GRAND BEST KITCHEN IN A SINGLE-FAMILY DETACHED CUSTOM HOME—OVER 5,000 SQUARE FEET

SOME KITCHENS ARE LAID-BACK AND freewheeling, while others are statelier. In this case, builder/ developer Ray Miller teamed with Albertsson Hansen Architecture to create a kitchen that offers the best of both genres—a space that is at once comfortable and elegant enough for formal entertaining.

The design called for an open floor plan kitchen that was hard working enough to handle large meal preparation, as well as catered affairs. In addition, the kitchen needed to adhere to the contemporary style directive the builder established: “Overall, it had to stay away from symmetry and tradition,” says Miller.

Cabinet placement was key in crafting an entertainment space that blended with the areas adjacent to the kitchen, so architect Todd Hansen limited the main storage areas to one wall.

“Our intention ... was to leave the wall behind the island as clean as possible, with just the open shelves, for a more minimal appearance,” says Hansen. This asymmetrical grouping allowed the dramatic 18-foot ceiling and views of the Mississippi River Valley to take center stage. Augmenting the light from the window wall, glass openings in the monitor roof bathe the space in copious sunlight, making it feel large and dramatic.

In addition to providing storage and a large mirrored buffet area, the cabinets hide two Sub-Zero refrigerators as well as secret access to a laundry room and pantry behind full-height doors. Honed black granite and neutral-colored, 4-inch-by-12-inch tiles on the backsplash complement the reclaimed Australian jarrah wood floors and the exposed Douglas fir framing members.

Entrant/Architect/Interior designer: Albertsson Hansen Architecture, Minneapolis; Builders: Millerville, Eagan, Minn.; Birch River, Lakeville, Minn.

BUSINESS CASUAL Creating a space that is both casual and formal sounds much harder than it actually is to execute, says builder Ray Miller. In fact, it can be accomplished with a few simple moves. This kitchen, for instance, has an open plan and a materials palette that feels casual. “Keeping the design simple makes it casual, but the custom cabinetry gives it a formal feeling,” he says. The Douglas fir also makes the space feel warm and approachable, but the wood floors give it a feeling of uniformity.

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