Residential Interior More Than $100,000

by Kyle Clapham


Minneapolis, Minn.


Photos: TreHus Architects + Interior Designers + Builders

Project location: Minneapolis, Minn.
Project cost: $288,000

The project focused on creating a spacious and open kitchen plan with better access and flow to adjacent spaces, including a more functional living room. Consisting of many cheap, low-quality interior renovations, the existing house looked as though it had been constructed as a theater set. The design needed to revamp this interior architecture while respecting the original architecture.

Removing a wall between the kitchen and formal dining room opened a single, ample space and pushed the functional workspace to one side, allowing traffic to pass through without infringing on the cook. The dining area was compressed by utilizing a built-in bench, which created a cozy nook and enabled the kitchen to stretch into the space. Stairs were opened up to the new kitchen.


Interior doors: Heritage
Windows: Marvin
Front entry door: Simpson Door
Locksets/hardware: Emtek
Cabinet hardware: Amerock
Refrigerator: Sub-Zero
Double oven: Thermador
Cooktop: Thermador
Dishwasher: Thermador
Hood liner: Vent-A-Hood
Kitchen sink: Kohler
Kitchen faucet: Brizo
Disposal: InSinkErator
Ceiling lights: Kichler


Lewis Builders
Carmel, Calif.


Photos: Lewis Builders

Location: Carmel-by-the-Sea, Calif.
Square footage: 1,546
Project cost: $976,169

Lewis Builders completely redesigned this cottage from an average house to a beach adjacent getaway. Featuring an odd floorpan configuration with the kitchen tucked back down a hallway, and a main living area that was not oceanside, the living area was dark and closed off. Water run-off from the city street came down the driveway, directly into a lower garage, and water from deck above garage caused water intrusion.

Lewis Builders redesigned the floor plan to allow ocean views from the first step inside the front door and fully waterproofed the deck surface to protect the lower garage. They also worked with city to revise hardscape and redirect street run-off to avoid water intrusion into garage.


4-panel Accordian pine door by Marvin
Custom cabinets with Vadara Quartz – Concreto Leather countertops
Kitchen backsplash: Sonoma Stellar – “Aira” color “Cornflower Blue”
Flooring: Hakwood European Oak plank
Appliances: Thermador range & dishwasher; Fisher & Paykel panel-ready french door refrigerator
Waterproofed deck surface covered in Emser Tile – Alpine – Espresso


Hogan Design & Construction
Geneva, Ill.


Photos: Andy Mamott

Designer: Haven Design Group, LLC
Project location: Geneva, Ill.
Square footage: 800
Project cost: $177,000

The angular layout of this space posed several difficult design aspects for the remodeling team. The clients wanted a brighter, more open-concept area for cooking and entertaining and needed a better use of space for day-to-day functionality, but the original layout was cramped and claustrophobic, and didn’t lend itself to ease of use.

By addressing the traffic flow and odd angles with our cabinet design, Hogan Design and Construction was able to deliver to their client’s expectations. The neutral color palette brightens up the space and creates a timeless look, while the tile and wood finishes create texture. The coffered ceiling is a statement piece, the more open feel is perfect for entertaining, and the flow works even during the busiest event.


Faucets/sinks: Kohler
Cambria Quartz: Ella
Cabinets: Woodharbor Custom Cabinetry – Breeze Collection
Microwave: Wolf
Range: Wolf
Dishwasher: ASKO
Undercounter beverage center: Sub-Zero
Refrigerator/freezer: Sub-Zero

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