Two toddlers and one large dog convinced these homeowners to trade their Minneapolis North Loop loft for a unique, modern home in a first-ring suburb. The house had some great features, but the kitchen left a lot to be desired.
The dark kitchen and adjoining living area in this St. Louis Park house were isolated from the rest of the home’s open flow. The homeowners’ frustrations were numerous:
- An odd floor plan left no room for kids or spouses in the kitchen
- Dated and obsolete surfaces
- An awkward cluster of doors to the mudroom, small powder room, and basement
- No direct windows in the kitchen
- Unclear how to create outdoor entertaining spaces with good “flow”
- No reflection of the unique architecture and materials in the rest of the house—generic drywall with “golden oak” trim
Their directions to our kitchen remodeling team were clear:
No generic modern spaces.
We are not worried about style—we want something that feels unique and personal, but that fits the house. And practical—nothing with fancy trim or hard-to-clean surfaces.”
Their new kitchen wish list included:
- A blend of steampunk kitchen decor, industrial design, and their Asian furniture collection
- Reflection of favorite hangouts from their travels: bars, coffee shops, and teahouses
- Room for large groups and kids to play on the floor —but not a family room
- A bar-like island in scale and function
- Access to a deck and future screen porch
- One-of-a-kind design with found objects and furniture
- Big TV (with computer access) for game days or working on homework but not the focal point
- Room to hang notes and display kids’ artwork
- Elements that reminded them of their old loft
The final steampunk kitchen design resulted from deep, intentional collaboration with the homeowners and reflects their unique aesthetics and personalities. After their kitchen remodel was completed, a visitor at a home tour noted, “it feels like my favorite neighborhood coffee shop.” The homeowners enthusiastically agreed.
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