Mendota Heights, MN
Who lives here
John and Beth.
Obstacles and Opportunities
Originally built in the 1950’s at the beginning of a modernist trend in suburban home design, thiskitchen had several features that continue to resonate with contemporary design today – slab front cabinets, stainless steel details and appliances, and simple clean lines. However, the overall look had grown dated and didn’t match this couple’s personality.
Open Cook’s Kitchen with Wooden Theme
John and Beth love to cook. They’ve lived on their quiet Mendota Heights cul-de-sac since 1996 and plan to stay for the foreseeable future. These homeowners came to New Spaces ready to create a kitchen with a refreshed look for entertaining and cooking together. While they were generally happy with their spacioushome, John and Beth were ready for the kitchen they deserved.
Originally built in the 1950’s at the beginning of a modernist trend in suburban home design, this kitchen had several features that continue to resonate with contemporary design today – slab front cabinets, stainless steel details, and simple clean lines. However, the overall look had grown dated and didn’t match this couple’s personality.
An open and social space for culinary exploration
In order to create this cohesive kitchen and dining room, New Spaces removed the wall that separated the two spaces. An open connection between the kitchen and dining room is part of a design philosophy that recognizes the centrality of cooking and eating in day-to-day life. It also fits perfectly with Beth and John’s lifestyle! As members of a cooking club, they often have a half-dozen or more people sharing the kitchen. They also host over 20 people for Christmas every year, so it was important to have a kitchen and dining area that could accommodate conversation and cuisine.
This new kitchen layout merges social spaces and cooking spaces, which is perfect for these homeowners. Having a peninsula rather than an island affords seating near the cooking action, additional workspace, and keeps the kitchen lanes free of traffic jams.
Woods with orange undertones have been incorporated into the entire design – the cabinets, flooring, ceiling, and furniture absolutely glow with warmth. Even the the forest outside has a place in this renovation, a huge window looking out onto the couple’s back yard combined with the timber ceiling gives the sense of being at the cabin everyday.
After opening up the kitchen, gaining functional cabinetry was one of Beth and John’s top priorities. Through a combination of deep drawers and pull-out shelves New Spaces eliminated the dark and hard to reach corners from the kitchen cabinets.
A mosaic tile backsplash in a sweep of blues encircles the entire kitchen. These glass tiles reflect light back into the space and add a splash of cool contrast to the warmwooden palette. Another must-have for this couple: a range hood. To make this stylish stainless steel range hood a reality, New Spaces added the necessary ventilation.