Photography by Corey Gaffer Photography
1937 cottage remodel kitchen in Edina
Cabinets and storage spaces were designed for the specific items that would occupy them, right down to the family's popcorn popper.
1937 Cottage Remodel
Bright and spacious in Edina
When a young family purchased a single-owner 1937 cottage in Edina’s established White Oaks neighborhood a few years ago, the property was big on charm, but lacking in upkeep and modern function. Beth Malmberg of Vujovich Design Build and interior designer Brooke Voss of Brooke Voss Design were charged with designing a kitchen that would offer modern conveniences and aesthetic, while still feeling connected to the rest of the home.
The old porch received new wood subfloors and insulation to become a butler’s pantry extension to the kitchen, as well as a two-person office looking out onto the tree-filled property. The original archways, done up in white paint, preserve the home’s 1930s character. Three Sputnik chandeliers over the island create a stunning modern focal point. Clear acrylic barstools and dining room chairs add to the playful, contemporary vibe.
“I love that the architecture, which stays true to the bones of the home, is coated in white to create a calm backdrop for the surprise of lively fixtures and personal accessories to stand out,” Malmberg says.
“The home remains timeless and traditional in tone, yet modern and casual in its personality.” —Beth Malmberg, Vujovich Design Build
For the family, a new banquette offers a comfortable place for homework, family game night, breakfasts together, and additional seating for the frequent large get-togethers at their home, which often spill into the adjoining dining area, family room, and porch. Small, thoughtful touches have equally large functional impact, from a pull-out towel rack and tuck-under paper towel roll holder, to an inset cutting board cubby and a coffee station. Layered lighting adjusts through smart home controls to fit the mood.
Malmberg is pleased with the balance of original and new within a space that is uniquely catered to its residents’ busy lives: “The home remains timeless and traditional in tone, yet casual and modern in its personality.”
Photograph by JH Peterson
Contemporary kitchen in Wayzata
The island's placement opposite flush wall-mounted appliances offers a convenient landing space for food preparation.
Contemporary design with functional flow in Wayzata
As owners of both a local wine and cheese shop and a butcher shop, the homeowners wanted to pass their penchant for great food and cooking on to their two teenage sons. They opted for a 24-by-14-foot kitchen while building their dream home in Wayzata in 2015, and brought in Jolynn Johnson, president of Crystal Kitchen + Bath, to take it from construction zone to completion.
We were marking the floor with locations of sinks and appliances and you could see how far it was from the main sink to all 12 appliances,” Johnson remembers. “I commented they would need roller skates to get around.”
“You could see how far it was from the main sink to all 12 appliances. I commented they would need roller skates to get around.” —Jolynn Johnson, Crystal Kitchen + Bath
To help the family enjoy their time in the kitchen together, Johnson worked with the homeowners, Heritage Builders, and architect John Kosmas of K K Design to divide the space into three separate work zones. The “cooking zone” at the heart of the kitchen features a 60-inch range top built into the center island, with an accompanying hood descending from the ceiling. Preparations for the flush wall-mounted coffee system, ovens, and a separate speed oven can be made further down on the island’s countertop. The island itself is composed entirely of base cabinets for spices, utensils, and heavy storage, allowing for floating shelves above. Nearby, the “prep zone” houses a refrigerator, freezer, sink, and dishwasher, while the “entertainment zone” offers an additional sink and dishwasher along with a wine cooler and beverage center. A narrow, tall pull-out cabinet is a considered touch for convenient glass and liquor storage.
Throughout the space, Johnson was thrilled to work in her beloved contemporary style, an uncommon request among her Minnesota clientele. The color palette is energizing: Bright white gloss Crystal Cabinets pair well with white Cambria countertops and Meile appliances to offset black painted walls and gleaming large-scale black tile floors, with pops of orange, the wife’s favorite color, appearing in the light fixtures and artwork.
Photograph courtesy of Amalia G.
Spa bathroom in Orono
Three custom marble mosaics on the shower walls and floor make creative focal points and tie the space together.
A Cherished family home gets the ultimate spa treatment in Orono
After their kids flew the coop, new empty nesters on Lake Minnetonka wanted their master suite to encourage some serious rest and relaxation. On their wish list: a second-floor laundry room, a larger master closet, a remodeled master bedroom, and a more beautiful, bright, and functional master bath. They had imagined the expansion would require taking space from their great room, but after studying blueprints of the home with Amalia G. Design designer and owner Amalia Goldwasser, and Amalia G. Construction builder and owner Todd Goldwasser, they were able to maintain the great room’s two-story view of the lake by using open space above the foyer instead.
To improve the master bath’s flow and symmetry, the design team reshaped its once-octagonal space, removed a Jacuzzi that had been centered in the bay window, and added his and hers showers and vanities that mirror one another. White painted flush inset cabinetry, large mirrors, and walls done up in a silvery printed vinyl grasscloth combine for a bright, calming space. A bay window bench covered in a robin’s egg velvet and embossed with a metallic floral pattern; marble countertops, floors, and shower walls; Kohler lavatories, faucets, and hardware; and three custom marble mosaics in each of the showers and floor contribute to the bath’s elevated design. Technology adds to the serene feel, with the dual rain showers delivering water at precisely the right temperature using a Kohler DTV Prompt. The remodeled master closet, now tripled in size, and a new full-size laundry room are accessible from the bath.
“All the elements within this suite are connected, intentional, and flow with positive energy.” — Amalia Goldwasser, Amalia G. Design
“The entire space, including the master bedroom, master bathroom, closet, and laundry room, is cohesive and peaceful,” Amalia says. “All the elements within this suite are connected, intentional, and flow with positive energy.”
It all adds up to a space that is familiar, yet new. “The couple raised five children in this home and wanted to maintain the familiar feel of the façade and the property,” Amalia says. “They cherish the home’s original character and the memories created within it, but are ecstatic to live in an entirely new environment that has been tailored to their personal lifestyle.”
Photograph by Andrea Rugg, courtesy of Hendel Homes
Modern kitchen in Minnetonka
Artistic lighting and full-height quartzite backsplash add drama.
Natural materials go contemporary in Minnetonka
Designed for a family of five with three children, this kitchen’s variety of raw and natural materials feels right at home within its sleek modern design.
Inspiration for the space came from the lighting fixture that now hangs above the island, a series of drizzled glass bulbs encased in clear glass orbs from Bahir Custom Lighting and Décor’s Breath Collection. “The homeowners fell in love with this light and could customize it for their space,” says Amy Hendel of Hendel Homes, who served as the home’s interior designer and worked with architect Steve Kleineman of SKD Architects, Inc., and builder Rick Hendel, also of Hendel Homes, to bring the project to life.
Colors and materials throughout the kitchen are a creative mix of light and dark, raw and refined: reclaimed wood stools cozy up to a walnut and White Macabus Quartzite island, and dark, reconstituted walnut cabinets are finished with bright silver hardware. A stainless steel apron sink is a modern take on a classic design, and polished nickel plumbing fixtures offer a smooth contrast to textured organic materials. Repeated use of linear elements like the narrow wood grain pattern on the cabinets, linear silver hardware, and veining on the quartzite countertops, backsplash, and island tie the space together.
Amy says the greatest challenge was incorporating natural stone into the space without overshadowing other elements in the design. To make it happen, the team opted to finish the stove wall in a natural stone from floor to ceiling to create a functional focal point (see inset photo). “It’s a great accent without overdoing it,” she says.
Amy’s favorite part of the project? The organic textures and varied color palette, which is a departure from the all-white modern kitchens so often requested. “The homeowners love all the natural elements and mixing finishes, and that their entire family can move around the kitchen and be a part of this entertaining space easily,” she says.
Photograph by Susan Gilmore
Transitional kitchen in Edina
The island's size and proximity to the living room invite guests to chat with the chef or be a part of final meal preparations.
Kitchen Within a Kitchen
Transitional design with a smart twist in Edina
Empty nesters who love to cook and entertain are now whipping up food and fun in a new kitchen that caters to both interests. The pièce de résistance is a newer concept in residential kitchens: a full prep kitchen within the kitchen, hidden behind the range wall.
“The prep kitchen gives the family an additional work zone, and also a place to hide a bit of the prep mess, during everyday life or while entertaining,” explains designer Peter Harms of North Star Kitchens in Minneapolis, who worked on the project with builders Carl and Heather Hansen of Carl M. Hansen Companies, and home designer Tom Rauscher of Rauscher & Associates. Meanwhile, the center island offers a comfortable place for guests to chat or help add finishing touches to a meal.
This unique use of space is just one part of an integrated kitchen design that Harms considers one of his all-time favorites. Smoked walnut cabinet doors reveal a Sub-Zero refrigerator and freezer. Dual Asko dishwashers afford faster cleanup after an evening of entertaining. Cabinets and drawers with soft-close hinges light up with integrated LED lighting when opened to reveal more thoughtful touches: roll-outs, slide-outs, spice racks, knife racks, tray dividers, pull-out towel racks, pull-out trash, recycling centers, and double-decker silverware drawers. “Everything necessary for an active cook,” Harms says.
“The prep kitchen gives the family an additional place to hide a bit of the prep mess, during everyday life or while entertaining.” — Peter Harms, North Star Kitchens
Design was given equal attention, spanning traditional and modern styles for a transitional look. Granite countertops with full-height granite backsplashes, smoked walnut cabinets, and white Benjamin Moore paint with a hint of taupe gray mingle in the kitchen. Hand-glazed tile from Rubble Tile spanning the kitchen and prep kitchen floors unites the two spaces. Among Harms’s favorite elements is the pewter range hood from François & Co. “It will patina gracefully over time and was designed with simple, clean lines to let the beauty of this precious metal be the star,” he says.
For the project’s success, he credits a collective effort: “The collaboration between the design/build team and the clients worked perfectly, and the end result is a beautiful, functional kitchen that the client just loves.”
Photograph courtesy of Nor-Son, provided by Spacecrafting
Custom bathroom in Minnetrista
Encased in glass on three sides, the dual shower sits opposite a coffee bar.
Custom details warm a 1900 estate in Minnetrista
Situated on the shore of Lake Minnetonka, a historic 1900 estate left very little to be salvaged after enduring a massive fire in 2010. With new homeowners, the property has since been completely transformed into the family’s ideal forever home.
For their master bath, the homeowners wanted a serene spot to retreat and take in the water views. Architect Peter Eskuche of Eskuche Design worked with builder Nor-Son, Inc. to realize a space that would be both beautiful and functional in its design, while playing to the style of the rest of the home.
Honoring the estate’s status as its owners’ forever home, the bathroom tile reflects a custom infinity symbol that is also incorporated into other areas of the home, including a custom metal railing, rugs, cabinetry, and at the bottom of the swimming pool.
A built-in vanity housing double sinks and a TV sits near the glass-enclosed dual shower for a convenient morning routine. Coffee, too, is within arm’s reach at the coffee bar just outside the shower. For quieter moments, a dual-sided fireplace between the master bedroom and master bath provides a comforting, spa-like atmosphere, while hand-scraped, custom-finished walnut adds to the warmth of the space.
Before You Begin
Read local experts’ best advice for making your kitchen or bath project a success.
“Working with an experienced kitchen designer is the best way to ensure a successful kitchen project. Kitchen designers have the ability to create solutions to hidden problems that may end up costing you time and money to fix if missed. Plus, their eye for detail and focus on planning results in a truly functional and beautiful kitchen.” –Angela Warner, Warners’ Stellian-Edina
“Rome wasn’t built in a day and neither is a good kitchen design. Seek out a respected kitchen designer and spend the necessary time reviewing the work zones, then place the appliances according to how and when you plan on using them.” –Peter Harms, North Star Kitchens
“The master bath is an extension of the master bedroom, so don’t set yourself up for disappointment by only addressing the bathroom. Both rooms should ideally be remodeled simultaneously or designed and built with the other in mind.” –Amalia Goldwasser, Amalia G. Design
“Budget. After we are done and I ask clients how they like their new kitchen or bath, the regrets are always what they gave up for budget. Don’t have any regrets—try and make it work the first time.” –Jolynn Johnson, Crystal Kitchen + Bath
“Think timeless with a twist. Utilize clean lines, classic materials, and a neutral color scheme to stand the test of time. Then bring in your own flair with accessories, accents, and other pieces of décor.” –Kelly Klein, Renewal by Andersen
“Understanding how you use the space is very important when designing. Take note of what bothers you in your existing layout so that a solution can be incorporated in your new design.” –Brandy Ward, California Closets Minnesota
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- STOP #351: 5125 Bluff Circle, Edina, Carl M. Hansen Companies
- STOP #176: 10536 N. 83rd St., Grant, Hagstrom Builder
- STOP #350: 5309 Chantrey Rd., Edina, Highmark Builders, Inc.
- STOP #372: 14380 Watersedge Tr. NE, Prior Lake, Copper Creek
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- STOP #R28: 4506 Browndale Ave., Edina, James Barton Design-Build, Inc.
- STOP #R31: 5717 Continental Dr., Edina, Traditions by Donnay Homes, Inc.
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KITCHEN + BATH RESOURCE GUIDE
Thinking about a kitchen or bath project? These local experts can help you get started.
Albertsson Hansen Architecture | Mpls., 612-823-0233 | http://aharchitecture.com
Eskuche Design | Wayzata, 952-544-3844 | eskuche.com
James Dayton Design, Ltd. | Mpls., 612-338-0005 | jddltd.com
K K Design | Mpls., 952-922-3226
Kurt Baum & Associates | Edina, 952-426-1932 | kurtbaumassociates.com
Peterssen/Keller Architecture | Mpls., 612-353-4920 | pkarch.com
Quigley Architect | Mpls., 612-692-8850 | quigleyarchitects.com
Rehkamp Larson Architects | Mpls., 612-285-7275 | rehkamplarson.com
SALA Architects Inc. | Mpls., 612-379-3037 | salaarc.com
SKD Architects, Inc. | Plymouth, 763-367-7211 | skdarchitects.com
Swan Architecture | Mpls., 612-338-5976 | swanarchitecture.com
TEA2 Architects | Mpls., 612-929-2800 | tea2architects.com
Builders and Design/Build
4 Quarters Design and Build | Plymouth, 612-237-1881 | 4qdb.com
Accent Homes | Ham Lake, 763-784-6013 | accenthomesinc.com
Bluestem Construction | St. Louis Park, 952-926-0164 | bluestemconstruction.com
Carl M. Hansen Companies | Edina, 952-912-9895 | carlmhansen.com
DiGiacomo Homes & Renovation, Inc. | Minnetonka, 612-710-7900 | designbuildmn.com
Erotas Building Corporation | Excelsior, 952-401-4300 | erotasbuildingcorp.com
Gonyea Homes | Mpls., 763-432-4500 | gonyeahomes.com
Great Neighborhood Homes | Edina, 952-807-8765 | greatneighborhoodhomes.com
Heritage Builders | Golden Valley, 952-927-6595 | heritagebldrs.com
Hendel Homes | Wayzata, 952-404-7204 | hendelhomes.com
Ispiri | Woodbury, 651-578-0122 | ispiri.com
John Kraemer & Sons, Inc. | Edina, 952-935-9100 | jkandsons.com
Knight Construction Design Inc. | Chanhassen, 952-361-4949 | knightremodeling.com
Kyle Hunt & Partners, Inc. | Wayzata, 952-476-5999 | kylehuntpartners.com
L. Cramer Designers + Builders | Edina, 952-935-8482 | lcramer.com
Lake Country Builders | Excelsior, 952-474-7121 | lakecountrybuilders.com
The Landschute Group, Inc. | Excelsior, 952-470-7416 | landschute.com
MA Peterson Designbuild | Edina, 952-232-0381 | mapeterson.com
Nor-Son, Inc. | Wayzata, 612-216-1800 | nor-son.com
Ogle Construction & Maintenance Services | Lino Lakes, 651-308-7270 | oglecms.com
Rauscher & Associates | Mpls., 612-353-6940 | trauscher.com
Streeter and Associates | Wayzata, 952-449-9448 | streeterhomes.com
TJB Homes | Blaine, 763-780-2944 | tjbhomes.com
Vujovich Design Build | Mpls., 612-338-2020 | vujovich.com
Amalia G. Design | Victoria, 952-906-1352 | amaliag.com
American Society of Interior Designers–Minnesota | asidmn.org
At Home and Co. | Edina, 952-922-0111 | athomeandco.com
Bonnie Birnbaum Interiors | Excelsior, 612-803-8120
Brooke Voss Design | Mpls., 763-227-0008 | brookevossdesign.com
California Closets | Edina, 952-844-0004 | californiaclosets.com/edina
Chazin Interiors | Wayzata, 952-935-0300 | chazininteriors.com
Che Bella Interiors | Burnsville, 952-239-0961 | chebellainteriors.com
Chester-Hoffmann and Associates, Inc. | Mpls., 612-455-2240 | chesterhoffmann.com
Closet Factory | Plymouth, 763-551-9100 | closetfactory.com
Crystal Kitchen + Bath | Mpls., 763-544-5950 | crystalkitchen.com
Eminent Interior Design | Mpls., 612-767-1242 | eminentinteriordesign.com
i.d. interior design | St. Paul, 651-208-2171 | id-interiordesignmn.com
Katie Bassett Interiors | Edina, 612-385-1456 | kbidesignstudios.com
LiLu Interiors | Bloomington, 612-354-3271 | liluinteriors.com
Lucy Interior Design | Mpls., 612-339-2225 | lucyinteriordesign.com
Martha O’Hara Interiors | Mpls., 952-908-3150 | oharainteriors.com
Mint Interior Design | North Oaks, 651-332-9609 | mint-design.biz
National Kitchen & Bath Association–Minnesota Chapter | nkbamn.org
North Star Kitchens | Mpls., 612-375-9533 | northstarkitchens.com
Ramsey Engler Ltd. | Mpls., 612-339-9494 | ramseyengler.com
RLH Studio | Mpls., 612-367-8215 | rlhstudio.com
The Sitting Room | Excelsior, 952-473-4440 | thesittingroomstudio.com
Talla Skogmo Interior Design | Edina, 952-746-2007 | tallaskogmo.com
Twin Cities Closet Company | Mpls., 612-623-0987 | tcclosets.com
Amsum & Ash | Mpls., 763-571-8400 | amsumash.com
Cambria | Mpls., 952-826-6202 | cambriausa.com
Fantasia Showrooms | Mpls., 612-338-5811 | fantasiatileandstone.com
Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery | Multiple locations including Golden Valley, 763-591-5700 | ferguson.com
François and Co. | Mpls., 612-375-9540 | francoisandco.com
Gabberts | Edina and Little Canada, 952-927-1500 | gabberts.com
Hockenbergs | Eagan, 612-331-1300 | hockenbergs.com
Hirshfield’s | Multiple locations including Mpls., 612-377-9970 | hirshfields.com
HOM Furniture | Multiple locations, 763-767-3600 | homfurniture.com
INTERSOURCE, Inc. | Mpls., 612-377-0499 | intersource-inc.com
KOHLER Signature Store | Edina, 952-922-2825 | kohlersignaturestoreedina.com
Manomin Resawn Timbers | Hugo, 651-464-1771 | mrtimbers.com
MartinPatrick 3 | Mpls., 612-746-5329 | martinpatrick3.com
Marvin Windows and Doors | Mpls., 612-331-3128 | marvin.com
Muska Lighting | Roseville, 651-227-8881 | muskalighting.com
Pipeline Supply, Inc. | Hopkins, 952-988-5550 | pipeline-supply.com
Puustelli USA | Edina, 612-405-2227 | puustelli.com
Renewal by Andersen | Roseville, 651-796-3430 | renewalbyandersen.com
Retreat Home Furniture | Hayward, Wis., 715-638-2700 | retreathomefurniture.com
Room & Board | Edina, 952-927-8835 | roomandboard.com
Rubble Tile | Mpls., 952-938-2599 | rubbletile.com
Sherwin-Williams | Multiple locations including St. Paul, 651-690-2151 | sherwin-williams.com
The Tile Shop | Multiple locations including Roseville, 651-631-9323 | tileshop.com
Traditions Classic Home Furnishings | St. Louis Park and St. Paul, 952-285-2777 | traditions.com
Uson Tile Solutions | Mpls., 612-354-3702 | usontile.com
Warners’ Stellian | Nine metro-area locations including Mpls., 612-825-6465 | warnersstellian.com