2017 Remodeling Excellence Award

Spectacular Update to a 1960’s Split-Level

Sometimes it takes a fresh eye to help you realize your home’s potential. Take this split-level for example. This family needed a bigger kitchen, a larger formal dining room for entertaining, a secluded master suite, and an updated look for the home’s exterior. Normandy Designer Leslie Lee stepped in, and helped them make this home everything they hoped it could be. Let’s take it room by room to see how things have changed:

Old oak kitchen turns into white painted kitchenKitchen:  The original kitchen needed more space, and the adjacent dining room fit the bill perfectly. Since the formal dining room is going to be relocated (more on that later) incorporating this footprint into the kitchen provided enough space for a large island that will let the four children spread out to do homework during meal prep, and has more than enough space for casual dining for the family.

Dining Room: In the place of an unused living room, you will now find a spacious dining room with seating for twelve. Located near the kitchen and the bar, guests can easily help themselves to appetizers and drinks served on the bar and at the kitchen island.

Split level family room before and after remodelFamily Room: Located just a few steps from the kitchen, this ground level family room has been updated and now serves as a spacious hangout for the children.

floating vanities in master bathroom

Master Suite: A new level built above the kitchen and dining room is where you’ll find the secluded Master Suite. This oasis from the hustle and bustle of family life is accessible via a private staircase, making it feel almost like a private apartment.
new master bedroom as part of home addition to split levelThe spacious bedroom is paired with a large spa-like bathroom, complete with walk-in shower, his & hers vanities and a private water closet.
The suite is completed with a pair of walk-in closets and a private office, making working from home a pleasure, rather than a chore.

Before and after photos of a split level additionExterior:  To shake off the obvious split-level look of the home, the exterior took on a new and modern look. New siding, roofing, front door and architectural details helped to create this updated façade.

All these changes added up to a very happy family, and a thoroughly impressed panel of judges. This home took a First Place prize in the 2017 NARI Remodeling Excellence Awards, which only added to this family’s newfound pride in their home.

If you’re dissatisfied with your home, this is proof that you can make a surprising amount of changes to get exactly what you want. Set up a time to talk with Leslie Lee or any one of our designers or architects about the possibilities for your home. If you’re not quite ready to talk plans yet, then join one of the upcoming remodeling workshops. You’ll learn all about what to expect, and what to watch out for, when it’s time to remodel your home. If you prefer a steady diet of home inspiration, rather than a single workshop, follow us on Facebook or Instagram.

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