Restoring Blaine main floor kitchen after disastrous dishwasher leak

This is the story of a dishwasher leak that turned this Blaine residence into a disaster area and how Murphy Bros. came to the rescue by working with their insurance company to restore their main floor kitchen while adding further improvements to the living room and entry.

Lead Carpenter Shawn Ilstrup

Carpenter Allen Carpentier

Painter Dave Christenson

Project Summary 

They first noticed their floors were buckling in places.  By the time these Blaine homeowners traced the problem back to the dishwasher, the damage was done and it was significant.

They turned to their Facebook community for referrals and got a solid recommendation to speak with the experts at Murphy Bros. Design Build Remodel.  Our insurance experts met with them and determined what it would realistically take to restore everything damaged to its original state—a figure much higher than the insurance company had originally offered. Shocking.

By carefully building a realistic budget needed for the restoration, we were then able to pivot and add what these homeowners had always wanted to make their kitchen and living room into the entertainment space they desired.

Get the full story on how we manage insurance-related projects here...


In this short video the homeowner describes what happened and how his entire kitchen and living room were transformed.

Murphy Bros. Fall 2023 Showcase kitchen with farm sink and Tempest Quartzite island countertop
BEFORE: The dishwasher leaked for months underneath the floor compromising the flooring and sub-structure not to mention the lower cabinets.


From Left: Shared kitchen/living room wall to be removed, remaining kitchen with tiny desk and comprimised laminate flooring.


View from living room back towards addition. Yes, a dining room table will go underneath the three Marvin transom windows, if it ever comes!
AFTER: The living room gets a new floor, fireplace, paint, and floating shelves.
AFTER: Cambria Inverness Platinum waterfall countertops, Alson 9 - light unique geometric chandelier, Kichler Todo 56" Ceiling Fan.
AFTER: 9-foot island seats the entire family and affords an extra gathering area for holiday entertainment.  Tall custom cabinets are finished in Sealskin SW7675.
AFTER: 3-toned cabinet design, custom framed, full overlay Walnut cabinets with our own bleached Walnut Stain.
AFTER: Left—Custom cabinets with built-in microwave drawer oven and coffee bar.  Floating shelves and Methos Mosaic Petal Grey tile, finishes off the wall; Right— Cambria Inverness Platinum countertops, waterfall application.
AFTER: Cafe 30" Double Oven Range in Matte White on the perimeter opposite new Cafe dishwasher on the island with Adura Swiss Oak Truffle flooring, and counter-depth french door refrigerator; Delta Essa pull-down kitchen faucet with on/off touch activation and magnetic docking spray head; Blanco Diamond 32" undermount 50/50 double basin, low dived SILGRANIT kitchen sink.
AFTER: New entry with Annie Selke lkat black porcelain tile flooring, carpet, and stair railings, wall color Loggia SW7506.

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