Great Room Project 2804-1 After LR Kitchen South Minneapolis, MN 55410 3

Project 2408-1

Designer: Mark Benzell
Home Style: 1.5 Story Cape Cod
Design Style: Eclectic: Eclectic
Project Completion Date: December 2014

This very typical, 1947 built, story-and-a-half home in South Minneapolis had a small ā€˜Uā€™ shaped kitchen adjacent to a similarly small dining room.

These homeowners needed more space to prepare meals and store all the items needed in a modern kitchen. With a standard side entry access there was no more than a landing at the top of the basement stairs – no place to hang coats or even take off shoes!

 

Many years earlier, a small screened-in porch had been added off the dining room, but it was getting minimal use in our Minnesota climate.

 

With a new, spacious, family room addition in the place of the old screen porch and a 5ā€™ expansion off the kitchen and side entry, along with removing the wall between the kitchen and the dining room, this home underwent a total transformation. What was once small cramped spaces is now a wide open great room containing kitchen, dining and family gathering spaces. As a bonus, a bright and functional mudroom was included to meet all their active family’s storage needs.

 

Natural light now flows throughout the space and Carrara marble accents in both the kitchen and around the fireplace tie the rooms together quite nicely! An ample amount of kitchen storage space was gained with Bayer Interior Woods cabinetry and stainless steel appliances are one of many modern conveniences this family can now enjoy daily. The flooring selection (Red Oak hardwood floors) will not only last for decades to come but also adds a warm feel to the whole home.

 

Featured on the 2015 Castle Educational Home Tour!

 

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