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New Kitchen, New Gathering Space

Homeowners Jerry and Jane Bergstrom renovate their Maple Grove kitchen.

Maple Grove Magazine

The rich colors and updated amenities of the Bergstrom remodel serve the needs of the family of five that likes to entertain.

"We had a real blast from the beginning stages, from the first meeting to the last meeting." - Jason Budzynski, TJB Homes contractor

Many say the kitchen is the heart of the home, the perfect gathering place for meals and conversation. Yet, perhaps more so than for any other room, it must also be functional. After 17 years in their house, Jerry and Jane Bergstrom decided their kitchen and adjoining dining room no longer fit their family. The space needed an upgrade. Ultimately they partnered with Jason Budzynski at TJB Homes to bring their vision of rustic chic to life.

Although the Bergstroms, including 24-year-old Andrew, 21-year-old Austin and 18-year-old Allie, purchased their Maple Grove home in 1997, they only lived here for 5 years before Jerry was transferred to Canada for 2 1 /2 years for his job with General Mills, so the family rented out their Minnesota home during that time. They returned to Maple Grove and to the same kitchen they knew needed an upgrade.

The couple originally had the idea to give their kitchen a simple facelift by replacing the countertops. But once they began to collaborate with contractors, their ideas grew. After initial quotes from seven different remodelers, they narrowed the field and asked for a second round of quotes and more complete design plans. They based their decision on three criteria: price, design and their ability to work well with the contractor. They chose TJB Homes. Budzynski kept the project on track and on budget, and Jane appreciated his valuable suggestions. "We had a real blast from the beginning stages, from the first meeting to the last meeting," Budzynski says.

When brainstorming her dream kitchen, Jane says she was searching for a family-friendly space, but also a spot to entertain. The couple hoped for a less formal and more relaxed dining room.

From top to bottom, the entire family was thrilled with the spectacular results. A move towards darker wood tones accommodated the family's traditional, yet slightly craftsman style. Refinished oak floors remained to complement the new, rich chocolate-colored knotty alder cabinets and swirling granite countertops. New stainless steel appliances included a gas range which Jane welcomed.

The space was reconfigured and opened up by removing a wall to allow for the installation of a farm sink. New lighting highlights the beauty of the new features, and the family's previous furniture, including their dining room table, found a cozy new home in the space. Storage was also added through a built-in media cabinet. But the best part of the new kitchen? The Bergstroms agree that the large island, which eliminated the need for a kitchen table, is a favorite feature of their renovation. "It is an interesting jagged shape, opposed to an ordinary rectangle," Jane says, "We just love the conversations we have around the island."

Ultimately, Budzynski worked to give Jane and Jerry their dream kitchen with top-notch amenities and a rustic flair, but it is the relationship, Budzynski believes, that is the most important thing to consider before embarking on a renovation. "Remodeling is a partnership. You have to be able to work with your contractor," he says.

The Bergstroms checked off each box on their wish list, and successfully transformed their vision into reality.

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TJB Homes Remodeling can handle all your projects including kitchens, bathrooms, home additions, cedar decks, three season porches, four season porches, screened porches, fireplaces & entertainment centers, rec rooms, wet bars, spas & whirlpools. See our Gallery of Remodels for some photo examples of our work. View our Parade of Homes Remodelers Showcase homesSM current and past projects.

TJB Homes Remodeling can assist you from concept & planning through completion. The same skilled professional craftsman that have put that extra touch of quality into TJB Homes will construct your remodel project. Our Custom Design Service is headed by staff proficient in Architectural Design drawing on the Chief Architect Cad system. They can produce colored plans and elevations on all of your projects and "virtually" walk you through a room!

Home remodeling is a financial investment that you can enjoy every day. You want to hire the right professionals for the job. You can trust TJB Remodeling and Design, Inc. Don't just take our word for it, take a look as what some of our satisfied customers say in the Customer Testimonials section.

TJB Homes Remodeling is a division of TJB Homes, Inc. TJB Homes is the premier home builder on the Internet with over 1,000 web pages of information about golf course homes, new home construction, Parade of HomesSM, model homes, distinctive homes, floor plans, homesites and financing. If you are interested in new home construction please visit TJBHomes.com for more info.

TJB Homes also has a commercial development division. TJB Group has office, retail and warehouse space available for rent. TJB Group can also help you pick your site, design your building and build your commercial property. Please contact Jason for more info.

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