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! Read More

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. best of house 2019 - design badge 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

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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. NARI 2019 Awards_Res Interior $75k-150k_Regional Winner_Color

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! Read More
2015 Regional COTY Award Winner

Knight Poised for Fourth COTY Award

Knight Construction Design will learn in April if it will be named a NARI National Contractor of the Year (CotY) for a stunning whole house remodeling it completed in Edina. However, its National Association of the Remodeling Industry peers already have recognized the Chanhassen remodeler in recent months at the state and regional levels.

Knight Construction Design earned two first-place/gold Minnesota CotY awards in the Entire House $250,000 to $500,000 category and the Kitchens Under $60,000 category last November. Then, in February, the whole-house project took first place in the Region 3 (North Central) 2015 CotY competition. With the regional win, the project automatically advanced to the national competition. National winners will be revealed at the NARI National Evening of Excellence in Fort Lauderdale, FL, on April 17.

“While we focus on pleasing our clients, it’s gratifying to see our designs, craftsmanship and customer satisfaction recognized by top contractors, architects and designers, said Gary Knight.

Edina Remodeling up for Third Award

The Minnesota and Regional winner that’s up for national recognition is on Mirror Lake Drive in Edina. It features a 17x32-foot addition, dual-sided Montana stone fireplace, large Marvin windows and doors, expanded mudroom, and enhanced master suite and office.
“The addition modernized the flow of the main level and connected the kitchen and living room to the new sitting/dining room. This made the space much brighter and more comfortable,” explained designer Kristen Peck.

By adding just three feet to the home’s front elevation, Knight was able to match the rear addition roofline and make the whole house look new and appealing.

CotY judges wrote: Addition has seamless transition. Took cookie cutter home and made it unique. Great details. Open floor plan yet definition of individual spaces. Marriage between indoor and outdoor entertaining spaces.

Award-winning Chanhassen Kitchen

Knight built the award-winning kitchen at a Highover Court home in Chanhassen. Five out of seven judges gave it a perfect 60-point score.
While well built with good materials, the home's existing honey maple cabinets, floor and woodwork looked dated and the design didn’t suit the homeowner’s cooking style.

Knight refinished the cabinets with glazed enamel, rebuilt the kitchen hood, and gave the center island a furniture look with beautiful legs, decorative grapes and large base molding to appeal to Jenny's Tuscan tastes. They also modified the little used kitchen desk cabinet to accommodate a beverage fridge.

Knight replaced the granite center island top with walnut plank and reused the stone at the beverage fridge and nearby powder room. With refinished floors, updated lighting and a new backsplash, the space went from drab to fab.

Judges commented: “Excellent and clever use of salvaged materials. Extremely innovative: keeping existing cabinet but making all seem new. Fabulous transformation.” Read More