St. Louis Park Kitchen & Primary Suite Addition

A remodel is underway. Take a look inside.

Follow along as we build a shed dormer addition along the upper level of this St. Paul Cape Cod.

Finished Remodel

We’re revealing the finished Addition! See the exciting changes in our before and after photos.

With a young family in mind, our clients had several important updates they wanted in the renovation. Considering how much they loved their 1920’s home and the neighborhood, we knew the right changes to the house could better suit our client’s evolving needs for the long term.

Before | The team used the existing eave lines to define the extended roof of the addition, creating a seamless transition between existing and new structures. The bold blue trim work on the home helped tie the addition to the rest of the home.

The family’s requirements:

  • A new larger Kitchen, more open to the adjacent Dining Room
  • Adding a main level Powder Room
  • Creating a Mudroom/Drop-zone area for coats, boot, and bags
  • Enlarging the Owner’s Bedroom to fit a king-size bed
  • Dedicated Office space

By incorporating an addition, we could open up the floor plan for better maneuverability between existing rooms and include the much-needed additional spaces that would honor the family and their needs. In just a couple of months, we turned a cramped kitchen and new addition into a modern open-concept home that echoed the timeless, vintage details of the original 1923 construction.

Main Level Design Considerations

We needed to find a way to open up the main level while also providing a mudroom with room for a family’s worth of shoes, including snowy, winter boots. To do this, we created a spacious addition that would not only accommodate a much more spacious entryway beyond the existing stair but also an easily accessible powder room.

After | Access to the living room and remainder of the home was created by the removal of an existing window closing off the stair to the future addition. Additional daylighting in the living room is provided by the glass Marvin door and adjacent window just beyond the stair.

After | The clients needed the entryway provided by the addition to solve a few concerns. The mudroom entry now serves as an area for shoe removal, creates access to both the dining and living room, and is home to a new main-level powder. The vivid blue paint within the powder is a repetitive theme in the newly modernized home.

The existing kitchen also needed an overhaul. Here’s what we did:

  • Created a more open-concept home: New openings from the addition to the generously sized dining room with a secondary access point from the kitchen to the living room
  • Increased storage: Full-height pantry cabinets, floating shelves, two segments of lower and upper cabinets, and a generous peninsula
  • Modernized the finishes: Cubed mosaic tile behind both the range and sink, modern pendants over the peninsula seating, white quartz countertops with feint veining, sleek, black cabinet pulls and kitchen faucet
  • Provided Focal Points: the bold, blue peninsula and kitchen wall, painted in Sherwin Williams, After the Storm

After | The kitchen transformation elevated the home and created a beautiful gathering place for the family. The shaker cabinets painted in Sherwin Williams, Snowbound, are topped with bright, white Cambria countertops, accented with delicate tan marbling throughout. The countertops blend well with the vintage-modern design intentions and work well alongside the refinished hardwood and floating cabinets.

After | The new range wall is a worthwhile upgrade to the crowded and outdated appliance wall in the previous kitchen. The cubed mosaic tile, white cabinets, and upgraded range hood are clear indications of the modern twist designers infused into the new layout. For added functionality, the large pantry doors nearby provide much-needed storage and hide the HVAC equipment built just behind.

Second Level Treasures: New Primary Bedroom and Bath

Creating a new primary suite was critical to our clients. Plans for the addition prioritized a larger bedroom suite on the upper level, with room for a king bed, large closet, and full bathroom. New living quarters for our clients upstairs meant that they could adapt their original bedroom into a dedicated office space, which they desperately needed. The new second-floor bedroom optimized daylighting, brightening the entire room with 4 Marvin windows installed on two of the bedroom walls.

After | A new bedroom suite in the addition upstairs changed the way the clients could use their home, as their previous bedroom could now be used as a dedicated office space. The new layout prioritized more space for a king-sized bed, plenty of daylight, and a full adjoining bathroom.

After | The finished primary bathroom perfectly melds the vintage-modern design goals designers at White Crane helped our clients achieve.

The vintage-modern bathroom within the suite continues the aesthetic language of the main level with similar hints of timeless yet modern selections. Shiny, white subway tile in the shower and hexagonal floor tiles are a nod to the modernized layout and overall refreshed home environment.  However, the naturally finished, walnut vanity with gold hardware alongside a black-trimmed mirror and black faucet transitions the space from starkly modern to warm and inviting.

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