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1970s Split Level Kitchen Remodel (New Project)

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I know you all love a good renovation series so today, I’m sharing the beginning of a 1970s split level kitchen remodel that Jim recently started and it’s going to be so much fun watching the transformation!

Let’s take a look at the kitchen before Jim got started.

Split level homes were very popular back in the 1960s and 70s and over the years, it has become popular to modernize this style home by removing the load bearing wall between the kitchen, dining room and living room.

split level kitchen with dated oak cabinets

The client reached with a list of home improvement projects they wanted to tackle in their home and the kitchen and bathrooms were high on the priority.

The original kitchen was in good shape, just dated and cramped for space.

Split Level Kitchen Living Room

They wanted a combined living room and kitchen space that would be open and airy which meant the load bearing wall (below) needed to be removed between the kitchen, dining room and living room.

load bearing wall between the kitchen and living room

The overall layout leading to their back porch worked but in order to create more counter space, Jim suggested moving the door to the porch to the far end of the dining room and installing a window where the current sliding doors were located.

This would allow for the kitchen cabinets to be extended along the sliding glass door wall.

Split Level Kitchen Dining Room

The client was happy to eliminate the dining room below all together which created space for a large center island and buffet wall along the back dining room wall.

wall between the kitchen and dining room

Jim will be removing the wall above that separates the kitchen from the dining room and installing a new double french door (to the left side of the image above) creating a new entrance to the porch.

If you have been following for a while, you know that this is the 4th split level remodel that we have shared so be sure to visit our new split level home category page for over 50 remodeling projects specific to a split.

Stay tuned, I’ll be sharing the latest progress on this split level remodel and I think you are going to love the new open kitchen!

PS. if you follow me on Instagram, you have already seen the wall removed and the new cabinets installed!

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