Project Spotlight: 1900s Kitchen and Bath Revival in Tangletown /

Walking into this airy, eye-catching kitchen situated within a Tangletown home, it might be difficult to believe that it was once a cramped, outdated space that suffered both stylistically and functionally.

When Black Dog Homes was hired to manage the remodeling project, we had one primary goal: Opening up the uncomfortably compact kitchen and dining room, as well as a family bathroom, to optimize this crucial daily living space—and simply make it look better.

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At the start of the home remodel, we were dealing with a 1920s home with an awkward built-in separating the kitchen from the dining room. Not only was the layout outdated, but the appliances and materials were also old and worn-down. Think popcorn ceilings, damaged flooring, unfashionable light fixtures, and thick, unattractive window casings and trim. Meanwhile, the closed kitchen didn’t provide enough storage space in the cabinets, and there was no waterline to the refrigerator.

Unfortunately, the bathroom in this Tangletown home suffered many of the same problems. There was a lack of both livable and storage space in the room, and the bathtub consumed most of what was available. As a result of this and other issues, the family was experiencing poor circulation between the bathroom and adjacent stairwell and difficulty with moisture control. The bathroom was suffering aesthetically as well, with unsightly tile and outdated light fixtures.

Enter our team from Black Dog Homes. With the help of a kitchen designer from Studio M Kitchen & Bath, out of Plymouth, Minnesota, we collaborated with the homeowners to develop a new unique vision for both the kitchen and bathroom.

Our remodeling plan started with removing the wall between the dining and kitchen areas to embody an open concept that flows through to the front door. The kitchen and dining room ceilings were different heights, which created an initial challenge. However, we solved this problem with some creative trimming and cabinetry. We reconfigured the plumbing and electrical systems, brought them up to code, and added the waterline that was needed. Additionally, we found a new home for the supplies stored in an old wall that used to separate the kitchen and dining room.

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Another challenge we faced came in the form of a large chimney stack that couldn’t be moved. As a result, we designed custom cabinetry to fit around the structure, so it no longer seems awkward or in the way. Existing ductwork also had to be routed through the cabinetry, but our carpenter incorporated maple shelving around the ductwork, creating a practical and attractive solution.

As part of giving the newly combined space a makeover from top to bottom, we installed a knockdown-style ceiling. Our remodeling design also involved infusing the space with fun colors, like different hues of green, to match the homeowner’s personal tastes. The new color scheme was complemented by decorative cabinet doors and rich textures. Finally, we updated all the appliances to improve the performance of the kitchen

We applied several of these same remodeling techniques in the bathroom. The designer selected new tile for the shower surround and bathroom floor and walls, and we added a fresh coat of paint to the bathroom and stairwell. Because the materials used for the existing base was no longer available, we had the look recreated by a trim carpenter to maintain cohesion. From a practical standpoint, we added a bathroom fan to help with ventilation and new storage space. We also got rid of the cumbersome bathtub and replaced it with a beautiful glass shower.

At the end of our remodeling project, we achieved our ultimate goal of creating an open living space that flowed seamlessly from the front door to a quirky and fun kitchen-dining area, along with a more spacious bathroom that will better serve the family’s current and future needs.

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