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. Updating the kitchen is one of the best ways to bring value to a home for resale.
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. Our family loves to entertain, so opening up the kitchen space as much as we can is always 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.
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!