One of our current projects is getting a new master suite… see pictures of the progress so far!

Progress shots of the master bathroom.

a. This picture shows the toilet room floor. We used a 12″ x 24″ tile with a glass mosaic as an accent on the floor.

b.The master walk-in shower features a waterfall of mosaic tiles in shades of watery blues, earthy greens, crisp whites, and soft browns. It adds a nice detail to the shower wall while giving us a chance to put some interest and color on the wall.

c. Here, you can see the beginnings of the custom, curved edge vanity. The cabinet will be finished with enamel and entire back wall and side walls will get mirror applied to them.

d. This is a sweet little ‘beauty’ shot of the vanity up close. The curves add a nice feminine touch to the bathroom. This will be the perfect place to sit to enjoy coffee and get ready for the day, or to unwind in the evening.

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.

tips for your home office

February 8, 2012

These tips are good to keep in mind for your desk in your home office or even your desk at work. They are tips and guides from the principles of feng shui. Over many, many years fen shui has helped to create balance and restore creativity, wealth, relationships and more.

Use these tips and guides to re-engergize your workspace:

  • Sit in your chair and look at your desk. What do you see? The objects that you see should be inspiring and not cluttering. The top of your desk is the key to your creativity.
  • De-clutter; if pictures of family and friends inspire you take one picture and set it on your desk. You can rotate it out with others, but multiple pictures on your desk can cause distractions instead of inspirations.
  • Instead of piling things; file things! This might be easier said than done, but filed items are out of your way and they clear space on your desk and your mind.
  • Look at your desk through the eyes of a special client. Have only purposeful and inspiring objects on your desk that speak to you and to the people that will meet you at your office.

Pay attention to the wealth corner of your desk. Take a look at the feng shui map above. All spaces in feng shui are set up and managed according to this map. It applies to whole houses, to rooms, even to pieces of furniture. If you're sitting at your desk; the top left corner would be your wealth corner. Make sure to put purposeful things in each section. For example; you wouldn't want an old plant or dirty coffee cups cluttering up your wealth corner.

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!

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.

kitchen organization

January 11, 2012

One of your New Year’s Resolutions might be to get more organized. It seems we all say this at least once a year… “if only I was more organized then…”

Well we’re going to show you an example of a hauthaus kitchen design and organization notes. Below you can see a floor plan of a kitchen; we met withe client and used our imagination to ‘take out’ all of the pieces in her current kitchen and ‘put them away’ into her new kitchen. We wanted to make sure that the new kitchen will be well organized and that it will work for her and how she specifically uses her kitchen.

A few notes about the plan:

  • You can see that we kept a large storage space for her kids’ school stuff; papers, lunch bags, supplies, etc. They are stored away in baskets on adjustable shelves. Each kid has their own basket.
  • The Wolf range is located on the center of the left wall. Since the client is right handed, we put her cooking utensils and spices on the right. The upper cabinets to the left of the range are hinged so that you can access them both from the range without having to maneuver around open doors.
  • We designed a specific spot for the KitchenAid mixer to always sit on the counter. The upper corner cabinet will continue all the way down to the counter top and act as a mixer ‘garage’. Her baking utensils and mixing bowls are located in that corner as well on the lazy susan.
  • There is a designated breakfast prep spot on the right side of the kitchen. This will allow the kids to make their own breakfast while staying out of the kitchen work triangle (the space between the sink, range and fridge).

Here is a drawing of the wall with the range; you can see how we called out where the pieces will be ‘put away’.

Will you be re-designing your kitchen in 2012? If so, hauthaus can help! Give us a ring!

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.