Cape Cod Place (Minnetonka) - Part 1
Landmark Remodeling brought me into this project for a client/friend of theirs. They had done their basement with them and they wanted to explore the possibilities of a kitchen remodel.
Scott let them know that this project wasn't as "easy" as the basement because of potential layouts, painted cabinets versus stained, project scope creep that was starting to creep up, even in the first exploratory meeting just with Landmark.
From the first meeting I knew I wanted to remove the wall between current kitchen and dining and give them a substantial island. They were surprised by my certainty. I reminded them that I do this all day, every day and if I were to ask them advice pertaining to field of expertise, they would know the answers.
We went into layout and initial design phase knowing that it was going to be more expensive than they wanted, but that if they were going to do this, they didn't want to get to the end and have regrets. So, we made sure to take our time and the pre-construction phase was a lot longer than most projects.
It was determined early on the wall between the formal dining and kicthen had to go. This would allow for an open concept feel and kitchen island (instead of previous peninsula).
The double ovens were deemed unnecessary (I know, some of you would kill for them) because they never used them. I proposed a range instead in a new location to facilitate the wall removal. It also allowed for a vent hood because we could put the microwave in the new giant island and the range on the exterior wall for proper (and self-admittingly) easier venting.
The clients took this opportunity to add in some wish lists items, like a below counter beverage fridge and farm sink. These items did add cost, but again, we don't want people to feel like budge drove everything and a little bit of regret haunts the end of the project long after the punch list or photoshoot day.
We also loved the idea of extending the wood floors into the dining room, because let's face it...no dining room should have carpet!
I was SO excited when they embraced the red idea. They are not gray people, which they apologized for, like it was wrong to like warm colors! I got a kick out of that. I reminded them that design was personal and I was curating a kitchen for them, not others.
They also did not want any white as they said with three kids and a very hectic and busy lifestyle they could not keep clean and didn't want to be worried about that. I assured them we would fins a solution!
We went custom cabinetry so we could choose any color we wanted!
During (Covid Construction):
So there is always a surprise that comes up. That was the removal of the wall between the kitchen and dining not being able to be brought all the way back. There was necessary piping we did not know about that would have been astronomically expensive to move.
So when Scott called to get my input we went straight to solution mode. I am a very solution orientated person so these things don't throw me for a loop at all... it was easy keep a wall and have the cabinetry recess into it. I think no one would ever even think twice about it, and that is why a team to problem solve and find the best solution is so important.
TUNE IN NEXT WEEK FOR PART 2: After and Client Interview
Thank you for joining in and reading! I hope you got an insight into what we do, who we work with, the reality behind making old spaces new, and how awesome are clients are!