Dave and Nancy lived in their spacious 1998-built home since it was new, but never were in love with the design. They wanted to make changes to their first floor to make the next 15+ years they plan to live their more enjoyable as well as making their home more appealing to prospective buyers in the future. They also love to entertain and wanted a space that would allow them to entertain both small and large groups. With five children and two pet dogs, the space also had to be designed for daily use.
Our experience working with the New Spaces team was phenomenal. From start meeting you, to our designer Jayme, to the carpenter Ed, to the subs, I could tell everybody enjoyed what they were doing.”
-Nancy, Eden Prairie
Kitchen and Dining
Nancy and Drew’s existing kitchen was very dark, with black and white tiling on the walls and dark gray granite countertops. New Spaces brightened up the kitchen with white cabinets, a white brick backsplash and a mix of Caesarstone Quartz Tuscan Dawn, Vicostone Quartz Café Gris and Difinity Quartz Calcatta Sottile countertops along the perimeter and islands. One of the most interesting features in this kitchen are the dual islands – one island can be used for cooking prep while the other can be used as a gathering space. This allows the family to host large gatherings and still be able to hold a conversation without getting in the way of cooking. The seating on the island also works as overflow for the dining area when entertaining a large group. The Nokomis hickory floor is angled to visually make the area look more square. The entire area is outfitted with smart lighting so they can easily set different moods right from their phones.
Stairwell and Living Room
The Nokomis hickory floor extends into the living room, which adds cohesiveness to the entire main level. We kept the existing handrail but upgraded it with gel stain and replaced the spindles with wrought-iron. This gave the staircase an updated look without needing to replace the handrail. The dark color of the handrail echoes the dark cabinetry on the kitchen islands. The living room features a gorgeous brick fireplace that was updated with a fresh paint job. This space is functional for both entertaining and relaxing after a long day.
Laundry Room and Mudroom
The current home was lacking in a mudroom due to the design. Rather than restructure the entire floor plan, New Spaces removed an unused closet to expand the laundry room and add a place to hang coats and store shoes. The laundry room was an opportunity to add a pop of color into the house and brighten up a room that’s often overlooked. We repurposed the cabinets from the previous kitchen to use in the laundry room, giving them a fresh coat of teal paint. The Mannington vinyl flooring has a unique pattern that sparks interest. Finally, two chandeliers bring light and cheer into the room. Who said doing chores has to be boring?
This extensive main floor remodel was a challenge for our team, but one we’re very proud of. The new home has ample storage, a cozy atmosphere and plenty of room to entertain.