Updated: Nov 15, 2020
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South Minneapolis Kitchen Remodel - Part 2
There really is nothing more fun than Demo Day!
When you have clients who are friends, like this project, you want so badly for everything to be perfect, to go smoother than any other project you have ever been on. This is, of course, not realistic, but I will say that for the most part it went really fast and taking down two dreaded walls was instantly so transforming!
The space became so bright and the vision was so easy for clients to see and get really excited and on board about!
Once the space got fully demolished and sheet rocked we brought Aric in for a measure so that the cabinets could start being made. We selected a clear Alder wood with Harvest Gold stain on plain, slab doors/drawers.
We needed to maximum every single inch of the space because removing the walls didn't change the footprint of the space. We decided to relocate the fridge, microwave, and dishwasher to have the best functionality.
My clients were also on the fence as to have a luxury vinyl tile in the kicthen or lace in the 1.5" red oak that was the rest of the main level. Cost was the driving factor, but at the end of the day, if you really want something, you need to do it or not only will you regret it, it is way more expensive to do later and you will be remodeling a remodel!
We decided on a two tier island for a couple of reasons. First, we need to have the range in the island and this would help accommodate a down draft range. Second, they liked the idea of layered seating for their boys and buffet option for entertaining.
There was a continued debate on which bar stool to choose and I had to tease my friend/client all the time about having commitment issues on final selections. She was doing exactly what she has heard me talk about for years!
Lighting was another thing we agonized over. My friend/client loves lighting as much as I do and making that final decision and pulling the trigger was hard... but I think we got the perfect ones for what she wanted, simple, small, and transitional.
And, as I mentioned before, if you are thinking of doing something, consider doing it while you have the contractors!
On a site check in we decided to add in the front entry into the scope so that it would not only function way better, but it would feel like the new space and really feel like a whole main level remodel.
We decided to use the luxury vinyl tile we were going to use in the kitchen for the high traffic, often wet entry. That was awesome because we had already selected it and liked it and knew it was in stock!
The plan was to demo the existing closet and have Aric build matching built-ins, replace the weird little window, replace the semi flush light, front door, and flooring.
Once the counters and appliances went in there was no denying how different this space was going to be. We had made a small space seem big and completed all the objectives they were really trying to accomplish.
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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!