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Kitchen Gallery: Set 60

 




Photography by Joy Watson of Modern Joy Photography

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HOME LOCATION: Minneapolis, MN 
HOME BUILT: 1938


After Orfield Design

This kitchen was boring. The 1938 traditional home was extremely well kept and had charming historical details. Although the kitchen, breakfast and sitting rooms had very good correlation, they needed attention.

The 4x4” dull white tile limited backsplash at the perimeter was replaced with classic white subway tile spreading out much more: from baseboard to ceiling cove, including up and around the large bank of windows at the sink. Contrasting gray grout between the bright tiles was used to complement the now painted gray island.

Bringing in the architectural details throughout the home was vital in enhancing this project, and one of the driving factors of this project was to replace old appliances with new stainless steel. This had to be carefully orchestrated.

Hand-made cabinet panels were selectively placed around the island and ends of base cabinets. Some doors became new drawers, a pullout trash receptacle was put under the sink, door hinges and drawer slides were changed to soft-close and each and every one received new decorative knobs & bin pull hardware. Adding dimmers on all existing overhead lighting allowed for ambiance.  All the cabinetry, walls and woodwork received a fresh coat of paint and repainting some pieces of furniture and replacing others finished the look!

Without changing the countertops, hardwood flooring, or plumbing fixtures, all the other seemingly minor changes described served to shape the sitting, breakfast and kitchen into welcoming, timeless and engaging places.

The owners wanted to update without spending a lot of money or conflicting with the style of the home. They were very attached to their existing white-on-white look, but we saw that it really needed to be less sterile and more inviting. Working with the tight parameters of the homeowners meant that every decision needed explanation that showed result of a specific gain.

Bringing in the architectural details throughout the home was vital in enhancing this project. We spent days visiting showrooms, obtaining samples and investigating other stunning countertop options such as a Marble or Cambria, and in the end she didn’t want to change from their current plain Corian.

New stainless steel appliances were carefully selected to replace the dead double wall ovens and cabinet paneled refrigerator but did not fit within any of the existing openings. The drop in cooktop replacement was tossed about (and highly recommended) but in the end we lost the battle and it stays.

The majority of the original doors and drawers were stuck or crooked and impractical. The owners refused to install under-cabinet lighting even though we strongly suggested it for re-sale. The former countertop overhang had exposed white steel supports which were highly visible from the sitting area which felt cheap in this otherwise high-end home.

The 4x4” dull white tile limited backsplash at the perimeter was replaced with classic white subway tile spreading out much more: from baseboard to ceiling cove, including up and around the large bank of windows at the sink. Contrasting gray grout between the bright tiles was used to complement the now painted gray island.

Adding dimmers on all existing overhead lighting allowed for more lighting control. 

To fit the new appliances, the refrigerator and wall oven openings had to be enlarged which forced alteration of surrounding sheetrock & cabinetry. This worked to our benefit where a former wasted niche over the refrigerator was covered with a pair of new cabinet doors & face frame matching the other new ones over the ovens. Custom raised cabinet panels were mounted on every base cabinet end and around the entire island between new overhang brackets and the exposed supports were covered to appear as a typical underside of a countertop.

In addition we installed new soft close door & drawer hardware, new decorative handle pulls and other hidden roll-outs, painted the cabinetry, walls & ceilings and repainted some existing pieces of furniture while replacing others. These were specific choices that made a large impact, revived and energized the kitchen, without the cost of a complete remodel.

Without changing the countertops, hardwood flooring, or plumbing fixtures, all the other seemingly minor changes described served to shape the sitting, breakfast and kitchen into welcoming, timeless and engaging places.

Awards

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Residential Kitchen Under $30,000 - Silver Winner
AJW Volume 104 - NO. 9 - February 12, 2016
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