Crystal Kitchen + Bath Receives Build Partner Award; Builders Association of the Twin Cities- Housing First Minnesota

Through our partnership with the Builder’s Association of the Twin Cities we took on the project with local non profit, Avivo by completely remodeling an apartment to be modern and functional for a new family as they navigate the challenges of overcoming chemical addiction. We embarked on updates in a small apartment which included new flooring, paint, millwork, cabinets, countertops and appliances.

“I think that’s an important thing, to be be to be somewhere that feels like home,” said Diamond, a resident living in the apartment. “When you’re working so hard in recovery, it feels god to come into a place that is brand new.”

Avivo, is a Minnesota based organization who provides a full spectrum of chemical and mental health services, career education, and employment services. Our paired services lay a foundation of health, and social and economic wellness, that transforms lives.

We are honored to be recognized for our contribution to the Avivo Project and to receive a Mission Builder award and a Build Partner Award.

Shopping Minnesota Made Cabinetry and 4 Other Ways to Make Your Kitchen Remodel More Eco Friendly

When you remodel your home, there are many factors you need to consider and prioritize. These include the materials, colors, design, and contractor. More and more, homeowners are also choosing to make their homes more environmentally friendly. Here are some ways that you can incorporate green design into your next kitchen remodeling project.

Shop Local

As the saying goes “Think globally, act locally.” Shopping local for your kitchen cabinetry means that there is less impact on the environment. Often times box cabinetry, countertops and tile travel a very long way via truck or even boat from over seas. This has a huge impact including emissions and fuel. When acting locally and seeking out quality, locally made goods like Crystal Cabinetry, Cambria countertops, Mercury Mosaics tile and Hennepin Made lighting, you are not only buying beautiful products for your kitchen they are all made by our friends right her in Minnesota. These materials do not have to travel far, and there is less packaging. Not only that, but you can support a local business and receive top-notch customer service from someone in your community.

Get the Right Contractor

Some contractors are more knowledgeable and willing to make a kitchen or home more eco friendly. By talking with your contractor about your interest in earth friendly remodeling and your priorities about recycling, energy efficiency, and proper waste management, you will find a partner that has both and the environment and your preferences in mind.

Design for Sustainability

The very first step of any remodel is the design. Your commitment to the environment needs to start at the design stage. Work with your contractor and designer to plan how every component, from lighting to water, will work in a more sustainable way. That way the concept of eco-friendliness will run through everything that is done.

Use the Right Materials

Eco-friendly materials are a huge part of an environmentally friendly space. Use local or recycled materials, or materials that are both. No matter what you need, from paint to building materials, there are options that come with a smaller carbon footprint than the alternatives, and also contain fewer dangerous chemicals.

Demolish With Care

As opposed to simply demolishing everything to get it out of the way quickly, take time to carefully construct the existing structure. That way you can properly sort and recycle appropriate materials. There may also be things that you can reuse to keep a bit of the feel of the original structure.

There are many reasons to want to be more green in everything we do. Follow these tips to make your next kitchen remodel safer for the environment. If you are interested in more details or to start your eco friendly remodeling project, get in touch with one of our designers here. 

If you’d like to learn more about the kitchen remodel featured in the image above, click here.

Finding The Perfect Twin Cities Contractor for Your Remodeling Project: Ask These 5 Questions

You may not know anything about home improvement, but that does not mean you can’t be a knowledgeable customer when it comes to hiring a contractor. It’s important to have a good and trusting relationship, and the only way to have that is by asking questions. That way, you can get the information you need, as well as gauge the responses for how reliable your contractor might be. Here are some good questions to ask.

How Much Experience Do You Have?

While the number of years may not indicate that one contractor is better than another, it is still a good thing to know. Contractors that have been in business for a long time have seen it all, and handled many different situations. They also are less likely to be fraudsters if they have set up shop in the same area for many years. You can also ask for their license number, and check their listing with the Better Business Bureau.

Will You File the Permit Paperwork?

If a contractor refuses to file the permit paperwork, then that is a sign you should move on. There is no reason not to have proper permits unless you are cutting corners.

What Kind of Timelines Are We Looking At?

They should be able to give you a clear timeline that includes any factors that might change the timeline. If they are being vague, then it is not a good sign. You can also ask for a schedule for payments so that you are all on the same page.

How Can I Reach You?

In order to communicate well, you have to be able to get in touch with them. That means having a specific point of contact, and a recognized accepted way to contact them. You can also ask what to expect in terms of how long it will take for a response. All of this information should be provided up front.

What Type of Projects Do You Work On?

Finding a local contractor that has worked on projects in your area (so they know the codes and regulations) and with a similar scope to what you have in mind is important. If you are looking for someone to design your space and install be sure they have done similar jobs in the past, ask to see their portfolio and be sure you like their work.

Choosing the right contractor and having a good relationship is important for any home improvement project. Ask these questions so that you are sure to find the perfect contractor match for your project.

What Should You Avoid Doing During a Remodel Project?

Everyone loves the finished product after a remodel, but it can certainly be stressful throughout the process. No one wants to make a mistake that will ruin the whole thing or cause it to go wildly over budget. Here are some things not to do if when you’re going through your next remodeling project.

Avoid Delays

Once you start a project, do not do anything to delay it. Make all your decisions before you start, so you know exactly what you’re going to do at all times. This means even small decisions should be made in advance.

Avoid Changing Your Mind

Once you’ve made all those decisions and gotten into the project, do not change your mind too much. Changes will add to your budget, but also a small change early on can end up affecting something down the road.

Avoid Buying Things Yourself

Sure, you might save some money doing this, but it is generally not a good idea. Your contractor can get a better price than you in most situations, and you may run the risk of buying the wrong things, which can cause delays.

Avoid Having Children and Pets Around

Contractors and their workers are very conscientious of kids and pets, and will work to keep them safe. However, it is best to keep them out of the equation altogether. An accident or injury can happen in the blink of an eye, and it is just not worth it.

Avoid Staying At Home During the Work

Find a place to stay, or rent another house as the work is being done. It will be inconvenient for you to be there, and it could cause delays if workers are waiting for you to leave for work.

Avoid Being a Distraction

Let the workers go about their business. They want to get their work finished before the end of the day, and you want the work completed as well. Talking to them while they’re working will cause delays, and also could distract them while they’re doing something dangerous.

Nobody wants a renovation project to go over budget, and they certainly do not want anyone getting hurt, or something getting damaged during the process. Hopefully with these tips your next project will go as smooth as possible.

Do you have questions about your home remodel project? Do not hesitate to reach out to our designers at Crystal Kitchen + Bath. We have served Minnesota for more than 40 years. Contact us online or by phone at 763-544-5950.

6 Steps For an Eye Catching Powder Room

6 Steps for an eye catching powder room

The powder room is a space in your home used primarily by your guests. With that being said, make it something memorable and eye catching! Being that it is a small space that will have minimal activity it gives the opportunity to do something that may be out of your typical design comfort zone and do something more fun. Here are some steps to make a one of a kind powder room.

Step 1: Bold colors & Dramatic Wallcoverings

We all see a lot striking wallcovering that we love but our immediate reaction is that it’s too much or too busy. This makes it perfect for a powder room! It will be seen mostly by guests and minimally by you. Select a bold paint color or a wallcovering that excites you and that will have your guests asking “where did you get that?” or “what is that awesome color?”


Step 2:  Select an Extravagant Light Fixture

Since the powder room is such a small space with little opportunities to impress with design features, fun and attractive lighting is important. Pendants and wall sconces come in many shapes, sizes, styles, colors and finishes, the options are endless!

Step 3: Use beautiful Plumbing Fixtures and Hardware

Think of hardware and plumbing fixtures as the jewelry of the space. By selecting unique fixtures and hardware you will have the ability to give the space an extra pop that might be missing.

Step 4: Pocket Doors are Key

The powder room is likely to be the smallest room in your home. It is important to not waste any extra space with a swinging door! By using a pocket door, you will save space and have easier access to the space.

Step 5: Vessel Sink

Vessel sinks are awesome to look at but may not be the most practical in a heavy use bathroom. Adding a vessel sink is one more step that will add to the overall wow factor! Just like the pendants, vessel sinks come in many shapes, sizes, styles, colors and finishes.

Step 6: Use a Powerful Powder Mirror

Keep in mind that the powder room is called the powder room because it is used for a space to powder your nose. As your guests first enter they may want to freshen up by checking their hair or make up. Adding a powerful and unique mirror is very important. By using a large scale mirror, the space can be made to look and feel larger. Don’t be afraid to use a funky decorative mirror.

Don’t be afraid to have fun in this space and to step out of your typical design comfort zone when selecting fixtures and finishes. Follow those 6 steps and you’ll have all your guests leaving saying “wow, I want a bath like that!”