West Suburban Kitchen Expansion 2015 Showcase Tour

Corcoran Minnesota kitchen expansion

With eight grandchildren and more on the way, homeowners Pat and her husband Ed finally concluded their cramped kitchen was no match for her expanding family of 22—especially during the many holidays. However, for Pat and her family it was more than a mere question of space and improved kitchen workflow. They also wanted a formal dining area instead of a formal living area with more seating for family gatherings. And, they wanted a more functional eating area just off the kitchen where family and friends could have coffee or lunch in a more casual, intimate setting. They turned to Murphy Bros. for design ideas, technical direction and ultimately, for complete project guidance. Our solution? Expansion and integration of kitchen, dinning, and family room. Removing the wall between the kitchen and living area opened up numerous possibilities. The result was a completely different main floor space, culminating with a spacious new island big enough to serve Thanksgiving dinner, buffet style, with ease.

Design/Build Consultant — Jeff Robinson

Photography — Alyssa Lee


Aged Harmony engineered flooring, Shenandoah collection.  The addition of two new windows brought much needed light to the space. All Photos—Alyssa Lee


  • Custom banquette seating
  • Improved doorways
  • A new garage mudroom
  • Painted custom-angled island
  • Efficient multi-height cabinets
  • Aged Harmony engineered flooring, Shenandoah collection, color: Tennessee Whiskey
  • Cambria Torquay Island countertop
  • Permeter Cambria countertops with mosaic tile backsplash
  • Hands-free faucet and undermount sink
  • New appliances and range hood
  • New doors
  • 2 new Richlin windows



Images above depict the cramped kitchen and adjoining formal living room and the two walls that were knocked out to open up the kitchen.


Pre-existing floor plan

Proposed floor plan with walls removed and open kitchen design.

3-D rendering helps our clients clearly visualize the design options.

Cambria Torquay Island countertop with Knob Hill Satin Nickle pulls. Crown moulding finishes off cabinet design with clean lines.


As you can see now that the kitchen is open, there is room to serve all 22 relatives. Banquette seating rounds out the complete use of the new space.


Mosaic glass tile backsplash changes hue as the natural light changes angle to the kitchen.



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