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Houzz Award Winner for Customer Service

Joseph Otto Enterprises of Ham Lake has been awarded Best Of Houzz 2018   We are proud to announce Joseph Otto Enterprises has won “Best Of Customer Service” on Houzz®, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. Our custom cabinetry company was chosen by the more than 40 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community from among more than one million active home building, remodeling and design industry professionals.   The Best Of Houzz is awarded annually in three categories: Design, Customer [...]

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Home Show Season! Lots of rollout shelves to showcase!

We are heading into what we affectionately call “Home Show Season” here at the shop.  This means that from January through April we spend a lot of our time out and about meeting potential customers and exhibiting our products.  We also get the opportunity to see many familiar faces as past customers stop in to say “hi” at the different shows.  It is wonderful and exhausting!  For those that have seen our exhibit, you know we set up a big [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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Your Opinion Matters!

We know choosing a contractor is a big decision, so thank you for choosing us! We also know that it is often the words of past customers that help people make their decision. That’s why we are asking for your help. Please take a few moments to provide a review of your experience with us. You will be rewarded with chances to win four FREE roll outs, because you can never have too many roll outs!  We’ll hold the drawing [...]

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Kitchens: The Heart of the Home

I suppose it makes sense that I love kitchens. They have a reputation for being the heart of the home, I love to cook, and our family business is cabinet making. We have designed and built some lovely kitchens over the years…I wish ours was one of them! Our kitchen is not a dream kitchen. We went through a period of time when the oven door would simply fall off of the oven. This is never good. We now [...]

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