Kitchen Stories: A 1940s Home Expands for a Growing Family

The homeowners of this much-loved 1940s Minnesota home knew that their growing family would soon outgrow their existing floor plan. With the help of designer Tricia Davis of Mingle and Chris Easterday of C.R.E. Construction, the homeowners embarked on a remodel and addition that maintained the character of their older home while infusing exciting, modern elements.

1940s home with a full-home remodel and addition. Front Yard view of the home exterior.

The largest part of this remodel project involved the kitchen and master bathroom, which were part of a 3-level, 2,400 square foot addition.

A 1940s home with a new addition adding 2,400 sq feet! With a new kitchen, master suite and living area that leads to a new back porch.

Although the kitchen was a completely new space, the homeowners wanted it to blend seamlessly with the rest of their 1940s home. To create room for the new addition, the entire back half of the home was gutted. By starting with a clean slate, they were able to ensure the integrity and charm of the original house design.

White on White kitchen design with a polka dot tiled floor to ceiling backsplash.

The new kitchen addition included with a full home remodel project. Featuring a poka pot backsplash, white painted cabinetry, a modern stainless steel hood and kitchen appliances, dark wood floors, and glass cabinet doors.

A white painted kitchen island with a coordinating white countertop with seating for 3 and a large kitchen sink.

The new kitchen was placed adjacent to a new dining room and great room to provide a luxurious and open floorplan. A full wall of expansive windows and large patio doors and windows help take advantage of the beautiful backyard views.

A view from the kitchen into the adjacent dining room and neighboring playroom.

A view of the great room with the large windows and patio doors leading to the backyard.

The great room features a built-in entertainment center and fireplace mantle both designed to coordinate beautifully with the kitchen cabinetry.  

A living room design in a great room open concept floor plan that has beautiful white painted cabinets that coordinate perfectly with the kitchen cabinets.

A stunning built-in TV stand with a flat-screen TV that is built to coordinate beautifully with the kitchen cabinets.

White painted modern and classic fireplace mantle with coordinating living room and kitchen cabinetry.  White painted built-in media wall with fireplace.

The new addition also includes a multitude of new spaces to accommodate their growing family. A spacious playroom for their children to play and do homework sits just off the great room area and has handi access to the backyard. The second-floor addition includes a new resort-like master suite along with an additional bedroom.

A built-on addition with a playroom and door to backyard.

New addition with a master bed and bathroom suite.

The new master bathroom addition in a full house remodel. Featuring a white painted bathroom vanity, chevron-patterned tile, a free-standing bathtub, and glass walk-in shower.

A fully remodeled home with a new addition including this 2nd-floor bedroom for a teenage girl.

The lower level was transformed into a new recreational space outfitted with a wet bar and a large lounging space for the family to gather for board games, movie night, or play a few tunes on the guitar. This new space provides a fresh, new communal space for the family to gather and enjoy time with one another. 

A remodeled finished basement addition with a music space, and a home bar area to create, and entertainment room.

This family now has plenty of space to grow and feel comfortable in their home for years to come!

New kitchen design that was remodeled with white painted cabinets from Dura Supreme Cabinetry.


Kitchen, Bath, and Cabinetry Design: Tricia Davis of Mingle, Plymouth, MN. Learn more about Mingle at

Builder/ Construction: Chris Easterday of CRE Construction

Photography: LandMark Photography

Cabinetry: The kitchen perimeter, living room built-in entertainment center, and master bathroom are shown in Dura Supreme's Chapel Hill Panel door style with a "Classic White" painted finish. The kitchen island is shown in Dura Supreme Cabinetry's Chapel Hill Panel door style with a Personal Paint Match finish to "Opaline" SW 6189 by Sherwin-Williams. The basement wet bar is shown in Dura Supreme's Hudson Panel door style in the "Cappuccino" stain on the Cherry wood species.

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