Summer 2023

One Of Every Thing

Words by Andrea Darr  |  Photos by Matthew Anderson

Creative homebuilders perfect resort-style living with their own Midwest twist in Linwood.

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Kansas sunset is something to behold—an ombré gradation of orange, pink and purple—and watching that daily is what inspired Pete and Sarah St. Peter to build their hilltop house on 50 acres of land in Linwood, Kansas.

The 8,000-square-foot Modern Mountain-style house was on the 2022 Artisan Home Tour and is one of the most complete homes in terms of showcasing every possible room type—from a craft room, sauna and tornado/gun safe to a home theater, library, music room and dog-washing station.

But the outside is where the couple prefers to spend the majority of their time. And, again, they went with one of everything—pool, gas fire pit, wood-burning fire pit, hammock station, putting green, giant chess board, sand volleyball court and grain bin bar.

Grain bin? Yes! As owners of PCDI, a custom homebuilding company, the couple was developing a parcel of land for a neighborhood of estate-sized lots and removed a metal silo from the old farmstead there. Its unique cultural heritage stirred interest from several would-be buyers, but Sarah had a vision for it.

“I need that grain bin,” she told Pete.

Pete listened. He is the doer; she is the idea generator. Together, really, they can create anything.

“If we haven’t done it before, we consider it fun—a challenge,” Pete says. “We don’t mind trying until we figure it out.”

So the grain bin was positioned poolside and stocked with a fridge, sink and cedar-backed shelves for bottles. With the help of metalworker Paul Lamb, they cut out a window and installed a motorized hoist for it. Paul also welded doors for easy side access and fashioned an artistic metal pergola above. A similar piece artfully surrounds and conceals the pool equipment. Pete built the bartop base, added color-changing fiber-optic lights and poured a smooth layer of concrete on top—an effect that looks like a rock ‘n’ roll starry night show.

Additional bartop seating looks out over the saltwater pool built by Stranger Creek Pools. The rectangle shape looks simple, but like most things that look simple, therein lay another challenge for the couple. They wanted an automatic cover and a waterfall edge.

“Normally, you can’t do both—it’s one or the other—but we made it work,” Sarah says.

Iridescent tile on the overflow shimmers in the soft glow of sunset from the back side, where the sand volleyball court spreads out on a second tier. At one end is a hammock station—straight out of a Cozumel stylebook—replete with sail shades, cedar mats and side tables.

“Can you tell we’ve been to a lot of Mexican resorts?” Sarah asks.

The other side features fun and games, with a four-hole putting green and a human-sized chess board.

Softening all the hardscaping are tropical plants, including palms, agave and banana, lemon, lime, orange and pineapple trees. The St. Peters drove south with a trailer to acquire the non-natives for potting around the pool deck.

“The trip to Texas was so worth it,” Sarah says.

And, of course, the St. Peters thought ahead about the end of the growing season and fabricated planters with built-in fork pockets on the bottom.

“We will just fork them up and they’ll live in the conservatory for the winter,” Sarah says.

Positioned on the front side of the house, the heated conservatory and its 24 irrigated raised beds nearby are where Sarah wishes to spend her time, raising fruits, vegetables and herbs. The orchard will be planted soon, and the beehives were installed this spring.

All of the creation, tinkering and execution is satisfying for the couple. But there is one challenge they continually find to be a thorn in their side—
the wind.

“It’s brutal up here on the hill,” Pete says.

Sand blows all over the patio and has to be swept up; couch cushions must be recovered from the pool; and umbrellas sometimes harboring angry wasps fall over and must be uprighted again.

But the resort feel can’t be beat, and plans for expansion are on the horizon. The third tier down is a blank slate, and ideas for a pickleball court, horseshoes, a frisbee golf course and a shooting range are in the hopper. When those are installed, the St. Peters will officially be settled in.

Perhaps Pete would prefer even more of a resort feel in an actual resort town, but Sarah is staunchly a Midwestern gal.

“I really like Kansas,” she says. “I think it’s absolutely beautiful.”

Website: pcdihomes.com

Resources

Architect: Patric J. Tierney
Interior Designer: Stephanie Abramson
Landscaper:  Land Art Inc.
Pool designer:  Midwest Custom Pools 
Appliances: Factory Direct 
Cabinets: Built to Fit 
Countertops: SCI Surface Center; Carthage Stoneworks 
Electronics: Applause Custom Sight & Sound 
Flooring: Miller Tile & Stone; SVB Wood Floors 
Rugs: Designer’s Library; Knotty Rug 
Furnishings: Designer’s Library 

Accessories: Designer’s Library 
Hardware: Locks & Pulls 
Lighting Fixtures: Designer’s Library 
Plumbing Fixtures: Ferguson 
Paint: BW Quinn 
Roofing: Fidler on the Roof KC 
Windows: Pella 
Window Coverings: RJB LLC 
Exterior Pots: Family Tree Nursery 
Stonework and Concrete: Goodwin Outdoors 
Stonework/brick work: KC Stone

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