Main Floor in Blaine Reimagined

Centered on an open concept kitchen, this remodel upgrades every surface.

The goal of this remodel was to reimagine every aspect of the main floor that was either outdated or overly tired looking. The reconfiguration centered around the kitchen, which was too small for the entertaining aspirations of these homeowners.

We removed the back wall separating the kitchen from the formal dining room, so we could expand the kitchen another 10 feet.


Design/Build Consultant — David Long

Design/Build Consultant & Project Manager— Scott Loso


Photography — Alyssa Lee



“The kitchen expansion required us to move the formal dining room to the front of the home where the largely unused living room was located,” explained Scott Loso, Murphy Bros design/build consultant, who was the lead on the project.


Existing Layout


“They had this fantastically landscaped backyard they couldn’t easily see from the existing dining room. So we created a sitting island right in front of the patio door so they could have an unobstructed view,” explain Loso.



The new kitchen now boasts three islands, with the smallest one for sous chef prep, custom cabinets, upgraded appliances, a dry bar and beverage center, a doubling of storage, including an improved pantry and luxury vinyl flooring to replace the aging maple.


Proposed Layout


View from re-imagined dining area back to newly expanded kitchen. A fresh coat of paint and some Roseto wide taper candle pendant lighting make the transition complete.


Veneer stone archway is Old Country Limestone used in the living room and family room areas to define and separate the kitchen from the other rooms.


This smaller third island was created as a sous chef prep station for additional convenience.


Kitchenaid™ full countertop microwave; Moen Weymouth Pull Down Kitchen Faucet w/voice control.


Upgraded materials, storage and work surface expansion all works together to make this a joy for any cook.


Eat-in island features double thick granite with Ogee edge and plenty of storage for handy items like silverware and dish ware.


Coffee bar and beverage center with KitchenAid™ 15" ice-maker. Coffee on demand. What a concept!


BEFORE: pantry and old location of refrigerator.


The pantry, located just left around the corner from the coffee bar station, was also upgraded with new shelving to improve storage.


Frigidaire pro series freezer & refrigerator.


So you wanted more storage? Done.



Flooring — LVP - Kitchen, hall, entry, living room, pantry: TruCor P1010 9"x60" color Expresso

Veneer stone archways — Old Country Limestone

Countertops — Granite, 3CM, - New Azul edge¼" bevel edge with¾" radius corners

Sink — Ruvati single basin stainless steel kitchen sink with sound dampening

Appliances — Frigidaire pro series freezer

Frigidaire pro series refrigerator

Jennair rise 36" gas rangetop; halo knobs

Kitchenaid 15" icemaker

Zephyr 24" Preserve french door wine beverage center dual zone compact glass (stainless)

Kitchenaid full countertop microwave

Zephyr 36" island hood


Stairs were also completely redone to upgrade for a more modern look.


No entry way would be complete without this magnificent chandelier—supplied by homeowner, which required special blocking as it weighed nearly 100 lbs.!


“We’re currently in the process of replacing the front entrance system,” says design/build consultant David Long, who teamed up with Loso on this project. “Which is why we first redesigned the look of the main staircase. It’s a dramatic upgrade of the entire main area and they really love it!”




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