Experience what it means to truly come home to this award-winning residence.
Story by Ann Butenas | Photos by Paul Bonnichsen
If you find yourself utterly speechless when you enter this one-of-a-kind home in North Kansas City, you are not alone. Even the judges from the Parade of Home were at a loss for words when they deemed it The Pick of the Parade Grand Award Winner and the Grand Prize Winner for Distinctive Design and Plan.
It almost seems like an exercise in futility to write about this spectacular home, as mere words fail to do it justice. Located in the Riss Lake subdivision, this residential masterpiece completely transcends a one-dimensional description and instead, should truly be experienced. Forget what you might consider to be a one-in-a-million type of house, as this is truly a once-in-a-lifetime home.
This artisan splendor sits on a deeply wooded lot backing directly to a 134-acre private lake, and builder Russ Groshans of Casa Bella Construction left no stone unturned when it came to its exquisite design. Every feature was meticulously selected with the discerning homeowner in mind. Top-of-the-line upgrades pair beautifully with state-of-the-art technologies to create an environment that allows you to enjoy the benefits of 21st century living while simultaneously feeling as if you are a world away. With 5,202 finished square feet of living space that includes four bedrooms, four full baths, two half-baths and a three-car garage, this is the perfect place for a growing family to create memories together.
Talk about curb appeal!
Elegance and sophistication walk hand-in-hand as they welcome you home when you pull up to this spectacular beauty that is full of surprises and boasts every custom upgrade and feature you can imagine. For the sophisticated and selective homeowner, this artisan home is a slice of Heaven on Earth.
Breathtaking beauty from the beginning.
As you enter the front door, prepare for a luxurious embrace of the senses. The piece-de-resistance that will immediately catch your eye is the spectacular and calming two-story waterfall, paired artfully with the stone feature wall and custom iron railing harmoniously accenting the curved stairwell. Its hypnotic beauty will leave you transfixed.
You may never dine out again!
You will be the talk of the town as you entertain in the gourmet kitchen that boasts custom lighted cabinets and top-of-the-line Thermador and Sub Zero appliances, including a cabinet-front refrigerator, professional gas range, ovens, griddle and wine refrigerator. The adjoining pantry makes the perfect caterer’s workstation and the nearby laundry room and mudroom offer plenty of storage space with spacious cabinets and granite countertops.
Every design detail imaginable.
From top to bottom, this room makes a grand statement with its beautifully coffered, soaring ceiling, five-foot linear fireplace, imported marble fireplace wall and built-in 65” flat screen TV. The custom backlit cabinets and wall of arched windows provide spectacular framework for amazing view of the lake and the woods.
Forget the outside world exists…
A sliding door opens to reveal a spa-like master bathroom. The six-foot designer tub and two-person shower with body sprays and rain showerhead will help you wash away the day. The dressing area, complete with valet cabinet, pullouts and beveled mirrors, will make you feel like royalty. This exquisite bathroom stands confidently as a room in and of itself. From the barrel vaulted ceiling partnered with indirect lighting to the designer series tile, heated tile floors, granite and custom cabinets, this master bath is sure to inspire.
In this room, even when working, every day can seem like Saturday!
Take the “work” out of working from home! Relax and enjoy this warm and sophisticated study, featuring beautiful built-in cabinetry, a window seat and floating box beams, all finished in a washed gray custom stain. The beveled glass window just inside the 8’ tall custom double doors acts as a prism, cascading light across the beautifully finished, hard maple, hand scraped floors.
Where every night is a good night.
At the end of the day, you can retreat to your own oasis in the luxurious master suite that offers stunning views of a private lake and waterfall. Close your eyes and you may suddenly feel as if you have been transported to another place and time.
Exquisite details in every room of the house!
The centerpiece of this spectacular powder bath is the L.E.D. backlit extruded aluminum wall panels which give this room an ambiance that is unparalleled. The floating vanity with accent lighting, an amazing art glass vessel sink, beautiful solid surface top, and designer faucets flowing from the wall complete this one-of-a-kind room.
Your own private oasis awaits!
Step outside to the backyard and you may wonder if you are in another place and time. The terraced lawn, professionally designed hardscapes, pergola, sitting wall, fire pit and waterfall provide the ambiance of a five-star resort with all the at-home privacy of being tucked away in a deeply wooded lot with breath-taking lake views. Consider this an instant vacation!
Not your average rec room.
This is the place where luxury, sophistication and casual relaxation come together for the perfect gathering spot. This garden level retreat has an open rec room that includes a fireplace and built-in TV. Take a seat at the fabulous wet bar and enjoy the amazing view into the wine room or transition to the billiards room for more entertainment. This spacious and functional lower level area also has two bedrooms each with a private bath and walk-in closet. It’s like a home within a home!
Enjoy a night in at the movies!
You may never go to the cinema again! This professional home theater offers stadium-style seating and provides a theatrical ambiance to rival any big movie house with all the comforts of home. Grab some popcorn and settle in for a movie night with the family. This room is truly a design blockbuster.
Project Designer: Casa Bella Construction
Architect/Home Designer: Byron Sawyer
Builder/Contractor: Russ Groshans
Interior Designer: Lise Groshans and Amber Jury
Development: Riss Lake
Appliances: Factory Direct | Cabinets: Miller Custom Cabinets | Countertops: Evolve Granite | Doors: Morgan Wightman | Drywall: High Definition Drywall | Electrician: Platinum Electric | Excavation: Larry Brown Excavating | Fireplace: Midwest Fireplace | Flooring: Pro Source | Flooring: KLC Hardwoods | Fountain/Firepit: KC Masonry | Framing: Square Deal | Garage Doors: Raynor Garage Door of KC | Glass & Mirrors: Fountain Glass | Hardscaping: Casa Bella Construction | Hardware: Morgan Wightman | Heating & Cooling: Apex Heating & Air Conditioning | Home Security: Elevated Electronics | Home Theater: Elevated Electronics | Landscaping and Outdoor Lighting: All Around Green | Light Fixtures: Best Lighting | Lumber: Building Solutions | Masonry: Bishop Masonry | Paint: Sherwin Williams | Painter: Loper Painting | Plumbing: R and R Plumbing | Plumbing Fixtures: Ferguson | Roofing: Century Roofing | Specialty Painting: Loper Painting | Sprinkler System: Lawnworx | Stone Company: Semco | Tile: Pro Source | Trim Work: Swift Custom Trim | Windows/Doors: Pella