Colorful Eden Prairie Kitchen Remodel

From a storage stingy kitchen peninsula to a wide and wonderful baker's island

Project Summary 

This Eden Prairie couple knew they wanted to totally revamp the kitchen when they purchased their home only a couple of years ago. However, when they found out they were expecting their first child, the need to make the kitchen more functional before the new arrival became singularly important. We programmed that timing into the project along with her need for some serious countertop space and finished with a week to spare.

"The biggest design challenges were repositioning the fridge for better functionality, removing the soffits for full height cabinets, and toothing in the hardwood flooring to match the existing surface," explains Design/Build Consultant Theresa Mann. "In order to get more pantry space we moved the refrigerator to the corner occupied by the existing pantry and doubled the size of the new free-standing pantry which we located against a previously unused wall."

"I love to bake and for the first time I had every pan and mixer I own out and I still had room to spare," remarked homeowner Melanie. "This island is the biggest thing for me. It is so cool to have all this space."

BEFORE: wide view of entire kitchen with peninsula.
3-D Concept used in the design process to help clients visualize their space. On the right you can see where the new larger pantry will be located.
We refinished the ceiling in the kitchen area and had it planned for retexturing, but the homeowner like the flat look so much we kept it flat.



AFTER: Kitchen island and new pendant lighting selections. Note backsplash goes all the way to the ceiling.
AFTER: New pantry holds all their dry goods and then some.
AFTER: It isn't called the caffeination station for nothing! The new Wolf cooktop was the longest delay of all the appliances.

Featured Materials


  • Cabinetry — Custom Shaker flat panel, pain grade Beech with 2 1/4" stile and rails, finish slab ends
  • Door pulls — Amerock BP36872CZ — Caliber Geometric Knob, Champagne Bronze
  • Drawer pulls — Amerock BP22439CZ — Stature 5-1/16 Inch Center to Center Cup Cabinet Pull


  • Bianco Canvas


  • Red oak floors feathered into the kitchen area


  • Sink — Blanco 441309 Performa 33" Undermount Double Basin SILGRANIT
  • Faucet — Kohler K-22972-2MB, Single Hole Pull Down Kitchen Faucet
  • Lighting — Livex Lighting 41323-01 Geometric 14" Wide Pendant


  • Backsplash — Emzer — Influence White gloss — Cube


  • Lower Cabinets — 706 Cedar Mountain
  • Upper Cabinets — Beech — Almond
  • Opaque conversion varnish finish

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