Modern Kitchen Remodel | Otsego, MN

We purchased this 1970s home in 2013 in Otsego, MN as an investment property to renovate and sell. When we purchased the home, we knew the kitchen would be one of the of first, and biggest, projects we did.  This home was built in 1976 and is a four bedroom, three bath home, totaling 2400 square feet. As you can see in the photos, the home was very outdated and needed a lot of work. When buying homes as investment properties one of the biggest things we look at is the kitchen, to see if we can create some sort of an open concept feel. Updating kitchen and bathrooms are the biggest things you can do to a home to make it appeal to a buyer, not to mention it provides a lot of value to your home.

the challenge

Everyone loves to congregate in the kitchen. No matter how small the space and no matter where you put the food and drinks when entertaining. Somehow we all end up hanging in the kitchen. We especially LOVE to entertain, so opening up the kitchen space was a must.

The rooms in this home were very separated. The wall in the photos above, beyond the table, separated the kitchen from the living room area. When the former homeowners wanted to entertain it made for a really small space and really no room to mingle around.

For cooking efficiency, we did not like where the fridge was placed and how the countertops and cabinetry for storage was arranged.

Being the kitchen is the central spot for a lot of activity, it can be a challenge to create a space that will be all things to all potential buyers.

our solution

Within days of closing on the home we gutted the entire room. Goodbye dark cabinets, orange countertops, dated kitchen appliances, and textured ceilings!

One of the first things to go was the wall that divided the kitchen from the living room space, to create more of an open concept feel. Next up, rearranging the cabinetry layout. Luckily we were able to use all of the existing cabinets, while custom building a lot of new cabinetry to incorporate with the old for our new layout. The biggest change was moving the fridge and building a hood to add in a vent over the stove. Being the space was a little smaller, we wanted all light, white, and bright new finishing selections. White kitchen designs are very popular today and have been for awhile. They provide a very clean and spacious feeling to the space.


Once the cabinets were in place and painted, it was time to lay the wood floors. Hardwood floors add a lot of value to your home and give it a beautiful look. We ended up going with Kobra Bamboo Wood Flooring from Lumber Liquidators. Bamboo is known to be twice as hard as oak. However, to be completely honest, after only a couple weeks in the home, they were already scratched and every blonde hair that dropped on this floor you could see. This finishing selection is definitely on our  never use again list.

Once the floors were laid we got the granite installed. Picking out granite is never easy. In the end we decided on White Ice Granite, and we’ve used this selection on a number of remodels since. We are obsessed with it. We knew it would go nicely with the white cabinetry and dark brown flooring.

Two years later, we still love our kitchen and are so thankful we removed the wall to create more open concept feel, and went with white finishings selections to create a much more airy, clean, and bright kitchen feel. We hope the new homeowners love the space just as much as we have!