Main Floor Remodel in Eden Prairie

From a new staircase entry to a completely updated kitchen and guest bath!

Project Summary 

When you’ve decided to stay put, certain deficiencies in your home suddenly become very noticeable. It’s the old rock-in-the-shoe syndrome. How long can you walk with that rock until you’ve just plain had it? That’s the story of these homeowners who finally had enough of the ugly carpet, 90's pillars, oak staircase, inefficient kitchen, and dated appliances.

Although the general layout of the kitchen, laundry, stairs, and powder room remains the same, significant upgrades were done to each space. All countertops were upgraded to Cambria. A new Wolf cooktop led the way on appliance upgrades. Our design also called for a dedicated coffee bar and sink next to the refrigerator. The main floor carpet was replaced with new oak flooring, which was blended (toothed in) with the existing oak for a seamless appearance. The columns between the dining & front living room were removed. Such a 90's thing. Major work was done to the entryway staircase, including new railings, carpet, and surrounding walls to create an entirely new first impression impact.

A microwave drawer was included in the design of the new larger island. We did widen the doorway a few inches for better access between the kitchen & dining, relocated the vacuum vent, and new door casing. Under-cabinet lights and outlets were also added. We retextured the kitchen ceiling & painted walls in the kitchen, dining room, family room, living room, office, and upstairs hallway.

The mudroom & laundry got new tile, countertops, and backsplash. The main floor powder room now has a new floating vanity, toilet, mirror, sink & faucet.

Before and after layout comparison
BEFORE & AFTER: Expanded kitchen island, new backsplash, 2-toned design approach, cabinet heights to ceiling.


BEFORE: Stair case and pillars in dinning room visible in background.


AFTER: Microwave drawer in island opposite Wolf oven/cooktop. Note floating shelving has become a new trend in kitchen design. Note the Kohler Stainless Steel Vault "Farmhouse" Apron sink.
AFTER: Beautiful Cambria countertops.
AFTER: Coffee bar doors can be fully recessed after opening for easy access to the bar appliances.
AFTER: Spice rack and island cabinet drawers.
AFTER: Utensil organizer eliminates that dangerous drawer of assorted sharp objects you must blindly sift through to find that one utensil. Cuts down on bandaid inventory.
AFTER: Blind corner organizer, AKA, sight-impaired corner organizer, AKA "The Cloud", AKA Lazy Susan, AKA Industrious Ida.
BEFORE & AFTER: Bath comparison.
BEFORE & AFTER: Dinning room space showing pillars removed and carpet replaced with oak flooring.
AFTER: Entryway stairs and accent millwork.

Featured Materials


  • Kitchen Doors — White oak flat panel doors with inside 45-degree bevel edge detail and soft close hinge
  • Kitchen Hardware — Grace Riverside in matte black
  • Powder Room Vanity — Floating two-drawer cabinet base


  • Kitchen — Cambria - Ella
  • Laundry — Cambria - Torquay



  • Foundation Balusters: HFSTB16.7.5
  • White Oak Box Newels with newel bases & square blank newel caps
  • Modern Handrail - 6084 White Oak
  • Full-height maple board & batten wainscoting at the stairway


  • Kitchen Sink — K-3945-NA Kohler Vault 36" Double Basin Under-Mount 18-Gauge Stainless Steel
  • Kitchen Faucet — K-23764-CP Kohler Tone 1.5 GPM Single Hole Pull Down
  • Bar/Prep Sink — Houzer-CS-1105 Undermount
  • Bathroom Sink  K20000-0 Kohler Caxton Rectangle 20-1/4" Undermount
  • Bathroom Faucet — K14402-4A-BL Kohler Purist 1.2 GPM Single Hole


  • Backsplash — ROC Oasis -FLOTG10-312P - Tender Gray
  • Floor Tile Uptown Hamilton - matte12x24


  • Kitchen, dining, family room, living room, office, mudroom/laundry — Agreeable Gray-SW7029
  • Vanity — Hirshfields Mystic Fog
  • Stain match to Valspar Cappuccino at the island. Floating shelves & lower perimeter cabinets. Painted cabinets (Mystic Fog) for uppers and fridge/coffee bar wall. Powder room cabinet: painted.

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