IN Kansas City August 2020

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Above: Large limestone slabs outline the curves of the flower beds. Right: A variety of surfaces define the expansive outdoor living space.


n 1954, Elvis Presley released his first single, That’s All Right. The frozen TV dinner debuted. And this California way cool ranch was built in Prairie Village. By the time Bob Lindeblad moved in, the interior needed a refresh. In 2015, he was ready to tackle the exterior. As a landscape architect trained at Kansas State, and with experience as a city planner, Lindeblad knew he wanted to keep the streamlined midcentury-modern feel. Now with the civil engineering firm BHC Rhodes, Lindeblad “felt too close to the ¾-acre space. I needed another pair of eyes to help design it.” He called on Kurt Kraisinger of Lorax Design Group to “do it once and do it right.” They mapped out three zones. The expansive patio, the shady pergola, and the raised bed garden. Using soft, lightly


Aaron Leimkuehler Judith Fertig AUGUST 2020