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40 RANCH REDUX This picture-perfect remodel shows off its classic and modern savvy, all wrapped up with the right amount of the unexpected.
85 GOING GREEN Using Fire in the Sky __ Converting sunshine to electricity can save you money and reduce fossil fuel use.
48 SECOND CHANCE A devastating fire to a partially completed custom home brought a new opportunity to rise from the ashes better than ever.
91 HEALTHY LIVING Counting Sleep __ Forget sheep, catch more peaceful zzz’s by fully understanding what you’re sleeping on.
29 THE GOODS Get Glowing __ Try some of these fabulous fixtures that will light up your life.
55 HOMEWARD BOUND Eying Acreage __ If you’re interested in land, not lots, consider the unique circumstances.
32 LIVING IN A HOUSE OF GLASS Blown glass art, that is. A collection of global art takes center stage in this home, each piece telling its own story.
60 URBAN OASIS Digital and natural elements combine in an intimate midtown outdoor living room.
23 EDITOR’S LETTER Babbling Brook(e) __ As season’s change, so does home design...and words from the editor. 25 Q&A A question-and-answer session with local industry professionals.
35 DESIGN TRENDS The Architecture of Fabrication __ Local firms that not only design spaces but build products for those spaces offer a unique perspective and ability to their clients.
67 SAVVY GARDENER Master Planning __ Maximize the function and beauty of your landscape by considering every aspect before buying a shovel.
LIFESTYLE 74 THE BEST OF ALL WORLDS Chef Renee Kelly went full-force into her all-natural four-course meal at Factory Direct Appliance, making it an event that some say “exceeded expectations.” 79 SMART HOUSE Boom Box __ Home-based 3D TV and home theater is about to blow your socks __ and your glasses __ off.
ABOUT THE COVER ... Design features throughout this home represent the giving nature and world travels of homeowners Gary and Vickie Morsch. Photo by Paul Bonnichsen
97 LIVING LAKESIDE — NO EXCEPTIONS Whether you’re buying a second home or relocating to the Lake, you have many options in home ownership. However, there are some amenities you can’t compromise on — like waterfront property. 104 SMOOTH SAILING Masts are rising across the Lake of the Ozarks, setting a new pace in boating. 107 MARK YOUR CALENDARS Events at the Lake of the Ozarks this year. 109 CATCH OF A LIFETIME One Kansas family quickly caught on to the lake lifestyle at their second home, but what they really reeled in was a prize place for creating memories. 115 WHAT’S HAPPENING Events at Grand Lake this year. 117 CALENDAR OF EVENTS What’s happening in May/June in Kansas City. 127 MARKETPLACE A reference guide to help you find our advertisers. MAY/JUNE 2011 • 21
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Babbling Brook(e) As season’s change, so does home design…and words from the editor.
Spring brings with it the birth of many new things, this
No matter what we do to our own home, there will
time around it includes the editor’s letter. While Andrea
always be projects that go above and beyond, exceeding
sits at home with her new baby girl, born April 2, I’ll
any and all (design) expectations. The Morsch home on
take the reigns and guide you through each design-
page 48 is a prime example of that. While this house,
driven page in our magazine — but I’ll let her share
standing steadfast the second time around (after a house
Sophia with you in a future letter. For now, mom and
fire), is a design statement in and of itself, you’ll soon
baby are doing fine.
find out that the homeowners are as open and inviting
I’ve always been someone who likes winter, but I
as their home. And, speaking of exceeding design
couldn’t be more thankful that the snow has melted to
expectations, take a look at our featured home in
make way for all the color that comes with spring and
Fairway on page 40, a project that the homeowners
summer. It’s time to open the windows and let in some
worked on with a design team, reinventing their ranch
light, pull out and/or fluff up the outdoor furniture and
into a timeless habitat for two. With that being said,
plan a trip to the lake, all topics we touch on in this issue.
cheers to future endeavors — and second chances.
Light, whether it’s referring to our awesome
Being alone in the editorial department leaves me to
assortment of pendants, chandeliers and lamps we’ve
schedule upcoming photo shoots for our July/August
collected to brighten up any dreary space (page 29), or
2011 issue — a rural landscape design in Edgerton by
the many environmental and money-saving benefits of
landscape architecture firm Young + Dring and a
solar energy (page 85), you won’t be left in the dark. If
penthouse condo at The Oread in Lawrence are projects
you’re looking to spruce up your outdoor entertaining
you definitely need to see, among others. So much for
area (I know I am), gather inspiration from the
sitting back and relaxing, but then again, I need to
Hudsons’ deck on page 60, a modern take on outdoor
schedule a trip to the lake for upcoming editorial, too
living, or scrap the catalogs and order custom furniture
(find events on page 107 and 115). I’ll soak up the sun
pieces to fit perfectly within your parameters. Some
then — I need as much Vitamin D as I can get! LE THI YC
E RE C
Enjoy the sunshine!
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John Mackaman, Elswood Smith Carlson Architects
Bruce Wendlandt, AIA, Wendlandt & Stallbaumer
A: Planning for the often complicated requirements of function
A: Always identify and understand the motivations, needs and
while creating a design that offers excitement, uniqueness and
desires of the client. Once these are clearly in focus, opportunity
beauty calls on the full spectrum of talents. I always keep an eye
exists for “thinking outside of the box” as a means of enhancing
out for inspiration, whether from reading, travel or everyday
their personal environment. Functionality is beautiful when
experiences. Be open to things in the world that can spark your
balanced with a romance brought about by the thrill of the
creativity. Absolutely essential is communicating well with the
journey throughout a space. Design success is best measured
client. Ideally, the process of solving the functional “puzzle” will
when function is seamless and the design of the space divulges
lead to an inspired and creative design.
something new and exciting with each passing day.
Caleb Buland, AIA, LEED AP, Intelligent Line A+D
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A: By necessity, our design process at home is organic and
spaces. When clients begin a new project, we gather information
selective. As architects and parents of two young children, we
on the way they live, work and play. Our interdisciplinary team
have the misfortune of knowing all the fantastic things we could
models design options that study energy, function, sustainability
be doing with our home but are limited by time and finances.
and aesthetics. With the models, we can discuss options clearly
So we keep things minimal and select multifunctional pieces with
and ensure the concept is fully developed to the client’s lifestyle
impact. For example, our dining room table is the center of
and site. We can communicate space and it makes for a
activity for our family. We splurged on the Nelson bubble lamp,
better finished building.
my husband built our custom eldo table, and the polycarbonate
Q: Regarding home design, what is your method or process for achieving the most creative, functional spaces?
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Living in a
House of Glass BY BROOKE PEARL
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Blown glass art, that is. A collection of global art takes center stage in this home, each piece telling its own story.
ennis and Marsha Hupfer, longtime antique dealers
who have traveled all over the country for shows,
recently retired to Shawnee, bringing with them numerous, one-of-akind blown-glass art that’s almost too perfect to touch. When they moved to the area in June 2009, all they had with them was a few antiques and their favorite glass art pieces that sat wrapped up in boxes in the garage until they found Becky Mosby, Allied member ASID, owner of Edgevale Interiors. She helped them properly move in, providing design advice and custom-made cabinets that exquisitely showcase each and every precious piece of art. “What Becky had to do was find cabinets that not only showed off our glass pieces but would also look good in this house,” Marsha says.
Topic of Conversation For the sitting room, Mosby selected a red GuildMaster coffee table, which she says is a color that makes everybody happy (it’s her favorite), polished with a crackle finish and hammered nail detailing. Its glass top prominently displays the Hupfers’ fine collection of blown-glass paperweights, including Millefiori, meaning “thousand flowers” in Italian; Orient & Flume, intricate, three-dimensional designs encased in clear glass; and a few snakeskin marble pieces. The custom-built alder, Tudor-style hutch with custom crown molding fits like a glove in the alcove. Inside rests numerous art glass pieces (Marsha’s favorites); Sabino crystal infused with 24K gold that shimmers in the light; Italian Armani statues, and more Orient & Flume pieces. Marsha dusts each piece herself, which keeps her appreciation alive. “If you don’t play or mess with it, you’ll forget how beautiful the glass is,” she says. Sitting beside the hutch in a reproduction Chinese export porcelain vase, Venetian canes grab as much attention as the jewels inside the cabinet.
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Art for Thought Taking the design of two different cabinets and combining them into one, the lighted curio buffet cabinet from Old Biscayne Designs in the dining room shows off a collection of miniature oil lamps that the Hupfers have collected over time. Pieces include
Venetian ribbon glass, Bohemian Red glass, and old pink and white L.G. Wright glass pieces, which are out of production. Gold and silver lamps, with amber teardrops and gold-lined shades with custom stenciling, adorn the buffet cabinet, with painted finish, gold trim and cantered corners. An original European oil painting hangs above.
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Red Carpet Worthy The lower level, which comprises a bar, seating/entertainment areas and many more collections, including two identical Chinese Chippendale cabinets that display Cranberry glass and English Chintz dishware. A touch of greenery and Cranberry overlay glass lamps heighten the look of each cabinet. “I’m thrilled with the display cabinets and how they show off all of my glass collections,” Marsha says. “I never imagined it would come together this well.” “And I never imagined I’d have to find so many cabinets in my life,” Mosby says with a smile.
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The Architecture of Fabrication Local firms that not only design spaces but build products for those spaces offer a unique perspective and ability to their clients.
The convergence of architecture and custom fabrication
architects and guarantee a unique and organic
is a marriage of convenience, inside of which lies the
encounter for their clients.
symbiotic relationship of the two disciplines: a knowledge that complements and informs artistic and
el dorado inc.
innovative exteriors/interiors and custom detailing.
The scene at el dorado’s urban industrial shop is of
A handful of Kansas City-based architectural firms
consummate artists at work, with some of the firm’s
practice both the design and execution of buildings as
12 architects and industrial designers leading what
well as the elements that go into those structures.
principal Dan Maginn, AIA, refers to as “double lives.”
Among them are el dorado inc. — where fabrication
“The ability to do custom work like tables and
was actually the company’s roots when it started in
staircases and other site-specific things appeals to
1996 — Hufft Projects/MAKE Studios and Pendulum
clients,” says Maginn, who points out a centuries-old
Studio. Whether they’re designing and building custom
tradition of architects being involved with building.
handrails for a staircase, a table and chairs, or slider
“The term ‘architect’ was synonymous with master
doors leading to a patio with custom stainless steel
builder. Design and fabrication were divorced with
furniture, these firms believe they can be better
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the Industrial Revolution and modern technologies, but once you know how to build something, it makes you a much better designer, and knowing how to design helps with building and fabrication.” Fabrication doesn’t always mean an object or an element. Maginn gives the example of a client who frequently hosts parties at home: “Maybe they have a series of functional needs. They need a flexible kitchen, dining and entertainment space that could be three separate areas or one large room. el dorado might design customfabricated components that pocket cleverly into a space to increase functionality.” el dorado creates three-dimensional models and prototypes for clients who use the firm’s fabrication services. “We mock up and actually see how the materials in a certain project will come together,” Maginn says. “A client comes into the shop and has the opportunity to contribute their ideas and tweak.” That doesn’t often happen in today’s online-ordering culture. “We’re removed from the actual hands-on part of our environment,” he explains. “To sit in the el dorado steel shop and participate in the process is a memorable experience.” But Maginn says even if clients don’t use el dorado for the fabrication arm of the firm’s business, they receive a unique product because of that function. “The ability to understand how to build makes our designs more unique,” he says. www.eldo.us
Hufft Projects/MAKE Studios At the end of the day, an architect designs something that will be built, says Clay Vogel, vice president and design director of MAKE Studios, the fabrication wing of the Westport-based architectural office Hufft Projects. That simple definition of the discipline also is applied to the
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But Pendulum’s services translate to the residential market, too. A benefit of working with an architect who practices both design and fabrication is the understanding that things are fixed within a space. “At Pendulum, we analyze each project to ensure we’re getting the correct layout and application. That way the client knows that the final product will exactly fit their needs. We’re hands-on in all aspects of a job,” Cole explains. The turnaround time for a fabricated item depends on its complexity but is usually within six to eight weeks of ordering. “We do 3-D renderings, and understand that design is change,” he says. While Pendulum creates eco-friendly stools, railings, roof structures and counters for commercial clients, for residential clients, the sky’s the limit. “Our product and ability are flexible,” Cole says. www.pendulumstudio.com
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Ranch Redux This picture-perfect remodel shows off its classic and modern savvy, all wrapped up with the right amount of the unexpected. Story by Kimberly Winter Stern 40 â€˘ KCHANDG.COM
Photos by Subashini Nadarajah
hen Shad Foos and his partner, Mike, decided to
remodel the kitchen, living room and dining room of their late 1950s Fairway ranch, it was the home’s distinct spirit they wanted to capture and contemporize for their laid-back lifestyle. Content with the physical space, the couple wanted the home to reflect their confident style and ultimately respect the period’s defined aesthetic. “We wanted to push the ranch style to the edge of the envelope, maximize our square footage and brighten the rooms,” Foos says. The striking remodel, a collaborative effort between the homeowners, John Noblit of Noblit Didier Design + Build, and Kim Ebner of Kim Ebner Designs, creates a serene and inviting environment that combines a creamy color palette, modern materials, and well-edited and hand-picked treasures that nod to both past and present. The third owners of the immaculate brick, stone and wood ranch home nestled on a spacious, treed lot, the couple decided to overhaul the three front rooms after more than a decade of owning and doing just the obligatory maintaining of the property. “We’re both practical by nature,” Foos says. “When we first bought the home, we did the must-do’s like new storms and paint.” PLEASE TURN THE PAGE
A palette of white walls, dark floors and furnishings somewhere in between softens the modern edges of this remodeled Fairway home.
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After living nearly four months in a construction zone that interrupted daily living in the living room, dining room and kitchen, the updated spaces are a welcome sight. While square footage remained the same, the home has a larger, free-flowing feel.
Foos, the self-described designer to Mike’s CFO and negotiator role (although both had creative input), says they opted to reinvest in the home and make improvements rather than sell it during a challenging real estate market. “We suddenly realized we had arrived at the place where we wanted to transform the home into exactly what we needed,” he explains. Once they decided to remain in the established neighborhood where tree-canopied streets, large manicured lots and a prevailing sense of contentedness are common elements, they focused on officiating at the unconventional marriage of the ranch’s traditional architecture to kicky furniture, like a vintage 1930s German buffet shot through with Deco influence and a Danish-influenced, clean-lined oatmeal sofa from Room and Board.
Pops of color, including geometric pillows on vintage Wassily chairs and a lacquered chest from local retailer Black Bamboo, spice up the otherwise neutral furnishings in the living room.
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While brainstorming ways to functionalize dead space, the idea of the floating cabinet was born. It contains a mini bar, wine cooler and storage for the couple’s entertaining arsenal and pantry items.
But the homeowners had more up their sleeve than just accessories. Details became the remodel’s stylish punctuation mark and in the end created the home’s vibrant soul connection. Dark-stained floors provide a dramatic backdrop for rugs anchoring the formal dining area and living room and offer continuity throughout the house. Benjamin Moore’s Cloud Cover matte paint bathes the walls in an ethereal neutral sheen, with a tinge of gray that balances the front rooms. Standout features like a floating glazed glass-fronted cabinet and stark white quartz countertops are bold and shiny artistic statements in the kitchen.
Ebner left the appliances where they were and focused on details like the floating cabinet and the cabinets’ wood grain to give the space a cohesive feel. The orange stools also create cohesion by bringing in a color seen in accents in other rooms of the house.
The homeowners hired Ebner after seeing her award-winning work featured in an article. She turned out to be the couple’s design doppelganger, incorporating a razor-sharp purist’s vision — like her idea for skimmed ceilings and quarter-sawn veneered white oak with a horizontal grain on the kitchen cabinetry. MAY/JUNE 2011 • 43
The bathroom countertop features the same white quartz and extends down the side to the floor just like the kitchen’s island.
“Subtle things that don’t necessarily jump out but blend with the space’s overall appearance include the stainless steel refrigerator being flush with the custom cabinets,” Foos adds. A chunky stone fireplace arcs across a corner of the living room and is a natural centerpiece, giving the space a texture that plays off the pristine color scheme and showcases the couple’s collection of art, furniture and accessories. A Noguchi coffee table, a functional orange Asian chest and a black leather chair The formal dining space is commanded by a custom-cut slab of caramel-and-black-flecked marble from Carthage Marble on a Room and Board metal base, while sumptuous and plush eggshell kid leather chairs and a drum chandelier complete the updated look. A repurposed, hammered copper mirror from the couple’s lower level is painted white and hangs above the warm wood of the German buffet that’s topped with black-shaded estate sale lamps outfitted with whimsical finials.
ground the living room that has playful accents like slender, leather George Kovacs floor lamps, diminutive wool pillows fashioned from a garage sale wall-hanging discovery and a sofa pillow custom-designed from luxurious silk fabric. The cool juxtaposition of decorative elements satisfies the homeowners’ intuitive design approach where nothing is clichéd or jars the eye. “We don’t like extremes,” Foos notes.
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Sophisticated masculinity reigns in the wood-paneled family room that overlooks the backyard.
architectural rooflines were purchased throughout the years from one of the couple’s favorite Plaza Art Fair photographers and complement the space’s uncluttered lines. Several other paintings, including a whimsical oil with ghostly looking owls bought at an estate sale, are artfully framed. Noblit, hired to oversee the project, says the choice of materials was both thoughtful and clever. “It was the perfect contemporary flair for this older neighborhood,” he says. The homeowners praise the choice they made in bringing Ebner and Noblit on board. “No project is too small to hire pros like Kim and John,” Foos says. “We had high expectations, and they helped us achieve them.” Fluid, fresh and unconventional, the reinvented ranch is infused with a symmetry that will have
An Eames lounge chair and ottoman fit the era of the home and suit the laid-back mission of the room.
long-lasting pleasure for the couple’s lifestyle and penchant for timeless appeal.
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The hearth room, dining room and kitchen area offers a grand welcome as large, expansive windows show some of the Morschs’ 80 acres.
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Story By Kimberly Winter Stern
Photos by Paul Bonnichsen
A devastating fire to a partially completed custom home brought a new opportunity to rise from the ashes better than ever. CAN A DREAM HOME BE IMPROVED UPON?
The phone call that builder Jeff Ashner received on a cold Kansas
Gary and Vickie Morsch would rather that the reinvention of their
morning was the first of its kind he had experienced in more than 30
home didn’t happen at all. But Gary, an Olathe family physician who
years of homebuilding. And he hopes it’s the last. “An off-duty fireman
started Heart to Heart International in 1992, a relief and development
called me at 6 a.m. on December 7, 2007,” Ashner says. “He told me
organization that specializes in volunteer action and worldwide
the Morsch home was engulfed in flames.”
humanitarian assistance, was accustomed to assessing crisis situations and responding with action.
That very same winter morning, Vickie remembers looking out the windows of the manufactured home that she, Gary and one of their
The Morschs’ dream home on 80 acres in Miami County was in the
children were living in on the property where the house was being
sheetrocking stage. A propane tank was left on — not uncommon during
built. “Something looked like smoke, but at first I thought it was steam
winter construction — and something happened, perhaps a wild animal
that was rising from the ground,” she recalls. “I asked Gary if he would
knocked it over during the night or a spark ignited the structure.
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The home’s front exterior, an impressive stone and timber structure, gives a glimpse of the design and architecture found inside.
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By the time Gary arrived, the 8,791-square-foot home was overcome
Ashner says Gary was philosophical about the loss of the home.
by fire. Ten fire stations responded to the emergency call; firemen
“After all, it was stone, concrete and timber,” he says. “No one was
pumped water from the Morschs’ lake to help control the inferno.
hurt, and it wasn’t a home full of memories of raising a family.”
Hours later, all that remained of the dream house were ashes and some wood beams that survived the fire — and a vacant hole.
To bring their decisions involving structural design, room layouts, lighting, grand-scale furnishings and miniscule details to fruition a
The team that had become familiar with one another over the course
second time, the group orchestrated earthy materials including slate,
of a year of collaboration reassembled — this time to recreate the home.
tile, granite and wood to maintain the home’s country estate pedigree
Once the shock ebbed, architect Scott Bickford, interior designer Carla
and inherent charm.
Rieke, Ashner and the Morschs asked themselves, “Given this rare opportunity, what can we do to improve upon perfection?”
Post-fire, the team decided to change two of the rooms on the main level and make a hallway bigger. A screened-in porch was expanded,
“Gary and I had met with Scott, Jeff and Carla every week or two
and majestic, cathedral-like windows on the back side overlooking the
for a year, designing and working through each aspect of the original
lake were incorporated with an industrial glaze. On the main level, the
house,” Vickie says. “It was a great team because we bounced ideas off
original kitchen pantry — a combination butler’s pantry/laundry room
one another. We thought we had the home the first time.”
— was separated into two spaces, which also meant the back staircase had to be revised.
Above left: Open shelving in the closed-off pantry displays fine servingware (some were Vickie’s mother’s) and mementos from her grandchildren.
Above right: The kitchen, with plenty of custom cabinetry and spacious countertops, provides enough space to prepare for family and friends.
Left: The lower level, in all of its rustic flair, sports new, old and reclaimed pieces.
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The elegant master bath features custom leaded glass windows, an antique chandelier and a glass shower door made just for this room.
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Left: The powder bath is a conversation piece, with treasures and textures reminiscent of a trip to Africa.
Right: Gary’s study also showcases pieces from his worldly travels, but it’s the heart-shaped window that symbolizes his career and volunteer efforts __ as well as the couple’s caring and generous lifestyle.
At night, the home’s numerous architectural details shine bright, enough so to entice even the wildest of creatures.
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“There was a dedicated group of subcontractors, suppliers and artisans who put their heart and soul into the first home. They were the same people creating the second home, too.”
Timbers that survived the fire found new life in a display cabinet on the home’s lower level. Others were used in a striking guest bath
Above: The Morschs wanted a special place to display their universal treasures, which is how this niche in the lower level came to be.
punctuated by a caramel-colored flagstone wall. Rieke, a designer with Madden-McFarland Interiors, says the wood that Ashner had
According to Ashner, the home that emerged from the fire was the
originally reclaimed from a barn had experienced some stress from
result of a team of passionate and talented craftsmen and professionals.
the fire. “But it was beautiful. We decided to have it crafted into a
“There was a dedicated group of subcontractors, suppliers and artisans
lovely pedestal sink,” she says. “It’s a perfect complement to the
who put their heart and soul into the first home,” he says. “They were
the same people creating the second home, too. Vickie and Gary allowed
Other examples of the unique features found throughout the Morsch
all of us to do what we do best. There was an incredible synergy.”
home is the spectacular heart-shaped window that helps illuminate
It’s often said that happiness is where the heart is. And in the
Gary’s study and antique family chandeliers in the master bath and
Morsch home, where the heart-shaped window in Gary’s office stands
Vickie’s office. Architectural features were added to accommodate
as an official symbol, happiness is found in every room of a home that
treasures the couple collects from their world travels — a niche for a
was given a second chance.
large vase in the upstairs hallway and a special display for a Chinese soldier on the lower level. Salvaged barn wood is found in wainscoting and the wall for the television and projector in the family-friendly lower level that doubles as an entertainment utopia for adults as well. MAY/JUNE 2011 • 53
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| Imagining and planning for a new home or a new life on undeveloped land can be rewarding, but there are some challenges. |
Eying Acreage If you’re interested in land, not lots, consider the unique circumstances.
Ever dream of owning some land? Getting away to an
then you’ll need a hilly tract, and wide, open sunny
idyllic scene to perhaps lead a simpler life or build the
areas are perfect settings for solar homes.”
house of your dreams? If so, there are several factors
Land costs typically decrease the farther away
to consider when searching for acreage rather than a
from the city you go. “Five- to 10-acre tracts are
subdivided plot in a structured community.
usually sold at a flat rate for the entire parcel.
“Many people buy land because they want to build
Typically, land is priced per acre when there are more
a custom home to their own specifications, so the
than 40 acres. Comparable sales are sometimes
topography of the land is important,” says Judi
difficult to find when buying land because of the
Branine, a Realtor with Prudential Kansas City. “A
various characteristics such as ponds, trees and
log home would be more appropriate on a wooded
proximity to blacktop,” Branine says.
site; if you’ve always wanted a walk-out basement,
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Debbie and Rick Geivett live on 67 acres in Freeman, Mo. They began their search for property online, using several of the large real estate companies’ websites. Debbie suggests starting by making a list of desired criteria to narrow down the options. “We knew we wanted at least 10 acres that could accommodate horses and that was less than an hour’s drive from my job in Lenexa,” she recalls.
Financing “The biggest challenge we had was getting our loan in place because it was such a large parcel of land,” Debbie says. “We worked with a company that typically deals with farming loans that was able to roll our land purchase and homeconstruction
traditional loan companies have different guidelines for parcels larger than 10 acres. Branine notes that most lenders will require a 20- to 30-percent down payment. “Buyers
options early, starting with local banks,” she explains. “A good credit score is even more important in today’s economy.”
Utilities It can be costly to bring services to the property if they are not already established nearby. “You may end up paying to run electricity, water and other services to your home. You may be charged per foot by the utility company to bring services from the nearest lines, which in some cases can be miles away,” Branine says. It is important to assess the depth of existing wells, the quality of their water and their condition. Sometimes water rights don’t “run with the land,” which means you could not dig a well. Find out the depth of the water table and determine the difficulty of digging. Is the ground
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mostly rock? Will you need to install a propane tank? Consider a generator for back-up during power outages. “There was an existing home on the land we purchased, so most utilities were already there, but the home was more than
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90 years old and in poor shape, so we gutted most of it. It was not on county water, plus we wanted our home to sit farther back on the property, so we had to set a new septic pipe and build a pond for it, and there was a hefty fee to have a water meter installed,” Debbie says. Septic systems being installed in bare ground will need to undergo a percolation test to determine the absorption rate of the soil. Existing septic systems should be checked by local health agencies.
Restrictions It is important to obtain title insurance, which will disclose easements and restrictive covenants or conditions. Debbie notes that buyers should pay attention to mineral rights. “If there is a pipeline on the property, the previous owner could have sold the rights, and that would be binding on the new owner,” she says. If access to the land is provided by driving across an adjoining parcel, an easement should be obtained and recorded. What rights do neighbors have to cross the land? Are the boundaries clearly marked? Buyers might want to order a survey of the land.
“Our kitchen was poorly designed and always seemed small, crowded, and dark – it was the worst room in the house. Working with Sue was the best decision we made. She met with us, listened to our preferences, and then presented us with different design options that would meet our needs. She was our guide every step of the way and made sure that things were correct and done according to plan. We had never remodeled a kitchen before and it helped to have an experienced person that knew what was needed and what would work best. It was a long process, but everyone did an excellent job. The finished product is phenomenal! It seems so large and well-lit now – it doesn’t even look like the same room. It’s exactly what we wanted.” ~ Overland Park homeowners
It is also essential that a buyer be determine the use of the land. There may
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be mandates ranging from what types of
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aware of zoning ordinances, which may
animals you can have on the land to the location of the driveway. To fully understand
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URBAN O A S I S digital and natural elements combine in an intimate midtown outdoor living room.
s t o ry b y m i u n g l e e s o n
photos courtesy of davison Architecture + urban design a n d A u s t i n Wa l s h
verlooking Brush Creek and the Country Club Plaza is an ambitious 15- by 15-foot outdoor space that belies its modest size. This deck called for a design that was both inventive and dichotomous: to create an intimate space that also took advantage of the picturesque expanse of the Plaza view, especially at night.
Designed for Randy and Doranne Hudson by davison architecture +
urban design, the final product manages to be both secluded and accessible in the unique use of architectural elements and strategic landscape design. “[It’s] sleek, modern, urban, comfortable — totally consistent with the urban Plaza location,” Doranne says. PLEASE TURN THE PAGE
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ENJOYS THE DECK'S VIEWS OF THE NO MATTER THE SEASON.
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The standout feature of the design is the intricate glass screen, which runs the perimeter of the space. Intended to address the Hudsons’ concern about privacy, the glass screen also functions as a distinct work of art. Architect Dominique Davison asked the homeowners to provide images of nature that inspired them and captured their personal aesthetic. Taking cues from the homeowners’ preference for Japanesestyle elements, Davison knew that a dynamic and organic feel would be ideal for the space. She walked through the nearby woods and took photographs of a Kentucky Coffee tree to serve as the design element. “When you look through the tree canopy, there is an amazing array of sizes of leaves that create a wonderful effect of depth perception,” she notes. Utilizing the images for the glass screen was an opportunity to bring a novel concept to the space. “Having the image on the glass was our big innovation moment because we created it our own way,” architect Ryan Warman says. They worked with a company
LEFT: AN INTIMATE SEATING AREA IS “SHADED” BY A PRIVACY WALL INSPIRED BY JAPANESE SHOJI SCREENS. BELOW LEFT: THE GLASS SCREENS WERE DIGITALLY IMPRINTED WITH IMAGES FROM SURROUNDING TREES, BRINGING TO LIFE AN INTERESTING DESIGN CONCEPT. BELOW RIGHT: COMFORTABLE AND DESIGN-ORIENTED, THIS SPACE OFFERS AN ORIGINAL TAKE ON OUTDOOR LIVING.
“[IT’S] SLEEK, MODERN, URBAN, COMFORTABLE —
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that prints images onto glass, known as a ceramic frit. After the image was pixelated, the color was removed and then digitized to three tones of gray. The digitally manipulated leaves manage to be both inconspicuous and distinct — blending in with the existing natural greenery as well as standing out as a prominent feature on its own. Evoking the style of Japanese shoji screens, the team welded a frame then attached the glass to the frame with anodized aluminum angles that can be easily removed to replace the glass, if necessary. To protect the glass screen from outdoor elements, the glass was laminated and the frit pattern was placed underneath. The end result is a low-maintenance decorative element that carefully controls the amount of light in the space. “Nighttime is especially magical with the glass screens and views of the urban lights,” Doranne says. Other specific design elements of the space symbolize the importance of manipulation and choreography that is essential in designing a smaller space. The meticulous attention to light exposure and framing became a crucial balance of what to obscure and what to enhance. There are subtle elements that
THESE THREE PHOTOS SHOW THE CAREFULLY PLANNED GLASS SCREENS THAT FRAME THE SPACE UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL.
reward those who pay attention to the nuanced details. An L-shaped wooden bench, for instance, frames the
TOTALLY CONSISTENT WITH THE URBAN PLAZA LOCATION.” space and acts as a flexible seating area that also allows the Hudsons to enjoy the view. What may not be immediately noticeable is a unique feature of the bench that plays with light in a whimsical way. Davison and Warman tried several different mock-ups to create a pattern of bench slats that gradually changes and variably reflects light depending on where you are standing. To create this striking visual PLEASE TURN THE PAGE
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LAST DETAIL WAS CAREFULLY CALCULATED, RIGHT DOWN TO THE BENCH SLATS.
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effect, they designed the bench so that the slats pull away from each other and are intricately spaced, with smaller slats for the back of the bench that gradate tighter together then further apart. To finish off the space, Davison created an intimate seating area comfortable for eight to 10 people and added an aluminum and glass table at low height to accommodate conversation. A key component of accenting these architectural elements was the landscaping. Balancing the architectural glass wall with an organic, soft wall was an important consideration for landscape architect Joann Schwarberg, who says her job was to ensure privacy for the homeowners in a way that didn’t feel closed in. “Since the planting screen at the property line will not be effective for several years, we needed to do something more immediate and hopefully with a little bit of fun and distinction,” she explains. A massive 14-foot-long, 2-foot-deep stainless steel planter was installed to address this concern. “We wanted a modern look to it because of their style and the screen…something that had an edge and that was the perfect element for that side because it looks dynamic from down in the yard,” she continues. When considering plant selection, Schwarberg says the decision was largely dictated by form. To meet the need for a tall and narrow grass distinct enough to avoid competing with the texture of the glass screen, she used ‘Northwind’ Switchgrass, which is naturally vertical in shape. While this grass usually grows up to 5 feet tall, she trimmed the grasses down to 30 inches to create a clean, horizontal line and architectural edge that addresses the privacy element in an effective way that isn’t overpowering. She finished the top of the planters with a thick mat of sheet moss, which will help retain moisture in the reduced-soil environment of a planter. The diverse mix of elements in the Hudsons’ deck — glass, aluminum, stainless steel, greenery — all
THE HUDSONS’ DECK, WITH A MIXTURE OF MATERIALS AND PLANT SELECTIONS, IS A COZY DESIGN STATEMENT THAT THEY’LL ENJOY FOR YEARS TO COME.
combine to create a contemporary design that is faithful to the philosophy that materials be used collaboratively and seamlessly. The result is an integrated space where the boundaries between architecture, art and environmental elements — both natural and digitally produced — can blur together to create the most striking design.
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| Before planting or installing anything, Kurt Kraisinger had to consider every aspect of this parcel of land from elevation to sun exposure. |
Master Planning Maximize the function and beauty of your landscape by considering every aspect before buying a shovel.
A landscaping master plan starts with a vision. Think
One of the main advantages to creating a master
of a fully equipped outdoor kitchen surrounded by
plan before ever breaking ground is that it allows you
lush greenery and a conveniently placed herb
to fully maximize your outdoor space — it involves
garden, or perhaps a resort-like paradise that features
much more than selecting plants and flowers.
a swimming pool and tropical plants. Joann
“The big thing I’m seeing is that a prospective
Schwarberg of Joann Schwarberg Landscape
client should identify a theme for the outdoor area,”
Architecture says a simple way to view a landscaping
says Sean Simms, owner of Sean K. Simms Planners,
master plan is as a tool that produces “beauty that
Landscape Architects LLC. “Maybe they want a
works.” A comprehensive plan combines two
Colorado theme or Japanese garden or something more
technical elements — the needs of the user and
traditional that’s historically correct for the house.”
the challenges/benefits of the particular site — to
A landscape architect’s initial interpretation of the
“create environments for people to sit and enjoy their
land marks a vital starting point in the planning
lives,” she says.
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process. Schwarberg says she often spends hours on a client’s property, taking measurements and making observations. “I identify the various features and challenges of the land and also pay attention to the area and the pace of the neighborhood,” she says. “Spending this much time at the site makes you very fine-tuned to the area’s benefits and possibilities.” It also helps identify the challenges. Factors such as view lines, prevailing winds, sun exposure and natural terrain can have a significant impact on the plan, and overcoming those obstacles is both necessary and exhilarating. “To me, being a landscape architect isn’t so much about being a specialist in any one area, but about sitting down, listening to clients and their problems, and then finding solutions that will meet budgetary needs and also create a functional outdoor space,” says Kurt Kraisinger, RLA, LEED AP of LORAX Design Group. It can be helpful to you and your designer to outline a plan before your initial consultation, including hardscaping elements you want, like decks, patios, fire pits and playgrounds, along with a landscape palette that suits your desired functionality, aesthetics and physical limitations of your space, such as sun exposure. Schwarberg says other areas to focus on include the desired uses of the space, make up of your family, pets and the area’s traffic. “A landscaping master plan is really something that’s developed in a personal way,” she notes. “It’s important to start with the total list first — and an end in mind — because you can always build a fire pit one summer, build a pool the next summer and create a kitchen garden the next summer,” Simms adds.
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By working toward an end, a master plan provides the necessary framework to ensure the vision isn’t compromised, even if the project occurs in stages over an extended period of time. The master plan also may identify existing features on the site that can be removed, such as concrete patios, paving stones and previously installed plants that no longer fit within the long-term vision. “At the end of the day, you should create a master plan that you can accomplish in phases,” Kraisinger says. “What you end up with is a plan that’s going to flow.” That flow is something that guides not only the outdoor design but also influences the interior design. While Schwarberg is working at a site, she takes time to tour the first floor of the home and carefully studies the layout. “I want to make sure the indoor space flows into the outdoor space,” she says. “I look at the existing entrances because I want to make sure the final product is something that can completely bring the client inside and outside.” Schwarberg might suggest extending a window into a doorway or installing floor-to-ceiling windows that maximize a particularly picturesque view. “Everyone wants to enjoy their home and yard, and I maximize this use with well-placed entry points,” she says. “It also helps with traffic flow.” Regardless of a master plan’s components or the finished product, all landscaping master plans share a commonality: allowing you to receive maximum enjoyment from an outdoor space. “One of the nice things about Kansas City is we can use our outdoors 10 months out of the year, depending on the things we put in it,” Simms says. “You can use this space year-round, and it becomes an extension of your interior, doubling or tripling the size of your home.” MAY/JUNE 2011 • 71
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It’s a Garden Party! Mark your calendars: Saturday, June 25 welcomes 2011 Stems: A Garden Soiree at the Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens __ and stop by KCH&G’s Fine Outdoor Living area, too. If that’s not enough to excite you, grab a glass of wine and read about our recent Cooking School event (sign up for the next one!) on the following pages.
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With chicken from Windhaven Farms and duck from Good Shepherd Ranch, Chef Renee Kelly went full-force into her all-natural four-course meal at Factory Direct Appliance. The partnership, which also included Kansas-based Somerset Ridge Vineyard & Winery, made this an event that some say “exceeded expectations.” S T O RY B Y B R O O K E P E A R L | P H O T O S B Y M AT T K O C O U R E K
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The Recipes HERB AND SPINACH FRITTERS WITH CRÈME FRAICHE serves 4 1C 2 1½T ½C ¼C
all-purpose flour eggs butter, melted milk chives, chopped
½C basil leaves, chopped ½C chopped flat-leaf parsley leaves 1C baby spinach leaves, sliced sea salt and freshly cracked pepper clarified butter, ghee or vegetable oil for frying
1. Whisk together the flour, eggs, butter, milk, salt and pepper. 2. Fold in the freshly chopped herbs and spinach. 3. Place 2 T of the oil, clarified butter/ghee in a large frying pan over medium/mediumhigh heat. 4. Cook the fritters in batches, placing 1 T of batter in the heated frying pan, browning for 1-2 minutes on each side or until bubbles appear on the surface, like a pancake. 5. Keep warm and serve with crème fraiche. Inspiration: Also goes well with smoked salmon, chicken and soft cheeses like goat cheese. Homemade Crème Fraiche: 2 T buttermilk 1 C whipping cream 1. 2. 3. 4.
Mix together the buttermilk and whipping cream. Let stand, covered at room temperature (70°F) for 24 hours or until thick. Stir well before serving. Keep in the refrigerator for up to 10 days.
LIME AND GINGER SALMON SALAD serves 4 (Also can be served with duck) 2 1 1 3 7 1 2
lime juice finely grated ginger clove garlic, chopped t olive oil oz salmon filet ½ C fresh peas (preferably English or sugar snap) green onions, thinly sliced (also can use garlic chives) 1/3 C basil
arugula English hothouse cucumber, thinly sliced 1T olive oil for searing sea salt and fresh cracked pepper pinch of ground coriander
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1. Whisk together the lime juice, ginger, garlic and olive oil. 2. Pour half the lime mixture over the salmon and marinate in a nonmetallic bowl for 10 minutes. 3. Combine the peas, onions or chives, basil, arugula and cucumber in a bowl. 4. Heat a nonstick frying pan over medium heat with olive oil. 5. Sprinkle the salmon with salt, pepper and ground coriander. 6. Cook salmon in heated pan, skin side down, for 5 minutes, flip and cook an additional 5 minutes. (Note: If you desire the fish to be cooked longer, turn the heat down and cook until desired doneness is reached.) 7. Break filet into pieces and combine with the greens and veggies. Serve the salad with the lime mixture on the side.
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PEA AND ASPARAGUS RISOTTO serves 4 6C ½C 2T 2 2 2C 2t 12 1½C 2C 2T
chicken or vegetable stock white wine butter leeks, trimmed and sliced cloves garlic, chopped Arborio rice olive oil asparagus spears, sliced peas, sugar or English fresh spinach freshly chopped flat-leaf parsley shaved Parmesan for garnish 1. Place the stock and wine over medium heat in a large sauce pan. 2. Heat the butter in a large pan. 3. Add the leeks and sweat for 3 minutes then add the garlic and sweat for an additional 5 minutes. Add the rice and stir for 2 minutes. 4. Pour in the hot stock, 1 C at a time, stirring constantly. Once the liquid is absorbed, stir in another cup of stock. Repeat until al dente (25 minutes). 5. In a different pan, heat the olive oil and sauté the asparagus for about 3-5 minutes or until bright green. Add the sautéed asparagus to the risotto, peas, spinach, parsley, salt and pepper. Cook for an additional 4-5 minutes. 6. Top with the cheese and serve. Inspiration: Goes well with roasted spring chicken or pan-seared orange duck.
KOHLRABI AND APPLE SLAW WITH COLESLAW DRESSING makes 4 cups, easily adapted for less Dressing: ¼ C cream 1 T fresh lemon juice ½ T mustard 1 t honey 1 lb fresh kohlrabi, trimmed, peeled, grated or cut into batons with a Benriner slicer 2 apples, peeled, grated or cut into batons (try to keep equivalent volumes of kohlrabi:apple) fresh mint, chopped salt and pepper to taste
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1. Whisk cream into light pillows. (This only takes about a minute, so no need to get out a mixer). 2. Stir in remaining dressing ingredients, the kohlrabi and apple. 3. Serve immediately.
ORANGE PAN-SEARED DUCK/CHICKEN serves 4 ½ C freshly squeezed orange juice 1 t honey 1 t freshly squeezed lemon juice 1 T clarified butter, ghee 2 duck breasts or chicken breasts sea salt and black pepper
1. Whisk together the orange juice, honey, lemon, salt and pepper. 2. Pour over duck/chicken breast in a nonmetallic bowl and let marinate for 10 minutes. 3. Heat a medium sauté pan over medium heat with the clarified butter. 4. Sear the duck/chicken breast, fat side down, for 4 minutes, flip and sear for an additional 2 minutes. 5. Turn down the heat, cover and cook until desired doneness is reached after about 8 minutes. 6. Slice and serve hot over risotto or chill and serve over salad.
is a crisp, dry German-style white wine made from a
CARROT CAKE WITH SWEET CREAM AND BROWN SUGAR
Ginger Salmon Salad 3. Flyboy Red is a smooth, dry
1. Oktoberfest is a semi-sweet German-style white wine. Pair with Herb Spinach Fritters 2. Traminette
Gewürztraminer hybrid grape. Pair with Lime and
For the cake: 2C granulated sugar 1 1/3 C vegetable oil 3 extra-large eggs, at room temperature 1t pure vanilla extract 2½C plus 1 T all-purpose flour, divided 2t ground cinnamon 2t baking soda 1½t iodized salt 1C chopped walnuts 1 ¼ lbs carrots, grated ½C diced pineapple, canned or fresh
For the cream: 1 ½ C freshly made crème fraiche or sour cream ½C brown sugar or ¼ C maple syrup 1/3 C honey 1t vanilla extract 1t fresh lemon juice
red wine made from Cabernet Franc and Chambourcin. Very French in style, also finished in stainless. Pair with Pea and Asparagus Risotto with Duck/Chicken 4. Tawny Port is a brandy-fortified wine made from a blend of both white and red grapes then aged in oak barrels for 5+ years. Pair with Carrot Cake 5. Ambrosia is a late-harvest dessert wine made from the last harvest of the year of the Traminette grape. Pair with Carrot Cake
Cake Instructions: 1. Heat oven to 350° F. 2. Line two 9-inch-round cake pans with parchment paper then spray the pans with cooking spray. 3. Beat the sugar, oil, eggs and vanilla together with a paddle attachment in a mixer until light yellow in color. 4. In a separate bowl, sift together all the dry ingredients, reserving the walnuts, carrots and pineapple. 5. Add the dry ingredients to the wet egg mixture. Blend well but do not over mix. 6. Remove the batter from the mixer and fold in the walnuts, carrots and pineapple. 7. Divide the batter evenly between the two pans and bake in oven for 50-60 minutes. 8. When the cake is finished, remove from the oven, cool slightly and remove from the pans, letting cool completely. Cream Instructions: 1. Whisk together all ingredients. 2. For serving, cut triangles out of each cake. 3. Place one piece of cake on the plate, followed by a dollop of the cream, followed by another piece of cake. 4. Top with a small amount of the cream and fresh fruit. (Pineapples or berries are best.) MAY/JUNE 2011 • 77
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| 3D TV brings television, movies and sporting events closer to reality. |
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“A long time ago in a land far, far away...” Sound familiar? Referring to 3D, it probably does
since the technology has been around approximately 170 years.
industry (think Avatar or PlayStation), it comes as no surprise that the home-viewing television audience would want to experience the same type of effect. Interestingly enough, though the motion-picture
Though the medium has had its share of fits and
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starts throughout the years, it gained popularity in the
years, translating the experience into the home is
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another matter. First of all, you have to have a 3D TV
flimsy red and blue glasses to experience eye-popping
and 3D-compliant components such as a Blu-ray
effects. Since then, advancements in the world of
player, HDMI cable for all connections to components
video and audio technology have accelerated at warp
and special glasses. The glasses are critical in order
speed and we’re all paddling just to keep up.
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Not all, but most of the 3D TVs are using active shutter glasses, which run on batteries and sync up with the HDTV through an infrared signal emitted from the TV. Currently, the glasses, which probably need to be purchased separately from the HDTV, will cost more than $100, and everyone who is watching TV will need a pair. But for how long? Shawn Blancho, owner of Homedia Solutions, says the glasses will go away eventually. “We are probably a year out before it is introduced in the U.S. market. But until then, 3D TV sold today will not be able to go glasses-free since that’s going to be a new technology that is much different. There’s no alternative...except to wait.”
Remote, Please Samsung, the world’s biggest television maker, indicates 3D TV sales from all manufacturers combined sold 1 million 3D sets in the U.S. this year, far short of its initial estimate of 3-4 million. Despite the disappointing stats, Digital Trends, a consulting firm for the electronics industry, still predicts sales will climb to 90 million by 2014. According to Digital Trends, making waves at the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, the trend for major manufacturers will be a drop in 3D
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on most cable systems and a total of 26 Blu-ray 3D movies from Amazon. It will take time to have enough viewing material to create desire in the public’s mind,” he says. Nevertheless, John Fletcher, sales manager at Nebraska Furniture Mart, realizes that all the big manufacturers know the trend is growing and are increasing the presence of 3D for the residential market. “3D-ready HDTV is evolving and prices are becoming more affordable. In fact, costs have eroded 3040 percent, so if you want to upgrade, you buy the best 2D TV on the market with future 3D capability.”
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display, 3D-capable Blu-ray player and audio-video receiver, 5.1 or 7.1 speaker setup and preferably a universal remote programmed by a professional — this will give the client a simple user interface to operate their equipment.” Blancho advises his clients to look at 3D technology as future-proofing their systems. “The components that are 3Dcapable tend to be higher end. We guide our clients on the decision to invest in 3D based on their lifestyles, viewing preferences and their anticipated future needs.” Big-box stores are certainly one way to buy into 3D, but discriminating aficionados who yearn for a complete sound and motion experience have another agenda. Ryan Anderson, owner of Elevated Electronics, understands his clients want to hear, see and feel the difference within their own designated media space. “Our job is to customize that experience for our client and make it easier to use,” he says. “One way to explain that experience is the capability of the new technology (better video, better surround-sound systems). A
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good home theater is by far the best place to experience a convincing 3D movie reproduction or live sporting event, but even small displays have found acceptance.” Neal Nurnberg, owner of Complete Home Systems, like Anderson and Blancho,
systems for his clients. His take on 3D is that it’s the “in thing” at the moment. “3D isn’t for everyone,” he notes. “The glasses are clunky and there isn’t a lot of programming to watch, but once that technology improves, there will be reason to seriously consider buying individualized components.” Nurnberg sees the trend of IPTV (Internet Protocol Television) growing, along with specialized video viewing such as VUDU (full-length movies via Internet directly streamed to TV) or tailored audio programming like Sonos (customized computer-based audio streaming like Pandora or Rhapsody). In Blancho’s opinion, current 3D TV technology is still in its infancy. “Expect something better to come along in a year or two that will phase out the current 3D TV technology,” he says. “The current push by manufacturers and movie studios is to market 3D heavily so that it’s ingrained into our culture as the norm much like HDTV is today. When the technology evolves to something great, people will have less hesitation buying into it.”
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Using Fire in the Sky Converting sunshine to electricity can save you money and reduce fossil fuel use.
Creating an energy-efficient home is an ongoing
and through connecting wires where they transform
process. Homeowners often start small by switching
into electricity. Solar cells can be used alone or
to CFL light blubs, having an energy audit performed
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appliances. But what is the next step to creating a more energy-efficient home after that? Going solar.
A simple way to introduce solar energy to your property is to install outdoor solar lighting, which is
Solar energy is using sunlight as a heat source or
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If you want more solar impact, consider installing a solar electrical system. “We ask how long the customer is going to stay in the home,” Heydon says. “If they plan on moving out in two or three years, solar isn’t the best option.” Solar electrical power comes from panels installed on the roof, side of the home or ground. “Solar panels need a southern exposure,” says Monte Lynch,
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to the electrical panel in the home. The electricity can be used immediately or be stored for future use in a battery backup system. “Solar is supplemental electricity,” notes Susan Brown, vice president of business development for Brightergy Solar Solutions. “Right now, your home is running almost 100 percent on fossil fuel. This would slow down the amount of electricity needed from this source and lower electric bills.” To determine if solar is an option for your home, you should know what type of roof you have, which direction the roof faces, how much energy you currently use, how much you want to save on electricity bills, and how much you can afford to spend on a solar system. “This isn’t a new technology, it’s been around for almost 50 years,” Brown says. “But now there are good incentives to have it installed, such as the 30-percent federal tax credit and, in Missouri, the Kansas City Power and Light $2-per-watt rebate.” One type of solar panel that can be installed is used for solar hot water tanks. PLEASE TURN THE PAGE
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In Kansas City, these systems are indirect circulation systems. Pumps circulate a nonfreezing, heat-transfer fluid through the collectors and a heat exchanger. This heats the water that flows into the home. Solar hot water tanks are available in a one-tank system, where the backup heater is combined with the solar storage in one tank, or a two-tank system, where the solar water heater preheats water before it enters the conventional water heater. “You always need a fossil fuel backup, but it can serve up to 80 percent of your hot water needs,” Brown says. Photovoltaic panels are the second type of solar panel. These panels can be installed in phases as your budget and energy needs allow. Once these panels are installed, you can connect solar-ready appliances to these systems. One such appliance is the Lennox SunSource Energy System. This system reduces the electricity used by the entire heat pump or air-conditioning system and also can operate other devices such as lighting and appliances when the system is not running. “Customers can save up to 50 percent in
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| Waking up happy and healthy depends on the health of your mattress. |
Counting Sleep Forget sheep, catch more peaceful zzz’s by fully understanding what you’re sleeping on.
We’ve all heard the calls to eat healthier, eat local and
The first step, according to Sarah Winslow,
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What exactly goes into the bedding we (ideally)
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been linked to possible adverse health effects.
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40 percent petrochemicals,” she notes. “Petroleum chemical exposure can weaken or damage the immune and nervous systems, and through countless studies, has been linked to autoimmune disorders and other illnesses.” For those concerned with manmade latex, other versions are readily available on the market. Sunshine Organic Bedding Store in Kansas City, Mo., sells naturallatex mattresses, which also can be labeled as “natural rubber.” This type of bedding is especially friendly to allergy sufferers because it’s hypoallergenic, antimicrobial and dust mite-resistant. On top of that, natural latex tends to be durable, breathable and highly cushioning. Next comes the issue of fire safety, which pits health concerns of two critical types against each other. Mattress fires have garnered serious attention, but so have the flame-retardant chemicals often used to prevent them. In 2005, the Consumer Product Safety Commission started pushing to require all mattresses sold in the U.S. to pass an anti-combustion, open-flame fire test — they can’t ignite during 30 minutes of exposure to an open flame. The reason? Nearly 20,000 mattress and bedding fires
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had been documented in a five-year period preceding the discussion, and those fires resulted in more than 400 deaths, about 2,200 injuries and almost $275 million in property damage. Regulations enacted in July 2007 made it official that all U.S. mattresses must pass the open-flame test. But to meet those guidelines, many
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companies have been using fire-resistant chemicals that might be dangerous to health. Before 2004, the chemical standard was PentaBDE, of the polybrominated diphenyl ether group (or PBDE). It was eliminated from the market, but many mattresses manufactured before that time
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are likely to contain it. What’s being used now? That’s often unclear, as many companies don’t divulge what combination of fireproofing components they use. The old standards, PBDEs, have been linked to numerous health complaints, and they’re thought to cause behavioral and developmental problems in animals. Besides fire-retardant chemicals, a number of other synthetic materials have caused health advocates to raise eyebrows. Since the ’60s, a majority of mattresses manufactured have contained polyurethane foam, which is petroleum-based and can emit compounds that lead to skin irritation and respiratory issues. Formaldehyde is used in at least one type of mattress adhesive, and the substance can be released from some water- and stainrepellent chemicals. Although PVC was banned from being used in crib and children’s mattresses in late 2009, it might still be present in mattresses made before then, Winslow adds. The negative health effects linked to chemicals and components in some mattresses have been documented, but scientists point out that the exact risk to human health and air quality remains unknown. According to Duke University environmental chemist Heather Stapleton, who spoke to Mother Jones about the issue in 2008, there’s just not enough data to determine how much exposure will make the average person sick. Meanwhile, Winslow advises choosing natural and eco-friendly materials for mattresses and bedding. “Pillows, mattress pads, blankets and comforters should be made of natural fibers like linen, cotton, beach wood fiber, wool, silk and, of course, goose down,” she says. “Not only are they healthier, they feel wonderful and will help you get a good night’s sleep, which is very important when it comes to your health.” MAY/JUNE 2011 • 93
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Water World Itâ€™s a hard life at the lake, but somebody has to live it. Let that be you! Read through our list of waterfront properties at the Lake of the Ozarks to build or buy your own piece of lake living. If you want action on the water, switch gears and try sailing. Headed to the lake just for the weekend? We have you covered with season-long events at both Grand Lake and the Ozarks.
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he Lake of the Ozarks, covering 54,000 acres, is known for its more than 1,150 miles of shoreline — the largest lake in Missouri — with more than 55,000
miles of waterways and tons of lakefront real estate property, from single-family living to condos and townhomes. Or, custom build your own private piece of paradise right on the shoreline,
No Exceptions Whether you’re buying a second home or relocating to the Lake, you have many options in home ownership. However, some amenities you just might not be able to compromise on — like waterfront property. Here is a list of the best places on the water. Happy house hunting!
settling on one of the four “arms” of the lake — Osage, the largest, running from mile marker 1-92; Niangua, 1-18 mile markers; Glaize, 1-15; and Gravois, covering 1-10. Note: As a reference point, Party Cove is located at mile marker 4, and H. Toad’sEntertainment Complex is at the 7 mile marker. The “quiet side of the lake,” where there’s less activity and better fishing, according to some residents, is found beyond the 7 mile marker in the Gravois Arm. PLEASE TURN THE PAGE
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LAKE LIFE waterfront In Sunrise Beach, The Club at Porto Cima, with 1,800 lots and 180-degree lake
views, offers waterfront living of all types, with golf-course perks, personal boat docks, a yacht club and clubhouse. Waterfront living includes Punto Piloto, waterfront townhomes with boardwalk that circles the peninsula; Bello Point, waterfront townhomes and second-tier, lake-view patio homes; and Magnolia Point, located off the 18 mile marker, is a maintenance-free gated community with cove protection. Other Porto Cima communities that aren’t on the water offer numerous lake views. The Villages of Shawnee Bend, also
in Sunrise Beach, boasts more than 10 miles of unspoiled shoreline, tennis courts, community areas, natural habitat land reserves, a community marina, and pool and clubhouse. If you want to build or buy in an isolated area, look for lakefront estates or lake-view property scattered around the city. Horseshoe
peninsula (at the 5 mile marker) in Lake Ozark that’s shaped like a horseshoe, encompasses many miles of natural shoreline. Here, you’ll find family-owned resorts, upscale condos and private homes. After being on the water for so long, trade in the bathing suit to enjoy fine dining or shop at the outlet mall in nearby Osage Beach. A more than 700-acre residential golf and lake community, Old Kinderhook is located on the southwest end of the Big Niangua Arm. Homeowners can take advantage of two on-site restaurants, a marina with private boat ramp, swimming pool, day spa, 24-hour gated security, and a fitness and business center. The Osage Beach/Lake Ozark area is home to other on-the-water communities, including Woodland Cove, with high-end lakefront and second-tier lake-access homes; Cayman Beach, an established subdivision in a quiet cove off of the 19 mile marker of the Osage Arm; Nichols Point, a newer luxury home development also at the PLEASE TURN THE PAGE 98 • KCHANDG.COM
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Masts are rising across the Lake of the Ozarks, setting a new pace in boating. on Milner owns a condo at the Lake of the Ozarks, and he
Milner says most of the younger sailors love the racing aspect and then
and his wife, Beth, spend every other weekend there. You
they tend to move into cruising as they get older.
wouldn’t be surprised to learn they love spending time on the
The Milnerses own three sailboats — a small, 15-foot daysailer; a
water, but you might if you knew they only buy two or three tanks of
20-foot racing sailboat; and a 32-foot vessel that’s more suited for
gas for their boat a year. That’s because they rely on wind power.
cruising (it sleeps six and has a cabin, galley and fridge down below).
For the Milnerses, the boating experience differs from that of most
According to Milner, the 25- to 27-foot range is popular for sailboats;
of the other boaters on the water. While Milner estimates that about 90
the accommodations may be sparse, but it’s kind of like camping on
percent of the boats at the Lake of the Ozarks are powerboats, he’s
never owned one and doesn’t plan to either. “Sailing is a lot more
Smaller sailboats, such as the Milnerses’ 15-footer, may not be
relaxing than power-boating,” he says. “You can sit there and talk, just
ballasted. Lacking a center weight, the boat will have a center board
hear the sound of the water and the wind.”
that helps the sailor use his or her weight to keep the boat from
Milner’s been sailing for about 30 years. Sailing stories from his
tipping over. Larger sailboats have a keel board, a fin on the bottom
stepfather, an avid boater, when Milner was in his 20s, piqued his
made of lead. “The weighted keel keeps the boat from going over,”
interest. He started reading “how to” books on the sport. An aircraft
mechanic by trade, he found he picked up on the concepts easily. On
On smaller sailboats, a single sailor can take off by him or herself.
his first sailing excursion years ago, he rented a sailboat, jumped
Milner says “single-handing,” or operating alone, is possible on his
aboard and set sail.
32-foot boat, but it’s helpful to have another person along. His 32-
Milner admits that some people find sailing hard, but he doesn’t think it is. “A lot of people would be surprised how easy it is,” he comments.
footer also has a 30-horsepower engine, with which they only use two to three tanks of gas each year.
Understanding what sailing is all about can help newbies appreciate
For those interested in sailing, the Lake of the Ozarks’ Ozark Yacht
the undertaking. “The biggest thing I hear from non-sailors is that it is
Club is home to an American Sailing Association (ASA) certified sailing
so much work,” he says. “It’s a sport and an activity — it’s not just a
school. The OYC is also home base for the Ozark Sailing Club, which
has between 35 and 40 members, from their mid-30s up to 70 years
On the Lake of the Ozarks, a narrow, finger-like lake, sailing
old, according to OYC Marketing Manager Sara Clark. A three-day
requires quite a bit of tacking, according to Milner, who is the current
course on Basic Keelboat sailing, a beginner’s intro course, costs
commodore of the Ozark Sailing Club. A sailboat doesn’t sail straight
$450/person. Basic Coastal Cruising is a three-day, two-night live-
into the wind but must be angled 45 degrees into the wind to make
aboard course on the Lake of the Ozarks ($600/person). Other classes
progress. With a wide-open space like the ocean, you can sail for hours
are available; visit www.ozarkyachtclub.com.
on the same tack without touching the sail, but at the Lake of the Ozarks, you have to make adjustments.
The Ozark Sailing Club hosts spring and fall races, when the wind is best at the Lake, but the club will host a special charity regatta the
Even so, Milner says that sailing alongside the powerboats on the
weekend of June 4. The local club will hold a Leukemia Cup Regatta,
Lake isn’t a problem. “You can get right out there in the mix,” he says.
part of a national fundraising series, benefiting the Leukemia Society
“The Lake of the Ozarks is choppy, beating you to death in a powerboat,
of Kansas City.
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Despite sailing enthusiasts being in the minority at the Lake of the Ozarks, the Milnerses say they stay true to the area because of the civilization offered â€” golfing, dining, shopping, etc. Other popular lakes, such as Lake Stockton (north of Springfield), Lake Carlyle (IL, east of St. Louis) and Lake Perry (west of Kansas City), may have more sailboats but offer fewer attractions to round out the experience. MAY/JUNE 2011 â€˘ 105
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Get your poker face ready on May 7 for the 14th Annual Spring Harbor Hop at dozens of participating waterfront establishments. On May 13-14, dress in era-style clothing and enjoy an old-fashioned festival, including local musicians, artisans, dancing, Little Mr. and Miss Oma & Noma Days contest, historical exhibits, 5K run, food and more. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 573.365.7132 or omanomadays.org Peek inside some of the Lake’s best homes on May 21 on the Newcomers/Longtimers 17th Annual Home Tour. This tour has become one of the most popular annual benefits in the area for local charities. newcomerslongtimers.com
The Ladies Luncheon and Fashion Show on June 17 offers a salad luncheon followed by entertainment and a fashion show at the Camden County Museum. Cost: $10. Time: 11 a.m. 573.874.5101 July 2 welcomes an old-fashioned Independence Day celebration at Air Park in Eldon; July 3 is a celebration at the Lodge of the Four Seasons; and Tan-Tar-A Resort will party in style July 4. On August 6, taste some of the finest Missouri wines from numerous Missouri wineries at the 18th Annual Missouri Wine Festival. 573.964.1008
Cruise and watch fireworks on the water May 29. Board the ship on Jeffries Road. Time: 8 p.m.-11 p.m. 573.480.3212 or cruiselake.com
The 3rd Annual Great Bagnell Dam Duck Drop includes a 5K “duck waddle,” family-fun zone, entertainment, food and prizes on August 13. greatdamduckdrop.com
The 33rd Annual HK Golf Tournament at The Lodge of Four Seasons is June 3-5 and benefits Lake Regional Hospital. 573.348.8265
The 2011 Lake of the Ozarks Shootout is happening August 22-28 at Captain Ron’s. captainronsatthelake.com
Get your suit on and lather up for the 4th Annual World’s Largest Pontoon Boat Party on June 11 at Captain Ron’s. 573.374.8475 or captainronsatthelake.com
The Lake Invitational Golf Tournament at Tan-Tar-A takes place on September 5 and benefits the Camdenton High School Athletic Department. 573.348.8522
A colorful and educational event, the 11th annual Osage River Pow Wow, June 16-19, features a variety of dances, as well as the Grand Entry, a parade of flag-carrying participants in full regalia, held each day at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. 573.392.3752
September 10 is the 11th Annual Lake Area Fall Festival. osagebeach.org
On July 16, boaters are welcome to join forces with
Taking place at the Ozark Harley Davidson and Lake Expo Center September 15-18 is the 5th Annual Lake of the Ozarks Bikefest, featuring entertainment, vendors, bikes and bands all weekend long. 573.302.7600 or lakebikefest.com
Marine Max and Sea Ray as they once again host AquaPalooza, the world's largest boat party, with entertainment and events. 573.365.5382 or aquapalooza.com F O R
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The rear façade shows a definite homage to the view — nearly every room has a window overlooking the water.
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One Kansas family quickly caught on to the lake lifestyle at their second home, but what they really reeled in was a prize place for creating memories.
ime is a highly coveted commodity for Larry and Donna Graves. When they do find time to relax from running the
family business, Farmer’s Oil Company, the Anthony, Kan., couple doesn’t quibble about how to decompress. They know exactly what to do, heading south four hours to Grand Lake, one of Oklahoma’s “prettiest” lakes, according to Donna. “At this point, I’m convinced this is heaven on earth,” she says. But that doesn’t mean it was her first choice when deciding where they’d eventually retire. “It was going to take something special to pull me clear to Oklahoma.”
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Above left: Soothing neutral colors and generous-sized windows illuminate rooms, like in the sitting area of the master suite. Below left: The six-bedroom, seven-bath home celebrates lakeside living from its point on the water.
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The formal living room is serene and fashionably stated with leather and cut-velvet furnishings but still comfortable and casual for a family that includes six grandkids.
‘Reluctant’ describes just how Donna was feeling when Larry announced he had found the perfect piece of lake property in 2008. That was before she stepped onto the lot and decided, without a doubt, that it was an ideal place to build their dream home. “The 1.1-acre lot was far too pretty and far too expensive. But, with all of the perks — 50-foot-deep water right off the dock, exceptional 220-degree views and only five minutes from the town of Grove — I was smitten,” Donna concedes. Initially, the Graveses were going to wait five years to build, but the timeline shifted as the couple’s enthusiasm grew. They accelerated the schedule of the 8,500-square-foot home to be done within 11 months. “My desire was to have my father, who was in failing health, experience perhaps his last but our first Christmas with us in this house,” Donna says. Larry selected blueprints for a picture-perfect rendition of a Country French manor that the couple tweaked and hired local builder Langley Homes to construct. “We have people tell us all the time that the house looks just like a castle,” Donna says, referring to the home’s impressive rustic stone and distressed brick façade, with turrets, balconies and Romanesque windows lending it a charming, European flair. They named it Grandview Estate because the home is grand and so are the views.
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Above right: The dining room, detailed with a barrel-vaulted ceiling ribbed with wood accents, easily seats 12 for family gatherings. Middle right: A soft buttery glaze of color sweeps over most rooms underscored with dark, stained cherry hardwood, often with intricate inlaid floors. While cozy looking, this kitchen/hearth room has enough seating for 20. Bottom right: Upstairs, the grandchildren’s bedroom is decked out in a wash of navy blue highlighted with nautical decor featuring lockers for each child and individual portholes. MAY/JUNE 2011 • 111
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Home entertaining and relaxing are focused around the water.
Seating is provided by old fishing chairs made into
The outdoor Viking kitchen allows the Graveses to
perfectly grill a hot dog or whip up a culinary masterpiece.
Anchors Away Larry’s always had an affinity for water and
The bar area, made from the back of a
which has become a favorite holiday. “The
loves to boat and fish. He can often be found
Thompson boat, has its name “The Lost
best thing in life is being with family and
fishing off the partially enclosed and heated
Pelican Bar & Grill” painted on the brick wall
friends, making great memories. That is the
40-foot by 60-foot dock, while Donna and
of the house, and the family even has shirts
reason we built a large home.”
brood sun themselves on the swim deck.
made with the design.
Larry heartily agrees, concurring, “I’ve
The Graveses also enjoy entertaining in
During long summer days fishing and
heard it said the home-building process can
their outdoor pavilion fashioned with a
swimming, Larry and Donna relish the time
ruin a good marriage. Donna and I enjoyed
stainless steel Viking kitchen. “This is the
spent shuttling friends and family to and fro
the entire journey together and look forward
epitome of summer pleasure,” says Donna,
in their two handsome ski and deck boats.
to many years entertaining family and friends
knowing that if Larry isn’t fishing then he’s in
They hosted 36 guests last Fourth of July,
in the home of our dreams.”
his element cooking up a storm.
Artist Vicki McCaul turned dead space under a staircase into a fun hideaway for kids.
The lower level features ample seating around one of five fireplaces in the home, a theater room, billiards table and bar area, with a l956 Thompson wood boat, sliced off at the windshield, as a bartop.
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May 8 ❖ Don’t miss the chance to tour the Lendonwood Garden at its
June 4 ❖ It’s time for a Picnic in the Park — Lendonwood Gardens’
Community Open House. 918.786.2938 or lendonwood.com
Annual Fundraiser Gala. Cost: $35. RSVP by May 31. Time: 5:30-9
May 21, June 18, July 16, August 20 ❖ It’s one of the biggest festivals
p.m. 918.786.2938 or lendonwood.com
of the summer — Cruise to Grove 2011 at Honey Creek Landing.
June 9-11 ❖ It’s time once again for the American Heritage Music
Festival, including the Grand Lake National Fiddle Fest, at the Grove
May 14, June 4 and 25, September 11, October 15-16 (2011
Civic Center and Snider’s Camp. grandlakefestivals.com
championships) ❖ Looking for some bass tournaments this year?
June 10-11 ❖ Try your luck at Ugly John’s 2011 Grand Lake Poker Run
Check out the Anglers in Action. midwestfishtournaments.com
in Afton. 918.782.4414 or uglyjohns.com
May 21 ❖ Spend a day in the sun during Jakes Field Day at Stogsdill
June 10-12 ❖ Join in the International Tri-State Route 66 Festival
Field, an event that introduces young people to the joy of the outdoors
(Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma). June 11 ❖ Test your golf swing at the Adair Chamber 2011 Golf
through supervised, hands-on activities. 918.801.2840 or nwtf.org
Tournament at the Grand Cherokee Golf Course. 918.435.8727 June 17-18 ❖ Come on in for the 24th Annual Grovefest, where you’ll find Smoke on the Water BBQ, an arts and craft show, business exposition, carnival and kids zone at the Community Center and Civic May 22,
Center. 918.786.9079 or groveok.org June 24-26 ❖ Don’t miss the 14th Annual Peoria Pow-Wow in
October 22-23 ❖ Ever dream of being in an
extreme fishing league? Well, now you
July 2 ❖ Find Cajun food and Cajun bands as well as unique
can. Sign up for the Skeeter XFL (first
arts and crafts at the 2011 Cajun Fest at the Grove Civic
flight tournaments). fishxfl.com/xfl
Center. 918.786.8896 or grandlakefestivals.com
May 22, June 12 and 26 ❖ Is fishing
July 2-4 ❖ This year celebrates the 35th year of the annual Quilt Show at the Grove Community Center. Admission: $4; 12 and
your cup of tea? Join in the Joe Bass Team Trail Grand Division at the Grove RV Resort.
under free. 918.786.2573 or groveok.org
August 13 ❖ At the 3rd Annual Great Bobber Drop in Grove, retrieve
May 27-29 ❖ Get ready to rock out in style at the 2011 Rocklahoma
dropped bobbers and turn them in to claim hundreds of prizes donated
Music Festival in Pryor. 866.310.2288 or rocklahoma.com
by the Grand Lake merchants. 918.786.2300 or groveok.org
June 3-4 ❖ The 12th Annual Miami Nation Tribal Pow Wow
September 23-25 ❖ The Pelican Festival celebrates the fall migration
includes Indian dancing, contests and celebrations. 918.542.1445 or
of the American White Pelicans. Activities include a parade, arts and
crafts, food vendors and live entertainment. groveok.org
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July 29-31 ❖ Enjoy some time on the water during the Oklahoma Wake Series 2nd Annual Duck Creek Shoot Out. oklahomawakeseries.com Photo by JeffM of grandlakephotos.com
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| June 21-26 ❖ “9 to 5: The Musical” tells the story of three unlikely friends who conspire to take control of their company and learn there’s nothing they can’t do — even in a man’s world. 816.363.7827 or kcstarlight.com |
Special Events May 1-August 14 ❖ Journey back to a lost world of prehistoric
entertainment from Liquid Blue. Admission: $300. Time: 5:30
chills and thrills this summer when more than 20 dinosaurs
p.m. 816.472.7997 or jdrfkcgala.org
and oversized ancient insects return to Powell Gardens for
May 7-8 ❖ Sample what there is to see, do, hear, taste, buy and
Jurassic Gardens. Garden admission applies. 816.697.2600 or
learn at the Kansas Sampler Festival in Leavenworth, including
the annual Herb Market at the Carroll Mansion. 1.913.682.7759
May 6, June 3 ❖ Join the thousands who explore the galleries
and shops in the Crossroads Arts District for one of the nation’s
May 11-12 ❖ Young Playwrights Festival 2011 features a
largest art walks on First Fridays. Time: 7-9 p.m. 913.530.6279 or
collection of new work by the city’s best young writers.
816.474.6552 or coterietheatre.org
May 6-8 ❖ Powell Gardens’ biggest plant sale of the year will
May 13-15 ❖ The 11th annual Fiesta Kansas City event at Crown
feature a wide range of perennials, annuals, herbs, vegetables,
Center will feature great music, food, dancing and exhibits.
trees, shrubs, seeds and some of the Gardens’ own best
Admission: $5 per day, $10 for the weekend. 816.472.6767 or
performers. 816.697.2600 or powellgardens.org
May 7 ❖ Welcome to the Alice in Wonderland Mother Daughter
May 14, June 11 ❖ Enjoy an evening in historic Weston by
Tea Party, where Alice will lead you on an interactive tour
shopping late and enjoying entertainment after 8 p.m. Time: 5-8
through Wonderland (the Wornall House) with tea and goodies on
p.m. 816.640.2909 or westonmo.com
the front lawn while socializing with the Queen of Hearts, the
May 15 ❖ The Five Trails Half Marathon takes you on five
Mad Hatter and others. Admission: $15, mother daughter team;
historic Leavenworth trails. Registration deadline May 14 at 4 p.m.
$5, each extra guest in your party. Time: 2-4 p.m. 816.444.1858
Time: 8 a.m.-1 p.m. 913.240.8727 or fivetrailshalfmarathon.com
May 20 ❖ Dan Saleaumua’s Kansas City Golf Tournament in
May 7 ❖ Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Dream Gala at
Independence benefits the American Cancer Society’s Relay for
the Marriott Kansas City includes silent and super-silent auction
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families to self-sufficiency. Time: 7 a.m. hillcresttransitionalhousing.org May 22 ❖ Take part in the 2011 Kansas City Arthritis Walk at Zona Rosa. Participants will enjoy food, games and live
816.587.8180 or afwalkkc.kintera.org May 22 ❖ Get your bike out for the Tour de Brew, a bike tour of Kansas City’s breweries of the past and present, from The Bottoms to Martin City. tourdebrewkc.com May 27, June 3, 10, 17, 24 ❖ Enjoy movies on the lawn of the Elms Resort & Spa every Friday evening during the summer. Cost: $1 gate fee. Time: 9 p.m. 816.630.5500 or elmsresort.com May 28-29 ❖ Take your kids to Jiggle Jam Family Fest at Crown Center, featuring national and local children’s entertainers and many kids’ activities. 816.997.8511 or kcjigglejam.com May 29 ❖ Listen to patriotic favorites against the backdrop of Kansas City’s PLEASE TURN THE PAGE MAY/JUNE 2011 • 119
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June 10-11 ❖ Get a taste of eastern Europe when you stop by the Sugar Creek Slavic Festival, where musicians play traditional
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Music, Dance and Theater May 2, June 6 ❖ Jazz on the Square in Liberty will feature class acts from the Corbin Big Band. Admission: donation. Time: 5:30-7:30 p.m. 816.476.2705 or corbintheatre.org May 5-6 ❖ “The Aluminum Show” at the Folly Theater is a foil-packed performance full of energy, emotion and personality as the silver industrial materials create a
816.415.5025 or hjseries.org May 5-8 ❖ The finale of Kansas City Ballet’s 53rd season at the Lyric Theatre includes Jerome Robbins’ “Moves,” a precise and expressive piece of shifting dance patterns without music. Also see Kansas City Ballet Artistic Director William Whitener and Twyla Tharp’s “The Catherine Wheel Suite.” 816.931.2232 or kcballet.org May 6-June 19 ❖ “The 39 Steps” involves a nationwide manhunt that climaxes in a death-defying finale, with a riotous blend of virtuoso performances and wildly inventive stagecraft. 816.842.9999 or ahtkc.com May 7 ❖ Get tickets to see Karrin Allyson, a Kansas native who has spent the last 15 years carving out a career as a singer, songwriter, pianist, composer and bandleader. Time: 8 p.m. 816.474.4444 or follytheater.org May 13-14 ❖ Witness the fusion of classical music, modern dance, aerial acrobatics and contemporary design in the Kansas City Symphony’s “Symphonic Quixotic” at the Lyric Theatre. 816.471.0400 or kcsymphony.org May 13-14 ❖ The Wylliams/Henry Contemporary
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psychedelic dances. 913.432.9100 or thebarnplayers.org May 21 ❖ Jammin’ at the Gem presents singer/songwriter Jonathan Butler, winner of the Sarie Award, South Africa’s equivalent to the Grammy. Time: 8 p.m. 816.474.8463 or americanjazzmuseum.org June 3-5 ❖ “Beethoven’s Third Piano Concerto,” originally composed during the first year of his marriage to Clara Wieck, bridges the divide between his earlier concertos and his later, more mature
kcsymphony.org June 6-12 ❖ “The King and I,” a Rodgers & Hammerstein musical classic, pits East versus West in a dramatic, richly textured and ultimately uplifting love story. 816.363.7827 or kcstarlight.com June 11-12 ❖ Celebrate the ’80s with “Metro Retro” followed by a glimpse into what the future holds for the Heartland Men’s Chorus, including a party in the streets,
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