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Project Feature: Minnetonka Main Level Transformation


We’re excited to finally share the details of this stunning main level transformation our team recently completed! The homeowner of this Minnetonka, Minnesota rambler, felt like her main level had become dated and a little cramped. The original floor plan featured a large fireplace that extended from the basement up through the roof, which separated the kitchen and family room. To create a more functional, open floor plan, we removed the entire fireplace structure.

Once we started demolition on the main level, our team found some structural issues with the roof. The repair required removing and rebuilding the roof structure in the middle of winter. Despite the setback, the final design turned out beautifully!

We love the mix of white cabinets with stained cherry, which adds warmth and depth to the space. The kitchen is so much more functional now, thanks to the ample counter space and a generous island topped with a gorgeous quartz countertop. Creative storage solutions in the drawers and cabinets keep the kitchen organized and clutter-free.  The great room’s wood beams and fireplace mantle perfectly complement the built-ins and give the space character. Rounding out this main level transformation is the newly remodeled sunroom, which features shiplap and wood beam ceiling accents.

Our team had so much fun working on this project, and the homeowner was a joy to work alongside! She knew her vision was from the beginning, which made it easy for us to bring it to life. Keep scrolling for a closer look at this newly renovated Minnetonka rambler—and be sure to get in touch with our team to discuss your next remodeling project. We’d love to help you complete your home transformation!

Design Details

Cabinets: Modern Design Cabinetry
Fireplace: Sherman Masonry
Countertops: Cambria
Appliances: Warners’ Stellian



Before Main Level Remodel in Minnetonka MN by Knight Construction

Before Main Level Remodel in Minnetonka MN by Knight Construction

Before Main Level Remodel in Minnetonka MN by Knight Construction

Before Main Level Remodel in Minnetonka MN by Knight Construction

Before Main Level Remodel in Minnetonka MN by Knight Construction




After Main Level Remodel in Minnetonka MN by Knight Construction

After Main Level Remodel in Minnetonka MN by Knight Construction

After Main Level Remodel in Minnetonka MN by Knight Construction

After Main Level Remodel in Minnetonka MN by Knight Construction

After Main Level Remodel in Minnetonka MN by Knight Construction

After Main Level Remodel in Minnetonka MN by Knight Construction

After Main Level Remodel in Minnetonka MN by Knight Construction

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Year in Review: Looking Back at 2019


The holidays are around the corner and with them, a brand-new year. As we enter this season of giving and gratitude, we’ve begun reflecting on our favorite moments from 2019.

There are so many unique things that made it a fantastic year, and we’d like to say thank you to our dedicated team, trade partners, and wonderful clients. We are truly grateful for your support and look forward to all the great memories to come in 2020.

Until then, we hope you enjoy a peek at the moments we’ve highlighted below!


1. Heart of the Home: Kitchens


We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again; the kitchen is the heart of the home. So, it’s no surprise some of our favorite projects from 2019 revolved around the kitchen. We loved helping our clients design spaces that are as functional as they are beautiful!

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2. Best of Houzz and NARI Regional CotY Winner


Best of Houzz and NARI Regional CotY Winner

We couldn’t be more thrilled to celebrate some big wins in 2019! Knight Construction Design Inc was selected from among more than 2.1 million active home building, remodeling, and design industry professionals to be awarded “Best of Design” by Houzz. In addition, we won 2 CotY awards in 2019: CotY Regional Winner for Region 3 North Central for Residential Interior $75,000 to $150,000 and Residential Kitchen $60,001 to $100,000.

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3.  Designer Highlight by Dura Supreme Cabinetry


Designer Highlight by Dura Supreme Cabinetry

Our talented designer, Kristen Peck, was featured by Dura Supreme Cabinetry in their Designer Highlight series on Facebook. Our team had a blast bringing this client’s stunning two-tone kitchen design to life!

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4. Fall Parade of Homes Remodelers Showcase


Our team participated in the 2019 Fall Remodelers Showcase with this gorgeous home remodel. We took a dark, inefficient kitchen and made it brighter and more functional for a busy family of five.  Some of our favorite features are the white custom cabinetry, Ceaserstone countertops, and brand-new hardwood floors.

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5. Project Photos and Cute Puppy Visit


Project Photos and Cute Puppy Visit

We loved how this warm Afton home remodel turned out, so we were more than happy to visit and snap some project photos. The only thing that made it better was the chance to see the homeowner’s pup, Howard, again!

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6. 2019 CotY Gold Award Winner


The year is coming to a memorable end with a 2019 NARI CotY Gold Award win for a residential interior from #250,000-$500,000! Thank you to NARI MN for the recognition, and congratulations to our incredible team on their hard work being celebrated!

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We hope you all have a magical holiday season and wish you a happy, healthy, and joyful new year in 2020!

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The State of the Remodeling Industry


Whether big or small, investing in a remodeling project is a big deal. That being said, it’s understandable that you want to make the most of your investment. While that includes choosing a qualified remodeler and high-quality materials, it’s also important to understand the current state of the remodeling economy. With that in mind, we wanted to share our thoughts on the topic. Keep reading to get the scoop!

What’s Driving the Remodeling Economy Right Now?

There are three main things driving the remodeling industry right now:

  1. low interest rates
  2. strong housing market
  3. strong economy

Because of these three elements, homeowners are comfortable spending money to improve their homes. Not only are interest rates low for the housing market, but home improvement loans also have relatively low interest rates. What’s more, remodeled homes tend to sell much faster than older homes without any updates. That’s because buyers today typically want a move-in ready home rather than a fixer-upper.

Why have Remodeling Costs Increased?

It costs more to remodel today than a few years ago for a few reasons. First, materials cost more now. Second, labor expenses are higher due to an overall labor shortage, especially in trade industries. Despite higher material and labor costs, Knight Construction Design Inc has managed to maintain a steady rate by keeping our overhead low. This helps us better serve our clients because we can assist a wide range of budgets, and our clients don’t have to sacrifice quality.

What if I Regret Remodeling My Home?

Our team at Knight Construction Design Inc has never had a client regret remodeling their home! When it comes to remodeling, the goal is to improve the existing design. Whether that’s creating a more functional layout or just making the space more visually appealing, the end result is always better than the original.

That being said, it’s imperative to work with the right remodeling contractor. Always do your homework before hiring a contractor. Make sure they’re licensed and learn as much about their reputation as you can. On that same note, it’s okay to price shop a little bit, too. Just remember, you get what you pay for, so the best deal may not always mean you’re getting the best contractor.

What to Expect in 2020

Based on what we’ve been seeing and hearing from our clients, 2020 is going to be another strong year for the remodeling economy. In addition to improving the functionality of their homes, many homeowners are looking to incorporate the latest in design trends and smart home technology.

Have questions about remodeling your home? We’d be happy to answer them! Simply get in touch with our award-winning team to learn more about our remodeling process.

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2019 Fall Remodelers Showcase Rendering Knight Construction and Remodeling

2019 Parade of Homes Fall Remodelers Showcase: Sept 27 – 29


With the hazy days of summer drawing to a close, we’re officially heading into fall. While we’re not ready to let go of days spent at the lake, there are many reasons to be excited about fall. Our favorite? The 2019 Fall Remodelers Showcase is right around the corner and we can’t wait to share our latest home remodeling project with you!

2019 Fall Parade of Homes Remodelers Showcase
Entry #22
2398 Cherrywood Road, Hopkins, MN 55305
September 27-29, 2019 from 12:00 to 6:00 PM

This remodeling project started with a dark, inefficient kitchen. The homeowners wanted to breathe new life into their space with a timeless and classic design. To make the kitchen brighter and more functional for this busy family of five, we add brand-new white custom cabinetry topped with Ceaserstone countertops, as well as paneled appliances and a 48″ BlueStar range. We also removed the soffits and extended the cabinets to the ceiling. In addition to creating more storage space, this also draws the eye upward while making the kitchen appear larger.  New hardwood floors were installed throughout the main level of the home. Topping it all off is a newly remodeled three-season porch featuring new tile floors and in-floor heat perfect for Minnesota winters.

The Fall Parade of Homes Remodelers Showcase only last three days, so don’t miss your chance to see this beautiful kitchen transformation in person. The Knight Construction team will be on-site to answer questions about the home or chat about ant upcoming projects you may have. See you there!



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Remodeling for the Test of Time


Remodeling your home requires a pretty big investment and it’s safe to say you want your new space to look great for years to come. While it can be a pricey process, it’s important to consider the long-term benefits of remodeling your home. Aside from breathing new life into an outdated design, remodeling can help you fall in love with your home all over again.

Other benefits include:

  • Making your home more comfortable to live in
  • Redesigning your space to be more functional
  • Increasing the value of your home
  • Potentially making it easier to sell down the road
  • Creating more living space or storage as needed
  • Saving money by improving your home’s energy efficiency
  • Improving your home’s curb appeal with a few exterior updates

Using the following tips will help guarantee your remodeled home stands the test of time.

Hire an Experienced Remodeling Contractor

Not every remodeling contractor is created equal. Whether they lack the skills or don’t understand your overall vision, picking the wrong contractor can lead to disaster. While interviewing potential contractors, ask to see examples of past projects. This will help you get a feel for their work and if their style is a good fit for your project. You can also ask for references from past clients or check out the Better Business Bureau website for any negative feedback.

Another thing to keep in mind is you get what you pay for. While it’s important to find a contractor that fits your budget, be cautious of those who are cheap and available right away.

Don’t Get Too Trendy

While we’re big fans of incorporating trends into home design, we recommend proceeding with caution. Trying to do too much at once can make your space look busy and unfocused. A good rule of thumb is to select one or two trends you love rather than a vast array.

Another downside to trends is accidentally picking one that doesn’t have staying power. If that happens, your space will quickly look outdated and you’re forced to either live with it or invest more money to update it. With that in mind, it’s a good idea to stick with timeless classics for more permanent materials like floor coverings and tile. Doing so not only ensures your remodeled space will stand the test of time, but can also help trendier selections pop.

Invest in High-Quality Products

Ensuring your investment doesn’t go to waste is vital. One way to protect it is to opt for high-quality products. This doesn’t always mean purchasing the most expensive products, though. When selecting products and materials, do your homework. Find out what you can about the brand, read reviews, and don’t be afraid to ask questions. Picking products with warranties is also a beneficial way to protect your investment. The peace of mind a good warranty offers will make it easier to justify the price of more costly products and materials.

Thinking about remodeling your home? We’d love to help! Get in touch with our award-winning team to learn more about our remodeling process.

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An Interior Designer Answers 3 Frequently Asked Questions about Home Design


Whether building a new home or remodeling an existing home, Knight Construction Design, Inc is focused on helping clients create spaces they love. We know the process of designing a home can be overwhelming for many homeowners. That’s where our interior designer, Kristen Peck, comes in! Kristen works closely with each client throughout every phase of the design process. From the initial meeting to drawing plans to finishing touches, Kristen is an expert in how design and construction impact the quality of a home.

When working on your home’s design, it’s only natural to have questions. However, Kristen has found some questions are more common than others. Today, she’s sharing her answers to three popular questions about interior design. Check them out below!


“Do you think this matches?”

As an interior designer, I’m not a big fan of the word “match” when it comes to design. Focusing on whether pieces match perfectly can leave a lot to be desired in the completed design. Instead, I’m a big believer that things need to coordinate without being too matchy-matchy. I think finding the right balance between matchy-matchy and complimentary adds a personal touch to any space.

My grandma had a great eye for design and she would always say, “if you love it, it will work.” I think this makes a lot of sense because all the things you love or are drawn to should work together in harmony. With that in mind, focus on mixing different materials and textures to add visual interest and depth to the room’s design. My favorite way to do this is by mixing metals with a variety of textures.

“Will white cabinets go out of style?”

I think white cabinets are a very classic look. With that in mind, I don’t think they will ever really go out of style. Many older homes feature cabinets in a classic white inset shaker style, which is still popular today. If you were to look at the design of an older home, like this 1920s kitchen, you’d see what I mean. In fact, many of the styles popular back then are coming back into style again, like the classic plumbing fixtures shown in the photo.

“How do you decide which trends to use in a design?”

At Knight Construction Design, Inc, we don’t design a home based around trends. Instead, we look at the architecture and style of the home and incorporate design elements that complement it. While trends are great, it can be hard to say which ones will stick around.

When designing a home I like to stick to classic materials and colors for more permanent fixtures like floor coverings, tile, and countertops. Using tried and true favorites for the base of a design ensures it won’t go out of style in just a few years. Before deciding which trends to incorporate into your design, it’s always a good idea to ask yourself how much it will cost to remodel if the trend goes out of style.

Ready to start designing the home of your dreams? Knight Construction Design, Inc has got you covered! Contact our team for more information.

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Should You Remodel or Move?


Your home isn’t just a big investment; it’s where you spend your time making memories. With that in mind, loving your home is important. If you’ve been experiencing bouts of house envy lately, it might be time to make some changes. The question is, do you remodel or move? There are a lot of factors to consider but weighing the pros and cons can help you decide which choice is right for your family.


The Pros of Moving


Moving Offers the Chance for a Fresh Start

Have you been craving a new adventure in a different city? Are you tired of the same old? If so, moving may just be the fresh start you’ve been looking for.

A New Home in a New Location

From unwelcome changes in the neighborhood to long commutes, there are many reasons you may be unhappy with your current location. Regardless, cosmetic changes won’t make you love your neighborhood. If that’s the case, moving is more than likely the best option.

Building Your Dream Home

Unfortunately, there are times when no amount of remodeling will make you want to stay in your current home. Purchasing a home built to spec lets you customize it to suit your unique style and needs.


The Cons of Moving


Selling Your Home Can Be Costly

Realtor fees and moving costs are generally expected when selling your home, but there are many other costs to consider. For example, you may need to purchase appliances, furniture or decor to fit your new home’s design.

Moving is Stressful and Time-Consuming

Moving means unpredictable showings, endless packing, and a lot of cleaning. In addition, moving can require you to take time off of work, especially if there are tight closing deadlines.

You May Not Sell Your Home for Asking Price

If you live in an older home, be prepared to make some updates in order to sell your home for the desired price. At the very least, you may need to make concessions on things like flooring or appliances to the seller so they can make their own updates.

You May Have to Make Sacrifices

Finding a home in your price range that checks every box on your list may be easier said than done. Knowing what you want is great, but be prepared to make some sacrifices.


The Pros of Remodeling Your Home


Staying in Your Neighborhood

Perhaps on the biggest benefits of remodeling is getting to stay in the neighborhood you adore. If you love your home’s location and have come to rely on your neighbors, remodeling might make more sense than moving. Replicating the comfort that comes from knowing your neighborhood and the people in it can be difficult.

Redesigning Your Space to Fit Your Needs

After living in your home for a while, chances are you know exactly what you need to change in order to make you happy. Whether that’s a few tweaks here and there or a complete overhaul, redesigning your space could be exactly what you need to fall back in love with your existing home.

No Moving Expenses or Tight Timelines

Moving can be a very expensive ordeal. From securing a moving truck to realtor fees, even the smallest of costs start to add up. When you add in the stress of trying to find a new home while selling your current one, you might just begin to wonder if it was worth the hassle. Though remodeling can be expensive too, there’s often a lot less to juggle.


The Cons of Remodeling Your Home


Living in a Construction Zone

Remodeling your home often means living in the middle of a construction zone. While the project is underway, you can expect to deal with dust, noise, and a little chaos until it’s complete.

Unexpected Expenses

Remodeling your home can stir up some costly surprises, especially if you plan to tear down walls or relocate existing plumbing. However, leaving a cushion in your remodeling budget to cover hidden expenses is an easy way to prepare for any issues that may arise.


While there are pros and cons to both sides, deciding whether to remodel or move is a choice only you and your family can make. If you think remodeling is the right choice for you, get in touch with our team. We’d love to chat! 

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5 Tips to Enhance Your Home’s Curb Appeal


Looking for ways to enhance your home’s curb appeal? Your home’s exterior appearance is a vital part of homeownership and sets the stage for what’s inside.  Whether you’re looking for easy ideas to tweak your home’s curb appeal or are planning a complete update, we’ve got you covered. Keep reading for five tips to enhance your home’s curb appeal.

Add Visual Interest with Landscaping

Landscaping is arguably one of the most essential pieces of your home’s exterior. With the right trees, shrubs, greenery, and flowers you can easily enhance your home’s curb appeal. Use plants and flowers to draw the eye to key visual points such as windows and doors. Planters and window boxes work wonderfully for this. Framing stone walkways with plants will also draw attention to the front porch or entryway.

Once your landscaping is in place, it’s important to maintain it. An overgrown lawn and weed-riddled flower beds can damage your home’s curb appeal. Make a point to regularly care for your lawn and landscaping by mowing, raking leaves, and pulling weeds. Staying consistent with your landscaping’s upkeep will keep it from becoming a big project down the road.

Create a Welcoming Front Porch

In addition to being clean and well maintained, your home’s curb appeal should give off a warm and inviting vibe. Welcoming visitors into your home begins with your front porch, after all.  Try adding decor to your front porch like flower pots, a welcome sign, or a bench. Another option is adding a wreath to your front door. Not only is this an easy trick to implement, but you can swap out the wreath as the seasons change.

Make Your Front Door Pop

Painting your home’s front door is a trend that has grown in popularity over the years. It’s a great way to add a pop of unexpected color and inject a little personality into your home’s exterior. Plus, it’s a relatively simple and cost-effective way to enhance your home’s curb appeal! Choose a bold color that accentuates the exterior elements of your home. However, to ensure your chosen color doesn’t clash, make sure to experiment with a few different swatches before committing.

Let There Be Light

There’s nothing inviting about a dark or shadowy entryway, so ensuring your home’s lighting is in good working condition is key to enhancing your home’s curb appeal. The easiest solution to make your home appear bright and clean is to replace burnt out bulbs in a timely manner. However, updating your home’s exterior lighting is a wonderful way to give your home a fresh new look.

Practice Regular Exterior Maintenance

No one wants to have the least appealing house on the block, right? An important part of enhancing your home’s curb appeal is keeping up with exterior maintenance. From lawn care to replacing burnt out bulbs, taking care of your home not only keeps it looking well maintained, but can also ward off costly repairs caused by neglect. Below are just a few maintenance-related tasks to ensure your home’s exterior looks great.

  • Clean gutters inside and out
  • Wash window glass
  • Keep your yard free of debris
  • Repair cracked or broken siding
  • Remove cobwebs from exterior elements
  • Replaced broken windows
  • Clean up after pets
  • Touch up chipped paint
  • Repair ripped screens

Interested in learning more about enhancing your home’s curb appeal? Contact Knight Construction Design to see what we can do for you!

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2019 Awards: Best of Houzz & NARI Regional CotY


At Knight Construction Design Inc, we pride ourselves on providing our clients with the best possible craftsmanship, design, and service. This dedication has helped our team win several awards from many different organizations over the years. We couldn’t be more proud to add three new awards to our collection. We’d like to extend our gratitude to both Houzz and the National Association of Remodeling Industry, as well as our amazing clients for helping us achieve these honors.


Best of Houzz 2019 Design


Houzz, the leading platform for home renovation and design has awarded us, “Best of Design.” Our team was chosen by the more than 40 million unique monthly users that make up the Houzz community and was selected from among more than 2.1 million active home building, remodeling, and design industry professionals.

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Each year, the Best of Houzz badge is awarded in three different categories: Design, Customer Service, and Photography. Winners of the Design category are chosen based on whose work is the most popular among the Houzz community. As winners of the Design category, our Houzz profile will feature a “Best of Houzz 2019” badge. This badge will act as a symbol of our commitment to excellence and help homeowners identify us as a popular and top-rated design build company in the Twin Cities region.

“Best of Houzz is a true badge of honor as it is awarded by our community of homeowners, those who are hiring design, remodeling and other home improvement professionals for their projects,” said Liza Hausman, vice president of Industry Marketing for Houzz. “We are excited to celebrate the 2019 winners chosen by our community as their favorites for home design and customer experience, and to highlight those winners on the Houzz website and app.”

In previous years, Knight Construction Design Inc has received an additional 14 “Best of Houzz” badges.

Best of Design, 2012-2019
Best of Customer Services, 2012-2018

Find us on Houzz here.


NARI 2019 Regional Contractor of the Year Awards


We’re excited to share we have won two awards from the National Association of Remodeling Industry (NARI), a source for homeowners seeking to hire a professional remodeling contractor.

Each year, NARI presents CotY awards to members who have demonstrated outstanding work through their remodeling projects. This is the highest form of recognition by industry leaders and peers. There were over 350 entries for this year’s competition, totaling more than $97 million worth of remodeling projects.

Contractors from seven regions around the country vie for CotY Awards each year. Judging is based on problem-solving, functionality, aesthetics, craftsmanship, innovation, and degree of difficulty by an impartial panel of industry experts. NARI named 154 Regional CotY™ Winners from the 2019 competition plus 24 team members. Regional CotY Winners will now advance as finalists at the National level.

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Knight Construction Designs, Inc. has been named 2019 CotY Regional Winner for Region 3 North Central for Residential Interior $75,000 to $150,000.


NARI 2019 Awards_Res Kitchen $60k-100k_Regional Winner_ColorKnight Construction Designs, Inc. has been named 2019 CotY Regional Winner for Region 3 North Central for Residential Kitchen $60,001 to $100,000.

Since 2009, our team has been awarded several CotY honors. To see the full lists, visit our awards page.

Interested in working with our award winning team? Get in touch with our team to learn more about how we can help you design the home of your dreams!

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