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  • Colorful Kitchen

    Kitchens in older homes can be a challenge, and this one was no exception.  They are often too small, too cramped, and don’t make good use of limited space.  Previous owners had remodeled this kitchen prior to our clients living there.  While it worked, it just never “felt right” for our clients.  In addition, the materials and finishes used were not of very good quality and were starting to deteriorate.  The goal for our team on this project was to make the most of a limited space, and update using finishes that would hold up well and fit our clients style.

    During the design process, our team came up with a 2-zone idea that our clients really liked.  The primary zone would be where cooking and dishwashing would occur, and the second zone would be for storage and a little additional prep space for larger cooking tasks.  In addition, our clients love a lot of color and variety of finishes, so our team was challenged with carefully making a lot of different textures and colors look good together.

    Our client couldn’t be more thrilled with the results.  The “zones” are distinguished by two different cabinet colors.  High quality cabinets are used for long term durability.  Cambria quartz countertops are durable as heck and look great.  An old-fashioned green linoleum floor looks amazing.  The backsplash features red and yellow tile that really pops.

    For function, the cabinets include soft-close hardware and some hidden organizers.  Tons of new lighting was added, including undercabinet lighting.  The old weight-pocket windows were replaced with new Marvin double hungs.

    The ultimate “victory” with this project:  When the Building Inspector stopped by for final inspections, his jaw dropped and he said, “wow, this really turned out beautiful!”  Inspectors normally don’t show that type of emotion.

    DESIGN TEAM:

    Kitchen Design, Plans, and Cabinets/Countertops:  Carly Hand

    Flooring, Tile, Paint Colors:  Tracy Morris

     

    PROJECT MANAGER:

    Eric Bader

     

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    Full Home in St. Paul

    This project touched nearly every room on all 3 floors of the home.

    KITCHEN

    The crown jewel of this project is the kitchen.  Careful planning and a full gut job allowed this space to really open up and become a useful space for our clients.  Old wonky framing was repaired.  The plumbing, electrical, and ventilation were all brought up to date.  Spray foam insulation made an instant difference in the comfort level of the room before the drywall went up.  Custom trim was curated to perfectly match what was in the other rooms of the home, and then the painters did a great job in making it all pop.

    Next, the custom cabinets were installed.  The cabinets include soft close doors and drawers, along with hidden rollout trays and a trash/recycling drawer.  Cambria quartz countertops look great and will be easy to maintain.  The wavy tile backsplash is super fun.  Tons of lighting was included ,both overhead and undercabinet.  Stainless appliances finish things off.

    BASEMENT

    A foundation leak led to much of the existing finishes being removed.  A drain tile system with sump pump was installed to deter future water infiltration.  Our team discussed some different ideas and options with the clients.  Ultimately it was decided to maintain the existing wood wall coverings on the existing interior walls, and rebuild the exterior walls with a drywall covering.  Painting all of these surfaces the same color really ties things together.  Since the ceiling height was so low, we left it open instead of covering it with drywall.  Painting the existing floor framing above makes the space feel much taller than it really is.  Our team added tons of lighting and updated the electrical system.  Updated heating supplies and returns, along with spray foam insulation really makes this basement feel cozy, even during winter months.

    LIVING ROOM/HALLWAY/BEDROOMS

    These areas received a nice cosmetic update.  Walls, ceilings, and trim were painted.  The wood floors were sanded and refinished.  Fun note on the wood floors:  2 other wood floor companies turned the job down because they didn’t feel the floors could be saved.  Kudos to our team for their efforts and beautiful results.  The finished attic received new vinyl plank flooring, along with new carpet on the stairs.

    OTHER TOUCHES

    Both exterior storm doors were replaced and a new electrical subpanel was installed.

    DESIGN TEAM

    Kitchen – Carly Hand

    Flooring and colors – Tracy Morris

    PROJECT MANAGER

    Eric Bader

     

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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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    Luxury Kitchen

    Our clients wished for a professionally-detailed kitchen that would be worthy of a gourmet chef.  As the design developed, more items were added to really improve the luxury and function of this home.  This intensive project touched on nearly every room in the house.

    DESIGN

    As the design evolved, 3 primary focus points were decided on.  Each adds something unique without working against each other.

    First is the giant island with seating for six.  Our clients really wanted to be able to comfortably host a small gathering without having to spread out.  The unique shape of the island allows traffic flow while still comfortably seating six people.  After deciding on the perfect island layout, our design team determined that the refrigerator would stick out too far into the room to achieve good traffic flow.  Our solution was to open up the wall behind the fridge to create an alcove for it to recess into.  This involved removing a load-bearing wall and installing a header, as well as moving ductwork and drain piping that was in the way.

    The next focal point is the copper exhaust hood.  Our client found this and fell in love with it.  It’s a beautiful piece of art that happens to serve a ventilation purpose.  The hood required careful coordination between the design team, HVAC installer, carpenter, and electrician to make sure that it fit just right and functioned perfectly.  Due to some overhead structural beams, the exhaust ductwork needed to remain below the ceiling level of the kitchen.  Our cabinet company did an amazing job of creating a chase within the upper cabinets to hide the ductwork.

    Our clients live along a lake, so a giant window was specified in order to maximize the view.  Our only concern was losing all of that upper cabinet storage space.  As usual, our design team came up with some wonderful alternative storage, including huge drawers in the island with organizers for plates and bowls that would normally be stored in an upper cabinet.  The view from the window is absolutely stunning and we are so glad that we went for the large window.

    CABINETS

    The cabinetry is custom made, and every single inch of it is made to be useful as well as beautiful.  Features include soft close inset doors and drawers, toe-kick drawers, rollout trays, giant drawers in the island, as well as glass-front cabinets.  The primary kitchen cabinets are finished in white, while the island is a custom slate-blue.  The dining room cabinets are maple with a custom stained finish.

    COUNTERTOPS

    The giant size of the island posed 2 challenges.  First, a piece of stone that large would cause strain on the floor support system due to the enormous amount of weight.  Second, there was not a single piece of stone large enough, and seaming 2 pieces together would not guarantee that the movement in the stone would continue uninterrupted.  One of our talented trade partners was able to duplicate the look our clients craved in an epoxy overlay.  This is truly a piece of art that happens to be a countertop.  The epoxy is far less weight than stone and provided the giant seamless look that we were looking for.

    LIGHTING

    Our team specified a variety of lighting for different purposes.  General overhead lighting is accomplished with LED recessed lights.  Task lighting is achieved with undercabinet lighting, as well as pendants over the island.  Accent lighting is included in the glass cabinets to highlight treasured pieces.  All lighting is LED for energy savings and long life.  Dimmers are included for each element as well, allowing our clients to fully customize the lighting to suit their needs and mood.  Our clients found blue glass pendants while on a trip to Italy that are the perfect touch over the island.

    APPLIANCES

    These professional chef-grade appliances could be found in a commercial kitchen.  The dishwasher is whisper quiet.  The cooktop has safety features to prevent accidental use and burns.  The fridge is not only huge, but includes features to keep food from spoiling.

    OTHER FEATURES

    The kitchen backsplash is simple but really ties the other elements together without distraction.  The home’s interior was painted with a lush matte finish from Hirshfields.  The wood floors on the main level were refinished.  Minor upgrades were made to plumbing fixtures throughout the home.

    DESIGN TEAM

    Julie & Brian Widiker – Layout and Cabinets

    Jennifer Leslie – Finishes and Colors

    Eric Bader – Lighting

    PROJECT MANAGER

    Eric Bader

     

    TESTIMONIAL

    We started our kitchen remodel journey without a contractor and did not know if we needed one. Allrounder came highly recommended by a couple of vendors we visited. Best decision ever!

    Eric and Ruth are extremely organized, detail oriented, knowledgeable, ethical, and professional. Allrounder overcame challenges that came up—which were quite a few. Including finding a vendor to create a nine-foot island countertop in one piece, moving ductwork to recess our Sub Zero refrigerator, configuring a large picture window in the kitchen, and venting for a custom copper hood.

    Allrounder protected our existing hardwood floors, doorways, staircase, and wall edges. Barriers were put up to keep dust contained yet allowed access to most of the house.

    Allrounder has excellent craftsmen they work with. They showed up every time scheduled, on time, and cleaned up before leaving.

    We had many meetings to plan our remodel prior to beginning. Allrounder provided a detailed calendar of the project plan as well as a contract. The project was finished on time.

    We love how our kitchen turned out. It is STUNNING!
    We will be using Allrounder for our next home project. We hope you will too.

    –Bob & Pat, Inver Grove Heights MN

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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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    Tiny Minneapolis Kitchen & Main Level Update

    This tiny kitchen in south Minneapolis is only 9’x9′, so it was critical to maximize every inch of it.  Our clients goals were to modernize the space, add storage and counter space, and improve the ventilation to exhaust cooking odors to the outdoors.  As a busy growing family with 2 working parents, easy cleaning and minimal maintenance were important as well.

    DESIGN & PLANNING

    Naturally our client wished for all of today’s modern appliances and conveniences, so our design team was challenged to cram everything into this tiny space.  Great collaboration between our designer and appliance company led to some great space-saving choices.  Fully custom cabinets were specified in order to make use of every inch of space.  Numerous special storage features were incorporated into the cabinets.  In addition, European-style frameless cabinets were specified to allow every inch of cabinet to be used for storage.  Careful collaboration between the plumber, cabinet company, and project manager allowed for some custom drawers to be built under the kitchen sink.

    HIGHLIGHTS & FEATURES

    The white-finished cabinets have a premium finish on them to keep them easy to clean.  Our client wished for concrete countertops because she loved the look of them.  However, when she found out about sealing and maintaining them, she was a bit dejected.  Corian quartz countertops in Dove Gray Leathered provided the look she craved with minimal maintenance.  A pull out trash drawer keeps the rubbish bin out of sight.  The dishwasher includes a cabinet panel to keep the room from looking too chopped up.  Under-sink drawers were custom built to fit around the plumbing but provide much-needed storage.  Our client opted for a smaller-than-usual sink in order to maximize the counter space.  Our mechanical contractor ran  ducting for the exhaust fan, so the fan will actually pull odors out of the room instead of just recirculating them.  Due to site conditions, some of this ductwork needed to be run through the cabinet above the microwave, so our carpenters crafted a little chase to conceal the ductwork.  Luxury vinyl sheet flooring provided the old-school look that our client wished for, along with a lower cost and easier maintenance than tile.

    OOPS

    As mentioned above, our client wished for countertops that looked like concrete, and Corian Quartz in Dove Gray Leathered looked perfect.  Unfortunately Eric put Storm Gray on the order form instead of Dove, and the counters were already installed before the mistake was realized.  So naturally, we replaced the countertops with what we had promised originally.  An expensive mistake to be sure, but it was the right thing to do.  Both colors look great in this kitchen. Which do you like better?

    MAIN LEVEL UPDATES

    A few months after the kitchen was completed, we were privileged to be invited back to finish off the main floor.  Updates included a new bathroom floor that matched what we did in the kitchen.  At some point in time, the tray ceilings were covered with knockdown texture.  After thorough testing to make sure that the texture wasn’t hazardous, it was scraped off.  The ceilings were then sealed, skim coated, sanded, primed, and painted back to what they would have looked like originally.  The old oak doors and trim were painstakingly cleaned, prepped, primed, and painted white.  80 years of age were sanded from the hardwood floors, which were then refinished with a natural polyurethane finish.  The old door hinges and heat registers were stripped of a million layers of old paint and re-painted.  After we were finished, the clients put a fresh coat of paint on the walls.

     

    Designer:  Chris Albrecht

    Project Manager:  Eric Bader

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    Condo Kitchen

    This kitchen project started with the removal of a partition wall between the kitchen and living room.  A large island with a stool overhang provides storage and seating.  We made new doors and drawer fronts for the existing kitchen cabinets, and then painstakingly prepped and enameled them all.  High-resolution laminate countertops provide the look of stone without the cost.  Luxury vinyl plank flooring looks great and is easy to maintain.  Stainless appliances and a ceramic backsplash in a herringbone pattern finishes things off beautifully.

     

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    Rosemount MN General Contractors

    WHOLE-HOME REMODEL IN APPLE VALLEY

    This complete home remodel includes a full kitchen & bathroom remodel.  In addition, the entire home received hardwood floors and a fresh coat of paint.

    KITCHEN REMODEL

    Our clients’ primary goal was to update the kitchen.  Several appliances didn’t even work anymore, and lack of good storage space meant that they had to keep pots and pans hanging from a rack on the ceiling.  In addition, our clients had set up numerous racks and carts for additional storage.

    The new kitchen features plenty of storage in the custom maple cabinetry.  The durable Cambria quartz countertops are flanked by a natural butcher block peninsula for a variety of textures to keep things visually interesting.  After multiple plumbing and electrical updates, the space was drywalled and painted.  New stainless appliances and luxury vinyl flooring finish the space.  Fully custom overhead, under-cabinet, and task lighting ensures that all work areas are illuminated.

    BATHROOM

    In the bathroom, our clients wished for a luxurious and classic feel for the space.  A unique custom cabinet package is topped with Cambria quartz countertops.  Luxury vinyl flooring mimics the look of reclaimed barnwood.  The white subway tile and chrome fixtures offer a timeless and classic elegance.

    OTHER CUSTOM TOUCHES

    In addition, the carpeting was removed from the entire home, which revealed some beautiful original hardwood flooring.  The wood flooring was painstakingly refinished to its original beauty.  While we had the home emptied out, all walls and ceilings were patched and painted.  Our carpenters created a new mantle above the fireplace, and new pillars along the staircase.

     

    TESTIMONIAL

    “I started out just remodeling a little bit and ended up doing my whole upstairs. That includes my entire kitchen, new cabinets, new floor, tile, new refrigerator, stove, the whole ball of wax. Fully new floors, the entire thing painted. And then I had hardwood floors. I had carpeting and that got ripped out and there were hardwood floors underneath and they ended up just processing that, grinding it down and then staining it. Stain and poly. Replacing boards and they had to do everything to code. I got a new fan in my family room, a fan with a light. Plug-in and new lights all over the place because everything has to be to code now.

    Everything was fantastic. Well, basically, what I want I got. It wasn’t like some of these other people that came because we were looking to remodel our house and they were giving their ideas not our ideas. These guys went hand in hand what I want I got, period. It wasn’t where, we had this other guy where he says no, you should do this and move that and blah, blah, blah. That’s not what we wanted to do.
    I would use them again.”

    — Joe & Christine, Apple Valley MN

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    Twin Cities kitchen & bath contractors

    FORM & FUNCTION IN APPLE VALLEY

    This kitchen remodel in Apple Valley MN features custom cherry cabinetry and Cambria quartz countertops.  Removing the center island reduces congestion, and the staggered cabinet heights provide visual interest.  Instead of a kitchen table, our team designed & created a custom black eating island, which is also topped with Cambria quartz.  A stainless beverage center is always stocked for when unexpected guests arrive.  An Elkay e-granite sink looks really sharp with a Delta faucet.

    Finishing touches for this project include new stainless steel appliances, refinished hardwood floors, fresh paint, and additional recessed and undercabinet lighting.

    This project was designed by Amber Nalezny and built by Allrounder Remodeling.

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    FULL TOWNHOME REMODEL

    This project touched every room of this 2-level townhome in Inver Grove Heights.  A full kitchen remodel highlights the changes.  In addition, the bathrooms were remodeled along with other custom touches.

    KITCHEN

    Our kitchen designer did a great job with very limited space in this tiny kitchen.  Full-height upper cabinets provide extra storage and eliminate dust collection space above the upper cabinets.  The refrigerator was moved from next to the range to an adjacent corner, which eliminated an unused desk and added much-needed countertop space.  The awful florescent lighting was replaced with dimmable LED recessed lights.   White cabinets, granite countertops, and a glass tile backsplash work perfectly with stainless appliances.  Kitchen Design by Chris Albrecht.

    MASTER BATH

    A full remodel of the master bath wasn’t in the budget, but we were able to make some nice changes.  The builder grade cabinets were replaced with beautiful maple cabinets with a marble countertop.  A custom matching mirror was built, and a new shower door makes the original shower feel bigger than it really is.

    POWDER ROOM

    Our client has declared the powder room to be her favorite room in the house.  The beachy feel is accomplished by a gray furniture style cabinet, sea green walls, and vinyl plank flooring that mimics the look of reclaimed wood.  A quartz countertop with integrated sink is a breeze to clean.

    LAUNDRY ROOM

    This room was clearly an afterthought by the original builder.   In addition to housing the furnace, water heater, and softener, this is also where the washer and dryer are located.  All of this in a space the size of a small walk-in closet!  To make the most of this little space, our team re-purposed an old kitchen cabinet and some wire shelving from another closet.  New appliances, paint, and vinyl plank flooring make this room more functional and less dreary than before.

    OTHER TOUCHES

    All of the interior doors were replaced with 3-panel solid oak doors.  In addition, a closet in the loft area received a dramatic rolling barn door of reclaimed wood.  The antiquated gas fireplace was replaced with a safe modern model.  The kitchen, bathrooms, laundry, and entryway received luxury vinyl plank flooring.  Other rooms received new carpet and the entire home was painted.  The entry door and storm door were replaced with new, energy efficient models that meet the townhome association requirements.

    TESTIMONIAL

    “Thank you so much for the beautiful job you did on our kitchen and baths remodel.  We appreciated your timeline (finishing before deadline) and your cleanliness.

    Thank you also for accommodating our little tweaks here and there to give us our fantastic updated kitchen. (Love the recessed lights!).”

    🙂 Kari & Kevin, Inver Grove Heights MN

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