Brookside. The Plaza. Prairie Village. Lenexa. Explore the Kansas City Metro like never before during KC Design Week’s Homes by Architects Tour. See four homes built or renovated by local architects and learn about their unique details from the people that designed them.
All homes on the tour were designed by AIA Kansas City Member Firms and selected by special committee. KCDW will correspond with ticket holders regarding the addresses of the homes closer to the event.
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** Photography not permitted inside the homes.Tour restricted to ages 12 and up.
Vaccination & Mask Requirement
This is an in-person event. Attendees will be required to wear masks while inside the homes.
Situated on a wooded corner lot, this reverse story and a half home of contemporary design by Wendlandt & Stallbaumer presents privately to the streetscape with exception of the foyer. Once through the foyer and further into the home, the public spaces feature an open plan of vast window walls with 11 foot ceilings, allowing the interior to capture expansive views of the adjacent rear yards which are both large and wooded. A bedroom and master bedroom with rear portico take advantage of these rear yard views as well. Notable windows of art glass adorn the front elevation while allowing privacy at the interior from the street.
The lower level, accessed via an open stair within the foyer provides additional family/entertaining space along with two more bedroom suites that daylight to the rear yard. The stair is a stunning design of metal and wood, also acting as a light well to illuminate the lower level recreation room. The interior color palette is of black, brown, tan and white that is both contemporary and warm. The exterior of the home is set off in a palette of blacks and darker brown tones, with stone accents at all four elevations. The entire home, including the vast window walls, is capped by a low 5/12 pitch roof design that breaks to a 2/12 pitch at the eaves, with those eaves extending out nominally four feet beyond the exterior walls.
An architect, urban planner, and general contractor in Kansas City, Missouri, Richard Wetzel always wanted to design and build the house he had been mulling over for years - one that could house a growing and extended family, but also one that showcased his love for modern design, his adopted hometown of Kansas City, his family’s heirloom book collection, and a wide variety of work from local and family artists. When Wetzel found the last two home sites within a newly constructed planned development a block away from the world renowned Country Club Plaza shopping district, he knew it was time. The 6,300 square foot house, a collaboration of Chris Fein of Forward Design + Architecture, Kali Buchanan of Kali Buchanan Interior Design, and Centric Homes (where Richard is a partner), is consistent with the traditional design of the surrounding development on the exterior, but a gallery of natural light, space, art, and a simplified material and color palette on the interior. Features include an enclosed courtyard, a three-story staircase skylight shaft, and the reclaimed basketball floor from a venerated arena. The final result is a space worthy of a gallery opening, yet comfortable enough for a three-generation movie night.
Dubbed the “Litehouse,” this home by architect, Kimball Halles, was built on a tight budget ($165/sf). It is intended to showcase a minimalistic and efficient home features---Lite. The home utilizes materials with personal family significance including an exterior wood finish to honor the wife’s Swedish heritage, and hardwood from Guatemala to highlight the husband’s time spent living in the country. The home also has custom casework, a roof with a dissimilar pitch to take advantage of the optimal angle for solar panels (future installation), and the front yard is a butterfly garden.
Lisa Schmitz Interior Design Principal Lisa Schmitz and her husband Chuck, a developer and contractor, were finally able to create the home they envisioned 11 years after purchasing it. Help was enlisted from Dan Maginn of Dake Wells Architecture to plan the exterior and conceptualize the kitchen expansion.
Extensive work was done inside and out, and the 22-month project included a complete renovation of the back corner of the house, allowing for a kitchen island and a large eat-in banquette area with a custom-designed, reclaimed walnut table. Full-height, gray-stained ash wood cabinets contain a bar cabinet and lots of storage. The corner window opens up to the patio with a garden view. A large backyard holds a party patio, where Lisa and Chuck often host backyard concerts with their vintage Airstream as a backdrop.
The exterior of their modern Brookside home holds true to the original structure and neighborhood style, but has a modern porch and sidewalk. The modern windows and dark wood paneling of the addition complement the original Brookside-style home.