Knock out these walls, remove the cottage cheese textured ceilings, update the finishes, reconfigure the kitchen and make it bigger. While we’re at it – let’s update the master bath too. This is becoming a familiar mantra for Gen Y who are investing in updating mid-century modern homes. On top of the list: a big kitchen with loads of space for entertaining.

The good news –  with a clear intent for a whole home update is the freedom to fix what really doesn’t work. Moms do not want to be stuck in a small kitchen away from the action. Guests aren’t always attracted to the hearth and the kitchen – so why not make it wide open and inviting? The spaces have been transformed from what was a very dated ranch style layout to a fun and contemporary home.