Kitchen 300-399 Square Feet – First Place –

Firm: David Heide Design Studio
Designer(s): Micheal Crull, Allied ASID, Elizabeth Mueller, Allied ASID, and David Heide, Allied ASID
Project Name: Saint Paul Revisited

Project Statement

When our client and his family moved back to Saint Paul a few years ago, they found his childhood best friend’s house for sale. Largely intact, the Craftsman / Tudor-style house became their new home and they set about on a complete overhaul—part renovation, part restoration, part addition. The project included replacing a 1970s kitchen with something more suitable.

As with so many old kitchens, the space was cramped and dark with little contiguous counter space. We were asked to create a kitchen that aligned aesthetically within its historic context, and that met modern standards. Collaboratively, we worked with the owners to create governing principles for the project that helped them—and us—determine the balance of period detailing, materials, and finishes with a fresher perspective and youthful sensibility.

The addition to the building wraps the corner, expanding space in two directions. The food preparation area is twice the size of the original kitchen. The lounge is designed to recall an enclosed porch. The layered two spaces comprise the kitchen. The program was for an easy to use kitchen with plenty of counterspace, a place to hang-out, a beverage center with coffee and a great view of the backyard; and, specifically, not a breakfast room.

The kitchen aesthetics ultimately appears simple, letting the quartzite and chatoyant red birch cabinetry take center stage. Combining various stainless appliances with stainless cabinets creates order. The quantity of wood, typically in rooms of this vintage, is balanced with custom glazed ceramic tile and highlighted by lighting we design for the project. The practical use of the room is simple as well. There’s a place for everything and a round work table affords easy movement within the room for multiple cooks.

The use of historic detailing and precedent is honest. From hardware to cabinetry details and joinery, this is all the way it used to be done. While rooted in tradition, the design marries historic precedence with a contemporary kitchen and modern sensibilities. The work is respectful of the original house because it honors the spirit of 1908, while ensuring the viability of the house for years to come.