Colby and Amy Carlson
Master suite addition with outstanding results
” The finished product is outstanding and you can tell the quality of craftsmanship that went into the work. Knutson Custom Construction is an outstanding company that produces excellent results. We are thankful we chose them “
We decided to add a master suite on top of our existing house. When choosing a contractor for this additional, we chose Knutson because of their reputation for quality work and design. From the very start Andrew was easy to work with and had many suggestions on ideas and products. Andrew and Aaron kept us informed with the process and were very helpful throughout the design and building phases. The sub contractors they used were excellent and very was to work with.
The finished product is outstanding and you can tell the quality of craftsmanship that went into the work. Knutson Custom Construction is an outstanding company that produces excellent results. We are thankful we chose them.
- Colby and Amy Carlson
Kat and Erik Lauer – Cabin
Reclaiming parts of an old cabin and creating something new
“We needed a contractor who was going to let us be hands-on with some of the work, because there were things we wanted to do ourselves.“
When Duluth residents Kat and Eric Lauer decided to build a family cabin, they turned to the contractor who built their dream kitchen just two years before. This was important, because the Lauer’s had some very specific ideas for the cabin and wanted a contractor who would work closely with them to achieve their vision, which included reclaiming some parts of an old cabin that once stood on their lakefront property.
“We needed a contractor who was going to let us be hands-on with some of the work, because there were things we wanted to do ourselves,” says Kat. That work included Eric making rustic sliding doors for the main entrances and installing their own kitchen cabinets. The couple also created a custom ceiling in part of the house using galvanized metal salvaged from the previous owners’ cabin.
Another personal touch — a small, insulated bunkhouse with windows that the Lauer’s daughters have claimed as their own during weekend trips to the cabin. “The girls just love being out there,” says Lauer. “We often communicate with walkie talkies when the girls are out there.”
Knutson’s ability to share control of a project has led the Lauers to recommend the construction company to several friends. “Not everyone is going to be comfortable with you doing that much work, but Andrew treated us like real partners in the process,” says Kat. The result — a cabin the entire family loves. “Andrew is truly committed to doing what it takes to ensure you’re getting a quality product,” says Kat.
Kat and Erik Lauer – Chicken Coop
The Coop Majahl
“Because coop construction is fast and relatively easier, it’s an affordable investment that will benefit your family for years.“
Want to raise your own chickens without sacrificing the aesthetics of your back yard? Consider having one built by Knutson Custom Construction — that’s what Duluth residents Kat and Eric Lauer did with great results.
The “Coop Majahl,” as the family jokingly calls it, is a simple but attractive design that adds to the ambiance of their yard. Big enough for their four laying hens and three bantam chickens, the coop has an automatic door that makes it easy for the birds to get in and out.
Because coop construction is fast and relatively easier, it’s an affordable investment that will benefit your family for years.
Kat and Erik Lauer – kitchen
A kitchen designed by someone who cooks
“We had been up looking at houses before we moved to Duluth and saw one with the perfect kitchen for us. It was beautiful, but you could tell immediately it wasn’t laid out just for show. It was designed by someone who cooked.“
Kat and Eric Lauer knew they wanted Knutson Custom Construction (KCC) to remodel their kitchen even before they knew the Knutson name. “We had been up looking at houses before we moved to Duluth and saw one with the perfect kitchen for us. It was beautiful, but you could tell immediately it wasn’t laid out just for show. It was designed by someone who cooked,” recalls Kat Lauer. “When it came time to remodel our kitchen, we literally tracked down the house again and discovered Ken Knutson (Andrew’s father) had moved in.”
Kat is convinced KCC’s knack for kitchens is due in part to Andrew Knutson’s love of cooking. “You’re not just getting a contractor, you’re getting someone who loves being in the kitchen, so he creates a space that isn’t just beautiful, it’s completely functional, too.”
Function was just one of many concerns for the Lauers. In the 1990s, previous owners placed a poorly-constructed addition onto an otherwise beautiful turn-of-the-century house. The Lauers needed a contractor who could address their addition’s structural issues. They also needed a designer who could find a way to make the kitchen feel like it flowed with the more traditional construction of the main house. Fortunately for the Lauers, KCC offered both.
Kat particularly appreciated Andrew’s ability to think about details she and her husband would have otherwise missed. “He helped us design a kitchen with better flow than we had before, one that really takes into account that we’ve got kids running around and that we like to entertain. He’ll definitely do whatever the client wants when it comes to design, but he always offers his suggestions if he sees something might be done a better way.”
The Lauers were so pleased with their kitchen that they have hired KCC for other projects and have recommended Knutson to their friends. “Andrew’s biggest strong suit is that he’s truly invested in what he does. It shows in his work and it’s why we keep coming back to him,” says Kat.
Jefferson and Tammy Davis – kitchen
A London road kitchen remodel
” It’s been two years since our kitchen was completed and I’m still impressed with the outcome of our trim/crown molding every time I look at it!“
Knutson Custom Construction impressed Jefferson and Tammy Davis with their work, so much so that they asked them to remodel the kitchen of their London Road home. They had a vision in mind for their kitchen and they knew that Knutson Custom Construction could deliver. KCC not only delivered they made suggestions to improve the couples vision
Throughout the entire process Knutson’s team was on time, courteous and respectful. Knutson made it very clear to Jefferson and Tammy about their schedule, they knew who and when the guys would be at their house to do work. If they mentioned they would be their at 8am, then the guys would be there at 8am. “This was very much appreciated so we were not left wondering about arrivals.” mentions Tammy. Not only was Knutson timely they were also very respectful of Jefferson, Tammy and their families time. Knutson strived to only work during work hours as to not run into the evenings and interrupt family time, which was very important to the Davis family.
The Davis’ appreciate and are grateful for KCC’s attention to detail, which in their words was “outstanding”. “It’s been two years since out kitchen was completed and I’m still impressed with the outcome of our trim/crown molding every time I look at it!”
The Davis’ were so impressed with Andrew and the team they asked them to build them their pole barn garage at their lake home.
Nate and Alina Hyedt – kitchen
Executing on a kitchen remodel vision
” Knutson was “receptive and open” to Nate and Alina’s input and suggestions. Constant updates were given throughout the process even when Nate and Alina were not at home.“
Now a days a kitchen isn’t just a kitchen it is a place for people to hang out and socialize. Nate and Alina had a kitchen that was closed off from the rest of their house and was lacking the entertainment feel they were looking for. When they began looking for a contractor they turned to Andrew (a long time friend) to help them execute their vision.
Throughout the process Andrew (and team) was really good at listening to Nate and Alina wanted in terms of the final product in their kitchen. Knutson suggested one “nice to haves” that really made a lot of sense, they weren’t things that an average homeowner would necessarily think of in a project but they made sense.
One of the best parts of working with Knutson Custom Construction was that they stayed on schedule and on budget. Additionally, Nate and Alina “loved that Knutson Custom Construction listen to how they wanted the project to go and then they made it happen that way.” Knutson was “receptive and open” to Nate and Alina’s input and suggestions. Constant updates were given throughout the process even when Nate and Alina were not at home.
In the words of Nate and Alina…”We love our kitchen and there is not a lot that we would do differently. Andrew and his team were able to turn our vision into reality. We would recommend KCC to mane people working on remodeling projects. We wouldn’t do that if we didn’t feel strongly about the work that KCC did for us.”
Kyes – Bathroom
A beautifully crafted bathroom remodel
–Happy in Duluth, MN
” We came home after a big snowstorm. We had moved up from Texas and didn’t even own a shovel let alone a snowblower. Andrew came over himself the day before we got home and plowed out not only our main driveway, but also the huge driveway to our shed so we could put our motorhome away.
How’s that for going above and beyond? “
We had heard it was difficult to find people to do pretty much anything to your house in Duluth. We are new to the area and I had spent three weeks trying to find anyone who would even call me back to have some painting done. So, when I started looking for a contractor, my ex daughter in law suggested Knutson Construction and suggested I’d have a better chance of getting a response if instead of calling, I reached out with an email to you, Andrea. She was right!
We were not in a hurry to have the work done as we were going to have them work while we were gone for the winter. However, we were in a hurry to get Andrew out so we could start looking for tile, fixtures, etc as we needed to leave for 5 months in a short three weeks. Andrew came to the house and we were both so impressed with his professionalism, good nature and his sincere interest in finding our who we were and what was important to us.
Andrew had several ideas which enhanced our plans and gave us suggestions on where to look for tiles, fixtures, etc. Andrew spent a lot of time that first meeting and we were left knowing we could trust him to treat our house with total respect and care in our absence. The team was very diligent about mitigating any dust or debris from the project. Andrew even upgraded our ceiling lights and fans since in our inexperience, that didn’t occur to us. He also worked long and hard to get us the best prices possible on tile and fixtures.
We came home earlier than planned and were not too surprised the project was not quite finished as we knew they were using our project as a filler since they didn’t need to be concerned about disrupting homeowners living through a remodel. The small things left were finished quickly and we so appreciated Aaron’s attention to detail. There were a couple dings on two cabinet doors. I thought they could just be touched up but Aaron said absolutely not. “We will have them remade because that’s the way we do it. We do it right.” Anytime we had a question, either Aaron or Andrew answered our texts in a timely manner. Since we were so impressed with the painting in the bathroom, we asked if we could have our bedroom painted quite soon as we were getting new carpet. Sure thing, Aaron’s Dad would make himself available. He did a fantastic job and was so much fun to have in the house.
We came home after a big snowstorm. We had moved up from Texas and didn’t even own a shovel let alone a snowblower. Andrew came over himself the day before we got home and plowed out not only our main driveway, but also the huge driveway to our shed so we could put our motorhome away.
How’s that for going above and beyond?
We love our bathroom remodel and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Knutson Construction.
Nisbet/Johnson – bathrooms
Master & Guest Bathroom Remodels in older Congdon home
–Happy in Duluth, MN
“Throughout the process Andrew (and team) made themselves easy to contact regarding questions or concerns. The whole team was always so respectful and kind at the same time being careful to clean up daily. Their attention to detail was reflected in their overall quality of work, which was excellent.”
Having a bathroom to fit your every need is what everyone wants in their bathroom(s). So when Andrew and Elizabeth were looking for someone to remodel not one but two of their bathrooms they needed to work with someone that would listen to their wants and needs for their family. They received Knutson Custom Constructions name from their realtor Casey Knutson Carbert. They met with Andrew and he not only listened to their wants and needs and had some great ideas to enhance what they were looking for.
Throughout the process Andrew (and team) made themselves easy to contact regarding questions or concerns. The whole team was always so respectful and kind at the same time being careful to clean up daily. Their attention to detail was reflected in their overall quality of work, which was excellent.
There was some challenges along the way with some old pluming issues, but the Knutson team was able to respond and adapt their plan. They plugged away at the old plumbing and fixed the issues without adding too much time to the overall project.
Andrew and team offered great ideas for both bathrooms throughout the remodel. They kept Andrew and Elizabeth in the loop about everything that was going on. The end result were two beautiful bathrooms that were executed perfectly to what Andrew and Elizabeth had envisioned.
In the words of Andrew and Elizabeth…”working with Knutson Custom Construction was a great experience. We have highly recommended them to our friends and will use them for any future projects.”