Best Makeovers and Remodels

Ettie Berneking, Sarah Guinn and Savannah Waszczuk | Photos by Jeremy Mason McGraw, Kevin O'Riley and Dan Rockafellow

Sep 2013


During a major remodel, this townhouse‘s old staircase was replaced with a steel and wood open-riser stairway with a glass plate railing system. 

After years of living in the same house, the spot you once saw as picture perfect can easily become drab and dated. Months ago, we found 417-landers who recently suffered from this exact problem, and we asked them if we could see their newly remodeled spaces. We then visited countless homes and sifted through dozens of photos, deciding which of these recent remodels were the very best. On the following pages, you’ll see the creative work of 417-land’s most talented builders and remodelers, including everything from ripping out walls and moving kitchens to completely refiguring floor plans. Ready to fall in love with your home all over again? Get inspired by these lovely 417-land remodels, then get to work on your own home makeover.


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


From old farmhouse to Rustic Mod

Remodeler: Sam Butler, SustainaBuilt Construction LLC, 
2979 D E. Chestnut Exp., Springfield, 417-864-7336,

Remodel: The Great Room

Residence: The Snyder Residence

What it was before: An outdated farmhouse that sat unused for two years


Looking for a new home to settle down in, newlyweds Jennifer and Luke Snyder decided to start house hunting in Springfield. They knew they wanted land to stretch out on, but to find the perfect house, they enlisted the help of Sam Butler with SustainaBuilt Construction LLC, and Jennifer’s sister, Julie Manna. Butler has plenty of experience remodeling homes, and Manna is an interior designer with 12 years of experience flipping houses in L.A. Together they were able to find a rundown farm house and transform it into Jennifer and Luke’s dream home. After looking at several homes with the Snyders, Butler says he knew right away that this house could be something special. Working closely with Julie on the design elements and with Butler, Rosenbury & Partners on the floor plan, the team overhauled the space. Using a simple color palette and several natural elements, Butler and Manna gave the remodeled great room a rustic-yet-modern look that Jennifer and Luke could feel at home in. “This really was a team effort,” Butler says. “Besides raising the ceiling and knocking out two walls without the ceiling collapsing, the hardest part was convincing Jennifer that we could transform the house, but it turned out way cooler than I ever expected.”Ettie Berneking

The Great Room
During construction, two walls were removed to transform three rooms into one great room featuring a newly located kitchen, a living room and a bar. The living room was raised, and they added a fireplace, paneling on the ceiling and beams that Snyder treated with vinegar and steel wool and stained with black tea. The new kitchen features a custom metal hood, marble countertops, a custom island with plenty of hidden storage and custom-built cabinets to store the Snyders’ microwave and coffee maker. 




Great Spaces
The Snyders' entire great room was designed around a massive elk mount, and the space was given a natural feel with the wood touches used in the beams and island and on the back of the bar. 

Major Changes

No. 1 Raised the ceiling, which allowed them to open up the main room and give the whole space a roomier feel. Adding the wood beams imparted the rustic look Jennifer and Luke wanted.

No. 2 Moved the kitchen to change the flow of the great room. Before, the space was chopped up, but now all of the rooms flow into one, which is great for entertaining family and friends. 


General Carpentry:
SustainaBuilt Construction LLC
2979 D E. Chestnut Exp., Springfield, 417-864-7336

Interior Designer:
JManna Design

Geoff Butler AIA
Butler, Rosenbury, & Partners
319 N. Main St., Springfield

Reclaimed Lumber Supplier:
Cross Creek Architectural Artifacts
1228 E. Guinevere St., Springfield

Woody’s Plumbing Inc.
2432 N. Eastgate Ave. Ste. 2,

Metro Appliances & More
3252 N. Glenstone Ave., Springfield

SustainaBuilt Cabinetry and Custom Furniture
4719 E. Farm Road 136, Springfield

Solid Surface Designs
233 Lambeth Rd., Billings

AV/Custom Sound and TVs:
Teocali Custom

Photos by Jeremy Mason McGraw, courtesy Sam Butler


A D.I.Y. Approach:

Adding Curb Appeal

Fresh after refinishing his Rountree bungalow, 417-lander Ben Hackenwerth shares tips on taking a D.I.Y.  approach to an outdoor upgrade.



With picturesque historic homes lining the streets and massive trees shading the sidewalks, Springfield’s Rountree neighborhood is tough to beat. Ben

Hackenwerth realized this long ago, and it’s exactly why he decided to purchase his bungalow-style home there nearly a year and a half ago. “Location was a big thing for me,” Ben says. “I bought it for the neighborhood.” 

But while the streets of Rountree were filled with energy and cheerful passersby, Ben’s home sat alone, untouched and in much need of an upgrade. “It was built in 1921,” Ben says. After purchasing it in February 2012, he and his parents, Mike and Becky Hackenwerth, renovated the inside to make it a comfortable and cozy spot for Ben and his two girls, Maggie and Molly. Ben and the girls moved in that June, then he and Mike began to tackle the real project: the outside. “I really wanted a nice front porch and a place to hang out,” Ben says.

After thumbing through countless Craftsman-style home magazines and doing a bit of research, Ben sketched out some plans and passed them off to Wayne Howser of Homes by Howser. “He laid the porch, then added the steps and the sidewalk,” Ben says. But Ben and Mike took a D.I.Y. approach to the rest of the project, doing everything from staining the trim work and adding beams along the top of the pergola to installing all of the landscaping. Becky helped add a few decorative touches, such as the sunshade she created for the pergola by sewing and hemming a piece of painters’ cloth. Now, the updated home boasts a unique bungalow-meets-craftsman–style charm, and it provides Ben the perfect spot to sit and enjoy his center-city location.—Savannah Waszczuk

The House that Ben Built

Ben Hackenwerth (pictured)shares the key factors in transforming his outdated bungalow (and how he saved some green in the process).

1. Extended the front porch and added a pergola. “I now enjoy more than twice the original outdoor space,” Ben says. “To save money, we made the sunshade over the pergola with painters’ drop cloth. At $20, it’s cheap and cool.”

2. Replaced all of the windows. “When we replaced them, we also had the wood surrounding them wrapped,” Ben says.

3. Painted. “This is the most noticeable change,” Ben says.

4. Built in details. “One of my favorite projects is the bench my dad and I made,” Ben says. “Not only was it hundreds, or even thousands less than one found in an outdoor store, the plans are actually from 1905.”

5. Refinished the door. “I love the look of a craftsman-style door but couldn’t bring myself to pay thousands to replace the existing door,” Ben says. “I used some scrap wood pieces I had and some creative painting to make a custom door that suits my style and the home’s, all for about $20 in paint.”

Photos courtesy Ben Hackenwerth, by Kevin O'Riley


From closed and cramped to Free-Flowing

Remodeler: Chad Holgerson, Keystone Building and Design
1223 N. Eagle Crest, Nixa; 417-724-0057,

Remodel: The Kitchen

Residence: The Weiler Residence

What it was before: A closed-in kitchen


To help homeowners Brian and Melanie Weiler update their cramped kitchen, Chad Holgerson with Keystone Building and Design first set to work opening up the space. Originally, the kitchen was closed off from the living room and dining room with several architectural barriers. To open the space, Holgerson knocked out two walls and expanded the entryways, giving the kitchen a much airier feel. Where the wall once was, Holgerson created bar seating and applied a contrasting color palette to give the kitchen a modern and crisp look. “The homeowners had a good sense of what style they liked,” Holgerson says. “We worked with them to pull together the right colors to achieve the balance and flow they wanted in the space.” Looking at the newly remodeled kitchen, it’s the small details that really transform the room. The stainless steel appliances match the clean color scheme, and the diagonal coiffured ceiling increases the visual size of the room. Even the layout of the cabinets was planned down to a science. “We moved the fridge and raised the cabinets to the ceiling to allow for custom storage options,” Holgerson says. Each detail, down to the quartz island countertop, ties the space together.—Ettie Berneking



The Major Changes

No. 1 To open the kitchen, Holgerson removed one wall and expanded the other two entryways. Now the kitchen flows easily into the dining room and living room.

No. 2 Added custom cabinetry to meet the needs of the homeowner. They took the cabinets to the ceiling, which added height and allowed more specific storage.

No. 3 Molding and paint help visually highlight and direct the eye to make the space more pleasing.



Unique Tile
1364 Kelly N. Ave., Nixa

Metro Appliances and More
3252 N. Glenstone Ave.,

4116 S. Campbell Ave.,

Photos by Dan Rockafellow, courtesy Chad Holgerson


From outdated to Traditional

Remodeler: Bryon Weber, Weber Home & Land LLC
417-830-2424, 1090 W. Woodhill Court, Springfield

Remodel: The Living and Dining Rooms

Residence: The Ollis Residence

What it was before: Outdated and closed from the rest of the home

When Richard and Teresa Ollis bought their new home in center-city Springfield, it was the architecture they fell in love with. An open floor plan and expansive rooms were just what they wanted, but the home needed updating, so they brought in Bryon Weber with Weber Home & Land LLC. “We just wanted to bring the home up to date and give it a more traditional, casual and comfortable feel,” Teresa says. In the living room, Weber and his team tore out three layers of linoleum flooring, added trussell beams, raised the ceiling from 8 feet to 9 feet, put in white trim and base molding and knocked out a wall-to-wall closet to make room for the TV cabinet. “I worked closely with our designer Kevin Parnell to keep the integrity of the home,” Weber says. To breathe new life into the dining room, Weber expanded the room’s entryways to open it to the kitchen. “This really improves the traffic flow if you’re entertaining,” Weber says. From there, Weber was able to arch the entryways and install white oak flooring. For a slab-on-grade home, this required some creative problem solving and rerouting of plumbing and electric, but the end result is flawless flooring. To get the traditional look they wanted, Parnell and Weber decided to add the coffered ceiling and dark drapery. With these touches, granite countertops and a 1940s chandelier the Ollis' found in New Orleans, the new room boasts a timeless atmosphere.—Ettie Berneking



The Major Changes

No. 1 Expanded the entryway between the kitchen and the dining room, which opened up the entire kitchen, dining room and living room area and made it ideal for entertaining family and friends.

No. 2 To ensure the fireplace was a focal point in the living room, open shelving was added over top of the brick, leaving it as a backdrop.


Kevin W. Parnell Interior Designs

Wieland Studio LLC

PHD Painting
724 N. Hillside Ave., Republic

Alpine Wood Products
614 W. Johnathon Dr., Marionville

Stone Countertops and Fireplace Hearth:
Solid Surface Designs
233 Lambeth Rd., Billings

Lighting and Electrical
J&J Lighting & Electrical
333 S. Union Ave., Springfield

Plumbing and Heating
Lorenz Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning
1429 N. Cedarbrook Ave., Springfield

Meek’s Lumber
1551 W. Mt. Vernon St., Springfield

Sheet Rock Services
Cardoza Construction
239 Redwood Dr., Ozark

PHD Painting
724 N. Hillside Age., Republic

Alpine Wood Products
614 W. Johnathon Dr., Marionville

Audio and Visual Services
Interactive Home Systems

Tile Installation
Bahama Sun Enterprise
2048 S. Florence Ave., Springfield

Stone Countertops and Fireplace Hearth
Solid Surface Designs
233 Lambeth Rd., Billings

Atlas Security
1309 E. Republic Rd., Ste. B, Springfield

Glass panels in Cabinet Doors
American Glass
2801 N. Le Compte Rd., Springfield

Hardwood Flooring
Bold Wood Floors
22129 Lawrence2210, Aurora

Brick Work on the Fireplace
Brick Mountain Holding

Concrete Repair under the flooring
Martin’s Concrete LLC 

Demo and Clean Up Services still need to FC)
Contractor Support Services
1199 N. Farm Rd., 193, Springfield

Final Cleaning Services
Magers Elite Cleaning, LLC (still need to FC)
2439 N. Patterson Ave., Springfield

Carpentry and Hardware Services
Definitive Trim

Framing Construction Services
Coatney Construction Services
4542 S. Shady Lane Court, Springfield

Tile, Stone in Back Splash
Mussino Tile
3045 S. Scenic Ave., Springfield

Photos by Dan Rockafellow, Kevin O'Riley, courtesy Teresa Ollis


From dated and divided to a Spa-Like Escape

Remodeler: Gina McMurtrey, Gina McMurtrey Interiors LLC

Remodel: The Bathroom

Residence: The Paulson Residence

What it was before: A chopped up bathroom with little closet space

When Stuart and Kim Paulson first started toying with the idea of remodeling their master bathroom, they just wanted to increase the closet space and enclose the toilet, but as the remodel got going, it soon turned into a whole demolition project. The original shower was torn out, taller cabinets were brought in, closets were demolished and the ceiling was painted with a custom sky motif. Working with Gina McMurtrey of Gina McMurtrey Interiors LLC to create their dream master bathroom, the homeowners were able to turn their outdated and cramped bathroom into a luxurious, spa-like escape. McMurtrey knocked out the back wall to open into the unused second bedroom, which is now an oversized walk-in closet. Next, she installed a zero-entry glass shower covered with mosaic glass tiles. Floor warmers were brought in, and soffit lighting was swapped for brighter lights mounted to the mirror. With much more room and a truly luxurious shower, that outdated bathroom is long gone.—Ettie Berneking

The Major Change

No. 1 Tore out the old shower insert and installed an oversized seamless glass shower. Not only does the shower look great, it also makes the space seem larger.


Scranton Construction

Cabinet Concepts by Design
4123 N. State Hwy. H., Springfield

Unique Tile
1364 N. Kelly Ave., Nixa

The Carpet Shoppe
1827 E. Seminole St., Springfield

Tile Setter: 
Jim Getek

Bath Fixtures and Tub:
Southern Materials Company
3358 E. Division St., Springfield

Glass and Mirrors:
American Glass
2801 N. LeCompte, Springfield

Faux Painting
Sara Huffman, Work of Art

Faux Iron
Available through Gina McMurtrey Interiors LLC.,

Closet System:
The Closet Company
2979-K E. Chestnut Exwy., Springfield

Photos by Dan Rockafellow, courtesy Gina McMurtrey


Remodels and Resale

Ever wonder which remodels or home improvements are actually worth the money? We posed this question to our winning remodelers to see which projects are worth their costs and which should be consider luxuries.
By Ettie Berneking

1| Install granite or quartz countertops, and tile the backsplash. It's hard to be competitive when reselling if you do not have one of these stone options in your kitchen.—Gina McMurtrey 

2| Replace the flooring with quality product. Adding flooring such as hardwood, natural stone and short pile carpet can help raise your home value, but stick with neutral colors.—Bryon Weber

3| Add landscaping. This is a great way to grab some curb appeal with added value. —Bryon Weber

4| Upgrade the bathroom. Home buyers today are looking for spa-like bathroom retreats. —Angela Blevins

5| Upgrade the front door. If you don’t buy a new one, painting your door and replacing the hardware is a good way to save money and improve your curb appeal.—Sam Butler and Julie Manna 

6| Add recessed lighting. Adequate lighting is important, especially in older homes.—Gina McMurtrey

7| Replace faucets and door hardware. These can significantly date a housethey are easy to replace. —Chad Holgerson

8| Invest in professional remodelers. Hire individuals who regularly remodel homes and follow credited national trade association conduct standards.—Chad Holgerson

9| Create an outdoor space. Relaxing and grilling in the backyard is a popular pastime for most people. A nice shaded area with the amenities of a kitchen is a big seller for homes.—Angela Blevins

10| Upgrade appliances, countertops, plumbing fixtures and lighting. The kitchen is often the first space people notice. —Bryon Weber

1| Build on a deck or sunroom. These are great seasonal spaces, but be warned: maintenance can sometimes be a burden, and the spaces don't often return your investment. —Chad Holgerson

2| Transform a garage into a useable space, such as a play room or man-cave. You may enjoy the space more, but it will not add value to your home as much as it will detract from the value of an attached garage.—Gina McMurtrey

3| Add steam showers and jacuzzi tubs. While they are great features, you should be warned you won't get all of your money back if you sell. —Sam Butler and Julie Manna

4| Add overly themed rooms. If you make a room so themed that the next homeowners can't modify it easily, it may make your house harder to sell.—Sam Butler and Julie Manna

5| Install super high- tech built-in electronic lighting, sound systems, etc. These are great features, but the often don't increase the value of your house enough to compensate the cost. Make sure you will enjoy them for a while before you sell.—Sam Butler and Julie Manna

6| Build on common areas. While expanding a kitchen, bath or additional bedroom can add value, additions for common areas like living and dining rooms generally are expensive and don’t always fully return
on their investment.—Chad Holgerson

7| Add a theater or media room. With concrete walls that provide a perfect environment for surround sound, basements are often transformed into theater or media rooms. This is often more of a luxury rather than a feature that increases future sale price.—Angela Blevins

Photos courtesy Shutterstock


From cavernous basement to Playful Retreat

Remodeler: Angela Blevins, The Bailey Company
4940 S. Farm Rd. 189, Rogersville, 417-887-6177,

Remodel: The Basement

Residence: The Ohly Residence

What it was before: A dated, gloomy basement

Recalling what the Ohly basement looked like before the remodel, homeowner Anna Ohly refers to the space as “the dungeon.” Built in 1965, the home’s basement featured wall-to-wall wood paneling, dark dated carpet and concrete cinderblocks lining the fireplace. Besides lightening the color palette, the Ohlys wanted the space to double as a play room for their four children and as a guest room for family. Angela Blevins with The Bailey Company had her work cut out for her. After raising the ceiling, Blevins got to work updating the fireplace with sparkling tile that flows into the white walls. She swapped the retro carpeting for durable vinyl flooring that looks like wood, and she turned one whole wall into closet space to store toys. On the other end, Blevins added a wet bar with granite countertops and a backsplash made with pieces of glass, tile and mirror. The bar includes a dishwasher and microwave so guests can enjoy their own living space, but it’s also been handy for the Ohly family movie nights, where popcorn is a must-have item. Sticking with a simple color scheme and maintaining a focus on durability and functionality, Blevins transformed the Ohlys’ basement into a livable, comfortable space.—Ettie Berneking



The Major Changes

No. 1 Raised the height of the ceiling, which opened the space a ton and created an opportunity to install better lighting.

No. 2 Tore out all of the old carpet and installed durable vinyl flooring that looks like real wood.

No. 3 Played up the fireplace by designing it as a focal point.


The Bailey Company
4940 S. Farm Rd. 189, Rogersville

Meek’s Lumber
1551 W. Mt. Vernon St., Springfield

Fitch Electric LLC
1345 E. Trafficway, Springfield

Lorenz Plumbing Heating & Air Conditioning Inc.
1429 N. Cedarbrook Ave., Springfield

Signature Home Comfort Heating & Air
669 N. Miller Ave., Springfield

Cardoza Construction
239 Redwood Dr., Ozark

PHD Painting
724 N. Hillside Age., Republic

Trim/Interior Doors
The Millwork Shoppe
2115 N. Sports Complex Lane, Nixa

Trim Labor
The Bailey Company
4940 S. Farm Rd. 189, Rogersville

Alpine Wood Products
614 W. Johnathon Dr., Marionville

Ozark Mountain Granite
6001 N. 21st St., Ozark

Glass Shelving/Wire Shelving/Door Hardware
National Home Products
2726 S. Glenstone Ave., Springfield

1715 S. Campbell Ave., Springfield

Vinyl Floor/Tile  
The Carpet Shoppe
1827 E. Seminole St., Springfield

Photos by Jeremy Mason McGraw, courtesy Andrea Blevins


Give it a Makeover

If you don’t have thousands of dollars to pour into a home remodel right now, have no fear—we talked to local interior design experts to learn how to freshen up your space without emptying your bank account.
By Sarah Guinn

Tips from Heather Landolt, Decorating Den Interiors, 1310 Kelly Ave., Nixa, 417-724-9400, 

• Accessorize with thought. “Accessorize by adding a small water feature or a few pretty pieces,” Landolt says. “The sound of running water is relaxing and can create that spa atmosphere without making a dramatic change. 
Change the color scheme. Incorporate new colors into the space by buying new towels and adding a different shower curtain.
• Let there be light. Add a new light fixture to update an old bathroom and dress it up. A dimmer switch is great to have in order to lower the lights for relaxing.


Tip from Rebecca Elliot, Rebecca Elliot Interior Design, 1441 N. Summit Ave., Springfield, 417-840-6003, 

•Paint the existing furniture. “Navy blue, green or watermelon red or yellow will give the outdoor space much more color,” Elliot says. 


Tips from Andrea Deckard, A. Deckard Interiors, 411 D. Northview Rd., Springfield, 417-831-9300,

• Focus on tablescaping. “This adds a visually stimulating piece to the table when it’s not in use,” Deckard says. Pieces such as floral arrangements, candles, stones and containers filled with shells or candy are good tablescaping ideas.
• Use mirrors. “Mirrors are a great way to make a small dining space appear larger,” Deckard says. They reflect back and make the room feel more open. Arranging wall mirrors in a group with different frames doubles the light and doubles as wall art, too.
• Add an interesting light fixture. It adds to the inviting
atmosphere and can be a conversation piece, too.


Tips from Patti Elkins, PJE Interior Designs, Springfield, 417-840-6305

• Change out lamps. “The bigger the lamp, the more impressive the look will be,” Elkins says. “Buy large pieces that make a statement.”
• Accessorize.  Urns with lids, mantel boxes and candles are great items to consider when accessorizing a living or family space.
• Add a few pillows. “Throw pillows are a great way to accent a room or give a brand new color scheme to the room,” Elkins says.


Tips from Nathan Taylor, Obelisk Home, 214 W. Phelps St., Springfield, 417-616-6488,

• Paint. Paint the walls and ceiling the same color to create a cozy atmosphere. Shades of blue often provide a soft and calming feel.
• Replace a ceiling fan with a chandelier. The new lighting will add femininity and romance to the master suite.


Tips from Kevin Parnell, Kevin W Parnell Interior, 927 E. University St., Springfield, 417-880-9670

• Let light in. Filling the room with light makes it feel bigger and more inviting.
• Raise the ceiling. It’s a great way to make a dramatic change without spending too much money.
• Modernize the focal point. You can transform an old fireplace by covering up the brick with imitation stone.


Price and Payoff

Sam Bradley GMB, CGR, CGP and owner of Sam Bradley Homes (4766 E. Latoka Ct., Springfield, 417-886-8976, shares possible remodel options for every budget.



Replace cabinet hardware
Refinish cabinetry
New laminate countertops
Change light fixtures
New sink, faucet, and disposal
New wall paint


New appliances
Granite countertops
Tile backsplash and
undercabinet ligthing


Semi-custom cabinets
High-end sinks and faucet
Some redesign


Custom cabinetry
High-end appliances
Gas cooktop
New flooring
Entertaining-friendly design



New cabinet hardware, sink/faucet, water saving comfort height toilet
Frame around a plain mirror
New shower curtain
New paint
New exhaust fan


Undermount sink 
Granite vanity top
New faucet, toilet
and tile floor
Upgraded hardware


Undermount sink
Granite vanity top
New faucet, toilet
and tile floor
Upgraded hardware

$30,000 +

Heated tile floors
Multi-head shower sprays
Furniture-style custom cabinetry
Designer tile accents
Large soaking tub or walk-in shower