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CONTENTS

2015

9 –– Publisher Letter

13 –– Welcome 14 –– Magnificent Escape

22 –– Backyard Splash

32 –– If You Build It...

38 –– Summer Blues 42 –– Elements

46 –– Mercantile 48 –– Aspects

50 –– Natural Ambiance

58 –– Trade Secrets

66 –– Indulgences

PHOTO BY MATT KOCOUREK

ABOUT THE COVER... From a big swing set to now a playground

68 –– Self

for the whole family, this backyard overflows with fun and entertainment. PHOTO BY MATT KOCOUREK

71 –– Premier Portfolio KCH&S June 2015

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PUBLISHER’S MESSAGE BY RENEE DEMOTT

Deep green foliage, natural stone and a private creek bed all make for the perfect place to unwind –– grab a

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glass of wine and enjoy the outdoors.

Summer time means outside time. Growing up, my summer days

If grilling is one of your summertime standbys, don’t miss Chef

were spent at the pool; snacking on Now & Laters and Zotz,

Shannon Kimball’s grilling tips on page 58. Sauce creator, private

jumping off the diving board, hanging out with friends. Nights were

chef and culinary instructor, Chef Shannon will take your grilling

bike rides around the neighborhood, a game of Sardines with the

skills to a new level. And don’t forget to pick up a bottle of

kids on the block and swinging in the backyard looking at the stars.

his FireBug Grill’n Sauce –– perfect on burgers, chicken, fish and

While my pool days have long since been traded in for office days,

especially ribs!

I do cherish the times I find myself poolside with a good book and a glass of wine.

One of my fave things about summer is biking along the trails in the evenings, with the wind on my face and the sounds of tree

This month, we found four havens spattered throughout town

frogs and crickets nearby. Looking for places to ride? Kansas City

that can boast being the perfect getaway. Lush landscaping,

offers a multitude of options when it comes to cycling –– family

saltwater pools, waterfalls, and outdoor seating all take you to a

riding on scenic trails, road biking with groups, even rides for

place that you never want to leave. Who needs a Florida beach

charities. Turn to page 68 to start spinning your wheels.

when Kansas City is home to some of the most unsurpassed backyard pools? Whether you just want to float around (and Fido does too!) or entertain on a summer night, some pool must haves can be found on page 42. And we’ll make sure you look and stay cool at the

And make sure you take a peek at a kitchen that may make you never want to go outside. Kitchen Studio Kansas City has the perfect recipe for this kitchen remodel. Become enthralled on page 50. Hello summer.

pool with some fun in the sun ideas on page 46. KCH&S June 2015

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More than a backyard, this Cedar Creek home offers a landscape design that is a slice of Heaven on Earth. STORY BY ANN E. BUTENAS

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hat began as a simple request for mulch

“At that point, Fowler decided to just start with a

(discounted thanks to an online coupon!)

clean slate,” stated White. “She told me to be as

magically transitioned into the makings of

creative as possible.”

a stunning masterpiece. When the homeowner of this

And off to work White went!

breathtaking abode, nestled in the winding tapestry of

White and her team fully exercised their creative

the Cedar Creek subdivision in Olathe, Kansas, had

prowess when it came to taking an ordinary yard and

the urge to simply spruce up the landscape around

transforming it into an extraordinary space, which

her yard a couple of years ago, she had no idea the

throughout the process emerged looking less like a

excitement that was in store for her.

simple backyard makeover and more like a relaxing

Even though all JoAnn Fowler, the homeowner,

mountain retreat.

initially wanted was mulch, when landscape designer

“With respect to the overall landscape, I tried to pick

Amanda White, MLA, of Rosehill Gardens stepped onto

up on the character of the house,” explained White,

the scene to help clean up the existing, somewhat

referencing the craftsman-like façade of the home that

overgrown landscaping of the home, she realized it had

highlights details reminiscent of the designs of famed

greater possibilities written all over it.

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“The biggest attraction of the house, in my opinion, is its mission-style columns, strategically placed throughout,” said White. “Our goal was to focus the space around the columns to anchor the house and the outdoor living space together through the architecture.” To that end, White created the central focus of the backyard with the intent to capture the primal aspects of life –– fire and water –– and she did not miss the mark with the 12 foot fire trough that overlooks the three and a half feet deep pool, more commonly known in this type of setting as a “spool,” which is essentially a combination of a pool and a spa. As opposed to typical outdoor pools, the spool can enjoy year-round use, with its heated water supply and massaging jets in the spa. “This definitely has a ski lodge influence in the colder months,” noted White. Made specifically for Fowler, custom-sized benches were constructed contiguous to the fire pit and customized stone weirs were placed above the spool to allow the flowing water to fall directly upon her shoulders when she relaxes and unwinds. Whether gazing down between the stone columns above the spool by the fire trough or taking in the view from the spool itself, there is not a bad seat in the place.

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Transitioning to the front of the house, the mountainous feel

Relaxing in this veritable oasis of peace and solitude gives one

maintains its strong presence, as evidenced by the rugged walkway

the illusion of seclusion and it is difficult to believe that the backyard

made of mason-laid flagstone that draws one’s eye to the pond at

actually faces the front of the house of the neighbors behind her,

the top near the door from which water soothingly cascades down

with a street formerly fully in view.

via a stream that runs underneath the walkway to another pond

“Before this project, there were no trees to provide screening

below. A striking stone bench fashioned from larger boulders is the

and it was a wide open view to the entire neighborhood,” explained

focal point of the front porch.

White. “We brought in about 150 yards of soil to berm it up around

“We notched those boulders to create a bench,” stated White,

the new patio space while layering it with trees and shrubs. You

who noted that every boulder used throughout the landscape and

wouldn’t know there is a street back there now.”

spool/patio design was hand selected.

Various forms of up-lighting around the exterior of the home and

“Every aspect of the entire project was completely customized

throughout the backyard add a soft and inviting touch to the place

and detailed,” she said.

in the evening.

To further add to the Colorado-like ambiance, White brought in

White does not hesitate when expressing her gratitude for this

plant material indigenous to Kansas and Colorado, including Aspen

project.

trees, cedar trees, spruces and serviceberry trees.

“I really enjoyed working with the homeowner,” she smiled. “She

“We also brought in 300 yards of soil to create berms, landscapes

let me stretch my creativity and truly trusted the process and my

and undulations through the site,” she said.

direction. She is a designer’s dream.”

Even the grass has its aesthetic purpose in that its placement

In the end, that unwavering trust allowed White and her team to

provides soft curves around the home, imitating the natural flow

go above and beyond even their own expectations, making this

of a river.

mountain retreat escape seem like a slice of Heaven on Earth.

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Patios & stonework: ARTISTIC CONCRETE SURFACES (ACS)

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JOINING THE ELLERMAN TEAM:

BRENT SLEDD’S NEXT GREAT ADVENTURE Brent Sledd has always had an affinity for the heartland, its communities, and all of the beauty and hearty ingenuity that goes with it. Perhaps that is what drew him to a career in real estate, a pure unadulterated love for the core of the community, and the opportunity to witness the flashpoints of success, adventure, and new beginnings. At 18, Sledd began a career at the Hallmark Cards factory in Topeka. When he turned 21, he attended a real estate investing seminar and immediately decided to buy investment properties and sell real estate on the side. When Hallmark transferred him to the headquarters in Kansas City, he saw it as a huge opportunity both for his work with Hallmark as well as his real estate business. Each year the real estate side of his business grew and after 20 years, he decided to make it his full time work. Working in such an exciting and fluid industry is inspiring for Sledd, who has also recently embarked on his own new adventure, accepting a position as Vice President of Sales-Kansas and Emerging Markets with the highly successful and entrepreneurial Rob Ellerman Team. Although he does a fairly high volume in Missouri, The Ellerman Team is ranked two in sales in the Greater Kansas City area and has a highly respected reputation. “While I was completely happy in the situation I was in, I could not pass up such a unique opportunity. He has excelled on the Missouri side of the market and approached me about strengthening his presence in Kansas. Our combination of talents and equally high commitment to upholding the highest ethical standards made this a great fit for both of us. We have a great amount of mutual respect and I’m pleased to lead our efforts to growing our business on the Kansas side of the state line.” Part of Ellerman’s success is his team approach to providing clients the best services possible. Rather than having to choose the services of a single agent, clients have the entire team and their collective knowledge and strengths at their disposal. Each specialist is fully available to help ensure the best interests of the client; while agents have the advantage of vast repository of knowledge and support provided by their team members. Sledd found the team approach very appealing; and the new position allows him to enjoy something he has always wanted to expand professionally — mentoring and coaching other agents. “I will always continue to represent clients and referrals buying or selling, and list homes. My passion for this area of real estate has not changed or diminished in any way. In fact, this position allows me to pursue that even more fully because I will have an expanded administrative staff. In addition to working with buyers and sellers, I will also enjoy sharing what I have learned over the years with other Realtors, and coach them in their endeavors,” Sledd shares enthusiastically.

SUPPORTING THROUGH CHANGES After thirty-three years in real estate and as an award winning and top producing agent, Sledd loves the adventure of the industry. “I consider it a blessing to be involved in building communities, in helping people turn the page on the next great adventure,” says Sledd. Serving with integrity, Sledd finds supporting people through one of the most

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significant and life changing purchases of their lives a rewarding challenge. While some try to go it alone, having a dedicated agent has many distinct advantages. “The process of buying or selling can be very stressful. I try to remove as much of


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the stress as possible. It is not always easy, so we serve as an advocate. We protect, educate, and help clients through the process so that there are no surprises. This time in a client’s life is always important. It is always a pivotal time of change and opportunity for them. I feel honored to be part of that time and for having the ability to see the beginning of

where he volunteers by working at various Chiefs events and charitable

so many exciting changes.”

causes in the community. Brent has always had a huge passion for helping people realize their

HELPING OTHERS: THE DRIVE BEHIND SUCCESS

home buying and selling dreams. There’s nothing like the feeling of high

Joining the Ellerman team provides the perfect platform for Sledd,

fives and hugs when sharing in the excitement of helping people achieve

who is driven to help others. “Real estate is an exciting industry, and it provides many opportunities

their home ownership dreams! It’s all about making a positive difference in the lives of others!

to help clients and colleagues with knowledge and support. It is

“One of the pleasures of my work is being a sort of ambassador to

important to remember that everyone comes at life with a different

the community. Many times, we are introducing people to a completely

set of circumstances and your involvement, however small, can make

new and unfamiliar place. It is a deep privilege to be able to share the

a big difference. It is an honor and privilege to be a part of making a

many advantages to living here. I want them to love the city I’m proud

difference, and making a real estate transaction a pleasurable process,”

to call home!”

he continues.

Kansas City is a big place, explains Sledd, but at its core it is really

“For me real estate, and all its facets, is meaningful work. It is an

just a small town. With every big city amenity, its biggest asset is still the

opportunity to help people find a place where they will build memories

people. “It really is the best place in the world. I truly feel like I am ‘living

and live out the most significant moments of their lives,” Sledd continues,

the dream’!”

“It is important to me to be the buyer/seller advocate and have them walk away happy and knowing they made a well informed decision and never feel like I sold them something.”

NO PLACE BETTER THAN KC Real estate compliments a passion for people and community like nothing else can; and for Sledd, there is no place better for real estate than Kansas City. “Kansas City is an exciting place for real estate because it is such an amazingly dynamic city. I think that surprises most people that are unfamiliar with the area. It is a growing hub for start-ups and technology companies. It offers one of the most diverse arts scenes with an astounding number of museums; has a strong food and restaurant culture, sports, fabulous schools, and a strong economy,” says Sledd. Another draw he says is the beauty. “The area has nearly as many beautiful public fountains as Rome, and more boulevards than any city except Paris. We have a definite love of architecture as demonstrated in the uniquely beautiful Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, and the many custom homes, both new and existing that have been part of lives for many years.” Sledd makes no apologies for his unabashed enthusiasm for the area. He has enjoyed it himself as the place where he has raised three children,

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Brooke, Brady, and Blake; and now enjoys three grandchildren, Max,

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Briggs, and Finley. Brent is also a huge Chiefs fan! He is a “Red Coater” for the team


It’s always vacation time when a Johnson County family walks out their back door.

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hat used to be “just a regular backyard with a big swing set,” according to the

owner of this luxurious home has undergone

a significant transformation, complete with a swimming pool and enviable outdoor kitchen, making it seem less like a yard and more like a vacation destination. When the owners of this home decided to install a backyard pool for their family, which includes two young kids, they promised their children that the swing set would remain. However, once the project got underway and took on wings of its own, the swing set no longer fit in the yard and had to go. Fortunately, the kids weren’t upset for too long, as the swimming pool that took its place brought along a cornucopia of exciting and alternative means of backyard fun. At first glance, one’s eyes are treated to a free flowing landscape design that beautifully marries a hot tub, a lounge pool and a free form pool, all gracefully connected from one elevation to another as the hot tub seamlessly transitions to the shallow sun ledge that soon gives way to the swimming pool that begins at three feet deep and at its deepest is seven feet. Water gracefully cascades from the lounge area into the pool. However, in order to realize this dreamlike setting, the homeowners first put pen to paper with Roger Banks, owner of Banks Blue Valley Pool and Spa. “We can do just about anything with a pool,” noted Banks. And, true to his word, Banks did not disappoint his clients in this case. “This project turned out a million times better than what I initially saw on paper,” smiled the homeowner. “We never dreamed that it would all flow from one level to the next. That was Roger’s idea and we absolutely love it.” PLEASE TURN THE PAGE

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The pool obviously sees its share of activity,

The kitchen area also offers a few cabinets,

especially with its heated salt water and the

drawers, an ice machine, a refrigerator and a

adjoining sun ledge that lets the parents relax

sink, making outdoor entertaining a breeze.

and unwind in lounge chairs while the kids play in

The flat screen TV overhead is perfectly

the water. The sun ledge and pool are readily

positioned for viewing, whether when firing up the

closed off during the winter months, but the hot

grill or lounging in the hot tub. The colored

tub enjoys year-round use. The multi-colored

concrete counter tops were poured in place on

Arkansas flagstone patio and walkway areas add

site, and the hand-hewned exposed fir timber

decided charm, along with the accompanying

beams add a bit of rustic charm.

landscaping that is perfectly placed for privacy.

“We gave the beams an antique look by

Another key element of this backyard space is

staining them, which not only makes them look

the outdoor kitchen, which during the warmer

old but also gives the feeling of being in a ski

months is the hub of the household.

or hunting lodge up in the mountains,” said

“We use this kitchen more than our indoor one

Banks, also referring to the gable frame pointed

in the summer,” noted the homeowner. “It has the

roof above the kitchen area that completes the

regular grill and the EVO grill, which is a circular

look, along with the innovative use of reclaimed

flat cooktop surface.”

barn wood as siding.

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Pointing out the timber framing over the outdoor kitchen, Banks

Banks to create a streaming effect of water from the hot tub on

noted that such framing is one of the oldest methods of building

top to the lounge/sun ledge area below, then directly cascading

wooden structures.

into the free form swimming pool.

“Timber framing has been used for over 2,000 years, although it has evolved over time,” he stated. Just next to the outdoor kitchen space is the lanai, which offers the homeowners and guests another place to relax and unwind, with its wet bar, fireplace and celling fan.

“We initially looked at this yard and decided how to use what was already here to the best of our design ability instead of just tearing it all up,” Banks noted. By day, this backyard delight is a great place for the kids to play and soak up the sun. By nightfall, the accent perimeter lighting

The homeowners are thrilled with the entire creation and refer to

provides great ambiance to the whole area, allowing the space

the space as “our own little oasis,” appreciative of how Banks and

to seamlessly transition from sunrise to sunset. After enjoying a

his team helped them take this idea from concept to reality.

meal fresh off the backyard grill, the adults can relax in the hot

“I definitely enjoyed the creative part of this project,” Banks expressed. “It’s our job to take on an advisory role of sorts and

tub and catch up on their television shows or just gaze at the stars above.

lead the homeowner through the creative process. Our clients rely

With such a beautiful and creative use of outdoor space, this

on us for creativity and imagination, and I definitely like working

backyard retreat offers the family a chance to go on a vacation of

with people to help them figure out what they like and want and

sorts every time they walk out the back door of the house.

then building something from there.” Banks works with existing elevations to create the end result, and this backyard in particular, with its high-to-low slope, allowed

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“We wanted it to resemble a home that you might find in Colorado,” stated the homeowner. “And Roger and his team made that happen.”

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Hailing from a long line of Kansas City tastemakers, Erin Mankameyer and

Erin’s ability to produce a customized look that represents her client’s tastes

her mother, Brenda Groover, opened Groover Interior Design in Leawood to

makes her the go-to designer for area builders as well. Her collaboration with

fill a need for their interior design clients. Each item in the shop is hand-picked

Larson Building Company in Mills Farm won Pick of the Parade during the

by the duo and illustrates Erin’s skill in the art of design. In addition to offering

2015 Kansas City Spring Homes Tour. She is also working on a custom Evan

custom furniture and home decor, Groover also offers personalized interior

Talan Home as well as a tour home for Lambie Custom Homes. The Lambie

design services, “but,” notes Erin, “we are not a standard interior design firm.”

home is part of the first-ever “Artisan Home Tour” sponsored by the Kansas

The Groover Interior Design process begins with the blueprints –– working

City Home Builders Association. The tour, September 12th through the

with the architect on the interior architecture of your space. “We are a start to

20th, will feature 12 of Kansas City’s finest custom home builders and will

finish firm, involved in everything from electrical layout, HVAC placement,

showcase new luxury products. Tickets proceeds will benefit the Ronald

cabinet and tile design, through the paint color and furnishings selections,”

McDonald House Charities of Kansas City. Visit artisanhometourkc.org for

says Erin.

more information. C A L L O R S T O P B Y:

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Shawnee homeowners don’t have to travel far for a waterside escape.

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Story by Rachael Photos by Stone

Hedgcoth Solutions


Life is pretty busy for Lonnie Roberts. And he seems to LIKe it that way just fine. As owner of Stone Solutions in Merriam, Kan., Lonnie’s days are spent assisting contractors, designers and homeowners seeking outdoor pavers, paving stones, segmental wall block and natural stone. The Dodge City, Kan., native has been immersed in the hardscapes industry since 1984 and is well-versed in creating sensational outdoor living spaces using products ranging from pavers and stone fireplaces to lighting and outdoor kitchen accessories. So perhaps it’s no surprise that one of Lonnie’s finest outdoor creations can be found right in his own backyard. Built in 1977 by Lonnie and his wife, Sally, the Roberts’ Shawnee, Kan., home is surrounded by pine, oak and ash trees and steeped in quiet charm. But the two-story home and one-acre lot have evolved much over the years. The vibrant couple have shared a lively 38 years in their home while pursuing successful careers, raising their daughter, Amy Rehkop, bookkeeper for Stone Solutions and son, Scott, a high school principal, and hosting myriad gatherings of family and friends while, above all, enjoying life.

fun in the sun The family has always enjoyed spending time outside, but their alfresco recreation reached a new level when the couple had a spacious L-shaped, in-ground heated pool installed in 1984. “We built the pool, a pool house, added stockyard pavers and created a railroad tie retaining wall,” says Lonnie. That was the beginning of the Roberts’ backyard transformation. And from then on, the Roberts’ home was increasingly tapped as the preferred gathering site for family and friends.

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Luckily, Lonnie and wife Sally, associate dean for teacher education and undergraduate programs for Lawrence’s University of Kansas School of Education, are gracious entertainers who have always been more than happy to share their home.

He says the pizzas take about five minutes to cook in the Chicago Brick Oven which can heat up to 700 degrees. “Once you heat this oven up, it can hold heat anywhere from 200 to 400 degrees for up to 20 hours,” says Lonnie.

Through the ensuing years, the couple continued to enhance

Birthdays and holidays, including Easter, Mother’s Day, Christmas

the amenities in their backyard oasis, much to the delight of their

and a host of impromptu gatherings, have brought family and

children, grandchildren and friends.

friends together time and time again in this cordial resort-like setting.

“In 2007, we tore out everything except the pool,” says Lonnie.

With ample seating, three TVs, outdoor fans, a covered patio with

“We added the stone fireplace, interlocking pavers, segmented

a refrigerator and wine cooler all paired with layered ambient lighting,

retaining walls, a pizza oven and an outdoor kitchen.”

this sensational retreat translates into a unique suburban escape.

Four years ago, a basketball court and pond were incorporated,

Lonnie says having the massive stone fireplace has helped

and three years ago, a 48-square-foot kitchen was built inside the

extend the opportunity for outdoor living from chilly early spring

pool house, complete with granite countertops, a gas stove, flat

days until deep into crisp fall evenings.

screen TV and custom cabinets. “We really needed a place to clean up after cooking,” explains Lonnie of the indoor kitchen. Because here’s the thing: While there may be plenty of swimming, water volleyball, lounging and conversation in the Roberts’ backyard, there may be even more cooking.

One thing is for certain. Whether swimming laps, grabbing an 8-ounce coke from the vintage Coke machine or simply gazing at the pond’s large coy fish or listening to its soothing waterfall, leaving the daily grind behind is a breeze in this wonderfully inviting setting. The tight-knit Roberts family is looking forward to spending

When asked who most uses the outdoor kitchen, smoker, the

many more days together around the pool in the coming months.

pool house kitchen and the wood-fired oven, Lonnie doesn’t

In fact, party plans are underway for Sally, who recently retired

hesitate to answer. “My son and I are the cooks,” he says.

from KU at the end of the 2014-2015 school year. Preparations for a Roberts family reunion in July are taking shape, as well. “I can easily entertain 50 to 75 people,” says Lonnie with clear

pizza please?

enthusiasm at the thought of such events.

On any given occasion, Lonnie and his son, Scott, principal for

Lonnie laughs when he thinks back to the pool that seemed

Blue Valley Southwest High School, might be found marinating,

to serve as the catalyst for his backyard’s multi-faceted

searing and smoking rib roast, pulled pork, salmon or slabs of ribs.

metamorphosis.

Of course wood-fired pizzas are an enduring savory favorite, especially for the couple’s eight grandchildren. “We roll the dough out on the island and let everyone make their own pizzas,” says Lonnie. “It’s like a big assembly line.”

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“You know what they say,” he says. “If you build it, they will come!” If past years are any indication, there is no doubt plenty of guests, good times and fond memories are still yet to come.


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Dive right into this tranquil midnight oasis. Few things can evoke that idyllic image of sun-kissed bliss like a shimmering pool of aqua in a verdant backyard. And cooling off in refreshing ripples of water when the Heartland sun blazes down during the summer months? Even better. But when one couple purchased a Leawood home a few years ago, they decided to forego the splashy amenity. The couple, whose kids were nearly grown, were downsizing from a larger home with a spacious pool to a smaller home with a nice grassy backyard. However, it wasn’t long before the homeowner, a former Kansas City professional baseball player, and his wife were rethinking their decision. After seeing a neighbor’s pool and realizing they missed having a pool for relaxing and exercising, the couple decided to upgrade their backyard space. They wanted to enhance their outdoor living amenities and add on to the outdoor kitchen and covered patio they had already implemented after purchasing the house. Their three children were older and two were out of the house, but the homeowners still enjoyed entertaining friends and family. So they enlisted the bi-state assistance of Backyard by Design in Overland Park, Kan., and Blue Springs, Mo.’s SwimThings.

The home’s backyard presented a compact, rectangular space to work with, so the couple sought a pool that would complement the yard design. “They liked the clean lines of a rectangular pool,” says Vince Davenport, president of family-owned SwimThings. “They basically wanted something that would fit well in the space, including a hot tub they could use year-round. They also liked the sound of water and the idea of a serene garden setting.” SwimThings designed and installed a heated 18-by-36-foot gunite pool with a marbled midnight blue finish. While the pool’s deepest point is five feet, the rich hue gives the illusion of expansive depth. Frost-proof 6-by-6-inch ceramic tiles were used at the waterline while a natural travertine tile border frames the elegant pool and spa. Rounding out the salt water pool’s features are steps, a lap lane, a sun ledge and cozy spa at the shallow end of the pool and a custom copper sheer descent waterfall at the deep end.

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An automated Pentair IntelliBrite 5G LED pool and spa lighting system ensures that a variety of ambiances can be achieved. From Party mode — with its rapid-fire energy and excitement — and Patriotic mode to blues and greens of Caribbean mode and the soft California Sunset mode, a variety of solid or color-changing light schemes add visual interest during nighttime social gatherings or swim sessions. With the push of a button on an automated smart panel in the house, the pool temperature or lighting effects can be easily and conveniently controlled.

Beyond the water’s edge, Backyard by Design created the yard’s landscaping and hardscaping elements. Backyard by Design and SwimThings frequently work together to transform backyard settings. Backyard by Design completed the pool decking with Belgard Mega Lafitt pavers in natural Aspen Blend, complementing the project’s Mediterranean-inspired appeal. A rough cedar pergola graces the side of the pool and offers an intimate setting for reading or relaxing conversation. Backyard by Design emulated the style from a pergola the homeowners spotted in a magazine. The cedar structure features breezy lattice, a fan, comfy ®

cast aluminum Hanamint seating and an audio system feeding from the residence. “We basically created the pergola with a nice little seating area to fit the space,” says Todd Higgins, president of Backyard by Design. “Also the lattice was designed to match the latticework on the back side of the house.” The 9-foot-tall pergola offers an airy 7-by-14-foot space steeped in alluring shade and shadows. Serbian spruce trees, rose bushes and other picturesque landscaping adorn the fence line and grant plenty of privacy to the property. The natural stone wall and calculated elevation changes along the backyard’s perimeter provide aesthetic appeal and discreet water drainage solutions away from the house and outdoor living areas. All told, between the pool, hardscaping and landscaping, the backyard project — which in good weather would take two months — took about four months to complete. Despite weather-related construction setbacks during the winter months, the stylish outdoor pool and patio were completed just in time for spring’s arrival, much to the homeowners’ delight. The couple has since been enjoying their splendid sanctuary, now a welcoming retreat for cooling off on hot days, grilling favorite foods and spending time outdoors with guests. Davenport says achieving the perfect pool environment is dependent upon thorough assessment of personal needs. “What kind of yard size are you working with?” asks Davenport. “How are you going to use the pool? Will there be kids using it? Is it for grandkids? Do you anticipate entertaining? You need to really evaluate the size, depth and style that will work best for you.” Once the luxurious transformation is complete, there is only one thing left to do: Enjoy. 40

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inflatable drink holder features extra buoyancy to keep your bottle upright

punctures. Springs open and shut easily for convenient storage.

with no fear of the pool enjoying your drink rather than you.

Long, lingering nights with friends are just five easy pieces away with

Fun is the mood with these solar color changing patio lights. No

the Belham Living Brookville all-weather wicker fire pit chat set with

electricity needed, so hang over the hot tub or off the deck railing.

Glacier fire pit. Water- and fade-resistant, the soft comfortable cushions

Each strand has 10 crackle-look plastic globes that intermittently

invite you to sit and relax by the fire pit.

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Turn the outside into your favorite room this summer with these trinkets and seating options that will have you saying “I never want to go inside!�

Float your worries away as you relax in this rattan style lounge chair.

Brings your tunes into the pool with this wireless floating pool speaker.

The mesh bed keeps you cool in the pool or on the deck. Slip on your

The water-resistant speaker floats to ensure your time in the water has the

shades, listen to some tunes and enjoy some chill time.

perfect soundtrack. From up to 100 feet away, just plug in your device and sing along with your favorite songs.

Create your own island swim bar with these LED pool stools. Great for

Perfect for the poolside is this Bordeaux fire pit dining by Agio. Sporting

around the edge of your pool, these portable illuminated stools are

a fire pit centered in the porcelain table top, it creates a fun, yet intimate,

perfect for that pool party. The rechargeable light is remote controlled for

setting. The chairs sport a spring rocker and come with the option of

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Our picks for looking cool at the pool! 1. The

is the summer version of your favorite

winter staple. An upgrade from your typical flip flop, Ugg uses Treadlite technology, giving the lightweight sole more durability and bounce. Shown in Rose Gold, $59.95. 2. Be sure to pack some cool beverages! The roomy features a food-grade safe, easy-wipe lining and the padded construction will keep contents cool for hours. The front pocket is perfect for napkins and utensils. 19.25” x 14.75” x 6.75” with 11” straps. Shown in Marrakesh pattern, $60. 3. Jeepers, don’t forget to cover those peepers! These oversized retro beauties from

should do the trick.

Shown: Narelle Crystal Flamingo, $165.00.

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in cotton geometric

pattern with pom-pom charm, 14” x 10”. $335. 5. Not only will this wide-brimmed beauty protect you from the UVA/UVB rays, but it will also keep you mysterious and chic whilst

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7. It looks like a robot, sounds like a radio, AND has a spot inside to keep your phone or MP3 player safe from water or sand! The features a padded interior and a strap to keep your device secure. Plug your phone or MP3 player into the audio jack or use the AM/FM tuner to catch the Royals game. Requires 4 AA batteries. Shown in red, $50.00. 8. We love the retro look of

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A Question of Fences

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ome folks less inclined to cook and

table. From there, we prepared a variety of

entertain might argue they have a

layouts and tweaked all of our ideas to

kitchen simply because it came with the

house, while others realize the full potential for this central focus of the home.

obtain the final plan.” As so many scrumptious details and highlights abound in this kitchen, what

When it was time to breathe new life into

first catches one’s eye is the ingenious

the outdated kitchen of this mid-20th

application of zebra wood and other wood

century Mission Hills residence, designer

finishes. For example, the center island

Sue Shinneman left no stone unturned.

enjoys a magma gold granite with the

More than just a kitchen, it is a command

added splash of zebra wood flanking it.

center, not only for how it flows and

“Pairing wood with stone provides a nice

functions effortlessly now, catering to the

combination of materials,” noted Shinneman,

busy lifestyles of its residents, but also for

who appreciates the warm touch the wood

how it commands your attention from the

offers to the countertop.

moment you walk into the space.

The island is also a multi-tasking unit.

The home had not seen much in the way

It houses a dishwasher, a GE Advantium

of updates with respect to the kitchen over

speed cook oven, a main sink, storage

the years, so Shinneman, a Certified Kitchen

underneath and ample seating space

Designer and co-owner of Kitchen Studio

around its perimeter.

Kansas City, was brought in to tackle this

The pre-finished wood floor is the perfect

project, and her 24 years of kitchen design

answer for partnership with the wood

experience truly shine in the end result.

applications.

“This is a busy family with three active kids,”

“We stripped out the old hardwood floors

explained Shinneman. “The couple desired

that were really worn down and installed this

an updated look with a contemporary appeal.

particular flooring with a baked-on finish,

The wife is actually an architect and brought

which allows it to be a bit more impervious

her own set of designs and ideas to the

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The complementary original ceiling beams were left intact, and only required a bit of touch up in a few areas. And while this kitchen is quite spacious and open today, it was substantially smaller in its original form. Shinneman and her team took out a couple of walls and opened up the family room, not only creating its spacious feel, but also allowing for additional lighting from the sun. The original floor plan was rather circuitous in that in order to access the dining room from the kitchen, one had to make a U-turn walk of sorts through the den and around the other side. In the remodeling process, the wall perpendicular to the den was torn out, opening up the kitchen to the dining room and ultimately to the family room. “We closed off the doorway to the den and opened up the space into the dining room,� noted Shinneman. That accommodation led to an increase in natural lighting, which was truly needed to brighten up the space. While the kitchen, dining room and family room enjoy a wide variety of decorative lighting fixtures, it is the sunlight that truly adds the perfect balance of warmth and glow.

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“The kitchen window faces north

In stark contrast to the lighter tones

and there is a porch off of the patio

used throughout the open space are

doors to the west,” said Shinneman.

the kitchen cabinets, that boast a

“By opening up the entire space from

darker finish as a result of the use of

the family room to the kitchen, we

lyptus, which hails from the eucalyptus

availed the space to more sunlight.”

family. According to Shinneman, the

And more sunlight means more

eucalyptus is a fast-growing tree that

time to accomplish tasks. To the left

is also a good renewable source for

of the window is a desk area, a

wood that resembles mahogany. All

perfect spot for the computer, mail,

cabinets in the island also have the

message center and technological

lyptus application, except for the one

devices.

facing the dining area, which is made

On the other side of the window is

of zebra wood.

the range, which, with its pull out

A closeted wet bar was removed

drawers on either side for various

to add a multi-purpose entertainment

cooking essentials, makes preparing

run, which is now home to a sink, an

a meal much easier. The free-standing

ice maker and ample cabinet space.

stainless steel refrigerator adds a

Next to the run is a wine unit that sits

perfect balance to the area.

above two refrigerator drawers for

Another key element of the space

wine bottles. An indirect LED lighting strip provides soft ambient lighting

is the fireplace. “The fireplace was always there,

above the run.

but by taking out the wall next to it,

The family and Shinneman enjoyed

we allowed more light to flow into

this labor of love and Shinneman

the space,” said Shinneman who

noted that the kitchen realized a

explained they also removed the red

“200% improvement” throughout the

brick frame of the fireplace and

process.

installed a stacked stone brick in

“I

enjoyed

working

with

its place to accentuate the lighter,

homeowners,” she smiled. “They are

brighter appeal of the space. The

a great couple and brought a lot of

adjoining cut-in for wood storage

great ideas to the project. Certainly

was similarly framed. On the kitchen

there were structural challenges when

side of the fireplace is a recessed

tearing out the walls, but the end

cabinet, which is a perfect place to

result was worth the effort.”

store dog food and dog leashes.

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GRILL ON KCH&S had the opportunity to get some grilling advice from the grill expert himself, Chef Shannon Kimball. He’s an award-winning sauce creator, private chef, culinary instructor, founding member of the Kansas City Food Artisans; and member of the Flavor Trade team, a company that exists to help small businesses and entrepreneurs with co-packing, incubation, and distribution of their goods in Kansas City.

KCHS: KIMBALL: Be creative. By using two zone and three zone cooking areas, you can control the quality of the finished product. I often use the indirect heat zone to reverse sear steaks, this allows more smoke flavor penetration into the meat before you final sear it over the high heat zone. KCHS:

KIMBALL: The biggest secret to success is choosing a good quality meat. Ones with CHEF SHANNO N KI MB AL L

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KIMBALL: Planking delicate meats and cheeses to infuse natural flavors will elevate the quality of taste. Try alderwood planked salmon or trout, or try applewood planked soft cheese like Gouda, cheddar or mozzarella. Another great way to infuse natural flavor is to cook with herbs. Use rosemary sprigs instead of skewers for beef and vegetable kabobs, or toss sprigs of rosemary, sage or thyme over your fire while grilling. This will impart a great taste into your meats. KCHS:

KIMBALL: Overcooking seems to be the biggest mistake in grilling. Understanding carryover cooking can help solve this problem. For instance, to cook a 1 1/2” steak to a perfect 132 F. medium rare, I would remove it from the grill when the internal temperature reaches 127 F. During the resting period, a large cut of meat will carryover cook and increase in temperature by up to 5 degrees. KCHS: KIMBALL: Cooking burgers, chicken and pork to 180 F. for safety is not necessary, you will cook the natural juices and flavor right out! Try cooking burgers to no more than 155 F. If you trust your

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high sugar content should be used toward the end of your cooking process as a glaze. Applying them too early will cause them to scorch and taste bad. KCHS: KIMBALL: Make desserts on the grill! Marinated peaches or pineapple, grilled over fruitwood are absolutely delicious. Top them with a scoop of homemade ice cream and a drizzle of port wine glaze! Smoked cheesecake is often requested for our backyard parties. After you’re done grilling your meal, cool your grill to below 120 F., add some fruitwood like peach or apple, add your cheesecake and cover with the grill lid. It only takes about 10 minutes to infuse some good smokiness into the cheesecake. The colder the cheesecake is before smoking, the longer you can leave it on the grill. I will move my cheesecake from the refrigerator to the freezer for a couple hours and then right to the smoker. This will produce a dessert with a cool creamy center and a slightly melted, mild smoky piece of heaven!

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Ask these questions in order to better understand your HELOC:

What will cause the Prime index to go up? The interest rate on your HELOC is determined by adding

a margin to the Prime rate. This means that your interest rate will go up when the Prime rate goes up.

The Prime rate changes whenever the Federal Reserve changes their Federal Funds rate. The Fed has

kept its Federal Funds rate at or near zero percent for the past several years. The Fed has indicated that they'll be increasing the Fed Funds rate as the economy recovers. This means that as the economy continues to get better, the

interest rate on your HELOC is likely to go up.1

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What happens after the initial draw period? Some HELOCs turn into amortized mortgages after the initial

draw period. This means that your monthly payment would probably go up dramatically from where it

is now if you are currently making interest-only payments. Other HELOCs must be paid off after the

initial draw period because a “balloon” payment will be due. It’s important to find out if you can keep the HELOC (albeit with a much higher payment), or if you’ll be forced to refinance or pay off the HELOC at the end of the

initial draw period.

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What would be my blended interest rate if I keep the HELOC? Your blended interest rate is determined

by your total interest expense on all of your loans. For example, assume you locked in a very low mortgage

rate on your first mortgage. Is it really worth it to have two loans instead of one if your HELOC will be

re-amortizing and the interest rate is likely to go up? You may want to consider whether you can combine the two

loans into one and walk away with a lower blended interest rate on both of your loans combined.

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What would be my total monthly payment if I keep the HELOC? There will likely be a cash flow difference one way or another if you keep the HELOC or if you combine it into your first mortgage. The1extra cash

flow can be used to invest or pay down principal. The only way1to find out is to ask the question!

Thousands of HELOC’s will begin coming due every month. Is yours one of them? Contact me so that we can

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Good Vibrations We’re extending an invitation to enjoy the pleasures of the season as harmony abounds on some of Kansas City’s most enticing outdoor patios.

Kiss Spring goodbye, summer is taking a bow. Kansas City happens to be blessed with a bevy of restaurants that long ago recognized the simple delight of dining al fresco. The setting is not quite as casual as a picnic or hemmed in by formality. Outdoor dining is more laid-back begging the case to linger, even meander around and chat up others enjoying themselves. Three establishments, Chaz on the Plaza, Californos and Barrel 31 have discovered how to create a deliciously memorable evening. The ingredients are simple enough. They all start with a sheltered niche settled with comfortable seating. Simple, unfussy décor becomes the backdrop for delicious food. Finally, the evening is underscored with a playlist of unforgettable songs. Once you’ve tried the experience, nothing short of bliss describes an evening in June dining outdoors under a canopy of moonlight.

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Chaz at the Raphael... Strings on the green There are many jewels in our city crown. One in particular is The Raphael Hotel incorporating Chaz, a nationally recognized bistro. Little wonder why this venue is touted as one of our best fine dining restaurants. Executive Chef Charles d’Ablaing’s cooking style features regional bounty with a nod toward his southern roots. His signature items include fried green tomatoes, shrimp and grits, diver caught scallops, and a hand-cut, fork-tender beef tenderloin steak that advances the Midwest’s beef reputation. “Our wet-aged prime beef Kansas City Strip is the best steak in Kansas City,” says Chef d’Ablaing. Come summer, Chaz adds a new dimension when a rotating list of musical talent entertains on the front lawn. Coupled with the romance of al fresco dining on the courtyard overlooking the Country Club Plaza, Chaz brings new meaning to a heavenly experience. 325 Ward Parkway, Kansas City, MO

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Californos... A little night music Tenure for restaurants can be mercifully short. Not, however, at Californos that opened in 1988. Patrons of this Westport establishment can count on excellent food and service that has secured its reputation throughout the decades. Led by executive chef, Marita Swift, the restaurant showcases her culinary talent woven into inventive, seasonal menus. It’s always an experience at Californos where live music is a given. Entertainment, whether in the saloon, on the north or south deck, in the bistro or main bar, keeps the house humming with the likes of Marilyn Wood and Rich Hill among others. Try an Opera Supper for a stirring evening of exceptional voices.

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Martini Corner at Union Hill is destination dining with a decidedly edgy feel. Situated in a 19th century brick building, whiskey-centric Barrel 31 has just the right combination of vintage ambiance merged with executive chef, Eric Carter’s definitive gastronomy. Together, dining at Barrel 31 is a fine mix. Here’s a sampling: Southern Belle –– Country Ham, Vella Jack Cheese, Peach Chutney, Crunchy Slaw and Toasted Banana Bread or Dry-Aged Flat Iron Steak with Chef Eric’s Beet Home Fries served with togarashi mayo. The sky’s the limit on suggested cocktail pairings since this house boasts an arm’s length of plentiful and unique spirits. No luck finding that sought after single malt? Look no further, this is the place. Barrel 31’s interior is indeed inviting but ramp it up and sit on the back patio where live music featuring DJ Kyle Rieger and guest DJs from 4-8 p.m. debuts on Whiskey Thump Sunday’s. 400 E. 31st, Kansas City, MO

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SELF STORY BY CHERI WOODSMALL C ISTOCKPHOTO/CHRISTOPHER FUTCHER

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a beautiful summer day than feeling a cool breeze on

With hundreds of trails in our amazing city, this is one of the best.

your face and the wind in your hair. And being able to do

The Indian Creek Trail System runs over 26 miles, links two

so, all while getting a great workout? It doesn’t get any better than

states, four communities and a multitude of parks along Indian

that! It’s time to blow the dust off that bike in the back of your

Creek. The scenic trail provides numerous connections to the

garage and get that bad boy on the road! From casual trail riding

surrounding areas, making it an excellent resource for members

to giving back to your community to serious club rides, Kansas

of the community for both recreation and transportation. Make sure

City offers so many choices in biking activities, you will never run

you are prepared with plenty of water for hydration, as this trail

out of options!

has a few hills and steep inclines that will make you work!

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Another great trail system for recreational riding, is the Gary

son and friend to many in the community, with a passion for

L. Haller National Recreation Trail along the linear Mill Creek

cycling, who died from cancer in 2006. 10 mile, 25 mile, and 40

Streamway Park. This trail runs for 17 miles from the Kansas River

mile routes are offered and routes start and end at Congregation

at Nelson Island south to Olathe. But keep an eye out! You may

Beth Torah, 6100 W. 127th Street, Overland Park.

have a few 4 legged friends joining you along the way, as 4 miles of this gorgeous trail are also designated for equestrians.

go all in For the more serious rider, Kansas City offers many biking clubs

pedaling for purpose

and rides throughout the year. KC Metro Bicycle Club has teamed

We always say, one of our favorite things about living in Kansas

up with several area eateries such as SPIN! Pizza, Coach’s, Blue

City, is ours is a city of big hearts. We love to give. And we love to

Moose and Rock and Brews in Prairie Fire to offer dining discounts

give back to our community. There is a reason Kansas City is rated

to riders on various nights throughout the summer. SPIN! offers a

#3 in the top 5 most philanthropic communities in the country!

10-20 mile ride that starts and ends at the restaurant, where you

We are a selfless, soulful community with over 7,500 nonprofits

then enjoy 20% off your meal! Now how fun is that!

helping improve the lives of those in our community, our country

If you are up to the challenge, why not give the Midtown

and the world. With so many charitable biking events, it’s easy to

Boogie ride a try? This ride is offered by Major Taylor Cycling Club

give back while getting great exercise!

and is not for beginners, starting at Loose Park and covering the

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hills of Midtown Kansas City, you are in for a workout!

is a cycling event that takes place at beautiful and

challenging Wyandotte County Lake in western Kansas City,

For those who have a more competitive spirit, Kansas Cycling

Kansas. This great ride offers 25 and 50 mile route options, as well

Association offers a bicycle racing series for all ages. Late Night

as a 5 mile family ride. Refreshments are served and all proceeds

Under the Lights race is every other Wednesday night through

for this event will to the Kiwanis International ELIMINATE Project to

August and starts at 6:30 pm. So get out there Kansas City! Enjoy our glorious city this summer,

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Kansas bicycle ride in memory of Joel Winston, a father, husband,

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