UPDATE 12: Finished Remodel - Nokomis Mudrm Addition
From Lackluster Entry to Welcoming Mudroom
Our clients came to us with issues that many homeowners face, how to get more space, better storage, and an updated interior. For this Lake Nokomis home, more space meant designing a mudroom/sunroom addition at the rear of the home that functioned as a more welcoming entry with seasonal storage and views to the backyard. Mudroom features like the full height cabinets, an entry bench, new stove, and large windows make the addition suitable for year-round use and day-to-day storage.
Notable Motivation: Designers used bold blue cabinets and ornate tiles alongside natural walnut to blend modern sensibilities with the mid-century aesthetic of the rest of the home.
Opening Up a Kitchen Opens Up a Whole House
Though the mudroom addition provided our clients a better entry sequence from the garage, the kitchen still lacked the right amount of storage and was closed off from the rest of the home. Enhancing maneuverability was a matter of removing much of the wall between the kitchen and dining room, reconfiguring the food prep areas, opening views to the new mudroom, and taking out unnecessary soffits and an inconveniently placed island. With improved lighting from the skylights and mudroom windows alongside modern pendants, the enhanced brightness also helped not only the kitchen but the remainder of the main level feel much more open and well-lit.
Notable Motivation: Not just open, but selections like the handcrafted backsplash tiles, rounded countertop edges, sleek walnut cabinets, and floating shelving add personality and modern sophistication to the room.
Remembering Where We Started
It can sometimes be hard to see the potential in a space that isn’t functioning well, but with a little vision, homes like this one shine! Despite the inconvenience of the existing back entry and kitchen, the home was not wanting in other, much more important, elements that would make this remodel worthwhile. The family loved the backyard and the St. Paul neighborhood where they lived for 7 years already. With thoughtful interior changes and a mudroom addition, this lake Nokomis home would better serve the family that already loved living there.
Notable Motivation: Check out these BEFORE images below. A remodel is about acknowledging things that work great in a home as well as those areas that need some intervention. These kitchen skylights are a huge asset to the space while features like the existing soffits and an adjacent wall needed to be removed.