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Paul Knutson



      Company:  Knutson Residential Design

      Address:  St. Paul, MN

      Phone:       612-386-2200  



Q: What’s your design philosophy?

Design is a collaborative process where everyone involved contributes their particular opinions, preferences and goals. My role is to ensure that the final design represents the essence of those contributions in a space that is consistent, balanced and unique.

Q: What’s the best piece of design advice you have received?

If you think it’s expensive to hire a professional, wait until you hire an amateur.

Q: What's a recent project that you're really proud of? Why?

I recently designed a Master Bathroom that won “Best Before and After Bath” in the 2014 NKBA National Design Competition. While I’m very proud of that, it’s what my client said after we were done that really mattered to me. She confessed that this bathroom was the reason she and her husband had decided not to move out of their existing home. She also said “Every morning I go in there I say “I love my bathroom.” That’s what keeps me going.

Q: Where do you get your inspiration?

I get most of my inspiration from materials. That’s what sticks out for me when I’m in a showroom, on a home tour or just out in the world looking at how things go together.