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Shower Remodel in St. Paul

As our clients age-in-place, they decided that their existing bathtub/shower combo was becoming too unsafe.  Our solutions included eliminating the tub in favor of a shower, so no more tub to climb over to get into the shower!  In addition, our team installed grab bars, a custom handheld shower system, and plenty of shelves inside of the shower for storage.  In addition, new luxury vinyl tile flooring was installed throughout the room.  The old tub area was quite dark, so additional lighting was added for safety and ease of use.  The new shower walls are solid-surface panels, so there is no grout to clean.  No changes were made to the vanity or cabinets.

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Townhome Improvements

Sometimes a full remodel isn’t needed to accomplish our clients goals.  In this case, our client liked the layout and cabinets in her kitchen.  She wanted to update it a bit and finish it with materials that were easy to maintain.  Our team replaced the countertops, sinks, and faucets in not only the kitchen but also all of the bathrooms.  Cambria quartz countertops were used for maximum beauty and durability.  In addition, the flooring throughout the home was replaced with luxury vinyl tile and solid wood.  The kitchen appliances were replaced with new stainless models.  Most of the interior was painted, and the kitchen received new cabinet hardware and a tile backsplash.  A nice change without the expense of a full remodel!

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MAIN LEVEL REMODEL

GOALS & OVERVIEW

Our clients had recently moved into this home.  They knew it needed some updates and felt that it had great potential to be their “forever home” but weren’t sure what was needed to make it perfect.  Our clietns are a busy family, so our plan needed to address the needs of all ages and abilities, as well as enough flexibility to change with them as the kids grow older.

DESIGN & PLANNING

A wall ran down the center of the home, dividing the kitchen and living areas.  Our team quickly identified the removal of this wall as a priority, as removing it would all for many more design options.  A structural engineer was brought in to investigate, and much to our surprise, we discovered that the wall was not load-bearing and could be removed without any additional support needed.  Next, the kitchen area was planned and designed.

KITCHEN

Various workstations were incorporated into the design, allowing multiple users to work on different tasks without getting in each-others way.  These stations included the microwave, sink/dishwasher, range, and a unique cabinet that incorporates the highly-used coffee maker and toaster.  Ample space was given between the stations and center island to keep users from bumping into each other.  Finally, a solid walnut integrated breakfast counter was designed to allow the kids to work on homework while mom and dad cook dinner.  Rustic alder cabinets in a dark stain look great and contain all of the modern bells and whistles.  Cambria quartz countertops look great and are easy to clean and maintain.  Our clients loved the huge front window and didn’t want to replace it, so our designer integrated a flip-top bench beneath it for additional storage and seating.  The kitchen lighting includes undercabinet, overhead, and task-specific lighting.  All lighting is LED and controlled by dimmers for efficiency.

MAIN LEVEL

In addition to the kitchen, the newly-opened up main level contains room for a large dining table and a seating/conversation space.  The lighting was designed to illuminate each space separately or together, and dimmers allow our clients to set the perfect lighting for whatever activity or mood they are in.  All of the main level flooring was replacing with luxury vinyl plank.  Walls and ceilings were painted, and the exterior doors and patio door were replaced.  Some interior doors were replaced, along with moulding and trim.  A new guardrail system was installed around the open stairway.  A custom storage nook was placed near the family entrance to create a “drop zone” when entering the home.

BATHROOMS

The bathroom layouts remained the same, but the spaces were completely updated.  Numerous plumbing and electrical issues were addressed prior to the beautiful new finishes being installed.  The hall bathroom will serve 2 children and guests.  It received beautiful herringbone tile on the floor and a lovely glass inlay in the tub area.  Speaking of the tub, the huge soaker tub will be borrowed by mom on a regular basis.  The dark blue vanity adds some fun to this space.  The 2nd bathroom received nice hex tile on the floor, and a clean white palette for the rest of the room.

DESIGNER

Melissa Buchanan

PROJECT MANAGER

Eric Bader

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Master Bath & Closet

This bathroom had way too many walls, too many doors, and a very poor use of space.  Although large, the shower was claustrophobic due to having too many walls and not enough glass.  In addition, the toilet was tucked into it’s own tiny room, also feeling claustrophobic.  While the closet was large, some odd angles limited the usefulness of the space.

Our design team came up with some different ideas for using the space, and the clients ultimately decided on a great open plan.  Although the new bathroom is actually less square feet than before, it feels much more open.  The shower is enclosed with glass instead of walls.  A new tub was added.  A large double vanity and a linen cabinet round out the bathroom area.  In addition, a custom closet system makes the best use of space in the closet area.

Our design team helped our clients select finishes that are both durable and beautiful.  The custom cabinets feature soft close drawers.  Cambria quartz countertops look great and are easy to keep clean.  The porcelain floor tile looks just like natural stone.  In the shower, the back panel is Cambria to match the vanity top and provide some “wow” factor, while the sides are white Corian to keep the cost within budget.  The tub is surrounded by a wavy white tile that is simply beautiful.

 

Design Team:

Leah Johnson – Floor plan/layout

Carly Hand – Cabinets

Jennifer Leslie – Fixtures and Finishes

 

Project Manager:

Eric Bader

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Riverfront Retreat

Our clients have a lovely home on the Mississippi River in Newport.  Their wish was to increase the size of the master bedroom, create a large walk in closet, and improve the ventilation and lighting in these spaces.  Maximizing the view and breezes from the river was of utmost importance.  In addition, the bathroom was in dire need of a renovation.  The project involved taking 3 upstairs bedrooms and converting them into a large master suite.

DESIGN AND PLANNING PROCESS

During our initial meetings with the clients, we discussed their needs and lifestyle in more detail.  Discussions were had regarding number of bedrooms and resale value, as well as any potential for future family expansion or children.  Some general ideas were sketched out for the bedroom areas and bathroom.  These sketches were turned over to our design team, who drew some computerized ideas and plans.  5 initial floor plans were presented.  After reviewing these with the client, a hybrid idea was developed, which our architect ran with and drew up.  A structural engineer was brought in to verify that the walls we wished to remove were not load bearing.  Our cabinet designer drew up some great ideas for the bathroom.  Once the plans were approved by the client, our design team worked with the clients to pick out the cabinets, tile, fixtures, etc. that would go into the space.  Finally, our trade partners were brought in to walk through the project and alleviate any construction concerns or plan tweaks that may have been needed.

BEDROOM & CLOSET HIGHLIGHTS

3 bedrooms and 2 small closets were converted into a large master suite with huge walk-in closet.  Additional walls were framed to create new separations between the hallway and this new space.  The existing plaster was carefully blended with new drywall to ensure that the spaces looked like they had always been this way.  Special high-build ceiling paint was used to ensure an even finish in this brightly lit space.   Our trim carpenters installed new pocket doors and trim.  The painters did a beautiful job with the rich color palette.  In these areas, the hardwood floors were patched and the entire area refinished.  Our electricians installed new lighting, ceiling fans, and additional outlets for our clients convenience.

BATHROOM HIGHLIGHTS

Our clients had a strong wish for a black and white space.  These can be some of the most difficult finishes to work with, as every imperfection sticks out like a sore thumb.  The tub was removed to create a large walk-in shower and linen closet.  The porcelain tile floor sits on top of an in-floor heat system.  A combination of fixtures from different brands were used in order to provide the custom look that our clients were seeking.  A custom clear glass door and panel allows light to pass into the shower area and combines with a huge mirror to make the room feel larger.  Black cabinets were designed to maximize storage, and the Cambria quartz countertop looks amazing and will be a breeze to keep clean.

FINISHING TOUCHES

An upgraded electrical panel will provide plenty of power to the home, and some dated plumbing piping was replaces.  A sliding rustic alder barn door separates the hallway from the master suite.  A new craftsman-style fiberglass front door puts the exclamation point on this beautiful project.

TIMELINE

This project took about 3 months to design and plan.  Construction was completed in about 3-1/2 months.

DESIGN CREDITS

Leah Johnson & Carly Hand

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Powder Room Refresh

This powder room received a nice facelift.  The cramped pedestal sink was replaced with a custom cabinet from our shop, along with a new countertop and faucet.  A new mirror, light fixture, and accessories finish things off, along with a fresh coat of paint.

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Beige Bathroom

This project design features a very warm palette, which was a nice change from the gray tones that are so popular now.  This bathroom received all new finishes.  The footprint was kept the same to avoid a full gut job and keep the cost within a tight budget.  Finishes include birch cabinets, luxury vinyl flooring, and biscuit colored fixtures.

 

Designer:  Tracy Morris

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Townhome Updates

This single level townhome received some cosmetic updates.

KITCHEN

The existing cabinets remained in place.  New Cambria quartz countertops were installed, along with a gorgeous tile backsplash.  New vinyl plank flooring and paint look great.  Fresh paint and lighting completes the look.  Rollout trays were added to the existing lower cabinets.  This looks like a brand new kitchen, even though the cabinets and appliances didn’t change!

MASTER BATH/CLOSET

This floor plan includes a small walk-in-closet inside of the bathroom.  The old wire shelving was ditched and a new custom closet system was installed to maximize every inch of this small space.  In addition, a new custom oak vanity was built to give our client a few drawers which she didn’t have previously.  A coat of paint, new countertop and faucet, and mirror finishes off the room.

GUEST BATH

A simple update was done in the guest bath.  A new custom oak vanity was built in our shop, and installed along with a new countertop and faucet.  Fresh paint, mirror, and accessories finish it off.

 

DESIGNER

Jennifer Leslie

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Townhome Remodel

This townhome was built in 1986 and still had most of it’s original parts.  Our clients wishes were pretty straightforward:  Bring the home into this timeframe, and improve the look and function of the spaces.  He wished for a clean simple look that would require minimal maintenance.

KITCHEN

The galley kitchen was surrounded by load-bearing and exterior walls.  Our client actually enjoyed the layout of the existing kitchen, so we kept the layout similar.  The upper cabinets go full height to the ceiling, eliminating the dust collection space that was above the original cabinets.  The white cabinets are a shaker style to keep the look simple.  Quartz countertops will be easy to maintain and add a little sparkle.  The floor looks like carrera marble but is actually a luxury vinyl tile.  Black stainless appliances really pop against the lighter finishes.  A counter-depth fridge was specified so as not to intrude on the rest of the room.  The backsplash is subtle and pulls a touch of the veining color out of the floor.

BATHROOM

This bathroom is tiny and cramped.  We briefly considered expanding into other spaces, but our clients budget and desire to maintain the adjacent walk in closet and kids bathroom meant that we needed to get creative within the existing space.  In place of a tub, a large shower was created.  The shower walls are Corian solid surface panels, with a stripe of black accent tile.  The new toilet has a small footprint.  The new vanity cabinets are slightly shallower than normal to add a little more space.  Finally, the door was replaced and hung to swing into the adjacent bedroom instead of into the bathroom, further adding some precious space.

OTHER TOUCHES

The luxury vinyl tile floor was carried through the entry and hallway areas of the home, which helped tie these spaces to the kitchen and make things easier for our clients during wet weather.  Light fixtures were replaced throughout the home.  The laundry washer and dryer were replaced with commercial grade appliances.

DESIGNER

Lindsey Maddas

PROJECT MANAGER

Eric Bader

 

TESTIMONIAL

I am very happy with my kitchen and bathroom remodels. Allrounder met me at four different businesses to help me select new lighting fixtures, appliances, plumbing fixtures, and flooring. Allrounder took care of hiring the subcontractors, which made the remodeling process so much easier. The quality of the work completed was excellent. I’m already planning on hiring Allrounder in a few years to finish my basement.

— Steve, Eagan MN

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St. Paul White & Gray Bath

This project was an example of the trouble that many of our clients in St Paul have:  Updating and modernizing while staying true to the character of the home.  Our team worked closely with the clients to strike a great balance of modern yet thoughtful to the history of the space.  Modern touches included updated fixtures and sleek gray tile in the tub surround.  These balanced nicely with the built-in medicine cabinet and existing mouldings, which were carefully restored and painted.

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