The stylish modern condominium shown above is the work of Tiffany and Ryan Otte. The couple owns a general contracting construction company, ROC Home Pros, based in St. Paul, Minnesota. This is the sixth project where they have teamed with CliqStudios designer Melissa to create kitchens for urban dwellers.
An open kitchen, always on stage, needs to blend with the living area and offer a visual feast. In the modern condo pictured, the clean profile and smooth texture of gray slab door cabinets optimize visual space.
Designer Melissa refers to the 1980’s peek-a-boo style as a “troll kitchen.” “I forgot how ugly that kitchen was,” exclaimed Tiffany Otte when looking at photos of the original space. A condo dweller herself, she knew exactly what to do with the space – open it up to the living area and make every inch work.
Ceiling-high glass mosaic tiles behind the range hood and floating shelves above the sink transform cooking and cleanup zones into light and airy style features. The refrigerator, adjacent to the living area, can be accessed without intruding on the cook’s territory. Gray woodgrain tile flows through the entire space.
An almost invisible but significant feature – the wall cabinets are 15 inches deep, instead of the standard 12 inches. The extra-depth modification provides ample storage for large plates and bulky containers.
Specialty cabinets are key to optimizing storage. The tiered cutlery drawer shown doubles the organized storage in the space of one drawer. The kitchen also sports a roll-out trash-recycling center, vertical tray cabinet, sink tip-out tray and lazy Susan corner cabinets. Appliance selections are equally important. A microwave drawer not only frees counter space, but offers convenient top loading.
ROC Home Pros owners Ryan and Tiffany Otte provide investors and home sellers with an unmatchable design-build-sell program. Tiffany is in charge of design and real estate transactions. Ryan, who has been in construction since he was 15 years old, says, “You don’t want to ask a contractor for a design.”
This is their sixth project working with CliqStudios. The condo sold before the kitchen was constructed, the customer’s decision based on the design and samples.
They appreciate Melissa’s creative and practical contributions, and her commitment to service. And the cabinets? They have never had anything but positive comments from the customers. Ryan’s favorite feature is soft-close as standard, while Melissa appreciates the ability to modify cabinets to achieve exactly what she intends.
I do like some of the designs. I love the grey cabinets but I am leaning towards a charcoal granite or quartz in a dark charcoal with some mixtures of lighter grays with subtle blends of pearl white. And a hint of sparkle throughout the countertop as well as the island and peninsula.
I would like kitchen cabinets in a shaker style harbor gray.
What an amazing difference. Before the kitchen was designed as if it needed to be hidden this was a negative feature and it wasted space. Now the kitchen looks like the continuation of a beautiful home. I love it.
My condo has a similar kitchen. I love the working area (My stove and sink are reversed), but there are three items I do not like 1) I have no pantry 2) the kitchen opening is the 1st thing you see when opening the entry door, and, 3) the microwave is over the stove and really is too high for me. I would love to incorporate a drawer micro wave. I also like the fan over the stove. Even though I can't vent it out, it has to have better suction of cooking fumes than the one on my microwave. I am not a fan of the open shelves. They are exposed to dust and grease, and I don't want to have that extra cleaning.