Maximizing Space in a Historical Home
Similar to many other bungalow kitchens, this kitchen was cramped and cut off from the rest of the house (though no fault of its own). History paints a picture of how these kitchen designs came to be.
In Bungalow Kitchens: Changing with the Times, Sandra Vitzthum writes, “The bungalow movement was part of the populist movement of the end of the 19th century, when the American middle class flourished. At the same time, women flourished. In this light, the kitchen was a laboratory for the modern woman, and it was a place to work with focus. It was kept separate from the more social rooms of a house…”
So how did the team transform this once small, dark kitchen in St. Anthony Park? Space planning was challenging, but designer Mary Ellen Rantanen managed to make the most out of every inch.