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J A N U A R Y / F E B R U A R Y 2015

Delicious Palettes 4 Kitchens

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CONTENTS 9 –– Publisher Letter

14 –– Trade Secrets

17 –– Welcome

20 –– Inside Out

24 –– Aspects

28 –– No Seasoning Required

36 –– Pantries: Now Open 24-7

46 –– Elements

48 –– Ground Floor

50 –– Inspirations 62 –– Mercantile

64 –– Indulgences This kitchen update by Schloegel Design Remodel makes cooking a breeze by combining

68 –– Self

the walk-in pantry and kitchen into a seamless space. PHOTO BY MATT KOCOUREK

71 –– Premier Portfolio

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Growing up, one my favorite pastimes was spending time in the kitchen with Mom.

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under the countertop was perfect for mixing up a pie crust and the multi-tiered lazy susan in the corner held every ingredient you needed. Kitchens of the 60’s and 70’s had features great for that time, but who could imagine what was in store for us down the road. Today’s kitchens make preparing that meal even easier. Inside this issue we’ll take a

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features and a coffee pot that brews one cup to multiple cups, depending on how late

we stayed up the night before. Our gadget collection has grown and with it the pantry has

changed to accommodate it. From the canned goods pantry to the complete butler’s pantry, they are designed to fit your home and style. Take a peek at the one’s that caught our eye on pages 36-43, there’s even one that has an electronic doggie door in it –– we can’t forget about Patches!

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TRADE SECRETS STORY BY JEANIE ERWIN

Kitchen ...made simple! The New Year seems to spark many new beginnings, and for homeowners those new beginnings often include kitchen home improvements. Very few people move into a home that has a kitchen perfectly suited to their tastes and an even larger number find that they have outgrown a style that they loved years ago. Mike Holm of Holm Painting and Design in Kansas City explains to Kansas City Homes & Style how a kitchen PHOTOS COURTESY OF HOLM PAINTING AND DESIGN

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HOLM: The kitchen is one of the most important rooms in any home because we spend a lot of time there, and because the look of the kitchen has so much to do with our home value. Naturally, at some point we become concerned with updating the look. While replacing or refacing cabinets are options, you can have the current cabinets painted or stained for a completely updated look without the expense, time, or hassle.

KCHS: HOLM: Many people have what they refer to as “ugly oak�, for example. The homeowner may love the quality of the cabinets but has grown tired of the oak look. There is a special two-step glazing technique that can deepen the color and enhance the beautifully unique characteristics of the wood, without the long process most

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INSIDE OUT STORY BY JEANIE ERWIN

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Lighting is more than just practical; it is powerful and transformative. That is especially true when it comes to kitchen cabinet lighting. Perhaps one of the most underappreciated design aspects, cabinet lighting has the power to enhance or detract from all other design elements in your kitchen, according to Terri Mott, lighting expert at Rensen House of Lights.

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“You can have the highest quality cabinets and counter surfaces, but they will never be shown to their fullest without a successful

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wrong lighting can actually detract from their beauty,” Mott shared. Lighting should be considered early as possible in your design, weighing the components of your design such as the style of the room, placement, colors, and functionality. “There are three basic types of lighting for cabinets, Xenon, Florescent, and LED. Each kind of lighting comes in several forms, such as tape, bar, and puck lights. Each has particular uses in design, both in enhancing design and how they are practically applied.” Light is beautifully complex and depending on the kind and

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“For example, incandescent lights emit a warmer light which can be perfect for highlighting many types of cabinet designs and warm color schemes. LED lights emit a white blue light which can be perfect for complementing a contemporary design.” Both under and over cabinet lighting play an important role in kitchen design. Under-cabinet lighting delivers light to task areas, reduces shadowing, and can highlight backsplash design. Over cabinet lighting brightens a space, adds visual interest, and can make the room bigger and ceilings higher. Toe-kick lighting is a wonderful safety feature that also adds drama and highlights flooring.

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“Deciding how the light will be delivered is also important. Puck lighting delivers lights in pools and is typically used in glass cabinets to highlight the beauty of the glass. Tape lighting delivers a uniform line of light and is beautiful in over-cabinet applications.” The kitchen is a beautiful canvas that needs a mixture of lighting to highlight the exceptional features and unique character of the space. Lighting is the final element that ultimately tells a story of warmth, drama, intensity, and life.

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ASPECTS STORY BY JEANIE ERWIN

CATERING TO HOME COOKS:

Modular Refrigeration Whether it is because of a cultural trend celebrating the artistry of home cooking, or a design trend redefining traditional, kitchens have come of age and today provide customer-centric options that merge design and use flawlessly. According to Lloyd Doolittle of Doolittle Distributing Inc., homeowners, contractors, architects and designers are finally free to truly customize kitchens based on use but centered on beauty. “Like most everything, kitchen design is evolutionary. Kitchens, in general, are larger. Home cooks also have many affordable cooking options to choose from... gas, electric and magnetic induction burners, griddles, indoor gas grills, French tops, gas or electric convection ovens, microwaves, warming drawers, infrared broilers, salamanders, steamers, steam ovens, fryers and many more. All these choices make the basic concept of the “kitchen triangle” between the stove, sink and refrigerator obsolete. Multiple work areas are the norm in modern kitchens,” Doolittle explained. Since kitchens have become a more integrated focal point in design and use, the demand for efficient space saving options has increased. One of the ways the industry is meeting this demand is through modular refrigeration or multiple undercounter refrigeration stations that place what you need, where you need it. “Undercounter refrigeration stations feature highly customizable temperature settings and allow each unit to be specifically tasked to meet a specific need. They can be set to store meat and cheeses, produce, dry goods and even root vegetables, all at the ideal temperature, maximizing preservation. Fresh fruits and vegetables can now be stored near the prep sink and dry goods near the oven. Red, white and sparkling wine can be stored near the dining room at the ideal temperature...same with beer, soda and water. A “quick chill” feature rapidly cools food and beverages to a desired setting.” Modular refrigeration systems allow home cooks to fully utilize their space; placing the products they need in the spaces in which they are prepared. We fully expect to see this seamless design option become increasingly popular as more residents want what was once traditionally considered a commercial application.

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PHOTOS BY MATT KOCOUREK

Marrying Form and Function What does an Interior Designer do when the homeowners have uniquely individual tastes in home décor yet together desire to

“This post is designed to hold glasses, hand towels or lights,” explained Hamel. The multi-tasking sink will make one take a second look, too,

update their kitchen in a way that appeals to both of them? This condominium in Townsend Place, a luxury high-rise with

with its walnut butcher-block piece that transitions to a cheese

the Country Club Plaza as its enviable address, boasts a kitchen

board or cutting board when it’s time to entertain. This, along with

that shows how two distinct yet complementary tastes of its

two other sections, easily slides across the top and can also be

homeowners can create not only a welcoming ambiance but also

removed or flipped over for handy storage space while preparing

a stunning masterpiece by design.

food at the counter.

Kitchen Designer Genevieve Hamel of Kitchens by Kleweno

Contiguous to the sink is the glass counter top made by

said, “It was a pleasure to play with both personalities. We stuck

UroGlass, which is accented by specks of color underneath,

with a simple and timeless look while adding elements of pizzazz

known as graffiti. And the piece de resistance may very well be the pewter-glazed,

to bring in a more colorful side.” The clean, white cabinetry provides a quiet yet stunning balance

glass floating cabinets.

to the refinished hardwood floors, from which its diagonal layout

“Glass is on both sides of this cabinet which allow you to see

offers an effortless and seamless flow into the living area of the

through it,” noted Hamel, also referencing the handmade ironwork

condo while also offering a spacious appeal.

and warm lighting both underneath and inside the cabinet,

The island was recreated to give it not only a strong presence

courtesy of invisible wiring.

but also much more functionality. It boasts a paper counter top by

After it was completed and installed, the homeowners were

Richlite, blending two different colors while enjoying a unique “yin

treated with a wonderful surprise: the beauty of the Plaza lights

and yang” shape. In the center of the island stands an artful metal

reflect magnificently in the glass. “It is truly a work of art,” expressed Hamel.

post, which is truly its focal point.

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The Perfect Gathering Spot When Bev Gilbert, owner and president of Regarding Kitchens, has the task of designing and building a whole new kitchen, just step PHOTOS COURTESY OF REGARDING KITCHENS/BY JAMES MAIDHOF

out of her way and let the magic begin. A little over a year ago, Bev was asked to bring new life to a tired kitchen in an elegant home in the Leawood subdivision of Hallbrook. The owners of the home had recently purchased it and wanted the outdated kitchen to assume a new look that would pair well with the rest of the house. “The house is extremely well built,” noted Bev. “But the kitchen was very outdated and it didn’t flow with the rest of the house.” This very spacious kitchen area could have been somewhat overwhelming initially, but Bev designed a unique and functional layout that truly makes this part of the house a popular gathering spot for the family today. One of the elements that truly captivates is the banquette, a large upholstered seating area that can host up to seven people with its L-shaped design. “This offers a tremendous amount of seating in a small, cozy

Adjacent to the banquette is a nook that had previously been a

space,” said Bev, who also pointed out the custom solid wood,

bar, so this was updated with the placement of tile stone, accented

movable table.

with a large mirror.

On the backside of the banquette are lighted, built-in display

“We used the same tile stone on the fireplace and we put in an

cabinets. This attractive fixture also creates the feeling of a hallway

entertainment area while also restoring the front of the fireplace,”

that leads into the back of the house and into the garage.

Bev added. The kitchen cabinets give the sense of poetry in motion in that two complementary colors were used to provide a soft and inviting appeal. The perimeter cabinets are painted alabaster with a handstreaked glaze, which softens their appeal, and the washed wood toned color on the island and entertainment cabinets add a nice finishing touch. The island also houses a built in oven and microwave drawer. Beautiful granite countertops abound throughout the kitchen and an eye-catching display of crushed glass and stainless steel strikes a unique pose above the cooktop. The oil-rubbed bronze faucet by the oversized sink adds yet another highlight to the overall appeal of the kitchen. Recessed cans and pendant lighting provide the perfect ambiance and set the mood for when it’s time to enjoy a refreshing beverage form the built-in wine cabinet or a quick snack from the built-in refrigerator with panels. Doors that lead in to the walk-in pantry are contiguous to the wine refrigerator. This project gave Bev a chance to indulge her passion for working with monochromatic, tone-on-tone colors. “You can play with any color you want to change the look periodically, such as throwing in a new colorful area rug,” she smiled. “This is a great place to entertain or just gather as a family.” PLEASE TURN THE PAGE

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Contractor: ReTouch Design-Build-Renovate

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Anchored Modern

Story by Megan Felling

Lance McCarthy, contractor and owner of ReTouch Design-Build-Renovate, always asks his clients what their “big rocks” are –– what needs to be accomplished for a remodel to be successful. For Bill and Suzanne Raney's kitchen remodel, it was: a pantry, an island, and an eating space that worked well in the flow of the room. McCarthy was able to accomplish all three wish-list items in this Valentine area home by taking what was originally two rooms down to the studs and redesigning the area. The owners lived in the home during the entire renovation, except for the few days the hardwood floors were being refinished, by setting up a temporary kitchen nearby. “The Raney’s feel the kitchen is the heart of the house, so they wanted it modern and livable. But the kitchen needed to fit in with other elements of their 100 year old home, which are very traditional. They wanted it to be connected, but still current. So we chose warmer natural colors than a typical modern house to blend,” said McCarthy. The “anchored modern” space boasts tall cabinets and straight lines, mixed with a modern glass tile backsplash. A full bank of white cabinetry along one wall serves as pantry storage and keeps the space bright, as well as the white countertops and the large farmhouse-style apron sink the client requested. “During the renovation while tearing out the soffits, we discovered quite a bit of available depth. We added transom cabinets to the ceiling above the other cabinets, which allowed us to hide the ductwork in this space and keep the clean modern feel,” he noted. “There really was not space for a large island, but we were able to create a narrower custom island and incorporated storage for books on the endcaps. It’s an important piece in the kitchen and we wanted it to stand out, so we chose a darker wood on the island to offset it from the cabinetry,” he said. The modern stainless steel appliances are faced with the same cabinetry for a sleek visual line. An L-shaped banquette with a round table transforms the space into an eat-in kitchen with plenty of room for the family to gather, yet allows easy access to the back door. They chose to go bold with pops of color in the items that could be changed more easily, such as the upholstery and ceramic accessories. “Kitchens today serve multiple roles,” said McCarthy. “They have to have functionality, not only for cooking, but seating, possibly a television area, and hidden charging stations are popular right now. They PLEASE TURN THE PAGE

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really are the hub of activity in a home.”

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Maximizing a Small Space When Mark and Kim Giroux set out to give a complete facelift to

Additionally a long wooden beam in the ceiling that used to run

the kitchen in their charming 1950s Roeland Park home, they knew

across the original opening to the kitchen was raised up above the

their work was cut out for them, but they also had a clear vision in

ceiling line and a flushed ceiling is now in effect, eliminating the

mind in order to bring this 1970s style kitchen into the 21st century.

former small doorway into the kitchen and allowing for a fully

In order to maximize the smaller space of the kitchen, Mark, a

visible area between the kitchen and main living area.

contractor, wasted no time rolling up his sleeves to bring that vision

With the old pantry removed, the newly opened space allowed

to life. Teaming up with Rick McDermott and Matt Lero of RDM

for the custom island, which was designed with a built in cooktop

Architecture and along with Esther Tantillo of Classic Kitchens

and offers ample space for eating and socializing.

Design Studio, Mark was able to rely on their expertise and talent to maximize this space to its fullest potential. The project essentially began with a complete demolition of the kitchen area. “There was a wall inside the kitchen which we took out in order

New hardwood floors replaced old tile, allowing for a smooth transition into the family room. New stainless steel appliances set the tone for a kitchen in motion and offer a great contrast to the white cabinetry. The countertops have a marble appearance but are Vermont White

to open up the space,” noted Mark. “We essentially restructured

granite. This marries perfectly with the hardwood floors and the

the whole area. There was even a little pantry room on the east

espresso-colored bar stools that sit on two sides of the island.

side that was not very functional, so we took that wall out and

“The colonial-style blue wall color blends all elements of the home’s

expanded the kitchen.”

architecture together,” perceived Tantillo.

Adds McDermott, “We basically modernized this kitchen.”

“We live at the island,” smiled Kim, a former principle ballerina

McDermott explained that they removed a window in the pantry

with the Kansas City Ballet, who is very excited about the increased

and placed it further north along the east wall in conjunction with

storage space in the cabinets. “This whole kitchen is so versatile

the sink.

now and we are really pleased with the results.”

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Contractor: Giroux Contracting

Appliances: Whirlpool, Jenn-Air, Samsung Refrigerator

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Kitchen Designer: Classic Kitchens Design Studio

Cabinetry: Wood-Mode Cabinetry

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Countertops: Midland Marble and Granite

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STORY BY MEGAN FELLING

PANTRIES Now Open 24-7

Pantries are not just for canned good storage anymore. As more and more people are choosing to stay in their homes and update them to the way we live today, kitchen designers are coming up with endless ways to add style and function to pantries, whether that space is a cabinet, a walk-in room, or a butler’s pantry.

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The walk-in pantry serves as a multi-purpose room. Extra counter space adds to the prep area, open shelves house bulk items and infrequently used appliances, and a radio controlled doggie door creates a transition area from the outside. A large butler’s pantry, originally a hallway between the kitchen and dining room, features glass-front cabinets to display china and stemware for entertaining. PROJECT/PHOTOS COURTESY OF DEATHERAGE HOME DESIGN

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“Pantries are more incorporated into the kitchen design now,” says Megan Bringman, AKBD. The door to this pantry blends in as a seamless continuation of the cabinets. A chalkboard built in to the top half of the door serves as a communication and scheduling center for the family. Open shelving keeps stored food items visible and easily accessible. PROJECT/PHOTOS COURTESY OF SCHLOEGEL DESIGN REMODEL

Billie Deatherage, of Deatherage Home Designs,

consideration when thinking about what to include in a

worked with a client whose pantry includes a doggie door

pantry are: ease of plumbing access, if the area will be

to the outside –– radio controlled to the dog’s collar for

strictly for storage or if it will be visible to guests, and

unique access. What was once a hallway between the

keeping the space in scale with the home,” she noted.

kitchen and dining room in the 1913 Plaza area home

Megan Bringman, AKBD of Schloegel Design Remodel

now functions as a butler’s pantry. The space is open and

incorporated a chalk board into the pantry door in

visible, so the owners wanted to include a countertop

a recent south Overland Park kitchen remodel. The

area, which is a nice extra space for overflow items. It’s a

look is a continuation of the cabinetry, not immediately

great space for bulk storage of everything from dog food

recognizable as a door, with the top half being the

to vegetable storage, plus infrequently used items like

chalkboard.

slow cookers and mixers.

“The chalkboard adds personality, it’s an interactive

Deatherage said a pantry can be anything from a

way for the family to communicate. They keep schedules,

closet to a separate room with a mix of open shelving and

grocery lists, and appointments,” said Lynch. This kitchen

closed drawers. In today’s electronic world, she has had

remodel took over a closet in the back hall to become

requests for the pantry to be a hub for alarms, sound

the new walk-in pantry space. A carpenter custom built

systems and charging stations. “Things to take into

all the options.

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“Pantries have become very important. They can be an extension of the kitchen work space, not necessarily just for food storage. We’re spending as much time designing the function of the pantry as the rest of the kitchen. A walk-in pantry commonly ends up being a multi-use space for prep, with warming drawers, secondary microwaves and sinks, plus open shelving storage for small, infrequently used appliances,” she said. Profile Cabinet’s Steve Nelson designed rich dark cabinets for a Leawood clients’ walk-in pantry, featuring glass fronts on the upper row for stemware storage and display. They were a contrast to the main kitchen area’s white cabinets. The homeowner selected a brushed stainless steel tile backsplash for a bit of drama and incorporated a large high-end wine refrigerator and round secondary sink, allowing the space to function more as a beverage center for guests. “Typically a butler’s pantry is a bridge between the kitchen and dining spaces, usually more for dress than a walk-in pantry, and often used as an entertaining bar area with a china hutch,” said Nelson. A back porch was incorporated into pantry space in the near whole-house remodel of a 1906 home in the historic Roanoke neighborhood. Mary Thompson with Architectural Craftsmen said, “We gutted all the above... The brushed stainless steel tile backsplash is the focal point of this Leawood pantry’s beverage center, complementing the large capacity, high-end wine cooler. Glass front cabinets provide plenty of stemware storage, and a round stainless steel bar sink makes the space perfect for entertaining guests. PROJECT/PHOTO COURTESY OF PROFILE CABINET AND DESIGN

mechanicals, and had to demolish all the way to the studs. The room also featured vintage windows which were updated. ” Originally the space was a butler’s pantry between the kitchen and dining room. A previous owner had also used it as a breakfast nook. “Since the space is open, it needed to be visually appealing,” she said. The cabinets are the same style as the kitchen, but they are painted to

right... Once used as a breakfast nook, this butler’s pantry now is a warm and inviting work space, storage area and serving spot with plenty of natural light. Just off the kitchen, the wide expanse of counters are perfect for a buffet, plus guests have easy access to the wine and beverage refrigerator, bar sink and extra glasses. The light fixture was repurposed from another room in the house. PROJECT/PHOTO COURTESY OF ARCHITECTURAL CRAFTSMEN

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contrast. The homeowner wanted to be able to serve from the space, and offer guests the option to come into the pantry, so they incorporated a wine and beverage refrigerator and a bar sink.

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An extra tall and wide cabinet pantry features adjustable shelves to accommodate larger boxes and bulky items such as crock pots and mixers. “Having a sink next to the pantry allows it to serve as a prep area as well,” notes designer Kathy Weiss. The gray tones of the glass tile backsplash complement the stainless steel appliances and add a modern flair to this mid-century home remodel. PROJECT BY DECOR BY DESIGN/ PHOTOS BY MATT KOCOUREK

When Kathy Weiss of Décor By Design and her

pull items out of the pantry and prepare them right there.

contractor husband were renovating a mid-century

We also installed wavy glass in the lighted upper cabinet

modern home in south Overland Park to sell, they

to create a display storage area for wine glasses or

wanted the kitchen to have a more modern style without

decorative china,” said Weiss. “The distinctive gray glass

going too contemporary. They opened a wall to create

tile backsplash really pulls in the color of the stainless

an open flow, and built in a cabinet pantry and prep area

steel appliances to coordinate the space.”

with a small sink in the breakfast area, which overlooks one and one-half wooded acres.

In addition to extra storage space, Weiss said one of the most common requests from homeowners that she

“I wanted the pantry to look more like a piece of

hears is a desire for built-in vegetable baskets in the pantry.

furniture, and made it taller and wider than normal with

With so many custom options available, a pantry can

adjustable shelves to fit tall cereal boxes and bulky items

truly become an extension of the kitchen work, storage,

that are not used every day. I envisioned being able to

serving and display areas.

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GROUND FLOOR STORY BY MERRITT WHITLEY

Potted Fever Bringing the outdoors in is good for the soul. While most of us crave the warmth of spring and summer all year round, our Midwest climate tends to say otherwise. An easy way to illuminate and naturally spruce up your home during these cold months is the addition of colorful and lush house plants. And not only can plants serve as beautiful home dĂŠcor, they are also natural remedies for air pollution and household toxins. Incorporating nature into your home during this frigid winter can also drastically improve your mood, and psychological health.

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Clifford Vaughn, the Annual and Tropical Manager at

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VML brought the idea for the Living History virtual exhibit to Union Station and worked with technology partners Gimbal, a location-aware mobile engagement platform, and Kansas City-based Moblico, an in-app marketing platform to implement the technology. “Union Station history is foremost a story about people,” said President and CEO of Union Station, George Guastello. “People building, connecting, moving, reuniting, and celebrating ordinary and extraordinary moments. Sharing those stories is our responsibility and an honor of the highest order.” “The reality of what VML has created to tell these important stories in such an exciting and high-tech way is nothing short of amazing,” said Executive Vice President and COO of Union Station, Jerry Baber. “Guests will be able to step into and interact with some of the most memorable Union Station moments. We owe VML, Gimbal and Moblico our deepest gratitude and can’t wait for the people of Kansas City and beyond to experience this remarkable and free Living History exhibition.” The exhibit, which features Gimbal proximity beacons throughout Union Station and augmented reality experiences on mobile devices, allows the user to relive the historical moments of Union Station featuring Harry S. Truman, Walt Disney, Ernest Hemingway, the Kansas City Massacre and more. “VML is proud to help celebrate Union Station as a historic monument in Kansas City on its centennial. The Living History experience uses creative storytelling and the latest mobile technology, which brings the historical moments of Union Station to life for Kansas Citians and anyone visiting,” said VML CEO and President, Jon Cook. “We wanted to tell some of the lesser-known stories of Union Station’s history, and using location-based technology and augmented reality, visitors can experience these stories in the exact place they happened. It’s truly a magical experience.”

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or basement remodel, don’t expect the experts at Heartland Kitchen & Bath

terms of designers and showrooms and places full trust in all of its design

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partners. Fully licensed with a Class B contractor’s license and Master

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“We are not a high-pressure sales organization,” emphasized Barry

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No matter what the size of the job, Heartland Kitchen & Bath has set the standard in professional skill, experience and efficiency. So, if this leading Kansas City remodeling business doesn’t want to sell you anything, what can it offer? “What we consistently provide to our customers is unparalleled quality and service,” noted Hansel. “We want to educate our customers in their decision process while at the same time remain good stewards of the industry. We understand that the biggest stress is making the decision to

“Nick is very well-versed in all aspects of remodeling projects” said Hansel. However, the sharpest tool in their bag is the commitment to open and honest communication, which Hansel believes is a highly integral part of the remodeling process. “Communication is the biggest issue,” he stated. “For every remodel project, the customer gets a Project Manager, which is either Nick or myself, and we are there throughout the process.” Together with the best tradesmen in the industry, the Heartland Kitchen & Bath offers the utmost in quality and integrity.

start a remodeling project. Once that decision is made, we just want you

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And Hansel understands that when you hire the Heartland Team, you are essentially inviting them into your home, and that is an invitation they do not take lightly. “These projects can take a month or several months to complete, and throughout the process, we get to know our customers. They eventually become our friends and quite often like family to us. You know who is at the job every day, as we do not sub the work out,” Hansel said. “We personally handle every aspect of the project.” Along with making the decision to commence that remodeling project comes the anxiety of cost. True to his calling card of honesty and integrity, Hansel does not waver when it comes to his character. “We are very fair and offer competitive pricing along with completion schedules that exceed industry standards,” he noted. Because Heartland Kitchen & Bath does not have its own office or showroom, the company appreciates lower overhead and such savings are ultimately passed on to the customer.

quality products, prompt clean up and by far the best price out of the four estimates I received. I will definitely use this company in the near future and will be glad to refer Heartland Kitchen and Bath to all my friends and family.” One of the most rewarding aspects of Hansel’s job is knowing how satisfied his customers are at the end of the day. As another happy customer indicated, “The process and experience was excellent. We received constant feedback and updates on (the) progress. Coming home each day was so exciting to see the next phase of the transformation up until the last detail was finished.” As for the future of Heartland Kitchen & Bath, Hansel remains excited yet grounded. With years of experience as a project manager, he understands that each project is a priority, so taking the company into the coming years requires strategic vision. “We definitely want to build the company, but we also want to do that while personally managing every project,” he stated. So if 2015 is the year to do that long-awaited remodel project, then consider the experts at Heartland Kitchen & Bath. However, Hansel offered a few tips to make that decision a bit easier. “When looking for a contractor, be sure that the company is licensed and insured. Do your research on them and feel comfortable with whom you are letting into your home,” he advised. “We are confident, however, that when you decide to go with us, you will be extremely happy.” Heartland Kitchen & Bath offers a three-year warranty on all projects and stands behind its work. “We are available 24/7,” stressed Hansel. “If a customer needs something fixed or replaced at one in the morning or at two in the afternoon, we’ll be there.” And the proof is in the results. One local customer can truly attest to that

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“What the new year brings to you will depend a great deal on what you bring to the new year.” – Vern McLellan Step #1: Find the right homebuilder for you. Step #2: Love your new home. Finding the perfect team to build your dream home can sometimes be quite difficult. However, we’ve done our research and we know that Sallee Homes takes utmost pride in the quality of homes they build. Twentyfive years in the industry can prove that. This reputation has made Sallee Homes one of the most trusted names in new home construction in Kansas City. So, who are they? Owner, Randy Sallee, has been in the home building arena since 1989, when he transitioned from a career as a structural engineer to embrace his passion for working on his own. With his unwavering “can do” attitude, Randy worked tirelessly to build his business into what it has become today. Fortunately, he had some help with family and friends along the way.

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Witnessing first hand the up and coming innovations to home

largest investment many of our customers will undertake in their

building, Randy’s values remain the same. He pronounced,

lifetime so we want to help them make this process as seamless as

“Throughout the last 25 years we have seen many changes in the

possible; something they enjoy and can look back wanting to do

home building industry. I believe we will see just as many if not

again someday” noted Tyler Sallee. As Vice President of Sallee

more in just the next few years. Technology, energy efficiency, new

Homes, Tyler oversees the management of construction and assists

home plans and amenities in our communities. All have improved

buyers in finalizing their decisions for their new homes. He also

for our customers. At Sallee Homes we are excited about these

assists in plan development and design and is always close at hand

changes and what's next to come. The one constant through all of

during the entire build process. Even though Sallee Homes is

these changes is taking care of people. Before, during and after they

known for building quality homes at an affordable price, they are

allow us to build their new home. We look forward to the changes,

also known for building relationships, as they know that is the best

but will always make it our goal to take care of our customers.”

foundation upon which any of their homes can be constructed.

“We are wanting to provide more for our customers in the

“We are excited to see what the coming years have in store for

coming years. Not only do we want to deliver quality homes at an

our company & the new home industry as a whole... to see our

affordable price in a timely manner, but we also want to continue

company continue to grow with energetic young talent, strive to

to deliver new home communities and home sites that bring

make improvements to systems already in place & coming up with

families together, a place to call home. We are always looking to

new ideas to help our company become more efficient and better

improve our buying experience for our customers. This is the

serve our customers.” stated Tyler Sallee.


One responsibility that Sallee Homes will be undertaking in 2015 is continuing to develop and build in maintenance provided communities. Currently, Sallee Homes is providing development for maintenance provided communities located in Alexander Creek, Raymore, Mo., Greystone Villas, Grain Valley, Mo., Villas of NorthBrook locating in Shoal Creek, N. Kansas City and Parkway Estates, Blue Springs, Mo. Administering lawn care, snow removal and trash service, are just a few of the positives to owning a home in one of these neighborhoods. Amenity packages vary from community to community but may include a swimming pool, walking trail and wooded terrain. Wooded lots nestled among trees remain available. A community pool, protected green space and private lots, are just a few specifics you will find in this distinguished community. Bradley’s Crossing, in Peculiar, Mo., is Sallee Homes newest and most affordable community. Located in the Raymore-Peculiar school district, this neighborhood offers affordability with a private setting. Like most Sallee Home communities, they will be offering a variety of floor plans that sit on various price points. Lastly, a new phase in Adams Pointe Village offering treed golf course lots for those who like views on the links. Sallee Homes builds in all counties across the KC metro area, 20+ communities including Johnson County on the Kansas side and up north. Adjustments and accommodations are always on the brink for Digging their hands a bit deeper in the communities they

Sallee Homes. New floor plans are appearing and familiar plans

currently produce and develop is a top priority for Sallee Homes

are sometimes being modified. “Buyers are coming to us well

this year. With a new phase opening and lot prices remaining low,

informed and well prepared, they have done their homework and

they are giving Parkway Estates a heavy focus. Located in Blue

they know what they want. I think the Sallee Homes team has

Springs, Mo., Parkway Estates is already seeing drastic movement.

done a great job in preparing for the upcoming year. We have gone

Featuring a stunning community pool, this neighborhood outlines

through our best selling plans and tweaked them even more with

what it really means to make a house a home. Dalton’s Ridge,

our buyer’s feedback. We have developed new plans to fit the

another Sallee Home’s community, is located in Lee’s Summit,

needs and wants of our customers. We have grown in the last year

Mo., just minutes from Blue Springs Lake and Lake Tacomo. The

and have ramped up our staff to be ready for the year ahead.” said

final phase of this premier neighborhood has approached.

Karen Pritchard, Sales Manager.

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Home Improvements Turn Average Homes into Dreams Come True BY CURTIS SCHARTZ, CMPS

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f you’re thinking about taking out a home improvement loan, there are several options to consider. First and foremost, your mortgage consultant needs to know why you want a home improvement loan. Here are some factors to take into consideration.

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How long have you been in the home?

Will the improvements increase the property value?

Are you making improvements to increase energy efficiency? Will improvements be made in one fell swoop, or in stages?

What is the current outstanding balance on your mortgage? What is the appraised value of the home? How much will the improvements cost?

What improvements will be tax deductible?

Do you have other revolving debt that you would like to pay off at the same time?

Are you making improvements because you plan to sell the property?

The New Tract Home Blues

Buyers of newly-built homes are often tapped out after making the initial down payment and closing costs, including upgrades to amenities and the inevitable need for new furniture. Shortly thereafter, they realize they’d like to make additional improvements to really have the home of their dreams. If you’re planning on putting down roots (pardon the pun), landscaping may be in order. The developer may have been kind enough to make the front yard a perky green, but if the back yard is a disturbing brown color sparse with weeds, you may be entertaining the vision of a pool or deck.

The Major Overhaul

If you have built up equity in your home and are geared up for some major renovation, the Home Equity Line of Credit (HELOC) is probably your best bet. This adjustable loan allows you to use your equity as a line of credit, so if you have improvements that are phased in over time you can simply write a check when you need to pay a bill. It’s like a having a credit card with a much lower financing rate. In fact, the HELOC can be used for any reason at all –– even paying off that credit card

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debt. In most cases, this action turns that revolving debt payment into a tax deductible payment with a lower interest rate. The HELOC is generally a 2nd Trust Deed, unless it is used to pay off and replace the 1st Trust Deed. A construction loan is an alternative to the HELOC for borrowers who don’t want to use or don’t have equity, and this type of financing can be used for construction on an existing dwelling. The lender will ask a lot more questions about what the borrower wants to do with the money, and the home owner will need architectural designs, permits and a licensed general contractor on board. Construction loans are short-term loans that usually require interest-only payments until completion of construction, but the balance is due when construction is done. Most often, that is managed up front by setting up construction-to-perm financing. In this scenario, the loan is automatically rolled over into permanent financing at a fixed rate when construction is complete, and a rate-lock agreement can be purchased to carry the borrower through that period of construction. Another option –– depending on the value of your home and local loan amount limitations –– is the FHA 203(k) Program. This financing is designed for the purchase or refinance and rehabilitation of properties that meet FHA guidelines. This is worth looking into if you need to bring a property up to compliance standards, finance eligible energy efficient improvements, or turn a single-family owner occupied dwelling into a duplex to accommodate Mom or Dad!

Just a Facelift, Please!

If you want to sell your home and you simply want to improve the curb appeal, it makes sense to go with a HELOC. Make sure you are aware of the current market value of homes in your area to make sure you’re not going over the limit on the fair market value of your home. You’ll want to get a return on your investment! If you’ve had your home on the market too long and have not been able to sell, you might want to make some changes to give it a fresh new look and bring back the passion you once had for your home. Your mortgage consultant will help you weigh out your options for financing based on your outstanding mortgage balance, income and credit score. Regardless of your reason for home improvement, make sure you share your goals with your mortgage consultant. He or she can walk you through the various loan options and confer with your tax advisor to make sure you’re getting the best deal possible.

Curtis Schartz is a Certified Mortgage Planning Specialist (CMPS) with First State Bank Mortgage. He has well over a decade of experience. Clients engage Curtis because he is creative, experienced, and passionate.

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FUR FASHION IS IN FULL FORCE T H I S F I E R C E W I N T R Y S E A S O N. This growing trend offers versatility, a wide color variety, and most importantly, furnace like warmth that most clothing simply can’t compete with. Fur is bold, classic, and elegant. By incorporating various types of fur coats and accessories into your wardrobe these winter months, staying warm and fashionable is now easier than ever. Missy Love, The President of Alaskan Fur, frequently encourages customers to incorporate more fur into their winter wardrobe. “It’s stylish, warm, and durable. If you take proper care of it, it can last you around 30 to 40 years,” Love said. There are many different types of luxury furs in style this season including mink, fox, beaver, and lynx. These high quality furs provide unique textures, comfort, and sophistication. Fur is very diverse, and can be worn boldly as coats. Or, incorporated slightly more subtle into hats, gloves, earmuffs, and scarves. Fur accessories are simple, and are currently all the rage this winter season. “One of our most popular sellers this year is the knitted rex fur scarf,” Love stated “It is an eternity scarf, a very fashionable accessory, and is one of our strongest sellers.” If you are looking to extend the life of your fur, “Alaskanizing” is a special service offered by Alaskan Fur to help restore fur, and ensure its longevity. “We put the oil back into the coat, and clean them,” Love said “We have a factory of finishers that can restyle or make different things out of your coat as well.” Even if you are not a big fan of fur, leather can also be a great alternative. It works well for both men and woman by creating a little bit of edge and flare. Leather also comes in a wide variety of colors, and can be fun to experiment with. According to Love, the most popular colors this season for both fur and leather have been navy blue, gray, red, burgundy, and merlot. However, Love also mentioned that the classic colors black and brown will never truly go out of style. Ignite your winter wardrobe, and spice it up with pieces of luxurious fur, fine leather, and trendy winter accessories. Embrace the cold, and become your own style icon this season.

FUR DESCRIPTIONS Opposite: Red chinchilla jacket Top left: Black Sheared mink reversible sections vest Top right: Leather puffy hooded jacket with Finnish raccoon collar Bottom left: Red sheared Mink stroller with fox tuxedo Bottom right: Wine sheared Mink stroller with Sable collar PHOTOS COURTESY OF ALASKAN FUR

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Local restaurants are serving up amazing menus and unforgettable romance this Valentine’s Day. (even cupid is jealous!)

At just $54.00 per person with an optional wine pairing of $30.00 per person, the Gaslight Grill, with its casual yet elegant atmosphere, is offering a delectable three-course dinner the entire weekend of February 13-15, with their special Valentine’s Day menu as the only menu on the 14th. With extended hours on Saturday the 14th, the dining room will open at 4 p.m. For Gaslight Grill Couples dining here, the evening can begin

Valentine’s Day means many things to many people, but to most

with a Shrimp Cocktail, Seared Ahi Tuna, Belgian Endive Salad or

people, a romantic evening sharing a delicious meal for two, a

Roasted Beet Salad. Entrée selections include Petite Filet & 4oz

glass of wine and perhaps a sweet dessert, all sprinkled with an

Maine Lobster Tail, 12oz Vintage Natural Kansas City Strip,

ambiance of romance, hugs and kisses is what readily comes to

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mind. As the late cartoonist Charles M. Schulz once noted, “All

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you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.” And to that end we are going to add that a mouth-watering meal for you and your love as prepared by a few of our favorite local

If you leave room for dessert, then enjoy a decadent Chocolate Tower, Vanilla Bean Cream Brulee, Belgium Chocolate Cake or Carrot Cake. Throughout the evening, the traditional jazz sounds of Lynn

restaurants can certainly cap off an amazing celebration of

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love and romance this February 14th. Make your plans now to

After a wonderful meal, guests are encouraged to stick around,

celebrate this time-honored holiday with the love of your life.

share a drink, make a toast to love and savor the music.

These dining establishments have the perfect meal to make your romantic evening unforgettable.

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For more information or to make reservations, call 913.897.3540 or visit gaslightgrill.com.


This iconic Kansas City favorite may have a new address but its

What a great year to enjoy Valentine’s Day at Pierpont’s at

treasured traditions have stayed the same, even when it comes to

Union Station! This coveted dining address just celebrated its 15th

Valentine’s Day, and that is what makes sharing dinner with your

anniversary at one of Kansas City’s landmark locations, which just

love here your best idea yet!

so happened to coincide with the 100th anniversary of Union

“We’re going to have a good time this year,” noted owner Jimmy Frantze. “This place lends itself to a very romantic and fun evening

Station. Pierpont’s is proving to be the place where extraordinary memories are made!

and we’ll make sure that all of our guests have a great experience.”

This February 14th, treat your love to an unforgettable evening

While they may not have a specialized menu exclusively for the

as you enjoy a tantalizing four-course menu for just $70.00 per

occasion, guests can still count on the best in atmosphere, service

person, with optional wine pairings for $90.00. Relax and enjoy

and cuisine, and Frantze gave a nod to the famous KC Strip steak

the historic atmosphere in the Union Station Grand Hall as a

au poivre that will be served that evening, along with a fresh

piano player tickles the ivories, providing a warm welcome upon

selection of seafood. Additionally, Frantze suggested that the bar

your arrival into the restaurant.

would offer a special pink cocktail in honor of the holiday and each

You may begin your meal with Prosecco Steamed Mussels,

lady will receive a nicely wrapped piece of chocolate as she leaves.

Sweet Pea Risotto or Rabbit Ragu, followed by a delightful

Even though there will be no live music or entertainment, the

selection of salads. The main course offerings will include Filet

ambiance will undoubtedly remain classy and romantic. If you want

Mignon, Kansas City Strip, Salmon, Black Cod, Duroc Pork

a truly unique and memorable experience, JJ’s will not disappoint.

Chop and more. Conclude your festival of food with a Milk

JJ’s will open 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. for lunch and will re-open again

Chocolate Mousse Torte, Vanilla Bean Crème Brulee, or a Pear and

at 5 p.m. for dinner. For more information or to make reservations, call 816.561.7136 or visit jjsrestaurantkc.com

Apple Cobbler. Reservations are highly encouraged, so be sure to call Pierpont’s at 816.221.5111 now and make this Valentine’s Day your best ever.

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