Nolan Mains Art Deco Bar

Nolan Mains Custom Bar

Designed & Made was hired by Buhl Investors to build a custom bar in the club room at Nolan Mains, a market-rate apartment building located at 50th and France in Edina.

The Art Deco-style walnut bar features integrated LED lighting, brass inlays and details that nod to the brand logo used for the building. The countertop utilizes three-form to allow the lighting to show through the top. This unique piece elevates the amenity space at this new upscale apartment building.


Mediterranean Estate Artisan Home

Mediterranean Estate Artisan Home Tour 2019 with Nor-Son Custom Builders

This gorgeous Mediterranean Estate-style home was built in collaboration with Nor-Son Custom Builders, Brooke Voss and Jim McNeil, and features custom wood finishes by Robert Chickey.

For this kitchen, our goal was to fully integrate the cabinetry into the architecture of the home. There were four large cabinets designed initially as pillars to support an intricate beam layout in the kitchen. To take this concept further, we decided to panel the cabinetry into the windows, created the butler pantry as a fully integrated experience with the same paneling extending from floor-to-ceiling, and wrapped the range hood with a custom molding taking design cues from the massive kitchen island co-designed with Brooke Voss.

“This was my first project with Brian and Crew. The attention to detail and creativity are what helps set them apart from other companies. Their ability to think outside the box helps them to be one step ahead of the competition. I look forward to many more projects.”
~ Wade Stock, Job Site Supervisor
Nor-Son Custom Builders

Below is the diagram that illustrates the complexity of the beam layout in relation to the cabinetry. We created a plan for executing sophisticated symmetry, layout, spacing and reveals relying on the expertise for electrical and framing provided by Wade Stock, the job supervisor at Nor-Son.

The staircase landing in this home offered an opportunity to make a statement. To achieve this, we provided custom-CNC-cut wall shapes for the framers to use for construction, allowing us to seamelessly integrate the built-in cabinetry and paneling into the shaped wall.

Staircase Landing with Shaped Sheet Rock Ceiling

Designed using Fusion 360, the custom vents shown below play off the styling of the lighting featured above the kitchen island. The vents are machined into the oversized molding that wraps the marble range hood.

Below are other examples of cabinetry throughout the home that we co-designed with Brooke Voss.

Check out this custom home on the Artisan Home Tour.

Kansas City Project

Custom Kitchen Designed in conjunction with Bria Hammel Interiors in Overland Park, KS

This home was purchased as a forever home, but the home’s interior needed extensive work to fit the owner’s lifestyle. After careful planning, we ended up creating custom woodwork throughout the home, including:

  • Kitchen Cabinets, Island and Range Hood
  • Mud Room Cabinets and a Pair of Benches
  • Butler Pantry
  • Bar
  • Master Vanity
  • Powder Room Vanity

Designed & Made was involved early on in the creative process which allowed us to tailor the end product for the homeowner. We manufactured the cabinets at our shop in Minneapolis, and then delivered and installed the finished products in Kansas City.

The custom woodwork in this extensive home remodel was designed in collaboration with Bria Hammel Interiors, and was featured in the newly released design book On Style by Carl Dellatore.

On Style by Carl Dellatore

Work in Progress Photos

Kitchen Drawing

Here’s what the homeowner had to say…

“I was introduced to Brian Grabski, and Designed and Made, through Bria Hammel. My husband and I bought a house with privacy and outdoor space that we loved but an interior that I literally hated. I immediately called Bria to help knowing that she would be able to see something I wasn’t able to in making this new house our forever home. The combination of Brian alongside Bria, who I knew and trusted already, in transforming this home has been incredible. His vision has been equally impactful as hers which was not something I expected. Bria recommended Brian at the onset because I wanted a kitchen that was truly unique and I was less than impressed with the kitchen designers in our market. We spend the majority of our time in the kitchen/great room and so since we had a blank sheet of paper to make it exactly right for our lifestyle it had to be thoughtfully designed. She knew his creativity and quality was going to give us the wow factor that the home needed. After we started to work together I basically decided he and his team were the best fit to also take on our mudroom, which includes custom built-in dog kennels, our powder bath, laundry room, basement sports bar, and master bath vanity/storage…putting the entire house in his hands! We’re not quite to the finish line but every detail that Brian and his team have put into our home is already making our friends jealous. Working remotely with Brian hasn’t been an issue at all either – frankly given he’s located near Bria it’s been easier for her to be hands on throughout the design process taking that burden off of me. When we’ve needed to work through something Brian’s created videos to visually and verbally explain what questions he has and how he’s envisioning us using a particular space. He’s personally come onsite for every step of the project ensuring that communication hasn’t skipped a beat. He visited our current home to assess some of the features we have today that we don’t want to lose – like a sports bar in our basement – and took his designs in a direction that gave us the functionality and feel we wanted but were still able to align with the design and style that Bria envisioned for our room. I don’t know if I’ll be remodeling or building a home again but if I ever do Brian will be one of my first calls for sure.”

Cape Dutch Artisan Home

Cape Dutch Home by Hage Homes on the 2018 Artisan Home Tour

This new-build, custom home features simple forms, clean lines, and distinctive raised parapet gable walls. Inside, Designed & Made helped create woodwork throughout the entire home, including:

  • La Cournue-inspired Custom Kitchen, with center island and high gloss range hood with metal accents
  • Pantry
  • Master Closet
  • Custom Vanities
  • Bar
  • Laundry Room
  • Mud Room Bench

This home was featured on the 2018 Artisan Home Tour, and is a collaboration with Hage Homes, Ron Brenner Architects and Historic Design Studio.

This home was also featured in the Star Tribune and Minneapolis-St. Paul Magazine.

Minneapolis-St. Paul Home and Design

Rustic Glam

Riverfront Custom Home with Onyx Backlit Bar

We are proud to feature our latest work in collaboration with Hage Homes and Tom Rauscher on the Mississippi River.

This custom home features high end finishes, including an Onyx bar countertop with back lighting that highlights the intricacies of the material, as well as a high gloss custom bed frame and cabinetry in the master bedroom. The office features a Wenge wood desk. We also created custom kitchen cabinets and a center island for this extraordinary home, in addition to cabinetry throughout the mud room and laundry area.