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Fresh Start Builders

Fresh Start Companies, Inc.

901 Sixth Avenue South

Stillwater, MN 55082

phone: 651.430.2412

fax: 651.304.1242

MN BC454532


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When the Englunds moved into their 1906 Stillwater home, they knew a kitchen remodel was in their future. To say the kitchen was in need of an update would be a complete understatement. The only time any work had been done to update the kitchen was when linoleum countertops first came into style and carpet was being recommended as an acceptable flooring material for a kitchen. When the home was originally built, the kitchen was intended as a utilitarian space, certainly not something you would show off. As a result, the space carved out for cooking was modest to say the least. A remodel would have to include a complete re-working of the space and borrowing space from as many other areas as possible. The adjoining entry porch would have be used, as would a secondary undersized stairwell. As a part of the overall remodel, a small adjacent bathroom would also be remodeled and a sleeping porch for the second story master bedroom that was open underneath it would be filled in for a relocation of the stairs to the basement. Several structural beams would have to be added in order to remove walls and we would have to be creative in how we carry loads from the newly remodeled bathrooms above.

Once the space was determined, we got to work on the design. Opening the passageway into the living room would make the kitchen feel more inviting as would cutting a new opening into the dining room. We needed to move the laundry upstairs from the basement and created a great space to tuck a stackable pair into the kitchen, hidden by cabinet doors. Utilizing the space under the second story porch allowed us to move the stairs to the basement out of the kitchen and use an opening into the basement previously used by an old “Dorothy door.” We stole that space for the laundry, fridge nook and additional bathroom space.

Using all new Andersen windows in the remodel ensured consistency with the original windows in the house while drastically improving the efficiency of the room. We also made sure to spray foam into the walls and crawl space to make it as comfortable as possible. Since we had a long wall to work with, we broke up the space by creating a white Oak built-in hutch cabinet that was dyed with a dark stain to tie in to the elegant trim in the rest of the home. White painted cabinetry with plenty of storage lined the outside walls and the new island has seating for four. An apron sink rests under the gorgeous new granite countertops, contrasted by the dark stained wood floor. Thanks to the great taste and decisions made by the Englunds, their kitchen  has been completely transformed from an afterthought corner to a true focal point and entertaining hub for the home.


Englund Kitchen Remodel

“It was a pleasure working with Todd and Eric.They always had great ideas they brought to the table and listened to our ideas as well.  Their craftsmanship is wonderful and we were always excited to come home after a long days work to see the progress on our remodel.

-Todd and Jen

-Kitchen Remodel

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