Holly Elmore loved the 1956 ranch-style home in Edina where she grew up and where she and her husband, Bob, raised their children. However, apart from adding a family room/dining room 30 years ago, much of the house had not been renovated.
What bothered them most was the crowded pass-through galley kitchen with old cabinets.
“When we were getting ready, there was traffic over there,” Holly said. “People were always walking past to go to the family room or to go to the garage. It was very small and it was always very frustrating. The drawers were original and falling apart, so the hardware was missing. It was fixed.”
When it was time for the Elmore family to update their kitchen, they installed Crystal Kitchen + Bath. In addition to an updated, flowing design, Holly and Bob wanted to make better use of the original dining room, which had been little used since adding the family room/dining corner.
“We basically combined these two spaces and created one large kitchen,” said Mary Mane, Elmore’s designer. This home is one of her 38 renovation projects that will be featured in the Home Remodelers Parade held in October, starting September 29th. 1 (paradeofhomes.org).
First, Maney closed off one of the kitchen entrances and erected a wall between the living room and the new kitchen space to create more continuous countertop and cabinet space. The second entrance was expanded to better connect the family room and kitchen.
let in the light
Despite adding walls, Manny found ways to let in natural light. In addition to the light coming from the spacious front door, we created a large pass-through window between the kitchen and family room. The Crystal team also enlarged the windows in the kitchen, allowing for plenty of light as well as views of the garden.
“Now, when you’re cooking in the kitchen, you’re participating in what’s happening in the family room,” Mayney said.
Defining a space
Manny strategically placed the kitchen’s mainstays, the sink, appliances, prep area, and cooking station, on the right side of the kitchen as you enter. Swivel to the left and you’ll find a serving/buffet area with a custom hutch.
“There’s a drawer for napkins, small plates, silverware, etc. And then part of the hutch is behind glass so you can show it off.” [decorative] The shed was designed to “keep it cohesive with everything else in the kitchen,” Manet said.
Speaking of customization, Maynie knew that Bob liked tea, Holly liked coffee, and they both hated clutter. She designed a countertop-height hidden cabinet to store equipment for making her favorite drinks. The cabinet is close to the sink, making it easy to use.
When you ask the Elmores what they like most about their new kitchen, they say it’s hard to choose. Holly loves that her kitchen, which was previously 10 x 10 feet, is now twice the size. It is very important to designate spaces for different functions in the kitchen (utility part at one end, buffet/serving area at the other).
“Mary really helped us with flow issues when designing the layout,” Holly said. “It’s changed the way we spend time in this space. We have four adult children, and when they and grandchildren come over, especially for holidays or indoor errands, we like to hang out in the kitchen. We have more space.”
Holly also loves that this space has her love of seasonal decor in mind, with the white color palette acting as a neutral backdrop.
“I like to decorate with different colors,” she said. He added: “My biggest goal was to have a very traditional, classic design kitchen that would still be timeless in 10 or 20 years.”
if you go
what: The Parade of Homes Fall Remodelers Showcase is a weekend event as part of the Parade of Homes 2023 Fall Tour. Self-guided tour.
where: Twin Cities metro area.
when: September 29th – October 12:00pm – 6:00pm 1.
information: Free; (paradeofhomes.org).