Open Concept Kitchen With Traditional Elegance

Tired of oak? doesn't mean your new kitchen has to be white.

Eventually everyone gets tired of the traditional oak cabinets and wood. It's an aesthetic consideration. However, living in cramped kitchen quarters with inadequate storage is not an aesthetic, it's about functionality—it's something you endure until it's time to breakthrough into the freedom of the open concept. That's what this remodel is all about.

This retired Maple Grove couple wanted, no needed a change in how their kitchen looked and functioned. Walled in on two sides, their kitchen screamed dated honey oak and limited storage. Most couples would opt for a white or grey color theme, but these homeowners wanted a more traditional, darker scheme.

Scott Loso — Design/Build Consultant

Alyssa Lee — Photography

Note the wall ends jutting out left and right. These points indicate where existing walls were before removal.

Oak floors were sanded and refinished, additional can lights were added along with the two pendants over the large island, framed by a new knock-down ceiling through the main level. Soffits with mechanical (left) were disguised with matching faux door front panels, while remaining soffits were replaced with floor to ceiling cabinets.

BEFORE: The wall separating the kitchen from the family room also housed the refrigerator which was located too far from the sink, cooking and prep work for optimum functionality.

BEFORE: They had a tiny kitchen island—all but unusable. If it were an actual island you stranded on you wouldn’t have room to write “HELP” in the sand!

It's pretty easy to see these homeowners have run out of counter space. The small island held minimal storage and access, while the overhead soffit robbed them of additional space they desperately needed.



Note new location of refrigerator and new convection microwave next to mosaic tile backsplash accenting the Whirlpool gas range.

The homeowners were very particular about the backsplash framing the new range. "We have always seen it used horizontally, but that seemed too strange to us. We really like it vertically, so it looks like rain falling."

A place for everything and everything in its place.

Reverse view shows how open and central the island is to the interactivity of the kitchen—something completely missing before.

This custom island is 42 x 72 inches. If you were stranded on this island you could not only spell out help in the sand you could carve out a landing strip! Well, almost.

This detail shows custom cabinet finish and corbels. The fruit is real and looks yummy!

Detail of knock-down ceiling application.

                • Broan under cabinet range vent
                • Whirlpool Gas range
                • Kitchen Aid Built-in convection microwave oven
                • Cabinetry: Custom Alder Face Frame, square raised panel doors
                • Countertops: Cambria “Summer Hill Basin”
                • Cabinet stain: custom color finish by Murphy Bros.
                • Tile backsplash: Brushed silver w/glass & Mind Light AC Matt
                • Wall Paint colors: BM-Hidden Cove

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