June 2017 Natural Built Home Newsletter


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2017 Castle Home Tour : Sept 30th – Oct 1st


Featured Project: Kitchen Remodel + Bath Dormer

This sneak peak 2017 Home Tour project included adding a 2nd floor dormer bathroom to an attic space that already had 2 finished bedrooms, as well as renovating the kitchen. 


The kitchen was a full renovation with a new, more functional layout.  The cabinets were custom made with traditional details like inset doors and drawers, and stiles that run to the floor to add old character and charm. The new layout makes the kitchen feel much larger, although no square footage was added or gained from adjoining spaces. 

A trash/recycling/compost center was added under an existing window, and the homeowner’s original banquette seating area was reinstalled with a new wood top and fresh coat of paint.   The backsplash is a handmade, traditional craftsman style tile, but in a fresh, modern size to maintain an updated look.  Hardwood floors were installed to match the existing in the rest of the home, and traditional fixtures we used to reinforce the old-style charm.

The attic dormer was completed for a new ¾ bathroom on the upper level where the master bedroom was.  This modern bathroom oasis features a grand Carrara marble shower with shaving ledge and storage niches, a beautiful porcelain heated tile floor, and new traditional cabinetry to match the new kitchen.  The plumbing fixtures, lighting and accessories all enhance the space – adding a little sparkle and keeping with the more traditional feel.

See this project, and more on this year’s Home Tour, September 30- October 1st. See more details on the 2017 Castle Home Tour.


Product Spotlight:  Soapstone Countertops

As used in this featured Home Tour project, charcoal soapstone countertops offer a wonderful matte texture, that will patina over time. An excellent choice for virtually any style remodel, but especially those with a historic feel. Soapstone countertops are completely natural, fully recyclable and since they are non porous, they won’t absorb bacteria, making them a healthier option!

Educational Spotlight: Soapstone Maintenance

In order to create and maintain the dark look to soapstone countertops, many people choose to apply mineral oil (available at pharmacies). Mineral oil helps the stone oxidize, and in return, gives it the rich, gray color many homeowners prefer. This oil should be applied every 1-3 months, as desired to maintain the look, but you’ll know you need another application when water spills start to leave noticeable marks.

If deep scratches occur, the nice thing about soapstone is that you can buff them out with fine sandpaper, and then simply reapply mineral oil! NEVER use harsh cleaners on soapstone- mild dish soap will do the trick! 

Upcoming Education Classes:

The Natural Built Home Store classes are offered on Saturday mornings at 10 AM.  These classes are not a sales pitch, they are designed to be informative, educational and feature some of the most common remodeling projects. If you would like to attend one of our classes, please register here or call us at 612-767-3739.

June 17th Green Bath Remodeling
July 22nd Planning a Green Kitchen Remodel

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