A 1950s Edina Kitchen Gets a Storage Solutions Makeover


This post is presented by: ASID KitchenTour

Nicole-Sirek_John-IdstromThis post is a part of a series that gives an inside look behind the creative process of homes featured on the upcoming ASID MN Designer Kitchen Tour on April 18-19, 2015. You’ll get to see each designer’s challenges and joys behind creating the perfect kitchen for their client.

Today, we’re featuring the work of Nicole Sirek, Allied ASID  and John B.A. Idstrom II, AIA, CID, Allied ASID of Partners4Design.

About the kitchen:

A kitchen renovation for an enthusiastic cook completes a 1950s suburban rambler update to become the home its owners imagined.

The kitchen was the final room in a renovation process to rid the house of dated décor and make the kitchen the center of family life for three active children.

What was your design dilemma?

Providing more storage for the client without expanding the space.

Tell us about your sources of inspiration for this project.

The wood floor to unify the main level. The clients fell in love with Grey foil cabinet door.


What were your top three go-to tools to get the job done?

1. Communication, whether with client or construction team.

2. A complete set of working drawings.

3. Site visits a minimum of once per week.


Tell us about the biggest challenge you encountered while executing the project and how did you overcome it?

Remodeling a 1950s Ranch home. We took the kitchen space down to subfloor and removed all sheetrock.

What part of this project are you most proud of?

That we were able to increase the amount of storage for the client without expanding the kitchen size and that the client absolutely LOVES their new space!

See this kitchen and others on the ASID MN Designer Kitchen Tour on April 18-19. Info and tickets can be found on mhmag.com/designweek

By Jennie Eukel, presented by ASID MN
After photos by Ehlen Creative Communications 

  • This kitchen’s number on the tour: #5
  • Home’s location: 5108 Oxford St. Edina, MN, 55436
  • Designers on project: Nicole Sirek, Allied ASID  and John B.A. Idstrom II, AIA, CID, Allied ASID
  • Company Name: Partners 4 Design
  • Website: partners4design.com


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