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2016 KCH&S TOP HOMES WINNERS

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SUMA D ESIGN & C ONSTRUCTION presents The Madison Model

This home actually inspired its builder, Mark Sumada of Suma Design and Construction, Inc., to forgo his season tickets to the Kansas City Chiefs games, and for good reason. Once you take a tour, you will understand why this home sports some of the best seats in the house, for game day and every day! Mark began working in construction and landscaping while still in high school and then studied architecture at the University of Kansas. He honed his skills by working with professors in the school, purchasing, remodeling and selling homes in Lawrence. That soon evolved into starting his own construction company building and framing new

BUILDER:

Mark Sumada

816.532.1555

SumaDesignInc.com

homes. Over the past four decades, the experts at SUMA Design and Construction have mastered traditional and Tuscan styling of homes and are now motivated by a more modern style with crisp, clean lines, as evidenced by this show-stopper. This reverse one and a half story home perfectly combines 4,000 square feet of living space into a flawless dream home. With four bedrooms and three and a half bathrooms, this contemporary showcase truly speaks to builder Mark Sumada’s raw talent, expertise and passion.

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Located at Riss Lake and completed eight months ago, this

is a door that leads to a private desk area and then to the four-car

jaw-dropping floor plan with its unique design elements will keep

garage. To the right of the range is access to the walk-in pantry,

you coming back for more. As soon as you come in through the

as well as another door to the garage. Other rooms on the main

double-door entry way with paneled glass along its perimeter, the

level include a front office and a half bathroom.

open floor plan gives you a quick view of all the excitement to

On the lower level, a great room with a media center

come. You cannot help but notice such exquisite details such as

enjoys great companionship with a bar area, highlighted with

the stainless steel cabling on

white

all of the stairs and walnut

countertops

wood work throughout the

quartzite

home. As you look all the way

adorns the opposite wall. A

through the house to the rear,

full patio is accessed through

12-foot scissor doors lead to

the sliding glass doors.

a covered deck

Macabus

quartzite

and

white

stacked

stone

This house is not just in

“This opens up the space

the spotlight but also focuses

when it’s a gorgeous day out

on all the lights that give it

or if you want to have a

the style and sophistication

party,” said Sumada. “With

it deserves.

these doors open, you can

“The lighting in this house,

easily host up to 85 people

both inside and outside,

without feeling tight on space.”

is unbelievable,” stressed

A second porch, also equipped with 12-foot scissor doors, is accessible from the kitchen just off the breakfast room and ties into the main porch with access from porch to porch through a screen door. You may feel as if you are relaxing at a luxurious resort hotel on this porch, which enjoys a beautiful box vault ceiling and

Sumada. “Plus, it has lots of windows to create the total environment.” Coupled with the open deck areas, this home really brings the outside in and expands the living space of the home. “My mission and ultimately what I do for others is to understand

complementary walnut hardwood flooring, as also used in the

that your home, no matter how small or large, can be a statement

kitchen, and a spectacular fire pit that will beg you to stay and linger

for your family, for their memories and their history, as it molds their

for awhile. With radiant heat in the ceiling on the covered decks,

lives,” said Mark. “As for this particular home, well, I can enjoy

you can enjoy year-round relaxation outside. The master suite will definitely speak its mind and enjoy the

watching the big game out on the deck close to the bathroom and the kitchen. It’s far better than the 50-yard line!”

results. Before you crawl into bed at the end of a long day, be sure to take advantage of the spa-like master bathroom. Among its many coveted features include the extra large shower with two shower heads and a rain spray head; a sunken tub in the shower; a marble shower floor; oval porcelain tile on the walls; two separate vanities, each with a porcelain vessel bowl and white fantastic quartzite laid into the top of the counter; a full make-up counter; a furniture grade finish on the stained cabinetry; and so much more. Heading back into the main living area, the gas linear fireplace becomes a luxurious focal point. “This can heat the entire great room and kitchen,” said Sumada, also referencing the cantilever benches around the fireplace. The open kitchen enjoys stainless steel appliances, including a GE built-in freezer, gas range, twin ovens, ice maker, wine refrigerator and dishwasher. A backlit dining hutch off to the side provides extra storage for stemware and dishes. To the left of the cooking range

For more information on SUMA Design & Construction, visit them online at sumadesigninc.com

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SAB H OMES

presents The Wildwood Model

Imagine building your dream home and feeling as if you are the builder’s one and only top priority. With SAB Homes, that’s basically how customers are treated. Not only are these professionals highly-skilled in their craft, they are also reliable, act with integrity, ensure each project is worthy of distinction and continually strive for excellence. Giving 100% to each and every endeavor is merely a baseline measure. Since its inception in 1989, SAB Homes has been a strong leader in providing single-family and multi-family homes to buyers across the metro area. Owner Scott Bamesberger brings to the table not only a wealth of experience in the industry, but also balances that with a strong sense of value, a solid understanding of design and a commitment to quality. While building a home is not always an easy endeavor, SAB Homes puts its focus on the positive aspects of the building process and does not consider any job complete until the customer is completely satisfied. SAB Homes is synonymous with superior value, but never comprises quality to get to that level. SAB Homes has its presence in numerous communities in Lee’s Summit, Raymore, Kansas City North and southern Johnson County and continues to search for other communities in the metro area in which to add its award-winning designs. No matter where

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Scott Bamesberger

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SAB Homes creates these dream homes, they are always welcome additions to any neighborhood. With more than 80 awards and in excess of 1,000 completed projects, this company has quite the impressive resume, and the Wildwood design is a solid example of why this builder remains a leader of the pack.


This 3,250 square foot ranch reverse home will simply take your

glass doors leading to a covered triangular shaped deck that, when

breath away. Its gorgeous exterior and curb appeal reveal that beauty

opened, bring a bit of the outdoors in and creates more room for

is actually more than skin deep. When showcased last fall in the prestigious Parade of Homes

entertainment purposes. An additional deck is found off the eating area in the kitchen and the master bedroom also enjoys its own

events, this home nabbed First

private deck. This floor plan gives

Place in Distinctive Plan and Design

homeowners the best of both

as well as the coveted Grand Award

worlds, harmoniously combining

Pick of the Parade. Its rustic-style

indoor and outdoor living.

chic appeal with a stone and stucco

“This home was built with a great

façade and rustic cedar detail echo

deal of natural light and amazing

a craftsman style ambiance, and

views of the adjacent golf course

after you make your way through

from all angles,” stated Raelyn

the front door, you may never

King-Barnhart, General Manager.

want to leave. Once inside, it’s

The lower level offers its own

hard not to notice the deliberate

feeling of relaxation and tranquility.

attention to detail, such as the

The open media room is accented

unique hardwood flooring that is

by a see-through stone fireplace

predominate throughout the home.

and an accompanying wet bar with

“This is called Vintage Loft and

warm mosaic tile, wine refrigerator

is made to look like repurposed

and glass-paneled cabinetry. Another

barn

set of 12’ wide x 8’ tall double

wood,”

Morfeld,

noted

SAB’s

Adrienne

warranty

and

sliding glass doors with tile just

marketing manager.

inside the door provides easy

A bit further into the home and

access to the over-sized patio. This

just off to the left is a charming

level has three bedrooms, two of

pocket office with enviable seats

which share a Hollywood bath and

granting a great view of the

one with its own bathroom with

adjacent golf course. Accessed via

shower. All bedrooms have large

a sliding stained barn door, this comfy nook may just become your

walk-in closets, and more storage space abounds with a suspended

perfect hideaway.

garage under which ample room has been made to store anything

The master bedroom, a retreat in itself, enjoys designer carpet,

and everything.

vaulted ceilings and a bathroom with all of the charm and appeal of

“Every attention to detail was made when building this home,”

nature itself. With flooring that gives the appearance of birch, a

emphasized Morfeld. “From its lofty, stunning entrance to over 400

whirlpool tub, dual shower heads and a bench in the shower, this is

square feet of deck space in the back, it gives the feeling of a cozy

the perfect place to unwind and recharge at the end of the day. An

ski lodge.”

additional half-bathroom is also located on this level, complete with a

With SAB, you just never know what dreams may come to

vessel copper sink with an old-fashioned water pump faucet and a

fruition…or even how they are born. When Bamesberger initially met

stunning stone wall with rustic hardwood flooring. While there is a

with the architect on site, he told him he wanted a home that would

laundry room on the lower level, the master closet also has laundry

take full advantage of all the gorgeous views on this lot. While casually

hook-ups.

chatting over a bowl of chips and salsa one day, the architect

Going into the kitchen, prepare to be amazed. The sloped ceiling

sketched this floor plan, proving what Constantin Brancusi, one of the

with wood beams provide a perfect complement to the Knotty Alder

most influential sculptors of the 20th century, once noted, “Architecture

cabinetry with walnut wainscot stain by Sherwin Williams. Additional

is inhabited sculpture.” Yes, the Wildwood truly is a work of art.

features include granite counter tops, Gallery Series appliances and a walk-in pantry with ample shelving. Just off the kitchen is the main living area with its rustic ambiance and floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace and 12’ wide x 8' tall double sliding

For more information on SAB Homes, visit them online at sabhomes.com

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C ASA B ELLA C ONSTRUCTION presents the Artisan Tour Home

If you find yourself utterly speechless when you enter this one-of-a-kind home in North Kansas City, you are not alone. Even the judges from the Parade of Home were at a loss for words when they deemed it The Pick of the Parade Grand Award Winner and the Grand Prize Winner for Distinctive Design and Plan in 2015. Designed and built by Russ Groshans, owner of Casa Bella Construction, along with his talented design team members Amber Jury and Lise Groshans, this home is located in the Riss Lake subdivision and is a residential masterpiece that completely transcends a one-dimensional description and instead, should be experienced. Forget what you might

BUILDER:

Russ Groshans

816.436.9969

CasaBellaConstruction.com

consider to be a one-in-a-million type of house, as this is truly a once-in-a-lifetime home. Groshans and his team are known to produce one-of-a-kind homes at affordable prices, from European to Traditional; Craftsman to Cape Cod. All you need is an idea. They will flawlessly execute the rest. Not only does the Casa Bella team demand high expectations of themselves, they simultaneously exceed those of their clients. A Certified Graduate Builder and Certified Green Professional, Groshans takes pride in his work and delivers every product with quality, integrity and unparalleled craftsmanship.

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Every feature of this home was meticulously selected with the

cabinetry, a window seat and floating box beams, all finished in a

discerning homeowner in mind. Top-of-the-line upgrades pair

washed gray custom stain. The beveled glass window just inside

beautifully with state-of-the-art technologies to create an environment

the 8’ tall custom double doors acts as a prism, cascading light

that allows you to enjoy the benefits of 21st century living while

across the beautifully finished, hard maple, hand scraped floors.

simultaneously feeling as if you are a world away. With 5,202

Even the half-bath strikes its own notable pose. The centerpiece

finished square feet of living

of this spectacular powder

space that includes four

bath is the L.E.D. backlit

bedrooms, four full baths,

extruded

two half-baths and a three-

panels

car garage, this is the perfect

room an ambiance that is

place for a growing family to

unparalleled. The floating

create memories together.

vanity with accent lighting,

aluminum which

give

wall this

As you enter the front

an amazing art glass vessel

door, prepare for a luxurious

sink, beautiful solid surface

embrace of the senses. The

top, and designer faucets

piece-de-resistance that will

flowing from the wall complete

immediately catch your eye

this one-of-a-kind room.

is the spectacular and calming two-story waterfall, paired artfully

As you continue down to the lower level, the elegance,

with the stone feature wall and custom iron railing accenting the

sophistication and attention to detail seamlessly continues. This

curved stairwell. Its hypnotic beauty will leave you transfixed.

garden level retreat has an open rec room that includes a fireplace

From top to bottom, the elegant great room makes a grand

and built-in TV. Take a seat at the fabulous wet bar and enjoy the

statement with its beautifully coffered, soaring ceiling, five-foot

amazing view into the wine room or transition to the billiards room

linear fireplace, imported marble fireplace wall and built-in 65� flat

for more entertainment. This spacious and functional lower level

screen TV. The custom backlit cabinets and wall of arched

area also has two bedrooms each with a private bath and walk-in

windows provide spectacular framework for an amazing view of

closet. Additionally, the professional home theater offers stadium-

the contiguous lake and the woods.

style seating and provides a theatrical ambiance to rival any big

You will be the talk of the town as you entertain in the gourmet kitchen that boasts custom lighted cabinets and top-of-the-line

movie house with all the comforts of home. This room is truly a design blockbuster.

Thermador and Sub-Zero appliances, including a cabinet-front

Finally, step outside to the backyard and discover a perfectly

refrigerator, professional gas range, ovens, griddle and wine

terraced lawn, professionally designed hardscapes, pergola, sitting

refrigerator. The adjoining pantry makes the perfect caterer’s

wall, fire pit and waterfall providing the ambiance of a five-star

workstation and the nearby laundry room and mudroom offer plenty

resort with all the at-home privacy of being tucked away in a deeply

of storage space with spacious cabinets and granite countertops.

wooded lot with breath-taking lake views.

Not to be missed is the master bedroom suite. At the end of the day, you can retreat to your own oasis in the luxurious master suite that offers stunning views of a private lake and waterfall. When you want to leave the outside world behind, a sliding door opens to reveal a spa-like master bathroom. The six-foot designer tub and two-person shower with body sprays and rain showerhead will help you wash away the day. The dressing area, complete with valet cabinet, pullouts and beveled mirrors, will make you feel like royalty. This exquisite bathroom stands confidently as a room in and of itself. From the barrel vaulted ceiling partnered with indirect lighting to the designer series tile, heated tile floors, granite and custom cabinets, this master bath is sure to inspire. Another treasured spot within this home is the study. Relax and enjoy this warm and sophisticated space, featuring beautiful built-in

For more information on Casa Bella Construction, visit them online at casabellaconstruction.com

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A SHLAR H OMES

presents The Pepperwood Model When you partner with Ashlar Homes, LLC to build your dream home, you have joined forces with a company that builds the strongest and most durable homes, coupled with a lasting promise of unwavering quality. To understand that quality, however, is to understand the meaning of the word “ashlar.” By definition, ashlar refers to prepared stonework from any type of stone. In past generations, ashlar blocks were frequently used to construct buildings symbolizing strength and progress. To that end, an Ashlar

BUILDER:

Shawn Woods

816.228.1188

AshlarHomesKC.com

home is synonymous with solid construction that lasts a lifetime. Purchasing an Ashlar home is truly a solid investment. One of Ashlar Homes’ premier designs is the Pepperwood. This captivating reverse one and a half floor plan has been making a name for itself the past couple of years due to its spacious and versatile floor plan. With 1,700 square feet of living space on the main floor alone, this home offers a host of features that truly make it a leader of the pack. “This is an open floor plan that everyone wants,” noted of Shawn Woods, President of Ashlar Homes.

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As you drive up to the Pepperwood, its decided curb appeal will catch your eye with its all brick façade highlighted with the perfect combination of stone and stucco accents. “We are the only builder in the Kansas City metro area that has

bar/kitchenette area. In some cases, the basement floor can be stained. “We’ve also done floating wood floors, putting real wood on top of the concrete,” said Woods.

an all-brick neighborhood (Swanson Farm at Whispering Ridge),”

Depending upon how the basement is designed, this floor plan

said Woods. “We always have masonry on some sort on all of

can range anywhere from 2,400 total square feet up to 3,200

the homes we build. It

square feet.

is virtually maintenance

And

while

you

free; has a strong

won’t be able to

aesthetic appeal; is

take your eyes off

very solid; and is highly

the main features in

energy efficient.”

this home, there is

As

you

cross

a

cornucopia

of

the threshold through

standard

the front door, its

working behind the

engaging beauty will

scenes that come

ultimately capture your

with

heart.

Home,

features

every

Ashlar

and

the

The spacious main

Pepperwood is no

living area beckons a

exception. Among the

fun family gathering or

top highlights include

just total relaxation

8-foot

after a long day at

foundation

walls eight inches

work. Your attention is soon focused on the breakfast nook that

wide; excavation for basement and foundation to solid soil,

opens to a covered deck. The spacious kitchen is equipped with

with a minimum three-foot depth below finished grade to allow

stainless steel appliances and an impressive granite-topped island.

for frost protection; 42” wall with trim cap and apron at all open

The living room is home to an inviting tiled fireplace which

stairways; and laminated composition shingles on the roof,

the owner has the option of upgrading to a floor to ceiling stone package.

complete with self-sealing ridge shingles and roof sheathing. “We also use higher upgrade furnaces or heat pumps, depending

Also located on the main floor are two bedrooms and two full

upon the municipalities; install low-e (emissivity) windows and

baths. The main level master bedroom is separated from the

provide a foam and caulk package as well as Tyvek® wrap for air

second bedroom and comes fully equipped with a walk-in tile

barrier on the outside,” explained Woods.

shower and seamless access to the adjoining laundry room.

The roof is a 30-year laminate shingle, which is asphalt based

Unique to the master bathroom is the custom-designed tub and

but gives the appearance of an old cedar shake shingle, giving a

shower containment, coupled with a double vanity. A second full

bit of depth and character to the roof. Ashlar Homes provides a

bathroom is contiguous to the other bedroom on this floor.

10-year structural warranty, a one-year full warranty and a

A mudroom stands just off the three-car garage (with a four-car optional garage version), equipped with a standard cubby area and a walk-in pantry stands just off the mudroom, which then leads to the laundry room.

two-year systems warranty. Most important, however, is how effortless the entire building process seems to be. “We make this as easy as possible for our clients,” smiled Woods.

Multiple options in the basement allow the homeowner to choose from two bedrooms and one small recreation area or one highly spacious recreation area with two bedrooms towards the back. While hardwood flooring presents throughout the main level, the lower level is fully carpeted except for the tile in the

For more information on Ashlar Homes, visit them online at ashlarhomeskc.com

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FAUST

CONSTRUCTION presents the Manica Lake House

Jaw-dropping. That is one word by which to describe this incredible work of art. If you are at a loss for words when first laying eyes on this masterpiece, then join the crowd. Bursting at the seams with unique personality and style, if it initially catches your eye, then it will most likely ultimately capture your heart. The architectural signature of this home truly puts it in a class by itself, and its builder has good reason to put his own stamp on it as part of his outstanding portfolio. As owner of Faust Construction in Pleasant Hill, Missouri, Brian Faust put great passion into this home, but that is nothing unusual for a builder who truly enjoys the industry. Now in its 11th year of business, Faust Construction has been making dreams come true with homes throughout many parts of the metro area, most notably in northern Johnson County, Mission Hills, Leawood and Prairie Village. A graduate of Central Missouri State University with a B.S. degree in Construction Science & Management, Faust began his career on the commercial aspect of the business but did some residential work on the side to further expand his skill set. That eventually led to working with an architect on some modern lofts downtown, a style

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Brian Faust

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he perfected and which has become increasingly popular in the suburbs. Faust ultimately took a leap of faith and started his own business in 2005, making a solid name for himself, especially within the world of modern design.


This 4,000 square foot Lake Lotawanna beauty with five

has a fun waterfall feature that faces the refrigerator.

bedrooms, three full baths, and one half bath, definitely showcases

The equally exciting lower level gives new meaning to

Faust’s natural talent and ability and from the moment its one-of-

“staycation.” A kitchenette/bar area is the perfect place to grab

a-kind curb appeal draws you in, you’ll barely be able to contain

some refreshments before heading into the sauna or out to the

your enthusiasm as you open the front door. Its 32-foot tower

water-proofed screened-in porch located under the expansive

and 26-foot main living area provide

deck above. A hot tub and a cold tub

a truly spacious feeling and its

are easily accessible and both are

seamlessly flowing design allows for

recessed into the concrete so you can

perfect incorporation into this steep

just walk right into them. A nearby fire

and narrow lake lot.

pit with an outdoor kitchen has the

A split-level design, upon entering

feeling of a resort written all over it

the foyer, you can access four

and the dock is just a few steps away.

bedrooms, including the main master

This must be what is meant by Heaven

suite, and two bathrooms upstairs or

on Earth.

walk down to the main level. The rift

The exterior of the home is done

white oak flooring is one of the

in stucco and ¾” aluminum reveals,

hallmarks of this home.

separating nicely with beautiful rainscreen

“Rift white is one of the most

walls using Azek decking to give a soft

expensive cuts,” explained Faust. “It is

touch to the hard stucco look. A couple

very linear and has no inconsistencies

of highly unique features of this home

throughout. We used 6” wide planks on this home.” A breath-taking three-level home, Faust will be the first to concede that it was a challenge to build. “This house required significant efforts to enable proper sheer reinforcing due to the height, amount of windows, and narrow

include the 8” x 10” gutter system with a huge aluminum cover, all of which flows into one single downspout on each side, developed from a commercial design and incorporated into this home to maintain its modern style and flow. And the 16-foot wall with accompanying skylight in the master bathrooms was built entirely of glass.

width,” he said. “Multiple areas of the frame are made out of 8”

“We had one of Manica Architecture’s staff members from Europe

and 10” tube steel and 12” LVLs, and it took 10 months to build.”

advise us on how to construct it in three sections with gaskets

The end result, however, was truly worth the effort.

between them,” explained Faust.

A loft above the front entry, accessible by a built-in ladder and

Details. Details. Sure, those elements make this home unique,

highlighted with one-inch Lexgard Plexiglas (bullet resistant glass)

but from where we stand, it’s overall appeal is just begging us to

on either side, overlooks the front and back of the home. On the

take a few days off and relax.

main level are the kitchen, dining and living rooms. A second master-bedroom suite with a large, zero-entry shower sits directly behind the kitchen. “The homeowner, who is also the architect, built this home with his staff in mind, as they frequently use it for company gatherings,” stated Faust. The kitchen, an entertainer’s dream, boasts two dishwashers, GE monogram appliances, a cooktop with down drafts that rise out of the counter top with a simple push of a button and recessed directly back into the cabinet, maintaining the seamless and modern vibe of the space. Additional touches include two wine refrigerators that are flush with the wall, three rows of glass backsplash that are movable to adapt the shelf any way you desire. The dark quartz countertop on the island is 3” thick and

For more information on Faust Construction, visit them online at faustconstruction.com

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F IRST C HOICE C USTOM H OMES presents The Tuscan Model

Since 2009, First Choice Custom Homes, LLC, has been offering Kansas Citians some of the best in custom home designs. However, the man behind the name has had his hands in the construction industry in multiple forms since the mid-1980s. Owner and President John Jamison wouldn’t change a thing about what he does, as he absolutely loves his work, and that passion can be seen in every single detail throughout each of his stunning creations. As one of the metro area’s leading custom home builders in the $350,000-$550,000 price range, First Choice Custom Homes, based in Spring Hill,

BUILDER:

John Jamison

913.738.9889

FirstChoiceHomesKC.com

Kansas, has put roots down in all parts of the metro, from southern Johnson County to Parkville, Missouri, and from Shawnee to the Northland. Jamison understands that building a home is a highly involved process, and to that end he selects craftsmen and tradesmen based on their reliability and dedication to quality, creating an environment that truly empowers the sub-contractors and employees to do their best at all times. The company even uses its own paint crew to allow for enhanced control of the product. The mission at First Choice Custom Homes is to provide customers with the home they deserve and desire, and the project is not completed until those criteria are fully met.

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One of First Choice Custom Homes’ featured designs is the Tuscan. As with every single home crafted by First Choice Custom

bathroom and a tile product in the bathroom that looks like barn wood,” stated Jamison.

Homes, this 3,944 square foot, reverse one and half story home

While this particular home definitely speaks volumes about

with four bedrooms and three full baths has been constructed

Jamison’s skills, talents and devotion to his craft, none of it would

with the finest and most advanced building materials to make

be possible without the dedication he enjoys from his team of

it as energy efficient as possible and to ensure more money

multitalented and equally passionate employees.

stays

in

the

homeowner’s

“I have the most dedicated

pockets while simultaneously

group,” he smiled. “They are

creating less of an impact on

all wonderful people and the

the planet. This particular model

homeowners with whom we

is $480,000 with a $70,000 lot.

work with love working with my

On the main level are two

team. That means a lot to me,

bedrooms and two bathrooms,

as I see this as a company for

as well as a dedicated sun room

people, not just for me.”

with a recessed ceiling, walnut

Among his stellar group

beams and indirect lighting

include Steve Miller, project

located at the back of the home

manager, who assumes constant

that

a

contact with Jamison and the

covered outdoor sitting area.

customers with a very hands-on

sits

contiguous

to

The open concept of this home immediately draws you in. The

approach to each and every project. Stephanie Parenza,

vaulted ceilings, arches and various art niches found throughout

operations manager, keeps things moving efficiently as she

the space give it unique charm and style. This level also includes a

seamlessly coordinates matters with the banks, insurance

dining room/library room, which is often used as an office.

companies and homeowners. Jamison is also pleased to have

The expansive and inviting kitchen with its oversized granite-

his 19-year-old grandson, Dennis Miller, on board, who has been

topped island, upgraded appliances, and white oak cabinets

helping out in the business since he was 12. Another extremely

provide the perfect gathering spot for family and friends.

dedicated and talented part of the team is Daniel Enriquez, also

Head down to the expansive lower level that is home to a full

19, who recently joined the company.

bar with tile and two additional bedrooms and one full bathroom.

“I greatly appreciate all that they do for me and feel highly

The beautiful staircase enjoys commercial grade patterned carpet

confident that this business is in great shape to continually move

and decorate wrought iron spindles. What some builders might

forward,” noted Jamison.

refer to as an upgrade, Jamison considers standard. “Our base price is where upgrades are standard,” he emphasized. “We install upgraded carpet, tile and hardwood in each home so the customer does not have to come back and ask for upgrades. I try to build nicer things into each home from the start.” Among those upgrades include 3 1/2” standard casing, back band around the perimeter of door casing and windows and upgraded moldings throughout the home. The Tuscan, a three-car garage home, enjoys a third oversized bay and the back patio is also oversized, stained and stamped. With First Choice, it’s all in the details. A revised model of this home is also in development, blending the Tuscan beauty with a craftsman appeal. “For that particular model, we redesigned the front of the home, which will have a shed roof over the garage and other touches such as sliding barn wood rustic doors leading into the master

For more information on First Choice Custom Homes, visit them online at firstchoicehomeskc.com

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It’s impossible to walk through any Roeser-built home and not feel like a kid in a candy store. From the moment you pull into the driveway and are greeted by incredible style and charm, you know you are in for a real treat. It’s almost as if living in one of these homes is akin to wearing an impressive outfit, as friends and family will undoubtedly note, “This home is so amazing,” to which you can respond, “Why, thanks. It’s a Roeser.” But before you enter this home in the Canyon Creek subdivision in Lenexa, Kansas, you have to meet the builder. Laid back and easy going, Austin Roeser presents as just a regular guy, the kind you’d like to have as a neighbor and certainly the type who would come over on a warm Saturday evening and help you fire up the backyard grill. Do not confuse his relaxed demeanor, however, with lack of drive and ambition when it comes to designing and building homes. To that end, he is all about quality, integrity, honesty, and, if it’s not obvious yet, some pretty cool designs. His flair for unique style and attention to detail propel him to the top of the class when it comes to top-notch home builders in the metro area, and this particular

BUILDER:

Austin Roeser

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stunner, known as the Bailey, certainly lives up to the Roeser brand. This original two-story plan has been a part


of Roeser’s portfolio for years and has truly gone the distance with respect to overall appeal.

Progressing down the hallway to the master suite, built-in cabinets provide extra storage for towels and linens. From there, a

“It’s the perfect family home,” noted Roeser referring to this exceptional two-story, three and a half-bath, three-car garage design that dishes up 3,200 square feet of perfect living space for the entire family.

tremendous showcase awaits as you enter the master bedroom through a unique circular rotunda. “This 10-foot atrium-like area with its round ceiling and accent lights hides the master bedroom door and laundry room,

Just moments into the

offering

some

privacy

front door, you are greeted

and

by an impressive two-story

a retreat-like ambiance,”

entry, an elegant arched

explained Roeser.

giving

the

room

dining room with columns

The master suite comes

that tie into the chair rail

fully equipped with a sitting

on

a

room, a fireplace, a full

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one

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bathroom with a frameless

study with glass French

European walk-in shower

doors and windows all

featuring

around the entry frame on

heads and a rain head,

the other side.

and contiguous laundry

One of the primary focal

two

shower

room.

points of this dream home

“The laundry room is

is the beautiful split center staircase which makes a statement but

accessible from the master bedroom as well as from the hallway,”

does not overwhelm the space. Your attention will also be drawn

said Roeser.

to the two-story hearth room with a wall of glass, corner stone fireplace and decorative niches that add the perfect touch. An adjoining formal living space stands at the ready for hosting parties or just being used as a kids’ play zone while you prepare dinner.

Like the kitchen, all of the cabinetry, shelves and wood features bear the black lacquer style. All rooms upstairs are carpeted while the main level has hardwood floors, including the dining room and the great room,

The kitchen is the perfect gathering spot for those casual get

which are comprised of wide grey-washed eight-inch planks which

togethers where fun and laughter are always on the menu. Among

has been wire-brushed, taking out the soft grain and leaving the

the many features of this highly functional space that is any chef’s

hard grain in, providing a noticeably unique texture.

delight is the oversized island with a thick marble slab, stainless steel appliances, 36” gas cooktop with accented glass mosaic tile,

“This home is all about the details,” emphasized Roeser. “It doesn’t lack many things!”

soft close drawers and a large walk-in pantry. The black lacquer cabinets add a trendy personality to the space. This is not just a kitchen; it is a haven for culinary inspiration. Just off the kitchen and next to the garage entry is a mudroom area complete with built-in cubbies. A half bath is situated at the end of the hall and a butler bar is located on the other side of the mudroom. Outfitted with tile backsplash sporting a stainless steel round patterned design, this cozy bar is the perfect spot to prepare beverages for guests and store your favorite glassware. As you make your way upstairs, prepare to feel as if you have entered a luxurious hotel where four bedrooms eagerly welcome you. Two bedrooms are separated by a full bathroom and a third bedroom enjoys its own full bathroom and can serve as a cozy guest retreat. All of these secondary bedrooms feature vaulted ceilings and walk-in closets.

For more information on this model plan visit online at roeserhomes.com/bailey

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Daniel Graham of Graham Homes makes transitioning to a new home easy and affordable, and he does this with one amazing floor plan that has appeal written all over it. Offering flexible open floor plans with amazing outdoor views has become a specialty of Graham Homes, and this particular model is no exception. In fact, it rules. Known as The Bridgeway, this stylish home offers a refreshing and welcoming ambiance as soon as you cross the threshold through the front door. Introduced three years ago, this floor plan was originally conceived as a concept for a retirement community, but its overall appeal speaks to buyers of all ages. Boasting four bedrooms and three full bathrooms with a total of 2,800 square feet (1,800 on the main level and 1,000 on the lower level),

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“We can incorporate either a noted Graham.


The open floor plan was strategically designed for ease of flow

gas or electric, depending upon the regulations of the subdivision)

and certainly speaks to its livable appeal. In fact, one could easily

stand at the ready to create that perfect meal. Additionally, the large

just reside on the main level and have everything within arm’s reach

walk-in pantry has ample storage for staples and groceries.

and comfortable walking distance.

“We created this kitchen to

“The mud room is just off of

offer a ton of space,” said

the garage and the laundry room

Graham, also referencing a

is off the master closet,” noted

significant storage area on the

Graham. “From the garage you

lower level.

can enter into the living room or

Not to be missed is the exciting

go directly to the laundry room,

covered deck out back. Just off

which leads to the master closet

the spacious great room, this

and ultimately to the master

comfortable retreat is made of

bedroom. It is a great layout.”

cedar with stucco posts, iron

From any vantage point on the

spindles on the railing, and

main level, the area appears

recessed cans for lighting. It’s

quite spacious without feeling

easy to see how this charming

overwhelming. The footprint was

and relaxing spot invites a

deliberately constructed and was

“staycation” kind of appeal.

designed with convenience in

Walking around towards the front

mind. The main level enjoys 11

of the home, the stone and

foot ceilings with nine foot

stucco façade, quaint porch and

ceilings in the kitchen and

arched entryway give a whole

bedrooms as well as on the

new meaning to curb appeal.

lower level. A coffered vault

When it comes to building

ceiling with tray lighting in the

homes for his clients, Graham

master bedroom makes for an award-winning look. “It’s very manageable in terms of maintenance, and we designed this home to have everything one would need on the main floor,” explained Graham. Among the outstanding features in this home include hardwood

listens first to understand and then to reply, and he leaves no stone unturned when it comes to creating the perfect residence that makes a dream home a reality. “I speak the language of my clients and make sure I fully understand what they desire in terms of the home they desire,” he noted.

flooring throughout the main level, including the master bedroom and tile in the master bathroom and all other wet areas. The master bathroom offers split vanities sitting opposite one another with birch stained cabinets that provide a comfortable appeal. Creating a spa-like atmosphere in the master bathroom are the 2’ x 2’ obscured glass windows set up high for natural light. A second bedroom/guest room is also on the main level which could easily transition into a home office or den. All of the bedrooms in the homes feature full walk-in closets. Eleven foot ceilings are standard in the master bath and closet and the walk-in shower features dual shower heads. All other bathrooms in the home have tubs with accompanying shower heads. The open kitchen invites friends and family to gather. Granite countertops and soft lighting under the birch-stained cabinets take center stage while state-of-the art appliances (which can be either

For more information on Graham Homes, visit them online at grahamhomes.com

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Nick Zvacek, owner of Zvacek Construction, LLC, based in Pleasant Hill, Missouri, practically cut his teeth in the home building industry. A third generation builder, he began working on his framing skills at just 14 years of age, working alongside his father and grandfather. Today, Zvacek has proven that honing a specific set of skills over a

Zvacek CONSTRUCTION BUILDER:

Nick Zvacek

816.213.7204

long period of time results in remarkable talent, and his top selling designs evidence those strengths. Among his best sellers is the Madeline, a reverse one and a half floor plan. This particular model is located in the Chapel Hill subdivision at 179th and Pflumm in southern Overland Park. Although constructed from an original blueprint, Zvacek is more than happy to modify the plan to meet the customer’s needs. “Many of our plans evolve from certain requests of the customer,” emphasized Zvacek. “And I am flexible when it comes to modifying the original blueprints. Alternatively, we can completely design a new home from the ground up.” With so much to offer, it’s a challenge to know where to begin when highlighting all of the extraordinary features in this 3,059 square foot dream home. Most notable are the two spacious bedrooms on the main level, one being the master suite and the other

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offering a great guest bedroom retreat. Two additional bedrooms

want to keep the area neat and clean, there is ample storage space

are located on the lower level.

contiguous to the wet area.

Hardwood floors – or tile, depending on the customer’s wants ––

“There is a storm shelter directly under the front porch for additional

are present throughout the home with carpeting found in all of

storage,” noted Zvacek. “We stack a lot of extra features in our floor

the bedrooms.

plans that really appeal to the buyer.”

The master bathroom boasts a

Not to be missed is the expansive

fully-tiled and ample shower with two

14’ x 22’ covered deck that is accessible

shower heads. His and her vanities

from the kitchen area, offering more

with granite countertops make getting

space to entertain or just relax and

ready for work in the morning an

unwind during the warmer months

efficient process. Additionally, the

of the year. A stone and stucco

laundry room just off the master closet

presentation on the front of the home

adds a layer of convenience. Ceiling

is partnered with smart panel sides on

fans are located in all four bedrooms

the exterior and a 30-year timberline

as well as in the downstairs and

roof, all of which help to round out this

upstairs living areas.

phenomenal package.

In the great room, a floor to ceiling

Completely hands-on with each

stone fireplace is accented by a rustic

project, Zvacek is a Certified Master

mantle and beams on the ceiling, in

Builder with an “all hands on deck”

response to an increased demand for

philosophy. He credits his exceptional

the box beam look. The kitchen is an

team with making each and every

entertainer’s dream with ample cabinet

home a dream come true for his

space, a large center island, stainless steel appliances, decorative pendant lighting, and an eye-catching tile backsplash. The rustic Knotty Alder cabinetry throughout the home adds a feeling of warmth and pairs harmoniously with the hickory floors.

clients. Construction Manager Jake Emry, office manager Lynne Mitchell and their architect are dedicated to ensuring that each home’s building process is as easy and fun as possible for the homeowner.

A built-in pocket office just off the kitchen keeps the family

“I truly enjoy what I do,” smiled Zvacek. “It’s such a rewarding

organized, as does the mudroom, complete with a bench and

feeling when we finish a property and realize that the family will

cubbies for storage.

enjoy it and raise their kids there.”

Unique to this home are the hidden gems that make it attractive.

A Nick Zvacek Home will help to keep those memories alive.

What might be an expensive option on some homes is completely standard with Zvacek’s designs. “I provide something at this price point that few builders do,” explained Zvacek, referring to the complete home theater with surround sound, TV and related equipment by Keith Stewart, owner of Custom Connections, which are all part of the standard package for this home. Another hidden gem is the 2’ x 2’ loading door access into the pantry from the garage, which has been a popular request from customers in recent years. “You can just unload your groceries from the car directly into your pantry before you even walk into the house,” noted Zvacek. On the lower level, a second fireplace provides a relaxing element and a kitchenette complete with a mini refrigerator, sink and dishwasher make casual entertaining a breeze. The tile backsplash adds a pop of personality to the space and when you

For more information on Zvacek Construction, call them at 816.213.7204

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If you live anywhere in or around the Platte City or Smithville areas, you have most likely heard of Patty Farr, a name synonymous with one of the best in real estate. An independent RE/MAX Broker/Owner with House of Dreams in Smithville, Missouri and her newest location in Platte City, Missouri, her bottom line is not measured in dollars and cents, but in acts of service rendered selflessly from the heart. Being a real estate agent is simply a side benefit of who she truly is. Farr grew up in the Platte County area so she knows this land like the back of her hand. Born of homegrown sensibilities and a natural desire to be of service to others, her undeniable heart of compassion can be seen in all she does. She loves this area. It’s

BUILDERS:

Patty Farr and Larry Ryan

816.405.7712 PattyFarr.com

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where she raised her two sons and it’s where she leaves footprints of service all over the land. She eagerly maintains a steady finger on the pulse of all the activity that makes her hometown exciting. An ambitious entrepreneur and real estate professional, Farr’s business wheels are always turning, and to that end she has established a new arm of her business with Homes by Patty Farr. Not only can Farr help clients buy and sell homes, she can also help them build them! Working alongside her husband and business partner, Larry Ryan,


Farr has developed a successful home construction company with

metal spindles, granite countertops; oil-rubbed bronze finishes,

the same tools by which she created her real estate business:

covered decks with ceiling fans and lighting, designer heavy net

honesty, quality, value and heart. Farr does not understand what

carpeting on the steps, tray ceilings with rope lighting, hardwood

it means to cut corners and only produces results to the highest

flooring in the main living areas, tile in the wet areas and so

standard. Homes by Patty Farr is no exception to that rule

much more.

and it’s easy to see why this dynamic construction company is

gaining

“We cater to the master bedroom and bathroom area, making

considerable

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luxurious

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traction in the Platte City

possible,” emphasized Ryan.

and surrounding areas.

“We also design the kitchen

Currently overseeing the

and main living areas to

construction of eight new

be as open as possible

homes, Homes by Patty

so the family can remain

Farr is excited to bring

connected. In some of our

exciting new floor plans

homes, we incorporate a

and designs to the market.

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pantry

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Three homes are currently

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room in and of itself.”

like

is

another

Rock Creek subdivision in

Ryan also noted that in

Smithville and five are being

most of the designs, the

prepared in Riverview in

formal dining room has

Platte City. When Homes

been eliminated to allow for

by Patty Farr has an idea,

further expansion of the

this company goes full throttle, consistently delivering the best

kitchen and casual dining area.

products at the best prices. There is no ego in these designs;

Although Homes by Patty Farr offers a variety of floor plans from

only straight-forward talk with the clients’ best interests always top

which to choose, they will also happily work with clients to tailor and

of mind.

customize any design to meet their individual needs and lifestyles.

Although relatively new to the construction side of the industry, Farr is well-versed in all-things real estate and is quickly proving her home building prowess with the same finesse, enthusiasm, character and style she brings to every endeavor. “We do everything just as well as any other builder and are

Both Ryan and Farr enjoy the construction aspects of the business, particularly when the final touches are added. “It’s fun to see the finished product after taking it from initial plans with the architect, figuring it all out, and seeing it all come together,” said Ryan.

excited to see this business grow and succeed,” smiled Farr. With a variety of floor plans from which to choose, including walk-out ranches, reverse and split-level styles, from 1,500 square feet to just under 2,000 square feet and with a price point of the lower $200,000s to the upper $200,000s, each home is given the same attention to detail, quality and style. Whether starting out in your first home or down-sizing after the kids are gone, Homes by Patty Farr has the footprint you want at the price you can afford. “These homes enjoy solid craftsmanship,” noted Ryan, who has a strong engineering background and is also experienced in home inspection matters. “We make sure to incorporate all the bells and whistles we can to make the homes as plush as possible but still making them as economical as possible.” Among the many celebrated features of these homes include stone facades, two and three car garages, stainless steel appliances,

For more information on Homes by Patty Farr, LLC, visit them online at pattyfarr.com

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presents The Gracia Model Adam McGovern and his brother, John, have had their hands in the building trade before they could even drive a car. One of their first creations as young boys was a unique and daring version of a treehouse, using wood scraps from their father’s construction business. While it never fulfilled all of the requisite city code requirements, it proudly stood as a testament to their passion for creating homes that inspire tradition and a sense of family. That treehouse –– and a few others just like it –– are no longer around, but Adam and John continued to branch out in other areas over the ensuing years, taking their combined building, engineering and architectural skills to a whole new level with their

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Adam & John McGovern

816.217.3727

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company, ACM Homes, LLC. Based in Kansas City, Missouri, ACM Homes is currently building in Johnson Ridge in Smithville and in Presidential Park in North Kansas City, with eventual plans to build in the four corners of Kansas City. As third generation builders, Adam and John know what it means to develop a business based upon quality, integrity and honesty. Their grandfather built multi-family and single family homes and their father started building single family homes in the 1980s. An appreciable amount of the brothers’ education in the home building arena was

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fashioned in their early years as they worked alongside their father’s crews, learning and observing from every angle possible.

“We use 95½ percent efficient heating units and 14 SEER air conditioning units,” said John.

Today, Adam and John are continuing the family tradition and

This dedication to energy efficient measures can save an

constructing homes that are not only visually and architecturally

estimated 25% a year on energy costs, and the owners of ACM

appealing, but are highly energy efficient as well, catering to the

Homes are living proof to that end.

$275,000 - $500,00 price point. One of their popular models is the

“We lived in one of these homes ourselves and can verify that

Gracia, a stunning reverse one-

projection by virtue of our own

and-a-half story home that is just

utility bills,” emphasized Adam.

as appealing to the eyes as it is

Setting a new standard for

to the budget. Originally designed

affordable energy efficiency in home

by the McGovern’s father as a

construction, ACM Homes hopes

Mediterranean style villa, ACM

to continue to set the foundation

Homes has maintained its overall

and push the standards in home

ambiance but have taken it up

building for years to come.

a notch, not only in terms of

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move the building industry along,

of energy efficiency.

changing the perspective on

This current plan offers 1,752

our current building practices,”

square feet of living space on the

stated John.

main floor, accompanied by 1,364

And if it might seem that

square feet in the finished basement, which is optional. The home

purchasing an energy efficient home like this might put a strain on

enjoys four bedrooms and three full bathrooms and boasts a wide

the budget, the bottom line is quite surprising.

range of upgraded amenities, including premium stain resistant carpet that can hold its color even under bleach spills. While the home’s physical beauty speaks for itself, it is the

“Our price per square foot is competitive with other homes without these same features,” noted Adam, referring to homes of similar size without the added energy measures incorporated.

attention to detail within its very framework that truly sets it apart

After watching their father oversee a successful construction

from the pack. With a keen focus on building technologies that

company and building more than 1,000 homes in his career, Adam

allow for increased energy efficiency, ACM Homes has elevated its

and John hope to achieve a similar level of success, but with a

construction standards to a whole new level.

decided twist.

“The traditional style of construction involves a 2x4 stud

“We want to do more than just build homes,” stated Adam. “We

width with a 3 ½” wall width,” explained Adam. “We use a 2x6

want to build energy efficient homes at an economical price, setting

construction wall that is 5 ½” wide, which ultimately saves the

a new standard for others to follow.”

homeowner more money.” One of the main components in upgrading to greater energy efficiency is the choice ACM Homes has made with respect to insulation. Typical to the industry is R13 insulation, which is now the required minimum, but ACM Homes considers R23 insulation the standard for their homes. “When exterior walls are insulated, the cavity between the studs is filled and the thickness of that insulation is limited by the width of the stud,” noted John. “We have an extra two inches in all exterior walls just as a starting point, and on top of that we incorporate blownin cellulose insulation. This type of insulation method helps to seal all of the small cracks that can exist in the envelope of the house, including the areas where corners meet and air can get in and out.” A strong focus is also placed upon the heating and cooling units in the homes.

For more information on ACM Homes, visit them online at acmhomesllc.com

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