Merit Award, Kitchen Remodeling Over $100,000: Switch It Up

The historic language of the house inspired this kitchen remodel, which is true to the home's Prairie School roots.

The owners of the Prairie School house in St. Paul, Minn., inherited a small, isolated kitchen from an era when such spaces were not meant to be seen, says designer David Heide. The clients wanted a larger, more visible, and contemporary kitchen to accommodate their lifestyle and growing family.

The historic language of the existing house inspired the scale, size, and proportions of the addition as well as the character of the finishes. By adding on to the back of the house and switching the locations of the dining and family rooms, the designers were able to elevate the status of the kitchen.

The refrigerator and under-counter combination drawers are seamlessly integrated into customized cabinetry.

The utilitarian form of the range and hood liner complement the history of the house while transcending style. "We like using Wolf and Sub-Zero products," says designer David Heide. "They are as permanent an addition to the kitchen as the kitchen is to the house."

While rooted in the past, this kitchen is a product of the present. All finishes and appliances have quality and integrity that will endure time.

The new historically inspired buffet is the highlight of the dining room. Glass at back of the buffet further connects the kitchen and dining room.

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