Hate Your Small Kitchen? Here’s Where to Start When Remodeling.

Want a new kitchen? Not sure where to start? Here are a few of our remodelers’ ideas about where to start when you want to improve your kitchen’s beauty (and ultimately your resale value!)


Make sure to create open spaces and efficiency in a kitchen remodel

1. Improve Storage Space in the Kitchen

When evaluating a kitchen, particularly if you’re attempting to resell, consider how much storage space you have. Storage space doesn’t just mean cabinets either – storage can include shelving, counter tops and above-cabinet space, too. Adding storage will enhance beauty – you’ll have the ability to hide more of your kitchen items and create clean, open space on the counter tops. You’ll also add to the resale value, as kitchens really can’t have “too much storage space.”

2. Create an Open Layout in your Kitchen Remodel

We’ve previously talked about kitchen zones, and how the use of today’s modern kitchen has changed. An open layout for a kitchen will be very important to homeowners who plan to use the kitchen as a hub for household activity. An open layout will be more pleasant and inviting. Kitchens are used for working and socializing these days – on top of eating. Your kitchen may be used for entertaining, homework, television watching or a combination of the above. By creating more open space, you maximize your investment when you redo your kitchen by designing a space just about every family wants.

3. Add Kitchen Efficiency through Kitchen Placement

Can more than one person work in the kitchen at once? Is it easy to prepare meals? Can you easily transfer boiling water to drain in the sink, or even fill a pot with water to boil? All of these factors may improve the functionality of your kitchen. And by making your home more efficient, may improve your resale value. Consider the placement of each appliance, and maximize the space! Think about how efficient your kitchen is, and plan your remodel to get the most out of every cabinet, appliance and square footage of your kitchen.

4. Choose Long-Lasting Materials for your Kitchen

Simply put, better materials will sell when it comes to your kitchen remodel. Everything from what you choose for counter tops, custom cabinets and flooring will matter when it comes to how your kitchen looks – and how much you’ll get back out of it when it’s time to move on. Appliances will also carry a heavy weight, as trusted, well-known brands will be more attractive to home buyers. Better materials won’t only last longer – but will also help sell your place, too.

Those are four tips for helping you get started on your kitchen remodel. Let us know if you need more advice, or have a specific kitchen remodeling project in mind!


Why Choose A Design Build Company?

You may have heard about Design-Build, but may still be wondering why to choose a Design-Build company. To put it simply, we make home remodeling a simple and easy process.

For all of those married out there – remember back to your wedding. There are a couple of approaches you can take when planning a wedding:

1- plan the wedding yourself, arrange the vendors, negotiate the prices, come up with the ideas

2- have a wedding planner or wedding coordinator help you plan, come up with ideas, coordinate the details, secure competitive pricing

In the home remodeling world – we work like the wedding planners. We’re involved in remodeling from start to finish, and use our relationships to get the best deals, with the smoothest process.


Design-Build helps plan for a stress-free remodel

How Home Contracting Works

When you work with Design-Build, we assist you through the entire home remodeling process from concept to completion. We help the homeowner with each step of the remodel including, but not limited to:

  • design of the bathroom remodel or kitchen remodel
  • permits for construction
  • budget management
  • billing
  • construction issues
  • choosing materials for the remodel
  • overseeing the construction schedule

Working with a Design-Build company means that all questions or concerns related to any part of the remodel can be directed to us (rather than each individual company and contractor involved along the way.)

Does It Cost More To Use Design-Build?

If you’ve used a travel agent before, you may have been surprised to find that your trip may actually cost you LESS than it would have if you’d arranged it yourself. Each agent has relationships with the travel spots and can easily arrange great deals through the hotel, airlines and rental cars so that your package is one fee, and much cheaper.

The same idea works with us. First, a homeowner doesn’t need to hire an architect AND a separate contractor. Also, many of the Design-Build firms credit the cost of the design process against the project cost. By using our home contractors, we design elegant home remodeling jobs and then use our extensive network to get you the best materials at the best prices.

Design-Build Makes Home Remodeling Simple

In our busy lives, simplicity is the goal for most of us. If you desire to remodel your kitchen or bathroom, consider working with Design-Build to get the outcome you want. We’ll work with you each step of the way to get you a beautiful new kitchen, or new bathroom, that will truly enhance your life with the least amount of stress possible.

Five Trends in Bathroom Design

Trends in home remodeling come and go (anyone remember those olive green counter tops?) Today’s remodeled bathroom needs to reflect the current styles and trends so that you’ll get your biggest ‘bang for your buck.’

We just finished this remodel this month!

Five Trends in Bathroom Remodeling

Wanting to remodel your bathroom? Have no idea where to start? As experts in bathroom remodeling in the Twin Cities, here are our top five recommendations:

1. Bringing the spa home in your bathroom remodel

Many homeowners are turning their remodeled bathrooms into a getaway space. They want an escape within the home and are allocating additional square footage to their bathroom layouts. To get the full spa effect, homeowners are investing in spa tubs and shower designs with specialty heads and faucets like body sprayers and rain shower heads.

2. Heated Bathroom Floors

Nothing takes the edge off of a cold Minnesota winter like stepping out of the morning shower onto a comfortable and warm bathroom floor. Radiant floor heat is a popular way to increase the comfort of a bathroom and is becoming more affordable than ever.

3. Quartz bathroom counter tops:

Many homeowners are turning to the more durable and crack resistant option of quartz surfaces over granite. Quartz counter tops are very low maintenance compared to granite counter tops. The largest provider of quartz surfaces in the Twin Cities area is Cambria Quartz surfaces , check out their new waterstone collection

4. Vessel Sinks:

Even though under mount sinks still dominate, vessel sinks are becoming popular in the more transitional and contemporary homes. This sink looks like the basin is sitting on top of the counter top. It’s a great way to get a modern look.

5. Natural stone flooring in bathroom remodels

Natural stone flooring is a beautiful and natural way to add a touch of elegance to your bathroom. Stone floors are known to be slippery, but there are installation techniques that fix this problem.