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Leawood Kitchen/ Breakfast Room

The existing kitchen, breakfast room, laundry/bath and outdoor grill areas were caught in the rut of a previous remodel that no longer provided proper function. The dormer above the sink was an asset, yet the interior felt too dark and lackluster. While the existing dormer and perimeter cabinets stayed, other areas required a major revamp. New paint and countertops immediately freshened the space. The old island was also swapped for one with a new contrasting color and a wood countertop, creating a furniture-esque look that coordinated well with the existing vent hood.

A crucial part of the renovation involved expanding the breakfast area outward—a necessary step to allocate space for new eating and lounging areas. Yet only a small extension could be made when stealing space away from the outdoor patio. The architect ultimately expanded the breakfast room four feet beyond the existing wall, allowing for a proper casual eating area and lounge seating in front of the fireplace. A set of new French doors and windows with transoms bring light into the interior. The natural lighting is further amplified by the brightened color palette.

The laundry/bath’s minor expansion yields big results. With the garage door relocated to the laundry area, the fireplace wall feels more continuous. The architect also added direct access to the outdoor grill (via an outswing door in the breakfast room) and incorporated a portico for year-round use. Though a small remodeling project, the design processes and expertise required to bring it to life were substantial. The final product is a rich, dynamic, light-filled interior with enhanced functionality and dramatic views of the terraces and gardens beyond.


Wendlandt & Stallbaumer


E & E Quality Builders


Keith Kreeger


Appliances: Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery  Cabinets: Wilson Custom Construction  Countertops: Dimensional Stoneworks  Electronics: Custom Connections  Fabrication Company: S&S Custom Fabrication  Flooring: Armstrong-Citywide  Hardware: Locks & Pulls  Lighting Fixtures: Wilson Lighting; The Golden Lion; Bricks & Stones; Sturgis Materials  Painter: First Pace Painting  Plumbing Fixtures: Neenan Supply  Roofing: Bill Davis Roofing  Windows: Builders FirstSource 

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