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Bonus Space on Three Levels

The kitchen of this 1906 home was isolated from the rest of the main floor, which was relatively open. What started out as a kitchen and dining room remodeling project turned into bonus space for all three levels of the home.

Before & After

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Creating an Open Floorplan

Because there was another fireplace in the living room, we removed the fireplace and chimney to open up the floorplan and create room for an expansive island. The kitchen island has seating for the entire family, abundant storage, and a prep sink. New flooring was installed in the dining room to match the kitchen.

Better Layout for Cooking

We kept most of the cabinetry along the sink and range walls. The wall oven was removed to make room for the fridge. And the cooktop was replaced with a drop in range.

Compact Dining for Eight

To make room for the island, the dining area was moved closer to the window. Built-in seating was tucked between new hutches, custom-built to match the kitchen cabinets.  A contemporary chandelier helps define the space, spicing up more traditional cabinetry, windows, and trim.

An Extra Sink and a Bigger Bedroom

Removing the chimney created bonus space on the second and third floors. In the second floor bath, the extra space was used for a new double vanity. Adding a second sink helps with the morning routine for this busy, young family. On the third floor, removing the chimney increased the size of a bedroom.

Nice and Neat

Adding cabinets in a fun color in the back hall keeps the area free of shoes and coats. Cabinets cost more to build but hide clutter much better than open shelves or cubbies.

Team Credits

Designer: Amy Markus
Project Manager: Sam Quie
Photos: Troy Thies

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TESTIMONIALS

Patience and Integrity

We trusted that you would bring your very best to our home every day and that you and yours would meet every challenge (including those posed by the homeowners) with a critical eye, with patience, and with integrity.

~ Marga Miller