Home Location : Crystal, MN
Home Built : 1960
Photographer : Joy Watson, Modern Joy Photography

Summary :

This kitchen had not been touched since the home was built in 1960 and although in original pristine condition, our clients decided it was time for an updated, prettier, more functional kitchen. The new kitchen was to reflect her favorite colors and their own personal wishes, balanced with our recommendations.

Awards & Achievements :
Client Testimonial :
Valley Place Neighborhood
We are extremely happy about our experience with Orfield Design. We asked 3 contractors for bids on our remodeling half the basement. Not only was Orfield's bid the low one and very nicely detailed, but they were the only contractor expressing optimism and a commitment to meeting a tight deadline of 6 weeks. Laura and Amy worked with us from the start to help us figure out details and get what we wanted. Once the work began, Laura coordinated the work well, sometimes getting three trades at the site at the same time without folks getting in each others way. The subcontractors did good jobs. The few shortcomings we pointed out along the way were quickly fixed with no hassle. Changes to the plan were credited or up charged in writing in a very clear and timely manner. We have had numerous compliments on the work that came out of Amy s design. Optimism for timely completion was accomplished. We had a nice new place for out-of-town visitors to stay when our new grandson was born!

Scope & Objectives :

We pulled the following together to make a new cheerful and welcoming kitchen:

Our client’s personal items were incorporated into the new kitchen plan upon request and so the oak bookshelf/key-drop and oak trestle table/bench were modified.

They did not want a dishwasher but we suggested creating a space for this appliance for future resale. This sparked our idea of the butcher-block cutting-board top rolling cart! Mechanicals were run to this area for ease of future DW install, but for now the cabinet opening seamlessly hides the cart for additional storage and extends the prep space when pulled out.

Painted custom cabinetry details includes: decorative column appliqués at the corner sink, raised platform behind the sink, cove molding at the top of the upper cabinets and around the entire kitchen ceiling, curved base toe-kicks and curved valances showing the bead-board backs at the open cabinets, including upper cabinet doors at the cook-top which were built to fit her friends handmade leaded glass design.

Additional upgrades include new appliances, Corian countertops, full subway tile backsplash in a brick pattern with basket weave pattern creating a focal point at just the stove, along with a custom blended glass tile border. Natural oak hardwood flooring also replaced the original vinyl tiles.

This kitchen now appeals to the general consumer – bright, fresh, and inviting – as well as the home-owner. She told us they receive constant compliments from neighbors, friends, and family and sometimes she just “stands in the kitchen admiring the work, and loving it!”

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