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Our own Matt Schmidt and AMEK were part of a Sunday, April 3-, 2017 StarTribune Funhouse article on kid-friendly spaces. Several of our project photos illustrating our creative use of the area under steps were included in the gallery as well as part of the interview with Matt.

Slides, secret rooms and other creative kids' spaces add playful flair to homes around the Twin Cities.
By Lynn Underwood Star Tribune APRIL 29, 2017 — 1:57PM

Under the stairs is a popular — and smart — spot to carve out kid-friendly hideaways.
“We look at under staircases, an often unused storage space, as opportunities to create something unique for kids,” said Matt Schmidt, co-owner of AMEK Custom Builders of Bloomington.
A reading nook outfitted with bookshelves and a cushioned bench, and a curved secret room, are two of AMEK’s kid-customized projects.

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Miss our Remodelers Showcase 2017 this spring? You can still check out our Edina whole house remodel project online! www.SeeThisRemodel.com
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What’s Cooking in AMEK Kitchens?
A Conversation with Matt Schmidt

What’s on your wish list for a kitchen? For AMEK’s co-owner Matt Schmidt, the kitchen is a prime space to make clients happy.

“It’s the part of the house that gets intricately used, so functionality and appearance are both key,” Matt says. “We ask a lot of questions about how you use your current space - what works and what is a frustration. Then, we exchange ideas on style preferences and then get down to combining solutions with design.”

Sometimes, the wish list is very specific. For instance, we’ve had clients who use a lot of spices when they cook, so we incorporated several narrow pull-out drawers next to the prep area so it’s easier to find needed spices. For another family who invites large groups to their home for meals, they wanted additional areas to do prep work since they encourage guests to cook with them. Often it’s a matter of improving traffic flow and lighting, adding countertop space, and updating the overall look.

For some clients, shifting or removing walls helps accomplish a more open concept to connect with the living and dining rooms. To make it more cohesive, the flooring is changed so it’s the same throughout the main level rather than the kitchen having a different material like tile.

“We just finished a project in Minnetonka where we moved and eliminated walls plus converted a three-season enclosed porch and open porch into the main level layout,” Matt said. “It makes a big difference now how the space feels and functions.”

Cabinets choices are shifting with AMEK clients. “Many of our clients like multiple cabinet finishes which adds a visual interest and a nice touch” according to Matt. “We’ve done several projects with painted cabinets rather than stained ones - at least for some of the cabinets.”

Quite often, AMEK installs frameless cabinets which cleans up the lines of the kitchen. Other options clients like are cabinets with glass doors and lights, lift up doors that are like garage doors opening upward, and customized drawers and shelving. Appliances are more likely to be “hidden” by being covered by a matching cabinet door so they blend in or by appliance “garages” that have a door that can be left open for easy everyday accessibility or closed when guests are coming.

Are you ready to share your wish list to see what our design team can do to improve your kitchen’s functionality and appearance? If so, give us a call and let’s start the discussion!


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2/7/17
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Honored to receive the Contractor of the Year (CotY) award from NARI MN for our Wayzata whole house remodeling project. Aaron Schmidt from AMEK Electric on the left and event sponsor Daryl Doehr, Sr. Regional Sales Manager from Marvin Windows on the right flank Paul, Matt and Andrew Schmidt on awards night.
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12/6/16
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Honored to be recognized by Builders Association of the Twin Cities for our recent Remodeler of Merit Award (ROMA) on October 20, 2016.
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Striking Gold! AMEK earned the distinguished Gold Design Award for its Exterior Project entry. The designation presented by Professional Remodeler magazine is judged by peers on design, expertise, material choices, problem solving and creativity. Congrats AMEK team!

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9/12/16
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Up on the Housetop! It’s not Santa, but the crew from Diversified Metal Roofing Company putting a standing seam steel roof on a house we are building in Mendota Heights.
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2016-07-20
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Front Page News! Our clients were featured on the front page of the StarTribune Home section in the Sunday, May 15, 2016 edition. This Bloomington project transformed the entire home to accommodate multi-generational living and entertaining large groups. Be sure to check out the online gallery for more pictures!

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In case you missed our Wayzata Dream Home on the Spring Remodelers Showcase - here’s the master bedroom which was enlarged to include more windows and this beautiful fireplace.
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