Residential Design

Vol 1, 2018

A business-to-business magazine focused on the collaborative process and talented work of residential architects and custom homebuilders.

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owner of the Iowa branch of Minnesota Cabinets, along with the founder's son, Rick Ponstein. Together, they operate the 12,500-square-foot showroom and work with the seven affiliated designers. Through the showroom, Minneso- ta Cabinets sells custom cabinets, of course, but also countertops, flooring, and sinks, faucets, and lighting. Mark's goal is for Mainbuilt to han- dle a few of the biggest kitchen installs, and for some of his custom homes to use Minnesota Cabinets as a source, but there isn't a one-to-one correlation between each company's jobs. "I'm involved enough to be in every weekly meeting," he says. "And I know most of the major projects, but not all of the smaller ones. With the contracting busi- ness, we try to focus on the things we do that we do better and make money on and that's the big jobs." Still, as someone who's lived through a number of new homebuilding reces- sions, Mark understands the value of some diversification. "When new homes slow down, remodels pick up, so it's good for the company to have that diver- sity," he explains. "Also, we can spread some of those running expenses—like bookkeeping—across the businesses. Mainbuilt has its offices in the show- room building as well, although our name is not on the building. We are still two separate businesses." Architects' Builder Yes, Mark has designers available to him through the cabinet business, but his custom home work is almost ex- clusively with architects. One of his most recent and challenging projects is covered in this issue, beginning on page 34. Designed by BNIM, the Ravine Residence combined a difficult site, demanding building performance goals, and exacting architectural details—all in one nearly 9,000-square-foot project. It's obvious that Mark didn't take his "eye of Above: All wood inside the Midwest Retreat and outside is reclaimed and left with its natural preservatives intact. Below: A residence designed by Robert J. Neylan Architects embraces woodland views. Photos: BNIM | Photographer © Assassi Photo: Courtesy Mainbuilt 20 RESIDENTIALDESIGNMAGA ZINE.COM VOL. 1, 2018 PRO-FILE BUILD

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