Bathroom Remodel | Elk River, MN by Erin Jackson

Finally, the LAST major project in our “Fixer Upper” is FINISHED! Our Bathroom Remodel | Elk River, MN is quite the transformation! Almost 7 years since we closed on the 1971 4-Level Split, we can proudly say EVERY part of this home has been remodeled, improved or replaced!

Plan: Update Master Bathroom

  • demo and gut the entire bathroom
  • improve the existing layout
  • expand showering space
  • add more lighting throughout the room
  • design 2 separate vanities: 1 for the girls 1 for the boys

Before and After 

Every project in this home has always been about maximizing our space, making the room functional for our growing family and showcasing my Husband and his Family’s amazing craftsmanship and carpentry skills.

October 2010 we closed on our house and the remodeling process began! I still think we were crazy to tackle this beast…

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Demo day couldn’t come soon enough. We had several plumbing and lighting deficiencies as well as many aging and ventilation concerns.


I challenged my Husband to go above and beyond when designing our cabinetry and vanities. With each project, I wanted him to think of our house as a Franklin Builders Cabinetry Showroom. Most of our home has Oak Woodwork to stay true to the homes original build date. We didn’t want to go too far off track and wanted to stay within the oak family. Beautiful quarter sawn oak cabinetry was designed to perfection. Mikey created 2 vanity masterpieces.

We decided to downsize to one sink and create an upper cabinetry piece to enclose the lovely mosaic tile and hold can lighting in the soffit. Our painter finished the wood in a custom stain blend he described as “smoky and milky” which emulates both gray and warm tones from the mosaic tile

We accented the routed drawer edges with a metallic glaze to give dimension and make the edges pop. He finished by clear coating the wood for a soft matted look. We installed soft close drawers in a bumped out inset style.


Bright polished nickel pulls and knobs give a warm yet highly reflective finish. The Makeup vanity boasts 12 soft close drawers and sconce lighting sure to make the girl’s of the house feel glamorous and organized in our very own space! 

The sconces, chandelier, rustic vanity mirror and glass under mount sink were all purchased at  This amazing home design resource cut my shopping time in half when searching for arabesque style details to finish off this space.

All tile, knobs and pulls were purchased from our local Elk River Menards. The gorgeous glass and stone mosaic tile stopped me in my tracks and inspired me to build off of all of its glorious details. Our Marble countertops were chosen onsite at our local supplier Exquisite Stone Plumbing fixtures are from Kohler’s Devonshire line in the Vibrant Polished Nickel finish. Maximizing tub and showering space was achieved by installing a curved tub and curved curtain rod.

The end results are better than I could have ever imagined. It’s pretty easy to design a space when your Husband says you can pick whatever you want as long as you love it-he will build it. The ONLY thing he said he wanted was shiplap on the ceiling. I admit, I fought him on this. I thought it would be too much in a small space. To be honest, it is my favorite part of the whole bathroom. Probably because it was an unexpected surprise from a very talented guy. Knotty pine shiplap was painted to match the white subway tile and Mikey finished it off by installing oak trim.  

Many labors of Love are shown in this space. We are incredibly grateful to work with so many talented people that made this project possible! 

We truly couldn’t do any of this without you all. Our dream of creating our Forever Home in Elk River, MN is definitely a dream that has come true. Every day I am so grateful we decided to tackle this beast of a house and turn it into our own. 


Downtown, Elk River



Al @ Ajn Tile and Stone

Brian @ Multi-Tone Painting, Inc.

Larry @ Lundby Electrical


Troy @ Brisbin Plumbing Inc

New Home Construction | Otsego, MN

At Franklin Builders we are your New Home Construction Otsego, MN Custom Home Builders. Your design. Your choices. Your home. 

Unique and timeless for everyday living our custom Otsego, MN rambler is an example of modern family living with a personal, custom touch.

This Twin Cities Metro Area home was built and designed with family and trends in mind.

Traditional and rustic wood finishes and a unique blend of metals and surface features flow beautifully through each room in this airy, Wright County rambler. 

Entering the home, views of the backyard lot are visible from tall windows throughout the main level.  

Expansive views end with patio doors atop the stairwell leading to the basement, additional walkout access and the bonus bedroom above the garage. 

 The cozy fireplace and incredible wall unit immediately invite you into the living area from the main entrance. 

The painted and stained fireplace cabinetry is styled to perfection.

This is the focal point that ties the entire home design together, right in the heart of the home.


This cabinetry unit was built into the wall and was installed at staggered depths for design and dimension covering one large wall. 

The Fireplace and TV unit take center stage accompanied by bookcase style cabinets painted in white.


Our classic Franklin touch using quatersawn oak compliments the warm neutral stone fireplace and white cabinets. 

The gorgeous flooring installed through the main living area is white oak in a custom matte stained finish.

Our carpenters are not limited to cabinets! We built and designed this custom dining room table stained to match the same finish as the flooring.

The rustic stain blend used for the flooring and table is also an accent tone found throughout the granite counter tops and barn door of the walk-in kitchen pantry. 

The farmhouse sink is accented by a ledge cut into the granite countertop adding custom flare in an unexpected way. 

Upper and base cabinets in the kitchen were constructed from quatersawn oak with inset, raised panel doors. 

The glass pendants offer subtle style and trend without overpowering the bold detail of the custom built cabinetry. 

Oil rubbed bronze cabinet pulls bring out the dark tones found naturally within the grooves of the designer doors. 

A custom refrigerator was installed with matching door and drawer panels that were meant to cover the surface and blend with the wall of cabinetry. 

The white center island allows in-kitchen seating while also providing multi-functional use for large cookware storage and the rangetop cooking area.

The center islands inset raised panel doors are the same as the oak cabinetry. However, the island was painted in white and black drawer pulls finish of the contrasting look. 

Rustic barn doors are high on the top of many homeowners lists! We love the design for the walk-in pantry! 

Off of the kitchen the same oak, white and rustic wood finish carries into the basement, garage and backyard exit stairwell. 

The expansive entrance area is complimented by the mixed metal lighting- adding style and charm to the unique stairwell design.


Above the garage, a bonus bedroom space is peaceful on its own level of the home.

In addition to main level laundry, one master bedroom/bathroom, 2 bedrooms and a full bathroom are found at the opposite end of the home.

The master suites base and window trim are finished in white and is complete with soffit lighting and 3 accent windows. 

A full master bathroom finished in white cabinetry. The marble tile and stone features are reminiscent of the backsplash and surface tops in the kitchen 

Cool chrome fixtures play off of the intricate hexagon and mini subway tiling in the stand up shower. 

The subway tile was carried over to the built-in tubs backsplash. We designed a large towel storage cabinet for easy access while relaxing. 

These surface tops are sensational with hues ranging from white to golden to grey and blue. All tones look marvelous marbling within the 2 sink vanity. 

Decorative glass knobs round out the design accents with a traditional look. 

Between the Master bedroom and 2 additional rooms, a masculine bathroom is durable for all ages. 

The same oak cabinets and raised panel doors are consistent with the main cabinetry on display in the home. 

Decorative mosaic accents in the shower blend with the speckled vanity top, slate floor tile and trim along the bead board paneling. 

Brushed nickel knobs and pulls pop against the intricate oak doors of the vanity. 

The last little nook along the rambler pathway is a quaint entryway mudroom off of the garage entrance. 

Oak cabinets quatersawn and stained to match will withstand anything a busy family entry area will bring through the various Minnesota seasons!

Plenty of overhead space for storage and a pocket door leading to a 1/4 bathroom add to the convenience of the space. 

A bulletin board command station and walk-in closet is just what any family needs to stay organized and ready for anything! 

Our entryway bench with built-in drawers maximize this area for multi-use and function. 

Convenience couldn’t be more beautiful and simple.

Bronze fixtures, a lovely purple hue and decorative vanity mirror really add a lot of character in a small powder room!

Hardie siding and matching soffit and fascia are a great neutral look pairing well with the stone accents and window trim of the exterior. 

Curb appeal and instant warmth greet any guest with custom pine tongue and groove, wrapped posts and front door accents. 

Thank you for viewing our craftsmanship and design featured in our latest custom home. 

Unique and timeless for everyday living, Franklin Builders can make your dream design a reality. 


New Home Construction | Plymouth, MN

Built with pride, our custom two story Plymouth, MN residence is New Home Construction at its finest. Franklin Builders will design your dream home without limitations!

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On trend and breathtaking in every room, the combination of rustic woods and white cabinetry is timeless.

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For their kitchen design, the homeowner chose clean and intricate inset raised panel cabinetry.

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All woodwork was finished in white and rose gold pulls were added to all drawers and doors.

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We installed matching door panels to specialty appliances to blend necessary items and cabinetry together for a more consistent and cutsom look.

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The kitchen base cabinetry was designed with flat sleek doors up top for shallow utensil storage. Inset raised panels were used for the face of the lower doors and drawers. The drawers under the cooktop were built to accommodate bulky cookware.

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The range hood was a custom idea drawn up by our team. This piece is made from quarter sawn oak and finished with our warm stain blend.

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Pantry entrance, combination wall oven and a wood panel french door refrigerator with bottom freezer round out the U shaped kitchen layout.

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The walk in pantry built-ins with shelving finished in white for adequate storage.

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Peninsula cabinetry and open access to the four season porch provides separation and openness in the space, creating flow and function for everyday living and entertaining.

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The Cambria peninsula top and hand scrapped rustic hickory flooring are great combination to offset the crisp white cabinetry.

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The homeowner chose backsplash tile and fireplace stone very similar in tone and texture.

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Cozy fireplace seating with accents in a Christmas gold finish ties in with lighting fixtures on the main level.

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The fireplace cabinetry was also built from quarter sawn oak, finished with our custom stain blend.

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The main level includes open dining space with entrance to a 4 season porch family room and deck access.

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An angled fireplace with rugged stone surround and dark wood features sets the tone for an intimate atmosphere.

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Sculptured carpeting and dark walls are inviting details for relaxation at any occasion.

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A view of the front entry as seen from the dining room area leaving plenty of room for a large dining table.

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The main entry door is in a white finish on the interior side and a dark rich finish on the exterior side.

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Entryway closet and custom built in bench with storage space underneath.

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The Homeowners choice to add large mirrors in the entry gives the illusion of a more open welcoming space.

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The U-shaped staircase to the second floor with open railing and wrought iron spindles.

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The master bedroom, master bath and walk in closet are just the start of the second floor on the east side.

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In the master bathroom, sleek marble surface features and a shimmering Cambria vanity top are ideal blends matching the couples personalities.

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Armoire style cabinetry is an added bonus for bathroom necessities.

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Marbled tile surrounds the built in corner jacuzzi bathtub.


A walk in steam shower and custom glass door opening with consistent tiled surfaces throughout the room.


We designed this makeup counter vanity between two under mount sinks with equal storage on each side.

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Under cabinet lighting and heated floors are a few of the many extras that make this bathroom amazing.






The second story laundry room leads right into the master bedroom walk in closet.

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Laundry sink and storage cabinetry as seen from the top of the stairwell and hallway area.

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Pocket door closure from the walk in closet conceals the view from the hallway if needed.

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The walk in closet has access to the master bathroom entrance as well. The pocket door closes off the entrance to the master bathroom when needed without compromising the wall space.


This dream master suite is complete with a custom closet designed for appearance and organization.

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Another custom pocket door entrance to the bonus office space above the garage.

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When closed, the pocket door has a built in full length mirror.

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This is the above garage office space seen from the walk in closet entrance.


The office space is accessible from the garage entryway off of the kitchen and also includes a half bathroom.


Meanwhile, down the allway-this Jack and Jill style bathroom leads to a nursery and spare bedroom complete with a full tub/shower combo and two sink vanity.

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Bold wall painting technique in matte and glaze finish for a subtle contrast is the main design attribute in the nursery.


The garage entrance cabinetry and seating with access into the kitchen and office space acts as a mudroom with an additional walk in closet.

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This main level half-bath is adjacent to the garage entry mudroom.

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Front entry and porch woodwork adds tons of curb appeal to a home bringing warmth and character to the exterior.

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The entry from the porch leads into the main living area and kitchen with immediate views of the backyard.

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Great contrasting exterior features with cedar tongue and groove and can lighting.

Bead board style panels and textured glass windows are unique threshold characteristics.

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The homeowners chose rustic exterior lighting in a dark finish which ties into the roofing and window finishes for consistent design.

The soffit and fascia are fluid and consistent in a neutral cream shade.

Great entertaining space in a necessity outdoors in the warm Minnesota months. Our custom deck extends the length of the dining room and living areas on the main level.

The deck was designed to be spacious with access from the dining room. The walkout basement leads to a concrete patio and backyard overlooking the Plymouth neighborhood park.

Exquisite modern amenities are beyond compare in this stylish Twin Cities custom home.

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Our latest in New Home Construction has so much to see and love!

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Our work is superior quality and we always aim to please our client. We are always willing to talk through your dreams and make them a reality.