Kitchen Remodel

Lakeville, MN

Who lives here

Glen and Sue, two homeowners who love to entertain.

Obstacles and Opportunities

With a little magic from the New Spaces team, this 1992 split-level home went from ordinary to extraordinary! Elevating the floor in the sunken family room (which was rarely used) and eliminating the wall between the living room and kitchen opened up the space for an exceptional kitchen with an impressive island.

Craftsman-inspired kitchen in Lakeville, MN

The homeowners shared their lifestyle and design goals (their “needs, wants, and wishes”) with the New Spaces design team. Three preliminary design options quickly evolved into a plan for a spacious kitchen with warm craftsman elements. We narrowed the number of choices for finishes such as flooring, lighting, countertops, tile, and knobs to a few carefully curated selections. Instead of feeling fatigued and paralyzed by possibilities, decision making was easy.

An open kitchen with island seating and an adjacent dinette.

These homeowners worked with New Space’s professional designers to fully explore all the possibilities for their space, eventually arriving at a design that fit their needs, style, and budget.

Work with a kitchen designer to explore every possibility

Hanging light fixtures bring out the Craftsman character of the cherry cabinets and buffet with copper inlay. New Spaces created a single unified space, perfect for entertaining a dozen dinner guests or an extended family gathering of cousins, in-laws, and grandparents.

Modern details include the 90° corner windows – a favorite of architect Frank Lloyd Wright – and floating shelves. Harmonious combinations of design elements from different periods will prevent the kitchen from looking dated 10 years from now.

Design elements from different times with complimentary looks work together in this timeless kitchen

The contrast between the dark black granite and lighter Cambria countertops helps the central island stand out from the surrounding kitchen – emphasizing it as a gathering place for friends and family.

A narrow shelf for oils, salt, and pepper blends into the matchstick-tile backsplash. Pull-out drawers for pots and pans make it easy to reach all the way to the back of the cabinets.

Unique built-in furniture

This buffet countertop dividing the eating space from the living room was one of the homeowners’ ideas at the outset of this project. A unique piece to be sure, not only does it have space for dishes, serviceware, and a slow cooker, but the textured inlay makes it a gorgeous focal point for the design.

A credenza between the dining area and living room has the same granite countertop and cherry wood cabinetry as the rest of this kitchen renovation. Located just behind the table, this surface is perfect for placing dishes buffet-style during a party and storing tablecloths, dishes, or silverware. Integrated into this transitional built-in are a beverage cooler for beer, wine, and pop and and open rack for room temperature drinks.

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