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Hayes didn’t want to take space from the family room to make the kitchen wider. As a result, the new layout couldn’t accommodate a center island. “It would have been too tight,” he said.
Instead, Hayes designed a long granite-topped peninsula at the entrance, which serves as a place to sit for casual meals. It also holds a built-in microwave and beverage refrigerator. “It’s perfect for serving buffet-style at family gatherings,” said Pat.
Walls came tumbling down
Since they were remodeling the kitchen, the couple decided to also transform the main floor, from closed-off and confining to open and airy. Hayes’ design plan included tearing down walls to open the new kitchen to the existing dining and living rooms. New oak floors help connect the old and new spaces.
Goodbye, popcorn ceiling
To turn the main floor into one cohesive space, Hayes replaced the popcorn ceiling with an updated painted flat ceiling.
Creamy neutral backdrop
“White is too stark,” said Pat, who chose a warm cream-colored painted finish accented with a chocolate glaze for the cabinets. The cabinet hardware and light fixtures are oil-rubbed bronze. “You don’t see glazing that much — it’s a three-step process to get that look,” said Hayes.
The majority of the cabinets do not have doors but rather easy-access, pull-out drawers that hold everything from pots and pans to spices. “I’ve had two knee replacements, so I can’t do a lot of bending,” said Pat.
Glad they did
The Swiridows followed Hayes’ suggestion and put in a doorway on a kitchen wall that opens to the back-yard patio. Now it’s easier to bring food out to the patio for grilling.
For Pat, the kitchen is a cook’s dream with high-tech, push-button appliances, an efficient layout and endless counter space.
“I can roast a turkey in one oven, cook a pizza in the other one, and let my bread rise on the counter,” she said.
Lynn Underwood • 612-673-7619
View photos of the remodeled Eagan home at startribune.com/homegarden.