Kitchen "Update/Renewal" in Mounds View Split Level

Expanding views, traffic flow and workspace in a smaller split level home

To say that design styles have a way of changing after 45 years would be a bit of an understatement. Such was the case with this returning client who had her split level constructed back in 1974—complete with arches separating the kitchen from the living room.

So it was no surprise when this homeowner contacted us to perform what we’re calling an "up-newal"—a cross between an update and a significant renewal of the entire kitchen space. If you've got a better term we are all ears.

Design/Build Consultant — Nadia Glynn

Project Manager — Drew Johnston

Lead Carpenter — Mark Arntzen

Field Painters — Rick Dame & Melissa Reuter


Photography — Alyssa Lee


AFTER: Remodeled kitchen with LVP flooring and floor to ceiling cabinets, retextured ceiling and new carpeting.


“While we didn’t change the foot print of the kitchen, we did completely change how it works and how it relates to the rest of the home,” explains Murphy Bros. design/build consultant Nadia Glynn. “Since the budget has some restrictions, I felt the semi-custom cabinet solution was the best solution for this homeowner and I think this really worked out well."

We removed the space robbing soffits and the peninsula, and moved the refrigerator to an exterior wall. At the homeowners request we also added a vented microwave over the stove. All new appliances make this remodel complete.


BEFORE: Note the pinch point where the peninsula meets the refrigerator/pantry cabinet. A typical '70's layout with now dated dark oak cabinetry and soffits.

Knee wall shares granite countertops.


Prefinished semi-custom cabinets in "soft white".


3-D rendering with proposed layout.

Opening up a kitchen is a little more complicated when you have load bearing walls to deal with. This shows the necessary planning that goes into such a remodel. How hard can it be? Let's just say don't try this at home on your own.


“Since we had to remove the kitchen arches on a load-bearing wall we added an LVL support beam, which is common but not always necessary in open concept remodels,” explained Glynn. Murphy Bros. created a knee wall to separate the kitchen from the living room, opening up the sight lines while providing additional granite countertop space and storage. We also added a vented microwave to the appliances. We scraped and applied a knockdown to the ceiling in the kitchen, dining, and living room spaces, and installed new oak base & shoe along with the new LVL flooring.


Ceramic tile backsplash with subtle accent pattern.



                  • Cabinets: Semi-custom (Signature series) Prefinished (soft white)
                  • Countertops: Granite (Giallo Ornamentalle)
                  • Backsplash: Chantilly Biscuit ceramic & Chantilly Biscuit Venise ceramic subway wall tile
                  • Kitchen Sink: Kohler K-5864-SU-47 Cape Dory 33" Single Basin Under-Mount Enameled Cast­Iron sink
                  • Flooring: Luxury vinyl plank (Gravity Big Horn)
                  • Wall paint: Magnolia 006 Gatherings



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