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Johnston, Iowa

1990's Oak — Custom Kitchen Remodel

The remodel of the first floor of this home included removing a wall and expanding the kitchen into an unused dining room. In addition to expanding the kitchen and installing all custom cabinetry, engineered hardwood was laid throughout the main level, the fireplace was refreshed, and the stair railing completely redone.

Minnesota Cabinets provided the design, labor, cabinetry, and flooring for this project.

Johnston, Iowa Kitchen Remodel

Remodeling your kitchen can be a huge undertaking with many points to consider. Do you need more storage space? What style of cabinetry do you like best? Are there specific cabinet features you’ve had your eye on? Do you plan to change the layout or open up walls for visibility? What materials will you choose for countertops, flooring, lighting, and hardware?


To get the most out of your kitchen remodel, it’s important to find a reliable contractor that specializes in kitchen remodeling. You’ll also want to get advice from experts in real estate and interior design to help guide you in the many decisions you’ll have to make along the way. Having a team of knowledgeable local experts to call on will help your project run smoothly and stay on budget.   


After a quick “remodeling contractors near me” search on Google, you may find yourself questioning how to choose the best option from all the listings. While you can always find people lining up for your business, it’s good to remember that you are hiring them to improve your lifestyle. Make sure the contractor can provide examples of their work and a list of references. Also make sure they are licensed, bonded and insured.  Once you’ve got the basics covered, pay attention to how well they listen to you and respect the things you want for your space. Ask questions about their experience working with certain materials or installing unique design features. Also remember that no two kitchen remodeling projects are the same, and neither are the quotes from the contractors who bid on them. Don’t be afraid to pay a little more to do business with a kitchen remodeling contractor you feel really good about. The best contractors offer a lot more quality of service and end up saving you time and energy in the long run.

How to Choose a Kitchen Remodel

Most kitchen remodels have the main goals of improving lifestyle, design aesthetic, workspace functionality, and resale value. Knowing what to change and improve within your kitchen in order to reach those goals can be a daunting task. 


TV shows and magazine articles do a fabulous job of creating dramatic transformations when it comes to kitchen remodeling. They are full of inspiring design ideas and material applications.  They can also play up or play down the unforeseen challenges and costs that come along once the remodeling process begins.


You also have the option of remodeling only part of your kitchen and repurposing some of the elements like appliances, flooring, or countertops. Some homeowners find that just a lighting update and new cabinetry gives their kitchen everything it needs for a fresh look and feel.  


An experienced kitchen design professional can help you make decisions along the way and prepare for unforeseen challenges while helping you stay within budget.

Small Kitchen Remodels

Space for storage is one of the biggest challenges for the everyday homeowner, especially in a small kitchen. Although stock cabinets do a great job of fulfilling the needs of most standard sized kitchens, not everyone has the typical 10ft x 10ft footprint to design around.  When remodeling your small kitchen, you’ll want to make use of every bit of space, and the best way to accomplish this is with custom cabinetry. Custom cabinetry can be made to fit your exact specifications and can come with design features to make your small kitchen space a lot more functional. With tons of design styles ranging from super sleek and contemporary, to traditional farmhouse, small kitchen spaces can get beautiful upgrades without looking over-the top, or costing a small fortune. 


Cabinetry designers have innovated and improved for years now. So, with a short consult and a few measurements, your small kitchen could hold up to twice as much as it did before. Knowing what dishes and appliances you have to store and what your additional needs are will help make the remodel process that much smoother and leave you with a place for everything. 

An experienced custom kitchen designer has a repertoire of products to make good use out of every nook and cranny in your small kitchen space.

Kitchen Remodeling Ideas

For a quick and effective mini-remodel, consider painting your cabinets a new color. Or try something new with the drawer pulls and handles. 


Another fun way to update your space is with a new backsplash. Try something in a statement color, play with textures, or go for something simple with a peel and stick wallpaper. 


Deep, pull-out drawers for pots and pans have gained popularity, offering a space-saving (and spine-saving) solution for those bulky items.

Kitchen Cabinets

In most kitchen remodeling projects, new cabinetry is the number one cost, and with good reason. The highest quality kitchen cabinets are made of solid wood, never particle board. The carpentry and workmanship of the wood should be high quality for durability and long life. And the ability to have custom designed cabinets that match your layout and storage needs means that you can have control over the look and feel of your cabinets from start to finish. Custom cabinets don’t have to be expensive though. “Custom” just means that you can order standard-sized cabinetry and custom sized cabinetry all from the same place, and rest assured that your uniquely-sized cabinets match seamlessly with all the rest. With a reliable, local custom cabinetry designer, you’ll be able to choose from a wider variety of finishes and features, while also having more options to add functionality to your space– all within your budget.


A kitchen remodel cost can range anywhere from a few thousand dollars up to a few hundred thousand, depending on the size of your kitchen and what type of features you want to include. With that kind of investment, it’s important to do the research so you can get the best value and highest quality materials and labor, to make your new kitchen exactly what it needs to be and improve your life. Starting with a local custom kitchen cabinet designer will help you set your budget and expectations for the entire project.

About Us

Minnesota Cabinets started out in 1991 serving homeowners and families in Marshall, Minnesota, then opened our Des Moines location in 2005. Since our founding, we’ve dedicated ourselves to bringing innovative and quality cabinetry for their storage needs. Our team is passionate about helping each of our clients design a custom, perfect-fit solution for their space. For a design quote or if you’d like to discuss your cabinetry and storage needs, give us a call at (515) 278-5289. Johnston, Iowa sits on the outskirts of Des Moines and West Des Moines, offering commuters to either city a lovely suburban area to call home. Johnston has several family-friendly city parks, such as the Pointe Vista Park and Terra Park (on the banks of Terra Lake). It’s also only a few miles up to Saylorville Lake, with miles of hiking trails, great kayaking views, and a public beach.  Minnesota Cabinets offers kitchen remodels to residents of Johnston, Iowa and beyond. If you’re stopping in Johnston, check out the Iowa Gold Star Military Museum for a look at Iowa’s armed forces history. For dinner, be sure to drop in at Trostel’s Greenbriar Restaurant and Bar to enjoy an extensive wine selection and relaxing atmosphere.

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