Resurrecting an (almost) Dead Kitchen

Modern Minneapolis Kitchen - Before After by Arteriors Architects

Here’s a sneak peak of a modern kitchen I am hoping to revive in Minneapolis. The home is a fifties rambler. While the existing, white kitchen has not quite flatlined, it’s close, and I intend to defibrillate it. Here’s how (stand back):

  1. Open up the kitchen to the dining room
  2. Reconfigure the generous formal dining room to include a small family room.
  3. Remove the wall between the dining room and living room. Construct a visual screen in its place to retain privacy and create interest.
  4. Lower the scale of the vaulted space to a more comfortable human dimension by adding a horizontal soffit and wall that give the occupants a visual clue to the true height (a datum).
  5. Add color and texture to surfaces as a relief to the bland sheetrock walls.
  6. Add a skylight in the kitchen.
  7. Accentuate the horizontality of the space to make it feel larger.
  8. Provide interest with layering and transparency.

Stay tuned. The next step is mouth to mouth (aka, refine the design).

Kitchen Plan - Proposed

Kitchen Plan - Existing

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Tim Bjella

Principal architect and interior designer for Arteriors / Bjella Architecture.

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