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1232 Residence Update 9

Went by to check out the final prep for paint. All the trim is in and the cabinets are installed. It looks great even unpainted, I can't wait to see it painted. Everything will be basically the same color but different degrees of gloss / flat. This is one of the trick pieces in the project. When both parts are folded away it looks like a normal cabinet but when entertaining it can be folded out to become a...

Belvedere Update 16

A site visit out to Belvedere, we had a stop to make on the other side of the lake so I shot a few pictures showing the whole site. Now that the concrete walls are covered up the house is starting to blend into the site in the way we designed it. Once house wrap is covered up with stucco and the backfill and plantings are in, the house will look like its always been there. A view of...

6135 Studio

This project in theBrookside area involved replacing a worn out detached 2 car garage with a new 2 car garage along side an art studio. The parameters of the design for the studio/garage were the clients request to have everything on one level, the context of the neighborhood and the confines of the rear yard of the lot. The new driveway and sidewalk help define the planting bed that will bring some ‘green’ back into the back yard.  ...

“Its just a stair Rick”

We posted some install pictures of this not too long ago but its come a long way since then, at least it feels to us like it has. After a lot of trimming and sanding to accommodate the uneven floor and a dimensional mistake by the stair fabricators up north this stair is in and will not be moving any time soon. The glass and handrails are in with the exception of the last panel at the top which is still...

6718 Residence Intro

   This project in Mission Hills has three seperate parts, an addition of a walk in closet off of the master bathroom, a third garage bay that connects to an expaneded and remodeled laundry area, and a new screened porch in the back yard. From the beginning this project has had many hurdles to overcome. The first was a gas easement through the back yard that was unknown to / unclaimed by the gas company.  After searching through original plats...

1232 Residence Update 8

Quick update. The paint in the screen porch is pretty much done. The exterior paint has been started but can't be completed until we get a few warm days. The slate roof is coming along great and is pretty much identical to the existing slate. Electrical, plumbing and HVAC are ready for inspection and then its onto interior finish. Progress! ...

Phosphor Studio

When Phosphor Studio (the guys responsible for our new website and frequent tech support ninjas) approached us to design a new office and production space for them in an existing downtown KC building we were obviously excited. When he said he wanted to incorporate a green roof and enviromentally responsible materials throughout it seemed like a perfect fit. The building had an existing mezzanine that would have been perfect for offices but it had no natural light and the...

The Role of a Residential Architect

TEN THINGS YOU SHOULD EXPECT FROM YOUR RESIDENTIAL ARCHITECT November 2011Rick McDermott 1. Listening skills. After all, it’s all about you. Architects need to listen to your wants and needs before they add their wisdom and talent. 2. Communication skills. Architects must be able to communicate in a way that makes sense to their client. Good verbal explanations are especially helpful with drawings and 3D models, helping clients visualize what the new space will provide. 3. Problem solving skills. It...