“The details are not the details. They make the design. Eventually, everything connects – people, ideas, objects.”

~ Charles Eames


Design is in the Details

Built-in the 1980s, this spacious condo located in Falcon Heights was in need of a refresh.  From the paneled refrigerator to the neutral Taj Mahal Quartzite countertops, these carefully thought-out details helped to create a functional, minimalist masterpiece. 

Before & After

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Paneled Perfection

It’s hard to ignore these stunning book-matched walnut panels and cabinets. By paneling the appliances, it creates a camouflage which helps give a more natural and understated look. Overall, a cohesive design is elevated by the use of neutral countertops and flooring.


Galley-Style Design Increases Functionality

By definition, a galley-style kitchen is two parallel countertops that incorporate a walking area in between. Placing the fridge on the back wall creates the perfect triangle.  This smart design increases the ease of transitioning from fridge to stove to sink. Additionally, even with the small footprint, there is plenty of counter space to prep and storage to house your kitchen must-haves.


Subway Tile and Quartzite Countertops

A deep stainless steel sink sits below an open shelf that connects the flat-slab, euro-style cabinets. Notice that there isn’t the typical kitchen window to bring natural light in. For extra light, LED tape lights were installed. Bonus as it illuminates the porcelain subway tile backsplash. Lastly, a great alternative to marble tops, this kitchen uses Taj Mahal Quartzite countertops.


Now You See Me, Now You Don’t

In the far left corner of the kitchen there is a neat addition for these homeowners’ everyday use. This custom appliance garage/coffee station is perfect to help maintain the clean design. Imagine the ease of pulling this in and out each day!

Team Credits

Design: Mary Ellen Rantanen
Project Manager: Paul Gorton
Lead Carpenter: Leaf Enz
Photos: Troy Thies

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Thoroughness and Professionalism

Working with Ben Quie & Sons on our condominium remodel was a pleasure. We appreciated their thoroughness and professionalism throughout the process. 

~ Karen Miller