I first met the Williams household whereas engaged on a enjoyable styling challenge collectively, and one of many first impressions I had when strolling via their dwelling was how deliberately it was designed for a contemporary household whereas honoring the house’s authentic character. In different phrases, it didn’t appear like a 1900s dwelling that was ripped aside and crammed with builder-grade/home-flipper grey (I’d prefer to see a paint colour swatch named that sooner or later). The Williams household dwelling was heat and alluring and felt really lived in, accurately.
The owners, Mark (a customized dwelling builder and proprietor of Mark D. Williams Customized Properties), alongside along with his spouse Melissa (an inner drugs physician) share their stunning dwelling with their 3 kiddos ages 6, 4, and a couple of. The ages I’d prefer to assume are a few of the finest! Mark and Melissa had not too long ago transformed their earlier dwelling and weren’t available in the market to maneuver however because the story goes, they had been out for a neighborhood stroll one sunny Saturday afternoon in Minneapolis, Minnesota’s Lakes space, and determined to tour a new-to-market open home. Consider this was pre-pandemic once you truly had time to tour a house earlier than it offered. As soon as they walked in, they only knew. You understand how that goes, if you already know, you already know. Am I proper? One of many causes they gained with their bid was by waiving inspections (once more, this was pre-pandemic and never a typical method of that point) however as Mark knew they might be transforming most of it, he was ready to deal with what may have fixing.
On the time of the rework (the 12 months was 2020), Melissa was 8 months pregnant and so they had been residing in the home (one thing Mark tells all of his purchasers NEVER to do) however on the ninth month, they moved out right into a tiny rental whereas they’d the newborn who was born midway via the first COVID wave–hitting the all-time triple jackpot. Rework + new child + world pandemic.
Selecting to transform the home was simple, particularly the kitchen as a result of it was not authentic to the house. The kitchen had gone via at the least one earlier rework within the Eighties.
The kitchen felt dated to those owners and slightly too small for a rising household. Mark and Melissa wished extra of a clean-lined, trendy Scandinavian-Craftsman fashion aesthetic. And that’s precisely what they achieved.
One factor I seen when touring their superbly transformed dwelling was the eye to element and the way they integrated attraction and outdated dwelling character (akin to maintaining the unique millwork and built-ins of their eating room) however saved it feeling youthful for generations to come back. A technique they did this was by forgoing any traits in completely put in fixtures, and honing in on extra up to date conventional parts whereas peppering in some character into the locations that may be simply modified later.
They added in-floor heating, which admittedly feels slightly luxurious however VERY sensible particularly once you reside in Minnesota the place temps attain what appears like residing within the Arctic Tundra. In addition they went with pure stone counter tops (they select Carrara marble), inset cupboards, a pantry/espresso storage station, and better counter tops. The usual countertop top is 36” however going with 38” is a small element that simply appears to be like a bit extra hanging. In addition they added numerous drawers in lieu of cupboards for higher storage options.
I requested Mark, coming from a builder’s standpoint, what’s one tip you’d give for somebody transforming their kitchen and he stated “Cover retailers!! Put them on the underside of the higher cupboards together with LED lights so there are not any retailers within the backsplash and a clear tile look. Additionally, paint your cupboards ON-SITE so all of the crown matches completely and there are not any nail holes that look badly patched.”
Aspect observe: I bear in mind the primary time I met the Williams household and arrange this pancake shoot and Mark walked in and stated “oh yeah, this appears to be like like how we do breakfast,” midway joking as this was for a styled shoot. I knew what he meant and coming from a stylist, whereas I search for the “styled shot,” it’s equally necessary that it speaks to and tells the story of the household that lives there. And once you get smiles like this, you don’t even really feel such as you’re working.
I’ll always remember their candy daughter asking me in the event that they get to maintain the flowers. I imply…So candy.
Again to the design. The addition of those attractive Pella Architect sequence home windows which might be north-facing and wrap to the west, let in a lot attractive pure mild that may bounce round their stunning kitchen.
One other one among Mark’s design ideas is much less is extra. This is the reason they selected to convey the countertop up as a backsplash for a extra seamless and trendy look.
I really like the hidden LED lighting below these floating cabinets and once more, have a look at all of the pure mild that simply filters via so superbly.
The household’s option to go together with Carrara marble is a real basic that not solely appears to be like good, however will get even higher with age.
I additionally love how these cupboards go all the way in which to the ceiling, and as you’ll be able to see, right here’s that seamless backsplash Mark loves a lot.
Right here’s a more in-depth have a look at how they hid their electrical retailers and the under-cabinet LED lighting in order that they aren’t a distraction on their stunning backsplash.
I really like the vertical planks on the kitchen island. One other element that speaks softly and doesn’t depart the perimeters of the island with a clean floor.
The beverage station with built-in cupboard doorways that slide again to disclose the Miele espresso station was one other of Mark’s must-haves in the course of the rework.
The abundance of drawers of their kitchen is actually an organizer’s dream and one which additionally capabilities effectively for the children to achieve their snacks and dishes to assist themselves.
Upon getting into their dwelling, the kitchen feels so inviting, all the way in which to the hidden sound system which was taking part in one among Mark’s playlists and their daughter sparking up “oooo I really like Megan thee Stallion!”
Peering into the eating room from the kitchen, the pop from the wallpaper provides a pleasant contact of their character and retains with the fashionable Scandinavian aesthetic. As soon as talking with Melissa, I discovered she beloved the inexperienced within the wallpaper as a result of when it’s winter and all white outdoors, it’s good to see that further greenery.
Right here’s a sneak peek of the eating room. Have a look at that attractive authentic millwork!
After I requested Mark what a few of the key issues to contemplate when executing a full rework had been, his #1 tip was to LEAVE throughout development in the event you can! Every part will take 10x as lengthy and appear soiled and dearer in the event you reside in it whatever the true value. Mark emphasised additionally ensuring to order all the things previous to beginning the rework to make sure there are not any delays throughout development.
Lastly, I requested the household now that they’ve lived right here for a few years what would they alter. “My spouse and I might disagree on this,” Mark replies. Melissa needs to color the decrease cupboards a special colour now (which we are able to do…) In any other case, it suits completely for the house and us. I might in all probability take the slide-back doorways OFF the espresso heart, the nice and cozy douglas fir wooden inside is so stunning to me and actually warms up the house round all of the white woodwork.”
Whichever they resolve to do it would little question be intentional with household in thoughts.
*Design by Mark D. Williams Customized Properties
**Styled by Lea Johnson of Creekwoodhill
***Photographer Chelsie Lopez Productions
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