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Minnetonka Beach Remodel | Kitchen

This lovely Nantucket-style home was craving an update and one that worked well with today's family and lifestyle. The remodel included a complete kitchen remodel, a reworking of the back entrance to include the conversion of a lower-level tuck-under garage stall into a rec room, and full bath, a lower-level mudroom equipped with a dog wash and a dumbwaiter, an upper-level mudroom with enclosed lockers, a new powder room, and main level laundry room, as well as a remodel of one of the upper-level bathrooms. The homeowners wanted to preserve the structure and style of the home, which resulted in pulling out the Nantucket inherent bones of the original house as well as the lakefront esthetic of a Minnetonka home along with creating those cozy spaces needed and desired in Minnesota, resulting in the perfect marriage of styles and a remodeled layout that works with today's busy family. Let's start by taking a look at the Kitchen Remodel.

Kitchen Details

The original kitchen was tucked to the back of the home, leaving space up front lakeside for a cozy living room, which we will get to in another post. The space in the kitchen was there, but the layout needed some adjusting and it needed an overall update. To see images of the original kitchen, scroll below.

Let's walk through some of the details of the space. The crisp white on the cabinetry is Gypsom by Sherwin Williams set against this stunning chalky blue of the island and cabinet hutches, Silver Streak by Benjamin Moore. The countertop throughout is a lighter grey veined quartz, with the island being a 1.5" thick cove edge detail. All of the hardware is aged brass. We ran the quartz countertop up the back of the wall behind the range and encased it in a zellige brick tile that also runs throughout. One of the most significant statement pieces in the kitchen is the oval port window between the kitchen and the laundry room.

This operable oval window allows the homeowners to hear and see the happenings of the home when tucked back in the laundry room, not to mention allowing natural light to flow between. We chose a hammed glass that mimics the lake as well as disguises the laundry room.

Butler's Galley

Initially the butler's pantry was blocking the view to the lake so instead, we created a galley butler's hall. On one side we installed (2) beverage drawers, liquor bottle pullouts in the cabinets, a smaller bar sink, and glass cabinetry. On the other side, to keep the view open to the lake and to mimic more of a dining cabinet, we installed narrow lower cabinets with an open shelf adorned with brass gallery rails.

Island Details

This almost 11ft island is not only a focal point in the kitchen, but also a workhorse of sorts. It holds the fut babies food dishes and food in a tuck-a-way drawer, is home to the microwave, and has a ton of storage in the peg system oversized drawers.

Matching Hutch's

These beautiful blue matching hutches not only look good and frame the range, but serve a very important role in the kitchen. One is the family's pantry space, while the other is a beverage and appliance hutch. We ran the countertops underneath both since they had the potential for spills. This allows for the materials to last long.

Small Appliance Garage

The corner next to the pantry hutch deserves mention. White oak shelves sit on top of a small appliance garage with a beadboard backsplash to match the backsplash in the Butler's Galley, which is another small node to the Nantucket style home. Again, we carried over the brass gallery rails from the Butler's Galley and lit up what could have been a dark corner with recessed LED lighting underneath the shelves.

The Range, Hood, and Stone Backsplash

This beautiful stone backsplash mimics the lines of the window it sits next to and nestles itself perfectly under the range hood wrapped in white oat to match the white oak throughout.

Ceiling Feature and Pendant Lighting

To break up the long span of the shiplap ceiling, we created a white oak paneled feature above the island for the pendant lights. And because of the lower ceiling height, we chose a pendant that wasn't as high, allowing us to have plenty of chain length on the lights so they didn't look squatty.

Before Images


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