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Our clients came to us with 2 primary goals for their main level.  The first and most important was to add gathering space for their growing family.  The second was to completely update the space, which was showing signs of wear after 30+ years of raising a family.

The main floor of the home is divided into two separate halves.  The front half features a formal piano room, entryway, and formal dining room.  The back half is where the family spends most of their time.  It included a sunken living room, kitchen, and informal dining area.  A powder bathroom and the stairway splits the home down the middle, and a rear entry/mudroom is tucked into the back corner.

After discussing a few ideas, creating a better marriage between the kitchen and informal living room seemed to be the most important aspect of adding family gathering space.  The existing setup had an eating peninsula split on both sides between the level and sunken areas, creating a weird traffic flow.  People sitting on the sunken side would block traffic from coming from the other direction.  Because the 2 sides of the peninsula were different heights, our clients needed different stools for each side.  This setup also shrunk the usable family space considerably.

Our team explored a few designs and solutions, including the removal of the wall between the sunken room and the piano room.  Investigation determined that the wall was load bearing, which isn’t a huge obstacle.  Unfortunately, numerous plumbing pipes and ductwork runs serving the 2nd floor ran through this wall, and our clients ultimately determined that it wasn’t worth the investment to relocate these items and take down this wall.

Ultimately, our clients decided to level out the sunken room with the rest of the floor and “push” the eating area toward the kitchen.  To accomplish this, our team removed a giant 9’ patio door from the sunken room and installed some brand new windows in place of the door.


The blue cabinetry really makes a statement, especially compared to the dingy oak that it replaced.  The center island is a taupe shade for contrast.  The cabinets include soft close hardware and hidden storage solutions to maximize the spaces.  Quartz countertops are a breeze to maintain.  Some appliances were replaced while others were re-used from the previous kitchen.


One of our clients recurring comments was how dark it gets in the house.  Our solutions included recessed lighting in most areas.  Where decorative fixtures were desired, high lumen bulbs were specified to maximize the available light.  The kitchen received undercabinet lighting, as well as above-cabinet lighting for an accent.  Dimmer switches were used in most areas to allow for full customization of the lighting.


Our clients found a glass vessel sink that they fell in love with, and this became the focal point of the bathroom and all other elements were selected to coordinat with the sink.  A green palette for the cabinet and countertop really adds interest to the space, and updated lighting brightens it up nicely.


The original mudroom was just an open space, with no storage whatsoever.  Our team designed a combination of wall hooks and cabinetry for storage.  The space now serves as a pantry as well as an entry point.  The back door to the yard had been leaking badly, which resulted in some minor structural repairs before replacing the door.


This project included a few exterior updates as well.  This included new windows on the rear of the home, new overhead garage doors, new entry doors on the front and back of the home, new shutters on the front windows, and new light fixtures.


All of the popcorn ceiling was removed, and the ceilings were skimmed smooth.  The ceiling and walls were painted, including a couple of accent walls for a nice little pop.  All of the flooring was replaced with a waterproof laminate.  The entire level now has the same continuous floor throughout, with no tripping hazards between rooms.  New baseboards were installed throughout.  The windows on the kitchen/family room side of the home were replaced with new units from Marvin.



“Eric Bader from Allrounder Remodeling did an excellent job for our recent remodel. We were looking for a fresh update to our kitchen and family room area. Allrounder helped give our space more function with beautiful updates.
Eric was so comfortable and easy to work with. He helped us hone into our design from several ideas we had. Eric and his team have a great eye for detail.
The crew we worked with were very professional. They were skilled, courteous and conscientious of our space and time.
I highly recommend Allrounders for any project.
We are very happy with the whole process and outcome.”

–Mike and Heidi, Eagan MN



Tracy Morris


Project Manager

Eric Bader