Ken and Cindy had served as their own general contractors and did much of the work themselves when they built their Mankato home years ago. But when they moved to Maplewood last year to be closer to their sons, they chose APEX Construction Management to handle the remodel.
Their goal was to annex one of three bedrooms to create a master bath. They also wanted to move the laundry from the basement to the main level. With the limited space available, Designer Lisa Stoll combined the requirements. The former bedroom now pairs a three-quarter bath and side by side washer and dryer.
“The challenge was that the new bathroom would be on the front of the house and they wanted to retain the large window, so wall space was limited,” Lisa recalled.
The new space features a shower with an adjustable-height hand shower. The custom vanity has one sink and a makeup desk. Both the rod for the hand shower and the toilet paper holder double as grab bars.
Suite door features stained glass
While the bedroom itself remained the same size, APEX moved the closet and the door. Ken had a hand in the the project’s most special element. He made the stained-glass panels APEX’s cabinetmaker fitted into the bedroom door.
“I had made the three stained glass panels for a china cabinet in our old house, but I replaced them with clear glass before we left,” Ken explained. “APEX did a beautiful job incorporating them into the master suite door.”
After APEX completed the master suite remodel, the couple had them back to install a backyard patio, just in time for their son’s September wedding.
Kind words for the entire APEX team
The couple had high praise for the entire APEX team. “Lisa understood what we liked. She brought tile and carpet samples. She hit the nail on the head,” Ken recalled.
They credited Project Manager Matt Grudzielanek with keeping the project on schedule and had kind words for his trade partners. “Everyone was friendly and they cleaned up,” he said.
Cindy noted that when JB learned her father had died from COVID during the project, he brought roses to the door. “JB and Matt are good guys,” Ken remarked. “We had a great experience. We wouldn’t have changed a thing.”