can you imagine one of these in your new kitchen or bathroom?
 
 

kitchen design trends

June 23, 2011

Here is a spotlight on a few European kitchen design trends… sometimes it’s good to know what our neighbors are doing!

  • Smaller, yet well designed. Kitchens are getting smaller and smarter. You can certainly have a personalized, ‘small’ kitchen while retaining high function.
  • Smart storage. Pull outs and customized storage solutions are everywhere, helping you better utilize the nooks and crannies of your kitchen.
  • Thick counters. Putting a 6″ slab of granite on cabinets might not be the best idea in terms of stability, but you can get the look of a thick counter by having two sheets of Cambria or wood mitered together.
  • Kitchen cabinets have legs. Most Europeans treat their kitchen cabinets like they do furniture… also when they move, they often take the cabinets with them and that’s easier to do when there are legs!
  • The washer & dryer are in the kitchen.What a smart idea! The kitchen island is the perfect place for folding and ironing clothes.  They can even be tucked behind cabinet doors and no one would ever know they are there!

    This picture, from http://www.cambriausa.com, shows a thick Cambria counter top with mitered corners and clean-lined cabinets.

made in the usa

February 8, 2011

As you know, it’s important to support local business. Well… how can we do that when it comes to our homes? Here’s how!

Here are 15 furniture and home furnishings companies with products that are made in the USA, and some (even better yet) made right here in Minnesota!

  1. S & K Furniture. Custom upholstery furniture. (Chatfield, MN)**
  2. Hubbardton Forge Lighting.  Lighting specializing in hand forged iron. (Vermont)**
  3. Bon Ton TileLocal tile with artistic flair. (Golden Valley, MN)**
  4. Sonoma Tilemakers. Custom tile and stone. (California)**
  5. Nordic Ware.  Kitchen bake and cookware. (St. Louis Park, MN)
  6. Gel Pro Cushy kitchen mats. (Texas)
  7. Century Furniture. Fine furniture,upholstery and case goods. (Hickory, NC)**
  8. Clay Coyote Beautiful handmade pottery. (Hutchinson, MN)
  9. Red Barn ReclaimedReclaimed Midwest barn wood made into furniture. (Brooten, MN)**
  10. Cambria. Quartz surface with no maintenance. (Le Suer, MN)**
  11. CR Currin Fine furniture; jewelry for your home. (North Carolina)**
  12. Kindel Upholstery and case goods furniture. (Michigan)**
  13. Room and Board.  (90% of their pieces are made in the US and some in MN)
  14. Caldrea Beauty and cleaning products. (Minneapolis, MN)
  15. Kohler Kitchen and Bath plumbing fixtures. (Wisconsin)**

**purchase to the trade only; available through hauthaus -(give us a call if you see something you like!)

local product: Cambria

July 28, 2010

Plain and simple: Here at hauthaus, we love Cambria!

There are many reasons to love the local, green product…

  • It’s maintenance free! Unlike granite, you never have to seal or polish it. Just a wash with warm water will do the trick!
  • It’s all natural, baby! Cambria is made from an extremely hard material; pure and natural quartz.  Did you know that quartz is the hardest non-precious stone found on earth? Well, now you know!
  • It’s food safe. Cambria has been certified as an excellent surface for food prep. Since it’s nonporous, liquids and chemicals cannot penetrate it.  It is also resistant against bacterial growth.
  • It’s local! Cambria is made right here in Minnesota; Le Suer to be exact. The next time you’re travelling down 169, be sure to check out the large facility and it’s large water fountain!

Here are some examples of hauthaus projects in which Cambria was used…

In this kitchen remodel in Minneapolis, we reused the granite from the existing kitchen on the new perimeter cabinets.  For the island, we used Cambria in the color: Sussex. It is such a nice, neutral grey, and it coordinated perfectly with the existing granite.

Inspired by Cass Gilbert and the rathskellar in the MN State Capital Building, we designed this lower level entertainment space in St. Paul. The bar called for a durable material and Cambria came to mind. We used the color Oak Hampton in this application. That color is a very deep brown that is almost black; which worked perfect in our space.

In this front porch on Lake of the Isles in Minneapolis, we used the brand new Cambria color: Waverton. We were very excited to see this new Cambria, as it has veining and looks like marble. We used an antique table found at Spinario Design for the base of the cocktail table and Cambria as the top. It adds a fresh pop of white to the front porch.

Cambria comes in many colors and looks. For more information, you can check out their website at www.cambriausa.com, or stop in their showroom at IMS.

cheers, amber