1965 Fridley split gets a whole new kitchen & living room

After waiting years this couple finally got the design and remodel they wanted

Project Summary 

There are thousands of split-entry homes in the Twin Cities and most of them come with a cramped kitchen and with a small island, if any at all. And many, like this one, built in 1965, show decades of normal wear and tear. “It was a bit tired, but it was really about getting it to work better for these homeowners,” recalls Design Build Consultant David Long. “They wanted a better workflow and more storage along with a fresh new look and that's what they got.”

BEFORE & AFTER: The beam you see is decorative. The actual engineered beam is hidden in the ceiling.

So, we removed a dividing wall in the middle of the kitchen, gutted everything, replaced carpet with hardwood flooring, designed a new multi-tiered island with a built-in convection microwave oven. Aged popcorn ceilings were replaced with new knockdown treatment and the additional lighting throughout the kitchen really enhanced the brightness and openness of the space.

BEFORE & AFTER: ​We transformed an empty living room wall adjacent to the kitchen dining table into a built-in beverage center area



BEFORE & AFTER: We also replaced the carpeting with matching hardwood floor in a walnut stain complimentary to the decorative wall/ceiling trim.
BEFORE & AFTER: With the wall gone both kitchen and living room are bathed in light. We also replaced the failing bow window with a new energy efficient Marvin series.
BEFORE & AFTER: We replaced failing carpet and refinished the railing with a new color to match the rest of the remodel scheme.

Featured Materials


  • Refrigerator — Bosch 36" Counter depth 4-door refrigerator
  • Range — Thermador 36" stainless gas range
  • Microwave — Sharp Undercounter 24" microwave drawer in stainless steel
  • Hood — Vent-a-Hood 36" liner in Gunsmoke
  • Dishwasher — Thermador emerald custom panel ready 24" dishwasher
  • Beverage center — Kalamera 24-inch under-counter dual zone wine cooler


  • Cabinetry — Shaker, full overlay white melamine interior
  • Island — Valspar Otter on Cherry


  • Ventia Cream Polished


  • Kitchen/Main Floors Walls
  • Entry Wall to entry door
  • Wrapped header beam — Knotty cherry, Valspar Otter stain


  • Sink — Delta Essa pull-down w/touch activation
  • Sink — Kraus undermount stainless steel 50/50 split


  • Kitchen  Elevate Casement Assembly RO 41" X 40"
  • Living room  BOW WINDOW Elevate Casement Bow Assembly


  • Hardwood — Dura Seal Special Walnut, finished to blend with master bedroom


  • Field Tile — Spendours Eqyuipe White, 3x12
  • Accent Tile — Choreo Encaustic, Ch34 Starlet 10x10 matte


  • Kitchen/Main Floors Walls — SW7023 Requisite Gray
  • Entry Wall to entry door — SW7023 Requisite Gray
  • Stair Skirting — Painted SW7004 Snowbound
  • Handrails — SW6258 Tricorn Black

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