Returning to the Craftsman-Style

A 1926 bungalow in Macalester-Groveland is restored with a modern craftsman kitchen and dining room remodel. While dining rooms in older homes often keep their original charm, kitchens often undergo drastic changes, losing their connection to the overall aesthetic. In smaller spaces, it’s crucial for the kitchen and dining room to seamlessly work together in both style and function.

Connected Spaces

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Functional & Cohesive

Our client’s goal was to create a more open and inviting floor plan. To achieve their vision, we built a wider case opening, incorporated woodwork that complements the quarter-sawn oak cabinets, and rearranged the kitchen layout.


Double-Sided Peninsula Island

Incorporating a peninsula provides extra storage and counter space but doesn’t detract from the open feel. It also adds a connection between the two rooms. Whether working together to set the table for dinner or using it as a service table while entertaining, it is a versatile addition.


The Art of Compact Living

In a small kitchen, it’s important to carefully plan what goes on your countertop. For daily coffee lovers, having a dedicated coffee station is a game-changer. On those tired mornings, make it easy on yourself to see the buttons with under-cabinet lighting.

Before & After

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Storage & Beyond

Extending cabinets to the ceiling isn’t just about storage—it’s a savvy solution for kitchens tight on space. Additionally, panel-front appliances keep the design sleek and uncluttered. Lastly, adding a variety of cabinet storage types and sizes won’t make you feel limited in storing a variety of items.


Handcrafted Wood Vent

The hood vent was custom-crafted to seamlessly blend with the overall design, avoiding any visual distractions. The high-end leathered finish of the quartzite countertops complements the custom clay tiles and mosaic backsplash, sourced from Clay Squared to Infinity and Motawi Tileworks.

Before & After

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Mudroom Magic

The space off the back entrance is transformed into a mudroom by repurposing the closet. It now features a bench and shelving and hooks for storage. The large-format hexagonal tiles not only provide a pleasing color contrast but also offer excellent durability, so you won’t have to worry about tracking in snow or mud!


Natural Materials, Timeless Style

Using wood and natural materials in the home is key to achieving a modern craftsman-style kitchen and dining room. Together, there is a warmth, and character consistent to the feel throughout the home. In a second project, we carry this style up the stairs and to the second-floor addition in, Craftsman Reinvented.

Team Credits

Designer: Mary-Ellen Rantanen
Project Manager: Paul Gorton
Lead Carpenter: Leaf Enz
Photos: Chuck Perry

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Historic Beauty

When the homeowners purchased their home on Summit Ave, renovating the kitchen was at the top of the list.

Classic Appeal

The flow and workspace are improved significantly. A warm and calming palette of colors makes the kitchen feel bigger and brighter, and the design will stand the test of time!

Mighty Small Kitchen

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Modern Farmhouse

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Reimagined Living

Although the footprint is the same, it feels like a brand new kitchen. In the room adjacent, a new mudroom for this family of four.

A Bungalow Gem

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Minimalist Masterpiece

A contemporary kitchen design with an emphasis on beauty and functionality.

New Space with an Old Soul

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His and Hers Kitchen

He wanted a stainless steel kitchen; she wanted a more traditional style.

breakfast alcove with hydrangeas

White and Airy Kitchen

The footprint is the same, but the galley-style kitchen layout creates more room for storage and seating.


Craftsmanship and Judgement

Ben Quie and his team were reliable, honest, creative, and fun. During the project, we knew we could trust Ben’s advice and leadership at every turn. Now, as we enjoy our renovated home, we are grateful every day for Ben Quie & Sons’ craftsmanship and judgment.

~ Eric and Lisa Nicholson