May 13, 2016

Before-And-After: “From the 1920’s to the Present”

Sawhill Custom Kitchen and Design

Today we bring you the second installment in our Sawhill series of before-and-after kitchen remodel projects.

(If you missed the first feature, you can find it here.)

Sometimes it is difficult to imagine an existing space as anything other than as it currently is or believe that you can have any kind of dramatic impact by changing just one area in a home.  That is why before-and-after features are so incredibly popular. They offer proof of the amazing transformations that can happen, inspiring homeowners to imagine the possibilities within their own home.

Whether you built your home and have now outgrown your kitchen space or bought an existing home that never truly fit your style or needs, a beautiful and functional transformation is possible.  At Sawhill Custom Kitchens & Design, our job is to solve concerns, deliver beautiful and functional interiors using quality materials, and ensure your comfort during every stage of a project. We offer the flexibility to use our entire array of services, from design to remodeling to design-build, delivering stunning results that help you live more comfortably, beautifully and efficiently.

We hope these project features inspire you to dream about what your kitchen space can become. Please feel welcome to contact us with any questions or talk about your dream project. We’d love the chance to share more details about our work and help get you started.


This kitchen was not so nice when we first saw it but this small home in the city had ‘good bones’ and a lot of potential.  The homeowner had attempted to do cosmetic updates by refinishing the existing cabinetry but found that the outcome was not work the effort and that her wish list exceeded the possibilities available if she did not consider a new redesign of the entire kitchen, dinette and rear entry.

Advantages going into the project included the kitchen size which was larger than typical homes of this style in the neighborhood and it included an informal dining space.  The client also brought a great deal to the design development stage.  She had a lot of natural design talent and was a student at the time studying art and design. Challenges included a poor layout with lots of doorways and several traffic patterns.

The final design included several small layout changes that had a big impact.  To improve traffic flow, we eliminated one of the doorways from the upstairs split stairway and removed/relocated the broom closet and clothes chute. This helped increase counter/work space between the refrigerator and range.  Subtle improvements were made to the cabinet and appliance layout which resulted in better work stations and storage.  The window in the dinette was enlarged and centered on the new arched opening to bring in more natural light and centered the space.

The important design elements included cabinet style and construction (inset with a face frame) which was duplicated to match the original cabinets.  The hardwood floors matched the rest of the floors in the house and the color palette of white on white with natural green granite counter tops was a perfect canvas for the artistic touches of color and furnishings added by our client.

Te result was a period style kitchen with current features and a big change in how the kitchen functioned and looked. Our client loved her new kitchen so much that she insisted we include her in one of the project photos (top left photo below)!

Sawhill Cus­tom Kitchens & Design is the premier provider of kitchen and bath design and custom cabinet building services for clients in the Twin Cities, Upper Midwest and beyond.  We deliver exceptional spaces by taking a holistic approach to meeting your needs and exceeding your expectations. With skill and experience, your Sawhill team of designers, space planners, custom cabinet building experts and project managers will invest in your design plan from concept to final installation.

The result will be a gorgeous working interior you’ll love, without the headaches you won’t.  Learn more about Sawhill Kitchens & Design at

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