The Challenge of an Awkward Space

A challenging long and skinny room with a direct entrance offered a great opportunity for optimising the flow and function for Shannon and her family 



Our client, Shannon, from Long Prairie Minnesota had a goal to optimise the flow and function of her family’s home. After a few attempts to redesign the layout herself, she was eager to hear a professional opinion and asked us to approach her space with a blank slate.



The space was challenging – a really long and skinny room with direct entrance from the outside and an awkward log wall with a notched out area.



Keen to turn disadvantage to opportunity – we suggested to relocate the kitchen entirely, and idea which the Shannon was open to.

We proposed a few options incorporating space for an entryway, making use of the laundry area for storing coats and shoes to eliminate the mess. We added a low-level wall which does not block the daylight and a console table for keys.




The kitchen opens to the breakfast nook as we wanted everything to flow smoothly between each space.





The dining room is cosy at the back.



The feature fireplace offers a great spot for entertaining guests.  Shannon loved the new design which she admitted gave her many ideas she did not consider herself.