Remodelers Showcase Spring 2016

Craftsmen charm revisided in this 1940's remodel.

Craftsmen St. Paul kitchen remdodel

Project Summary 

The homeowners of this 1940s craftsman bungalow loved the charm of their home but not the cramped layout or the freezer-like conditions each winter brought to the poorly insulated space. What they really wanted was a complete kitchen makeover, doubling the working surface area of the kitchen without forfeiting period details, especially the ogee archway.

We estimate between 500 and 600 people visited our craftsman kitchen remodel as part of the 2016 Spring Remodelers Showcase Home Tour! Thank you to all who attended and to those of you who showed interest in our design/build capabilities, we look forward to meeting with you soon..

Completed project view from dining room entryway.


Existing kitchen with tiny eating area and only two windows.  Originally, the kitchen provided access to a small office and a bathroom, neither of which were desirable. They wanted to keep access to the dining room, but move the entry point .

Existing floor plan prior to remodel.
Proposed remodel plan.


In order to achieve their desired goals we had to remove the existing pantry, wall off the two doors to the bathroom and office, and then create new doorways off the dining room for access to the office and the half bathroom. Plumbing lines and HVAC runs also had to be rerouted.

Straight on view of finished remodel from the main floor entrance.  This added space allowed us to create a much larger breakfast nook for a cozy informal dining area, and room for additional cabinets and new appliances. However, now that we had more space we also needed to add more light to the area. That was achieved by adding a bank of windows on both exterior walls, bathing the new dining nook with glorious sunlight and brightening the entire kitchen.
We also mirrored the distinctive archway with an arched niche in the range backsplash. And by removing the wall between the original kitchen and pantry we were able to gain additional space for more cabinets and the refrigerator.

Finally, before we installed the new oak flooring to match the rest of the main level, we re-insulated the kitchen walls and made a few discoveries along the way. As was the custom with homes built in that period, insulation often consisted of whatever was handy at the time. In this case, the cavities were stuffed with newspapers from the 1940s revealing war news and a host of print ads extolling the virtues of Camel cigarettes and Coca-Cola.

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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