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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 Captiva at Timber Rock

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Art House

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Roe Modern

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Hotel-Like Luxury

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Custom-Designed Curved Staircase

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It's Time! The 2024 designKC Awards portal is now open!

Our second-annual competition begins! Enter your top projects now for review by our third-party jury for a chance to earn one of our designKC Awards! Gather your materials—professional photos, floor plans and essays—and upload them to our NEW AND IMPROVED online portal, which now gives you the ability to save your work before submission. Find submission guidelines, categories and portal link below. Don’t miss this golden opportunity! Deadline is November 1. Please Note- Don’t delay on your entry, based on submission intensity, we may close the portal early.

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