Charming St. Anthony Kitchen Remodel

Protecting the architectural charm of this mid-century home required detailed craftsmanship

Typical of the smaller mid-century ramblers in the tight, isolated kitchen with tiny windows that looked at your next-door neighbor. The fix for this family involved moving both windows and walls to open up everything. Expanded their kitchen storage, and countertop space, and dramatically improved the view of their unusually large backyard with a larger window. New appliances brought them more options and efficiencies. By removing the wall and doorway between the kitchen and dining room, we completely opened up the space.

Design/Build Consultant — Scott Loso

Project Manager — Paul Brandt

Lead Carpenters — Shawn Ilstrup, Ryan Whalen, Mark Arntzen

Painter — Jon Nitsh

Photography — Alyssa Lee

BEFORE: Ogee-arched wall separating kitchen from dining room. An ogee is a decorative line formed by two connected curves. The upper curve is concave, or bowed inward like the inside of a bowl. The lower curve is convex, or curved outward like part of a sphere. When the two curves are linked together they form an S-shaped curve. An ogee arch, then, uses two ogees to form an arch. They meet at the top of the arch in a point.

AFTER: Left wall and Ogee arch removed, matching hardwood flooring.

BEFORE: Their existing window needed to be removed to make way for a proper hood vent.

AFTER: Adding a new dishwasher next to the sink improved functionality, which is always a major aspect in any remodel design.

AFTER: A view to a tree and the kids.

AFTER: Note how much more natural sunlight finds it's way into what was a dark and cramped space.

                  • Kitchen Cabinets: Paint grade, square flat panel
                  • Countertops — Cambria Portrush
                  • Backsplash tile — Bulevar White, Pattern 1/3 staggered
                  • Stainless Steel Kitchen Sink: Elkay Crosstown 30-1/2" under-mount single basin with basin rack and basket strainer
                  • Beverage Faucet: Delta cold only, reverse osmosis, and other Filtered Water Systems
                  • Kitchen Faucet: Delta Essa, pull-down with on/off touch activation and magnetic docking spray head
                  • Windows: Pella Impervia
                  • Appliances
                  • LG Refrigerator: LFCC22426s
                  • Frigidaire Gas Range: PCFG3078AF 30" slide in gas range
                  • Vent-a-hood vent: BH128SLD
                  • Whirlpool dishwasher: WDTAS0SAKZ
                  • Paint: Silver Spring (BM)

AFTER: Concealed microwave adds more countertop space.

AFTER: Matching the current plaster cove moulding was very challenging, but turned out perfectly, as did the new flat ceiling, which had that hideous "pop-corn" treatment.

AFTER: Floating shelving completes the charming update.

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