reader remodel contest winner 2013 whole house after kitchen with exposed douglas fir beams, walk-in pantry, checkerboard stain on wood floors
Photo: Lisa Romerein
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Exposing a Cozy Kitchen

The old kitchen was more snack room than cooking space, with big windows looking out over potato and corn fields and not much else. It was drafty, so we tore out the ceiling and took the window wall down to the studs to add insulation. Plaster went everywhere, and when the dust settled, there were beautiful Douglas fir ceiling beams, which we decided to leave exposed. Dustin the dust maker got out every tool he owned to build my dream pantry, not to mention a master bath and a small mudroom in the footprint of the old kitchen. I love how organized, homey, and bright the space feels.

A home was beginning to take shape.

Shown: After tearing out the kitchen ceiling, Stephanie and Dustin decided to leave the Douglas fir beams exposed. Dustin built the walk-in pantry, and together, on hands and knees, the couple put down stain to create the checkerboard pattern.

Refrigerator: Kitchen Aid
Range: Jennair
Microwave: GE
Paint: SW 6385 Dover White (cabinets; beadboard, except in foyer; family room walls; and all trim) and custom blend (kitchen walls); Sherwin-Williams
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