Creating spaces

Taking out a wall frees up room

By Debi Neville

Brian and Kathy Wilson of Rochester wanted to remodel their kitchen.

Their old kitchen wasn’t really that old, original to the home built in 1991, but the layout was a big problem, and so were the outdated appliances.


Separated from the rest of the home, the area was confining. The home had an entry from the garage, laundry room, kitchen with breakfast nook, a formal dining room and living room.

"Each was a separate room, none of which functioned very well for us," Brian Wilson said. "There was barely room for one of us at a time in the kitchen and it lacked storage."

Thus entered Radcliffe Homes and Remodeling of Stewartville. Dave Reynolds, the company’s remodeling specialist, met with the Wilsons to determine their goals.

"The square footage seemed adequate, but it was not meeting their living style and needs," Reynolds said. A detailed assessment of the structure was necessary to determine what walls could be removed or changed. Once that was completed, Reynolds called in Certified Kitchen Designer, Jessica Curry, from Showcase Kitchen and Design.

"Jessica developed a design, and we went to work," said Reynolds.

Now that the work is done, the family says they couldn’t be happier.

"It’s a complete transformation," Kathy Wilson said. The original footprint of the home was not changed, but was instead translated into a new space with a more sophisticated style, an open floor plan and a larger, lighter view of the outdoors.

New painted and glazed cabinetry replaced the traditional oak, and a center island was finished with a dark stain for contrast. The old breakfast nook is now a reading area and the living room fireplace received a facelift with built-ins and a new mantle.


The biggest change however, was removing the dining room wall to create one large, sweeping space open to the adjacent living room and kitchen.

"The Wilsons were able to let me be a bit daring in the design and usage of materials and repurposing of space," Curry said. "The result is modern with an old world twist."

Brian Wilson said the planning and work turned out beyond their expectations.

"Reynolds was able to show us how to save money on the project so we were able to do more than originally planned."

The Wilsons agree that Curry and Reynolds had the vision and expertise to bridge the gap between the couple’s space and their desires.

For more information, call Radcliffe Homes and Remodeling at (507) 533-8295.

Debi Neville is a Rochester freelancer. Look for more area remodels in future sections of Life/Home & Away.

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