Royal Oaks Design
Lake Elmo, Minn.

Pillar Homes
Project name: Cottage Makeover
Project location: Wayzata, Minn.
Square footage: 1,299
Project cost: $250,000


After touring a model home across the street, the clients’ two boys fell in love with a sport court and insisted their family needed one in their own house. They had only lived there for a year but were eager to make changes to accommodate their lifestyle. The plans began with the sport court connected to the garage and evolved to include a bonus room above it with a connecting hallway.

Not only did the hallway help unify the home aesthetically and functionally, but its exterior was also designed as an archway to blend new and old details. The stucco-clad cottage and shingle-covered garage did not have much in common before the remodel. Additional features include a sleeping loft, reading areas, low windows overlooking the sport court, and access to the backyard.

Products installed

Roofing: CertainTeed
Windows: Pella

Photos: Landmark Photography


Kasper Custom Remodeling
Dallas, Texas

Project name:
Clean Contemporary Outdoor Living
Project location: Plano, Texas
Square footage: 392
Project cost: $250,000


The company had been in talks with the homeowners for years regarding their desire to create a contemporary outdoor space where they could cook, entertain and relax. After a final round of design and price negotiations, they closed the sale of the project.

They were lucky to be able to start from scratch: The land on which the new outdoor living area would be constructed was empty, save for a long-abandoned jungle gym. On a new pad of concrete, they planned to situate a gas grill and hood, warming drawers, refrigerator drawers, a galley sink, a 12-foot island, a 9-foot fire pit and a waterproof, retractable 65-inch television.

The company wanted to provide the clients with a place where they could have everything they needed to prep, cook and clean up without having to run back into the main house and leave their guests. On top of that, they integrated heating and circulating elements into the design to give the clients the opportunity to use their space for most of the year.

Products installed

Grill: Wolf
Vent hood: Wolf
Refrigerator: Sub-Zero
Cabinetry: Lynx
Granite: Walker Zanger
Pendant lights: Modern Forms
Fire pit: Bobe
Flooring tile: Artistic Tile
Backsplash: Horizon Italian Tile

Photos: Michael Hunter Photography


Kasper Custom Remodeling
Dallas, Texas

Project name:
The Cabana
Project location: Dallas, Texas
Square footage: 566 (enclosed), 130 (covered porch)
Project cost: $360,000


The purpose of this project was to ditch the old shed and create a place where the clients could relax and entertain. The new cabana was also meant to serve as an invitation for house/party guests to explore the clients’ spacious backyard.

The husband, who is an avid triathlete, requested a steam shower so as to help his muscles to recuperate after a long run, swim or ride. The lady of the house wanted a partial kitchen where she could have enough space and appliances to cook without creating a room that made their main kitchen redundant. She wanted a way for the new space to help take the load off of the main kitchen during parties that utilized the inside of the house and the backyard.

The company employed the assistance of an architect, an interior designer and a landscape architect (who would be responsible for designing and installing the pool adjacent to the cabana) to create a space that completely wowed the homeowners, fit in with the existing home and fulfilled the desires listed above.

Products installed

Tile: Horizon Italian Tile
Fan: Big Ass Fans
Countertop: Quartz Master
Sink: Native Trails
Faucet: Rocky Mountain Hardware
Toilet: TOTO
Showerhead: Jaclo
Waterfall showerhead: Artos Quarto
Lighted mirror: Integrity
Steam generator: Steamist

Photos: Michael Hunter Photography

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