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Kansas City Homes & Gardens is published 8 times a year plus 1 specialty publication by Network Communications Inc. and printed by R.R. Donnelley. Volume 24, Number Two. Keith Sauro, publisher, 4121 W. 83rd St., Ste. 110, Prairie Village, KS 66208, 913.648.5757. Subscriptions are available at the rate of $19.95 per year for 9 issues. Single-copy price is $4.95, available at more than 400 selected newsstand locations throughout Greater Kansas City. Back issues are available upon request at $5 each, and payment must accompany all orders. ©2010 by Network Communications Inc. All rights reserved. Reproduction without permission is prohibited. Postmaster: Send changes to Kansas City Homes & Gardens, P. O. Box 9002, Maple Shade, NJ 08052. HOW TO REACH US For advertising and subscription information: 913.648.5757 By Fax: 913.648.5783 Publisher: Editorial: Circulation: Art Department: Advertising: Mailing & Physical Address: 4121 W. 83rd St., Ste. 110, Prairie Village, KS 66208 MARCH/APRIL 2010 • 21

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49 HOME OF THE YEAR Our 2010 awards for new construction.

106 THE ULTIMATE OASIS Creating a luxurious outdoor living space one element at a time.

INTERIOR 92 A NEW DAY The 41st Symphony Designers’ Showhouse takes aim at the national spotlight.



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March/April 2010

Volume 24, Issue No.2

DEPARTMENTS 29 EDITOR’S LETTER Turning the Page __ After a tough winter, we can feel the winds of change. 31 PUBLISHER’S MESSAGE The Heart of the Home __ They say it takes a village to raise a child. Well, the same rule applies when you are building a home. 33 CALENDAR OF EVENTS What’s happening in March/April in Kansas City. 41 WHAT’S NEW News for your home and lifestyle. 47 Q&A A question-and-answer session with local industry professionals.

HOME 73 HOMEWARD BOUND Housing on the Upswing __ Industry experts predict a measured, steady improvement. 79 SMART HOUSE Protected by Text Message __ Technology lifts security systems to a new level: intruder alerts via cell phone and e-mail. 85 GOING GREEN Protect Your Family from Lead Exposure __ A new EPA law requires remodelers to be certified to work in pre-1978 homes.

INTERIOR 99 DESIGN TRENDS New Bath in No Time __ Remodelers fill a niche of bath fixes in a week or less.

OUTDOOR 113 SAVVY GARDENER Removing the Hard from Hardscaping __ Adding a new patio, walkway or retaining wall makes life easy as a breeze.

LIFESTYLE 125 WINE CONNOISSEUR Chill Out __ Most wine is served too warm or too cold. Here’s your guide to the right temperature. 129 HEALTHY LIVING Harnessing the Power of Horses __ Utilizing the horse as healer, a nonclinical treatment provides therapy for individuals with neuromotor disabilities. 134 MARKETPLACE A reference guide to help you find our advertisers.



The ins and outs of hardscaping

136 LAST WORDS Our favorite quotes from this issue. MARCH/APRIL 2010 • 27

editor’s letter

AN DR EA DAR R Editor-in-Chief Facebook: Twitter: LinkedIn: Andrea Darr

Turning the Page After a tough winter, we can feel the winds of change.


Spring is finally here, and we’re emerging from

The 41st Symphony Designers’ Showhouse,

the dark and cold with renewed spirit. Instead of

which is taking a new tack with its time-honored

hibernating all winter, we’ve been keeping busy with

tradition, bringing in fresh designers and hoping to

many projects, not the least of which includes all our

reach beyond the Kansas City spotlight.

social media networking. (I’d love to connect with

The debut of our first KCH&G Cooking School

you, so contact me through any of the means above.)

event, an evening of food, wine and fun with partners

First, we’re getting a whiff that the housing industry

Chef Renee Kelly, Regarding Kitchens, and Off the

is seeing light at the end of the tunnel. After selling off a large chunk of our local housing stock, we’ve come

Vine Design & Cellar. ●

A change in lead-removal laws instituted by the

to a place that’s ready for the next step: forward

EPA, requiring you to hire newly trained contractors

momentum. Read the latest market update page 73.

to remodel your home if it predates 1978.

A testament to the improving housing industry,

Updates in technology, allowing you to receive

approximately 100 new homes made their way into

video and/or text updates from your alarm system

our 2010 Home of the Year competition. Last fall,

away from home.

architects, builders, designers and developers submitted

Plus, you may notice that our pages have a

their best entries for judging, and we are proud to

different look to them. We’ve done a bit of spring

present the winners on page 49.

cleaning, so to speak, so let us know what you think.

Additionally, as spring is the season of new LE THI YC





this issue:


beginnings, we have many of them to share with you

To register for the next KCH&G Cooking School, e-mail Associate Editor Brooke Pearl at When: March 25, from 6-9 p.m. What: Kitchen Design Gallery, MARCH/APRIL 2010 • 29

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The Heart of the Home They say it takes a village to raise a child. Well, the same rule applies when you are building a home.


It’s that time of the year again when KCH&G presents

done without the talent of these professionals. After

top local builders, architects and interior designers

all, the builder only has two hands.

with our esteemed Home of the Year awards.







From model to custom, these trade professionals

subcontractors who are responsible for bringing to

“strut their stuff” to our professional judging panel

life the heart of the home. As you read through

for a chance to be featured in our March/April issue,

the pages, look for our special Subcontractor of the

and this year was no different. The many entries

Year seal. This emblem recognizes many of the

kept our panel busy as they toured, tabulated and

subcontractors who were involved in a winning entry

chose the best in each category (see page 49 for

this year. And please remember, even though these

results). Congratulations to all the winners!

professionals were involved with the new construction

When you think about these award-winning homes, you don’t realize the number of local

process, many of them can help you with projects around your home as well.

professionals it takes to bring the homeowner’s vision

So when it’s time for a new floor or updated

to life: foundation experts, framers, cabinetmakers,

landscape in your backyard, look for these award-

tile setters, flooring contractors, painters, and the list

winning subcontractors who have the talent to get

goes on and on. The builder, architect and interior

the job done right. Oh, and when you’re ready to

designer are responsible for choosing the best local

build that new home, don’t forget that these featured

subcontractors to ensure that your home is structurally

builders also will treat you right. After all, they have

sound and incorporates top-notch design. It cannot be

a great team of professionals who were hand-picked to truly make your new house a home.

For more information on our prestigious award winners and their subcontractors, visit MARCH/APRIL 2010 • 31

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| March 13-14 ❖ Experience a lost heritage in Shen Yun’s production at the

| April 9-11 ❖ STOMP, the international sensation, makes its triumphant return

Music Hall, inspired by legends and values of centuries of Chinese culture

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instruments. 800.776.7469 or |

special events March 6 ❖ Kansas City Ballet Guild’s 43rd Annual

March 17 ❖ The 37th Annual Kansas City St.

Ballet Ball at the historic Marriott Muehlebach

Patrick’s Day Parade is themed “Going Green in

Hotel will celebrate the rhythm of dance with a

Kansas City.” Time: 11 a.m.

Gershwin-inspired evening of cocktails, dinner and

March 20 ❖ The Annual Spring Fashion Show and

dancing. Cost: $250+. Time: 7 p.m. 816.531.7676

Luncheon will display the latest spring styles from


Dillard’s at the Bingham-Waggoner Estate. Cost: $25.

March 13 ❖ The 32nd Annual Westport St. Patrick's

Time: Noon. 816.461.3491 or

Day Run is a 4-mile course through the heart of

March 21 ❖ The Gardens’ own Chef Nick Jonjevic

Westport. Get festive: wear a costume. Time: 10 a.m.

begins a series of themed dinners in the Missouri

Barn Dinner Series: Taste of Ireland at Powell

March 13-14 ❖ At the Mini-Garden in Glass at

Gardens. Wine or other spirits are hand-selected to

Powell Gardens, learn how to plant a terrarium and

complement creative multiple courses. Cost: $50,

find out which types of plants do well in an enclosed

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environment. All materials and plants are included.

Cost: $15, plus garden admission. Time: 1-3 p.m.

March 27 ❖ Wedding Vaile Tea Party & Vintage

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Fashion Show will feature appetizers and music

March 17 ❖ Take part in Leavenworth’s St. Patrick’s

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Day parade. Time: Noon-1 p.m. 913.682.9800 or

Time: 2-4 p.m. Cost: $20, with reservation.

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April 10 ❖ Walk MS Johnson County participants join together at Theater in the Park to create a world free of Multiple Sclerosis. Time: 8 a.m. 913.432.3927 or April 10-25 ❖ Preview hundreds of new homes across the metro during the Spring Homes Tour,

sponsored by the Home

Builders Association of Greater Kansas City. Find links and maps at April 17 ❖ Attend the 2010 Lyric Opera Ball at the Hyatt Regency Crown Center to support the local arts. 816.471.4933 or April 17-18 ❖ Learn about common and not-so-common pets at the Kansas City Pet Expo at the American Royal. 816.931.4686 or April 23-24 ❖ The Lions Club 28th Annual t’s so very rare to find the architect who brings the

Antiques and Collectibles Show will host

same passion, exactitude and expertise to the actual

more than 40 vendors at the Tobacco

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Warehouse in Weston. 816.640.2909 or April 23-25 ❖ The Excelsior Springs Cultural Guild will sponsor the annual Gatsby Days celebration. 816.630.6161 or April 24-25 ❖ Find your next remodeling project inspiration at the NARI Remodeled Homes Tour as you walk through occupied homes across the metro. 913.362.8833 or April 29 ❖ Support those in need at the 14th Annual Forks & Corks, which enables Harvesters to provide nearly one million meals. Time: 6 p.m. 816.513.5000 or

music, theater & dance March 5-7 ❖ Kansas City Symphony presents Stern Conducts Copland & Beethoven at Lyric Theatre and Yardley Hall. 816.471.0400 or March




celebrates the wisdom of listening to young people, guiding them with a warm






913.682.7557 or March 5-28 ❖ “Green Whales,” a 34 • KCHANDG.COM

comic love story at Unicorn Theatre, reinforces the notion that there is indeed someone for everyone. 816.531.7529 or March 5-April 3 ❖ “Broadway’s Best” looks back on more than 50 years of Tony award-winning shows in this Quality Hill Playhouse revue. 816.421.1700 or March 10 ❖ With deep roots in its remote Japanese village, Shidara taiko drumming performance brings Japanese history and folklore to each performance, this time at the Lied Center. Time: 7:30 p.m. 785.864.2787 or March 12 ❖ Natalie MacMaster, a Celtic superstar, will perform at the Church of the Resurrection with her feverish fiddling and mesmerizing step dancing. Time: 8 p.m. 816.471.0400 or March 12-April 3 ❖ “Bus Stop” tells the story of the night a March blizzard traps eight strangers in a small cafe 30 miles west of Kansas City. As the evening wears on, lives are changed, love is lost and found, and strangers find ways to keep each other warm. 816.235.2700 or March 12-April 25 ❖ “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change” celebrates the universal theme of love and pokes fun at the






816.842.9999 or March 20 ❖ The Women in Jazz Celebration featuring Oleta Adams at The Gem Theater pays tribute to women in jazz, past and present, through a combination of live performances and education programs. Time: 8 p.m. 816.474.8463 or March 20, 24, 26, 28 ❖ “Rigoletto” is a tragic story of a cursed hunchback jester and the deadly fate of his innocent daughter, playing at Lyric Theatre. 816.471.7344 or March 26 ❖ Playing at the Bell Cultural Events Center at MidAmerica Nazarene University, “Sibelius, Grieg & The Music of the North” explores the music of PLEASE TURN THE PAGE MARCH/APRIL 2010 • 35

Scandinavia. Time: 8 p.m. 816.471.0400

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or April 7 ❖ Andrew Lloyd Webber’s classic, “CATS,” is based on a book of poetry by T.S. Eliot and features 20 timeless melodies. The magic unfolds at the Lied Center. Time: 7:30 p.m. 785.864.2787 or April 15-June 20 ❖ Playing at New Theatre Restaurant, “Becky's New Car” is about Becky Foster, who has a pretty good job, husband and life, so when a charming, bumbling billionaire starts flirting with her, Becky is surprised that she allows


him to believe that she is widowed. 913.649.7469 or April 17 ❖ Jazz Appreciation Month at






Clayton Brothers Quintet will feature an

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infectious blend of bop, blues, ballads and

swing. Time: 8 p.m. 816.474.8463 or April 17 ❖ Mary Atkins Lecture Series at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art concludes with a beautiful performance by the Grammy Award-winning Kansas City Chorale. Time: 5:30 p.m. 816.751.1278 or April 13-18 ❖ “A Chorus Line” at the Music Hall introduces a musical for everyone who’s ever had a dream and put it all on the line. 816.931.3330 or April 23 ❖ Venice Baroque Orchestra, presented by Friends of Chamber Music, will perform at the Folly Theater with one of the greatest Baroque violinists of all time. Time: 8 p.m. 816.561.9999 or April 23-May 23 ❖ “Lullaby of 42nd Street”





features piano, bass and drums combo, with music by Harry Warren for the

C u s t o m

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D o o r s

show “42nd Street.” 816.421.1700 or April 24 ❖ In the Signature Series: Finale Concert, with newly commissioned work by James Mobberley, the 100-piece PLEASE TURN THE PAGE


HARRINGTON BROTHERS, INC. There is, perhaps, no product decision more important to you as a homeowner than your home’s heating and air conditioning system. That’s why Harrington Brothers is particularly proud to offer American Standard. Jerry and Bob Harrington started their business 16 years ago and today are known as Kansas City’s “Comfort Specialists.” Harrington Brothers strives to achieve customer satisfaction through personalized service, dependable products and quality workmanship. For all your heating and cooling needs, you can rely on American Standard and Harrington Brothers.

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specialist Robert Olson. Time: 7:30 p.m. 816.235.6222 or April 24-May 2 ❖ The Lyric Opera presents “Don Giovanni,” an opera favorite who uses Mozart’s unforgettable music to seduce even the purest of hearts. 816.471.4933 or

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green at the Johnson County Healthy Yards Expo, an exciting new lawn and garden

Unique “ Featherings” for your Home and Garden

show that aims to help citizens make greener choices in their yards, held at the Lenexa Conference Center. Time: 9 a.m.3 p.m. April 3 ❖ The Friends of Lakeside Nature Center’s Blue River Stream Team #175 will host the 19th Annual Project Blue River Rescue, the largest one-

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day stream clean-up in Missouri. Help by planting trees and picking up litter or storm-drain stenciling and waterquality monitoring. Time: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. 816.513.8960 or April 11 ❖ Show up early at the 2010 EarthWalk at Thesis Park for Yoga in the Park, followed by the Green Day Festival hosted by StoneLion Puppet Theatre. 816.561.1087 or April 17 ❖ The Prairie Village Earth Fair 9 will be held at the Shawnee Mission East High School. Cost: free. Time: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. April 17 ❖ Take a daytrip to Lawrence to participate in the 10th Annual Earth Day Celebration.

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Hallmark’s Celebrating 100 Years

more than a year ago by launching cretedog, a design

January 10, 2010, was Hallmark’s 100th birthday, but

and fabrication studio dedicated to artistic concrete

it’ll be celebrating all throughout the year in a

applications. He’s created pieces from countertops,

number of ways, including bringing back some

sinks, tables and fire pits to modular shelving units,

updated oldies but goodies this summer — “Retro

picture frames, magazine holders and bookends. “I’m

Remix” are cards from the past that have been pulled

getting a lot of great feedback from people,” he says.

from the vault and put back on the stands, along with

“I’m putting a lot of time and energy into it.”

birthday cards created by Hallmark fans. A new

Sustainable and durable, you can make just

employee blog and a timeline illustrates key products

about anything out of concrete...and Keith’s always

and people in Hallmark’s past; the book, “Hallmark:

willing to try something new. 816.523.5954 or

A Century of Caring,” is now available; enter Your

Greeting Card Competition ( to submit a design for the chance to create an original

Sculpture Elsewhere

Hallmark card; and look for centennial holiday-

After being in the River Market for 23 years, Tom

themed Keepsake Ornaments in July. The Hallmark

Corbin packed up his bronzed belongings, relocating

Visitors Center and Kaleidoscope also will feature

his studio, showroom and offices to a historic firehouse


in Rosedale, Kan. As a sculptor, furniture designer and







painter, his new surrounding — first a firehouse then city hall and finally a private residence — offers

Concrete All the Way

inspiration as the old building still contains the remains

Sole proprietor of Keith Mueller Architecture, Keith

of the jail cell, bank safe and brass fire pole. But it’s

doubled his workload and business ventures a little


MARCH/APRIL 2010 • 41

now been transformed into his own gallery space with modern offices and artist’s studio. 913.766.4012 or

Relocating to the Boulevard Davison Architecture + Urban Design LLC, an architecture firm that provides professional architecture and urban design services, left its old stomping ground a few months ago, moving into a project they completed for a client at 405 Southwest Blvd. in Kansas City, Mo. This project also was honored by the Mid American Regional Council as a 2009 Sustainable Success Story. Phone, e-mail and






816.531.8303 or

Trimming the Edges With a 34-year background in construction, Terry Presley, owner of Kansas City Stair Company, is adding a complete line of specialty window and door moldings to his business repertoire. He started developing Fancy Trim Components about two years ago but only recently started to manufacture his products. He sells a variety of trim and moldings for windows, doors, ceilings tiles, baseboards, crown molds and wall stones, along with custom curve orders and kits he puts together with instructions for DIY customers. He doesn’t offer installation services, but he’s constantly updating and adding to his collections that he says you can’t find anywhere else. 913.721.3500 or

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totaling about 500 — with the acquisition of the Northland’s Carter-Duffey Realtors. Along




Prudential also has two more offices, one in Liberty, one in North Kansas City, as well as 22 new home communities to add under its name. In terms of annual production, Prudential Kansas City Realty is in the top 25 out of 640 Prudential companies nationwide, with a 10-percent increase in its annual production in 2009, even with the overall Kansas City MLS down 5 percent.

Former Bar Turned Gallery The Dharma Gallery has transitioned a Westport building, which used to be a bar, into a gallery that combines artistic, salvaged and vintage pieces of furniture and art. Salvaging the exterior’s colorful murals, owners Brenda Hartman and Sara Prothe are ready for First Fridays (gallery open Friday-Sunday only), with a live band and plans to feature local artists. In addition, the gallery will offer an outdoor farmers’ market spring through fall. 913.302.7268 (Sara) or 816.363.4124 (Brenda)

Banking Services in KS and now MO Capitol Federal Savings Bank is expanding its reach into Missouri, now covering the entire Kansas City metro area. Both locations opened off Barry Road in the Northland at the end of 2009. Adding these two new branches gives Capitol Federal a total of 22 branches in the area, 44 overall. 44 • KCHANDG.COM

Total Home, Lenexa, Kan. Residential Kitchen Under $40,000

Kitchen Design Gallery, Lenexa, Kan. Residential Kitchen $80,001 to $120,000

2010 Regional NARI CotY Award Winners Two local companies received multiple wins in the National Association of Remodeling Industry (NARI)’s 2010 Contractor of the Year (CotY) regional competition and are advancing to the National CotY competition. Total Home won in two categories — Residential Kitchen under $40,000 and Residential Exterior $100,000 and over; Kitchen Design





awards — Residential Kitchen $80,001 to $120,000, Residential Interior $100,000 and over, Residential Universal Design and Commercial Interior. The entries were judged on project presentation, functionality, aesthetics, craftsmanship, innovation, degree of difficulty and problem solving. MARCH/APRIL 2010 • 45

Jeff Ashner, Ashner Construction

Wolfgang Trost, Wolfgang Trost Architects

A: The most requested and most used space today is the outdoor

A: What I would contribute is not an object. Instead, it would be

living space, including a kitchen, fireplace, heaters and all kinds

a carefully thought-out solution to my client’s wishes, needs and

of accessories. You’re literally outside but protected. It allows

desires. I would love to provide a home that is comfortable and

you to stretch out your interaction with the outdoors to almost

joyful, functional and efficient, safe and healthy, cost-effective and

year-round, for entertaining or just on a daily basis.

valuable. If I must choose one ‘thing,’ let it be the gift of ample


Q: If you had free reign to design or add one thing of your choice to a client’s home, what would it be and why?

daylight through a beautiful window.

Bruce Roberts, Waterford Construction

Janine Terstriep, Decorative Touch

A: I would include the elements necessary for aging in place. No

A: Area rugs can transform a space. Often adding a beautiful

one wants to think about it, but more people are facing entering

area rug under the furniture grouping can immediately ground

a facility or making some architectural changes to their home to

the room and give it a whole new look. Don’t be afraid to put an

be able to stay. The ideas range from simple kitchen and bath

area rug over carpet; a patterned rug is not just for hardwood

alterations to repurposing a ground floor room into a master suite


to the installation of an elevator. MARCH/APRIL 2010 • 47

Home of the Year photos by

James Maidhof

Reflections of the Best After a full day of evaluations by our esteemed panel of judges last fall, we can finally announce our 19th annual Home of the Year winners! In these pages, you’ll see that despite the slowdown in business, local architects, builders and interior designers haven’t lost their stride when it comes to creativity and quality.

Find resources and exterior photos of all the homes at




Left to right: Brett Adler, ASID, interior designer and owner, Inhabit Interior Design ● Ben Allers, AIA, RIBA, LEED AP, senior project manager, Gastinger Walker Harden Architects ● Diane Anderson, interior designer and owner, Diane Anderson Designs ● Becky Berg, Allied Member ASID, interior designer and owner, Becky Berg Design ● Linda Bobski, ABR, CRS, GRI, CLHM, ASP, real estate agent and staging professional, Coldwell Banker Benita Brewer, Allied Member ASID, NKBA, interior designer, Bath & Kitchen Showroom ● Linda Cain, CKD, kitchen designer, McCray Millwork

Left to right: Andrea Darr, Editor-in-Chief, Kansas City Homes & Gardens ● Merejo Dussair, co-owner, Design Build Team ● Katie Gruenewald-Ott, AKBD, kitchen designer, Kitchen Studio: Kansas City ● Jenny Huls, ASID Industry Partner, trade marketing representative, Roth Distributing Kurt Kraisinger, RLA, LEED AP, landscape architect and owner, Lorax Design Group ● Miche McKown-Brown, Allied Member ASID, interior designer and owner, Me and My Baby Designs ● Anna Morse, owner, Kitchen Concepts KC

Left to right: Kevin Noble, AKBD, designer, Casework Inc. ● Brooke Pearl, Associate Editor, Kansas City Homes & Gardens ● Heidi Pollmann, ASLA, LEED AP, landscape architect, Confluence ● Mike Pollmann, AIA, LEED AP ● Perry Quick, AIA, LEED AP, principal, Novus Architecture Kathleen Ramsey, Allied Member ASID, interior designer and owner, Ramsey Interiors ● Mike Schumacher, intern architect, RDM Architecture

Left to right: Sean Simms, ASLA, landscape architect and president, Sean K. Simms Planners, Landscape Architects LLC Chad Alan Skelton, craftsman and owner, CAS Woodworks ● Jacquie Thomas, IIDA, NKBA, ASID student, interior designer and owner, J. Thomas Interiors & Accents ● Jill Tran, interior designer and owner, Jill Tran Interior Design ● Judy Transue, remodeler and co-owner, CHC Creative Home Remodeling ● Kevin Transue, CR, GCP, remodeler and co-owner, CHC Creative Home Remodeling MARCH/APRIL 2010 • 51

2 0 1 0 H O M E O F T H E Y E A R G R A N D AWA R D :



Wendlandt & Stallbaumer


Holthaus Building

Interior Designer:

Knapstein Design

or a nearly 9,000-square-foot house, our “best in


show” winner could never be described as ostentatious,

pretentious or cavernous. “It’s grand but doesn’t feel overwhelming,” says architect Bruce Wendlandt. From the beginning, the new home, built on property the family had owned for years, was about comfortable elegance and connecting the house with the land. It was sited in the place of the former house, and Bruce even took great care to design the same corner windows above the kitchen sink so the homeowner has the exact same view she had previously. When standing in one spot in the great room, the crossaxis of the design becomes evident — views of the rolling countryside can be seen in every direction. “The plan is about the inside looking out and the outside looking in,” Wendlandt explains. In addition to the views, the homeowners have many ways to access outdoor living spaces, from a shaded courtyard on the north and pergola off the master bedroom and library on the southwest, where they can watch storms rolling in, to a complete outdoor arrangement on the east with a patio, fireplace, pool, spa, waterfalls, screened-in porch and grill. Builders Lyle and Jay Holthaus assembled the home with the highest-quality materials: slate roofing, copper gutters, stone and timber outside, and large-scale millwork, beamed trusses and detailed ironwork inside. Volumes vary throughout, from a human-scaled foyer to two-story great room to a barrel-vaulted master bedroom ceiling. All the while, the scale feels appropriate, with transoms over the windows. Interior designer Kurt Knapstein worked with the homeowners to make the house’s style uniquely theirs. “It’s traditional but fresh and upbeat,” he describes. His work is highlighted by gracious furniture, gorgeous draperies, luxurious fabrics, and subtle and delightfully surprising choices in wallpaper, light fixtures and art. If one pays attention, frogs, turtles, butterflies and horses show up throughout the house. After two years of designing and building, the homeowners should be able to enjoy a true work of art for a lifetime.

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Wendlandt & Stallbaumer


Holthaus Building City: Bucyrus

Interior Designer:

Knapstein Design

Square footage: 8,971

Beds/baths: 4/5, 3 half baths

Style: Timeless

he homeowner’s eclectic, bold style and love for animals


shines throughout this reverse 1.5-story home surrounded by

acres of countryside — with ponds, bridges and a horse farm. Its exterior is wrapped in high-quality materials like slate roofing, copper gutters, stucco, stone and timber and incorporates stately fountains and outdoor living amenities, including a screened-in porch, fireplace, pool and spa. A porte-cochere separates caretaker’s quarters. The main floor flows openly with 12-foot ceilings and 8-foot doorways, while the two-story great room features a beamed/trussed ceiling and second-floor balcony. The lower level is designated as the entertainment space with game room, theater and wine cellar. Every room has multiple views of the outside.

| Pictured: Kurt Knapstein, Bruce Wendlandt, Jay Holthaus and Lyle Holthaus |


Bickford + Co.


Holthaus Builders

Interior Designer:

Madden-McFarland Interiors

City: Lake Winnebago Beds/baths: 4/9

Square footage: 11,000

Style: Neo contemporary Tuscan lodge

uilt on the existing lake lot, the homeowners incorporated


several ‘wow’ factors using local craftsmen and artisans for the

cabinetry, ironwork and hand-blown glass light fixtures. An arched wood ceiling stretches from the front steps through the house to the back lanai. It’s accompanied by an exposed log, steel and timber structure. A glass dome covers the main staircase with hand-wrought ironwork; across the hall is an enclosed glass wine cellar with cut stone columns and arches. The home also features a custom aquarium that divides the hearth room from the kitchen, home theater, negative edge pool with a retractable enclosure for year-round use, six fireplaces and an elevator.

| Pictured: Lyle Holthaus, Jay Holthaus, Scott Bickford, Pat Conner and Julie Wint |



Bickford + Co.

Community: Loch Lloyd Beds/baths: 4/5.5


Evan-Talan Homes

Interior Designer:

Muse Furniture & Lifestyle Designs

Square footage: 5,349

Style: Old World Tuscan

his reverse 1.5-story home begins with a grand foyer that


opens to a circular staircase with wrought iron railing and a

dome ceiling. Because entertaining is important to the owners, they’ve included a guest suite on the main level. The interiors have been carefully detailed, including details in the cabinetry and trim, tile work, custom living room mantel, faux painting and hand-painted murals in the kids’ room. The home accommodates both daily living and entertaining, especially with a fully furnished lanai complete with a fireplace, cooking center and bar.

| Pictured: Cory Childress, Amber Gardner, Scott Bickford and Kendra Miner |


Bickford + Co.

Community: The Woods Estates Beds/baths: 5/5.5


B&F Custom Homes

Interior Designer:

Madden-McFarland Interiors

Square footage: 7,885

Style: Blended French Country

he owners of this home intended it to look like a lodge in


Colorado, their favorite vacation spot. The front entrance

is through a courtyard with stone, wrought iron accents and a round stone wall capped by a turret roof. Inside the 1.5 stories, there’s an eclectic mix of styles, including rustic, traditional and contemporary; hand-scraped beams; stone fireplaces; and a screened-in, covered lanai with a built-in grill. Sleek, contemporary appliances and backsplash tile define the kitchen, while the second-floor loft and three bedroom suites have a modern-day, traditional atmosphere. The living room features a view of the waterfall and spool (spa/pool combo), while the media center, bar and exercise room provide reasons to visit the lower level. PLEASE TURN THE PAGE

| Pictured: Brad Bond |

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Bickford + Co.


Arch Design Builders

Interior Designer:

City: Mission Hills Beds/baths: 5/4.5

Andrew Brown & Foulke

Square footage: 5,647

Style: Coastal

nspired by 20 years of vacationing in the East, the homeowners


rebuilt their existing home as a cottage that is quaint yet beautiful,

with a side porte-cochere and detached garage. The floor plan includes an eat-in kitchen with large island and office, and many details that are appropriate to the style: niches and bookshelves made to house family antiques, covered brick patio, custom window seats, a hidden playroom, custom newel posts (where the homeowner hides her chocolate stash), and a stone and wood fireplace.

| Pictured: Rob Morrissey, Debbie Morrissey, Bob Morrissey, Alice Levy and Peter Levy (seated) |


Elswood Smith Carlson Architects

Builder/Interior Designer:

Community: Loch Lloyd Beds/baths: 5/5.5

Gianni Homes ●

Square footage: 6,500

Style: Old World

long with the exterior’s 14-foot stone walls and brick detailing,


the soaring barrel-arched ceilings in the foyer with bead

board and crisscross beams create a grand entrance in this 1.5story home. The kitchen and hearth room, featuring a two-story stone fireplace, are connected by an arched stone wall with adjoining wet bar, while the living room boasts a cast stone fireplace, and the breakfast nook’s octagonal dome ceiling stands out with bead board and distressed beams. Natural stone and hardwood floors run throughout. The lower level is prepared for entertaining with a full kitchen, bar and wine cellar. Hideaways include a secret room through the cabinetry in the wine cellar, and a secret entrance through a bookcase from the master suite closet to the library.

| Pictured: Joe Gianni |


BEST CUSTOM HOME $750,000-$1 MILLION Home Designer:

Dan Wessel Design

Community: Heritage Hill West Beds/baths: 4/4.5


Madi Mali Homes

Interior Designer:

Pamela Kay’s

Square footage: 3,580

Style: Colonial

charming throwback, this home captures the best of nostalgia


with modern-day designs. The open floor plan includes a

main-level master suite and a sleeping porch with a hanging bed and brick paver-styled tile that leads to a covered lanai. The master bathroom features a claw foot tub and octagonal marble mosaic tile, while the kitchen showcases an ornate tin ceiling and glass cabinets backed in chicken wire. The home is surrounded by a custom iron gate as extensive landscaping, a pool and numerous conversation areas enhance the outdoors. The older-looking home has modern-day, energy-efficiency features, such as blown-in insulation; low-E, argon-filled, high-efficient windows; and zoned heating and air with add-on heat pumps.

| Pictured: Troy Moore and Pam Calvert |


Community: Staley Farms Beds/baths: 3/3.5

Byron L. Sawyer Architects


Provence Homes by John Lober

Square footage: 3,500

Style: Mediterranean

he hand-painted murals in the children’s bedrooms are just


one custom feature in this home. Within the 1.5 stories are

arched doorways, faux-painted ceilings in the dining room and master bedroom, and custom trim and cabinetry, not to mention the hand-chiseled and stained driveway, sidewalks and patio outside. The master suite and loft on the main level have relaxing views of the golf course, while the kitchen works hard yet looks good with all stainless steel appliances, hidden cabinet mixer stand, walk-in pantry, stone and glass tile, custom granite countertops and an antique painted island. The office is also unique with its floor-toceiling wood trim and paneling anchored by stone floors. PLEASE TURN THE PAGE

| Pictured: John Lober and Byron Sawyer |

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BEST CUSTOM HOME $500,000-$750,000 Architect:

Wendlandt & Stallbaumer


Roth Construction Co.

Interior Designer:

Lisa Schmitz Interior Design

Community: Westwood Park Beds/baths: 4/3, 1 half

Square footage: 3,716

Style: Modern

n this home, the kitchen, living and dining rooms share open


space with access to two outdoor living areas. The kitchen looks

sleek in custom cabinetry and an elevated bar that wraps around the island, while the living room is the media center with all equipment stored seamlessly behind pivoting doors above the fireplace. The master suite dominates the second level with its own private deck and spiral staircase to a small loft and balcony. The interior gleams in a simple white paint scheme and reflective white maple floors, especially with large windows. Solar shades allow the homeowners to enjoy their views outside.

| Pictured: Harry Roth, Lisa Schmitz, Ron Stallbaumer and Tony Jackson |

Home Designer/Builder/Interior Designer:

C&M Builders

Community: Woodland Shores Beds/baths: 5/4

Square footage: 3,580

Style: Traditional/Old World

his 1.5-story home, with a stucco and stone front, actually feels


more like a reverse 1.5-story (which is what the original plan

was) because of tall ceilings and a curved staircase that leads to the lower level. With open spaces and a relaxing atmosphere, the home features a range of color, expansive trim and art niches. The second-floor loft provides a place for entertaining friends. Other details of this home include the garage that sits at a 45-degree angle, upgraded HVAC equipment, low-E windows, engineered lumber, and a covered deck with a catwalk to the stairs.

| Pictured: Chad Buck |


BEST CUSTOM HOME $300,000-$500,000 Home Designer:

Zachary Stoltenberg

Community: Wilshire Farms Beds/baths: 5/4.5


Redstone Homes

Interior Designer:

Kenny’s Tile & Floor Covering

Square footage: 4,500+

Style: Mission

stone tower with dual-entry covered porch welcomes guests


outside, while grand ceilings yet comfortable living areas

make a lasting impression inside. An open floor plan, plus three covered porches, allows plenty of room for entertaining. The interior incorporates stone, exposed beams, custom woodwork and earth tones throughout; a few extra amenities include a garage-topantry pass-thru, his-and-her built-in desk, and a master bathroom with heated floors and steam shower. This Energy Star-certified home includes sun tunnels, low-E clad casement windows, heat pumps with a high-efficiency furnace, and a radiant barrier roof, as well as 15 newly planted trees.

| Pictured: Jim Kostusik, Carrie O’Conner and Zachary Stoltenberg |


Community: Heritage Glen Beds/baths: 3/2.5

Team 3 Architects


Butler Custom Builders

Square footage: 2,911

Style: Craftsman Bungalow

areful attention was paid to create a home with four-sided


architecture, including a front porch with beaded cedar ceiling

and drive-thru carport. Every inch was utilized inside, including a storm shelter under the porch with basement access, and a bedroom and bathroom above the three-car garage. The interiors showcase 12-foot ceilings in the great room, solid five-panel pine Craftsman doors, trim and hardwood floors throughout, a bay window seat with storage and a large walk-in shower in the master suite. Another benefit of the home is that it meets EPA tax credit criteria with a 50-percent reduction in utility bills. PLEASE TURN THE PAGE

| Pictured: Bruce Beatty and Ken Butler |

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BEST GREEN HOME Home Designer:

Stitt Energy Systems

Pfeifer King Building Corp.


Community: Woodland Shores Beds/baths: 4/4.5

Square footage: 6,434

Style: Old World/French

Certification: Energy Star, HERS index 51 ith a private courtyard, arched bay window and French roof


lines, this home is a charming reminder of the owners’

travels in Europe, but it’s a fortress against air leaks and cracks. The house was built using Insulating Concrete Forms (ICFs), expanding soy foam insulation and extensive caulking. Low-E, argon-filled double-pane windows, LED and compact fluorescent bulbs, a whole-house energy recovery ventilation (ERV) system and two air-source heat pumps helped the home achieve certification. Sustainable materials include salvaged bricks and site-excavated rock, recycled blue-jean fabric insulation for sound-proofing, engineered trusses and lumber, and composite decking.

| Pictured: Troy Pfeifer, Shauna Zahner and Randy King |


RJ Kietzman Architect


Moffitt Development Company Community: Hazelwood

Square footage: 5,379

Beds/baths: 3/4, 2 half baths

Style: Cottage

Certification: NAHB Gold Level Green, Energy Star uilt on a large, treed lot, this 1.5-story home resembles a well-


worn cottage, with its deck and outdoor fireplace, stone front

porch and water garden with running streambed. Inside, the kitchen features custom cabinets, soapstone and marble counters, a farmhouse sink and Craftsman-style island. The great room invites relaxation by its cozy stone hearth, while the lower level spreads out for entertaining and includes an exercise/Pilates studio. Universal Design additions include wide doors and hallways and an elevator, while eco-friendly features include perimeter and ceiling SIPS, energy-efficient windows and doors, radiant heat flooring in the master bathroom and sunroom, high-energy HVAC and operable windows that provide cross ventilation. In addition to these features, it looks great, with white oak timber frames, slate roof, tongue-and-groove ceilings, and hardwood, cork and ceramic floors.


| Pictured: John Moffitt |


Elswood Smith Carlson Architects

Builder/Interior Designer:

B.L. Rieke & Associates

Community: North Shore Estates at Cedar Creek Square footage: 5,900

Beds/baths: 5/5.5

Style: Rustic

he epitome of curb appeal, this 1.5-story home features a


bridge over a cascading stream and stone courtyard to the front

entry. Inside, the home is relaxed and open, with a 19-foot vaulted ceiling, floor-to-ceiling stacked-stone fireplace and wall of windows overlooking a valley. It’s built for entertaining, with a large kitchen, covered deck and lower-level bar, game room and media center, but also for a family, with the master suite on the first floor and the kids’ rooms and loft on the second. Cozy yet high-end materials include custom alder trim, natural travertine, slate and Brazilian cherry hardwood floors, hand-scraped timbers and logs, custom ironwork, state-of-the-art glass gas “tornado” lanterns and copper metal roofing.

| Pictured: Ken Rosberg, Antonia Rieke and Bruce Rieke |


Bickford + Co.

Community: Links at LionsGate Beds/baths: 5/5, 3 half baths


Evan-Talan Homes

Interior Designer:

Muse Furniture & Lifestyle Designs

Square footage: approx. 9,000

Style: Urban Transitional

ike many, this two-story home boasts the master suite and


living areas on the main level, with guest suites upstairs and

entertaining on the lower level. But unlike others, it’s the details that make it stand out. The first floor overlooks the indoor atrium, the kitchen features white Carrera marble, intricate beams decorate the ceiling in the hearth room, and extensive stone and tile work wind throughout the home. When it comes to playtime, however, this house is ready for fun. The lower level features an exercise room (which might not be too fun), the home theater and indoor basketball court, while the playroom includes a platform with slide for the smaller ones. The outdoor living area includes a swimming pool with bubbler, trampoline pit and putting green. PLEASE TURN THE PAGE

| Pictured: Cory Childress, Amber Gardner, Scott Bickford and Kendra Miner |

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BEST MODEL HOME $1-$1.5 MILLION Architect:

Wendlandt & Stallbaumer



City: Prairie Village

Square footage: 6,672

Beds/baths: 5/5.5

Style: Cape Cod

his exceedingly symmetrical home showcases crisp, clean


lines, white walls and dark hardwood floors for a ‘soft

contemporary’ interior. Many features true to its architectural style include windows and dormers, Shaker-style doors, wainscoting, base and door casings, and numerous French doors throughout the home. The dining and living rooms, kitchen, breakfast room and hearth room seamlessly flow together under a soaring ceiling, with views of the Indian Hills Golf Course in the backyard. The private master suite has a secluded portico with outdoor fireplace; additional bedroom suites upstairs share a multipurpose alcove and overlook the first floor as well as the golf course. The walkout lower level is one big space featuring a bedroom suite, kitchen and room for a future wine cellar — all atop a radiantheated concrete floor.

| Pictured: Bruce Wendlandt |

Home Designer:

Dan Wessel Design


Hensler Homes

Interior Designer:

Community: Highlands Creek Beds/baths: 3/5.5

Evans Interiors ●

Square footage: 4,900+

Style: Prairie

eminiscent of a Frank Lloyd Wright design, this reverse 1.5-


story home features an open floor plan, numerous double-

vaulted ceilings with beams, and trim and millwork throughout. Old paver brick columns and a rubble stone facade with fireplace decorate the exterior of the home, which sits in a private cul-de-sac on a 3/4-acre treed lot. The kitchen features a walk-in pantry, separate breakfast nook and large bar with seating. Off the kitchen is a roomy outdoor porch, with stone fireplace and vaulted ceiling. The home has the option of a living room/study area or mother-inlaw quarters, while the lower level contains space for additional bedrooms, a wine cellar and office/exercise area. A bar offers convenience of a lower-level kitchen and more space for a billiards table or home theater with extra left over for storage.

| Pictured: Skip Hensler |


BEST MODEL HOME $750,000-$1 MILLION Architect:

Elswood Smith Carlson Architects


Piazza Homes by Timberstone

Community: Piazza Homes of Tuscany Reserve Square footage: 4,960

Beds/baths: 3/3

Style: Italian Mediterranean ffering single-level living that’s open and spacious, with


optional add-ons and expansions and full maintenance of the

grounds, these private villas provide luxurious living — hasslefree. A large, horizontal living room showcases 10-foot ceilings, along with other high-quality materials reminiscent of Italian style: custom wrought iron exterior and interior stair railings; columns; 8-foot solid alder doors; inlaid flooring of travertine and walnut; custom cabinetry featuring alder, pine, walnut and birch; faux stucco stove hood; and marble, granite and porcelain treatments. The unit includes a covered back deck as well as access to the lake and fountain, gazebo, walking trail or grilling station shared by the cul-de-sac.

| Pictured: Brett Childress |

Home Designer/Builder:

Community: Mills Farm Beds/baths: 4/4.5

Don Julian Builders

Interior Designer:

Janet Alholm Interiors

Square footage: 4,938

Style: Rustic Lodge

he four-season room with tongue-and-groove vaulted ceiling,


cast stone fireplace and heated tile floors sets the bar high in

this 1.5-story lodge-like home. The kitchen features a poured concrete raised bar top and walk-in pantry, while the master suite is bathed in luxury with built-in bookshelves in the sitting area, a walk-in closet with custom adjustable system and built-in dresser, designer bronze vanity bowls, separate makeup vanity and laundry machines. The second floor features a snack loft with bar and second laundry room. The rest of the house is decked out in custom draperies, extensive faux painting, custom designer tile work, architectural niches, distressed wood beams and hickory floors. PLEASE TURN THE PAGE

| Pictured: Don Julian |

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BEST MODEL HOME $500,000-$750,000 Architect:

Team 3 Architects


Lambie Custom Homes

Interior Designer:

Madden-McFarland Interiors

Community: Mills Farm Beds/baths: 4/3.5

Square footage: 3,824

Style: Modern Traditional

his home features traditional style with modern flare. Within


the two stories is a cool, refreshing color palette that’s balanced

with an open, inviting floor plan, detailed finishes, faux woodwork and pre-finished hardwood floors. The great room has a recessed ceiling and lots of natural light and can be seen from the second floor. The centrally located wine bar features granite countertops and an undercounter glass door refrigerator. Everything is designed to be functional, especially the covered outdoor living entertainment area complete with a fireplace and extended patio. The home also comes with a stereo and alarm package.

| Pictured: Bruce Beatty, Jim Lambie and Bev Odom |

Home Designer/Builder:

Pyramid Homes

Interior Designer:

Willow Creek Decor

Community: WatersEdge Beds/baths: 5/5.5

Square footage: 4,900

Style: French Country

riented to take full advantage of waterfall views, this two-


story home’s charm comes from the extra details found

inside. The generous lanai showcases an oversized patio, matching the exterior’s stone, brick and copper accents, a rock wall and extensive landscaping. Interior design elements include wood beams, multiple designer faux finishes, glazed and antiqued cabinetry, and different granite tops. The stairway landing presents a grand mirror set in a stone wall. On the lower level, the spacious entertainment area has a bar and built-in entertainment center, and another bedroom suite. Each additional bedroom features a desk, window seat and varying ceiling details; the master suite is set apart with an oversized shower and jetted tub.

| Pictured: Ahmad Younes and Brenda Johnson |


BEST MODEL HOME $300,000-$500,000 IN MISSOURI Home Designer/Builder:

Community: Embassy Park Beds/baths: 4/3

Casa Bella Construction

Interior Designer:

Revealed Interiors

Square footage: 3,081

Style: Transitional

his reverse 1.5-story home is all about the gathering spaces,


such as the open great room linked to the kitchen by a

pass-through and cozy covered outdoor living area with built-in flat-screen TV and fireplace, and hidden fastener system in the floor. The floor plan flows well, with a main-level master suite, plus an additional bedroom on the main floor; two others are on the lower level, along with a large recreation room and wet bar. The home is elegant with 12-foot-tall ceilings, wide-plank distressed cherry hardwood floors, faux finishes, rounded corners and sweeping arches, and hand-crafted millwork. A Hollywood bathtub with granite and imported marble countertops dress up the bathrooms, while the whole-house audio and smart home wiring make entertaining fun.

| Pictured: Lise and Russ Groshans |


Byron L. Sawyer Architects

Community: Waterford Beds/baths: 4/3.5

Photo by Paul Bonnichsen


Provence Homes by John Lober

Interior Designer:

Darcy Mendenhall

Square footage: 2,525

Style: European Cottage

n open floor plan, custom trim and a variety of colors, both


inside and out, make this home an eye-pleaser. The

Craftsman-style front features four different colors, immediately grabbing attention, with homemade shutters and period-style hooks. Color seeps inside the two-story home, found in accessories and details, like a green first-floor ceiling, a variety of cabinet pulls and knobs, granite island countertops and distinctive light fixtures. The airy layout flows from one space to the next, leaving plenty of room for any active family. PLEASE TURN THE PAGE

| Pictured: John Lober and Byron Sawyer |

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BEST MODEL HOME $300,000-$500,000 IN KANSAS Builder/Home Designer:

Don Julian Builders

Interior Designer:

Gail Morse

Community: Canyon Creek by the Lake Square footage: 2,746

Beds/baths: 3/2

Style: Ranch

n less than 3,000 square feet, this home leaves a small carbon


footprint but lives large. A generous living area on the main floor

flows directly into the kitchen, computer room and eating area, which has access to the covered deck as does the master suite. Making it feel more spacious are 10-foot and taller ceilings throughout and an 8-foot-tall front door. No space was wasted as the washer/dryer are placed in the master closet, and a Murphy bed in the flex room. High-quality finishes include stained wood trim, a floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace, granite kitchen countertops and a walk-in pantry. The finished lower level features a recreation and exercise room, with additional framed space for two more bedrooms, wet bar and ¾ bathroom.

| Pictured: Don Julian |


Bickford + Co.


Lambie Custom Homes

Interior Designer:

Kenny’s Tile & Floor Covering

Community: Coffee Creek Beds/baths: 4/3.5

Square footage: 3,389

Style: Traditional

esigned and built for families and empty nesters alike, this


reverse 1.5-story home showcases an open floor plan filled

with functional features and warm, soothing colors. The first floor is open, with tall ceilings, while the lower level was built for entertaining purposes, with a large bar and fireplace in the family room. The open, reverse staircase is a unique detail in this home as is the upgraded tile work, granite countertops in the kitchen and bathrooms on the main level, and the trim details. The open floor plan makes it easy to access the covered deck and fireplace, with a large patio in the walkout lower level.

| Pictured: Jim Lambie |



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The National Homebuilding Co.

Interior Designer:

Crossroads Interiors

Community: Lime Stone Road Townhomes at The National Square footage: 2,800

Beds/baths: 3/3

Style: Cape Cod

hese reverse 1.5-story townhomes are sited conveniently near


the airport and shopping, and have the benefit of living on a

golf course. The community provides building maintenance, snow removal, lawn care, trash and recycling, leaving time for owners to enjoy their open homes. The spacious kitchen/hearth/great room allows free movement, while the master suite is set back quietly on the main level. High-quality materials include handcrafted cabinetry, high-grade carpet, hardwood floors, granite countertops and hand-tiled bathrooms. Light walls and dark trim create subtle drama that is both comforting and adventuresome. The units also feature an oversized garage and a screened-in porch overlooking the series of lakes with the golf course beyond.

| Pictured: Audra Heller and Chris Watson |

Home Designer/Builder/Interior Designer:

Community: Creekmoor Beds/baths: 4/3.5

C&M Builders

Square footage: 3,500

Style: Traditional/Old World

hen entering this home, a curved staircase leads to an open


lower level with entertainment area and bar. The main

level, however, caters to empty nesters, with the master suite and additional bedroom/office space. The laundry room is off the master bathroom, and the screened-in, covered deck with composite decking allows for relaxation at any time (and is maintenance-free). Besides the architectural details and niches throughout the house, hand-scraped maple floors and custom knotty alder cabinets, other attention to detail includes the Universal Design or ADA-compliant features, such as enlarged doorways and hallways as well as pull-down poles in the closets. The community also offers maintenance-provided services including snow removal and lawn care. PLEASE TURN THE PAGE

| Pictured: Chad Buck |

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Bickford + Co.


Nicholas Link Construction

Interior Designer:

City: Lake Quivira Beds/baths: 3/4

Square footage: 4,804

One Stop Decorating Center

Style: Traditional

ited to enhance the lake view, this 1.5-story home allows empty


nesters to truly, finally rest. With enough spare bedrooms for

guests or visiting children, it particularly caters to the maturing homeowner with oversized mahogany arched interior doors that easily transition from one room to the other — as well as complementing the hickory wood floors. Custom draperies and bedding bring personality to the home as well as intricately designed mahogany cabinets and trim, a stone circle driveway and carriage house garage doors. Low-maintenance materials include aluminum-extruded windows and stone exterior. Motorized shades throughout the home block out light (and neighbors) with the push of a button.

| Pictured: Cherie Roellchen and Nicholas Link |

Home Designer:

Dan Wessel Design


Madi Mali Homes

Interior Designer:

Community: Heritage Hill West Beds/baths: 4/4.5

Pamela Kay’s ●

Square footage: 3,580

Style: Colonial

he owners of this home turned it into one that reflects their


lifestyle as well as their eclectic tastes and personalities. “This

home was completely my owners’ creation,” say builder Troy Moore. “They were looking for a home that had the look and feel of a large executive home without it being 5,000 square feet.” The spacious open floor plan and high ceilings make for good flow. The master suite on the first floor has easy access to the sleeping porch and the covered lanai. Keeping in tune with the period of the house is extensive trim with wainscoting, crystal chandeliers and antiques, but they pair well with the homeowners’ modern-line sofa, whimsical lantern fixtures, and vintage Marilyn Monroe print.

| Pictured: Troy Moore and Pam Calvert |


BEST MODERN ARCHITECTURE Architect/Builder/Interior Designer:

Community: Westside

Framework Design

Square footage: 6,100

Beds/baths: 3/2.5 fter moving back from San Diego, the homeowners, also


architects who own their own business, wanted space for it

all: a home, office, gallery and room for grandma. The three-story building features a second floor with an office, shared two-story gallery space, and the kitchen, living and dining rooms. Outdoor living is a main component within this modern live/work space, with a front balcony off the main room, a deck off the kitchen and another off the gallery. They also designed a small garden in the back, and part of the third-floor deck will eventually be a green roof. The third floor shares the deck with a master bedroom and bath, a second office and two bedrooms and bathroom. Classically modern with a twist, this home features industrial materials, geometric shapes and forms, and limestone and reclaimed wood flooring.

| Pictured: Eric and Lauren Wendlandt |


Wendlandt & Stallbaumer

Community: Westwood Park


Roth Construction Co.

Interior Designer:

Lisa Schmitz Interior Design

Square footage: 3,716

Beds/baths: 4/3, 1 half he simple open floor plan, including all living areas with


access to the outdoors, draws attention to the unadorned

materials. The master suite features a spiral staircase with access through a light shaft to a small third-floor loft and exterior balcony. Modern, organic shapes create clean, linear bathrooms, while the master bedroom takes it a step further with a custom floating walnut vanity, limestone tile that runs from the floor up the walls and a glass wall that opens the shower to the rest of the room. The lower level entry provides access to not only a two-car garage but also steps down into a family room, an additional bedroom and bathroom, and the mechanical room. PLEASE TURN THE PAGE

| Pictured: Harry Roth, Lisa Schmitz, Ron Stallbaumer and Tony Jackson |

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BEST URBAN LIVING PROJECT Architect/Builder/Interior Designer:

Framework Design Community: Westside Beds/baths: 3/2.5

Square footage: 6,100

Style: Modern

or homeowners who wanted the space and feel of a home but


in an urban living setting, they got the best of both worlds.

From the basement to the third floor, a residential elevator provides universal access to the entire building, with densification and multigenerational living as the key aspect of the building. The first floor was originally designed as the living quarters for one of the homeowner’s grandmothers, along with commercial space and the garage; the second floor has designated spaces for the main office, two-story gallery and casual living areas, as well as an inviting kitchen and the laundry room. As downtown bustles outside, the homeowners find peace and quiet in their private living quarters on the third floor. “It is literally a living laboratory and learning environment for us and our clients,” they say.

| Pictured: Josiah Nelson, Lauren and Eric Wendlandt |


RJ Kietzman Architect


Kietzman Urban Homes

Community: Westside

Beds/baths: 3/2, 2 halfs

Square footage: 4,600 ●

Style: Urban Contemporary

n a sloping corner lot in the middle of the city is a four-level


home that maximizes vertical space. Garage parking and an

artist’s studio on the bottom level transitions to the main level, where all the living areas and a slate rooftop patio are. The upper level is the private sleeping quarters, with an architect’s office, while the very top is a partially covered outdoor entertaining area with a bar, grill and panoramic views. Some of the more detailed features include the custom-designed, hand-built architectural stairs that seem to float; custom-built wood and stainless steel screen walls on the stairs; mid-century light fixtures; cork flooring; solid-core birch doors; and 50-year-old antique bottles found during the excavation process.

| Pictured: Randy and Jane Kietzman |



City: Parkville

Lime Stone Road Townhomes at The National

Price Range: $249,000-$399,000

esidents of all ages find comfort in a maintenance-provided


lifestyle. Community services include exterior, lawn and

snow removal, as well as all the perks that go along with the rest of the community: award-winning golf course and Park Hill School District, clubhouse, family activity center, sailing lake, walking trails, tennis courts and a short commute to almost anywhere in the surrounding city. Its location is easily accessible from anywhere in Kansas City, including downtown and the KCI airport, as well as shopping and entertainment districts like Zona Rosa, Tuileries Plaza and downtown Parkville. In addition to multiple national awards, Lime Stone Road Townhomes, which have been easy sellers, recently took home the HBA’s 2009 American Dream Grand Award.

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City: Leawood

Piazza Homes of Tuscany Reserve

Price Range: upper $700,000s

ocated within The Village of Tuscany Reserve, the Piazzas


offer single-level, maintenance-free living surrounded by

water features, lush landscaping and outdoor living amenities. The exclusive group of 30 residences includes design styles from Country Italian and Italian Renaissance to Classic Mediterranean and Vintage Tuscan, each outfitted with high-quality appliances and materials. The units come with covered loggias, courtyards, balconies, private two-car garages and spacious lower-level private storage spaces. The quaint neighborhood shares a lakeside gazebo with flagstone patio, built-in outdoor grill and stone benches, while a mercado area is planned to include specialty retail shops, dining and office space.

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| The real estate market is in better shape than it has been in two years. |

Housing on the Upswing Industry experts predict a measured, steady improvement.


The real estate market in the metro area this year is

forward-looking indicator (based on contracts signed

likely to mirror the fable “The Tortoise and the Hare:”

at the end of 2009) showed contracts down 16 percent

slow and steady, but that’s what wins the race.

but still 15 percent higher than at the end of 2008.

Though prices and sales may be down and lending

Marjorie Kennamore, real estate agent with

still tight, things began to look up in 2009, and there

Prudential Kansas City Realty and Hallbrook Realty,

are signs of hope for both sellers and buyers in 2010.

admits that sales are down but says that activity is

The government tax credit for homebuyers and low

“markedly up.” “What people are doing is poising

interest rates are helping boost sales; the National

themselves to purchase. People are sensing that the

Association of Realtors (NAR) is forecasting that

market may be bottoming out and they want to snag

home sales will go up this year and next.

before it rises again,” she explains.

In 2009, housing sales were up by 15 percent nationwide, according to NAR. In Missouri, sales


increased 1.8 percent over the year, while in Kansas

In the Midwest, the prospects are possibly the best in

they dropped by 3.3 percent. The organization’s

the nation, according to Realty Times. Nationally, PLEASE TURN THE PAGE

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existing home sales were up by about 10 percent at the end of 2009 — the best market since early 2007. In late 2009, existing home sales in the Midwest increased by 14.4, up more than 25 percent from the same time the previous year. The South saw a 12-percent increase, with 11 percent in the Northeast and only 1 percent in the West. Suzy Goldstein, an agent also with Prudential Kansas City Realty and Hallbrook Realty, says she doesn’t want to sound like the voice of “doom and gloom,” but this is the most challenging market she has seen in her more than 25 years in the industry. But she also had a good year in 2009 and hits on her website have been high. “It’s a great time to buy because there are a lot of sellers in the marketplace who are ready to make some aggressive moves to get their homes sold,” she says. With prices low, buyers can afford more in the metropolitan area than they could in recent years. And for smart sellers, it could be a good time to put a house on the market. Sellers in all markets are going to have to be realistic





prospects for selling — real estate is a price war and beauty contest, Goldstein says, and you have to win at least one of them. Kennamore agrees, saying that selling a house can take twice as long now as it used to but that eventually they do sell. “[Sellers] need to not feel like it is a problem to market a house for nine months instead of six months,” she says.

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Realty Times reported a small drop in inventory nationally at the end of 2009, but a double-digit drop from 2008. “The most impactful thing in this cycle is we had way too much inventory and it changed how people buy, builders sell and banks finance,” says Dan Whitney,


president and owner of Landmarketing.


Whitney says a high point hit when there







unoccupied homes in the local market.


At the first of the year, it was down to about 1,600, though an optimal number would be about 800. “We have gotten rid of so many homes,” he says. “It was a crash diet and it wasn’t fun, but when we reach our goal, hopefully we will feel better.”


The Kansas City market is currently


smaller than both Omaha and Des Moines

when looking at homes under construction, Whitney says, whereas it used to be almost two times the size of both. Lending for builders is also still down because banks are concerned with foreclosures, but Kennamore says this is a “correction that is settling in” to help

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| With this new mobile-interaction package, homeowners can feel safe and secure when away from home. |

Protected by Text Message Technology lifts security systems to a new level: intruder alerts via cell phone and e-mail.


Todd Harrison lives in the country — perfect for

will only increase a person’s ability to keep up with

creating a sense of domain but bad when potential

home away from home.

criminals are looking for a target. Burglars found

For Harrison, a standard break-in alarm offers only

two targets in his area last summer, when one neighbor

partial protection during the day. “My wife and I both

lost expensive farm supplies and another had

work outside the home, and [my house is] 37 miles

electronics and jewelry stolen — twice. Although

from me,” he says. But with the ability to get text

Harrison fortunately wasn’t robbed, he decided not

message alerts, he can fill the gap of protection.

to take any chances.

Atronic Alarms now offers a mobile-interaction

The operations director for Lenexa-based security

package with the company’s security systems, giving

company Atronic Alarms, Harrison concocted his

you alerts by text message anytime a sensor or motion

own technology to protect his home. With the help of

detector is tripped.

installation manager Curtis Mayes, Harrison developed

In Harrison’s alarm system, when a wireless

a new network to help him watch his property

motion detector senses activity, a camera begins

anywhere he has cell phone access. If recent security

recording, and a text and e-mail with pictures of

trends continue, more and more new technology

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automatically, but he has the option to contact police if a situation looks suspicious. A typical alarm package costs about $1,000. A full-works arrangement like Harrison’s, with live video recording and a Web-enabled feature that allows you to watch footage from a property online, can cost approximately $3,000. You can request a more extensive set-up for added cost or install a simple unit, including one camera with remote live viewing only for $299. Although Harrison’s technology was new to the business, alarm companies are increasingly using mobile technology to enhance protection. Kamron Disciacca, coowner of Kansas City CCTV & Security, says his business can link monitoring equipment with phones that have Internet access. One of his brands, Napco, allows you to log in to a “VIP gateway” online to view live footage of your property. Assuming you already have camera surveillance, you could add a Napco device to a home-security package for $550, with an additional monthly fee of $25. “The way the industry is going, everyone wants something they can touch with their hands,” Disciacca says. One major benefit of systems with mobile connectivity, he mentions, is flexibility. Some systems even use a virtual keypad for disarming and resetting alarms. If you know a child or babysitter will arrive at a specific time, it’s possible to view the virtual keypad online or on a smart phone to make sure the home is open only during that period. Bob Scales, owner of Raytown-based Safeguard Alarms, says mobile-function alarms can guard almost anything — or anyone — in a household. “This is what we would consider a mega-trend,” Scales says, referring to the influx of Web- and cell phone-based add-ons. “Especially the younger, tech-savvy users expect something like this.” For $20 to $30 monthly, you can


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receive e-mails anytime your children (who can be assigned unique code numbers) disarm an alarm. Scales also mentions a customer who keeps car keys in an athome lock box, only to be messaged when the box is tampered with, and others who request notifications about cabinets containing firearms or alcohol. For those leery of protecting family and belongings with new technology, Mayes points out that mobile access is just a new offshoot of traditional packages. “We’re not using any new parts or pieces,” he says. “It’s just the way we put them together to make it work differently.” The mobile-access system also can be personally tailored to your schedule, with the option to cut off text alerts during specific times. Megan Ragan, Atronic’s public relations representative, is considering a system at her horse stable. “Atronic will set it up so that if I have a camera in each stall, I can log in from a website and pull up that stall,” she says. “So, as the property owner, I can log in and look at everything, but if I have a boarder, they would get a password to see just their horse.” At this point, Harrison’s system is the first and only of its type installed by the company. “I would never want to experiment on a client, so I was the guinea

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pig,” he says, pointing out that Atronic has since tweaked the technology. If you ask him, the new system couldn’t be much better. A temperature sensor in his driveway tells him when a car pulls in or people walk by, but he gets to decide whether to raise an eyebrow — an important distinction with wildlife around. A buzzer inside his home still fulfills the traditional alarm role in case he doesn’t feel like having a phone at his side. For now, he thinks the new system is the way to go. “I like it quite a bit,” he says. “I always know when my kids come home at midnight.”

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| Old windows are a potential health hazard, especially to children. |

Protect Your Family from Lead Exposure A new EPA law requires remodelers to be certified to work in pre-1978 homes.


If you’re not aware of the potential dangers of lead-

Heavily leaded paint was used in most homes built

based paint and the new law regulating the remodeling

before the 1950s, with decreased levels used until

industry, it’s time for a quick tutorial.

1977. Almost three-quarters of homes in the U.S.

The Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing

built through the late 1970s contain some lead-based

and Urban Development (HUD) defined lead

paint, lead-glazed ceramic tiles and naturally occurring

poisoning as the No. 1 environmental threat to the

dust as surfaces treated with lead-based products

health of children in this country.

wear and disintegrate over time. The U.S. Consumer

That was in 1991.

Product Safety Commission banned the use of lead-

On April 22, 2010, a new law instituted by the U.S.

based paint in residential housing in 1978.

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) goes into

Even low levels of lead in children who have

effect, mandating that remodelers working in homes

ingested lead dust can result in compromised mental

built prior to 1978 not only test for lead but also be

and physical development such as learning disorders,

certified to work in areas of the home, utilizing safe

behavioral problems and reduced attention span.

lead-removal practices.


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Lead can affect pregnant women and plague adults with irritability, poor muscle coordination, major organ damage and increased blood pressure. “We’re working hard to let consumers know that this pivotal law is going into effect,” says Jan Burchett, executive director of the Kansas City chapter of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI). “If someone who lives in one of the date-targeted homes is hiring a remodeler, they need to know that person has to have completed an eight-hour Certified Lead Renovator Training with an accredited trainer.” Burchett explains that not only does a remodeler have to attend the class and

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become certified in order to be compliant, they also must register with the EPA that they intend to work on circa-1978 homes. Kyle Gunion and Angelique RodriguezGunion own Titan Environmental Services in Kansas City, a full-service environmental consultant, training and testing firm. One of the services they provide is working with government and commercial contractors through the Certified Lead Renovator Training. “There are many contractors out there who are extremely reputable but don’t understand lead-based products and issues,” Gunion says. “They’ve never been taught to approach lead in a safe way, so when they disturb and expose residents to lead during a renovation, they don’t understand the consequences of the dust that’s created.” According to Burchett and Gunion, certified

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addition, lead-based paint that peels or chips poses a greater risk.” The fine dust that forms as lead is disturbed or deteriorates gets on carpets, floors, furniture, toys and other objects, as well as on the hands of people living in the home. There is an important distinction between the presence of lead-based paint and a lead-paint hazard. The latter poses an immediate threat, while lead-based paint in good condition might pose a hazard some time in the future. For this reason, HUD defined a detailed procedure that involves analyzing many painted surfaces in the home, evaluating the condition of paint and measuring lead dust concentrations. A risk assessment conducted by a qualified professional can alert you if there are any sources of serious lead exposure and what actions to take.

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Bling for Your Bath Fashion is not just for the body anymore. It’s all over the home, from the bath to the basement. Check out our favorite finds for your powder room or master suite, and stay tuned to see what this year’s designers are up to at the 41st Symphony Designers’ Showhouse — it’s bound to turn heads! See the first look when you turn the page.





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The 41st Symphony Designers’ Showhouse takes aim at the national spotlight.


aving passed a major milestone with last year’s

“This year is unique because the focus is to attract higher-

tribute to dressmaker Nelly Don, this year, the

end designers who do work around the world and bring in

Kansas City Symphony Alliance is taking a cue

top local artists. We think it’s going to be a national-level

from the self-made fashionista who introduced the world to

Showhouse,” Mills explains.

her designs. It’s blurring the line between fashion and

Building a case for the added exposure, some designers

home design, bringing in well-known interior designers

are reaching out to national manufacturers and asking to use

and debuting just-launched products, with the hope that it

products just introduced at spring markets. Some furnishings

will snag its own share of the spotlight.

will debut at the Showhouse for the first time anywhere,

Behind the new philosophy is Karen Mills, a radio show

according to Mills.

host, interior designer and this year’s designer co-chair. Her

Other designers are using pure creativity that will surely

vision is for Kansas City to become a design mecca. “There’s

grab attention. One of them is building a 7-foot-tall Ferris

a lot of talent brewing here,” she says. “We’ve just got to

wheel in a child’s room that will rotate storage bins.

connect everybody.”

Though each room will bring its own surprise, Mills

The 41st Symphony Designers’ Showhouse presents the

thinks the designs will flow together. “All the designers are

perfect opportunity. Approximately 30 designers, architects

talking to each other to make sure the rooms can speak to

and stylists have been chosen to work their magic.

each other, too,” she notes.

“It’s a new day at the Showhouse. We’re starting over.

She’s not forcing a theme this year, but the palette will be

There’s a lot of camaraderie and excitement building, and

fresh and clean. “It’s a reflection of the economic recovery.

everyone’s coming together as a team,” Mills says.

People are starting to do design that’s hopeful,” Mills says,

Part of her strategy was to invite designers who have not

adding that the styles will alter between traditional and

participated in the past but who have a body of work that’s

transitional, with some funky elements, too. For instance,

proven to impress.

the kitchen will have white marble, silver, champagne and a hint of green on the island. But there will be some dramatic things, also, like dark ceilings.

Children Welcome! In the past, children have not been allowed admittance, but because a portion of the proceeds goes to support local school children attending Symphony concerts, KCSA has reversed the rule. It’s even hosting events, such as Sundaes Sunday and a petting zoo. Kids of all ages will be invited to tour the Showhouse; however, no strollers or unattended children will be allowed. 92 • KCHANDG.COM

On May 1-2, visitors to the Showhouse will be able to meet with select designers and ask questions about their own projects in the third-floor Resource Room. KDR Designer Showrooms will provide fabric samples for the consultation. There also will be a fashionista area displaying designer outfits that show how the fashion and home design industries have merged. National exposure or not, the 41st Symphony Designers’ Showhouse will be a knock-out.

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Pardon the dust — we’re under construction, not indefinitely, just for a week…or less.


ntil recently, the idea of remodeling a new bath installed

in Gardena, California. Our project manager attended Plaskoff’s

within a week was relatively unheard of. The concept, now

intensive three-week program at One Week Bath University, learning

available as a niche market, is a smart solution for remodelers

how to deliver a customized, time-driven remodel for an existing

and a blessing for homeowners, especially when deciding which room to fix first is a toss-up.

older home bath or update of a second bathroom.” Schloegel launched One Week Bath in the metro last summer, and

Sure, the roof needs attention, the windows could be replaced, and the furnace is due for an overhaul, but it’s the shabby bathroom in limbo that constantly gnaws.

since then, a dozen projects have been completed. “It all starts with a consultation. You can decide on everything from flooring to cabinetry, mirrors to countertops. Considering we’re

According to the Remodeling Cost vs. Value Report 2009-10,

not moving walls or doing heavy duty restructuring, the decisions are

small is where it’s at, and remodeling a bathroom can eventually

fundamentally based upon what type of look and materials best suit

recoup 78 percent of the cost.

the client,” Allmon says.

“If this room is dated, in need of a cosmetic or mechanical lift, it’s

There are more than 5,000 brand name products available. “We

a problem,” says Debby Allmon, CR, vice president of Schloegel

stock everything so people don’t have to wait — something that often

Design Remodel. “After all, the bathroom is constantly in use and,

slows down a remodeling job,” she adds.


next to the kitchen, perhaps one of the most important in the house.”

The consensus for Schloegel is that most people are tolerant having a three-man crew in their home for a week. “A typical

Jake Schloegel, CR, president

remodel for an existing space often lasts much longer, anywhere from

of the company, couldn’t agree

4-6 weeks, and there’s much more disruption. In this case, from start

more. “I studied the concept of

to finish, you’re going to see the same three people working with all

delivering a customized bathroom

of the materials they need to complete the job in one week — period,”

that Matt Plaskoff, founder and owner of One Week Bath, pioneered

Schloegel says.


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In addition, given the size of the projects, roughly a 7- by 8-foot space, the cost is held to around $18,000 to $20,000. “This is definitely a price point that many clients can feel more comfortable committing to rather than a higher-end, longer-term project,” he acknowledges. In fact, Tom and Marilyn Bruce hired Schloegel to give their 25-year-old master bath a facelift and were so pleased with the result, they decided to remodel a second bath. Scott Balentine, CR, CLC, owner of Lifestyles Custom Homes and Remodeling, is also offering clients this alternative construction. “We, as remodelers, have to


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existing kitchens and baths without structural modifications,” Balentine says. “This is really a niche that is long overdue. You can now have the opportunity to get the kitchen or bath facelift you’ve wanted but weren’t sure you could afford,” Balentine says. One week may be a tad too long for some who want even faster results. Brad Conner, owner of Re-Bath of Kansas City, has a solution.


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bathroom that needs updating. Simply put, without structural modifications, our specialists come in for one day and remodel the wet area of the bathroom,”


he states. Re-Bath has built its reputation on fast, affordable service that delivers overnight results using a patented nonporous material called DuraBath SSP, which is basically a smooth surface polymer material that resists chipping, mildew, rust and mold. “You can go online and design your own bathroom, choosing from among 80 different colors and patterns, then call for a consultation. We take exact measurements and you select a new liner that fits directly over your existing tub and shower walls.” Whereas Re-Bath can, if necessary, supply more extensive remodeling that

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involves painting, countertops, etc., Bath Fitter has honed its 25-year reputation, sticking to what it does best — customizing just the tub and shower area. According to marketing coordinator Megan Gialde, Bath Fitter builds and installs everything by company-trained specialists. “We consult, estimate and custom manufacture acrylic tub liners and seamless shower wall systems that fit right over the existing walls,” she says. The process from consultation to order takes approximately 4-6 weeks — but the installation takes just one day. Finally, what you can expect is anything and everything that pertains to the tub and shower area from soap dishes to grab bars, corner seats, walk-in shower conversions, plus a range of Moen and Delta fixtures. Like Re-Bath, you can design your bathroom on the Bath Fitter website, but Gialde points out that the best way to find out about their products is to call an estimator. “We’ll bring the showroom to you,” she notes. The bottom line: To realize a big payoff, remodel a small space quickly

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Nature’s Good Side There’s buggy, wild nature, and there’s luxurious, controlled nature. We explore the elements of the latter in the next few pages, starting with this completely scaped Overland Park backyard. Learn ways to make your outdoor space more enjoyable, from laying the foundation with hardscaping to decking it out with all the extras.




By Emily Perkins

Creating a luxurious outdoor living space one element at a time.


Photos by Matt Kocourek


hen it comes to luxurious outdoor living, the possibilities

Fireplaces and Fire Pits

are practically endless. Builders, designers and landscapers

Fire can be incorporated into the backyard design as a fire pit near the

are pulling out all the stops to create incredible vacation-

pool or a fireplace near a seating area and can be designed using a

inspired backyards. And this trend continues to grow as homeowners opt for making improvements on their existing space rather than building new.

number of materials, including stone, brick, stucco and tile. “The sparkle and flame of a fire provides great ambiance at night,” Cunningham says.

“People want to create a backyard environment with a resort feel

A fireplace surrounded by lounge seating is ideal for people to sit,

that they can share with their family and use for entertaining,” says

talk and even roast marshmallows; it also makes the outdoor space

Matt Alberts, landscape artist and owner of LandArt.

usable year-round.

There are three key components that create the ultimate outdoor oasis: an outdoor kitchen, a fire (either a fire pit or fireplace) and a water element (such as a pool or water feature).

Pools and Waterfalls Trends in pools are transitioning. “Pools were primarily an aesthetic piece for floating around in,

The Outdoor Kitchen

but now homeowners are doing pools that are not only aesthetically

Tim Cunningham, a builder and owner of Tim Cunningham Homes,

pleasing but that are also very functional,” Alberts says.

says an outdoor kitchen can be a cost-effective way to add additional square footage to a home. “Everyone loves to barbecue and eat dinner outside. An outdoor kitchen creates a fun environment for parties and family evenings,” he says.

A lap-length pool that incorporates a diving board along with stylish elements like an infinity edge, a fire pit on the side, and rock or stone details offers both form and function. Pool decks are being built with higher-end finishes such as tumbled marble and travertine tile. The plaster color within the pool is also

An outdoor kitchen can be a simple grill and storage space, or it can be a fully equipped kitchen with appliances, cabinetry, sink and more. “Anything you can do inside, you can do outside for the most part,” Cunningham says. A high-end outdoor kitchen typically consists of a covered building with counter space, cabinets, a sink, refrigerator, barbecue, stove top and icemaker. Other additions can include a bar area, beer keg and garbage disposal. It also requires maintenance during the colder months. “All appliances have to be winterized, the water has to be

important, as it can dramatically change the color of the pool water. Another trend with backyard pools is that they are placed closer to the home. “Homeowners want to look out any window on the back of the home and see the pool and backyard area. It’s about creating a work of art that can be enjoyed from any angle of the house,” Alberts says. PLEASE TURN THE PAGE Opposite top: Both Tim Cunningham and Matt Alberts worked together to complete this luxurious outdoor living space on a home in Overland Park. The harmonious design incorporates all of the elements of a perfect backyard: outdoor kitchen, pool, fire pit, lounge seating and a dining area.

disconnected, and the lines need to be blown. Accessibility to electricity also needs to be considered,” Cunningham notes. Stainless steel, stone, tile and Medite, a water-resistant wood, are common materials for an outdoor kitchen.

Opposite left: The custom pool is big enough for a swim or a dive but also features aesthetic elements such as an infinity edge, underwater accent lighting and multiple waterfalls. In the back, the gazebo __ where the homeowners were married __ remains part of the design. Opposite right: A poolside fire pit provides warmth, ambiance and a place to roast marshmallows. Above right: Two planter boxes provide a pleasing visual and help mask the diving board.

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Other backyard water features, such as fountains or waterfalls, are leaning toward a more natural look. “A Colorado-like trickling stream with boulders is popular, but complex water features do require a lot of maintenance,” Alberts says. “Homeowners tend to go with a fountain in a courtyard setting.”

The Finishing Touches In addition to the three main elements of water, fire and food, there are other amenities that complete and enhance any outdoor living space.

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systems. Some TVs are made specifically for the outdoors and have a special encasement to protect against moisture and humidity. Pool fiber optics, underwater stereo systems and even TVs hidden behind waterfalls can be incorporated into the overall design. “Speakers can hide in landscaping and in rocks. A wireless remote can easily control the pool settings, fireplace and all electronics,” Cunningham says.

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paths and uplights that disappear in bushes and plants. He also uses metal patina and dark bronze steel fixtures that blend in with the surroundings. It is important to invest in high-quality fixtures


that are meant to be outside and withstand the seasons, he says.

LIVING MATTER Plants are another element that add character to an outdoor space. They can be the differential factor between creating an Arizona desert resort feel or a Caribbean tropical look. Alberts layers textures, combines colors and uses a variety of plants to create a landscape unique to each project. “I try to give each project its own identity, and I like to incorporate unusual materials that grow well in the Kansas City area but still deliver a resort feel,” he says. Plants are also useful when it comes to privacy in the backyard. Staggering tree heights, grouping plants, and using lower understory plants and thicker plantings can help provide a barrier between the backyard and other homes in the neighborhood. “If there is an upper level that overlooks a lake or scenic landscape, we like to keep the view clear by using plants only around the pool and deck level for privacy,” he says.

The Sky’s the Limit The outdoor living trend will continue to grow as homeowners look to create a vacation feel at home. “We want people to be wowed with their own backyard resort. It’s important to have a good designer and contractors who can pull it off. You really are only limited by your imagination — and your wallet,” Alberts says. 110 • KCHANDG.COM

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Spring means sun, fun and the return of outdoor living.

One of the most important things to consider is

If you’re surveying your yard and don’t think

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it fits your lifestyle, now is the time to consider

time. “When you’re beginning an outdoor project,

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think about the functionality, ask yourself what you

Hardscaping can be defined as anything not having to do with the landscaping of your yard, says Brett

are trying to accomplish,” suggests Chris Noone, Belgard sales manager.

Hall, co-owner of Hall Brothers Landscaping &

Some properties may need retaining walls, but they

Construction. It’s most commonly associated with

can be made to fit into your lifestyle by building

natural or fabricated stone, brick, block or concrete

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walkways, retaining or garden walls, patios, fireplaces,

stone and colors that fit into your outdoor decor.

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Reed Dillon, owner of Reed Dillon &

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Choosing a Professional You can hire a landscape designer, who is well-versed in plant material and smallscale hardscaping like walls and paths, or a landscape architect, who can dig into the more technical aspects of a project, such as structural details and water drainage. Either way, “You should treat [the hiring process] like a job interview, get references






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Justin Meyer, general manager at Midwest Block & Brick, adds that you should select someone who has ideas in line with your vision. “It’s very important that you feel the design approach fits your ideas for your space,” he says. “Contractors also should be certified, and you should be able to talk to people who have used them and look at photos of their work and possibly visit homes where they’ve worked.” Your designer/architect and contractor should have experience with the type of look you want and the materials you have in mind, says Chris Straight, operations manager at Sturgis Materials. “Dry stacking a stone wall gives it an Old World feel and doesn’t require the amount of specialized skill as a project with masonry,” he notes. Ryder gives credit to Hall for bringing her concept to life. “(With hardscaping), the possibilities are endless,” he says.

Material Choices Flagstone: Flat stone blocks are most commonly used in patios and walkways.

Pavers: Masonry blocks resemble brick and come in a variety of colors. They are used to create smooth, hard surfaces such as patios, walkways and driveways.

Keystone retaining walls: These concrete interlocking blocks are most recognized as the large retaining walls used along highways.

Natural stone: Rounded, natural stone gives an Old World, cobble or traditional feel and can be used on patios, walkways or retaining walls.

Antiquated brick: Brick brings a warm, traditional feel to a patio, walkway, fireplace or outdoor kitchen project.

Belgard: These fabricated interlocking systems mimic a natural stone look for patios, walkways and retaining walls.

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Effortless Entertaining Chef Renee Kelly adds a pinch of salt, a dash of sparkling personality and whips up KCH&G’s first Cooking School. Our recipe for success? Appliances from Regarding Kitchens, wine courtesy of Off the Vine Design & Cellar, and Chef Renee’s easy-toreplicate homemade menu. Find it and more in this section.



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f you love the sweet and spicy aromas that pour out of a kitchen when a culinary genius is at work then you’ll drool over

what we’ve cooked up for you. First-come, first-served, KCH&G’s new Cooking School is open to

anyone and everyone who loves new recipes, wine and casual entertaining with friends. For our first event in January, we went to Bev and Bruce Gilbert, owners of Regarding Kitchens in Lenexa, who were happy to welcome us and 30-plus community friends for the evening’s

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“Students” took their seats as Chef Renee Kelly, owner of Renee

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brand appliances. Two automatic hoods over each of the six-

three-course meal in no time. The warm, soothing aromas of the brie,

burner cook tops in the island kept it smoke-free in the room,

apple-stuffed chicken and chocolate cake was just what the season

making it easy for guests to watch Chef Renee’s demonstrations.

demanded: It may have been cold and snowy outside, but the comfort

The built-in Bosch kitchen machine next to one of the stove tops

food menu put the weather out of mind. With her bubbly personality

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and veteran’s culinary skills, Chef Renee answered questions and

and watch it blend together the ingredients. The result? Fresh,

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chicken together for the first time. As the evening came to an end,

sink, flanked by a refrigerator, microwave, oven, cabinetry and yet

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Chill Out Most wine is served too warm or too cold. Here’s your guide to the right temperature.


It takes more than buying a great bottle and popping

considered cellar temperature, which is normally

a cork to truly enjoy the flavor, aroma and structure

around 55° — not the 69° of a typical house. Red

of your favorite glass of wine. In many cases, we

wines that are too warm will seem soft and alcoholic,

Americans make the mistake of serving great wine at

whereas a cold red will be overly tannic with very

the wrong temperature.

little flavor.

What’s the effect of inappropriate temperatures?

The best way to serve your wines at the appropriate

Cold whites may be refreshing, but they come off

temperature is to break them down into the following

tasteless; the fruit notes cannot be expressed, so there

five groups:

are no fruit flavors in the wine. Regular refrigerators chill around 37,° which is too cold. At the other

Champagne or Sparkling — This grouping of

extreme, if white wine is warmer than ideal, it will

wines should be served the coldest. They are perfect

seem flabby and alcoholic — definitely not an

around 40° — directly out of the refrigerator or with

appealing trait for a white.

an ice bucket. If you need to quickly chill a wine, put

Red wine is normally considered best at room temperature, correct? Yes, but room temperature is

the bottle in a tub of partial water and ice. Spin it for a few minutes and serve. PLEASE TURN THE PAGE

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Sauvignon Blanc/Pinot Grigio Refrigerate for at least 1½ hours to ensure the wine gets cold. Then use the “20 Rule” — 20 minutes before you want to enjoy these crisp white wines with your appetizers, remove them from the refrigerator. Optimal serving temperature is around 48.° Recommendation:



Sauvignon Blanc is an Australian coolclimate wine with peachy fruit notes.

Chardonnay/White Burgundy Fuller-bodied whites can be served at classic cellar temperatures like 55.° If using the refrigerator, take them out 30 minutes before serving. Normally with chardonnay, if the bottle feels cold to the touch, it is probably too cold to serve. If so, wrap your hands around the bottle and your body heat will quickly increase the temperature. Recommendation: Keenan Chardonnay is perfectly balanced (20 percent fermented in stainless steel and 80 percent in oak), with a medium body and some acidity with hints of pear and apple.

Big Reds (Cabernet or Merlot) Serve these wines around 65.° It is a bit warmer than a cellar, so give it a little while to warm up to eliminate a sharp, harsh taste from tannins. Recommendation: Josh Cabernet is from the legendary Joseph Carr. It’s a complex red with black fruit and some

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Light Reds (Pinot Noir or Beaujolais) Drink them directly out of the cellar. A majority of reds are enjoyable between 55° and 60°. Recommendation: Wild Rock Pinot

Noir, oddly enough, is from New Zealand. It has a nice, medium-body with aroma and depth on the strawberry raspberry delight, plus a long, soft finish.

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| Hippotherapy can improve the lives of both horse and human. |

Harnessing the Power of Horses Utilizing the horse as healer, a nonclinical treatment provides therapy for individuals with neuromotor disabilities.


Thirteen-year-old Jonathan came to Helping Hands

It comes as no surprise that hippotherapy, a Greek

Therapeutic Riding Center (HHTRC) totally shut down.

term that literally means treatment with the help of a

Jonathan, who didn’t open up to people or animals,

horse, is both effective and popular.

found refuge at this facility providing unique

The American Hippotherapy Association (AHA)

nonmedical-based treatment called hippotherapy. The

has defined hippotherapy as “a term that refers to the

goal for him was to learn how to trust and make

use of the movement of the horse as a strategy by

real-life connections.

physical therapists, occupational therapists and

“It took six months, but one day we noticed

speech-language pathologists to address impairments,

Jonathan kissing his horse. Horses have an advantage

functional limitations and disabilities in patients with

over humans — they don’t have an ego. There’s

neuromusculoskeletal dysfunction. This strategy is

definitely a relationship between horse and child that

used as part of an integrated treatment program to

carries over into real life,” says Janellen Cappo,

achieve functional outcomes.”

executive director of the Greenwood, Mo., Center.


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Cappo, along with her husband, Duane, decided to open a treatment facility in 2003. “We already had four horses and then once we opened HHTRC doors, 15 kids were knocking,” she remembers. Today, the number of horses has grown to 15 and the number of clients (93 percent between the ages of 6-18) has vaulted to 125. The Cappos live and work on the 15-acre fully accredited NARHA (North American Riding of the Handicapped Association) facility hosting an indoor riding arena, 14 stalls, a full kitchen and bathroom. Clients come for the gentle therapy. “The three-dimensional movement of the horse simulating the human gait pattern improves gross and fine motor skills, speech, respiratory function and self-awareness,” Cappo says.

Matching riders with horses According to Cappo, “We choose our horses much like you would pick tires for a car. We make sure they are reliable, people-friendly and can meet the requirements of our industry. “In addition, our horses have to be compliant; work with props, wheelchairs and ramps; pull a carriage; and learn to walk around or stay on the arena rail. It usually takes around 30 days to train our western-style pleasure horses.” With more than 70 percent of the clientele demonstrating some form of autism, HHTRC looks for outcomes in all programs. “If a child has a sensory issue, we find the right horse that matches the sensory need. If a child is self-stemming, for example, a horse with 1,400 walking rotations an hour is fulfilling that need for them. Further, there’s a one-on-one therapist by the child’s side always in communication with the parents.”


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Serving with horsepower Like Cappo, Brian and Joy Miller love horses and children and always wanted to own a farm. As first-time owners, they bought New Horizon Ranch, located in Rantoul, Kan., in l999. Joy found out about therapeutic riding programs while attending a horse expo in Wichita. “After watching a young girl ride with physical disabilities, I was sold on the idea of starting a nonprofit, therapeutic riding facility,” she explains. That was four years ago. Now, as the Millers continue into their fourth year of operation, they look toward a future of expansion and have been working with the students in the interior design program at Johnson County Community College to

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design an arena, visitor center and stables. Currently, New Horizon Ranch serves 31 children weekly in its outdoor arena with 12 horses and two therapists. “Since we’re an outdoor facility, we run a 24week program, March through October,” Brian says. New Horizon Ranch offers hippotherapy sessions, recreational riding and equineassisted learning on horses that have participated in a 60-day trial training period. Its program targets children with physical or cognitive disabilities. “We see

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“There’s definitely a bond between horse and rider,” Brian says. “For example, one four-year-old boy had severe behavioral issues and was totally nonverbal when we first met him. Within two months, the parents reported the child was saying




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