In Shorewood, a stark townhouse gets warmed up with wood, stone and eclectic artwork. Updated Oct. 28, 2013
Living in a midcentury home? Our three-part series takes a look at how to reinvent houses built in the 1950s, '60s and '70s.
Sherry O’Donnell and Gary Johnson turned their wall-to-wall white 1970s Shorewood townhouse into free-flowing living spaces defined by merbau floors, African mahogany cabinetry and architectural pilasters. .
Shorewood: Townhouse is warmed up with wood, stone and eclectic artwork. Maple Grove: Trading spaces for living and dining transforms a split-entry home.
Mike and Jean Ysbrand gained space for their remodeled kitchen by moving the adjacent casual dining area to the living room.
Sherry O'Donnell's 1970s Shorewood townhome was stuck in a time warp.
Homeowners Shelly and Dennis Zuzek in their new open kitchen; Bjorn Freudenthal of Ispiri, their builder, is pictured in the background.
In Edina, a split-entry home loses a wall — and gains a gathering spot. "Most people today want an open concept,” says the builder.
A new family-friendly kitchen that opens to a great room updated Christine and Taylor Poston's 1960-built home in Minnetonka.
In Minnetonka, removing the "elephant in the room" -- a double-sided, floor-to-ceiling brick fireplace -- made space for a young family.
The front door of the split-entry home.
Shelly and Dennis Zuzek in the new kitchen of their Edina home. Bjorn Freudenthal of Ispiri, their design-build firm, is pictured in the background.
Homeowners update their 1960s homes for modern living.
The home’s original stone fireplace was incorporated into the new kitchen design. Opening up the kitchen allowed reinventing the home’s main floor. The former dining room, right, is now an office with built-in desk and shelving.
Homeowner/designer Laura Bischoff opened up her 1950s kitchen, adding sleek, sophisticated design to blend with the adjacent living/dining room.
Interior designer Laura Bischoff had always lived in 1920s-era houses — until she decided it would be fun to “dabble in a rambler.”
Homeowner/designer Laura Bischoff in Minneapolis, MN on October 8, 201...
Homeowner/designer Laura Bischoff's mid-century modern
Homes from the Eisenhower era are being opened up to accommodate modern living.