A Little Local Love

A wonderful project, designed by our own Nathan Kaye, is featured in the Southwest Journal.


A few excerpts:


Homeowner “Word of Mouth” - The joy of creating positive experiences.

“Several friends had used them, and we loved their high-quality work and design. We were confident they could update existing spaces in a more modern style while keeping consistent with the character of an older home.”

Impact of Good Design - Creative solutions that make your life better.

“One of the biggest conversation pieces in the remodel is the double island. The design added to a more open look, especially on raised legs, and separate spaces for meal prep and homework sprawl. It’s been a great asset, according to the homeowners. Almost every meal is prepared at home and more of the family is in the kitchen. But the Noels’ creative daughter, Mara, has deemed the second island as her command center.”


Craftsmanship and Details - Our designer, Nathan, on crafting unique details.

“The cabinet hardware and metal details are all in a minimal and contemporary style, but we worked with local craftsman Josh Ritenhour, of Phenom Designs, to custom- make each offset door pull, island leg and shelf support,” Kaye said. “The metal pieces were then hand-treated so that each has a slight difference in hue. It is subtle, but if you are in close you can see the variations and by-hand quality.”

2019 Spring Remodelers Showcase

Please join us at the upcoming Spring Remodelers Showcase: Friday to Sunday, March 29th to 31st, Noon to 6pm.

This year we are presenting our design and build range with two diverse projects that show what we do best - creatively solve problems to design and craft uniquely tailored spaces that impact your life for years to come.


Uniquely Traditional: 4445 Bryant Ave South, Minneapolis, MN 55419

A Quartersawn sweet spot, providing a fresh style to an older space. This 1930’s Bungalow now has a kitchen/dining space that is both cohesive and connected, blending the traditional craftsmanship and woodwork of yore with a minimalist and contemporary feel that bring it up to today’s standards and the homeowners’ aesthetic. The end result is an updated space, that encourages more connection at both family dinners and while entertaining guests.

Contextually Modern: 5415 Abbott Place, Edina, MN 55410

This tear down / modern new build located on a unique Edina creek-side property is tailored beautifully to the owners’ lifestyle and taste, as well as the spacious property they selected. Clean lines, spectacular natural views and upscale small touches and amenities make this a stylish gem that is also friendly to the environment it is set on. Come for the design, and stay a while for the views.


Houzz Aids and Recognizes Good Design

We have recently been recognized with a Best of Houzz Design Award for 2019.

Homeowners are doing more and more of their pre-project research online at sites like Houzz and Pinterest. This can be extremely helpful as they work to find inspiration and refine their vision. We love working with homeowners and their ideas for their project, and the more they engage in the process and bring to the table, the better we can work together to design and craft the perfect customized spaces.

This particular mudroom we designed received a lot of attention in the Houzz community. We are proud to be recognized by people who care about design and what it can do to make our lives better - through both form and function.

We are on a roll.

See our latest work on Houzz.


Building Community in the Community in which we Build

Quartersawn is located in Tangletown. We are investing and invested in this community. On extremely cold and snowy days like we have experienced recently, when you just don’t want to go far, it is wonderful to have great small businesses in your neighborhood. Today we want to highlight three of the things we love about Tangletown.


First is food. 


George and the Dragon is a mere 5 blocks from our office, and it’s so wonderful to have this quality of food and staff at our nearby go-to restaurant. If you are further than 5 blocks from them, we still recommend you make your way there. And when you do, say hi to Fred and Stacy for us at Quartersawn. In our experience it won’t take long until they know your name and your favorite entrée as well.




Second is drink.

This week we will be bringing the whole crew over to the Tap Society for a little social time. An innovative experience where you purchase beers, wines and ciders by the ounce from a self-serve line of taps.  Quartersawn loves to support creative ideas (one of our core values) and our local businesses. We hope you will too, and when you do, say hi to Mike.



Third is neighbors.

The Foundry provides a beautiful shopping experience, and they also make for a great neighbor.  We wave and say “Hi”. We shovel each other’s sidewalks. We take in packages for each other. And I have no doubt that if I went over to ask for a cup of sugar for a recipe they would provide it. We encourage you to stop by and pick up some beautiful home goods. And when you do, say hi to Lillian, and then stop next door and say hi to us at Quartersawn.




Architects & Builders Favorite TV Shows & Podcasts

At the end of the day, everyone loves a good HGTV show. Yes, we all love Chip and Jo (did I binge watch them? maybe...) but here are some great ideas to feed the Architect & Builders' mind.


For starters, check out Grand Designs on Netflix.


This is a British TV series of modern homes. This series depicts the reality of what goes into home projects, the realistic timelines, the headaches, budget explosions, and every episode has a different story.

Host Kevin McCloud presents people who take self-building houses to a new level, following every step of their ambitious plans from beginning to end.

You won't want to stop watching.

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Another great show is Abstract, The Art of Design.

This documentary includes all different facets of design. Some episodes include illustrators, architecture, stage, photography, graphic, interior, and automotive designers. 

You will learn something new. Maybe. Unless you know everything already.

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Next is the documentary, Minimalism. Check out the trailer by clicking HERE

Minimalism, a documentary About the Important Things, examines the many flavors of minimalism by taking the audience inside the lives of minimalists from all walks of life - people whom are striving to live a meaningful life with less. 

Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus help over 20 million people live meaningful lives with less through their website, books, podcast, and documentary. 


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The World's Most Extraordinary Homes might only be 4 episodes but just think of it like a long movie. It's worth watching!

Award-winning architect Piers Taylor and actress/property enthusiast Caroline Quentin travel the world to tour unconventional homes in extreme places.

The homes are amazing.



          Wide range of topics on design. They are usually 20-60 minute episodes. They choose and discuss topics of unnoticed architecture and design that shape our world. Whether it is design we interact with in our daily lives and don’t notice or architectural happenings in history that have shaped our society today. Check out 99% Invisible 

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           The Young Architect podcast is helpful to younger professionals looking to make their mark in the profession. To hear different ways older, more established professionals in the field gained experience, knowledge and skills to succeed. Hosts various guests in the architecture and construction world with wide-ranges of roles.



          The Art of Construction. Hosted by active professionals in the building industry. Interviews with leaders in the building industry that give real life examples of navigating the construction business.

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