Split Level Remodel Repurposes Old Space

Adding square footage without building an addition, this renovation gives the homeowner the kitchen of her dreams, along with a spacious laundry room and a bonus powder room.

For this remodeling project, Dover Home Remodelers earned 2nd Place honors in the prestigious NARI Contractor of the Year (CotY) Awards 2018, Residential Interior ($100,001 – $250,000).

A sophisticated kitchen & interior—built to enjoy the view

The homeowner called Dover to put an addition on her 1963 split level home. Her design vision: Relocate the laundry room and expand the kitchen. Rather than add on, we re-purposed an underused garage bay to create a full-size laundry room, mudroom and half bath to complement the new spacious kitchen with fabulous function and flow.

The Kitchen: Before & During

The old kitchen had seen better days and was very outdated with laminate cabinets and counters. We started the kitchen by removing floors, ceilings and soffits, and leveling the floors.

Before Kitchen Layout



During: Gutted Kitchen Demo


During Kitchen Renovation


The Kitchen: After

The new kitchen features a nine-foot island and a view of the lake in the front yard—no addition required.

Bright Open Kitchen

The Kitchen Island: Before & After

The old kitchen island was small and non-functional. The new island anchors the space and provides an ample prep area and loads of storage.

Before Kitchen Island


Before Kitchen Island


Kitchen Island

The Kitchen Bar: Before & During

The kitchen’s old bar area was tired and dated.

Before Kitchen Bar


During Kitchen Bar


The Kitchen Bar: After

The new bar space includes a built-in wine rack, wine cooler, wet bar and coffee station, complete with lighted display cabinetry for added dimension.

Kitchen Bar Renovation

Kitchen Bar SinkSink Color Detail

The Kitchen/Family Room Fireplace: Before & After

Where there was an existing half wall between the kitchen and family room, a vent-free, see-through fireplace unit is installed, creating unity between the spaces.

Before Kitchen Wall



Kitchen Fireplace

Livingroom Fireplace

Before Kitchen Living


Kitchen Lving Fireplace


The Laundry Room: Before & After

Featuring loads of storage space and hidden amenities, the new laundry room has the butler’s pantry feel with a farmhouse sink and pull-down faucet. Large windows frame magnificent views of the lake.

Before Laundry Room Storage


Before Laundry Room


Laundry Room Renovation

Laundry Rack Storage

Laundry Room Storage Iron

Laundry Sink with Lake View

Hallway To Kitchen

The Bathroom: After

A new half-bath was added with built-in shelving to display treasures and keepsakes.

Bathroom RenovationBathroom Pedestal Sink

Beautifully finished space

The newly updated home interior is stunning—from every angle!

Living Room Makeover

Beautifully Renovated Kitchen

Hallway To Laundry