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  Multifamily Housing
Project Name
  California Dream Remodel
Project Address
  7854 Howe Circle
Prarie Village, Kansas 66208
United States
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Project vision or goals

The goals of this 80s Townhome Remodel were twofold: 1. A full update to bring it into modern day. 2. Reconfiguration of space to improve flow, increase livability, and accommodate two separate inhabitants: The clients intended to relocate their sister to KC from California on the main level and move an adult son into the lower level.

The Vision for this Project included: 1. To bring a California dreamer happily home by incorporating biophilic benefits for wellness—she wasn’t thrilled to be moving but had been experiencing health issues so the family had decided to move her home in the interest of her care. So, the predominant goal was creating a home that felt like an embrace—one that would bring the outside into the space, maximize daylight, incorporate natural elements, offer many places to gather with family, and overall be her haven. 2. The lower level had its own separate goal and client—to transform it into a cool space for a young man to call home by adding a bedroom, slightly more masculine finishes, and full kitchenette. Details of both levels would reflect each client, yet cohesively mesh so it still felt like one residence in the end.

Project challenges
  The challenges of this project were largely due to the purchased townhome being untouched from its original 1988 glory, including a smoky mirror-lined entry hall and half bath; a cramped kitchen cut off from the rest of the space dominated by a laundry closet, and an only partly finished lower level. Profuse foil wallpaper and carpeting, including inside the main bath, dated the space. White vinyl ceiling fans and a total of two overhead lights meant the structure was physically dark. White pickling had been the wood of choice, including for unusually low bath vanities and extensive hardwood floors that had yellowed. Other woodworking was dated—reflecting both Asian and 80s turned yellow oak influences in equal parts. Windows needed replacement throughout. The lower level needed to transform into fully functioning, separate living quarters. Overall, this was an unusual project in that it would ultimately offer multi-dwelling within one space, for clients we wouldn’t meet until afterward, with resale in mind: We didn’t want to blow past the comps in the redesign, but this was also the opportunity to make it wonderful for years to come. After interviewing the homeowners on details of their family members, researching comps sold in the neighborhood, and studying as many changes to layouts as we could, we wanted to open the wall between the kitchen and living/dining rooms. Structural work revealed we had to keep a support post on one corner of the original wall.
Project solutions
  Solutions included incorporating the required post into one end of the island, then adding a second and cladding in white oak to appear as intentional. This enabled full takedown of the wall, which opened the kitchen to the rest of the space. The cumbersome laundry was moved into the Main Bedroom closet, instead.

The kitchen was further reconfigured into a more functional work zone by centering the sink on a new “greenhouse” window that brings light and treetops in. Gorgeous rift-cut white oak was chosen for the cabinetry with lower drawer storage. A large pantry was installed into a 13-inch deep unused nook. Under the adjacent windows, most comps showed a console. We decided instead to install a banquette with a floating quartz top, creating a perfect café right at home. The sides of the banquette boast large drawer storage. The rest of the cabinetry houses appliances in matte white with bronze pulls; not to be outdone by an artful application of Cambria quartz tops that extend up the walls to stunning effect. Hardware and faucets further glow in champagne bronze.

In the Living/Dining Room, the staircase and fireplace mantel were redesigned and rebuilt in gorgeous matte white oak. The surround was replaced with caramel-ribboned porcelain. To carry rhythm through, white oak shelves were also added to a previously blank nook on the landing. Hardwood floors were laced in on the stairs. Walls were painted unifying White Dove. Floors were refinished, revealing super white oak! And finally, a full lighting plan provided much more light, with three distinctive hero fixtures illuminating the living, dining, and entry.

The baths were updated to reflect the same natural beauty. Cream zellige tiles featuring subtle iridescence for the shower walls, large-format porcelain tiles mimicking fresh concrete for the floors, and white quartz tops bring the glow; enhanced by champagne bronze hardware, fixtures, and mirrors. Decorative and task lighting, as well as the removal of a previously light-blocking interior wall, ensure great visibility.

Downstairs, the lower level was updated by adding the requested bedroom. LVP floors in white oak herringbone unify, and a full kitchenette in black with granite tops is backed by white oak wall panels. A black stainless apartment fridge, microwave, sink, and dishwasher offer full functionality on a smaller scale.

Finally, furnishing and finishing upstairs followed suit as elevated and cozy as the backdrop: In the living room natural fibers in cream, blush and brown anchor nubby woven and leather pieces; a bronze and glass coffee table reflects firelight; a scrumptious leather chair welcomes visitors. In the dining room, a cerused white oak table with benches picks up the lightest tone in the floors, while sheepskins add coziness. Accessories and art featuring natural woven elements, landscapes, and hand-cast ceramics finish the feeling in the space as one of comfort, lightness, and hope: Haven achieved!
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  Matt Kocourek
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  (913) 484-2814
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  Total $175.00

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