This project has been done for a while but we're thrilled that KC Home and Style has featured it. We've got a pretty good spread of photos in this issue and a great article. You can flip through the issue (we start on page 39) or if you want to read the article without the flipping - 

http://homesandstylekc.com/michelangelo-built-home/

Thanks to KC Home and Style for the press and thanks to all the people involved in the project for making it fantastic! 

You might have seen on our Facebook Page or though Design Week KC that we recently had a house included on the Homes by Architects tour which was fantastic. It was great to be able to take people through and show off one of our favorite and most unique projects. 

That project was also picked to be a featured home in the most recent SPACES issue. We had a great photoshoot with Aaron Leimkuehler and with the Schultes and Jill Rice (Interior Designer) we had a great interview with local writer Charles Ferruzza and we think it all turned out wonderfully. Take a look! 

http://spaceskc.com/articles/open-house/

We've posted a few photos and plans of this project before but it is hard to really understand the extent of the work that we did without seeing the plans. Luckily we put together some nice looking plans for the open house. Here is the existing.

And here is the new plan with the big changes in the kitchen wing and the little changes throughout the rest of the house.

We'll be getting some more photos taken shortly but until thing check out our Houzz and Facebook pages for more info.

Finally we've broken ground! (well technically no digging other than what we did yet but still...) We had a nice ceremony with those involved in the design process, the contractor and the clients and friends and family. We found a lucky pair of pears and smudged the site with some sage so we should be evil spirit free! We're excited to really get underway and should have some big time dirt moving happening in the very near future.

Everybody moved a little dirt, had some champagne and a great time to kick it off! 

Here is what we'll be building together! 

Here goes! Stay tuned for more pics.

Another project underway! Watch out for that first step!

Taking advantage of a break in the weather to pour the footings.

We've been kind of bad about keeping this updated... This project is getting drywall right now! More pics soon! 

There aren't a lot of changes on the exterior of the house itself beyond the windows, doors and a few modifications but on the interior we are drastically changing the house. Taking it from something that is very traditional and essentially unchanged since it was built to something that is a nice mix of very contemporary and transitional. The largest of the changes are in the kitchen wing of the house.

The existing kitchen wing was broken up into a series of smaller room, including a wood-paneled study that was larger than the kitchen. A corner fireplace anchored the kitchen and breakfast room and limited any expansion. Coming into the project we knew we were going to be making some big changes in this area.

The revised plan is significantly different. By adding a 31' steel beam we were able to take out all of the interior walls in this side of the house and then have the flexibility to create the new spaces within. 

Below is the existing kitchen. It is a large room but very isolated from the rest of the house and very much it's own space.

Here is a view of the sketchup rendering of the kitchen wing. During the design process the kitchen and family room moved further away from tradition and more toward contemporary.

One of the big reasons for this move was the wood paneled study. At the start of the project we were going to maintain some of the existing paneling and recreate the wood wainscott throughout the kitchen and family room. This pushed the kitchen to be more traditional to compliment the paneled areas. As we continued to design we found that we were compromising the design of the rest of the space just to accomodate the paneled walls and finishes.

The decision was made to remove all the paneling in order to get the look and the more contemporary feel that we and the clients wanted. Below are the renderings for that space. We replaced the existing windows with a similar window but a square transom, but otherwise everything is new. The wood from the paneling was salvaged for use in some custom furniture in the house.

Construction is well under way so as soon as we have a chance we'll get some photos posted. Stay tuned.

 

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