If you are remodeling your home, we highly recommend Knutson Residential Design for a detail-oriented, collaborative partner who delivers excellent results. We were referred to Knutson Residential Design for a kitchen remodel. Having had a previous, unfavorable remodeling experience we were skeptical of being able to create a beautiful, useful space with a partner we could trust. Also, we had assumed we could not afford to work with a design company, but we now know that a savvy designer can help to reduce costs and avoid mistakes.
Throughout the design process, Paul managed our expectations and communicated the remodeling process clearly. He knew what questions to ask to be able to translate our wishes into architectural concepts. We appreciated his ability to capture not only the look of the space, but how we wanted to use the space.
After preliminary drawings were completed, Paul helped us pinpoint the perfect combination of colors and textures in our material selections. We relied on his expertise to guide us away from bland, safe choices to a vibrant, exciting integration of materials. We never could have made that leap on our own.
We receive many compliments on our new kitchen, but more important is the energy and happiness we feel from being in a space we love. We look forward to future projects with Knutson Residential Design.
Jeff and Michelle Casper
Paul Knutson became known to us after he worked with my husband’s parents on their kitchen design and remodel a few years ago. We liked the work he did so much in their kitchen that we knew we wanted Paul to help us design a few spaces in our old farmhouse as well. We were not disappointed with the result! Our new kitchen and bath turned out beautifully, thanks to Paul’s guidance and design skill.
First, Paul consulted and designed our Prairie Style bathroom. Paul was very careful to listen to our needs and wishes and took lots of time to help us analyze what we really wanted in our bath. He considered our house style as well to make sure the bath blended seamlessly in to the old farmhouse surroundings. He took time to go over materials and ideas that he thought would work and considered our ideas as well. His design was workable and met all of our needs, both aesthetically and functionally.
After the bath design, it was on to the Prairie kitchen a few years later. We took this room down to the studs and remade the kitchen from the ground up. Again, Paul sat down with us multiple times, taking lots of time to help with the kitchen layout and needs for our family. Paul gathered samples of materials for us to consider and made sure we had a good plan for our overall look and aesthetic. Paul was able to capture in his design exactly the look, style and kitchen feel we were looking for. Paul recommended carpenters and other subcontractors, many of whom we chose for the work. Paul was generous with his time, always meeting with us when it worked for our schedule and was prompt and available whenever we had questions or concerns.
We highly recommend working with Paul Knutson and Knutson Residential Design for your next house project!
Steve and Kathy Schwister
After meeting with Paul several times on other projects, we asked him to help us plan our dream kitchen and to help us fix our house so that we can age gracefully and efficiently in it.
The first phase was the kitchen. Paul worked with us through the selection of cabinets, finishes, countertops and tile, and was more than patient when we couldn’t make up our mind. Like all couples who like to cook, we have quirks about things we want. Paul listened to us, understood our requirements completely and incorporated them into his designs. Paul worked around our current space and came up with a gourmet kitchen, a kitchen library (not just a few books), large working areas, and a drink/entertainment bar, while using and relocating some of the current cabinets and adding new ones with different, yet complementary colors. He was also very responsive to our ideas, and when we made beneficial suggestions to his original recommendations, they were immediately incorporated into his designs. He also very tactfully talked out of some not so beneficial suggestions.
We’re still working on the second phase, but hope to complete it this year. We recently asked Paul for help with some flooring options and in minutes he gave us a logical and elegant solution that neither we nor our contractor could seem to come up with. He has also redesigned our mudroom and laundry into a bathroom with shower and mudroom, with the laundry being moved nearer to the bedroom area.
He is extremely personable, easy to work with, listens to us (clients), is associated with excellent contractors and workmen, and is great to bounce ideas off of. Based on our experiences, we would not undertake any reconstruction activities without first consulting Paul.