Scandinavian Modern Home Transformation

– St Paul, MN

PROJECT DETAILS

Remodel Type: Kitchen

Design Style: Modern

Clients Favorite Part: The open sight lines for watching the kids

BEFORE CONDITIONS

  • Dated finishes
  • Lack of functional cabinet space
  • Sloped floor
  • Low ceiling beam a hindrance for a tall family
  • No bathroom on the first floor
  • Kitchen separated from the main living space

DESIGN SOLUTIONS

  • Rustic Scandinavia Modern finishes that tie together the kitchen with the rest of the home
  • Walls opened up to create flow and visibility around the first floor
  • Leveled floor allowed dining room to be relocated to preferred location
  • Added a powder room
  • Dropped archway replaced with a steel beam in the ceiling
  • Integrated bookshelves signal transition to dining area
  • Shallow bar counter for serving or hanging out
  • Fireplace surround updated with stamped concrete look tile

THE DETAILS

  • Shallow cabinets under bar counter for serving dishes and small appliances
  • Open shelf cabinets provide display space while fitting around an existing beam
  • New wood floors in kitchen to match the existing wood floors, with tile in the back entry for easy cleaning
  • Bathroom door located away from main living spaces to provide privacy

PROJECT DETAILS

Remodel Type: Kitchen

Design Style: Modern

Clients Favorite Part: The open sight lines for watching the kids

From The Client

“When we decided to make the investment in remodeling our home, we interviewed several designers, architects, and design builders. What impressed us about Colleen, besides her great portfolio of work, was the way she worked with us. She’s a great listener and interpreter, and we really relied on that as we waded through all the decisions that needed to be made. It’s a good sign when you can tell your designer you’re looking for “Scandinavian-Modern-Organic-but-Not-Contemporary” and she just gets it. She filtered out the distractions and consistently kept us on track, helping us first with the overall floor plan, then space design, and the materials selection for our kitchen, bath, and living room remodel. The result is definitely something we are proud of!”

– Kristin & Ben

About Colleen


I live in Minneapolis with my landscape architect/urban designer husband, my daughter who believes she’s my design assistant and sous chef, a cuddly tuxedo cat, a feisty Siamese, and a menagerie of turkeys and other wild animals who visit our backyard for the free food. When I’m not designing, you’ll often find me cooking up a Paleo feast, practicing embarrassing TikTok routines with my daughter, or hiding in a corner with my nose in a book.

 


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