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. Read More

NARI names Knight MN Contractor of the Year

Knight Construction Design has earned two more Minnesota Contractor of the Year (CotY) awards from the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI). The 2016 honors span both indoor and exterior projects and follow Knight’s 2015 National Contractor of the Year recognition.

Photo of Gary Knight and Kristen Peck

Knight won the Gold CotY for Residential Exterior under $200,000 and the Silver CotY for Residential Bath Over $75,000.

The exterior project added curb appeal and accessibility to a home with a daughter who has been confined to a wheelchair most of her life. It featured a covered entry and ramp with decorative metal railing. A tall, side garage addition on the corner lot suits the family's handicap van. And the new roofline enhances curb appeal.

The winning master suite his/hers luxury baths delivered the clients' desired floor plan and quality fixtures despite demanding site challenges (such as demolishing the poured concrete, rebar-reinforced sunken spa tub to make room for the new drop-in air bubble bath. Special care was taken to salvage and match custom millwork and preserve the former fixtures for resale.

“We enter these industry award competitions as much for our clients as for ourselves,” Gary Knight said. “Our projects are a team effort. Our clients are willing to invest in good design, superior craftsmanship and quality materials. We owe these awards to their continued support.”

Gary commended Designer Kristen Peck and Project Manager Jeff Harrison for their award-winning work. Gary and Kristen accepted the awards at the NARI MN CotY Awards Gala attended by more than 300 remodeling industry colleagues at International Market Square on Nov. 17, 2016. Minnesota remodelers entered 89 projects in 26 categories this year. Knight Construction Design won the national CotY title for best entire house remodeling $250,000-$500,000 last year. Read More