Who lives here
Judy, Jeff, and their family.
Obstacles and Opportunities
This was the first remodeling project that these homeowners undertook. After they determined that they wanted to stay in their home forever, these homeowners went all out with their project. What started as a kitchen remodel expanded to include a total redesign of the first floor into their home.
Build what you want and don’t settle for someone who can’t do the whole project. Don’t hire just a contractor, you need someone to help you with the whole plan, that was something huge for us.
Fabulous Floor Plan and Family-Friendly Finishes
This 1991 home in Eagan belongs to a family of four. Although they love the neighborhood and character of the house,the floor plan was “cramping” their style. A U-shaped kitchen with well-worn honey oak cabinets was trapped between the stairs and laundry room. The white laminate countertop was splitting in places. An “unusual” coat closet in the front hall created a bottleneck and interfered with sight lines.
Before: Funky angles and confined spaces
After: a functional space with a more contemporary look
Except for a small bump-out, the footprint of the home remains the same. But the new, more efficient layout looks and lives much bigger! The compact powder room is still conveniently located near the new garage door.
The larger kitchen includes a spacious pantry, new appliances, ample cabinets, stylish tile backsplash, and a view of the back yard. Of course, there’s plenty of space in the laundry/mud room for gear and footwear.
Special touches – like the informal butler’s pantry in the dining area, 5-foot high chalkboard, and drop zones for papers and charging phones – help keep the family neat and organized. Wide-plank flooring, mixed woods, abundant lighting, and sunny colors feel warm and friendly.