Kitchen and Great Room

One of the reasons we chose this model was because of the layout.  We absolutely loved the open concept.  From the moment you walked into the house you could see pretty much all of downstairs, minus a few little rooms like the pantry, mudroom, and office nook.   We used to break into the house and watch the progress every week.  It was so fun to watch it all come together.  Was the kitchen our dream kitchen? No, but it was functional, pretty, and perfect for our family at the time.  The kitchen was also one of the only rooms that we didn’t touch post move in.  We did a few decor things, but other than that we didn’t change anything.  I think this room definitely helped us realize what we did and didn’t want for our next kitchen(s).

During Construction:IMG_8870IMG_9067Completed kitchen:DSC_0239The great room was our favorite place to lounge.  Oddly, my favorite time in this room would be during the freezing winter MN nights.  We had this fantastic fireplace that instantly warmed up the room and gave such a cozy ambiance. I seriously looked forward to winters just so I could sit by the fireplace.

The design of the fireplace was pretty basic, but the builder offered an upgrade for moldings above it.  This was something that was painful to pay for since David could do it himself and it wasn’t cheap through the builder, but we knew we just probably wouldn’t have time once we moved in, so this was one of the upgrades we paid for.IMG_8869IMG_8668IMG_9068IMG_9804DSC_0010We loved our IKEA hack built ins from Owl Lane so much that we just had to have them again.  This time however, we hired them out and had custom real wood builtins built instead.  After all, we were assuming this was our forever home so it was worth the splurge.  We didn’t like the builtins that the builder offered, so we found somebody else who does them.  They were gorgeous and really good quality.  They were such a bonus feature to this home.  Everyone who walked in had something to say about them.  I sure hope the new owners appreciate not only the builtins, but the entire great room area as much as we did!IMG_9937IMG_9942DSC_0007