Single Level Living in Lilydale

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This retired couple from St. Paul sold their two-story home and bought a 1980s condo in Lilydale, close to the kids and family. They wanted an open, accessible space where they could live “happily ever after” on one level.

The new 8-foot opening allows people, light, and air to flow freely. Cooks and dishwashers can enjoy the party and access will be easier if they experience mobility issues in the future.

Oak wainscotting and a larger cased opening between the kitchen and foyer make the casual dining area feel warm and inviting. It’s a favorite spot to enjoy the view and a cuppa.

With help from Kate, the couple chose granite for countertops and white subway tile for the backsplash. (Some materials just never go out of style.) The gooseneck faucet and large under-mount sink make cleaning the big pasta pot less of a chore.

The quarter-sawn oak cabinets remind them of their former craftsman-style kitchen in St. Paul.

There’s plenty of storage for the holiday dishes, table linens, serving trays, turkey roasters, and jumbo-size packages of snacks from Costco. In the dining area, the buffet and beverage cooler is stocked with beverages for adults (and kids too!).

The existing herringbone floor in the living room is red oak. For continuity, matching flooring was selected for the kitchen and dining area. Installed by Schafer Hardwood Floors, it’s perfectly seamless from the front door throughout the main level. Mike Drop!

During the day natural light from windows in the kitchen and living room flows through the entire space. The lighting plan also includes recessed lights in the ceiling, wall sconces, and LED under cabinet lighting.

The oak header interrupts the continuous ceiling plane and defines the space. It’s a subtle design detail that adds a feeling of intimacy.

In addition to the kitchen and dining area, this project also included a new owner’s suite with an accessible bath. This couple plans to enjoy their newly remodeled home for years to come!