Anvik Renovates Family Farmhouse

Marlys Anvik made the decision to move back to the farm when her brother decided to move to Washington after more than 20 years on the homestead. Before her move, she decided to do some much needed updating to the farmhouse her parents, Louie and Charlotte Anvik, built in 1977 after living off the farm for 10 years. The intent behind the changes was to accommodate the growing numbers of family members during family gatherings and to allow for more of them. The major change came when she took out the wall separating the kitchen and kitchen nook from the formal living and dining rooms which rarely got used. This gave way to having a 14 foot island in the center of the new great room. One of the best features was now the ability to enjoy the view of the magnificent and very old Poplar tree in the backyard.

Creative Solutions, Brenda Larson, was the kitchen designer and all of the cabinetry/countertop were purchased from her. Marlys's Norwegian heritage inspired the blue color of the island cabinetry and is complemented by the Summerhill Cambria quartz countertop. The island features the new gas stove, a convection oven/microwave under cabinet unit as a second oven, wine cooler, pop-up outlets with USB ports and an in-counter vent hood that pops up only when needed. The perimeter kitchen, bathroom and jewelry vanity cabinetry were all done in a dark knotty alder with a Minuet quartz countertop. The perimeter cabinets were also extended to the ceiling height to accommodate additional storage space. There are also cabinets on both sides of the island with drawers and pull out shelves utilized. The pantry was also remodeled and now incorporates multiple cabinets with more function than the single, deep shelving that was there previously.

The major construction was completed by MacGrady Construction with all appliances purchased and installed by Path Supply, electrical by B&B Electric, plumbing by Agri Industries, and heating/cooling by Ken's Heating and Frontier. The new hardwood vinyl flooring was purchased through Sidney Lumber. The entire house was painted with new ceiling design by Nelson Taping and Painting. Kyle Nelson performed many taping and ceiling reinforcement repairs throughout the home as is typical in older homes. He used Sherwin Williams modern gray for the wood and trim colors which provides a fresh and updated look to compliment the new flooring.

Marlys did a wonder job of combining her eclectic style of decorating with her cherished antiques and special pieces of furniture. The chalk painted furniture and modern art meld beautifully with the family's heritage dining set and living room furniture. Marlys left the formal dining room exactly as her mother had it in 1977 along with the original kitchen light. She also honored her late sister, by turning her sister's room into a space for her grandchildren to stay and play while visiting their Mimi. Even though the entire house received an update, the renovations remain as timeless as the style of the house.


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