House Tour – Fixer Upper Suburban Split Level Remodel

Come check out how we transformed our 2nd fixer upper the suburban split

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We moved into our fixer upper Suburban Split level remodel in 2005 when our two oldest boys were almost 3 & 1 1/2.

We had run into some health issues with the boys in our 1st home & we decided that a fresh start was needed so we put the Town Traditional on the market & it sold…real quick!

The day of our open house we spent on a 100 + acre farm of Jason’s family for a family reunion where our two boys ran around with their cousins & some farm animals while the grownups sat around & drank tea.

We got home to find out an offer had already come in & we had three weeks to move!!!  

Yikes!  

At this point we had not even started looking for a house & we were not even sure where we wanted to live.  

But now we knew we wanted more land & a yard big enough to have a play set for the boys.  So we found our Suburban Split Level Remodel.

Fixer Upper Suburban Split Level Remodel

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Once again we bought another big fixer upper.

This house was smoke filled & pet stained….Here we go again!

We gutted the entire house…. new porch, new windows, new roof, new kitchen, new bathrooms, new laundry room, new floors, new trim & doors, a new fireplace, new stairways, a new paver patio, new landscaping & lots of built ins.

I never really liked split level homes but the large yard, great neighborhood, quick move in date, & low price won in the end.  

While living in our split level remodel we further refined our style & realized that it is possible to give any house character…even a boring 1969 split level one. 🙂  

I had forgotten how much I love to garden & in this house, was reminded of the small vegetable patch I had when I was a little girl living in a row home in the city.  

We watched our two toddlers grow up in elementary school & had two more kids…a girl & a boy.

We stayed in our split level remodel for eight years until we grew out of the house & started longing for another “older bigger fixer upper”.

Here’s some of what we did.

Once again we were bad about taking before pictures so we’ve scrounged together what we could.

I blame it on not wanting to remember how bad it was, ha!

Curb Appeal for a Fixer Upper Split Level Remodel

Now you can see why we had to have this place right? 🙂

Talk about curb appeal!!!  

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We drove around for weeks trying to find other houses like ours that had these ugly yellow bubble glass octagon windows but ours was the only one.

We found out later that the women who built our split level remodel special ordered them because she loved cruises & wanted to feel like she was on a cruise ship!

Painting our Split Level Remodel White & Landscaping

We took down all the bushes & trees that were up against the house.

We changed out & moved the old porch columns so they were not blocking the big bow window & looked more substantial.  

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We painted the whole split level house white including the brick & added some forest green shutters & new landscaping.  

The octagon window up top & the one below were changed out including the rest of the windows & the roof.

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Split Level Remodel Entryway, Foyer & Stairs

Here is the inside view of our front door with a really ugly green laminate floor.  

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We already took out 2 black iron railings that divided the foyer from the step down living room & changed out the front door transom & painted.

Here is the view up the stairs with the original iron railing & before we added wainscoting.

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Here is our split level remodel entryway, foyer & stairs after we were done.

Jason added 2 new half walls with built in bookcases & columns.  

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We changed out the newel post to an old one we found at a salvage store & added new railings & wainscoting.  

There is also a new closet door, front door & a new dark brown carpet runner for the stairs.

Split Level Remodel Living Room

This was really a great room to begin with….we loved the vaulted ceiling & huge bow window but it still was missing something…

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We added a huge Mendota gas fireplace with a blue stone surround.  

In my opinion a house isn’t a home without a fireplace…where would you hang the stockings at Christmas!  

We also added lots of built ins to give this room more character & that WOW factor we were looking for.  

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We hid a flat screen TV behind the doors above the fireplace.

Split Level Remodel Dining Room

We painted the dining room a rich dark forest green & lowered the windows to bring in more natural light & added a new chandelier.

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Split Level Remodel Kitchen

This room originally had original dark wood cabinets from the 60’s & yellow mustard appliances.  

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It was also laid out in an L shape with a closet pantry.  

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We gutted the kitchen & made it a galley style.  

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We put down new wood floors, new white Kraftmaid cabinets, black granite counters, new stainless steel appliances & new lighting.

Split Level Remodel Family Room

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For the family room we laid new dark carpet, added new columns &wainscoting to the stairway, tiled the entrance to the patio & added new glass sliders.

Split Level Remodel 1/2 Bath

This bathroom had a black & white color scheme going on.  Black toliet, black and white stripped wallpaper & black mold.  It also had lovely pale blue shag carpet on the floor.  

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We put in new tile, new walls, new wainscoting, new toilet, new lighting…the only thing we kept was the sink!

Split Level Remodel Laundry Room

Here is a mid renovation picture.  

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There was ugly yellow paneling in this laundry room when we moved in.

We re-drywalled, added a new window, a new sink, cabinets & tiled the floor.

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Split Level Remodel Master Bedroom

We painted this room a few times….I just could never seem to get the color right!

New carpet, new trim, doors, lighting & custom window shutters.

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On the far wall we built a shelf with hooks out of an old door turned sideways.  We brought this with us to our new house!

Split Level Remodel Master Bathroom

Here are some mid project demo pictures of the master bathroom being gutted.  

It had a major shower leak…yellow tile everywhere including a yellow toliet & sink.  

The precious owner liked to smoke in here the most looking out through a yellow octogen inoperable window.  

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Enough said this room was gross…. I am pretty sure we took half the bathroom out the first night in the house right after the dumpster arrived.

We then closed the door & let it sit for 2 years while we tackled other DIY projects.  

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As you can see this was a family affair.  

You can never start renovating too early!

We put in new white tile subway tile all around the room.

New ceramic tile on the floor & shower walls.  

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There is a new toilet, console sink, & polished nickel hardware throughout master bathroom.

Split Level Remodel – Girl’s Room

Again we painted & added new carpet, doors & trim.

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Split Level Remodel Boys Rooms

Jason added wainscoting & a chair rail throughout the boys bedroom.

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We painted, added new carpet, doors & trim.

Split Level Remodel Nursey

We added tall wainscoting to this bedroom & put a shelf all around the room.  

We added a built in bookcase & bench.  

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New carpet, paint, trim & doors.  

The hanging light we moved in from the old master bathroom & refreshed it with a coat of paint.

Split Level Remodel Hall Bathroom

We put in new double sink base & linen cabinet.  

We re-grouted the whole bathroom, put in a new toilet & painted.  

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Since this was the kids bathroom we were ok with keeping the original blue tile.

Split Level Remodel Backyard Ideas

Here are some before pictures.  

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We took down all the bushes surrounding the house & added a new stone retaining wall & paver patio.  

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We took down over twenty trees, planted grass & landscaped the entire yard.

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Sharing all the details of our 2nd Home Renovation, a Fixer Upper Suburban Split Level Remodel including How to Decorate Ideas, Curb Appeal Tips & Landscaping Ideas with Before & After Pictures! https://lehmanlane.net
Sharing all the details of our 2nd Home Renovation, a Fixer Upper Suburban Split Level Remodel including How to Decorate Ideas, Curb Appeal Tips & Landscaping Ideas with Before & After Pictures! https://lehmanlane.net
Sharing all the details of our 2nd Home Renovation, a Fixer Upper Suburban Split Level Remodel including How to Decorate Ideas, Curb Appeal Tips & Landscaping Ideas with Before & After Pictures! https://lehmanlane.net
Sharing all the details of our 2nd Home Renovation, a Fixer Upper Suburban Split Level Remodel including How to Decorate Ideas, Curb Appeal Tips & Landscaping Ideas with Before & After Pictures! https://lehmanlane.net
Sharing all the details of our 2nd Home Renovation, a Fixer Upper Suburban Split Level Remodel including How to Decorate Ideas, Curb Appeal Tips & Landscaping Ideas with Before & After Pictures! https://lehmanlane.net

Thanks for checking out our fixer upper split level remodel!

I hope this inspires you & gives you lots of ideas for your split level house or fixer upper home!

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Our fixer upper was smoke filled and pet stained. We gutted the house, (new porch, windows, roof, kitchen, bathrooms, laundry room, floors, trim, doors, fireplace, stairways, paver patio, landscaping & lots of built ins. I never really liked split levels but while living in this house we learned that it is possible to give any house character...even a boring split level one. Stop by to see how we did it! https://lehmanlane.net

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    1. Yes Sarah I agree:)… so many good memories of fun times with friends and watching our kids grow up together. Hoping to make more memories in our new house;)

    1. Hi Caroline, I am 90% sure we used Valspar’s Homestead Resort Jefferson White #7006-1 available at Lowes:). We bought the (already painted) forest green shutters also available at Lowes. Sorry I can’t say with 100% certainty… A lot of paint has been purchased between then and now:). Thanks so much for taking the time to check out our Suburban Split house tour! Have a good night!

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