When Tim and Ursula started looking for a new home in Apple Valley, Minnesota they found a home that had the perfect lakefront view but the house needed some major kitchen and family room remodeling. They loved the idea of being on the lake but their potential home lacked views of the lake and a larger more functional kitchen for their busy family. They found Country Creek Builders after doing some research for contractors in the Apple Valley area and a meeting was scheduled.
Listening to the Homeowner’s Wants and Needs
When Tim and Ursula first met with Country Creek Builders they had not put an offer on the house that they were considering purchasing. They wanted to get an idea of what it would cost to update and improve the house in order to make it their home.
After some lengthy discussions and exchanges of ideas Country Creek Builders came up with a scope of work and a preliminary design which we used to draft up an estimate. With this knowledge, they purchased the house and were ready to remodel as soon as they closed on the property.
Design is the Key to a Successful Project
The design consisted of opening up the exterior wall that faced the lake, installing a new large dining room window, installing a large family room window, and installing a new 6-foot-wide patio door in the center of the wall. This required the installation of new LVL beams for headers, re-framing the 25 Linear feet of the exterior wall, and adding additional floor trusses to support the new load points.
In order to make the kitchen larger a wall that separated the kitchen and family room was removed and a small laundry room off of the kitchen was relocated. After the kitchen was re-plumbed and re-wired a new hood vent exhaust was installed, along with the flooring, cabinetry, and the granite countertops.
The Final Touches
The kitchen cabinets were a paint grade cabinet that was finished with Sherwin Williams Antique White. The Island and hood vent were painted Anew Grey to give the cabinets a unique appearance. The design of the cabinets consisted of soft close doors and drawers, 3 ¼” crown molding, and flat-panel doors with ¾” applied molding.
The flooring was a hand scraped Pompeii Oak with a dark finish. The granite that was selected was a Titan Granite with a Sandlewood Honed tiled backsplash. Undercabinet lights were installed to accent the granite and tiled splash at night.
In our gallery, you can see from the before pictures that this house became Tim and Ursula’s Home.