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Home Remodeling Idea: Open Floorplan Kitchen Renovations

Three updates to familiar two-story floorplans

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Modifications "open-up" common floor plans of the 80s, 90s, 2000s

In the 1980s, 1990s, and 2000s, builders across the Minnesota River Valley were busy erecting two-story homes as far as the eye could see. Usually built with an attached garage and laid out around a central staircase; the kitchen, dining area, and family room would cohabitate in the back of the house.

While there are dozens of variations on the two-story floor plan, many have the same issues: off-balance layouts with formal dining rooms separated from kitchens, semi-open floor plans that suffer from traffic jams, and dated design elements. These three “south of the river” remodels each faced different challenges: from tired looks, to troublesome layouts.

2000s Two-Story, Mission-Style Renovation in Lakeville MN

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Before: Bottlenecks and traffic jams

Uncomfortably sandwiched between the dining and family rooms, the U-shaped kitchen caused traffic jams whenever the family entertained or used their backyard swimming pool

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After: Timeless Mission-style design

New Spaces designers removed the wall and relocated the dining area to create a single, open space with a long central island. With doors on both sides of the space, there are now two pathways to the pool.

kitchen remodeling ideas open floorplansInspired by Mission-style design, the space takes a few cues from modernism to create a timeless look. See the rest of this Mission-inspired kitchen.

White Kitchen Transformation in Savage MN

Before: A closed-off kitchen with too much dark wood

This family wanted more of everything – space for cooking, serving, storage, family and friends. But they also wanted to avoid the cost of an addition. The solution: removing the wall and relocating the dining room to create a huge open space that flows from the kitchen, to a casual dining area, to the family room.

After: An open kitchen and user-friendly design

Connected to the dining room by an archway, the main area of the kitchen is defined by the triangular central island, white cabinets, and professional grade stainless steel appliances. The center of the space remains open to enhance the grand scale of the room. A built-in credenza is the perfect hospitality zone. Tour the rest of this white kitchen conversion.

1990s Kitchen Makeover in Eagan MN

Before: This semi-open kitchen needed a decorating update

Although the family room was connected to the kitchen, this home in Eagan felt dated. The family needed more room for cooking and eating. Defined by blue carpet, the family room is right off the kitchen. Even though there was good flow between the spaces, the homeowners needed to more counters for working, and better storage and seating

After: A unified space with classic style

Stained and white cabinets are bright and cheerful, reflecting plenty of light into the space. New engineered wood floors run throughout the kitchen, family room, and powder room. Using the same flooring in multiple spaces helps make the space seem larger and more inviting. If you’re happy with your kitchen’s layout, simply replacing the counters, cabinets, and flooring can give your 1990s kitchen a much needed makeover. View the rest of this classic two-story kitchen.

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We take a unique educational approach to helping our clients through the complex remodeling process. Our salaried designers share real budget information to help you make informed decisions about your renovation project. There is never any pressure, only professional advice.

To get started, either fill out this form, call us at 952-898-5300, or email us at info@newspaces.com.

Jennifer McClellan, Homeowner Advisor, has been helping families through New Spaces’ educational process for over five years. She loves being able to show people how our team can help them achieve their remodeling dream.


Meg Jaeger recently joined the New Spaces team, bringing her experience and passion for housing that has helped nearly a thousand families in the area build and remodel. She was owner of Mega Homes and is the President of the Builders Association of the Twin Cities


We look forward to working with you to create the house of your dreams!

Our Trusted Expert Consultation

Personalized Advice Just For You

We take a unique educational approach to helping our clients through the complex remodeling process. Our salaried designers share real budget information to help you make informed decisions about your renovation project. There is never any pressure, only professional advice.

To get started, either fill out this form, call us at 952-898-5300, or email us at info@newspaces.com.

Jennifer McClellan, Homeowner Advisor, has been helping families through New Spaces’ educational process for over five years. She loves being able to show people how our team can help them achieve their remodeling dream.


Meg Jaeger recently joined the New Spaces team, bringing her experience and passion for housing that has helped nearly a thousand families in the area build and remodel. She was owner of Mega Homes and is the President of the Builders Association of the Twin Cities


We look forward to working with you to create the house of your dreams!

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