Dubuque Farmhouse Kitchen Remodel and Addition
General Contractor: Mark and Dennis Riniker of Riniker Construction
Custom Woodwork: Rich Stephens
This home home previously belonged to the grandmother of my client, Cathy, and has been in her family for over 100 years. Although it had a lot of charm, the home needed a more functional kitchen and dining area, a larger living room, an updated bathroom and a dedicated office for Cathy, who works from home. Cathy also requested a large open space where she could teach yoga.
The addition utilizes the same proportions, roof pitches, siding, roofing and window styles as the original farmhouse. The upper level of the addition contains the new living room, which has a cozy reading nook with built-in bookshelves, drawers, lighting and a custom cushion. The living room also includes a wood-burning stove and vaulted ceiling. Below the living room is the spacious yoga studio.
The kitchen, located in the original part of the home, underwent an amazing transformation. Originally chopped up by multiple traffic patterns through the space, there was very little uninterrupted work area.
In order to create more wall space for counters and cabinets, I eliminated a door to the outside, relocated the basement stair and raised the sill of the windows to above counter height. The refrigerator, range and sink were relocated to a u-shaped space near the windows for a more efficient and sunny work triangle, and the small bump out where the sink had previously been located became the "butler's pantry", an additional work and storage space. All new cabinets in "Mexican white", a farmhouse sink, a backsplash of cheerful flower tiles, a reclaimed wood floor and the addition of vintage light fixtures all work together to create a modern kitchen which looks perfectly at home in this century-old house.