Open Kitchen & Basement Playroom

This Minneapolis family wanted to open up their kitchen wall so that they could look out into their beautiful living room. They also wanted to incorporate a small dishwasher, and add counter space with stools in the dining area. In the basement, they needed a room that they could use as a play-room during the day, and a theater at night.

For the kitchen, we knocked down the wall and removed the drywall over the chimney to find beautiful brick behind it!  We installed a new cabinet, sink, and a custom butcher-block countertop that hangs over into the dining area for stools to fit under.  The countertop even has a hole in the top for access to a compost container underneath. We expanded the floor space in the kitchen by about 6 inches, but because of the open wall the space appears to be even larger.  The openness adds light and air to the dining and living room.

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In the basement we added an egress window, finished the stairs, created a fully finished playroom/movie room, and made a closet under the stairs with a mouse-hole opening!  We even put the mouse-hole light switch at child height, while the adults have dimmable lights for theater ambiance.

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