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This article compiles the best kitchen remodeling contractors in Minneapolis. We researched a number of firms, and the following 15 were chosen based on skill, background, expertise, and prior work. Several of these firms have their own showrooms, while others offer additional services such as sustainable building.
7779 Afton Rd., Woodbury, MN 55125
Drawing from Italian for “to inspire,” Ispiri Design Build showcases a portfolio filled with luxurious and stately Mediterranean and colonial inspired homes. Inspiri has also worked on contemporary rooms and spaces that have earned the firm various awards, including several Contractor of the Year (CoTY) Awards, a Big50 Award, a Chrysalis Award, and a few features in Qualified Remodeler. With an extensive array of services offered, Ispiri has shaped numerous fascinating spaces, including lower-level finishes and master suite reconstructions. The firm has also built and remodeled several outdoor spaces and installed multiple room additions. When it comes to its kitchens, the firm works in a wide variety of styles.
We particularly liked this example of its coastal inspired architecture. A former rustic themed kitchen, the firm had to remove several posts from this space to make way for new elements and to put in an open floor plan. Doing so gave the kitchen a Cape Cod vibe through the combination of blue and white and showcased its custom work through the cabinetry and personalized shiplap paneled hood. Its team also devised a way to divide the room into distinct work stations.
14) AMEK Inc.
9340 James Ave., S Bloomington, MN 55431
With over 20 years of experience, AMEK Inc. is a family-owned business that prides itself on its strong relationships which include many who are repeat clients. The company proudly uses its LifeDesign™ process to understand each client’s lifestyle in order to design and build a truly customized space. AMEK is known for its main level remodels focusing on open layouts and thoughtful kitchen design,
Through its approach, AMEK Custom Builders has received several regional and national CoTY Awards from the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) and many Remodeler of Merit Awards (ROMA) from the Builders Association of the Twin Cities (BATC) plus additional national and state recognition. AMEK has also been featured in the Minneapolis StarTribune and Midwest Home publications and on Fox9 News, and KSTP Twin Cities Live television productions.
The above project showcases the firm’s custom-made cabinetry design to optimize organization and aesthetics. The striking metallic accents complement the navy, white and walnut cabinets and red oak flooring.
13) Otogawa-Anschel Design-Build
3212 Hennepin Ave., S Minneapolis, MN 55408
Otogawa-Anschel is an award-winning design-build firm that devotes itself to green building practices and high-efficiency projects. The firm is led by Michael Anschel, a former member of NARI and GreenStar Minnesota’s Boards of Directors. He also works as a writer for the prestigious Remodeling Magazine and remains an active participant in the industry. Under his leadership, the firm has been honored with 87 awards in its two-decade-plus run and strives to provide unique, functional architectural solutions to each of the firm’s clients. Its portfolio provides insight into a vast array of designs which range from classic and traditional styles to modern and eclectic spaces, as you will see in the work featured below.
The team opened up an otherwise small, cramped kitchen and gave it a light, modern touch. A former cooking station was turned into a pantry lined with the room’s matching quartz countertops and birch stained cabinets. Colorful backsplashes were added to give the kitchen vibrancy. The firm also installed a mirroring bar counter, which doubles as office space.
12) Mantis Design + Build
465 Newton Ave., S Minneapolis, MN 55405
Mantis extends its services throughout the greater Minneapolis area and it has been decorated with over ten CoTY awards from NARI over the past decade. The firm is a recipient of a national Chrysalis Award for kitchen remodeling in the $50k to $75k category, and it has twice been featured in Qualified Remodeler for its excellent work. Furthermore, it uses a highly streamlined design-build approach and prioritizes creative designs made to tailor each of its clients’ lifestyles. It is affiliated with several organizations such as the NKBA and NARI. It also works with TreeSisters and donates 10% of its profits to reforestation.
The firm specializes in eclectic and contemporary designs. In the following project, Mantis’s team had to work with a small space that lacked storage. Mantis decluttered the kitchen and installed additional countertops and cabinetry. Upon the client’s request, it used a transitional approach, fusing the traditional with the modern.
11) Quality Cut Design | Remodel
4224 15th Ave., S Minneapolis, MN 55407
Established in 1994, Quality Cut Design Remodel began when its founder, Ken Tsui, decided to finally start up his own company after having spent several summers remodeling homes. He worked on custom interior finishes until 2004, when he met his future business partner, Andre Balkcum. Now a Certified Remodeler, Tsui and his team specialize in vintage home restorations, kitchen and bath remodeling, home additions, attic and basement finishing, wine cellar construction, and outdoor living remodeling. The firm is affiliated with the Minneapolis Heritage Preservation Commission and has won various CoTY awards, including Best Historical Renovation, Best Residential Addition, and Best Residential Bath.
Quality Cut Design also recently earned the 2017 Guildmaster Award for Service Excellence and the 2018 Guild Quality Guildmaster Award with Distinction. Its portfolio displays a variety of eclectic and traditional designs. The featured work is an example of the latter and showcases the firm’s skill in terms of crafting unique and seamless cabinetry and storage areas.
10) John Kraemer & Sons, Inc.
4906 Lincoln Dr., Edina, MN 55436
John Kraemer & Sons is the only four-time winner of the Builder of the Year Award from the BATC in Minnesota. With projects ranging from estates to cabins, the firm offers a wide range of services. The firm has worked on chateaus, contemporary-style homes, French Mediterranean mansions, country homes, lodges, lakefront homes, and even castles. Established in 1978 by founder and president Gary Kraemer, one of a few select professionals in the industry to receive the title of Certified Graduate Builder, the firm employs its own superintendents, project managers, and finish carpenters. Each client is then assigned a superintendent who is responsible for overseeing the client’s project from start to finish.
Going through its kitchen portfolio, you can see an extensive range of design expertise. The chosen project embodies this craft in its intricate details. This Tudor-inspired kitchen boasts an elegantly chambered ceiling, a chandelier, and a custom hood made of bricks.
9) Sawhill Custom Kitchens & Design
275 Market St. Suite #157, Minneapolis, MN 55405
With nearly three decades of experience, Sawhill specializes in kitchen and bathroom remodeling services, using a design-build approach. The firm is led by Tim Aden, a builder with over 40 years of experience in the kitchen and bathroom remodeling industry. He is an expert in almost every facet of kitchen design from cabinetry and countertops to trimmings and fixtures. He was the National Director of the NKBA’s Minnesota chapter from 1990 to 2000. With this extensive background, he has led the firm to be published on the pages of Midwest Home and to win numerous accolades from the NKBA for its kitchen work of all sizes from small to large. The firm has also been recognized for its sustainable designs and artisan work.
The following project is an example of its Mediterranean work. The owners bought this house with the Spanish inspired architecture intact, but as the years went by, they realized that it needed some updating. The firm installed a beautiful mosaic just above the stoves and built a luxurious custom hood to accompany it. The firm also made use of a rich red and brown palette, emphasized through the varnished woodwork, flooring, and kitchen island.
8) Vujovich Design Build, Inc.
275 Market St. #521, Minneapolis, MN 55405
Vujovich specializes in high-end luxury projects and typically designs, remodels, and builds homes starting at $50k. Aside from kitchens, some of its other projects include bathrooms, renovations of period homes, and newly built custom homes. It extends its services throughout the Twin Cities and has been in the industry since 1977. Since then, it has been the recipient of several awards from both NARI and BATC which recognize not only its kitchens but also its exquisite historical renovations and restorations. It has also been published in Artful Living Magazine and is affiliated with the American Society of Interior Designers and the American Institute of Architects.
Its designs often feature classic and traditional themes, as seen in the charming project below. The firm installed a luxurious chandelier and further emphasized the regality of the space through the color palette. It also infused a more modern touch through the unique tile pattern by the kitchen island.
7) Bluestem Construction
6542 W Lake St., St. Louis Park, MN 55426
Bluestem Construction has been in the industry since 1999 and specializes in kitchens, bathrooms, basements, and home additions. Its work has been featured on ProRemodeler Magazine and it has been recognized with several CoTY awards from NARI. It uses a design-build approach, emphasizing the personalization that can come through remodeling work.
The firm offers its clients a full range of design services and handles every aspect of each project it takes on. A dedicated design team and project manager is also assigned to each of their remodeling projects, and Bluestem maintains clear and consistent communication with each of its clients throughout the entire process.
6) White Crane Construction
5001 28th Ave., S Minneapolis, MN 55417
White Crane Construction is an award-winning firm that uses a design-build approach and specializes in residential remodeling. Its team is comprised of a group of skilled in-house designers, project managers, trade partners, and carpenters, all of whom are responsible for the firm’s acclaimed work. Since its establishment in 2002, the firm has won several CoTY awards for its historic restorations and kitchen renovations. It is also among 550 firms named by Remodeling Magazine as the nation’s leading remodelers. The firm is affiliated with the American Society of Interior Designers and the American Institute of Architects thanks to its vast background, extensive craftsmanship, and style.
The featured work showcases the firm’s excellence in contemporary and industrial inspired spaces. This kitchen comes from White Crane’s work on a remodel of a loft that needed a few updates. Prior to the firm’s remodel, this kitchen was reminiscent of the classic builder grade style. With the help of some new accents, complementing wood, and metal elements, the firm’s team was able to come up with this look that united the entire space.
5) Murphy Bros
1613 93rd Ln., NE Minneapolis, MN 55449
With over 35 years of industry experience, Murphy Bros offers three levels of remodeling services: major home remodeling, professional handyman work, and kitchen and bathroom remodeling. The firm is led by founder John Murphy, a certified remodeler and architect who has successfully completed over 2,000 projects for more than a thousand clients. It specializes in contemporary, traditional, and transitional designs and has had its work featured on Qualified Remodeler. The firm has also won several CoTY awards for its residential remodeling as well as entire house remodeling. It has also been distinguished with several GuildMaster awards for its service to the community and even received the 2017-2018 BBB Torch Award for Ethics in Business.
The following project won the firm a regional CoTY in the under $150k category. For this kitchen, the firm had to remove a pantry wall that blocked the kitchen from the living area, which gave it more space. It also enlarged the center island to give the clients an entertainment area, used softer drawers, let more natural light into the room, and finished with contemporary touches.
4) Crystal Kitchens
3620 Winnetka Ave., N Minneapolis, MN 55427
Crystal Kitchens is a woman-owned and operated firm that specializes in kitchen and bathroom work. Aside from remodeling, it also offers cabinetry and countertop work and is known for its stunning contemporary and transitional kitchens. Clients looking for a clear idea of the firm’s abilities may visit the firm’s 8,800 square foot showroom solely dedicated to kitchens and bathrooms. Clients can get a firsthand glimpse of some of the firm’s award-winning designs, without an appointment, and get a consultation with some of the company’s award-winning designers. The firm also incorporates several green building methods. In particular, it works with products and techniques that save energy and aid in the creation of a more sustainable home. Some of the firm’s most noteworthy awards include being named Remodeler of the Year by BATC in 2014, as well as several accolades from the NKBA for its kitchen and artisan work.
The following project showcases the firm’s contemporary work. For this kitchen, the team made generous use of straight lines and the color white to emphasize modernity. Several additional overhead lights were also installed along with storage and entertainment space.
3) TreHus Builders, Inc.
3017 4th Ave., S Minneapolis, MN 55408
Established in 1982, TreHus is a multi-award-winning design-build firm that offers a full range of services and specializes in craftsman and traditional architectural styles. It is led by David Amundson, who directly takes charge of the company’s unique design-build approach and manages every aspect of a remodel the firm takes on. His “Master Carpenter System” is the first of its kind in the industry. Through this process, carpenters and craftsmen may further enrich their knowledge and skills through sharing, which is encouraged by this streamlined system. The staff also includes specialty and master carpenters, architects and designers affiliated with the American Institute of Architects and the American Society of Interior Designers, and several highly skilled project managers.
Together, they have worked to achieve several accomplishments under the firm’s name. Some of which include a feature on Qualified Remodeler and numerous Chrysalis Awards. As a matter of fact, the firm was once honored with a Decade of Excellence Award from the organization. This distinction is the highest award Chrysalis grants, only awarded to firms that have consistently won an award for the past decade. One of its craftsman inspired kitchens can be seen below. Here, it opted for a neutral, earthy palette and emphasized sophistication through the choice of cabinetry and the chambered ceiling.
2) DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen
6801 Wayzata Blvd. Suite #4, St. Louis Park, MN 55426
Originally known as Worldwide Refinishing Systems, Inc., the firm was once hailed by Remodeling Magazine as the sixth largest full-service remodeling company in the nation. The firm is the proud recipient of more than 15 GuildMaster Awards and over five Big50 Awards from Remodeling Magazine. Given its name, it is best known for its bath and kitchen work, but also provides an extensive range of other interior remodeling services. The firm has worked on several home offices and home entertainment centers. Although it generally builds within a wide range of styles, its portfolio is dominated by contemporary, traditional, and modern themes.
The following project showcases its transitional work. The firm installed an eye-catching granite backsplash and opted for a seamless infusion of the kitchen’s modern elements with its traditional cabinetry. It also maintained the floor plan and installed several new lights to make the room seem even larger.
1) McDonald Remodeling
6015 Cahill Ave. E Suite #100, Inver Grove Heights, MN 55076
Founded by Jim McDonald in 1976, McDonald Remodeling’s portfolio is filled with ranch, farmhouse, and modern-style homes and spaces. Currently led by Greg Alsterlund, the firm is a proud recipient of numerous CoTY, ROMA, and Chrysalis Awards for Best Kitchen, Best Bathroom, and Best Basement. Its stellar work has been featured in Qualified Remodeler, which honored the firm with a Master Design Award. The firm has also appeared in Mpls. St. Paul Magazine, HOME, and Domino Magazine. It uses the design-build approach to handle every facet of new home construction or remodel. The approach comes in handy during kitchen remodels in particular, due to the specific elements that go in them, including plumbing and fixtures.
The featured kitchen is from a home which dates back to the ‘70s. It was expanded and given a more modern appeal but remained true to its original form as per the client’s wish. A coffee bar was added, storage space was constructed, and a beautifully minimalist backsplash installed.
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