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Gourmet cook inspired midcentury kitchen/addition

Project Summary 

If the cook ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy. The cramped design and dated condition of this south Minneapolis story and a half frustrated the gourmet cook in this family of four, who wanted more space to entertain. We removed a wall, and designed a 5-foot addition off the back for the expanded dining/living space.

To bring this dark cramped, poorly designed kitchen into the 21st century without destroying its charm, we added new windows, more lighting, custom flat-panel walnut cabinets, quartz countertops with a companion geometric backsplash tile and new appliances. Keeping the cove ceilings and “toothing” in matching hardwood floors paid homage to the aesthetics of the previous era. The added mudroom off the kitchen completes the functional design. Now everyone is happy!

Finished kitchen with new sink, stove w/vent hood, refrigerator and quartz counter tops. Backsplash diamond shaped porcelain mosaic.


Existing kitchen — cramped and dated, inadequate work surfaces and storage. Are those pulls from the 50's?!
Main floor existing layout.
Proposed kitchen layout
3-D Concepts of kitchen after remodel
3-D Concepts of kitchen, living room and new access barn door after remodel
Before remodel showing backside of kitchen wall that was removed to open up kitchen to living room.
Side view of proposed addition with new 2nd floor bathroom.

Imagine a master suite bedroom without a bathroom. Now imagine it is on the second floor. Now imagine the stairs are steep because the house is old, it's 3 am and you've got to, ahhh, you know, take care of business. That's what this family was dealing with until we added on to the back end of their home in order to expand the kitchen and add a bathroom to the second floor master bedroom.

Compare existing to proposed 2nd floor addition and bath


New kitchen, new storage, Miele, GE refrigerator, Kohler double undermount stainless sink, Grohe faucets. Viatera Countertops: Cotton White.
Actual finished remodel — open kitchen seen in reverse perspective of living room without wall. Can you see where the old hardwood flooring is "toothed" in with the new? Note hide-a-way mixer and pull out recycling/garbage drawer.

For a gourmet cook having a mixer appear at the touch of a finger is a priceless benefit, especially when it adjoins a convenient pullout for garbage.

Reverse perspective living room to kitchen featuring new barn door on right, revealing access to main floor bedrooms and stairs to mater suite.
Wall of walnut cabinets offers a totally new realm of storage and beauty. Notice new mudroom area cabinetry.

The addition of custom cabinets along the stair wall transformed the storage capabilities for this family. Not only did it take care of current needs, but future requirements as well. Since the addition provided more space for kitchen and upstairs bathroom as well as a new back entry point, these homeonwers decided to add in a mudroom coat & closet next to a giant white board for planning/tracking kids activities.

Massive wall of walnut reveals storage galore around built-in microwave.
Onyx collection shower, White Matte Finish Liberty Tower Recessed Caddy, white Matte Finish Mid Height Rectangular Custom Shower Base,
Second story bath, LVT flooring.

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