Dramatic kitchen & Bath Transformation in Minneapolis

Doing great things in small spaces

This compact mid 50's story and a half needed new life in both the kitchen and the main floor bath. While expanding the footprint wasn't really a viable option, restructuring the layout and removing two walls made all the difference. Of course with any major demo and rethink, new surfaces carried a lot of the design impact. Still, since space was a big issue, considerable effort was placed on designing maximum storage over every square inch of cabinet space. For instance, both sides of the new peninsula were designed to accommodate massive storage potential. The "mudroom" bench opens up to store all boots, hats and mittens or sandals and sporting equipment.

"Sometimes, I find myself just sitting in my kitchen, and I can't believe this is mine," says the homeowner. Take a look at the before photos and you'll agree. The transformation is pretty darn dramatic.


Design/Build Consultant — Theresa Mann

Photography — Alyssa Lee


With the wall removed and new cabinets added this kitchen now appears substantially larger, cleaner and far more open with tons more light.


Before: Hard to miss this how dramatic this transformation really is in terms of usable space and aesthetics. "Honey I can't find my car keys, I know they're around here somewhere."


Now this couple has double the dining space along with easy access to the kitchen.


Proposed remodel floor plans in 3-D concept





Existing floor plan


Proposed floor plan and scope of remodel


The bathroom footprint was actually extended by several feet by closing off a large unused hallway area.


New custom vanity with Cambria Berwyn countertops

Built-in shelves designed for utility as well as beauty.


Note: craftsmanship of tile work.




            • Bathroom countertops Cambria Berwyn
            • Bathroom fixtures are all from Kohler "Archer"
            • Bathroom shower wall tile—Avanti ceramic "White Bright Ice"
            • Bathroom floor & wall inset—Jasba Aragon 1x1
            • Bathroom floor field— 2x2 Matte Hite Hex
            • Bathroom vanity paint is Hirshfields Beacon Fog
            • Bathroom wall paint is Hirshfields 0017 Luna Moon
            • Kitchen sink is from Blanco
            • Kitchen cabinets paint grade maple, shaker door with square corners
            • Kitchen cabinet paint is BM White Dove
            • Kitchen wall paint is BM 972 Alaskan Skies
            • Kitchen backsplash set 4x16 silk ceramic with picture frame 20”x20” AlysEdwards Serenity glass/stone mix bordered by granite Rondec.
            • Kitchen perimeter countertops—Cambria Kelvingrove
            • Kitchen faucet from Kohler—Cruette oil-rub bronze


No longer a working unit this fireplace commanded a lot of usable space that was wasted.


This space redesigned for storage as well as aesthetics. There's nothing like getting rid of clutter to change your outlook on life.




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