Gayle Crummer

Timeless Design

  Architectural Detail

    Brilliant Functionality

Beautiful interiors to work for how you live.  My ultimate measure of success is when you say "I love it!"

International Market Square
275 Market Street #564
Minneapolis, MN 55405

phone 763.458.3812
fax 612.604.5558
Allied Member AIA
Challenge: Create an open floor plan from a galley kitchen and small den.

Solution: Remove the wall between kitchen and adjacent den. This creates enough space for a large work/dining island, a separate serving peninsula with additional storage, and a new sitting area.


Challenge: A room with no strong focal point

Solution: Design multiple focal points for interest and balance with a metal hood, decorative trim around the window and furniture style island. By repeating the curve shape in all three, the room feels connected. Still there is interest created by mixing up all of the surface colors and elements.


Challenge: create a more open and inviting entry area

Solution : Remove a rarely used front hall closet to open up a view into a newly remodeled kitchen/sitting room.  Change the stairway landing by removing part of a wall and adding interesting posts and a larger bottom step.

Challenge - Organize a small space to function for a family of five

Solution - A space saving wall of hooks works for easy access to coats and shoes but leaves room for all to navigate around lockers. A wall-to-wall closet at the back of the room uses double pocket doors to maximize storage and function.

Challenge: Gain more utility for a seldom-used formal living room.

Solution: Transform into a home office. A custom table desk fills the space, and doubles as an additional dining table for family holidays.

Wet Bar

Challenge: Incorporated a recessed wet bar area to visually connect the room.

Solution: Design a furniture-style cabinet finished the same as the floor. Refrigerator drawers and a side positioned sink play down the bar function. Overscaled upper trim piece creates height and hides the recess.


Kitchen Island

Challenge: Update a kitchen island to add architectural detail and more storage.

Solution: Transform painted finish to a distressed stain by designing four new sides that, with new cabinet door and drawer fronts, were taken to a finishing workshop – then affixed to existing island base.  One side includes a locked liquor cabinet under a previously ‘wasted space’ overhang.



Challenge: What to do with a door way wall that is no longer needed as an entrance.

Solution:  Build a cabinet that works as an everyday computer workstation, then as a walk-up bar while entertaining.  Use the depth of the former doorway to create a recess cabinet underneath the kneehole for extra storage, and on top additional workspace for a printer.