Author - Dory Otto

Bathroom vanities

Bathrooms are an essential part of your home. Bathrooms have to serve some very basic functions, but that doesn't mean they have to be basic. We can create bathrooms that not only function well, but are enjoyable. Maybe you want a glamorous powder bath with some stylish storage built-in. Maybe you want your master bath to feel like a high-end hotel, so your time in there is more spa-like.   The photos below are just a sampling of some of the bathroom [...]

laundry room custom cabinetry

Dreamy Laundry Rooms with Custom Cabinetry

Doing the laundry is one of those necessary evils that few people enjoy. Having an area to do that laundry that is pleasant can go a long way to making it feel less like a chore. If you grew up with a washer and dryer that were tucked in the corner of a dimly lit basement, today’s laundry rooms are a drastic improvement. And yes, some are even dreamy.  We can help build a dreamy laundry room custom cabinetry! Over [...]

Summer Fun Ideas

  If your family is anything like ours, you’re likely always trying to make the most of our fleeting summer months and have some summer fun outside! We are always on the lookout for things to do outside and new places to explore. The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum is a hike from our house, so we are not regulars. However, this summer they have a special exhibit called Nature Connects. It features thirteen sculptures constructed almost entirely out of Legos. Since [...]

Kitchen Cabinets and Backsplashes

What’s Your Flavor? Of course we are a custom woodworking company and we love designing and building anything wood, but kitchens are a favorite. The kitchen truly is the heart of a home and creating high functioning, beautiful kitchen cabinets is a real treat. We have seen a lot of lovely kitchens over the years (and some pretty awful “before” kitchens too). Since wood is our area of expertise, we can gladly assist in the selection of species, stain color, and [...]

Grilling Hacks

Grilling season has official begun. The internet is loaded with more recipes than one could ever hope to try. Pinterest is the perfect place to find some grilling inspiration…and waste a couple of hours. We love to grill and don’t let the snow or the mosquitos keep us from cooking outdoors. One of my least favorite household chores is cleaning the grill. I use the nifty ammonia in garbage bag method, which does work, but still it is a [...]

Reclaimed Wood

Reclaimed wood is quite popular these days. The trend of repurposing items is a great way to go green and add character to your home at the same time. During the recent Parade of Homes the Dream Home in Stillwater was a prime example. This home showcased reclaimed wood in several places. The kitchen’s large center island was covered with reclaimed wood, but reclaimed wood was found in several other places as well. The kitchen’s cabinetry was white with the exception [...]

Happy Bees!

Plants for Pollinators It is finally getting to be the time of year when Minnesotans head out outside. For some that means working in the garden, some it means planting or buying flower plants to enjoy during the warmer months. Most of us it seems, make some connection with growing things over the summer. If we don’t personally partake in growing fruits and veggies we likely visit a farmers market or get a tomato or two from a neighbor. It is [...]

She sheds?

A Space to Call Her Own We have all heard the term man cave. There are television shows about them. There are neon signs for them. The need for a man cave came about when the den became the family room and the man of the house needed a workshop…or a place to escape. Which for many men has always been the garage. The décor of a home has commonly been dictated by the woman of the house, so some (likely [...]

Straw Bale Gardens

A New Way To Garden This is the time of year when many people get the itch to garden. Have you heard of straw bale gardening? When I first did, it didn’t make much sense to me and then the more I learned the more I thought it sounded fantastic. You see, I love fresh produce and I hate weeding. Straw bale gardening makes for prolific plants and virtually no weeds. Brilliant! Like with most things, the prep work is an [...]

Let’s organize those cabinets!

Let’s organize those cabinets!   We always tell our clients the most difficult part of a kitchen design isn’t picking the door style or stain color, but designing a kitchen that functions well.  Of course, everyone spends time thinking about and dreaming about what that dream kitchen will look like.  But we also want to spend time talking about how you will use that kitchen and how to keep everything organized and easily accessible.  Here are some ideas we’ve used in [...]