I first met the Williams household whereas engaged on a enjoyable styling undertaking collectively, and one of many first impressions I had when strolling by way of their residence was how deliberately it was designed for a contemporary household whereas honoring the house’s unique character. In different phrases, it didn’t appear to be a 1900s residence that was ripped aside and full of builder-grade/home-flipper grey (I’d wish to see a paint shade swatch named that at some point). The Williams household residence was heat and welcoming and felt actually lived in, accurately.
The householders, Mark (a customized residence builder and proprietor of Mark D. Williams Customized Properties), alongside along with his spouse Melissa (an inner drugs physician) share their lovely residence with their 3 kiddos ages 6, 4, and a pair of. The ages I’d wish to suppose are a number of the finest! Mark and Melissa had just lately transformed their earlier residence and weren’t out there 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. Remember this was pre-pandemic whenever you truly had time to tour a house earlier than it offered. As soon as they walked in, they only knew. You know the way that goes, if you recognize, you recognize. 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 strategy of that point) however as Mark knew they might be transforming most of it, he was ready to care for what may have fixing.
On the time of the transform (the yr 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 by way of the first COVID wave–hitting the all-time triple jackpot. Transform + new child + international pandemic.
Selecting to rework the home was simple, particularly the kitchen as a result of it was not unique to the house. The kitchen had gone by way of not less than one earlier transform within the Eighties.
The kitchen felt dated to those householders and just a little too small for a rising household. Mark and Melissa needed 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 residence was the eye to element and the way they included allure and previous residence character (comparable to protecting the unique millwork and built-ins of their eating room) however saved it feeling youthful for generations to come back. A method they did this was by forgoing any developments in completely put in fixtures, and honing in on extra up to date conventional components whereas peppering in some persona into the locations that may be simply modified later.
They added in-floor heating, which admittedly feels just a little luxurious however VERY sensible particularly whenever you dwell in Minnesota the place temps attain what looks 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 a bit extra putting. In addition they added a number of 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 mentioned “Conceal retailers!! Put them on the underside of the higher cupboards together with LED lights so there aren’t 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 aren’t any nail holes that look badly patched.”
Aspect be aware: I bear in mind the primary time I met the Williams household and arrange this pancake shoot and Mark walked in and mentioned “oh yeah, this appears 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 vital that it speaks to and tells the story of the household that lives there. And whenever 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 can be north-facing and wrap to the west, let in a lot attractive pure gentle that may bounce round their lovely kitchen.
One other one in every of Mark’s design suggestions is much less is extra. Because of this they selected to deliver the countertop up as a backsplash for a extra seamless and trendy look.
I like the hidden LED lighting underneath these floating cabinets and once more, have a look at all of the pure gentle that simply filters by way of so superbly.
The household’s option to go along with Carrara marble is a real basic that not solely appears good, however will get even higher with age.
I additionally love how these cupboards go all the best way 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 better have a look at how they hid their electrical retailers and the under-cabinet LED lighting so that they aren’t a distraction on their lovely backsplash.
I like the vertical planks on the kitchen island. One other element that speaks softly and doesn’t go away 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 transform.
The abundance of drawers of their kitchen is actually an organizer’s dream and one which additionally features properly for the children to achieve their snacks and dishes to assist themselves.
Upon coming into their residence, the kitchen feels so inviting, all the best way to the hidden sound system which was taking part in one in every of Mark’s playlists and their daughter sparking up “oooo I like Megan thee Stallion!”
Peering into the eating room from the kitchen, the pop from the wallpaper provides a pleasant contact of their persona and retains with the trendy Scandinavian aesthetic. As soon as talking with Melissa, I realized she liked the inexperienced within the wallpaper as a result of when it’s winter and all white outdoors, it’s good to see that additional greenery.
Right here’s a sneak peek of the eating room. Take a look at that attractive unique millwork!
Once I requested Mark what a number of the key issues to think about when executing a full transform had been, his #1 tip was to LEAVE throughout building in case you can! Every part will take 10x as lengthy and appear soiled and dearer in case you dwell in it whatever the true price. Mark emphasised additionally ensuring to order the whole lot previous to beginning the transform to make sure there aren’t any delays throughout building.
Lastly, I requested the household now that they’ve lived right here for a few years what would they alter. “My spouse and I’d disagree on this,” Mark replies. Melissa needs to color the decrease cupboards a distinct shade now (which we are able to do…) In any other case, it suits completely for the area and us. I’d in all probability take the slide-back doorways OFF the espresso heart, the nice and cozy douglas fir wooden inside is so lovely to me and actually warms up the area round all of the white woodwork.”
Whichever they resolve to do it can 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