Award: ASID Minnesota 2011
Category: Residential—Kitchen Under 300 Square Feet
Honoree: Pappas Design, Golden Valley
Pappas Design, with architect Richard Laffin and Coon Rapids–based Fey Construction, Inc., transformed a Minneapolis home’s drab kitchen into a space with a French feel. Design-firm owner Mary Jane Pappas says the homeowner couple wanted a functional space (she’s a cook) with access to the backyard (he’s a gardener). With a 12-foot addition, the room became large enough to include a dining area. A barrel-vaulted alcove flanked with shelves, French doors to the terrace, and two new skylights bring in light and air. A marble tile backsplash, Cambria countertops, a mahogany island with a butcher-block top, painted cabinets, and porcelain flooring in white, earth brown, and gray tones keep the design simple and classic.