Remodeling a Whole House in Minnetonka

This Minnetonka family of four loved their house and neighborhood but wanted the spaces in their home to better fit their lifestyle. The current house configuration wasn’t working for the family, and many spaces in the home were unused.

To make the house better fit their lifestyle, we’re relocating the kitchen, den, and living room to create an open concept on the first floor. Upstairs, we’ll transform the underused den into a large main bedroom suite with a luxurious bath and walk-in closet and add a second-floor laundry room.

This family’s remodeling must-haves were:

  • A first-floor open concept for kitchen, dining area, and living room
  • Create a second-floor main bedroom suite with a full bath and walk-in closet
  • Add a second-floor laundry room
  • Add a door to access the side and backyards
  • Move the den and add more storage to this area
  • Add a mudroom and more storage adjacent to the garage

Project Type: Whole house remodel
Style of Home: Massed Two-Story with Colonial Revival details
Year Built: 1958
Project construction will take approximately 12 – 14 weeks to complete.


We're reconfiguring the first floor! The existing kitchen becomes the den. The old living room becomes the new kitchen with an adjacent pantry. We'll eliminate the french doors and open up the new living room to the kitchen and the dining area for a more open concept.
Here is how the first floor will lay out after the remodel.
We'll transform the second floor great room into a new main bedroom suite for the homeowners with full en suite bath and walk in closet. We'll also the change the existing office into a generous laundry room on the second floor.
Here's what the second floor will look like when the remodeled is finished.

It all started with the kitchen.

A kitchen remodel was the catalyst for this project. The clients wanted a new kitchen and hated the hard tile flooring in the kitchen. With the kitchen in play, we discussed how they currently live in their home and what we could change to make it better fit their lives. The house had a previous addition over the garage for a great room/family room with a bar. When the kids were little they spent a significant amount of time upstairs, but it always presented a challenge for grilling out because the patio was up a flight of stairs from the kitchen.

When the clients saw the potential in moving the kitchen and creating a great room on the first floor and improving the connection with the outdoors from the main level entertaining spaces and created opportunities for a generous main bedroom suite in the previous existing addition over the garage.


Before | The outdated kitchen was dark and separated from the existing dining area and living rooms. We'll move the kitchen next to the living room and dining area to create an open concept on the main floor. The old kitchen area will become a new mudroom and den with lots of storage.
Before | We'll knock out the french doors to the existing den, open up the doorway and move the living room into that space. We'll install a new exterior door in the living room creating access to the side and back yards.
Before | This living room area will become the new kitchen. We'll install new flooring throughout the entire first floor.
Before | The underused 2nd-floor den will become the new main bedroom suite with a walk-in closet and a luxurious full bath.