Best Makeovers and Remodels

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From French country to Minimalist Modern

After Adrian Rhoads and his team were approached with this remodel project, they knew they had a major task ahead of them: Completely transforming a French country–style townhome into a modern space. “I consider modern architecture to be one of the more difficult styles to pull off,” Rhoads says. “Once the style for a project is determined, we research it and stay consistent with the detailing. The simplicity of the details is what made this project both challenging and successful.” And there was a whole lot of work that came with every straight line and every hidden wire. “The owners provided the initial design concepts, and we partnered with them to define the detailing,” Rhoads says. “We removed most of the existing walls, reworked all of the electrical and plumbing components, removed all existing texture from the walls and ceiling and replaced the flooring, cabinets and staircase.”

After four and a half months of researching, planning and hard work, the two-story townhome boasts a clean and modern feel, which is just what everyone hoped for. “Having a good relationship with the homeowners and our subcontractors and approaching it as a team effort really made all of the difference,” Rhoads says. “The clean, simple look of the finished project is a byproduct of the efforts and craftsmanship of the entire team.”—Savannah Waszczuk

Remodeler: Adrian Rhoads, Rhoads Design & Construction
1435 S. Enterprise, Springfield, 417-889-6000,

Remodel: The Whole Home

Residence: The Bass Residence

What it was before: A French country–style townhouse

 Living Room
A new fireplace is among the living room’s most drastic changes. Along the bottom is a massive 5-by-10-foot ceramic tile that Rhoads purchased through Unique Tile and installed as one piece. The backdrop is simply white drywall, which is muted yet refined and flows appropriately with the custom millwork that hides all the television’s audio and visual equipment. The entire piece is lit with LED lighting. A heavy timber beam that formerly showed on the ceiling was wrapped to flow with the rest of the room, and it now provides a spot for lighting and speakers and hides additional wires. The former staircase was replaced with a steel and wood open-riser stairway with a plate glass railing system.





Before the remodel, the home included a dining area, a small kitchen and a sitting area, but now it all flows as one large open space. In the kitchen (left), the massive 20-foot-long island is topped with quartz countertops and features both prep and eating areas. Among the new appliances is The Galley Sink, a new sink that doubles as a workstation with cutting boards, colanders, a drain rack and stainless steel sliding bowls. The new cabinets are constructed of reconstituted walnut.




Sitting Room

The kitchen was designed to be the heart of this home and its main spot for entertaining. To help meet this need, the old breakfast nook adjacent to the kitchen was transformed into a sitting room. The space boasts minimal modern decor and four-and-a-quarter-inch white oak plank flooring, which flows throughout the entire lower level. 


Master Bedroom and Bathroom
To keep up with the home’s clean, minimal feel, electrical wiring and components were adjusted in the master bedroom to work with its new furniture layout. “For convenience, we provided additional reading lights on each side of the bed,” Rhoads says. They also installed a wall of cabinetry to conceal a television and clothing. Walls in the bathroom were moved and reconfigured, and it now features a toilet room plus a zero-entry shower. “We actually had to modify the structure to make it zero-entry,” Rhoads says. The space also features heated porcelain tile flooring.

Major Changes

No. 1 Removed the walls between the living room, dining room and kitchen. This simplified the spaces, allowed them to easily flow from one to another and added the impression of increased square footage.

No. 2 Changed the stairs to further emphasize the open feel and provide an opportunity to really add character to the space. “This also helped to better integrate the second floor loft,” Rhoads says. 

No. 3 Made the details count. “We changed every detail,” Rhoads says. “We replaced all the trim, replaced existing wall and ceiling textures with a smooth finish, changed out all of the electric fixtures and receptacles—everything. All of the little details enhance the bigger changes and helped to create a new clean, modern space.”



General Contractor:
Adrian Rhoads
Rhoads Design & Construction
1435 S. Enterprise, Springfield

Ed Hines Company
772 W. Enterprise Lane, Nixa

Teocalli Custom

Appliances and Kitchen Sink:
Metro Appliances and More
3252 N Glenstone Ave., Springfield

Plumbing Fixtures:
Harry Cooper Supply Company
605 North Sherman Pkwy., Springfield

Hardwood Flooring:
Bold Wood Floors

Glass Railing, Mirrors,
Shower Door:
American Glass
2801 North LeCompte, Springfield

Tile and Countertops:
Unique Tile
1364 North Kelly Ave., Nixa

The Carpet Shoppe
1827 East Seminole, Springfield

3170 E. Sunshine St. Ste. B, Springfield

Photos by Dan Rockafellow, courtesy Adrian Rhoads

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