Project: Midcentury makeovers

  • Living in a midcentury home? Our three-part series takes a look at how to reinvent houses built in the 1950s, '60s and '70s.

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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. .

  • Photos: Refreshing the ’70s

    Article By: TOM WALLACE Publish / Update October 25, 2013 3:26 PM

    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.

A new family-friendly kitchen that opens to a great room updated Christine and Taylor Poston's 1960-built home in Minnetonka.

The front door of the split-entry home.

  • Makeover tips for '60s homes

    Article By: KIM PALMER , Star Tribune Publish October 20, 2013 2:00 AM / Update October 18, 2013 1:51 PM

    Before you reinvent your 1960s-built home, consider these challenges. First thing: What to do with a split-level?

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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.

  • Photos: Reinventing the '60s

    Article By: TOM WALLACE , Publish / Update October 19, 2013 5:13 PM

    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.

Homeowner/designer Laura Bischoff in Minneapolis, MN on October 8, 201...

Homeowner/designer Laura Bischoff's mid-century modern

  • Photos: Back from the '50s

    Article By: TOM SWEENEY , Publish / Update October 18, 2013 11:42 AM

    Homes from the Eisenhower era are being opened up to accommodate modern living.

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