House II - New Residence , Mission Hills, Kansas

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Description: Winner of Kansas City Homes & Gardens "2006 Home of the Year" and Kansas City Homes & Gardnes "2006 Gold Medal for Best Custom Home".

Piper-Wind Architects, Inc. was commissioned to design a new house on a one acre site in Mission Hills, Kansas, an affluent suburb of Kansas City. The existing 1940's house, that was located on the site of the proposed new house, was dismantled and the salvaged construction materials were donated to Habitat Restore, a division of Habitat for Humanity, who resells donated construction materials and uses the proceeds to fund new Habitat for Humanity projects.

Piper-Wind's design for this Country French Manor style house is essentially "L" shaped in plan. A major goal of the house design was to break-down the massing of the form of the house in order to reduce the mass of the house and scale the house to the surrounding neighborhood. To accomplish this, the roof lines and shapes vary (both hip roof forms and mansard roofs are used) and the plan form of the house steps in and out across the front elevation.

The exterior building materials include "slush & brush" stone veneer (a technique for setting rubble stone that has 40 - 60% of the stone covered with mortar) with cut Cottonwood limestone window and door surrounds, traditional stucco, custom designed and hand made copper dormers, copper gutters, collection boxes, and downspouts, and Vermont Slate roofs.

A Cabana is connected to the main structure. The Cabana overlooks the pool area and a formal garden. The paving around the pool and garden is an ashler pattern limestone field with cut limestone edging.

The interior of the house is detailed in a traditional country French style with an ashler pattern limestone floor throughout the first floor except for the master suite which has parquet de Versailles wood floors of antique reclaimed wood. Stone casing and jambs are used at the window and door surrounds at the front entry hall. A grand curved stair with limestone steps and custom iron rails is the focal point of the two story entry hall.

General Contractor: Hensler Homes, Mission, Kansas