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Custom New Build 3,001 to 6,000 square feet

Hearth Home

Designed for a family of five, the home’s layout is organized around a central hearth where the family gathers. As a focal point to this space, a three-sided glass fireplace and suspended brick chimney add function and visual weight. The home’s mid-century modern aesthetic highlights simple yet dynamic architectural forms. Classic materials—brick, stucco and glass—are highlighted with recycled-content synthetic-wood cladding and exposed concrete.

With any new custom residence, translating an owner’s thoughts, tastes, preferences and lifestyle into a well-designed home can be challenging. The home must also perform in a climate that presents the best and worst of seasonal changes.

This newly constructed residence utilizes energy-efficient glazing, hydronic slab heating and energy recovery systems. Some of the key features of this passive house design include radiant floor hydronic heating and zoned heating, cooling gas-fired tankless hot water heating system, and triple-pane passive house-certified windows. To achieve optimal energy, durability and comfort performance, the home has a continuous air barrier and continuous super insulation.


Clockwork Architecture + Design


Kala Performance Homes

Photos by

Tony Thompson


Engineer: Stand Structural Engineering  Landscaper: Royal Creations Landscaping  Appliances: Sub-Zero (refrigerator), Wolf (cooktop, oven, steam-oven), Bosch (dishwasher), Whirlpool (stackable washer/dryer), Ortal (fireplace)  Cabinets: Parks Cabinets  Siding: Endicott Brick  Windows: Klearwall Windows

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The Oasis

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Art House

Located just south of the Kansas City Country Club Plaza, this five-bedroom, four-and-a-half-bath single-family row house was conceived as a brick monolith on a limestone plinth. The carved areas within the monolith are expressed in ceramic tile.

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Daring Prairie

A true labor of love. The clients had been planning this home on private property for seven years when the design team was brought onboard. Taking their time to get the vision and budget right, they wanted to create a modern home that was not sterile and felt like a family home.

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The Fenway

Model Home The Fenway The vision for this project was to create a sprawling contemporary design that takes advantage of the view—including a lake and three holes at a Tom

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James Beard Award-winning Chef Michael Smith is a renowned figure in the local and national culinary arts community.

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Roe Modern

Custom Residence Roe Modern This modest mid-century ranch needed a complete overhaul. Almost everything in this 1955 home needed to be addressed to bring it up to code. The design

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Leawood Modern Mix

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