When we first saw this 1950’s Prairie Village story and a half, there was a For Sale sign in the front yard. They had lived here for 5 years, but were busting out at the seams in this cozy home. They were beginning to resign themselves to the fact that they couldn’t find the house they needed in the neighborhood they wanted.
Read more details about this project and see before and after pictures below.
This meant reconfiguring (more than doubling) the living space by adding two bedrooms, two bathrooms, adding a second floor, two walk-in closets, and sitting room upstairs. Expanding the kitchen and opening up the first floor plan.
They had some very specific features they wanted to incorporate:
- A completely open public area (living, dining and kitchen) on the first floor
- A banquette table in the dining room
- A mud room and pantry that worked together directly off the kitchen
- Be one of the largest houses on the block without feeling like a gymnasium
- A walk-in shower in a master suite that felt open and airy
- A second living space upstairs that was only for the family
- All of it had to be done within the 7 months that it would take to have their baby.
After several floor plans and many meetings, we arrived at a set of solutions that they were excited about. We incorporated the use of a Pinterest folder and a cloud-based interactive timeline and product sheet to streamline the design and planning process and foster cleaner communication. These programs allowed the designer, architect, project manager and client to stay in touch minute-to-minute without the confusing and overwhelming stream of emails.
Here were some of the solutions we created:
- By relocating the standard center staircase, we were able to create a clean open space for the public areas
- By cantilevering bumpouts on the front and back, we were able to save the sizable cost for foundation work
- By tucking the second story under an “H” shaped roof line and using a low-slung standing seam metal roof on the porch, it didn’t have the massive look of a two-story house in a neighborhood of one-stories.
- We used three different siding materials (wood shakes, lap siding and paneled siding) to break up the front and side faces and preserve the scale of the home.
- By removing the chimney, we were able to make the garage usable again and open up the second story floor plan
In the end, they moved into the space with their new baby two weeks after we finished construction. We were able to stay on time and on budget, and still accommodate some very specific design elements and create a wonderful home for them that will last them through the next 20 years of their life.
The finished space included:
- Built-in nooks and bench seats surrounding a vent-free fireplace
- Staron and butcher block countertops in the kitchen and vanity
- Clean white shaker style custom cabinets and banquette with deep drawers
- A custom laundry sink crafted from forged steel and a galvanized wash tub
- A private upstairs living area for the family that has high windows washing the space with light, yet preserving their privacy
- A zoned furnace system and insulation package that should cut their utility bill even as the size of the home doubles.
In the end, we were able to give them the home they wanted, while keeping them in the neighborhood they loved. It took a lot of hard work and some real creativity in both the design and construction process, but they are now happy with a space that fits their family .