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Project Name
  Tudor Treat!
Project Address
  6735 Valley Road
Kansas City, Missouri 64113
United States
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Project vision or goals

It wasn’t difficult to understand the vision for this project – we were to inject charm back into this stunning tudor home. Due to inadequate renovations that had taken place under previous owners and lack of maintenance, this home was in need of some love. In addition to that, we were tasked with incorporating some much needed functionality into what was a relatively outdated floor plan. We were incredibly lucky to be working with clients who exuded their own undeniable charm and we were eager to give them the welcoming home they desired.

Project challenges
  The challenge for this project was reimagining the floor plan for better functionality. Fortunately, this happens to be our favorite task, so we couldn’t wait to get started! They were eager to get a full powder bath on the main level as they currently only had a small toilet room (with no sink) just off of the kitchen. The location was awful and the size was just silly. In addition, the kitchen needed a total re-work. They were open to changes but did not want to eliminate any of the existing walls in the main level as it would impact the quaint charm of the home. They enjoyed the separation of spaces and they were not wanting an open floor plan.

For the upper level we were given much more flexibility. They wanted to have the modern function of a Primary Suite, including a large bathroom and walk-in closet. We also needed to update the existing hall bathroom to work well for guests. They were sad to see some of the original tile go so they asked that we pay homage to it in the new bathrooms.
Project solutions
  For the main level, we wanted to find a space for the powder bath that would feel private. We ended up utilizing what was once a small breakfast room and turning it into a powder bath and butlers pantry. The challenge was that it was in the direct eyeline of the front door and we didn’t want guests to know they were looking into a bathroom. The client also loved the beautiful window within the space and didn’t want to hide it behind a door. The solution was to center up a door on the window, and then nest the toilet and sink to the far right and left. The outcome is a bathroom that goes unnoticed until you actually pass through the door! For the kitchen, we took what had been the toilet room and turned it into a pantry. The new kitchen layout eliminated the bulky island and brought in a small peninsula for seating and additional counter space. This opened up the floor plan. An unexpected addition to the kitchen was the stunning mahogany hutch we designed to store all of the client’s serving pieces. For the other cabinetry we went with a bold but muted green, and we found a lovely quartz countertop to pair with it. Cream 4×4 tile in a hand made look was brought in on the backsplash and stunning lighting was incorporated. For the new butler’s pantry we came in with a darker shade of green and incorporated arched built-ins with an antique mirror and lighting for a dramatic focal point. We also tasked the contractor with re-creating the cove ceiling detail that had been a part of the old eating nook. Beyond that you see the iconic William Morris wallpaper in the powder bath and adorable pendant light.

Moving upstairs we proposed an unexpected modification – the removal of the outdated second servants staircase that led from the kitchen to the upper level. By removing it we gained some much needed square footage. Another unexpected modification for them was swapping the space that had been used as a den with their bedroom. These modifications helped the layout of the second floor dramatically. The outcome was a primary suite that now had a large walk-in closet and a dynamic bathroom space. The bathroom included a large two person shower, private water closet, stunning soaker tub and a large vanity that accommodated a seated makeup area. For the finishes we brought in a custom designed porcelain hex floor utilizing our clients favorite colors, and a classic white wall tile. We also asked that all the trim details match the existing trim throughout the home. The cabinetry was done in the same finish as the trim with the exception of a mahogany armoire for storage. The walls are a butter yellow.

Lastly, the hall bath was modified to include a large shower, double pedestal sink, and large storage armoire. Another custom designed hex floor brought in the charm! Then blue was brought in on the cabinetry and walls as well as classic white tile.

The outcome exceeded all expectations!
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