Traditional with a Twist

In their third remodel with us, this young family wanted to update the kitchen in their 1924 bungalow. He wanted a stainless steel kitchen, she wanted a more traditional style. The final result is a modern craftsman kitchen: clean lines and smooth surfaces, combined with natural variation and texture.


Stainless for Him

The custom stainless steel shelves near the range are easy to clean and keep messy oils within reach.

White Oak for Her

The rift-sawn white-oak has a more subdued pattern than plain sawn oak. The window was enlarged for both of them.

Before & After

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Less Clutter, More Storage

The existing kitchen already opened up into the dining room. But the view of the kitchen exposed the side of the refrigerator and pots and pans piled on open shelves. New cabinets were custom-built to match the original built-in buffet. In addition to providing much-needed storage and workspace, the view of this modern craftsman kitchen is much easier on the eyes!


A continuous quartz countertop provides enough workspace to make cooking and entertaining easy. Handmade ceramic tiles from North Prairie Tile add a touch of rustic warmth.

Team Credits

Designed with Joe Metzler
Project Manager: Sam Quie
Troy Thies

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An Eye for Restoring Old Homes

Ben’s team did an amazing job renovating our kitchen. While we initially worked with an architect, Ben provided his expert design guidance as well. He truly has an eye for restoring old homes. A kitchen project is probably the most disruptive project you can do. Thankfully Ben’s team helped us live through the twelve-week process by setting up an outdoor kitchen (complete with sink and refrigerator) for us to use and enjoy the remaining summer months. We look forward to working with Ben as we continue to improve our bungalow.

~ Shannon O’Brien & Shaun Curtin