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Dream Home Renovations

From single room updates to whole home overhauls, six Springfield families took the leap into home renovation. Peek into their newly renovated spaces and find inspiration and home pros for your own dream projects.

By Ettie Berneking

Sep 2019

Midcentury Modern Home Remodel by Monticello Custom Homes and Remodeling in Springfield MO
Photo courtesy Randy ColwellThis midcentury marvel has gone through quite the transformation to reach this open and airy state.


As the saying goes, "Love where you live." but sometimes you'd love it a little more if your home were made exactly to your life's needs and your design specifications. Luckily, with help from a few pros and a whole lot of vision, a renovation can turn your home into the space you've been dreaming of. We've gathered renovations of all scopes and sizes, from a complete Rountree overhaul to a dazzling one-room fireplace face-lift, to help you plan your own project. You've already got the dream; now, are you ready to renovate?

Click on a home's photo below to learn more about what what into each renovation project.

Midcentury Modern Home Remodel by Monticello Custom Homes and Remodeling in Springfield MO
Photo courtesy Randy ColwellTo open up the home’s main floor, the wall separating the kitchen and living room was removed. A large wooden beam was installed to provide structural support, while the stained wood grain helps draw the eye toward the ceiling and helps frame in the expansive dining room.

Whole Home Remodel | Midcentury Marvel

When these homeowners bought this spacious midcentury home, they knew it needed some serious updating. But when Jason Bekebrede with Monticello Custom Homes arrived on site, he realized the home needed to be gutted to meet their design needs.

Dream Renovations - Midcentury Remodel - CO Randy Colwell


During the demo, Bekebrede discovered the floor in the screened-in porch was carrying too much weight, but the room was slated to become the new kitchen. “We had to reframe and build new floors in that room,” Bekebrede says. “We had it down to the studs. I’m surprised it was still standing.”

Luckily, the rest of the home didn’t need quite as much TLC, although there was plenty of work to be done. The overall goal was to hide the additions made to the home over the years. Walls between the kitchen and living room were removed to open up the floorplan, and ceilings were reframed to allow for the addition of new windows, which add to the natural light coming from the home’s five skylights. With the addition of a few creative finishes including the hand-troweled textured ceilings, the finished product is a modern home that captures plenty of the midcentury style the owners first fell in love with.

Midcentury Modern Home Remodel by Monticello Custom Homes and Remodeling in Springfield MO
Photos courtesy Randy ColwellTo choose the home’s modern finishes that balance out the vintage architectural elements, the homeowners worked with Denise Wright. The goal was to include pops of color throughout the home without making the colors feel out of place.
Midcentury Modern Home Remodel by Monticello Custom Homes and Remodeling in Springfield MO
Photos courtesy Randy Colwell
Midcentury Modern Home Remodel by Monticello Custom Homes and Remodeling in Springfield MO
Photos courtesy Randy ColwellTo turn the screened-in porch into a spacious kitchen, the room was gutted to the studs. A new kitchen island and custom cabinets were brought in to create plenty of prep space, and the wraparound windows provide plenty of natural light.
Midcentury Modern Home Remodel by Monticello Custom Homes and Remodeling in Springfield MO
Photos courtesy Randy ColwellLike the rest of the home, the kitchen features a burst of color thanks to a vibrant hand-painted tile backsplash. The mix of aquas mirrors the vibrant blues and greens visible from the kitchen windows.
Midcentury Modern Home Remodel by Monticello Custom Homes and Remodeling in Springfield MO Before Image
Photos courtesy Randy ColwellThe living room before the bar was removed to open up the space.
Midcentury Modern Home Remodel by Monticello Custom Homes and Remodeling in Springfield MO
Photos courtesy Randy ColwellThanks to several half-stories, this home technically has four levels. The living room is a great example of how the half-stories allow for the creation of intimate retreats not far from the home’s main living quarters.
Midcentury Modern Home Remodel by Monticello Custom Homes and Remodeling in Springfield MO Before Image
Photos courtesy Randy ColwellBasement bathroom before it was remodeled into a bright and airy mudroom.
Midcentury Modern Home Remodel by Monticello Custom Homes and Remodeling in Springfield MO
Photos courtesy Randy ColwellTo create a laundry room and mudroom fit for a busy family, the basement bathroom was redone and repurposed with bright white countertops, bright blue cabinetry and storage, a stacked washer and dryer and a sink.
Rountree Remodel by HC Rogers Construction in Springfield MO
Photo by Brandon AlmsWhen Cade and Kinsey first toured this historic home, it was the 10-foot ceilings that sold them. “What sells me is the ceiling height and windows,” Kinsey says. “It makes the space feel bigger.” The paneled mudroom is one of the spaces that was removed from the back of the home to build out a new living room, back deck and upstairs master bedroom. Purchase Photo

Whole Home Remodel | Rountree Renovation

Looking at the Rogers’ stunning, 5-bedroom home on Pickwick, it’s hard to picture it torn down to the studs with the entire back of the house missing, but Kinsey Rogers has photos of the construction saved to her phone. Between photos of the home’s original yellow walls and tiny “hobbit half-bath” is a photo of her husband, Cade of HC Rogers Construction, waving from the second story as he looks out at the backyard. The entire back of the house is missing. “It might have been cheaper to build a new house,” Cade says. Part of what made this remodel so pricey was the addition of a new 35-by-35-square-foot living room and master bedroom along the rear of the home.

Dream Renovations - Rountree - HC Rogers Construction - Living Room - By Brandon Alms


The extra expense was well worth it. The addition is nearly seamless with the original structure thanks to Cade and Kinsey’s dedication to finding material that matches the home’s original design. After tireless research, they managed to find the white clapboard siding that matches the original and even found hardwood flooring that flows nearly perfectly with the original. Every detail of this project was custom. Every finish was selected to match the 1914 style in which the home was first built. From the carrara marble floors and the coffered ceiling to the colonial-style wainscoting that runs throughout the first floor, every detail was carefully selected. So now when you look at the back of the home, you don’t see a new addition and back porch. You just see a beautiful historic home in Rountree.

Rountree Remodel by HC Rogers Construction in Springfield MO
Photos by Brandon Alms, courtesy Laurel BryantThe wainscoting and marble tile floors match the home’s time period while the polished nickel and antique brass light fixtures add a pop of modern aesthetic. Purchase Photo
Rountree Remodel by HC Rogers Construction in Springfield MO
Photos by Brandon Alms, courtesy Laurel BryantAn airy and sophisticated master bathroom design. Purchase Photo
Rountree Remodel by HC Rogers Construction in Springfield MO Before Image
Photos by Brandon Alms, courtesy Laurel BryantThe home's exterior before Kinsey and Cade Rogers began their remodel.
Rountree Remodel by HC Rogers Construction in Springfield MO
Photos by Brandon Alms, courtesy Laurel BryantAfter | Kinsey and Cade Rogers updated the landscaping, installed a sprinkler system, poured a new concrete driveway and rebuilt the brick pillars that grace the sides of the entry railing. The original limestone slabs that top the pillars were found in the home‘s backyard and reinstalled. Purchase Photo
Rountree Remodel by HC Rogers Construction in Springfield MO
Photos by Brandon Alms, courtesy Laurel BryantTo add on the spacious two-story addition, Cade and Kinsey Rogers removed the entire back of the home. The addition now houses the master bedroom and en suite and the formal living room that leads out onto the back porch. Purchase Photo
Black and White Bathroom Remodel by Built by Brett in Springfield MO
Photo by Brandon AlmsPart of what made this remodel easier to work on was the fact that there were limited structural changes. That meant most of the budget could be used for finishes and new fixtures. Purchase Photo

Bathroom Remodel | Stunning Black & White

For those dreamers out there who wander into their master bathroom and feel nothing but disappointment, you’re not alone. Remodeling a bathroom can be daunting. You never know what structural damage lurks behind those walls, and moving tubs, showers and sinks can quickly price you out of the market. But when Brett Godfrey of Built By Brett started work on this outdated master bathroom, he used an upgraded floorplan design that would limit structural changes. To make the most of the existing floor plan, Godfrey tore out the original shower and cultured marble tub. “That took up a ton of space,” he says. “Removing the tub alone gave us extra width, length and depth.” All that extra space meant Godfrey and designer Erica Praschan had room to build an enlarged walk-in shower and close it off with a new wall. The addition of a rain head shower nozzle, two body sprays and a smaller clawfoot tub in the bathroom’s main quarters give the updated bathroom a much more relaxed, spa-like atmosphere. Add in the black and white marble floor tile, the gilded chandelier above the tub, ceramic wall tile and chair rail, and this outdated bathroom suddenly looks like something pulled from the Roaring ’20s. And all with little to no structural changes.

Black and White Bathroom Remodel Claw Foot Tub by Built by Brett in Springfield MO
Photos by Brandon Alms, courtesy Built by BrettAlthough brand-new, this smaller clawfoot tub still has the intricate details and classic charm of its much larger and cumbersome predecessor. Purchase Photo
Black and White Bathroom Remodel by Built by Brett in Springfield MO Before Image
Photos by Brandon Alms, courtesy Built by BrettThe very dated bathroom before the complete remodel. Purchase Photo
Black and White Bathroom Remodel by Built by Brett in Springfield MO
Photos by Brandon Alms, courtesy Built by Brett Purchase Photo
Black and White Bathroom Remodel by Built by Brett in Springfield MO
Photos by Brandon Alms, courtesy Built by Brett Purchase Photo
Kitchen Remodel by Gina McMurtrey in Springfield MO
Photo by Brandon AlmsTo balance out the white cabinets and walls, McMurtrey added black and chrome fixtures and appliances and painted the ceiling a darker color. The darker accents also give the space a more contemporary style. Purchase Photo

Kitchen Remodel | Contemporary Finishes

What do you do when your kitchen is screaming for an update, but your budget is sighing from exhaustion? You get creative, which is exactly what Gina McMurtrey did when updating this ’90s kitchen and dining room to improve the flow. To make the biggest impact, McMurtrey focused on refinishing the hardwood floors that run throughout the house and took the blonde stain down to an ebony. “That set the tone everywhere else,” she says. To make the most of a limited budget, McMurtrey skipped replacing the cabinets and instead gave them a fresh coat of paint. From there, the team tore out the peninsula and added a new island prep station with waterfall quartz countertops and a black matte-finish sink. The original can lights became black stainless pendants, and upper cabinet doors were replaced with glass shelves above a new coffee station. The oven hood was replaced with a sleeker design. “We took a pretty traditional kitchen and made it more contemporary while still being true to the architecture,” McMurtrey says, and that’s always the challenge. For the final touch, McMurtrey added her signature flair—a painted ceiling. “There’s usually a little hesitation, but everyone loves it in the end,” she says. “It balances the light walls and white cabinets and makes the room feel a lot taller.” That fresh coat of paint was one of the many minor changes that really made a big impact in this remodel.

Kitchen Remodel by Gina McMurtrey in Springfield MO
Photos by Brandon Alms, courtesy Gina McMurtreyContemporary finishes help the kitchen feel modern without feeling too far removed from the design of the rest of the home. Purchase Photo
Kitchen Remodel by Gina McMurtrey in Springfield MO Before Image
Photos by Brandon Alms, courtesy Gina McMurtreyThe dated 90s kitchen before the remodel.
Kitchen Remodel by Gina McMurtrey in Springfield MO
Photos by Brandon Alms, courtesy Gina McMurtreyTo give the new kitchen island a pop of style, McMurtrey used waterfall quartz countertop. She also made sure the prep space was functional by moving the kitchen sink, dishwasher and trash to the island. Purchase Photo
Rountree Home Exterior Remodel by Rhoads Design & Construction in Springfield MO
Photo by Brandon AlmsOver the years, this home’s footprint grew with several additions. To match the larger scale of the home, Adrian Rhoads rebuilt a larger front porch and used bigger exterior accents and lighting. Purchase Photo

Exterior Remodel | Facade Face-Lift

By the time Adrian Rhoads of Rhoads Design & Construction reached this 1946 abode, he wasn’t tasked with simply updating a deteriorating facade. Rhoads was instead responsible for unifying five-plus decades of additions and renovations and restoring the home’s interior and exterior. The facade needed some work: The window boxes were falling apart, the landscaping was begging for TLC, and the brick front steps and stone patio and walkway needed to be redone. “The original porch was scaled to the home’s 1940s layout,” he says. “We had to enlarge it to match the size of the current home.” All that stone work had to be torn out and chiseled down. The exterior was lightened up with a fresh coat of paint, and the garage doors were redone with a stain that played off of the rich tones used in the roof. The window boxes along the front of the house were replaced and stained to match the garage doors. For additional focal points, the homeowners provided reclaimed wall scones manufactured around the time the house was built, and the landscaping was redesigned by Vox Landscaping Design and installed by Elite Outdoor Innovations. By the time the project was complete, the home’s exterior matched its architectural character once again.

Rountree Home Exterior Remodel by Rhoads Design & Construction in Springfield MO
Photos by Brandon Alms, courtesy Rhoads Design & ConstructionAlong with a unifying exterior color, Rhoads paid close attention to the details to ensure no one could tell that the home had ever looked different. Purchase Photo
Rountree Home Exterior Remodel by Rhoads Design & Construction in Springfield MO Before Image
Photos by Brandon Alms, courtesy Rhoads Design & ConstructionBefore Rhoads Design & Construction unified the home's exterior, it was possible to pick out the five additions that had been built over the years.
Rountree Home Exterior Remodel by Rhoads Design & Construction in Springfield MO
Photos by Brandon Alms, courtesy Rhoads Design & Construction Purchase Photo
Statement Fireplace Remodel by Refine Studios in Springfield MO
Photo By Brandon AlmsOriginally, the fireplace was centered in the middle of the room, but Evans moved it so it was centered on the wall to give her space to add the dramatic new tilework. Purchase Photo

Living Room Remodel | Statement Fireplace

While most fireplaces serve as a focal point, this home’s fireplace was more of an eyesore. It was too small and too close to the living room doorframe, but interior designer and owner of Refine Studios, Charity Evans, had a vision of how to turn this outdated gas fireplace into a true centerpiece. With towering ceilings that brush the edge of 20 feet, Evans decided to give the fireplace height and drama to balance out the lofty ceilings. But first, the oak built-in shelving unit was removed, and the fireplace was moved to the center of the wall. Once everything was resurfaced and the original mantel and tile were removed, Evans got to work framing in the fireplace with black stone and a textured tile ribbon that matches the width of the fireplace and runs upward toward the ceiling. “The tile has a slight shimmer to it,” Evans says. That hint of glamor makes the fireplace slightly more formal, which was exactly what Evans was going for when she designed the upscale look that “dresses up” an otherwise unremarkable recessed fireplace.

Statement Fireplace Remodel by Refine Studios in Springfield MO
Photos by Brandon Alms, courtesy Refine StudiosEvans framed in the fireplace with black stone and a textured tile ribbon that matches the width of the fireplace and runs upward toward the ceiling. Purchase Photo
Statement Fireplace Remodel by Refine Studios in Springfield MO Before Image
Photos by Brandon Alms, courtesy Refine StudiosIt's hard to believe that this little fireplace was transformed into a statement showstopper.
Statement Fireplace Remodel by Refine Studios in Springfield MO
Photos by Brandon Alms, courtesy Refine StudiosWhen Evans designed the upscale look for the fireplace, the details really “dress up” an otherwise unremarkable recessed fireplace. Purchase Photo

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Which Home Remodel Projects Earn You the Most Return on Investment?

Tackling that list of home remodel projects gets even trickier when choosing projects that add resale value to your home. To learn which items on the to-do list pack the most bang for your buck, we turned to Willie Grega, a realtor with Murney Associates who has his fair share of experience renovating and flipping homes.

Give Your Home’s Interior a Quick Facelift
“Clients respond positively when there’s consistency in wall color and flooring. Neutral paint offers buyers something they don’t have to deal with after they move in, and the same for flooring. The dream is to have the same hard-surface flooring throughout the house except the bathrooms. Carpet is out right now, so spending money on carpet replacement won’t have the bang for the buck.”

Freshen up that Old Tub
“I’ve come across a tub refinisher for $250 that can revive a worn-out old tub. They come in and clean and spray coat it.”
Update That Bathroom Vanity
“Big box stores have developed a great selection of vanities, so you can add a new faucet and vanity and improve the look of the room. The real bang for the buck is adding a half or a full bath in a two-bedroom and one-bath house. Man, is it exciting when you find the space for it!”

Focus on the Kitchen
“If you can replace the laminate or tile countertops, that’s a good return for the money. New cabinets are also worth redoing. Depending on the cabinets, they’ll look better painted, but don’t forget to paint the inside. Add new hardware, and they can really look nice.”
Don’t Forget the Deck
“If you have an old deck that’s weathered, a fresh coat of paint can clean it up quickly and make a big improvement. If it’s in the budget, replace the surface structure.” 

Go Beyond the Visible Improvements
“It’s great to make the home eye-catching, but you should have a professional look at basement, HVAC and electric. You’ve worked so hard on new floors and paint. The last thing you want is to have an inspection and have surprises come up.”