Dramatic Kitchen and Bath Transformation in Minneapolis

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.

Minneapolis kitchen and bath transformation

Project Summary 

More storage, more and better utilization of space in both the kitchen and the main floor bath were the primary goals of this remodel. The mudroom bench area was a bonus.

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.

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


Dark everything, poor lighting and cramped spaces make this kitchen area more than ready for a literal transformation.

Reverse view of the refrigerator.  Notice how close the stove is to the back door.
Proposed remodel floor plans in 3-D concept



Featured Materials


  • Refrigerator — Bosch 36" Counter depth 4-door refrigerator
  • Range — Thermador 36" stainless gas range
  • Microwave — Sharp Undercounter 24" microwave drawer in stainless steel
  • Hood — Vent-a-Hood 36" liner in Gunsmoke
  • Dishwasher — Thermador emerald custom panel ready 24" dishwasher
  • Beverage center — Kalamera 24-inch under-counter dual zone wine cooler


  • Cabinetry — Framed, full overlay white melamine interior soft-close door/drawers
  • Paint — Perimeter, Anew Gray SW7030; Island, Cast iron SW6202
  • Door style — Shaker with 1/4 bead
  • Drawer — Style All slab
  • Hood — Base Square box in Cherry
  • Floating shelves — Square Edges, 2.5 high x 1/2 deep; Cherry with Valspar Husk
  • Hutch/beverage center — Framed, full overlay1 white melamine interiors
  • Uppers/Lowers Cherry with Valspar Husk
  • Accents — Beverage Center Mug shelf
  • Glass Inserts — Glacier


  • Perimeter countertops — Silestone, Desert Silver
  • Island countertops — Silestone, Desert Silver
  • Hutch/beverage Center Silestone


  • Sink — Kohler Prolific 33" workstation Single Basin Steel Undermount Sink
  • Faucet — Delta Trinsic Touch Faucet in Champagne Bronze
  • Pot Filler — Delta Boderick wall mount pot filler in champagne bronze


  • Some type of flooring goes here.


  • Field Tile — Equipe Artisian White SxS Subway (10MM) • glossy, Straight Stacked
  • Edging — Schluter Jolly Trendline • Grieg


  • Wall — Snowbound SW7004
  • Shoe & base trim — Anew Gray SW7030

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