Restoring the Original Character

In this cheerful arts and crafts home renovation, architectural details unify the entire first floor of this 1915 St. Paul home.

Before & After

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The kitchen was small, isolated, inefficient. The original white inset cabinetry was redesigned to incorporate modern conveniences; such as pullouts, open shelves, and a foldout corner cabinet. The vintage glass on the upper cabinets adds sparkle and breaks up the look of the solid cabinets.


The kitchen was enlarged and the door to the porch was relocated, allowing the traffic flows to be outside of the main work areas. Specific work zones were created to help everyone share the kitchen with ease.

Before & After

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The dining room was dark and wasn’t used very much. A larger opening makes a dramatic difference! Light from the kitchen spills into the dining room. A charming little hutch adds a bit of storage and character.

A horrible spot for doing dishes was transformed into a fantastic spot for serving guests.


The oak breakfast bar and a custom kitchen table were designed with authentic details and stained to match the dining room woodwork. This unified the two rooms, made the kitchen feel even larger, and enhanced the whole first floor in this arts and crafts home renovation.


A built-in white board and matching cabinet door hide access to the clothes chute directly inside of the porch door.


The lighting fixtures were selected to reflect the home’s history.


The oven wall and backsplash were custom designed. The handmade tile is consistent with the arts & crafts style, adding a dramatic element to the kitchen. The natural soapstone countertops also reflect that theme.


The utilitarian nature of the kitchen is reflected in the stainless apron sink and appliances.

Before & After

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The Finishing Touch

We created a larger opening between the staircase and the front room. A custom flat-sawn divider was inserted into the opening and wainscoting was added to the staircase.

Team Credits

Architect: Jeremiah Battles, Acacia Architects
Project Manager: Sam Quie
Color and tile selections: Lisa Albers
Photos: Troy Thies

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An “Eye” for Old Homes

Ben and his team bring an attention to detail and “eye” for restoring these wonderful old homes that distinguish our neighborhood. We have learned to follow their advice and have always been delighted with the results.

~ Steve and Nancy Plagens