60’s Rambler Revisited

Richfield, MN

After planning & saving for a kitchen remodel for over a decade, this homeowner came to Crystal Kitchen & Bath with some defined needs & wants for this 1960’s rambler. Some of the main concerns expressed to designer Kaitlyn Stokes were getting rid of a pocket of doorways to create an open concept, lack of organization & counter space, and what to do with a pantry closet. By removing the pocket of doorways & opening up the arch into the living room, an open concept emerged that created a better flow from the entry to the kitchen & living room. Swapping the placements of the refrigerator & range made it possible to create a U-shaped layout that added storage space & counter space. One of the larger challenges on this project was what to do about the pantry wall. Since the pantry shared space with a basement staircase, we had to work around the staircase slope while utilizing all the space available. . The solution that Kaitlyn came up with was to use a combination of pantry cabinets & false doors to create a pantry wall that was easily accessible, functional, & aesthetically pleasing. Some unique elements like a mail catch & original flagstone tile entry were incorporated into the new design to keep with the style of the home. Some flagstone tiles were removed to create a more natural edge & new oak floors were laid & stained to match the living room for a seamless look. Stone Bluff cabinets from Crystal Cabinet Works, Caesarstone Statuario Maximus countertops & two different backsplash tiles bring warmth & personality to this new kitchen. While talking with the homeowner after the project completed she stated, “every time I walk into the kitchen, I still can’t believe it’s mine”.

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