Kitchen Stories: A Perfect Fit!

Experienced kitchen designer, Kristen Peck with Knight Construction Design of Chanhassen, MN, knew this would be a challenging and rewarding project as soon as she spoke with the homeowners.  With five children, their remodeled kitchen would need to comfortably accommodate their entire family.  Entertaining friends and family is important to them, so they wanted their new kitchen to be spacious and open to adjacent rooms so everyone could easily be together.

This photograph shows the kitchen before remodeling.

Kristen explained, “They had been looking for a lake home for quite some time when this home became available.  They ended up remodeling almost the entire house and they expanded the kitchen by bumping it out toward the lake.”  This new floor plan created a 22’ long kitchen which challenged Kristen to create a layout that felt warm and inviting and yet used the space efficiently.

“Initially my design included two islands, one near the stove for food prep and the other designed specifically for seating”.  This met the homeowner’s desire to have island seating that faces the lake but she wasn’t content with the double island.  Kristen went back to the drawing board and created one large kitchen island, measuring a whopping  10’ x 5’, and moved the majestic hood to the window wall.

“Usually the main focal point in a kitchen is the hood over the cooking area, so I decided to combine it with the home’s main focal point, which is the view of the lake.  The hood is the only architectural element on that huge wall of windows and it works beautifully – a perfect fit!”

Dura Supreme kitchen in Cherry with glaze finish.

Kristen then made another recommendation that in the end, made this project a home-run.  “Typically, the wall under the hood will have a tile treatment with a framed mosaic.  I didn’t feel that typical treatment would work well with this expansive wall of windows, so I suggested choosing a tumbled, brick-like tile for the entire wall.  At first, the homeowner was hesitant but she warmed up to it and now it is one of their favorite features!” 

Dura Supreme kitchen in Cherry with glaze finish.

Note the convenient pull out storage cabinet they have installed that is hidden behind the decorative post.

Dura Supreme kitchen in Cherry with glaze finish.

Cabientry:  Dura Supreme's Chapel Hill Classic door style in Cherry with Mission/Charcoal Stain/Glaze finish.

For more information about Knight Construction Design, Chanhassen, MN, see their website at 

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