The challenge: When David Ritsema and Linda Vander Maten bought their 1915 Minneapolis Tudor, they knew the kitchen had to go. The 1980s kitchen addition was a basic builder rendition with laminate countertops and sheet vinyl covering the floor. The dropped ceiling made the space feel dark and confining, and the overall design was a poor fit with the homeâ€™s period character.
The coupleâ€™s goal was to gain counter and storage space with a center island, create better flow and draw in more light, while complementing the Tudorâ€™s architecture. â€śWe like the look of an old European farm kitchen,â€ť said Ritsema.