Apple Valley, MN
Who lives here
Tim and Kimm
Obstacles and Opportunities
Now that their kids are all grown-up and moved out, these homeowners were ready to seize the opportunity to create a new kitchen design that willlast for many years to come.
Open kitchen with traditional style, perfect for entertaining
Tim and Kimm raised their family in a 1960s-built rambler on a quiet street in Apple Valley. With their kids grown-up and out of the house, these homeowners were ready to update their kitchen for the next stage of their lives. They came to New Spaces seeking a new, functional design and a welcoming space for entertaining.
No walls, no problems
Natural light reaches every corner and guests can easily circulate throughout the entire space. New wood floors in the kitchen and fireplace room match the living room. In any open floor plan, using the same flooring throughout unifies a space and creates a sense of cohesion.
Planning to age in place
Kimm and Tim plan to live in their home put as long as possible, and their kitchen design show it. An elevated oven with swinging doors is a piece of universal design perfect for a couple planning to age in place.
Semi-custom Countryside cabinets have functional features that will be useful today, tomorrow, and forever. Instead of shelves, pull-out drawers inside the pantry make it easy to see what’s in the back of the cabinet. No more stale and ancient crackers lurking in the dark!
BEFORE: AN AWKWARDLY SEGMENTED SPACE
The semi-open kitchen was separated from a small dining area by an awkward peninsula. A single door located adjacent to the refrigerator was the only access point to the kitchen, dining area, and fireplace room from the main floor. This created a “pinch point” where all the first-floor traffic slowed down. This was especially problematic during parties.
AFTER: SPACIOUS GREAT ROOM DESIGN
Removing the wall dividing the kitchen from the living room opened up more pathways through the kitchen and into the fireplace room. The second kitchen window was relocated to create a space for the refrigerator and more cabinets. As a bonus, the window is now aligned with the dining table. A central island integrates storage, seating, and work space and serves as a natural transition between cooking, eating, and living spaces.
Goodbye soffits. Hello new cabinets.
The new maple wood Countryside cabinets go all the way to the ceiling and are finished with crown moulding. The central island has seating for two, perfect for these homeowners to share a casual meal together. Antique-style pendant lights create the perfect atmosphere to enjoy breakfast or a brewski. Because Tim and Kimm are passionate about trying new craft beers and wines and there is a dedicated beverage refrigerator built right into the island.
The color coordinated perimeter countertops and backsplash provide a light contrast to the two courses of wood cabinets. The exceptionally detailed backsplash features a glass matchstick tile band and classic herringbone layout. Using just a little bit of decorative glass tile goes a long way.
Functional corner storage
A hardworking Lazy Susan is the only way to make corner cabinets useful. Narrow pull-out drawers are perfect for kitchen gadgets and slender tools like an immersion blender, tongs, or meat thermometer.