Wednesday, May 13, 2009

ASID Showcase Home

OK, I am going to be posting regularly again and hope that we are still on people's reader list.

Many exciting things have been happening over the last two months (yes, two months......sorry). The big thing that has been dominating our schedule is this year's ASID Showcase Home. It is opening this weekend and will be open for tours through June 14th. We had the opportunity to do all of the cabinetry and paneling throughout the house. They also asked us to build two custom furniture pieces and are displaying our Walnut Entry Bench. It has been a big project with many unique features. The many designers involved were great to work with and the home owners were exceptional.

Since we are just finishing up the house, there are no pictures yet, but will post many as we get it photographed.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Cozying up to IKEA.

We have done a few projects now where our cabinets have complimented IKEA cabinets.  There are times when this works, and others when it doesn't.

This one definitely works.  We did the two solid white oak tops for this stunning IKEA kitchen in a Hive Modular project.  Notice the joinery on the corners, nice job Anthony!

See more pics on our Flickr site.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Urban Bean

Really great coffee shop, great owner (Greg), great location.

Epic install that just about killed everyone involved.  

Stop by 33rd and Bryant Ave S.  Minneapolis MN

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

I ran across this blog post by Martha McQuade at Uniform Studio.  She was asked to do an online home tour of her own home.  

Martha is a very talented architect and has a very special place at Eastvold Custom. Most of the work that we did for the first two thirds of our business life was designed by Martha, while she was at Redlurered.  Her talent runs deep, as a designer and person. 

Her house was one of the first projects that I did when I started the business.  In her interview she says that the work was done on her house four years ago, it was actually five years ago.  I thought I had died and gone to heaven when I was given the opportunity to do a project like hers. Little did I know, that we would be working together on many great projects, for years to come. 

In fact, I did all of the work in her dining room.  Not only the cabinets, but the demo, framed in the new windows, new sheet rock and patched in the exterior.  Those were the days!


Thursday, February 12, 2009

Ahhh.... Alaska

Andy is an unbelievable cook and is probably 
thinking of great things.

Andy and Damara drilling it without the generator.

I ran across these pictures from a trip we took into the bush of Alaska. The point of the trip was to visit two very good friends of ours. They had bought a piece of property that sat on the edge of a valley and was surrounded by mountains that only Alaska can produce. They were and still are, living the dream.

While we were there, they were in the middle of building a timber framed house. Not only are they cool people but they are also purists in many of the things that they do. When we got there they had a frame up and roof on. The trees were cut from their land and made into square framing timbers with a saw that they had.

We were there for 10 days and figured that we should put ourselves to work. Being cabinet-makers, it made sense to build them a kitchen. The construction methods were different but the result was great. All of the materials are from wood that was harvested and milled from their 8 acres.

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Friday, February 6, 2009

The Big Show

I really like these photos that Ben Roosa took at the grand opening of Eastvold Furniture this past summer. It was a weekend event that made the modern furniture official. See the furniture at

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Saturday, January 31, 2009

DIY Done Right

This client was essentially a do it yourselfer. We built the dark stained cabinets and installed them. The other painted cabinets are original to the house and refurbished by the home owner. The addition of the tile and thick Corian counter tops makes for a fantastic kitchen. The attention to detail, both in the design and execution of the design, makes this a really good project.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

To The Dogs

Some people are dog people.  I am one of them.  Just to clarify, I've never been involved in a dog show and I don't dress my dogs up.  Unless it is funny and only lasts 15 seconds.  
As a kid I always wanted to have great dogs and a job that I loved.  I am lucky enough to have both, and have combined the two.  I have worked for Eastvold Custom for three and a half years.  I get to be surrounded by great people and great design.  On top of that, I get to build the ideas that float around in my head.  Hence the Eastvold Modern Dog Dish line, the Willie and the Jesse.  Dog feeding stations with built in food storage.  Named after my dogs, Willie Nelson and Uncle Jesse (not John Stamos).  The funny thing about that is that I'm not really into country music.  And why shouldn't a dog get to eat out of a sleek food bowl.  It probably makes them feel cool.  
Eastvold Custom has been a part of several projects where the clients have a had a whole dog room built.  There are built in washing stations, cabinetry and room for dogs to sleep.  I used to think that this was excessive, a waste of space and an unnecessary.  But I can tell you this, when you are washing your dog in the bath tub or you wake up at 2 a.m. and the silence is broken by your dog licking God knows what, a dog room sounds pretty good.  I plan to have one as soon as possible.  
I believe that both dogs and good design have souls, and are mans best friend.