The owners are empty nesters whose children have grown up and left home. So when they decided to remodel their home, a 1980s Minnesota house surrounded by woodland, they decided to open up the original floor layout. The result is spacious, airy and appealing, with plenty of room for family reunions. Their decision to choose Poggenpohl was immediate and instinctive. They looked at other kitchens for the sake of comparison but nothing they saw caused them to alter their decision.
It helped that they both got on so well with the design team at their local Poggenpohl studio. This is also an architectural practice, which helped smooth the progress of what was a complex building project. The team’s advice helped to create a layout that is both logical and visually appealing with plenty of storage. The final design defined zones for food preparation, cooking and cleaning that feel instinctive and efficient. They also helped with their
choice of materials and finishes. The owners recall struggling with the choice of backdrop until the designer came up with the idea of glass tiles, which they loved. The relationship had become one of great trust.
As a working space, the kitchen has proved to be an enduring pleasure. Breakfasts are usually eaten at the large central island, where they can enjoy views of their beautiful gardens. The dining room is just off the kitchen area, so more formal meals are taken there. The island comes into its own for family gatherings and parties as a buffet. At weekends the wife enjoys baking, especially when their two granddaughters come to visit.
The husband’s favourite Poggenpohl features are the tambour shutters, which tidy up the appearance of the worktops when not in use, and the beautifullyorganised silverware drawers. And his wife’s favourite feature? “The whole kitchen,” she laughs.