Just a Taste of Some Beautiful Custom Cabinetry…

One of the more enjoyable aspects of the construction/remodeling business is the opportunity to meet so many wonderful people. Recently, we did two onsite photo shoots.  We visited John and Cleo Thomas, and were amazed at the detail and craftsmanship of their cabinetry. We also visited with Dick and Paula Goebel and were inspired by the beauty and warmth of the oak cabinetry at their home on Lake Stella.   An added benefit of the day was the introduction to a very gifted professional photographer. Emily Neubarth from Essence Photography shared her talents with our organization.

Featured Project: Goebel Remodel

For the past several months, we have had the opportunity to work with the Goebel family on a substantial remodel. Their former modest cabin has undergone a pretty impressive transformation to truly become their dream lake home. If you follow the Larson Family of Companies page on Facebook, you have been able to watch the progress. As we begin to close the door on this extensive remodel project, we thought we would share a few interesting facts and photos with you. [Read more…]

Everybody needs a good road map.

A certain delivery company talks about how they love logistics.  In fact, they go to the extreme end of things to make sure their customers appreciate all of the details that their services provide.  A kitchen remodel can become a logistical nightmare.  Planning, shopping, dreaming, and, of course, coordinating, can challenge even the greatest organizational masterminds.

We too, tend to love logistics.  We encourage our potential customers to dream when it comes to their kitchen.  If you recall, our organization is working with Brooke and Andy Thrall with a kitchen make over project.  What you see in the picture to the left is Brooke’s homework assignment.  (We asked her dream a little about what she would like to see changed in her kitchen.)  The sketch that she completed becomes the backbone of our plan for her.  Brooke is extremely limited with her kitchen design as she has structural issues to keep in mind through the remodeling process.  She, however, did an outstanding job of relaying her plans/desires through a very simple sketch.

After our design team spent a little time with Brooke and her plan, we were able to convert those wishes into a workable concept that encompasses most of what Brooke wanted.  We plan on utilizing some new cabinetry, and to help stretch the remodel dollars, we will also incorporate some refacing.  I am confident that Brooke will absolutely fall in love with the pantry unit that we have inserted into the plan.  Her original kitchen was terribly short on storage.  The pantry, with the use of some pull out shelves, will virtually eliminate her storage issues.

Brooke is now in the final stages of her responsibilities.  (A laminate counter-top decision must be made as well as a wood species and hardware.)  Once those issues are resolved, then it is time for our production and installation teams to step into the mix of things, and turn all of the planning and dreaming into reality.


A real metamorphosis!

Met-a-mor-pho-sis [met-uhmawrfuh-sis] N  A profound change from one stage to the next, or a complete change of form, structure, or substance.

The definition of the word metamorphosis reminds me so much of childhood science classes and the experiment involving a caterpillar, and the Monarch Butterfly.  The planning, the preparation, anticipation, and finally the emergence of the beautiful butterfly has provided numerous memories for all involved.

Andy_Brooke Before

We are about to embark on a very memorable metamorphosis with a local couple and their “ugly kitchen.”  Andy and Brooke were the winners of our Ugly Kitchen contest that we recently sponsored. Their small, severely cramped kitchen is lacking functional, usable storage.  (Note the cramped counter-top to the right of Brooke in the picture.  That’s right, you are not seeing things; the upper cabinet comes within 6″ of the top of the lower base unit!!)  The fibercore doors are antiquated, and are in dire need of replacement.  The overall layout of the existing kitchen is adequate for two busy professionals like Andy and Brooke, but lacks practicality as a true home resource.

As is the case with the science experiment, the first essential aspect of this project is the planning stage.  Brooke has completed her homework assignments, and has created a wish list, including simple sketches of ideas that she and Andy have considered.  Our design team will then attempt to coordinate those dreams into a structurally acceptable, functionally appropriate kitchen with as many options as a small kitchen can accommodate.

Dated and cramped kitchen before makeoverFollow us on our journey of the transformation of this “ugly kitchen” into a beautiful centerpiece that Brooke and Andy can be very proud of!



“Holy Baby Rabbits,” Batman, they are everywhere!

With many local projects being completed in Hutchinson right now, I thought I’d take a couple of minutes to introduce everyone to our two highest profile projects.

We are proud of the work being completed for Gary and Donna Reetz at 345 Hasson Street in Hutchinson, MN.  The Reetz’s were tired of the endless maintenance required with an out-dated asphalt roof, and decided to invest in a new stone-coated Gerard Roof System.  The Reetz’s selected the Granite Ridge panel in the charcoal color. Swing by Hasson Street and watch the progress, as we update this beautiful, classic Hutchinson home with a new roof system that features today’s state of the art techonology.

We are also excited to feature the siding update at Christ the King Lutheran Church in Hutchinson.  This renovation features our ABC Seamless Siding in a seamless vertical panel.  The Cedar color is one of our newer panel colors.  Make sure you notice the updates!

Everyone at the Larson Family of Companies is extremely proud of the work that we continue to do in our local community.  The confidence and trust that residents of Hutchinson have placed in us for the last 44 years is inspiring!

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