2010 Remodel of the Year

James Maidhof
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Covering every space in, out of and around the home, remodelers go to great lengths to make sure their clients are happy. Sometimes it’s enough to give a homeowner a working toilet and shower, while others want all the bells and whistles available today. With all the sweat and tears that go into a remodeling project, we’re raising our nail-guns and wrenches to those craftsmen (and women) who have secured a spot in the annals of our 7th annual Remodel of the Year competition.

When judging the entries earlier this spring, we saw master suites and bathrooms shed shag carpet and floral wallpaper (like grandma once had) for radiant heat flooring and no-VOC paints, along with kitchen remodels that feature upgraded stainless steel appliances, gorgeous granites and roomy pantries — one even has a secret passageway! Basements became separate living quarters with the same high-quality materials found on the main level, like a limestone fireplace and hand-hewn beams, while outdoor living areas seem not so “outdoors” anymore, with roofs, fire elements, kitchens, high-end outdoor furniture, weather-resistant fabrics and, of course, high-tech swimming pools.

Meet the judges

The competition wouldn’t be possible without our well-trained judges, who come from the NKBA-accredited Interior Design program at Johnson County Community College.

Left to right: Diana Ingham, ASID, and residential design instructor; Jan Cummings, Interior Design program facilitator; Kristeen Armstrong-Scott, CKD, and kitchen and bath design instructor
Top row, left to right: Lisa Tagtmeyer, Julie Schorgl, Jan Karlin, Kristi Sokolenko
Middle row, left to right: Shana Hatfield, Lauren Wilkinson, Holly Fonseca, Robyn Betterton
Bottom row, left to right: Kate Fitzgerald, Abby Giersch, Jessica Wyatt, Christine Krzanowsky, Allison Hughes
Not pictured: Allison Deardeuff, Erin Sullivan

Click here:  2010 Remodel of the Year Gold Winners

Click here: 2010 Remodel of the Year Silver Winners


2010 Remodel of the Year Grand Award

Architect: J.L. Thompson Design     l    Developer/Contractor: TDW Development

Believe it or not, this home was a 1950s California split-level. In desperate need of repair, it was saved and transformed by the developer into a cozy European-style estate fit for its South Plaza location. Architectural designer Jason Thompson redesigned the floor plan within the original footprint and also added square footage.

“We didn’t want to tear down the home, instead the client wanted to add on a master suite and a large open space that included the kitchen, informal dining room and living room all in one,” Thompson says. “My goal was to add select elements to the existing home to blend with the desired architectural style, so when completed, the entire home felt unified, architecturally sound and beautifully designed. In the final build, you can’t tell where the original construction ended and where the addition begins. It’s truly an amazing example of what can be accomplished creatively, not to mention the added value this renovation has brought to the property and the neighborhood.”

Part of the original structure, including three bedrooms and a bathroom on the second level, remained the same, while the dining room was expanded and the former kitchen replaced by the piano room, a transitional space leading to the new kitchen and great room. To the west, a master suite currently set up as a game room could be used as in-law quarters. An upper level above the kitchen features the master suite and a couple of balconies overlooking the resort-like backyard, complete with a covered loggia, revamped pool and patio, self-contained water pots, loungers, smoker and grill, and bocce ball court.

The flow moves much more freely throughout the interior, while the aesthetics were greatly enhanced. Formerly stark white with ’70s carpet, the home was aged with the use of reclaimed and historical materials, like beams from Arrowhead Stadium. The kitchen sports the best materials, including high-end appliances — the homeowner loves to cook two of everything — a metal/granite countertop mix on the island called Green Lightning, hammered copper sink and knotty alder cabinetry. The pantry not only stores food but also offers a secret passage to the first-floor master suite. The combination kitchen/breakfast room/living room feels cozy yet is great for entertaining, with myriad seating, a flat-screen TV and fireplace, and direct access to the pool and loggia. The homeowner also uses the house to showcase his diverse collection of “toys” or antiques, from buffet tables, headboards and statuary to a life-size Ronald McDonald and pinball machines. His latest collector’s items include local artwork (including Thomas Kinkade’s “Plaza Lights”) as well as a nice showing of Persian rugs.

Every remodel project should reflect its homeowners, and this one whole-heartedly mirrors the homeowner’s sense of humor and love of sharing with friends and family.

Architect: J.L. Thompson Design • Builder/Developer/Interior Design: TDW Development • Architectural/Interior Design: Knapstein Design • Realtors: Prudential, Dorothy (Dosie) Duffy • Landscaping: Vanice Lawn & Landscape • Foundation: Shaw Construction • Cleaning: Immaculate Cleaning • Stucco/Stone: Builder’s Stone • Central Vacuum: American Vacuum • Excavation/Demolition: Custom Crushing • Granite Installation: Gaumats International • Drainage: T.H. Excavating • Lighting: Wilson Lighting • Paint: Jackson Painting Co. • Plumbing: Angel Plumbing • Custom Glass: Bearden's Stained Glass • Everything: Home Depot • Window Cleaning: Fish Window Cleaning • Tile/Stone/Showers/Kitchen: Jackson Tile & Stone • Basement Repair: Foundation 1 • Electric: Absolute Electric Inc. • Appliances: Factory Direct Appliance • Alarm System: Specialty Electronics Alarm System • Flowers/Potting: Prema Gardener • Trinckets/Furniture/Window Treatments: Restoration Hardware • Door Hardware: Locks & Pulls  • Guttering: Town & Country Gutters • Furniture/Antiques: Woodson Place Antiques • Trees/Shrubs: Kat Nursery • Roofing: Gentry Roofing • Custom Cabinetry: Calton Cabinets • Rugs: Knotty Rug • Carpeting: ProSource • Outdoor Pool: Hershmeyer Pool • Artwork: Drew Hertel • Outdoor Furniture/Gaming: Amini’s Galleria • Stereo/Electronics: Elevated Electronics • Lumber: McCray Lumber Co., Owen Lumber Co. • Wood floors: Floor Co. • Doors/Garage Doors: Diamond Door • Wallpaper: Dan McVay Wallcoverings • Plumbing Supplier: Dorfman Plumbing • Fireplace: Complete Home Concepts • Custom Fireplace Mantels: ADI Designs • Flower Bouquets: Victoria Haskins • HVAC: Red Bird Heating & Cooling • Custom Shower Glass/Mirrors: Westport Glass • Windows: Hurd Windows • Trim: Kansas City Building Supply • Tree Service: PDQ Tree Service • Paint: Sherwin-Williams • Banking: North America Savings Bank • Custom Plaster Trim/Fireplace: Jennifer Walker • Custom Ornamental Iron: KC Forged Custom Iron Works • Placement Assistance: House Lizard LLC

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