Kitchen Remodel Project: Opening up a main level for endless possibilities

When the main level of your home doesn’t meet the needs of your day-to-day lifestyle, it can throw everything off. From the space and layout of your kitchen to the look and feel of your family room, taking the time to make these rooms your own can have a meaningful impact on your everyday life.

For Joel and Jane Alwine, this was one of several driving forces in deciding to remodel the kitchen, dining room area, front office, and family room of their Burnsville, MN, home.

Here’s a closer look at how Country Creek Builders worked closely with the Alwines – with the help of some collaborative problem-solving – to create a space that ensured the main level of their home served all of their daily needs.

Demo: Uncovering layout issues

The existing main level space was largely characterized by an outdated feel – particularly in the kitchen. Demolition began with the removal of oak cabinetry, laminated countertops, wood floors, and the carpet in the family room and office.

before image of kitchen

There were also a number of spatial concerns that made the existing space seem more cramped and less functional for everyday use.

For starters, the kitchen was only 12 feet wide, which was too narrow and made a workable kitchen design difficult to achieve.

The front office also had a sunken floor, which would not match the kitchen and the front foyer if left in its current state.

Third was the kitchen’s false vaulted ceiling, which also made the kitchen feel small. Combined with the narrow spacing of the walls, it dramatically reduced the openness and the usability of the kitchen and dining space.

The solutions: Making space for possibilities

Uncovering these issues early on allowed us to work closely with Joel and Jane and to plan accordingly during the design phase.

kitchen under construction

To create more open space in the kitchen, we decided to move the center wall separating the kitchen and the front office. This allowed for two more feet of width in the kitchen (14 feet total) and provided us with the clean slate we needed to start on a more open, workable design.

We also lifted the previously sunken front office floor so it could match rest of the main level flooring.

Lastly, we removed the false vault and gave the kitchen a taller ceiling, which also allowed for the installation of 42” upper cabinets.

We now had the space and layout we needed to provide the Alwines with a truly unique, functional main level of their home – complete with custom design elements to suit their exact needs and desires.

after image of new kitchen

Kitchen Features:

  • 42” upper cabinets (Pearly White paint)
  • 3” cove molding on upper cabinets
  • Poplar wood island (Dark Walnut stain)
  • Shaker style doors and drawers
  • Soft-close doors and drawers with melamine drawer boxes
  • Spraylite glass in upper cabinets
  • Mini dry bar with undercabinet fridge and microwave
  • 3 cm White Spring Granite countertops
  • MSI Pebble 3×9 glass subway backsplash tile
  • Oak railing separating dining area and family room (Dark Walnut stain on top rail, newel posts, and bottom to match island; Pearly White paint on spindles to match cabinets)

Other features:

  • Masland LVT Tahoe Oak flooring in kitchen, dining, area, and office
  • Pearly White paint on trim of windows, doors, and base
  • Free Form carpet in family room (Rockport color)
  • Keystone Gray paint on walls
newly remodeled family room

Create the home of your dreams with Country Creek Builders

Your home is much more than four walls and a roof, and the way it’s designed and built needs to convey that.

At Country Creek Builders, we have helped hundreds of homeowners turn their dreams into reality through kitchen remodels, basement remodels, bathroom remodels, additions, and more.

 Our dedicated team of in-house designers works closely with you throughout the process to ensure your exact needs and desires are met when the project is brought to completion – always on time and on budget.

Contact us today for a free, detailed estimate to begin designing your one-of-a-kind space.

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