Condo Kitchen

– St. Paul, MN

Project Details

Remodel Type: Kitchen

Design Style: Modern

Clients Favorite Part: Unique display space for their most treasured travel mementos

BEFORE CONDITIONS

  • The kitchen has a large footprint with weird redundancies that functioned inefficiently because the original owner combining two units into one at the time of the building’s construction.
  • The walls around the kitchen created a narrow entry hallway and restricted sight lines of the beautiful views out the windows in the living and dining rooms.
  • The homeowners had two generations of artifacts collected in their world travels that needed an organized system for display.
  • The two generation family sharing the space spent many years living in Morocco and wanted to mix those colors and patterns with a modern aesthetic.

Design Solutions

  • Removed the walls between the kitchen and the entry, living and dining spaces resulting in sweeping views from the front door and an easy flow for entertaining.
  • The refrigerator was placed off the center column and backed with a bookshelf on the entry side for displaying favorite objects, creating a focal point when entering the home while limiting views of the refrigerator.
  • The underutilized left side of the kitchen was turned into a bar area to keep guests out of the main work zone.
  • A curved open bookshelf adds functional storage and countertop space while providing clearance for traffic into the main work zone.

THE DETAILS

  • Two types of soapstones were used to differentiate the kitchen countertops from the raised breakfast and bar counter zones.
  • Walls covered in hand painted tiles bring the Moroccan influence to life.

Project Details

Remodel Type: Kitchen

Design Style: Modern

Clients Favorite Part: Unique display space for their most treasured travel mementos

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 black cat, a feisty Siamese kitten and a menagerie of turkeys and other wild animals that visit our backyard for the free food. When I'm not designing you'll often find me cooking up a Paleo feast, playing house with my daughter, or hiding in a corner with my nose in a book.

 

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