Mediterranean Estate – Artisan Home Tour

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 2019 Artisan Home Tour.

Kansas City Project Featured in New Design Book

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.”

Moroccan Bathroom Remodel

Moroccan Bathroom Remodel with Custom Vanity, Backlit Mirror and Custom Valence in Bloomington, MN

Designed & Made had the opportunity to collaborate with interior designer Katherine Ma from Design Group M on this exquisite Moroccan-themed bathroom remodel in Bloomington, MN.

The bathroom features a custom vanity with patterned doors, a custom mirror surround with LED backlighting and a custom patterned Valence that frames the ceiling and reflects off the mirror. The design comes together beautifully through Katherine’s choices of filigree light fixtures and accent pieces.

Designed & Made used Autodesk Fusion 360 and CNC machining techniques to design and build the intricate fretwork patterns that give the space a unique aesthetic and character.

Collaboration Creates Opportunities

Wise Ave Tudor

The relationship between cabinetry and architecture has forever changed. The future of luxury residential design requires professionals to bring a deeper level of collaboration from concept to installation resulting in the ultimate tailored experience.

It’s always great for us to work on concepts with other creatives who are open to the potential our capabilities can introduce to the design process, and are trying to push the envelope of design in pursuit of the best product for the client.

Working with Detail Homes on this bar in a modern tudor home allowed us to walk the fine line between artistic and realistic. This bar is positioned in the heart of the home, not tucked away in a basement. It is seen and experienced everyday, nestled between the kitchen and the dining room where a butlery would typically be expected.

David Charlez Designs broke the mold of open concept architecture, which is common in homes today, and presented an opportunity for a unique and functional space.

This bar is an entertainer’s hub with dual beverage refrigerators, yet features elevated details such as curved moldings that wrap and encase this cabinet with studded panels, creating a beautiful fitted-furniture piece that functions as interactive art.

“I enjoy bringing concepts and challenges to Designed & Made. The iterative design process we’ve used together for 10+ years has always yielded results that exceed expectations. ”
~ Chris VanKlei
Detail Homes

Cape Dutch Modern

Custom Kitchen Cabinetry, Shelves, Range Hood and Center Island in Wayzata, MN

This Cape Dutch Modern home in Wayzata, MN features horizontal larch wood for the cabinetry, CNC cutout finger pulls, and a non-traditional island along with custom fitted furniture-style mud room cabinets.

This project was done in collaboration with Lucy Interior Design, Charlie & Co., and Detail Homes. This home was recently featured in the March 2019 Home & Design issue by Mpls St. Paul magazine.

Home & Design Minneapolis-St. Paul Magazine